Creative COW Library Creative COW Library of tutorials, articles, reviews and more for media professionals world wide. en-us Sat, 28 May 2016 22:00:00 GMT PHP Script FCPX Workflow: One Smart Collection To Rule Them All The first key to workflow wizardry is to exploit an application's strengths. In exploring the nuances of FCPX, famed workflow wizard Simon Ubsdell opens up some of the secrets around one of its most uniquely powerful, but sorely underused tools: Smart Collections. This isn't about replacing your exi Mon, 23 May 2016 20:53:26 GMT Metadata & The Future of Filmmaking Dave Stump, ASC has worked as a DP, effects cinematographer and VFX supervisor on dozens of films including Quantum of Solace, X-men The Bourne Identity, Star Trek: First Contact, Batman Forever and many more. He chairs the ASC subcommittees on Cameras, and Metadata, and in 2000, was part of a team Mon, 23 May 2016 14:38:24 GMT Creative Studio leads Pink Through the Looking Glass The Creative Studio's Director of CG Steve Parish led the VFX team, who first worked to bring together eighteen passes of a continuous seventy second shot as Pink moves across the chessboard in a fully CG generated environment. Meyers and Sarsfield had worked carefully to capture the motion controll Sat, 21 May 2016 02:46:54 GMT Adventures in File Transfer: Crawford's Transformed Workflow The boom in Georgia location production has led to new opportunities for Atlanta's Crawford Media Services to provide everything from dailies to finishing, all the way through archiving. The trick is that while, locations are local, the productions and client operating bases may be across the countr Thu, 19 May 2016 09:29:02 GMT What Comes After Landing that Big Editing Job? Sitting in on a meeting of The Editors' Lounge can be informative to say the least, and advance your career with wise words and not only been-there-done-that-information, but a real melting pot of new information and strategy. Join in for point-by-point discussion of what to do next after landing yo Wed, 18 May 2016 07:00:00 GMT Turning After Effects CC Particle World Into a 3D Galaxy Want to create an epic space scene with only the tools built into Adobe After Effects? Starting with After Effects' native CC Particle World, Graham Quince shows how to create a spectacular 3D spiral galaxy using null objects, 3D layers, and expressions to define where CC Particle World adds particl Tue, 17 May 2016 10:49:15 GMT Baselight Ka-booms in Belfast Belfast, in Northern Ireland, doesn't have a great history in post-production. But Ka-boom, which started in 2010 as an audio facility, the specialisation of co-founder Will McConnell, quickly grew to fill the void in a city which is now rapidly becoming a major production centre. Mon, 16 May 2016 21:23:53 GMT NAB NLEs 2016: The Revolution? No Revolutions! While the emphasis on "revolutionary" product releases at the annual NAB Show makes for splashy demos, they can sometimes get in the way of what customers really want: improvements to the product that they already have, just making them work better. Lo and behold, that's what we got in 201 Tue, 10 May 2016 07:00:00 GMT Day Three: Editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5 It's Day Three of Walter Biscardi's REAL WORLD editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5 and this is going to be the longest blog yet as I want to show you guys a lot of the "little things" that are making editing in Resolve a pleasure. I know there are a lot of questions still out there whether thi Wed, 04 May 2016 20:03:14 GMT Kylee Peña's NAB 2016 Review: It's The Little Things This was not an exciting year for the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas, says Creative COW Associate Editor Kylee Peña, but that doesn't mean it wasn't important. The “exciting” stuff isn’t what affects post production workflow the most, at least not immediately. Ky Tue, 03 May 2016 00:33:29 GMT Favreau, Technicolor & MPC Make The Jungle Book Come Alive Todd McCarthy, veteran film critic and historian, in his review of director Jon Favreau's new, stunning adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book declared, "...the visual effects team led by Robert Legato and (MPC's) Adam Valdez has both created sumptuous settings that look as lifelike as Mon, 02 May 2016 19:12:12 GMT Bob Zelin's NAB 2016 Review: Everything You Own is Obsolete Zelin Nation rejoices as the legendary Bob Zelin's legendary NAB wrap-up returns, featuring the unique insights of this industry-leading broadcast engineer into the stories that matter most. You won't find a better overview of shared storage, IO devices, converters, studio cameras, and Thunderbolt 3 Mon, 02 May 2016 07:00:00 GMT Day Two: Editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Somebody asked Walter Biscardi, "why does editing in Resolve interest you?" Well, he states, it is my