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TV & Movie Appreciation
The Toaster and Tim's Vermeer

The Toaster and Tim's Vermeer

The inventor of the NewTek Video Toaster was certain that he figured out the secret behind the uncanny realism of one of the world's greatest painters, and certain he could use the same methods to duplicate it. Really? Yes, really. Join us for a conversation with NewTek founder Tim Jenison on the unexpected intersection of art, technology, obsession and the Video Toaster in the wonderfully provocative documentary called Tim's Vermeer.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

Creative COW recently had the great pleasure of speaking to visual effects pioneer John Dykstra, whose work first came to prominence on the original Star Wars. Dykstra received his first Academy Award for his work on Star Wars, and, the same year, won an Academy Scientific and Engineering Award for the Dykstraflex motion-control camera that made so many of Star Wars' effects possible. Join us as he shares behind the scenes on Star Wars, speaks about his transition from an artist to a VFX supervisor, and gives us his thoughts on the state of VFX today.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
John Dykstra, ASC
TV & Movie Appreciation
Creating the 3D in Gravity

Creating the 3D in Gravity

Gravity, the highly-acclaimed, intensely emotional space thriller, has been hailed as some of the - if not the VERY - best 3D footage ever seen on the big screen. This has led to some surprise when learning that Gravity was NOT shot in 3D. However, it wasn't entirely converted in post either. It featured an innovative and unique workflow that incorporated 3D conversion during production as well as a complex integration with 3D VFX. In a conversation with Prime Focus World, we find out how they did it.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
MAYA
Iron Man 3: The Trixters Behind Tony Stark's Shiny New Armor

Iron Man 3: The Trixters Behind Tony Stark's Shiny New Armor

Seventy artists from Trixter worked an entire year to create a formidable 208 VFX shots for Marvel's Iron Man 3. Each new episode in the Iron Man saga details a slick new technology created by the ingenious Tony Stark, and the new installment does not disappoint! Combining the hard surface geometry of the Iron Man suit auto-assembly with the flexibility of the human body was one of the challenges that Trixter brought from previs to believable screen reality.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Alessandro Cioffi
Tiffen DFX Filters
Tiffen DFX 3.0: Color Grading, Lab Processes, & More

Tiffen DFX 3.0: Color Grading, Lab Processes, & More

Whatever your level of expertise with color grading, you are going to want to try Tiffen DFX after reading this review. In a sentence, it is one of the most useful, if not the most useful plugin you will find to extend the color correction capabilities of your editing software, solve picture problems and add creative looks to your production without a steep learning curve.

Review
Dennis Kutchera
Apple Motion
Motion Quick Tip - Custom Titles for FCP X

Motion Quick Tip - Custom Titles for FCP X
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In this tutorial, Andy Neil shows how to create a custom designed lower third for Final Cut Pro X.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andy Neil
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Paul Cameron ASC on Total Recall

Behind the Lens: Paul Cameron ASC on Total Recall

Paul Cameron, ASC, just finished work on the remake of Total Recall, directed by Len Wiseman and starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel with Bill Nighy, Bryan Cranston, and John Cho. Cameron was last featured in Creative COW for his work on Henry's Crime. His previous credits include director Michael Mann's Collateral and Tony Scott's Man on Fire.

Feature
Paul Cameron, ASC
Art of the Edit
NAB 2012: Introducing Our Blue Ribbon Award Winners

NAB 2012: Introducing Our Blue Ribbon Award Winners

The only industry award chosen by hundreds of thousands of working professionals and potential customers from around the world.

Editorial
Tim Wilson
DaVinci Resolve
Company 3's DI artist Stephen Nakamura on Prometheus

Company 3's DI artist Stephen Nakamura on Prometheus

Stephen Nakamura, one of a handful of artists who helped to pioneer DI color grading, shares his experience on creating the look for Prometheus as envisioned by director Ridley Scott.

Feature
Stephen Nakamura
Apple FCPX Techniques
You Ask I Answer : Working with PSD files Part 1: FCPX

You Ask I Answer : Working with PSD files Part 1: FCPX
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you the great new "Import PSD files" feature inside of FCPX, and answers a viewers question about extending still images the length of your timelines.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Apple FCPX Techniques
Multicam Editing in Final Cut Pro X

Multicam Editing in Final Cut Pro X
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how, with the newest update to FCPX, to edit multicam inside of FCPX. See how to set up your clips into angles, and then quickly and easily edit them together to create a seamless edit in no time flat.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Apple FCPX Techniques
FCPX INs and OUTs - Multicam Part ONE

FCPX INs and OUTs - Multicam Part ONE
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Finally it's here! FCP X has included a multi-camera workflow in its 10.0.3 update. Andy Neil will take you through the INs and OUTs of this amazing new feature in a two-part tutorial (there's THAT much to show).

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andy Neil
Apple FCPX Techniques
FCPX INs and OUTs - Multicam Part TWO

FCPX INs and OUTs - Multicam Part TWO
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This is part two of a two-part tutorial on the new multicam feature added to the 10.0.3 update for Final Cut Pro X. In this part, Andy Neil shows off the custom sync controls, syncing using meta-data and how FCPX handles non-pro sources.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andy Neil
Apple FCPX Techniques
Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback

Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
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One of the features of FCP X that goes largely unmentioned (and is mostly undocumented) is the ability to edit during playback. In this tutorial I'll teach you the fundamentals of editing without stopping playback.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
T Payton
NEWS: People in the News
Steve Jobs - A Personal Calendar Entry

Steve Jobs - A Personal Calendar Entry

Steve Jobs was almost unbelievably young when we met him. We talk about him as a visionary now, but then, they called him a whiz kid, the Boy Wonder: 21 when Apple was founded in 1976, 22 when Apple formally incorporated, 25 for Apple's IPO, and 26 when he first made the cover of Time Magazine. Macintosh shipped when Steve was 28.

