Creative COW Library Creative COW Library of tutorials, articles, reviews and more for media professionals world wide. en-us Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT PHP Script Blackmagic Design's Cameras and Resolve Press Conference How's THIS for another way that Blackmagic is changing the game? World class headline news, direct to you, no waiting in line at NAB. Following last month's press conference on BMD's broadcast products, CEO Grant Petty walks us through new control su Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:26:35 GMT Beautiful 8K Timelapse of Norway's Four Seasons One year of planning, one year of shooting, and four months of post-production is a lot of time to spend on a single timelapse, but photographer Morten Rustad‘s creation SEASONS of NORWAY captured this 8K masterpiece by travelling a total of 20,000 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 03:04:18 GMT Adobe After Effects Advanced Title Tutorial Learn how to create complex title animations in Adobe After Effects! In my last tutorial I covered how to create, customise and animate simple titles in Adobe Premiere Pro: In this tutorial we will take things one step further and create titles that are too c Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:26:39 GMT Film Editing: Should You Edit Scenes to Music? Music can elevate the emotion of a film scene. As a film editor, should you first cut to music or focus on dialog and visuals alone? In this tutorial, This Guy Edits shares his point of view by example with a rough cut using some temp music by Max Elto. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:13:26 GMT Oliver Peters interviews editor Tom Cross of La La Land The ambitious opening sequence of La La Land was done with just three cuts, according to the film's editor, Tom Cross. Oliver Peters brings you the story of this and many other aspects of editing this remarkable film. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:00:42 GMT Videoguys Top 10 Products of 2016 As we look back at 2016, we reflect on a year that involved media consumption -- and more specifically LIVE media consumption. Increased bandwidth, improved cameras on mobile phones, and easy access to YouTube LIVE... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:19:03 GMT Immersive Gaming: Razer's Project Ariana Fills the Room Razer's Project Ariana earned the company its seventh straight Best of Show award at CES 2017 and broke the record for consecutive wins. Fully immersive gaming is sure to be huge in the days ahead. Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:30:31 GMT Production Designer Hannah Beachler on the Go Creative Show Film and broadcast production designer Hannah Beachler talks with Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli about her work on Creed, Moonlight, and the upcoming Black Panther. Hannah Beachler is a prolific production designer with an affinity for realistic design that emphasizes emotional drama. Over the pa Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:30:23 GMT The Other Side of GoPro's November 30, 2016 Announcement When GoPro announced on November 30, 2016 that they would be cutting 200 full-time jobs, closing the entertainment division, and that their president would be leaving the company, the internet came alive with those who were predicting the company's demise. But there really is another side to the sto Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:22:57 GMT NVIDIA GPUs Speed Nickelodeon’s Animation Workflow on Albert Premieres Friday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT) -- Albert is Nickelodeon’s first original animated TV movie, telling the story of a tiny Douglas fir tree named Albert who loves Christmas and dreams of being the Empire City Christmas tree. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:59:33 GMT Creative COW's Brand New News Dept. Features and Functions Creative COW's co-founders have been quietly at work cleaning up and rebuilding the Creative COW News section. While they've been at work, they've been adding new features and functions that will make the news department much more useful in the days ahead. If it's been a while since you've visited t Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:01:58 GMT 12 Things I Know About Business at 55 That I Wish I'd Known at 25 12 Things I Know About Business at 55 That I Wish Id Known at 25 appeared in Creative COW Magazine and was one of our most popular articles. It is a true timeless classic in which COW leader, contributing editor, and Senior Business Adviser to Creative COW, Nick Griffin shares wisdom he's learned th Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:13:05 GMT Don Burgess aligns with Light Iron and Panavision for ALLIED Don Burgess, ASC trusts Light Iron. His last seven films can attest, so Burgess chose Light Iron to support him again with digital dailies and post finishing services on Allied. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, the World War II-set film sees an intelligence of Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:42:21 GMT ZERO VFX: The Magic You Won't See In The Magnificent Seven ZERO VFX takes Creative COW readers inside the invisible effects used to create the powerful vistas and settings used in The Magnificent Seven. But the real magic is in what you don't see. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:46:02 GMT More Than One Path to Success: Senior Editor Mae Manning We talk a lot about things like “accessible tools” and the “democratization of video production” -- what has this meant for the emerging talent whose creative development has taken place largely, or even entirely, within this democratized landscape? Mae Manning is one such editor, who taught Fri, 18 Nov 2016 02:36:57 GMT How To Create Better Live Surgical Broadcasts Greg Ondera produces, directs, and edits medical video programs specializing in surgical procedures. From his wide ranging experience in the medical sciences and broadcast arts, Greg shows you how to create better surgical broadcasts. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 02:20:57 GMT Join Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli and his special guest, David Klein, ASC, cinematographer of Homeland and True Blood. David is here to talk all about it all. His love of realism has defined a generation of filmmaking and he continues to execute it flawlessly with his work on Homeland. David t Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:01:57 GMT NAB Show New York 2016: Growing, Yet Still Intimate Calling April's NAB Show "overwhelming" is an understatement. The expo that fills the rapidly expanding Las Vegas Convention Center every April topped 103,000 attendees and 1700+ exhibitors in 2 million square feet of exhibit space. The Big Apple's edition of the NAB Show is more bite sized: taking Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:24:46 GMT Being an Advertising Editor: The Ins & Outs of Agency Work Katie Toomey takes Creative COW members inside the world of the advertising editor, where being a generalist means you are often not only a video editor, but a designer and audio editor, problem solver, as well as tech support professional. Join Katie as she takes you inside her world. Sat, 05 Nov 2016 20:54:03 GMT Adobe MAX 2016: Breakthroughs in Design and Productivity You might be excused for thinking that, barely a month since Adobe announced massive updates to their Creative Cloud suite at IBC, there might not be much more to add, except that there’s no way that Adobe would bring 10,000 people to San Diego for the Adobe MAX creativity conference and not have Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:48:09 GMT Microsoft Surface Studio: Does It Out-Mac the Mac? The day before Apple was set to announce their big news for the year, Microsoft introduced their own big news and for some Mac users -- no, not all but at least some -- it seemed to recall feelings and dreams of old. This is a Microsoft that few saw coming and in their swing for the fences, they hav Mon, 31 Oct 2016 22:42:30 GMT Adobe After Effects Expressions 101 Expressions in Adobe After Effects open up a world of possibilities for your visual effects! Expressions can be daunting when you first get into them, though, as you have to essentially write 'code' - and code can be scary. Join After Effects guru Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio for the fir Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:50:42 GMT How TV Spot Strategies Come Into Being Nick Griffin has worked with a wide range of clients both national and international. He has worked in a wide range of capacities for his clients and he is successful because he knows how to listen and how to function as a part of a team, even when he's the guy with all the responsibility. In this a Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:46:02 GMT Advanced Color Correction in Adobe Premiere Pro Color correction is essential to making every video look its best, and Adobe Premiere Pro has a lot of great tools built in that are both powerful and easy to use. Most important, they can help bridge the gap between color displayed on the monitor you're using, and the devices your viewers will be u Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:30:04 GMT Adobe Stock Contributor Portal Allows Creators To Sell Their Stock Media Directly Inside Creative Cl media directl/1 media directl.php If you're reading this, it’s all but certain that you’ve at some point in your career made money using an Adobe product. With the Adobe Stock Contributor Portal comes a twist: Adobe now provides a platform for you to upload your footage, photos, Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:00:00 GMT The Science of Editing Sven Pape, aka @ThisGuyEdits, joins Dr. Karen Pearlman -- former President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild and a three-time nominee for Best Editing at the Australian Screen Editors Guild Annual Awards -- for a provocative look at "Editor's Thinking," a cognitive skill set that you can use to Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:24:48 GMT “Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.” Before coming to Creative COW, before his lives in product marketing and product management at Avid and Boris FX, Creative COW Editor-in-Chief Tim Wilson ran a video production company. As we also observe the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the US Parks Service, Tim recalls one one especially m Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:57:19 GMT Shooting MTV's Mary + Jane with Panasonic VariCam 35 To shoot the ½ hour scripted comedy series for MTV, Mary + Jane, the producers at Television 360 enlisted cinematographer Charles Papert (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Key and Peele), who found that Panasonic VariCam is a great fit for moving fast and getting great images when time and resources are scarce. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:00:57 GMT Imagineer mocha Pro 5 Plug-In for Adobe: An In Depth Review Imagineer mocha Pro 5 Plug-in for Adobe brings all the amazing features of the professional version of the mocha Planar Tracker directly into After Effects and Premiere Pro in the form of a plugin. In this in-depth review, After Effects tutorial guru Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio will sho Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:08:46 GMT Hawaiki Keyer 3.0 Upgrader Tutorial After 25 years as an editor, compositor, and VFX artist, frequent Creative COW poster and tutorial author Simon Ubsdell knows what he needs from a keyer -- and knew he wasn't getting good enough results from FCPX or Motion. Discussions in COW forums led him to create the highly regarded Hawaiki Keye Tue, 13 Sep 2016 01:36:19 GMT All Eyes on IBC 2016 for Cameras and Lenses Galore What’s that you say? An IBC that’s not only relevant, but downright exhilarating? This used to not be news, of course. However, in recent years, IBC has too often become simply an opportunity for European audiences to see products already announced at NAB. In 2016, however, the focus swings shar Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:30:13 GMT Film Editing Tutorial: How To Crush The First Notes It's happened to you. The first cut sounds noisy, has compression artifacts, actors aren't giving their best performances -- and the director has notes about all this and more. Follow along as Sven Pape from "This Guy Edits" works through some of these very issues on the film he's working Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:58:55 GMT After Effects 2015.3 - My Favorite Features Learn why you should upgrade to After Effects CC 2015.3 - 13.8.1 - a close and detailed look at the latest release of After Effects (August 2016). Roei Tzoref will be focusing on his favorite features that set this release apart from previous versions: Performance, Queue in AME, Lumetri Color new fe Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:54:11 GMT Advanced Masking in