Adobe After Effects Techniques Tutorials : Creative COW https://library.creativecow.net/tutorials/broadcastdesign Creative COW Library of Adobe After Effects Techniques, tips, and strategies. en-us Sat, 07 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT PHP Script webmaster@creativecow.net webmaster@creativecow.net After Effects: Animated Guitar Strings with Plexus https://library.creativecow.net/raymond_gardner/Guitar-Plexus/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/raymond_gardner/Guitar-Plexus.php Using Rowbyte Plexus (the 3D particle system plugin for Adobe After Effects) and Trapcode SoundKeys in After Effects, Gardy Raymond demonstrates how to create animated guitar strings that distort in time with the music. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:00:00 GMT IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 2: The Walk Cycle https://library.creativecow.net/devis_andrew/AE_IK-Character-Animation_2/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/AE_IK-Character-Animation_2.php In this second tutorial on animating an IK character Andrew Devis shows us how to create and refine a walk cycle with our IK controlled character such that it walks in time with the music we had set up in the previous tutorial. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 19:00:00 GMT Character Design and Animation in AE: Part Two https://library.creativecow.net/mize_rob/AE_Character-Design-Animation-2/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/mize_rob/AE_Character-Design-Animation-2.php In part 2, Rob Mize presents the After Effects work flow he uses to bring to life the character created in part 1. By keyframing shape paths, Rob demonstrates how we can not only animate the character's features, but her speech as well. Tue, 13 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT The Beauty of AE Shapes: Top 10 Features Countdown https://library.creativecow.net/mize_rob/AE_Shapes-Top-10/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/mize_rob/AE_Shapes-Top-10.php Rob Mize offers his Top 10 Countdown of the features that make AE shapes such a versatile compositing tool. Rob highlights the functionality of these features and demonstrates just how practical shapes can be in your production efforts. Mon, 07 Nov 2011 18:56:02 GMT Neat Video: Removing Noise and Grain from your Footage https://library.creativecow.net/devis_andrew/Neat-Video/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Neat-Video.php In this video tutorial you will learn how to use the Neat Video plug-in for multiple applications. Although demonstrated in After Effects, the work-flow is essentially the same for all these applications: After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Nuke, Fusion, Vegas Pro, etc. This powerful Fri, 03 Dec 2010 16:19:15 GMT A Non-Linear Career https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hudson_tony/magazine-non-linear.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hudson_tony/magazine-non-linear.php An FX veteran's unexpected, non-linear career path, from puppetry to painting, to ILM and beyond, offers insights into the art and business of film creativity - and a killer reel. Mon, 21 Dec 2009 22:15:18 GMT The Modern Guide to Nonlinear Editing and Living https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/magazine-nonlinear-editing.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/magazine-nonlinear-editing.php In this article from the Creative COW Magazine, Tim Wilson discusses nonlinear editing and our ability to create meaning from our experiences that changes everything. Mon, 21 Dec 2009 18:56:58 GMT Media Management Nightmares? Game On! https://library.creativecow.net/lau_dustin/magazine_game_on/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lau_dustin/magazine_game_on.php Here's how one team turns 14 hours of raw footage on the latest games into a 30-minute TV show every week, 40 times a season. In this Creative COW Magazine article Dustin Lau discusses some tricks for high end digital media management. Tue, 31 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT Creating Interactive Games - Cine Bingo https://library.creativecow.net/castaneda_rick/magazine_jump_in_the_limo/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/castaneda_rick/magazine_jump_in_the_limo.php The team at Psychic Bunny worked on whatever interested them - perfect preparation for a job that even the client couldn't describe. In this Creative COW Magazine article Rick Castañeda gives you a behind the scenes tour of how they made cine bingo and teaches a few tips on interactive game m Tue, 31 Mar 2009 21:02:26 GMT Improvising Visual Effects https://library.creativecow.net/allen_mark/magazine_improvising_visual_effects/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/allen_mark/magazine_improvising_visual_effects.php On-set circumstances changing fast? Improvise! In this Creative COW Magazine article Mark Allen discusses how he overcame the complications in a recent short film production by improvising the visual effects. Wed, 03 Dec 2008 18:15:26 GMT Ask Bob and then stand back https://library.creativecow.net/zelin_bob/magazine_ask_bob/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/zelin_bob/magazine_ask_bob.php If you don't want to know, don't ask. Bob Zelin is one of the industry's straightest shooters, and he'll tell you how he's seen things work during his 30+ years in the broadcast trenches. Sun, 03 Aug 2008 21:17:48 GMT Slam Dunk! AE, PS, 3D...and Basketball https://library.creativecow.net/articles/oneil_bill/SlamDunk.