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NAB Expo
Tips for Attending NAB From A Convention Veteran

Tips for Attending NAB From A Convention Veteran

Walter Biscardi tells us, "Once again, springtime is upon us, so of course, it's time for the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention. Last year y'all seemed to like the before you go tips, so may I present the 2013 edition of 'Tips from an NAB Veteran to make the best use of your time'."

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
Cinematography
The Hobbit & The Dawn of High Frame Rate Cinema

The Hobbit & The Dawn of High Frame Rate Cinema

The technology wizards of the film/TV industry have been talking about High Frame Rate cinema for a long time; indeed, Douglas Trumbull's Showscan at 60 fps presaged the current interest over 30 years ago. But it took director Peter Jackson to take the plunge for mainstream cinema, declaring he would shoot The Hobbit in 48 fps to get momentum going. In about a year's time, manufacturers made the gear, theater exhibitors updated their movie theaters, and the studios prepared for one of the most audacious technology debuts that cinema has seen. Creative COW goes behind the scenes to see what it took for you to see The Hobbit in 48 fps.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
The VFX Files: Nancy St. John of Prime Focus Vancouver

The VFX Files: Nancy St. John of Prime Focus Vancouver

A pioneer in digital visual effects, Nancy St. John most recently worked on Men in Black 3, as Prime Focus' Executive Producer. Her career has spanned the beginnings of digital visual effects at Digital Productions and Robert Abel & Associates in Hollywood to Vancouver or "Hollywood North." She shares her experiences with Creative COW.

People / Interview
Nancy St. John
Genarts Sapphire Edge
NAB 2012: GenArts

NAB 2012: GenArts

At NAB 2012, GenArts showcased its newest products: Sapphire version 6 and Monsters GT version 7, both of which offer visual effects artists a wide variety of effects available on numerous platforms. The company also announced the imminent release of Sapphire Edge 2.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Genarts Sapphire
Sapphire Hidden Tricks

Sapphire Hidden Tricks

In this tutorial, Ra-ey Saleh will reveal how to use Sapphire effects to fix 3 everyday technical issues: wide-angle lens distortion; aperture-pulls; and flickering GFX. These are undocumented hidden tricks and will work on all Sapphire platforms (Avid, AvidDS, After Effects, FCP, Autodesk, Shake and Nuke).

Tutorial
Ra-ey Saleh
Genarts Sapphire
Boombox Sonic Wave Effect

Boombox Sonic Wave Effect
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Learn to make the most requested effect shot in the GenArts Demo Reel. In this tutorial, Todd Prives will take you through the steps to create a series of sonic waves emitting from a boombox using Sapphire plug-ins and Adobe After Effects as seen in the GenArts Demo Reel.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Todd Prives
Autodesk Combustion
Sapphire Plug-ins Provide Big Help on ''Little Manhattan''

Sapphire Plug-ins Provide Big Help on ''Little Manhattan''

Film editor and FX artist, Alan Edward Bell shares some Hollywood secrets in this discussion of his recent job for 20th Century Fox and New Regency Pictures, "Little Manhattan." One tool he came back to again and again was GenArts' Sapphire Plug-ins -- both during the editing stage to create effects within Final Cut Pro, and during the finishing stage to finalize the effects at film resolution within Autodesk combustion.

People / Interview
Alan Edward Bell
Genarts Sapphire
Peter Wiggins looks at Sapphire Plug-ins from GenArts

Peter Wiggins looks at Sapphire Plug-ins from GenArts

Peter Wiggins takes a thorough look at the new Sapphire plug-ins from GenArts. One thing is for sure, you will have seen many examples in film and television already as Sapphire is used on a daily basis by large film effects and post production houses. Many compositors and editors swear by them, myself included! I've been using Sapphire with Shake for over a year now, and every job has used at least one plug-in. Now, they're available for Final Cut Pro, Combustion and After Effects.

Review, Tutorial
Peter Wiggins
Authors

Alan Edward Bell (1)
Walter Biscardi (1)
Debra Kaufman (3)
Todd Prives (1)
Ra-ey Saleh (1)
Peter Wiggins (1)


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