Creative COW Library Creative COW Library of tutorials, articles, reviews and more for media professionals world wide. en-us Mon, 24 Feb 2020 08:00:00 GMT PHP Script Building A Simple, Powerful Keyer in Blackmagic Design Fusion Discover the basics of creating a powerful Color Difference Keyer in Blackmagic Design Fusion using some very simple tools. Longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell shows how, once you understand the basic principles, there are countless ways to apply them to Tue, 18 Feb 2020 23:45:00 GMT Go Creative Show: Build Your Filmmaking Career With YouTube Discover how to advance your filmmaking and photography career on YouTube and Instagram in our interview with YouTuber and podcaster Tyler Stalman. Tyler and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss what it takes to stand out on YouTube, Tyler’s experience going from a stock photographer to fre Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:35:42 GMT After Effects Advanced Content-Aware Fill With Photoshop In part three of his series on Adobe After Effects Content Aware Fill, filmmaker and After Effects artist Cody Pyper takes his deepest dive yet! Following requests from viewers in the series so far, Cody takes a closer look at how Adobe Photoshop can help you remove unwanted objects from your video Mon, 17 Feb 2020 04:49:42 GMT DaVinci Resolve Optical Flow Join filmmaker and After Effects artist Cody Pyper for a closer look at DaVinci Resolve's Optical Flow to create exceptionally smooth slow motion, even on footage shot at normal frame rates. Cody covers the basics of how to use the effect, and shows some practical applications of Optical Flow for a Fri, 07 Feb 2020 05:32:45 GMT Blackmagic Design Fusion: World Coordinates for 3D Compositing Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a look at the useful things you can do in Blackmagic Design Fusion with world coordinates data using the Volume Mask tool. It offers very handy way of applying 2D processing to 3D scenes generated either withi Fri, 07 Feb 2020 04:47:13 GMT Best Results with After Effects Content-Aware Fill: Reference Frames Join filmmaker and After Effects artist Cody Pyper for a deep dive into how to get the absolute best results using the Content-Aware Fill tool in After Effects. Locked-down shots with simple backgrounds are one thing, but Cody shows the details of how to get fantastic results with complicated backgr Wed, 29 Jan 2020 08:43:43 GMT Apple Motion 5: Stylized Liquid Title Tutorial Tapping into one of the year's hottest design trends, as well as Apple Motion 5's most sophisticated creative tools, longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell has done it again: putting together a tutorial that's fast, fun, eye-opening, and immediately practic Tue, 28 Jan 2020 04:23:08 GMT Apple FCPX Bullet Lists Animated & Timed With A Single Title Quit stacking up layers in the timeline in Apple FCPX to create your bullet lists! They're kludgy, tough to layout, tough to make changes, and just plain unnecessary. There's a better way, and Bret Williams from BretFX is here to show you how to use the custom title to animate and time your bullet l Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:06:33 GMT Apple Motion 5: Awesome Glass Title Effect for FCPX "Create this frosted glass title effect for use in FCP X and amaze your friends," says longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell. "Nothing hugely fancy but a set of standard tricks you should find useful." Along the way, you'll work with clones, grouping, blur Mon, 13 Jan 2020 06:30:03 GMT 31 New Year's Resolutions For Creatives: Make This Your Best Year Ever! What's it going to take to make this your best year ever? Specific steps. Business owner, author, video producer, photographer, and longtime Creative COW leader Richard Harrington is here to offer you 31 resolutions for the new year that can make a huge difference in your business, your life, and yo Thu, 09 Jan 2020 10:37:57 GMT Apple FCPX: Using Snapshots for Project Versioning Join Bret Williams from BretFX for look at some best practices when incrementing project versions in Apple Final Cut Pro X. Learn when and how to use snapshots, duplicates, and compound clips to quickly, safely and efficiently address project versioning and client changes in a fictional show called Tue, 10 Dec 2019 22:24:00 GMT Apple FCPX Drop Zones Demystified Learn how to use precisely the region or portion of the clip you want in the drop zone, adjust it after the fact by using compound clips, avoid the dreaded freeze frame, synchronize audio, and adjust the pan and scale of the media in the drop zone with on screen