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Adobe Premiere Pro
The 'Default Scale to Frame Size' Preference OptionThe 'Default Scale to Frame Size' Preference Option

The 'Default Scale to Frame Size' preference can cause some confusion as it is not always obvious how it works, and how it affects footage in your project. In this brief Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis explains what effect the preference has on your footage and why things may not always seem to act in the way you think they should when this preference is or isn't selected.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Cinematography
The Truth About 2K, 4K and The Future of PixelsThe Truth About 2K, 4K and The Future of Pixels

John Galt, Panavision Senior Vice President of Advanced Digital Imaging, led the team that created the Genesis camera, was responsible for the F900 "Star Wars" camera, and continues to play a leading role in guiding future digital cinema technologies. In this wide-ranging, no-holds barred conversation from 2009, John cuts through what he calls the intentional obfuscation of "marketing pixels," and explores the range of high resolution and high frame rate options that are becoming available to filmmakers.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
John Galt
Adobe Premiere Pro
Pan & Zoom + Corner Pin in Premiere ProPan & Zoom + Corner Pin in Premiere Pro

In this Adobe Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis shows you how to pan and zoom in Premiere Pro like a professional, with proper key-frame interpolation so that everything is smooth. He will also show how to use the corner pin effect to put a separate image on to the footage you pan and zoom so that it remains really high quality even when zoomed in really close.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe Premiere Pro
Project Panel: Preferences & Bin StructuresProject Panel: Preferences & Bin Structures

In this Adobe Premiere Pro video tutorial Andrew Devis looks at some of the preferences that affect items in your project panel and show you some of the issues with preferences and imported footage. Andrew also will show how to create a bin (or folder) structure that works for you projects and some of the options to open and use bins to speed up the process of adding items to the right bin quickly!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe Premiere Pro
Changing Audio From Stereo to Dual MonoChanging Audio From Stereo to Dual Mono

Sometimes when you record you use different microphones on each audio channel of your camera. But, when you get into Premiere Pro, you find that you have one stereo channel and not two mono channels and so you can't edit them as you would like! So how can you change a single stereo channel into two mono channels? In this quick tip tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to make that change into two mono channels or even two 5.1 channels, as well as how to change a mono track into a stereo track and how to use the preferences to make it automatic if you have lots of clips changing from one thing to another.Changing

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe Premiere Pro
Color Correction 1: Brightness & ContrastColor Correction 1: Brightness & Contrast

The temptation is always to choose the easiest tool in the box when sometimes another tool will do an much better job! In this Premiere Pro tutorial Andrew Devis will show you how to avoid using the dreaded brightness & contrast tool and damaging your shot in the process! Andrew will show you the correct tool to choose so that the full dynamic range is preserved and your shot looks great when you need to brighten it or change the contrast.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: David Boyd ASC & The Walking DeadBehind the Lens: David Boyd ASC & The Walking Dead

David Boyd, ASC has lensed 10 episodes to date of AMC's highly popular 'The Walking Dead,' and also directed the sixth episode of the second season, "Secrets." Creative COW's Debra Kaufman spoke with David about shooting style, lighting and lens choices, and staying out of the way. To celebrate the new season of The Walking Dead, Creative COW Magazine is pleased to reintroduce you to David Boyd, the show's original DP, with unique insights to share on its shooting.

Feature, People / Interview
David Boyd, ASC
Adobe After Effects
Creating & Using Masks in After EffectsCreating & Using Masks in After Effects

This tutorial was made as a direct request from a former user of Final Cut Pro who wanted to know how to mask in an efficient way in After Effects. Andrew demonstrates the tools to quickly create masks in After Effects along with the keyboard short cuts needed to make the process quick and efficient. Then, Andrew shows how to take the masks that have been created and use them on other layers so that only the masked areas are selected by using the exact same information as produced with the original mask. Note, this technique also respects any animation that may have been applied to the original mask while leaving the ability to change the mask's size, opacity and feathering as needed.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe Premiere Pro basics
Premiere Pro Techniques: 110 Preset & Custom Lumetri LooksPremiere Pro Techniques: 110 Preset & Custom Lumetri Looks

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through a new option that will be coming with the next release of Adobe Premiere Pro called Lumetri Looks - which gives you the option to apply .Look files created in Adobe SpeedGrade directly to your footage in Premiere Pro. While this option at first glance seems to only offer the ability to apply presets already created, there is also a way in which you can create your own grades in SpeedGrade, save them as .Look files and then apply those custom grades to your footage or to an adjustment layer in Premiere Pro CS_Next. In this tutorial, Andrew shows the new option and how it may be used with SpeedGrade CS_Next to create, save and apply your own custom looks.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe Premiere Pro
Spicing up your Titles in Premiere ProSpicing up your Titles in Premiere Pro

In this video tutorial Andrew Devis teaches how to format your text, add shapes and generally make your titles more interesting in Premiere Pro.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Cinematography
The Ultimate POV ShootoutThe Ultimate POV Shootout