Editorial
Tim Wilson
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
FCPX - Kicking the Tires - Lesson 1

FCPX - Kicking the Tires - Lesson 1
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In Lesson 1, Kevin P McAuliffe takes a look at the new FCPX and covers some of the basics you'll need to get you up and running from the download and installation of the Final Cut Pro X software - to your preferences - and finally to importing.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
FCPX: Why We Can't Use Final Cut Pro X at Our Companies

FCPX: Why We Can't Use Final Cut Pro X at Our Companies

After a day of reading the FCP and FCPX forums, tweeting, and scanning the blogosphere, two COW leaders had a lot to talk about. Rich and Walter are not casual Final Cut Pro users... they've used it since version 1 and literally built their businesses using Apple tools. For them, today was the end of an era (Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Server were removed from sale). While both hope for the future, they each have strong opinions why they can't implement Final Cut Pro X into their postproduction facilities as it stands at release.

Review, Editorial
Walter Biscardi and Richard Harrington
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
GET READY TO RUMBLE: Perfect setup for a seamless transition to FCP X and OS X Lion

GET READY TO RUMBLE: Perfect setup for a seamless transition to FCP X and OS X Lion
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Forget all the rumors and speculation about Final Cut Pro X, Creative Cow Contributing Editor David Roth Weiss delivers nothing but facts as he guides you through the steps necessary to partition your Mac system drive with a cool multi-boot setup that will allow you to easily and efficiently switch back and forth between different versions of Final Cut Pro, FCPX, between different operating systems, or all of the above.

Editorial, Tutorial, Video Tutorial, Feature
David Roth Weiss
Apple Final Cut Pro
FCP Quick Tip - Copy & Pasting Attributes

FCP Quick Tip - Copy & Pasting Attributes
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When editing, speed and accuracy are two things that make a great editor. In this FCP Quick Tip, copying effects from one shot to another might be "common knowledge", but what about having the ability to copy not only effects, but clip attributes as well, and being able to do it in a second. That's a trick that will amaze your clients every time.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Apple Final Cut Pro
FCP Quick Tip - Importing Image Sequences

FCP Quick Tip - Importing Image Sequences
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Are you stuck trying to figure out an easy way to import an image sequence into Final Cut Pro? In this quick tip for FCP, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you why QuickTime 7 will be your tool of choice for importing image sequences.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Apple Final Cut Pro
Controlling Final Cut with an iPad

Controlling Final Cut with an iPad
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This video tutorial demonstrates how to set up an iPad with the AC-7 Core app to control Final Cut Pro.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Sam Mcguire
Apple Final Cut Pro
FCP Tip: Broadcast Safe in Final Cut Pro

FCP Tip: Broadcast Safe in Final Cut Pro
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It is possible to achieve true broadcast safe using only the tools in Final Cut Pro if you follow the right steps. In this quick tip, Walter Biscardi, Jr. shows you how he has delivered shows to broadcasters worldwide using only the built in FCP filter

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Apple Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro Quick Tips

Final Cut Pro Quick Tips
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Learn how to get things done in Apple's Final Cut Pro faster with CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Stephen Smith. In this video tutorial he'll show you how to find un-used clips fast and easy. Plus, cut down your render time and learn how to play un-rendered clips in real time. If that's not enough, he'll show you how to work with thumbnails, nest clips and how to access the text editor quickly. With these FCP quick tips you can save time so you can spend it doing more important things like learning Klingon.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Stephen Smith
Apple Final Cut Pro
Editing Tip: Still Image dpi vs. pixels

Editing Tip: Still Image dpi vs. pixels
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There is much confusion about dpi vs. pixels when it comes to still images and video editing. In this short tip, Walter Biscardi, Jr. helps to take some of the mystery out of the process.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Apple Final Cut Pro
Multiclip Editing in Final Cut Pro

Multiclip Editing in Final Cut Pro
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Rob Mize demonstrates the use of Final Cut Pro's Multiclip feature to cut or switch the cameras of a multicam shoot in real time. Rob also demonstrates techniques to synchronize the cameras prior to the edit, as well as how to revise and adjust the Multiclip camera selection decisions on the timeline.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Authors

Iain Anderson (1)
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Walter Biscardi (9)
Wayne Carey (1)
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Jiggy Gaton (3)
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Philip Hodgetts (1)
Paul Cameron, ASC (4)
Tim Kolb (2)
Dennis Kutchera (1)
Ron Lindeboom (1)
Kevin P. McAuliffe (5)
Charles McConathy (1)
Sam McGuire (3)
Rob Mize (1)
Stephen Nakamura (1)
Andy Neil (3)
T Payton (1)
Luke Price (1)
Shane Ross (7)
Ron Shook (1)
Stephen Smith (5)
Marco Solorio (1)
David Roth Weiss (1)
Tim Wilson (3)
Bob Zelin (2)


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