color grading tool of choice. It's completely free, and by the way, I'm cutting this project using the free version of Resolve. My Studio version sits on another machine. And having all of Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:04:29 GMT Day One: Editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Blackmagic Design recently took the wraps off DaVinci Resolve 12.5. Walter Biscardi been predicting for over a year now that Blackmagic answered many of the questions and plaguing editors, and that this would be the year this tool became a full fledged non-linear editing system -- sure enough, it's Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:48:17 GMT VFX Legion | Hardcore Henry breakdown reel Remote post-production and visual effects studio VFX Legion has released its breakdown reel for the incendiary Hardcore Henry. The reel reveals the work that went into the first-person perspective action film, from augmenting violence to stitching shots together into one continuous sequence. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:13:54 GMT Prince: Musician There are almost too many stories to tell about Prince Rogers Nelson and his sudden passing at age 57. Stories of the dazzling star selling 100 million records, the explosive entertainer, the incendiary guitarist, the prolific composer, and more. Instead, we focus on a story too easily lost in all t Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:22:34 GMT FuseFX Applies Military Muscle to FX's Tyrant VFX Supervisor Ted Rae and team are applying their artistry to a jihadist war drama. Sun, 24 Apr 2016 01:54:55 GMT Creative COW NAB Show 2016 News: Wednesday Edition Welcome to Wednesday's edition of the the industry's most comprehensive coverage of the 2016 NAB Show. Some of the companies with especially wide-ranging presentations including AJA, ARRI, and Blackmagic Design, with the latest news from hundreds of other companies in cameras and support gear, stora Wed, 20 Apr 2016 18:33:47 GMT Creative COW 2016 NAB Show News: Tuesday Edition, April 19 Welcome to Tuesday's edition of the the industry's most comprehensive coverage of the 2016 NAB Show. Some of the companies with especially wide-ranging presentations including AJA, ARRI, and Blackmagic Design, with the latest news from hundreds of other companies in cameras and support gear, storage Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:10:27 GMT The Women in Post PR List: No More #AllMalePanels Did you know the #allmalepanel is such a common phenomenon that a UN organization is urging its employees (and 8,500 member organizations like Coca-Cola and Cisco) to stop participating in them? As we enter NAB 2016, Kylee Peña is looking at balancing the scales with more women on the panels. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 21:43:53 GMT Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool 15 years is a long time on the internet! Travel back with us to the days before YouTube, social media, digital cinema, smartphones, iPods and all the rest, back to the founding of Creative COW by Ronald & Kathlyn Lindeboom in April 2001. Join us for an insider's look at the earliest days of the prof Tue, 12 Apr 2016 02:11:12 GMT Drones/UAVs, Cameras, and Beyond: Douglas Spotted Eagle When longtime Creative COW leader Douglas Spotted Eagle recently approached us with a suggestion to add a Drones/UAV forum to our extensive cinematography and videography communities, it immediately made perfect sense. And who better than Douglas to host? We also took this opportunity to speak to Do Tue, 05 Apr 2016 02:15:57 GMT Navigating the Land Mine of Centralized Media Storage Storage and media asset management are probably the biggest category you will find on the NAB floor in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Dennis Kutchera guides you with past experience how to Navigate the Land Mine of Centralized Media Storage in the Post-Production Storage Wars. Tue, 05 Apr 2016 04:16:15 GMT Drone Rules Suck...and Why You Want Them Rules! Why do we need so many rules for drones? Pilot, skydiver, and drone operator Douglas Spotted Eagle agrees, “Some of the UAV/drone rules and laws are not only unreasonable but downright ineffective,” but when you look more closely from a pilot’s eye view, they start to make much more sen Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:18:51 GMT Tuskegee Airmen 75th Anniversary: A Documentary Revisited When Denton Adkinson and Bryan Williams told us the story of their documentary, In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen, back in 2011, we were amazed. It was one of the most popular stories we published that year, not just because of the inspiring subject matter, but for the remarkable way it came t Mon, 28 Mar 2016 01:07:58 GMT FCPX: Trailer Editing Workflow with Charlie Austin Creative COW stalwart, FCPX whiz, and longtime trailer editing