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Adobe Premiere Pro
Creative Cow Adobe Premiere Pro HD Report

Creative Cow Adobe Premiere Pro HD Report

Rick Gerard explored the latest offerings while at NAB 2004 and came away with one of his show favorites, the new HD capabilities found in Premiere Pro 1.5 as seen in systems like 1 Beyond's HD Pro which Rick reports "...uses the latest PC technology in the internal structure to speed up data throughput. It uses the wide 64 bit fast PCI-X bus and unlike consumer computers that have one PCI bus, it has three separate PCI buses. This avoids the limitations of even the fastest PCI-X buses from becoming the data path bottle neck." Focusing on a totally rewritten Premiere Pro which has been optimized to harness all the powers of WindowsXP, has Premiere finally shed its compromised past of trying to be "all things to every OS" in its move to professional editing in HD? Rick thinks so. Here is his report...

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Rick Gerard
Adobe After Effects
Rick Gerard reviews Walker Effects 2.0

Rick Gerard reviews Walker Effects 2.0

Rick Gerard takes a close look at Stephen Walker's latest set of Plug-ins for Adobe After Effects. Walker Effects 2.0 is the second release of a serious toolset for the compositor that needs channel, matte, and color control tools to simplify the workflow and improve the final product.

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Rick Gerard
Adobe After Effects
Rick Gerard reviews Adobe After Effects 6.0

Rick Gerard reviews Adobe After Effects 6.0

Rick Gerard takes a close look the new release of Adobe After Effects 6.0. Powerful new features, OpenGL, advanced keying, a new text engine, paint, motion tracking and scripting support make this release of After Effects a must-have for any motion graphics or visual effects artist that needs to 'get the job done.'

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Rick Gerard
Cinematography
Rick Gerard reviews Cinematography: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers

Rick Gerard reviews Cinematography: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers

Rick Gerard takes a close look at Cinematography Theory and Practice by Blain Brown. This is his third book and for the aspiring or experienced cinematographer the best reference book Rick has ever seen.

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Rick Gerard
Motion Graphics
Rick Gerard reviews Pause & Effect: The Art of Interactive Narrative

Rick Gerard reviews Pause & Effect: The Art of Interactive Narrative

Rick Gerard takes a close look at ''Pause and Effect The Art of Interactive Narrative'' by Mark Stephen Meadows. This new book from New Riders Publishing (ISBN: 0735711712) is a fascinating study of how interactivity has changed the narrative art and opened unlimited new avenues for creativity.

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Rick Gerard
Adobe After Effects
Using Projection Layers to create a gobos and projector type effectsUsing Projection Layers to create a gobos and projector type effects

Rick Gerard explains the use of the Light Transmission property added to Layer Material Options in After Effects 5.5. Basic and advanced techniques demonstrate only a few creative possibilities opened up by this exciting new feature.

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Rick Gerard
Adobe After Effects
Understanding the use of square vs non-square pixels in AE

Understanding the use of square vs non-square pixels in AE

Rick Gerard gives a glimpse of the inner workings of Adobe After Effects and explains exactly how AE mixes square and rectangular pixels. Youll never worry again about how to interpret footage. DV, HD, Wide Screen and Film comps will be a walk in the park.

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Rick Gerard
Adobe After Effects
Faking An Iris: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sphere!

Faking An Iris: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sphere!

Rick Gerard explores some methods of simulating a camera lens. In this tutorial, Rick uses the Boris Sphere Plug-In for After Effects.

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Rick Gerard
Adobe Illustrator
Morphing With Adobe Illustrator

Morphing With Adobe Illustrator

Rick Gerard, a frequent visitor and contributor in the Creative COW After Effects Community explores some methods of morphing text using new features in Adobe Illustrator 9.0.

Tutorial
Rick Gerard
Adobe Illustrator
Making a Real Aperture: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Illustrator

Making a Real Aperture: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Illustrator

Rick Gerard explores some methods of simulating a camera lens. In this tutorial, Rick uses Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects to create the aperture.

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Rick Gerard
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