Creative COW Library Creative COW Library of tutorials, articles, reviews and more for media professionals world wide. en-us Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:00:00 GMT PHP Script 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 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 VR Cinematography: Exploring How To Represent People in VR Close-up VR imagery from camera-originated material is awesome but tricky, says multimedia and VR pioneer Michael Naimark. The question is, how do you actually DO it? Taking Google's collaboration with Go Pro on the Jump VR 16-camera rig as a starting point, Michael and his team began to map out the Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:05:18 GMT Top 10 Adobe Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts Join Tobias Gleissenberger for an energetic look at the top ten keyboard shortcuts Adobe Premiere Pro. These essential tips will greatly improve your efficiency and help you optimise your editing workflow! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:00:01 GMT How To Become A (Wanted) Film Editor What does it take to master the art of film editing? Sven Pape, host of This Guy Edits, shares 7 recommendations that may just turn you into a storyteller in demand. Or more specifically, he says, these are his thoughts on how to become what you love, whether directing, screenwriting, shooting, acti Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Adobe Premiere Pro for Absolute Beginners New to Premiere Pro? In this tutorial, Tobias will show you how to create a video using Adobe Premiere Pro. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:00:01 GMT Adobe After Effects Puppet Tool Become a puppet master by learning how to use the Puppet Tool in Adobe After Effects! This intermediate-level tutorial from After Effects guru Tobias will show you how the Puppet Tool allows you to add joints and animations to bring life to any static image! Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:00:00 GMT Gravity's Mark Sanger: Cut & Talk with Oscar-Winning Editor Academy Award-winning editor Mark Sanger stopped his usual activities to talk about working with director Alfonso Cuarón and his amazing work on Gravity, what to cut out of the film, and what to cut out of life with his guiding principle: make yourself invaluable, but never at the expense of others Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:06:55 GMT How to Spawn A Clone in Adobe After Effects Want to learn how to create a cool clone spawn effect in Adobe After Effects? Follow along with After Effects whiz Tobias from Surfaced Studio in this exciting new visual effects tutorial that combines green screen using Keylight, CC Vector Blur, the Liquefy Effect, CC Particle World, and much more, Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:19:39 GMT Breaking The Drone Code: 336, 333, 107 (Part 1) An understanding of the Drone Code may help clarify the lines the FAA and UAS/UAV/drone owners have drawn in the sand for each other, says Douglas Spotted Eagle, CEO of Drones Plus, Inc. The Drone Code may seem to shift at the whims of legislation, lobbyists, manufacturer organizations, government a Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:20:18 GMT Creating A Flame on Your Finger with After Effects It is easy to do some motion tracking and attach a basic stock footage element of fire onto your hands, but there is a little bit of work involved if you actually want to make it look good. In this intermediate tutorial by After Effects expert Tobias, you'll see how to use a fire stock footage eleme Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:30:49 GMT G-Tech G-RACK 12: Fast, Easy, Expandable, A Winner Already having a great reputation for standalone RAID arrays, G-Tech makes a bold move into shared storage with the G-Tech G-RACK 12. With 120 TB, expandable to 480 TB, blazing speeds, a built-in server (no separate computer or metadata servers needed!) and incredibly easy set-up and management soft Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:55:52 GMT Ten Ways to Avoid Editor's Block Just admit it. You're afraid of the empty timeline. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few who can dive right into cutting a new project. Then there are the other 99% of us for whom there’s nothing worse than that moment after you’re prepping, and you have to face it: time to start cutting somethin Mon, 06 Jun 2016 05:22:58 GMT Taking Over the ACE Student Awards Pt 1: Advice From Grads For the first time in its history, the American Cinema Editors student awards were swept by students from the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. In part 1 of her look at this program's unprecedented feat, Creative COW Associate Editor Kylee Peña speaks to the students -- Aneesa Mahbo Mon, 06 Jun 2016 05:22:20 GMT Taking Over the ACE Awards 2: How to Make Film School Work For the first time in its history, the American Cinema Editors student awards were swept by students from a single school: the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. In part 1 of her look at this program's unprecedented feat, Creative COW Associate Editor Kylee Peña spoke to the students Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:36:30 GMT Depth of Field: Gregg Toland, Citizen Kane and Beyond Whenever somebody equates "shallow depth of field" and "cinematic look," it's important to remember that the opposite is also sometimes true. Creative COW Editor-in-Chief Tim Wilson celebrates the work of Gregg Toland, ASC, born this week in 1904 -- the first master of extreme de Wed, 01 Jun 2016 07:40:10 GMT New Trends and Technology at Cine Gear Expo 2016 Cine Gear Expo 2016 exhibits open Friday June 3 and 4, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California with major screenings, filmmaker panel discussions, groundbreaking techniques and new equipment premiers that are sure to influence the filmmaking industry. Catering to the world’s top motion pictu Wed, 01 Jun 2016 05:36:09 GMT 'Art of Post' Art Show Features Creativity After Delivery The creative folks in post-production often apply their artistic skills beyond their jobs. They sometimes even apply to it to art. This is every bit as true for technical and administrative people who don't have a specific outlet for their artistic impulses on the job. The folks at the bi-coastal vi Tue, 31 May 2016 23:09:28 GMT 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 Thu, 19 May 2016 00:05:25 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 18:00:04 GMT