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/oneil_bill/SlamDunk.php Fix it in post? This article shows how to BUILD it in post. Here in April, as March Madness ends and the NBA Playoffs begin, the Cows Bill ONeill shows how he combined greenscreen, 2D graphics and 3D compositing in a remarkable promo for Big Ten basketball. This Web Extra from Bills article in the C Tue, 29 Apr 2008 07:00:00 GMT Secrets of High-impact Graphics https://library.creativecow.net/articles/cusson_sean/graphics.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/cusson_sean/graphics.php Creative COW Contributing Editor and graphics expert Sean Cusson shares the secrets to success that hes learned the hard way. They include the power of music for graphic design, compositing techniques, logo animation and invaluable workflow tips that will save you hours. Sean also shows you how to k Tue, 29 Jan 2008 08:00:00 GMT How CGI in Commercials Changed the History of Film: A Creative Cow Magazine Extra https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wright_steve/cgi-spots.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wright_steve/cgi-spots.php For his article in the Creative Cow Magazines Commercial Issue, film compositor, VFX artist, animator and Creative Cow Contributing Editor Steve Wright (Ray, Traffic, Blade: Trinity, Never Die Alone and 60 others), told how the computer graphics animation technology we see in film today actually ori Sat, 05 Jan 2008 08:00:00 GMT The Importance of Monitor Calibration https://library.creativecow.net/zelin_bob/magazine_monitor_calibration/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/zelin_bob/magazine_monitor_calibration.php In this article from The Creative COW Magazine, Bob Zelin discusses the imporance of monitor calibration, different monitor options and how to execute the calibration on these monitors. Wed, 10 Oct 2007 23:53:20 GMT Outfitting a Remote Production Truck https://library.creativecow.net/articles/martini_ken/magazine_production_truck.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/martini_ken/magazine_production_truck.php Ken Martini has advice for building a remote production truck - and a business - that's ready for anything. In this Creative COW Magazine article Ken discusses what it takes to have a successful video production truck outfitted with all the tools you need. Sun, 10 Jun 2007 15:52:09 GMT Favorite Things for Video Production https://library.creativecow.net/zelin_bob/magazine_favorite_things/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/zelin_bob/magazine_favorite_things.php In this editorial from The Creative COW Magazine, Bob Zelin unearths some of his favorite things that pass his grueling daily video production torture test. Lyn Norstad joins Bob for his own personal favorite. Sun, 10 Jun 2007 20:47:02 GMT The World of Post Production https://library.creativecow.net/articles/weiss_roth_david/magazine_post_production.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/weiss_roth_david/magazine_post_production.php The old adage says 'cheaper, faster, better - pick any two.' But is it still true? David Roth Weiss isn't sure anymore. Still, there's something clearly missing in production circles. Veteran director/editor David Roth Weiss looks at what's changing in the world of post production - and what's not. Sun, 10 Jun 2007 19:41:21 GMT Convergence & Divergence: Blu-ray, HD-DVD, traditional broadcasting and The Resolution Contradiction https://library.creativecow.net/articles/berghammer_peter/magazine_convergence_divergence.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/berghammer_peter/magazine_convergence_divergence.php The audience for low resolution, small format video is exploding, while HDTV adoption is slower than predicted and excitement over high-definition DVD formats is barely a blip on the radar. Where do we go from here? Fri, 06 Apr 2007 20:35:19 GMT Educating the Future of High Definition https://library.creativecow.net/articles/woody_john/magazine_jmu.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/woody_john/magazine_jmu.php JMU faced many challenges on the way to a working HD facility. In this Creative COW Magazine article, John Woody discusses some of the struggles and triumphs experienced at James Madison University. Fri, 06 Apr 2007 22:45:51 GMT Building a Professional Machine Room https://library.creativecow.net/zelin_bob/magazine_machine_room/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/zelin_bob/magazine_machine_room.php You bought a new Final Cut Pro system to go with your Avid Media Composer or your other Final Cut Pro systems. You have an After Effects system with an AJA, Blackmagic or other card in it, so you can capture video and audio on this station as well. Your neighbor in the next office has a ProTools or Fri, 06 Apr 2007 21:59:45 GMT Get What You Need While Shooting Interviews https://library.creativecow.net/articles/womble_joe/magazine_shooting_interviews.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/womble_joe/magazine_shooting_interviews.php In this Creative COW Magazine article, 25-year industry vet Joe Womble helps you cover your bases while shooting interviews for every kind of video. Mon, 05 Feb 2007 23:52:35 GMT EditShare - Network Attached Storage https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gibbor_el/magazine_edit_share.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gibbor_el/magazine_edit_share.php Networked File Sharing Without the Complexities of SAN Administration - If you have been looking at networking your studio but aren't sure about how you'll handle some of the complexities of SAN adminstration, then EditShare may be for you. Thu, 05 Oct 2006 18:37:24 GMT Droidmaker - George Lucas and the Digital Revolution https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lindeboom_kathlyn/magazine_droidmaker.