Douglas Spotted Eagle has a broad experience base with POV cameras designed for action shots. Rather than choosing one catch-all, must-buy cam, he will provide information about which action-camera is best suited for specific criteria which can be then used to help you make informed purchasing decisions.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Douglas Spotted Eagle
TV & Movie Appreciation
Behind the Lens: Captain America: The First AvengerBehind the Lens: Captain America: The First Avenger

Join Debra Kaufman as she goes behind the lens in the latest installment of her film vfx series, as Captain America: The First Avenger is brought from the realm of comic book imagination and 2D art, to the 3D world with stunning visual effects. Get the inside story of how thirteen VFX houses contributed to this new Marvel super-hero franchise as they share their stories with Debra Kaufman.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Motion Graphics
Neat Video: Removing Noise and Grain from your FootageNeat Video: Removing Noise and Grain from your Footage

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 but simple to use plug-in can clean up noisy footage by applying a sophisticated and advanced algorithm to work out what's noise and what's details in your footage and then remove just the noise. This is done by profiling the noise properties in an area of a video frame without visible features. Once the noise has been profiled, Neat Video is guided by this profile to reduce and eliminate noise while not touching the video details. Although mostly automatic, Neat Video still leaves you with total control over the amount of filtering you apply and even offers optional sharpening (without sharpening the noise) should you wish it.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Art of the Edit
GoPro Workflows for Editing ProsGoPro Workflows for Editing Pros

GoPro footage is making its way into nearly every broadcast project that editor Shane Ross has been working on. It's even showing up in feature film production, so no matter what you're cutting, you're going to work with GoPro soon, if you're not already. Drawing on his real-world experience figuring this out on broadcast deadlines, Shane offers practical advice for editors using Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and Apple FCPX.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Shane Ross
TV & Movie Appreciation
FotoKem Restores The 1965 Classic, The Sound of MusicFotoKem 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.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 53: Motion Tracking Part 1AE Basics 53: Motion Tracking Part 1

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 53: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to demonstrate how to use the point tracker in Adobe After Effects. Andrew shows how to set up the tracker and talks through some of the considerations that need to be taken into account to help get as good a track as possible.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe Photoshop
Designing a Website in PhotoshopDesigning a Website in Photoshop

This Adobe Photoshop tutorial will show how to use Photoshop to design a website that will be exported as HTML and image slices. The web page can be brought into an HTML editor program such as Adobe Dreamweaver to be modified. This is an Adobe Photoshop web design tutorial showing how to design, create and save a web page with Photoshop.

Tutorial
Abraham Chaffin
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 101 Exposure & Lighting EffectsPremiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 101 Exposure & Lighting Effects

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through an under-used effect in Premiere Pro which can be a real shot-saver by giving you the option to completely re-light a scene with multiple lights if needed. In this tutorial, Andrew shows how to use the effect to create a volumetric lighting effect for one shot and then to save a shot which suffers from being taken in a very bright environment and lastly a shot what has issues with being too dark in places. As well as being able to re-light a shot this effect also offers an exposure control which although somewhat linked to an ambient light is still a very useful feature to have in Premiere Pro.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
Morphing In After EffectsMorphing In After Effects

Morphing is a distinctive effect that is best known from the movie Terminator 2 as well as the Michael Jackson music video Black and White. In this tutorial, Chris Zwar demonstrates simple morphs with the Reshape filter in Adobe After Effects 5.5 -- which is a Production Bundle only effect found under the Distort menu.

Tutorial
Chris Zwar
NAB Show
The Introvert's Guide to NABThe 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.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Wall
Apple FCPX Techniques
Don't Fight the Magnetic Timeline!Don't Fight the Magnetic Timeline!

One of the biggest "issues" people coming from other NLE's still seem to have with FCP X is how the Timeline works. Magnetism! No Tracks! Weird Snorkel Things! Storylines?! It's Crazytown! If you fall into this category, we have two suggestions for you. 1) Read this article by Creative COW's Charlie Austin. 2) Don't fight the timeline! Even experienced X-ers are going to have fun with this one.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Charlie Austin
Apple Final Cut Pro
Tapeless Workflow with Final Cut Pro 7Tapeless Workflow with Final Cut Pro 7

This tutorial gives an overview of the tapeless ingest workflow using Log and Transfer in Final Cut Pro 7. It encompasses a handful of the supported formats that FCP works with... including XDCAM EX, P2 AVCIntra, P2 DVCPRO HD, AVCHD, and Canon DSLR (5D, 7D).

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Shane Ross
Adobe Premiere Pro
Balancing Audio Levels for Multiple ClipsBalancing Audio Levels for Multiple Clips

You have lots of clips in your timeline which are all different volumes. How do you quickly match the volume of all the clips so that they are all matched? This quick tutorial will show you the tricks to know in Premiere Pro and Soundbooth to get the job done!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe Premiere Pro
Rolling Titles in Adobe Premiere ProRolling Titles in Adobe Premiere Pro

There are some special tricks that once you know will make your scrolling credits easy to make and look really professional. In this tutorial I show the tricks and hints for rolling credits.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects Expressions
After Effects Expressions SimplifiedAfter Effects Expressions Simplified

In this After Effects tutorial from The Creative COW Magazine, see through the confusion of After Effects Expressions with just a few simple steps.

Tutorial
Andrew Kramer
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