expert Charlie Austin recently joined the folks at FCPWORKS and their FCP EXCHANGE workshop series for a deep dive into managing this particularly intensive form of editing with the newest Apple editing offering. Charlie comes at it with Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:53:14 GMT Renaissance Masters Go 3D with Nuke VFX legend Steve Wright helped Italy's Sky 3D tackle an epic project, as Italian all-3D television station set out to present the city of Florence and the masterpieces of Renaissance art housed in the Uffizi Gallery in a spectacular stereoscopic 3D movie shown in 60 countries around the world. While Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:08:25 GMT Boris Continuum Complete 10: A Winner For Every Creative Walter Biscardi has been a Boris FX customer since 1995, and he calls Continuum Complete 10 a winner that belongs in every post creative's toolbox. With filters that nobody else has, customizable presets galore, multiple host support for one price, the watershed Title Studio, and the integrated powe Mon, 07 Mar 2016 17:18:48 GMT Blackmagic Design Fusion: Building Your Own Keyer In his latest tutorial for Blackmagic Design Fusion, Simon Ubsdell points out that you can of course simply use Fusion's built-in keyer, and quickly get a good result, but here he shows how combining visual effects nodes to build your own keyer helps you understand the processes to refine trouble ke Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:37:35 GMT Apple FCPX and the Making Of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Rather than a story about editing software, this is a story about Apple Final Cut Pro X from a filmmaker’s perspective: specifically, how keeping as much VFX and audio temp work as possible inside FCPX during production helped allow Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to open up new options and saved wee Fri, 26 Feb 2016 03:40:43 GMT School, Teachers, Italian Neorealism & a Few Soviet Films In this exclusive interview, generously granted to Creative COW by the Gamma and Density Journal, during his lifetime, Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, sat down with Yuri Neyman, ASC to talk about his life as a cinematographer. We remember the genius. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 04:22:59 GMT Blackmagic Design Teranex Mini: 4K Monitoring & So Much More When Blackmagic asked broadcast engineer, systems designer, and all-around straight shooter Bob Zelin to take a look at the new Teranex Mini line, he told them no. Converter stories are too boring. Just one problem, though: his clients couldn't see pictures out of their SDI gear going into HDMI inpu Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:45:23 GMT The Sisterhood of the X-Files Fandom As the first show to create a rabid, real-time internet fandom, devotion to "The X-Files" has been growing in intensity with each year since the original series finale, with a fanbase that is clever, thoughtful, and largely female. Not that there's any shortage of male X-Philes, but there' Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:34:48 GMT Checksums, Speed, and Acceptable Risk Do you hang out under a tree during a lightning storm? Do you perform a checksum every time you copy important files from one place to another? If you don't have an equally strong opinion about both these questions, it's time to learn about checksums: how they work, how much you can trust them, and Sat, 16 Jan 2016 01:10:31 GMT Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, 1930 - 2016 - Remembering the Genius Winner of an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the long list of official accolades for Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC doesn't begin to illustrate the impact his work has had on generations of artists around the world. Friend, colleague, and Global Cinema Thu, 07 Jan 2016 03:37:36 GMT Editing Star Wars: The Force Awakens On Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings the latest collaboration of Mary Jo Markey, ACE and Maryann Brandon, ACE​ once again collaborated with J.J. Abrams, following their previous successes with him on pictures including Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission Impossible III, Super 8, and t Tue, 05 Jan 2016 00:03:04 GMT Using Apple FCPX for A DocumenTree After 25 years of working on other people's documentaries, commercials, feature films, filmmaker Michael Angelo's first original project is the inspirational story of the Treeman of Venice Beach, a singular creation of a singular man whose combination of costume, body paint, live foliage, and 10-foo Tue, 15 Dec 2015 03:07:20 GMT Blackmagic Design Fusion 8 Intro Tutorial: Fusion Reactor Blackmagic Design Fusion has long been known as an incredibly powerful node-based 3D compositing and VFX environment, responsible for some of the most indelible