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lindeboom_kathlyn/magazine_droidmaker.php In this book review from The Creative COW Magazine, Kathlyn Lindeboom explains how Michael Rubin's new book has drawn high praise from industry pioneers like Pixar co-founder, Alvy Ray Smith. Seems the Droidmeister's story has finally been told right. Thu, 05 Oct 2006 20:23:26 GMT Workflow Table For One https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/magazine_workflow_table.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/magazine_workflow_table.php Rating product-line integration reviews for software companies such as Adobe, Apple and Avid and how well they accomplish workflow enhancements for smaller teams and one-man shops. Thu, 05 Oct 2006 17:02:04 GMT Tape Formats, Bit Depths, Data Rates & Storage Requirements https://library.creativecow.net/articles/cowdog/magazine_rates_formats.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/cowdog/magazine_rates_formats.php A very common question that surfaces on the Creative Cow forums is one that deals with formats, data rates and storage requirements. So thanks to our friends at Creative Media Partners in Burbank, California, who have compiled the information, we'd like to offer it for use by our members... Thu, 04 May 2006 23:26:27 GMT Zoe-DVL https://library.creativecow.net/articles/orr_wayne/zoe_review.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/orr_wayne/zoe_review.php CreativeCOW contributing editor Wayne Orr reviews The Zoe-DVL lens controller, with a new coiled cable, right angle connector, and MSR control all weighing in at a mere 4 ounces. About two years ago, Wayne wrote a review of the Zoe-DV zoom lens controller, which he suggested was the best controller Wed, 26 Jan 2005 08:00:00 GMT A Close Look at Animation Master from Hash Inc. https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harvey_jim/anim_mast_rev.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harvey_jim/anim_mast_rev.php Jim Harvey takes a close look at Animation:Master by Hash Inc.. ~Jim calls Animation: Master, 3D Modeling and animation for the rest of us. Read on to find out why Jim had to give this tool 5 COWS and why you may want to add it to your arsenal of programs. Wed, 11 Aug 2004 07:00:00 GMT ShuttlePro Mulitmedia Controller https://library.creativecow.net/articles/kanter_jim/shuttlepro2.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/kanter_jim/shuttlepro2.php Jim Kanter reviews the Shuttle Pro 2 from Contour Designs and concludes The Shuttle Pro 2 is habit forming. Use one for a day or two and youll be hooked. Read on to find out why Jim gives it 5 COWs. Tue, 01 Jun 2004 07:00:00 GMT Zoe-III (PRO) https://library.creativecow.net/articles/orr_wayne/Zoe_pro_rev.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/orr_wayne/Zoe_pro_rev.php CreativeCOW contributing editor Wayne Orr reviews The Zoe-DVL lens controller, with a new coiled cable, right angle connector, and MSR control all weighing in at a mere 4 ounces. About two years ago, Wayne wrote a review of the Zoe-DV zoom lens controller, which he suggested was the best controller Mon, 26 Jan 2004 08:00:00 GMT Joaquin Gil reviews Panasonic's BT-LS1400 LCD monitor https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gil_kino/panasonic_BT-LS1400.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gil_kino/panasonic_BT-LS1400.php Joaquin Kino Gil, noted film effects artist and host team leader of Creative Cow's Maya forum, reviews Panasonic's new 14 inch LCD pro grade broadcast monitor, the BT-LS1400. Tue, 07 Oct 2003 07:00:00 GMT Color Correction for Digital Video https://library.creativecow.net/articles/onneweer_barend/color_corr.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/onneweer_barend/color_corr.php Barend Onneweer reviews: Color Correction for Digital Video by Steve Hullfish and Jaime Fowler and published by CMP Books. Barend concludes with, ...this book will get you through the necessary color theory and technicalities and then straight through to the real works. Tue, 06 May 2003 07:00:00 GMT Steve Vandergriff reviews Desktop Video Studio Bible https://library.creativecow.net/articles/vandergriff_steve/video_studio_bible.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/vandergriff_steve/video_studio_bible.php Steve Vandergriff takes a look at George Avgerakis recent offering Desktop Video Studio Bible: Producing Video, DVD, and Websites for Profit (McGraw-Hill, 414 pages, ISBN 0-07-140612-3). Find out why Steve writes, This book is clearly best suited for a high school or college student pondering a care Wed, 02 Apr 2003 08:00:00 GMT Jean Hauptman reviews eDesign Magazine https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hauptman_jean/edesign_rev.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hauptman_jean/edesign_rev.php Broadcast Designer, Jean Hauptman takes a look at a great design magazine called eDesign. Fri, 07 Mar 2003 08:00:00 GMT John Fischer reviews: Experience Design by Nathan Shedroff https://library.creativecow.net/articles/fischer_john/experience_design_rev.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/fischer_john/experience_design_rev.php John Fischer takes a close look at Experience Design by Nathan Shedroff. This new book from New Riders Publishing (ISBN: 0735710783) makes you more aware of the environment around you and stimulates your thinking away from the computer. Sat, 01 Mar 2003 08:00:00 GMT Rick Gerard reviews Pause & Effect: The Art of Interactive Narrative https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gerard_rick/pause_effect_rev.