Adobe After Effects Some of the coolest stuff you can do inside of Adobe After Effects is only possible once you unlock the power of masks. Join After Effects whiz Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio to learn about mask animation and interpolation, using the variable width feathering tool, managing mask modes and Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:48:16 GMT UAV Filter Frenzy! Virtually every sUAV/RTF drone in the air uses the same image processing chip and most have similar lenses. None of them are ideal, and they all operate at very high shutter speeds. None of them allow for shutter speed control, and as a result, it's up to the user to slow the shutter speed. This can Mon, 01 Aug 2016 23:20:52 GMT Editing Movie Trailers with Patricio Hoter More and more, films that are currently in production are working alongside with their marketing teams to establish a strategy months in advance of its release. That means that there’s more time to explore several options when crafting a trailer, but the workload also becomes heavier, and the Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:14:48 GMT Fixing Common After Effects Problems and Mistakes Got problems using Adobe After Effects? Exported files too large, Expressions not working, mixing shapes and makes, modes/switches, selecting previews for layers vs. comps - Surfaced Studio's Tobias Gleissenberger shows you fast fixes for these and more! Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:20:52 GMT 5 Tips for Finding the Right Edit Point Accomplished editors tend to point to instinct and experience when it comes to the exact edit point. Here are 5 tips from veteran editor Sven Pape of "This Guy Edits" that may help you get there. Some editors say that great editing is invisible. So is the right frame the one we don't notic Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:02:57 GMT mocha AE Planar Tracker for Absolute Beginners Want to learn how to create advanced visual effects? Learn how to use mocha AE to track your shot and add advanced visual effects to live action footage inside Adobe After Effects. mocha can help you track shots that would be hard to track using traditional 2D point or feature trackers because it is Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:09:45 GMT Seven Ways to Make Your Own Luck in The Film Industry HBO Director of Workflow, post-house founder, owner of the first two RED cameras, founder and developer of Endcrawl, technologist, futurist, educator, and more: John 'Pliny' Eremic, is regularly asked for career advice in the field of filmmaking. Step One, he says, is to consider a new job. There's Tue, 19 Jul 2016 01:19:05 GMT The Surprising Upside Of Procrastination In Film Editing What if you wouldn't have to stop procrastinating? Sven Pape of "This Guy Edits" demonstrates how to use procrastination to achieve some of your best film editing work. "Why do I procrastinate?" asks Sven, "I give you Aaron Sorkin who has one of the best procrastination quot Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:19:51 GMT Working with Audio in Adobe Premiere Pro Want to learn how to add music and sound effects to your videos using Adobe Premiere Pro? Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio will teach you all you need to know about adding music and sound effects to your projects, creating and using submixes, working with audio keyframes, and much more. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 01:19:03 GMT Editing: The Kuleshov Effect Put to the Test One of the most powerful discoveries in the early days of editing became known as The Kuleshov Effect: the same piece of footage means different things depending on the shots that surround it. It is a mental phenomenon by which the audience derives more meaning from the interaction of two sequential Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:30:57 GMT FuseFX & mocha: VFX for Walking Dead, Empire, AHS & More The 100+ member team at FuseFX juggles over 30 television episodics a season, while also working on features and commercials. Current credits include: FOX's Empire, ABC's Agents of SHIELD, AMC's The Walking Dead, SyFy's The Magicians, CBS's Zoo, and FX's American Horror Story. Brigitte Bourque, Fuse Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:13:00 GMT The Secret World of Foley, One of Cinema's Most Magical Arts The Secret World of Foley is an evocative, wordless insight into one of the cinema’s most magical arts: the creative addition of synchronized sound effects in post known as Foley. This short film is also one of the most beautiful things you've seen in a long time. We highly recommend it to any fan Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:45:47 GMT How to Make After Effects Faster with Proxies Learn how to make Adobe After Effects faster by using PROXIES! A proxy is a placeholder that stands in place for a very large video file or image sequence in your project. You can easily create proxies for the large source files that you are using and After Effects will automatically link them to th Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:20:16 GMT Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards VFX Deluxe Entertainment Services Group (Deluxe) has shared with us that its Australian animation and visual effects studio Iloura delivered a significant suite of work for the recent "Battle of the Bastards" episode of HBO's tentpole series Game of Thrones. Working on the epic battle sequence Fri, 08 Jul 2016 21:48:59 GMT Drone Technology: Revolutionizing Aerial Photography We take an artistic, non-technical and historical view of Drones; where they've been and where they're headed. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 23:06:44 GMT Advanced Keying in Blackmagic Design Fusion Following his well-received exploration of the power of customized keying inside Blackmagic Design Fusion, Simon Ubsdell goes even further into his look at the liberation from the inevitable limitations of other people's keyers by building your own inside Fusion. Along the way, you'll learn about Ch Sat, 02 Jul 2016 23:13:31 GMT Stabilize & Smooth: mocha 5 Plug-in for Adobe & Avid Imagineer Systems and Boris FX product specialist Mary Poplin shows you how to stabilize with the new mocha Pro 5 plug-in inside of Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. This tutorial covers artistic stabilization, such as smoothing out camera movements or stabilizing around mov Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:19:01 GMT