Creative COW Library Creative COW Library of tutorials, articles, reviews and more for media professionals world wide. en-us Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT PHP Script Poldark: Full CG Elements and Dramatic VFX VFX is playing an increasingly important role in small screen period drama, and for the vendors has become a more demanding prospect than ever before. You just need to watch an episode of BBC's Poldark to see why. Dark, dramatic and oozing atmosphere, Poldark is top quality British drama indeed, its Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:06:02 GMT Hawaiki Keyer 2.0: A Tutorial Introduction 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 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:05:44 GMT Dragons reborn: cineSync and Game of Thrones Transporting George R.R. Martin’s fertile imagination from the page to the screen is no easy task, especially when that means creating three fully-grown CG fire-breathers. Thankfully one of the shows dragon wranglers, Pixomondo, has been on the show since Season 2, and with cineSync on its side, t Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:20:07 GMT Louder Than Words: 7 Years, 14 Cameras, 1 Surprising Story It took 7 years, and 14 cameras with 3 TB of files for cinematographer and editor Saj Adibs to tell the surprising story in his documentary Louder Than Words. The film's first interview was conducted in American Sign Language, and once he saw the transcript, Saj realized he was going to tell a diffe Tue, 14 Jul 2015 04:57:39 GMT Stepping into the Surgeon's Eyes Take advantage of years worth of Greg Ondera's surgical cinematography experience for cleaner, tighter shots and a better outcome. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:15:08 GMT 3 Columns for Flawless Conform. Every File. Every Time. Avid editor and workflow consultant Scott Freeman sometimes has to conform thousands of clips in a single project. Get one of them wrong, and the whole thing falls apart. Follow along as he shows you the three metadata fields to keep an eye on for flawless Avid-Resolve roundtripping. Every file. Eve Mon, 22 Jun 2015 22:01:08 GMT Orson Welles' Brief, Passionate Love Affair with Betacam A video production pioneer who shot with the first Sony Betacam camera and set up the first Betacam to 1-inch edit suite, Frank Beacham also worked with Orson Welles on Welles’ final project before passing away in 1985. Welles was exceptionally engaged with the most technical aspects of the cuttin Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:49:28 GMT 7 Customer Service Rules for Better Post Production Dealing with people is industry-agnostic, but in an industry as competitive as ours, repeat business is everything -- and your clients are more likely to return to you if your customer service skills are great. Here are some customer service tips that are especially helpful for post production. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 18:48:12 GMT Apple Motion 5 Light Streaks Tutorial Apple Motion is capable of sophisticated motion graphics. The trick is unlocking its power. Join editor and motion graphics expert Simon Ubsdell to explore the possibilities opened up by a creative variation on the very powerful particle systems built into Motion 5, apply modes, parenting, behaviors Mon, 08 Jun 2015 21:58:40 GMT Building a Broadcast Studio with Blackmagic Design Master facility designer Bob Zelin has been building studios for his clients based around the offerings from Blackmagic Design, and he's here to tell you: this is for real. The pieces are here now, and they fit together beautifully -- and he's got even more clients lined up for Blackmagic-centered s Mon, 01 Jun 2015 21:40:56 GMT PluralEyes: Fast & Easy Connections for Video & Audio Clips With the popularity of HD-DSLRs, many shooters are recording sound separately because of the camera’s limitations with audio -- but putting audio and video together in post can be a chore. Longtime spots ace Bill O'Neil has been dealing with this over the past several years , and has found PluralE Wed, 20 May 2015 21:49:13 GMT Tiffen DFX 4.0 OFX in DaVinci Resolve 11 Founding COW member Dennis Kutchera reviews Tiffen's DVX 4.0. He finds more choices, better choices, and a faster workflow. Tue, 12 May 2015 20:15:40 GMT Fitness & Editing Hollywood Blockbusters with Alan Bell, ACE Alan Edward Bell's distinguished list of feature editing credits ranges from cult favorites like The Green Mile and (500) Days of Summer to blockbusters including the final three Hunger Games pictures and The Amazing Spider-man. A member of ACE and AMPAS (and Creative COW of course), he joins Fitnes Mon, 11 May 2015 22:24:48 GMT Advantageous: Jennifer Phang on Making Way to Sundance Writer/Director Jennifer Phang's Sundance Jury Award-winning 'Advantageous' provides commentary on class and society that reflects her own experiences in the world through a science fiction story. The collaborative process took Phang from writing to post production in Adobe Premiere, where features Fri, 08 May 2015 00:39:00 GMT FCPX Magnetic Timeline: Apple's New Paradigm REVISITED NLE interface design pioneer and longtime editor David Lawrence first wrote about the editing approach of FCPX, including its highly controversial Magnetic Timeline, soon after FCPX's release in the spring of 2011. Time has passed, the editing landscape has changed, and 4 years later, David takes an Thu, 07 May 2015 07:00:00 GMT NAB 2015: Working Together on Collaborative Competition At NAB 2015, Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall says that the show's biggest story is companies now competing with each other to provide the most compelling collaborative platforms. The winner? Customers. Here's Kylee's look at the details of how it's all coming together. Tue, 05 May 2015 00:31:55 GMT NAB 2015, ZELINIZED: HD IS OVER Bob Zelin applies decades of engineering and facility design experience to finding products from the 2015 NAB Show that will make a real-world difference for you on a daily basis. Here's Bob's take on everything from thumb drives to 40GigE. Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Finding Your First Job (Or Your Next One) It's something we're all asked all the time: how do I get the first real job in the industry? It's almost always a question coming out of a young, wide-eyed, innocent looking baby deer of a human being who is graduating from university very soon and for the first time realizes that they're going to Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:24:53 GMT Panasonic Makes 4K Handheld with AG-DVX200 Camcorder Panasonic has announced a new large sensor 4K handheld camcorder with the same filmic quality of the VariCam, which also saw updates at this year's NAB Show. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 03:54:48 GMT ARRI Puts ALEXA in a Mini Package Introducing a new camera to its popular ALEXA family, ARRI announced the ALEXA SXT and the ALEXA Mini, a small form factor ALEXA camera for specialized shots where third party cameras have been used before. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:23:57 GMT AJA Focuses on 4K and Lets you #TryCION AJA announced 4K-focused updates to its family of mini converters, as well as updates to the 4K/UHD CION camera and new loan program that will put the camera in the hands of filmmakers across North America for free this summer. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:58:40 GMT Signiant Takes 'Flight' with New Enterprise Additions Signiant's Flight and Media Shuttle services are continuing to rapidly grow, with major facilities adopting the service in global workflows. New enterprise features make it easier for large companies to bring Signiant inside their facilities. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:51:51 GMT Apple FCPX 10.2 First Look: Worth the Wait! After the usual rabid anticipation, Apple released FCPX 10.2 with a wide range of new features that should excite any pro: new and improved keyframable masks, Library level Smart Collections, improved keyframing performance, 4-Up Scope viewer, the ability to save effects applied to clips. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:35:05 GMT Editing Yourself: An Agency Editor Tells Her Fitness Story When agency editor Katie Toomey found herself in a rut physically and mentally, she knew she had to make some changes to her life to be successful in the long term. With determination and support, she spent five years changing her lifestyle, incorporating more activity and better eating habits her b Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:52:41 GMT Blackmagic Unveils Tiny Cameras and Big Sensor Upgrades Blackmagic has unveiled a variety of new camera and broadcast products, including "micro" version of their popular cameras for remote control or all day use, a new version of Resolve, and sensor upgrades to the URSA cinema camera. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:14:15 GMT HP: New Mobile Workstation, 4K Dreamcolor, Faster ZTurbo HP unveiled a thin new full performance mobile workstation, newer faster versions of the ZTurbo drive, and updated 4K Dreamcolor displays at the 2015 NAB Show Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:29:47 GMT WallyCam! Walter Biscardi's NAB Video Encounters WallyCam is a series of decidedly low tech and casual video encounters by longtime Creative COW leader Walter Biscardi. Walter brings in friends and industry luminaries to cover both the tech and creative sides of the NAB Show along with some of the fun and experience of Las Vegas. Join Walter for h Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:23:13 GMT Quantel + Snell: New Workflows and Expanded Customer Base In their first NAB Show exhibiting together, Quantel and Snell introduced updates and new features to their IP routing and switching technologies and servers, and affirmed a commitment to lower costs and expand third party support to make their products widely available to a broader market. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 23:21:53 GMT Avid: Third Party Integration and Collaboration Avid announced updates to its line of products that focus on third party integration and collaboration, including a new Interplay MAM, ISIS 1000 shared storage and Avid Artist I/O device with third party support, and a free version of Media Composer. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:21:28 GMT Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger Longtime Creative COW Leader and passionate color grader Walter Biscardi notes that the word "gamechanger" gets thrown around too easily, but for color grading inside an NLE, Adobe Premiere Pro CC's new Lumetri Color Tool, "gamechanger" is the only word that will do. Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:27:27 GMT Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 Updates: Collaboration & Workflow With Creative Cloud updates announced ahead of the 2015 NAB Show, Adobe brings new workflows and expanded collaboration to Pro Video apps, including a Character Animator, new color workspaces and editorial tools in Premiere Pro, and Adobe Anywhere for Teams. Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:00:01 GMT Canon Brings 4K: C300 Mark II & Compact Digital Camcorder Canon brings new 4K cameras and tools to their ecosystem, including the C300 Mark II with internal 4K recording, XC10 small form factor 4K camcorder, and a 4K reference monitor for portable and on-set needs. Wed, 08 Apr 2015 13:00:00 GMT Positivity: Editor Jesse Averna on Evolving Your Career Four-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. Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:52:01 GMT NVIDIA Introduces Updated Iray Renderer and Quadro GPUs At their annual technology conference, NVIDIA introduced a new version of their Iray renderer along with new and updated GPUS and a Virtual Computing Appliance. Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:57:32 GMT 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