controls. Bret Williams of BretFX mak Mon, 02 Dec 2019 05:39:31 GMT Apple Motion 5: Cell Division Tutorial Maybe scientifically accurate, maybe not, but definitely another deep exploration of the secrets of Apple Motion mastery with longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell: a cell division animation created entirely within Motion using blurs, blend modes, alpha ch Mon, 02 Dec 2019 02:22:36 GMT Unearthing Apollo 11 in Large Format: An Interview with Director Todd Douglas Miller Director-Editor Todd Douglas Miller creates more than just another space documentary with his film Apollo 11. He has helped expand the horizons of what we thought we knew about one of humankind's signature achievements by unearthing nearly 300 reels of previously unseen large-format film, up to 65 a Fri, 18 Oct 2019 01:31:34 GMT Apple Motion 5: EPIC Title Tutorial by Simon Ubsdell Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for some really useful and interesting techniques for creating a fake 3D title treatment with dramatic depth, texture, reflections, staining and other details that goes way beyond what you can achieve with the 3D Mon, 07 Oct 2019 19:41:20 GMT Five Fundamentals of Marketing and Managing Your Stock Video Business If you’re anything like most content creators, the confusion over the best way to manage and market your stock video business has kept you from getting started. Join video producer and entrepreneur Rod Harlan for a look at the five fundamentals of managing and marketing your stock video business. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 05:20:15 GMT Four Secrets to Stock Video Sales Success A successful stock video sales business, even if only part-time, relies heavily on the old adage, “practice makes perfect”. It’s a continual process of improving what you capture, how you capture it, and then how you market your stock video sales. Here are four strategies you can use to increa Fri, 06 Sep 2019 23:21:01 GMT Building A Stock Video Business: Monetizing Life's B-Roll If your line of work involves videography in one way or another, there are ways to make the most of your next gig. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when you start shooting video that could translate to earned extra cash. Doing these things from the get go will keep your extra footage on Sat, 31 Aug 2019 17:51:31 GMT Designing Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood Barbara Ling, production designer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, discusses how she was able to turn back time and recreate 1960’s Hollywood. Barbara and Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli discuss how Quentin Tarantino kept the film’s script a secret, how she restored Hollywood to the 1960’s Fri, 16 Aug 2019 16:02:58 GMT Blackmagic Design Announced WHAT? As if this wasn't already the hottest summer on record, Blackmagic Design's Grant Petty rolled out some blazing news across a wide range of the company's product lines in cameras, production hardware, and software. Fri, 09 Aug 2019 09:03:02 GMT Apple Motion 5: Light Art Tutorial Discover how to create this moody light art scene with Apple Motion 5! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a tutorial that also includes number of useful tricks, including how to create an ambient occlusion effect and textured specular highlight Thu, 08 Aug 2019 10:39:48 GMT Adobe After Effects Reverse Stabilization You're going to be blown away by how you can power up your After Effects workflow with reverse stabilizing your footage! By separating your tracking from your compositing, you can focus on each step, and in addition, overcome the render order complexities when match moving elements and effects on a Thu, 01 Aug 2019 07:22:04 GMT The Lion King's Virtual Cinematography: Caleb Deschanel, ASC Caleb Deschanel, cinematographer for Disney’s live-action The Lion King, shares how they used traditional cinematography to create the life-like virtual film. Caleb and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss modeling cameras and lenses for virtual filmmaking, how Caleb was able to move the su Thu, 01 Aug 2019 05:46:17 GMT Makin’ Planets! Adobe After Effects Tutorials by Graham Quince Here's a great new Adobe After Effects tutorial series from Creative COW leader Graham Quince that takes advantage of the free Orb plug-in from our friend Andrew Kramer at Video Copilot. Graham supplies project files, tips and tricks, and good humor on this tour through building every planet in the Thu, 25 Jul 2019 06:21:06 GMT After Effects Content Aware Fill: When It Doesn't Work There’s a new artificial intelligence-powered feature in Adobe After