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Art of the Edit
A Tale of Two Mockingjays: The Hunger Games Epic Finale(s)A Tale of Two Mockingjays: The Hunger Games Epic Finale(s)

Deciding to adapt the Hunger Games finale, Mockingjay, as 2 films opened up remarkable storytelling possibilities for director Francis Lawrence, and editors Alan Bell ACE and Mark Yoshikawa ACE. We spoke with the editors about the technologies, workflows, and collaborative processes that enabled them to so richly explore the nuances of power, pain, and the lifelong toll that war takes even on the victors.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
Peter Doyle: Supervising Visual Colourist at TechnicolorPeter Doyle: Supervising Visual Colourist at Technicolor

Peter Doyle, Supervising Visual Colourist at Technicolor, shares details of his upward spiraling career. His deep technical knowledge allows for a perfect blend of creativity and productivity in equal measure. Here he talks about his career, his aspirations, and his involvement in productions right from the outset.

Feature, People / Interview
TV & Movie Appreciation
Introducing Ultron: Trixter Builds The Avengers' Biggest BadIntroducing Ultron: Trixter Builds The Avengers' Biggest Bad

At the heart of Marvel's biggest Avengers movie yet lies their greatest threat yet: Ultron, a self-constructing robot intelligence bent on destroying all of humanity. Munich's boutique-scale Trixter Film was given the critical task of introducing this epic-scale character, which they undertook from concept art through design, mocap, animation, compositing, and output.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
Understanding Nesting: A Key to Efficient EditingUnderstanding Nesting: A Key to Efficient Editing

Without nesting, timelines can quickly become unmanageable and impossible to navigate. When timelines are broken up into chunks that reflect the main elements of your story, you can keep control of your production while making quick, realistic editing decisions based on the elements you have in each of your sequences. By using nesting you can quickly and easily build the final product and still have fast and efficient access to all editing decisions. Nesting is an essential part of editing and incredibly valuable for that final color wash to give mood and substance to your production. In this Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to use nesting, and how to think about your projects so that they can be edited in the most efficient way.

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.

Chris Zwar
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
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
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
Adobe Illustrator
Kerning and Tracking Text in Adobe IllustratorKerning and Tracking Text in Adobe Illustrator

When you're creating text using Illustrator, it's easy to simply type it out and call it a day. Lon Clark demonstrates by spending a little time fine tuning your letter spacing by making tracking and kerning adjustments, you'll wind up with a slicker and more professional type treatment.

Lon Clark
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
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 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
Web Design
Full Page Overlay WindowFull Page Overlay Window

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a full page pop-up window that overlays an existing html page. This technique is used often for displaying a video, movie file, picture, or form when a user clicks on an element in a web page.

Abraham Chaffin
Blackmagic Design
Building a Broadcast Studio with Blackmagic DesignBuilding 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 studios. Read on as Bob helps you put together a plan to build your own.

Bob Zelin
Adobe After Effects
Shape Layer Tip #3: Trim PathsShape Layer Tip #3: Trim Paths

In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to use shape layers to easily create that Old-School look where a red dashed line animates over a map to indicate travel destinations.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Creating The 007 IntroCreating The 007 Intro

In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Michael Park shows you how to achieve that classic introduction to all of the James Bond films using only basic After Effects plugins.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: GamechangerAdobe 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.

Walter Biscardi

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