cinematic imagery of our time. Tokyo Productions Creative Director Simon Ubsdell has been a Fusion fan and user for years, and here provide Thu, 03 Dec 2015 11:31:59 GMT A Tale of Two Mockingjays: The Hunger Games Epic Finale(s) Deciding to adapt the Hunger Games finale, Mockingjay, as 2 films opened up remarkable storytelling possibilities for director Francis Lawrence, and editors Alan Bell ACE and Mark Yoshikawa ACE. We spoke with the editors about the technologies, workflows, and collaborative processes that enabled the Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:55:43 GMT Peter Doyle: Supervising Visual Colourist at Technicolor Peter Doyle, Supervising Visual Colourist at Technicolor, shares details of his upward spiraling career. His deep technical knowledge allows for a perfect blend of creativity and productivity in equal measure. Here he talks about his career, his aspirations, and his involvement in productions right Thu, 19 Nov 2015 20:00:00 GMT Introducing Ultron: Trixter Builds The Avengers' Biggest Bad At the heart of Marvel's biggest Avengers movie yet lies their greatest threat yet: Ultron, a self-constructing robot intelligence bent on destroying all of humanity. Munich's boutique-scale Trixter Film was given the critical task of introducing this epic-scale character, which they undertook from Mon, 02 Nov 2015 03:15:51 GMT The Walk: Largest Use of Cloud Computing in Film History Award-winning VFX Company Joins UPP and Rodeo FX to Recapture the Legendary Walk Between the World Trade Center Towers. Lead VFX vendor Atomic Fiction needed a more efficient way to do the compute-intensive, and traditionally very expensive, processes of rendering. The company used their cloud-based Fri, 30 Oct 2015 02:23:05 GMT Affordable, Easy LTO Archiving It's a simple idea: your stuff is precious, but there's too much of it to easily store. The world of LTO seems expensive and confusing, and straight talk is hard to come by. Well, it happens that Creative COW's Bob Zelin is the master of straight talk, and has had to learn a lot about archiving to h Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:30:22 GMT Tomorrowland -- Building a World Beyond with cineSync Earlier this year, Disney brought another of its theme park attractions to the silver screen in Brad Bird's Tomorrowland - a VFX-fuelled adventure that whisks viewers across time, space and alternate dimensions. Computer graphics facility Whiskytree was brought on to the project to create the gleami Tue, 13 Oct 2015 18:58:17 GMT Colour Grading The BBC's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a seven-part adaptation of Susanna Clarke's novel set in the Napoleonic Wars, and says Technicolor Montreal's Head Colourist Nico Ilies, a beautifully crafted period fantasy drama with outstanding acting, great cinematography and art direction, beautiful costumes and Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:50:40 GMT 3D Dance Show in After Effects When Ari Grunzeweig needed to create a dynamic promo, he turned to a remarkable combination of keyed footage, particles, and the dynamic 3D compositing and cameras in Adobe After Effects to build a virtual world exploding with dance and light. Take a look to see how to build your own 3D world in Aft Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:51:02 GMT Perfect Chroma Keys from Bad Green Screens in After Effects High-quality green screen footage is a luxury that many of us will never have. Your quest for perfect chroma keys from awful green screen footage is nearing its happy conclusion as Bracer Jack shows you exactly how to achieve success using only the tools built into Adobe After Effects. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 02:00:55 GMT Positivity: Editor Jesse Averna on Evolving Your Career Five-time Emmy-award winning editor Jesse Averna has been a lifelong fan of filmmaking, a love reflected in his ambition to move into directing. Jesse shares insight about evolving his career, including the importance of being a positive force in your post community. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 02:05:33 GMT How Are You? No, really. Creativity & Mental Health In an industry where mental health is hard to come by, Creative COW Associate Editor Kylee Peña reminds us how important it is to ask ourselves, and our peers, "How are you? No, really. How ARE you?" Kylee also offers some suggestions for helping ourselves be honest with the answers, as w Tue, 06 Oct 2015 03:01:09 GMT Apple Motion 5: Crystal Spheres Apple Motion 5 has many powerful compositing and graphics features, but its 3D feature set is, alas, limited. (For those keeping score, it's only 2.5D). Simon Ubsdell applies his his VFX and motion graphics expertise to cleverly working around those limitations by exploiting the best of Motion's beh Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:21:01 GMT