Effects called Content-Aware Fill that allows you to remove anything from your shots fairly easily! It's powerful, but if you’ve tried it you know that it doesn’t always work perfectly. So what do you do when it doesn’t wor Wed, 24 Jul 2019 22:50:51 GMT Animate Text Without Keyframes or Plug-ins in Apple FCPX Join longtime editor, VFX artist, plug-in developer, Creative COW leader Bret Williams of BretFX to learn how the FCPX Custom text tool allows you to animate text in Final Cut Pro X without using keyframes or plugins. With the often overlooked custom text tool you can easily create great text animat Thu, 18 Jul 2019 03:14:52 GMT Shooting RED 8K for Danny Boyle's Yesterday The magical romantic comedy Yesterday reunites cinematographer Christopher Ross BSC with director Danny Boyle to tell the story of a singer-songwriter who wakes up to discover that he's the only one in the world who remembers The Beatles. Christopher selected the RED HELIUM S35 8K sensor (with as ma Thu, 18 Jul 2019 07:29:07 GMT Spider-Man Far From Home Cinematographer Matthew Lloyd Matthew Lloyd, cinematographer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, takes us behind the scenes of the film and shares techniques for lighting and shooting massive visual effects scenes. Matthew and Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli, discuss working in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, using pre-vis to prep f Wed, 10 Jul 2019 22:45:33 GMT DJI Osmo Action Camera In-Depth: Taking on GoPro The DJI Osmo Action is DJI's first GoPro-like action camera. It shoots crisp 4K video at 60 FPS, and super slow motion at 240 FPS at 1080p, also with support for HDR and terrific RockSteady image stabilization. Especially interesting: TWO LCD screens to make it easy to see what you're shooting from Fri, 05 Jul 2019 22:17:06 GMT Stitch Together Photos in Photoshop To Make One EPIC Photo! Filmmaker Cody Pyper shows you how to stitch 18 photos together in Photoshop to create one truly EPIC photo! This is a pretty advanced tutorial, presented with a lot of energy, so dive in! You'll be able to apply these techniques to a wide variety of future projects. Thu, 27 Jun 2019 14:59:25 GMT Stuart Dryburgh: DP for Men In Black International Stuart Dryburgh, cinematographer for Men In Black International, joins Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, to discuss creating the look for the film. Stuart talks about the challenges of working in an established franchise, filming in NYC in the snow, why Stuart prefers Arri Alexa cameras, his light Thu, 27 Jun 2019 14:40:59 GMT Apple Motion Fire Dragon Logo Animation Fractals, generators, displacements, oh my! You can find everything you need to make engaging fire effects inside Apple Motion 5, and longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell shows you how to both build the fire and apply it to a logo. Project files are inclu Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:39:44 GMT Speed Ramps & Smooth Slow Motion in Adobe Premiere Pro Here's everything you need to know to get complete control over the speed of your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro! Join VFX guru Tobias G for a look at the Rate Stretch Tool, Premiere's Speed/Duration settings, Time Remapping, and more! Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:40:36 GMT Great Effects for Good Omens: Collaboration with Milk VFX Wouldn’t you know it? You’re a demon living on Earth for the past 6000 years, and you’ve finally persuaded your angelic counterpart to help you stop the end of the world, and now you can’t remember where you left the 11 year old Antichrist. Such are the tribulations of Good Omens, the newly Mon, 03 Jun 2019 06:21:35 GMT Capturing ProRes RAW Apple ProRes RAW has lots of buzz, and can offer some great opportunities in both shooting and post, once you know how to capture it. Director Steve Pierce and DP Igor Kropotov explain why they love it, how to capture it on set, and what tools you can use. Sat, 01 Jun 2019 08:36:55 GMT Go Creative: Designing Disney's Aladdin with Gemma Jackson Gemma Jackson, production designer for Disney’s live action Aladdin, joins Go Creative Show host and commercial director Ben Consoli to discuss the film. As the award winning production designer of Game of Thrones, Finding Neverland, Bridget Jones Diary and more, Gemma shares her experience workin Fri, 31 May 2019 14:03:59 GMT Apple Motion Data Vortex Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a deep dive into Apple Motion's generators, behaviors, and 3D compositing as you take advantage of the remarkable resources built right into Motion: no plug-ins, no external files, but lots and lots of product Tue, 28 May 2019 21:17:17 GMT Apple Motion 5 Tutorial: Slider Title Template for FCPX Create this clean and simple title template for FCP X and sharpen up your Motion skills! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a look at combining masks and other advanced compositing and animation tricks in Motion that you can use for fast, elega Thu, 23 May 2019 10:57:33 GMT Perfecting Audio: AES Dublin 2019 Top Products Join longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander for a closeup look at three of his favorite products featured at AES in Dublin 2019, including Nugen Loudness Bundle, PreSonus Studio 1 Free DAW, and the potential to build your own home studio with Smart Studio Inc. Thu, 23 May 2019 09:24:41 GMT Field Recording Accessories & Mounts: Perfecting Audio Field recording by its nature warrants good, practical kit, and longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander walks you through some of his favorite gear. Wed, 15 May 2019 09:23:45 GMT Innovative Production Techniques on Freeform's Good Trouble Good Trouble, a Freeform series spun off the popular and highly regarded The Fosters, features production innovations including an LED videowall as a scenic backdrop. Panasonic Varicam LTs shooting in ProRES 4444 feed a dynamic post workflow at Keep Me Posted, a FotoKem company, featuring upwards of Tue, 14 May 2019 02:15:08 GMT Adobe and That Cup on Game of Thrones Many things were shocking about Season 8 Episode 4 of Game of Thrones (Don’t worry, no spoilers here!), but the one shock to rule them all was that quick cameo of a contemporary drink cup next to the dragon queen herself. A quick tweak with Adobe's new Content Aware Fill for Adobe After Effects, l Fri, 10 May 2019 00:32:08 GMT Adobe, Avid, Blackmagic Design: The Big 3 NLEs at NAB 2019 Creative COW’s Hillary Lewis sat down with Avid, Adobe, and Blackmagic Design at NAB Show 2019 and discussed the innovations behind their releases and their outlooks on the future. NLEs are more accessible, faster, and better than ever. What does that mean for users today -- and tomorrow? Wed, 08 May 2019 10:25:31 GMT Follow Moving Subjects with DJI Active Track Mode World traveler, photographer, author, and Adorama TV host Mark Wallace follows up on his recent tutorial for the Intelligent Flight modes in DJI drones with a deep dive into automatically following your subjects with Active Track Mode. It's incredibly easy to set up, and you can see for yourself how Tue, 07 May 2019 11:52:26 GMT Intelligent Flight Modes for Your DJI Drone Using the intelligent flight modes on your DJI drone can significantly improve your drone footage. Follow along as world traveler, photographer, author, and Adorama TV host Mark Wallace demonstrates how you can use Cinematic mode, Tripod mode, and Point of Interest mode to create precise camera move Wed, 01 May 2019 10:08:16 GMT Apple Motion 5: Slot Machine Text Generator, Part 2 In Part 2 of a tutorial with its origins in a recent thread in Creative COW's Apple Motion forum, longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell plays with some variations on the theme of animating the dials of a slot machine. In particular, he says, "I want that r Wed, 01 May 2019 08:24:44 GMT Perfecting Audio: DIY Leads Why buy leads when you can make your own? With some basic tools from vise grips to a soldering iron, longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander goes through step by step how to make a jack lead, a phono lead and XLR cables. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:51:38 GMT Apple Motion 5: Slot Machine Text Generator A recent thread in Creative COW's Apple Motion forum led longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell down his own path of discovery on how to tackle this, providing a reminder in this first of a series that there's more than one fruitful route to creativity usin Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:25:35 GMT A Documentary Love Letter To Nashville's Bluebird Cafe Creative COW’s Hillary Lewis sits down with Erika Wollam Nichols, waitress turned general manager and president of The Bluebird Cafe, now producer of her debut documentary, Bluebird, which premiered at South by Southwest before moving to the Newport Beach Film Festival. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:26:54 GMT VFX in Adobe After Effects: An Artists Panel (NAB) Join panelists Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot, Jayse Hansen, and Mary Poplin of Boris FX, along with moderator, Victoria Nece of Adobe, as they discuss the world of visual effects from an artist’s perspective. Tue, 16 Apr 2019 10:45:11 GMT