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gerard_rick/pause_effect_rev.php 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. Fri, 28 Feb 2003 08:00:00 GMT Editing Digital Video https://library.creativecow.net/articles/werner_paul/digvided_rev.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/werner_paul/digvided_rev.php Instructor and CreativeCOW contributing editor, Paul Werner takes a thorough look at Editing Digital Video by Robert M. Goodman and Patrick McGrath and concludes that this book would be an excellent textbook or resource for an editing class. (This book is published by McGraw-Hill) Mon, 13 Jan 2003 08:00:00 GMT Zoe LANC Zoom Controller https://library.creativecow.net/articles/orr_wayne/zoe_lanc_zoom_rev.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/orr_wayne/zoe_lanc_zoom_rev.php Creative COW leader and Emmy winning Cameraman, Wayne Orr takes a look at the ZOE-DV Lanc zoom controller. Find out why this is exciting news for owners of the popular prosumer cameras. Mon, 09 Dec 2002 08:00:00 GMT EIDE Drives in DV https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lindeboom_kathlyn/eide_drives_in_dv.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lindeboom_kathlyn/eide_drives_in_dv.php Just thinking about getting a new DV system or adding a DV system to your existing studio? Wondering what the issues are when setting up the drives for your new system? Still thinking that SCSI is the way to go? Not sure if the EIDE drives will be fast enough? CreativeCOWs founder, Kathlyn Lindeboom Mon, 17 Dec 2001 08:00:00 GMT Preparing a News Open: Basic and Path Text https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/basic_text.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/basic_text.php Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he continues his exploration of the process of re-creating the on-air identity of a local broadcast affiliate in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. At the end of the animation, Kurt Murphy adds the titling for each heading (Local News, Morni Sat, 27 Oct 2001 07:00:00 GMT Preparing a News Open: Logo Touches https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/logo_touches.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/logo_touches.php Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he continues his exploration of the process of re-creating the on-air identity of a local broadcast affiliate in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. In part seven of the series, Kurt adds a few touches to the logo - a blur, a lens flare, a dr Thu, 27 Sep 2001 07:00:00 GMT Preparing a News Open: Open Beauty Shot https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/beauty_shot.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/beauty_shot.php Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he continues his exploration of the process of re-creating the on-air identity of a local broadcast affiliate in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. In part six of the series, Kurt integrates the beauty shots into the design. Thu, 20 Sep 2001 07:00:00 GMT Preparing a News Open: Introducing the text: Local Coverage https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/coverage.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/coverage.php Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he continues his exploration of the process of re-creating the on-air identity of a local broadcast affiliate in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. In part five of the series, Kurt adds some text to his sequence. Fri, 07 Sep 2001 07:00:00 GMT Preparing a News Open: Arc Highlight & Arc Flare https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/hilight.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/hilight.php Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he outlines the steps he used to re-create the on-air identity of KVEW television, an ABC affiliate in Washington state. In this on-going series, Kurt explores design issues as well as set-up short-cuts and tricks. In part four of the series, Kurt adds so Tue, 04 Sep 2001 07:00:00 GMT Preparing a News Open: Creating the Background https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/background.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/background.php Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he outlines the steps he used to re-create the on-air identity of KVEW television, an ABC affiliate in Washington state. In this on-going series, Kurt explores design issues as well as set-up short-cuts and tricks. In Part One, he introduces the subject a Sat, 11 Aug 2001 07:00:00 GMT Preparing a News Open: Choosing the Logo https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/open.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/open.php Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he outlines the steps he used to re-create the on-air identity of KVEW television, an ABC affiliate in Washington state. In this on-going series, Kurt explores design issues as well as set-up short-cuts and tricks. In Part One, he introduces the subject a Sat, 28 Jul 2001 07:00:00 GMT Preparing a News Open: Adding WOW to the Logo https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/invigorator.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/invigorator.php In Part Two of the series, noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy expands on the logo that the client chose in Part One. Here, Kurt takes the EPS files into After Effects and uses the 3D powers of Zaxwerks Invigorator to bring the Wow! to the on-air identity Kurt creates for KVEW. Even if you do not h Sat, 28 Jul 2001 07:00:00 GMT