Creative COW Library Creative COW Library of tutorials, articles, reviews and more for media professionals world wide. en-us Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:00:00 GMT PHP Script Cutting Grand Budapest Hotel:Oscar-Nom Editor Barney Pilling Oscar-nominated editor Barney Pilling discusses balancing a distinct visual style, using driving performances, and managing visual effects on Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:57:11 GMT Fitness in Post: Using Community to Make Post Healthy "Fitness in Post" sounds like an oxymoron, but actually it's a fast-growing movement led by film and television editor Zack Arnold, helping the community of editors, visual effects artists and other post-production professionals to help each other become physically and mentally healthy. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 03:07:20 GMT The Introvert's Guide to NAB If you're like most people in video production, you're a bit of an introvert, and that makes trade shows a complicated matter. Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall offers suggestions to help you fight shyness and balance your social meter to have the best NAB Show you possibly can. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT Transform Your Edit Suite Into a Gym Between editing a television show 60+ hours a week and raising two young kids, there's no way that editor Zack Arnold (Empire, Burn Notice) was getting to the gym. Yet he's been able to lose weight and build strength by combining his two passions -- editing and fitness -- into one space. You won't b Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:22:42 GMT FotoKem Restores The 1965 Classic, The Sound of Music Restoring a beloved classic requires even more finesse than usual. Fortunately, today's tools offer more power than ever, along with more finesse, to enable the film experts at FotoKem to create a truly celebratory release of 1965's The Sound of Music. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:48:54 GMT Apple Motion 5: Volumetric Lighting Volumetric lighting creates a dramatic look of real light in a 3D space, and works especially well for title animation, even with 2D text. It's a nifty magic trick, created with a finesse that some people don't associate with Apple Motion. You of course know better, and Simon Ubsdell is here to help Mon, 09 Mar 2015 22:48:09 GMT Tips from an NAB Veteran: Make the Best Use of Your Time "The snow is finally starting to melt," says Creative COW Contributing Editor (and member with nearly 25,000 posts) Walter Biscardi, "so that means it’s time for the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention. I've gone so many times it’s more like a family reunion tha Mon, 09 Mar 2015 22:19:36 GMT Open Letter to Companies Exhibiting at the NAB Show "Trade show exhibitors are all competing to be the loudest, shiniest and sexiest," says Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall. "I'm writing to ask you to consider how your conduct can help make the exhibit hall a more inviting and inclusive experience for everyone." Mon, 09 Mar 2015 21:53:45 GMT Method Studios builds a giant world for JUPITER ASCENDING Jupiter Ascending is the latest sci-fi epic from Lana and Andy Wachowski, the visionaries whose hallmark is creating compelling worlds that span vast reaches of time and space. We spoke to Simon Carr, the VFX supervisor for Method, about creating many of the key components in Jupiter Ascending's wor Wed, 04 Mar 2015 02:15:00 GMT Kickstarter Success? Fall In Love With Your Idea!​ You may know the highly regarded CTRL+Console app that enables your iPad to work as a control surface for Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and X, and others. Developer Jeff Chow isn't a software guy, but a creative professional who found he could build a gestural interface more quickly than Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:00:00 GMT Fitness in Post: From Couch to Star Wars 10K "My name is Adam Bedford, I’m a tv editor, and I just ran my first ever 10k." Adam tell us that it was hard to even get started training, having sprained his ankle running from zombies at Comic-Con. And yet... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 02:56:16 GMT Apple Motion 5: Shockwave An explosive shockwave. Think you've seen it all before? Not until Simon Ubsdell has shown you how to take advantage of unique tools in Apple Motion 5 to make your own. Simon's experience has been built over 25 years in motion graphics, sound design and mixing, music composition, visual effects and Mon, 09 Feb 2015 22:16:31 GMT Fitness in Post Revisits Sexism in Post "Sexism in Post" by Kylee Wall, one of our most-talked about recent stories, will lead to an NAB 2015 panel, and here, a podcast interview by Zack Arnold for Fitness in Post. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:13:32 GMT Misery Loves Comedy: Comedian Kevin Pollak Cuts His Docu Comedian and actor Kevin Pollak talks about directing and editing his documentary "Misery Loves Comedy", a film that explores the darker side of comedians. After three software lessons from editor (and renowned VFX supervisor) Rob Legato and ten months at the console, Pollak has some new i Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:00:00 GMT Cinematographer-in-Residence: Mandy Walker ASC at UCLA Cinematographer Mandy Walker joins UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television as a Kodak Cinematographer in Residence, teaching the next generation of film students what it means to be a successful director of photography. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:50:00 GMT Exodus: Gods and Kings -- Grading Ridley Scott's 3D Epic Director Ridley Scott's latest epic 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' takes a gritty approach to a biblical story, and colorist Stephen Nakamura helped expand the realistic look by working closely with Scott and DP Dariusz Wolski ASC, and by grading the film in DaVinci Resolve 11 using new tools to help push Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT The Art of Being Industrious: Dody Dorn ACE on Cutting Fury Oscar-nominated film editor Dody Dorn is best known for her work on films like 'Memento' and 'End of Watch', with her latest film 'Fury' involving 16 Avids across two continents. Working her way up from switchboard operator, Dody brings decades of experience to the edit, with a personal advocacy for Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:00:00 GMT HP Brings Tiny Desktops and Bold Displays to CES 2015 HP announced major updates at CES 2015, including thin and light mobile workstations, new mini desktops for any room in the house, and enhance displays featuring curved, 4K and 5K panels and virtual reality capabilities. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:30:00 GMT Walter Soyka On Boris Continuum Complete 9 NLE & AE Plug-ins Creative COW's Walter Soyka has been using the Boris Continuum Complete plug-ins for years, and now takes a look at BCC 9. His conclusion: it's exactly what a plug-in set should be, adding power and creative options, saving time, and a strong value. Available for every major NLE, After Effects, and Mon, 05 Jan 2015 04:00:00 GMT Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld In the first of what will be an ongoing series, "Title Animation: WELD" uses the particle system in Apple Motion, as well as support for EPS outlines, to create the photo-real impression of a title burned onto the screen with a blowtorch, complete with sparks and smoke. Part 1 covers the s Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:30:00 GMT Unbroken: Editing Angelina Jolie's War Drama Editors William Goldenberg and Tim Squyres discuss the process of co-editing Unbroken, the Angelina Jolie directed war drama, including constructing challenging sequences, working with an actor-director, and knowing when a scene feels right. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:15:00 GMT Bridging Web Design and Development with Adobe Extract Adobe Extract, released in August 2014, is a feature in Photoshop 2014 CC, Dreamweaver 2014 CC and Creative Cloud that has the potential to transform the way web designers and developers work together. If the designer does have a Creative Cloud membership, it opens up a new possibility: uploading a Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT Editor Bryan Capri Talks Cutting Lifetime TV Movies Editor Bryan Capri's shift from editing corporate training videos and independent films to crafting TV movies for SyFy and Lifetime was no accident: hard work and a positive attitude were everything as he found himself cutting films and designing workflows for major networks. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT Boris FX Acquires Imagineer, Building VFX Development Dynamo Boris FX, makers of VFX plug-ins and integrated workflow solutions including Boris Continuum Complete, have signed an agreement to acquire Imagineer Systems, makers of mocha Pro. The two will combine for a tremendous reach in the editing, motion graphics, and VFX communities, and have already begun Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:00:00 GMT Editor William Goldenberg on Crafting The Imitation Game Oscar-winning film editor William Goldenberg has cut his fair share of tension, including Zero Dark Thirty and Argo. On The Imitation Game, he crafts the story of Alan Turing's race to crack the Engima code, sharing his creative approach to constructing a scene and working with high-level directors. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:00:01 GMT Arson Dogs: Editing a Web Series One of the most complicated projects yet undertaken by Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall: an unscripted web series called Arson Dogs, which featured massive multi-clips, 8 dog handlers, 3 trainers, and a whole lot of very enthusiastic dogs. Adding to the complexity: because it was for the Mon, 01 Dec 2014 23:59:11 GMT Avid Video Mixdowns as DaVinci Resolve Sources People have been asking advice from television online editor and frequent Creative COW contributor Scott Freeman on what to do when an Avid video mixdown is going to be used as a source for DaVinci Resolve.Here are his thoughts on how to get in on the fun of linking metadata to essence. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:54:59 GMT The Drive to Create: The Drive: PAC-12 Football The 25-year career of 16-time Emmy winner Jim Jorden began with NFL Films, and included 7 years creating programs for NASCAR before returning to football. Along the way, he has led the production of 69 new series on 20 networks, winning Emmys for his work as a cameraman, an editor, and an executive Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:18:45 GMT Indie Tips for 4K With Little or No Budget 4K isn't just part of some theoretical future. 4K production is here now, and there are some very affordable approaches for low- and no-budget indie filmmakers. Veteran producer and professional limit-pusher Al Caudullo put together a piece on the heritage of Angkor, Cambodia, and for us, has put to Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:23:14 GMT Quantel Unveils 8K 60p Pablo Rio Workflow Quantel has unveiled a new Pablo Rio working in real time at 8K 60p, supported with hardware by NVIDIA and AJA, a world's first for post production. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:51:08 GMT Thinking Differently to Create Successful Indie Distribution With the accessibility offered by ever more affordable tools, it has never been easier to make an Indie feature. This essay by President and Co-founder of the Digital Cinema Society, James Mathers, discusses the distribution of an indie feature and how the filmmakers brought "Why We Ride" Fri, 14 Nov 2014 04:47:47 GMT Don't Fight the Magnetic Timeline! One of the biggest "issues" people coming from other NLE's still seem to have with FCP X is how the Timeline works. Magnetism! No Tracks! Weird Snorkel Things! Storylines?! It's Crazytown! If you fall into this category, we have two suggestions for you. 1) Read this article by Creative COW Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT Sexism in Post: Sometimes It's What You Think, Sometimes Not Sexism in video production is making work environments hostile and keeping women away, but the most damaging sexist actions aren't what you think. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 18:47:05 GMT NetApp Simplifies Hybrid Cloud Management Software Storage and data management company NetApp announced a set of tools to enhance cloud services, including a more efficient operating system with simple tools to manage data on Amazon Cloud web services. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 04:07:28 GMT Thriller in the Heartland: Indie Filmmaker Zack Parker While some would call family life in the midwest a challenge to making movies, writer/director Zack Parker has made deliberate choices in his career and has some great advice for aspiring filmmakers as his fourth feature, "Proxy", hits Netflix and DVD. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Purrrfect Videos with Adobe Premiere Clip for Cat Day The Premiere Clip app is a great way to get started in shooting, editing and sharing your own videos, and today Adobe is encouraging everyone to sink their claws into a cat video of their own for National Cat Day. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 GMT A Beginner's Guide to Building a Budget 5.1 Editing Suite As TV producer Jonathan Bird readied his first 6K feature for the fulldome-theater market, he needed to starting working with 5.1 sound. It turns out that it was trickier than just connecting his computer to a home theater receiver! Here's his trial-and-error progression to success. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT Gone Girl: Editing a Hollywood Feature with Adobe Premiere David Fincher's "Gone Girl" is the latest in a series of critically acclaimed films from the director, but it's the first studio feature edited with Adobe Premiere Pro, with a complex post production workflow that includes 6K acquisition and over 200 visual effects completed in house with Sun, 19 Oct 2014 03:00:00 GMT Adventures in 6K with Jackson, Wyoming's Brain Farm Cinema Staffed with outdoor sport enthusiasts and and fortified with the latest in 6K cameras and post production technology, Wyoming-based Brain Farm Cinema is taking wild leaps into the next level of production capabilities and working through challenges in media and infrastructure along the way. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:06:25 GMT Adobe's Mobile Canvas: Desktop, Devices Come Together at MAX Adobe has announced a a new family of mobile apps, tied together by a new Creative Profile, to seamlessly integrate into existing desktop tools as part of the latest Creative Cloud release. The CC update, expected to be available today, also includes major new features for the desktop family of tool Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:00:00 GMT Running the VFX for The Maze Runner VFX Supervisor Sue Rowe led the team from Method in creating over 500 shots as the exclusive house on The Maze Runner, an action thriller based on the post-apocalyptic dystopia YA series. Creating the ever-shifting maze itself, as well as foul organic-mechanical hybrid monsters known as Grievers, Su Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Blackmagic DaVinci Goes up to 11 Colorist Joseph Owens has been in the heart of postproduction for over 30 years, and has used one form or another of DaVinci Resolve for a large part of that. In his look at the latest release of what he calls the gold standard for color correction, he both covers new features, and considers the pos Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:00:00 GMT Post Production: Protect Yourself Before You Sign a Contract In this trailer for a Business & Marketing training series at, Walt tells us what post production pros need to know and ask before taking on that big post project. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:00:00 GMT Put Post First: Save Time & Money in Production! In this trailer for a Business & Marketing training series at, Walt tells us to Put Post First! Save time and money by starting with post. In the series, you'll learn what producers and content creators need to know to save time, money and create a better end product. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:00:00 GMT Quick Tip: Square vs. Anamorphic Pixels In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter Biscardi Jr. clears up the confusion between square and anamorphic pixels and why he recommends always working in square pixel timelines. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:00:00 GMT Adobe Streamlines Workflows with Creative Cloud Updates Adobe has announced updates to the professional video tools in their Creative Cloud, featuring timesaving enhancements to media and project management, increased support for new codecs and display technologies, and refinements to everyday editorial tasks in response to some long-standing user reques Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:30:31 GMT HP's New Workstations: Powerful, Expandable, and Compatible Expanding its Z-series line, HP announced major updates to desktop and mobile workstations focusing on expandability, reliability and compatibility - and specifically targeting disappointed Mac users that may not have considered the PC world before. With the key word for creative professionals being Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:45:00 GMT WalterBiscardi.Com Preview for The Positive Side of Change Through humour and anecdotes, Walter Biscardi Jr. shows how to embrace the risk that comes with change - both in business and in life. This clip previews the new series at WalterBiscardi.Com. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:00:00 GMT WalterBiscardi.Com Preview for Production Budget Basics In this production budgeting basics preview for a series on, Dana Popoff, Producer for "Good Eats" and "Feasting On Asphalt" with Alton Brown for the Food Network, shares what insights she will guide viewers through in this new professional production instructi Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:00:00 GMT Milk Creates Half-Face Man for Debut of Doctor Who Series 8 BAFTA award winning London VFX house Milk created the stunning and beautiful visual effects for the BBC's "Deep Breath", Peter Capaldi's debut episode as Doctor Who, directed by Ben Wheatley for the eighth series of Doctor Who. 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