TV & Movie Appreciation
Great Effects for Good Omens: Collaboration with Milk VFX
Wouldn’t you know it? You’re a demon living on Earth for the past 6000 years, and you’ve finally persuaded your angelic counterpart to help you stop the end of the world, and now you can’t remember where you left the 11 year old Antichrist. Such are the tribulations of Good Omens, the newly posted Amazon Prime Video series based on the beloved 1990 classic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. We spoke with the Oscar, Emmy, and BAFTA-winning team at Milk VFX about how they brought this epic comic fantasy to life.
Adobe, Avid, Blackmagic Design: The Big 3 NLEs at NAB 2019
Creative COW’s Hillary Lewis sat down with Avid, Adobe, and Blackmagic Design at NAB Show 2019 and discussed the innovations behind their releases and their outlooks on the future. NLEs are more accessible, faster, and better than ever. What does that mean for users today -- and tomorrow?
Blackmagic Design's Epic Hardware Releases for NAB 2019
Blackmagic once again delivers a jaw-dropping lineup of advanced hardware -- ATEM Constellation 8K with built-in Fairlight mixing in the industry's largest live production audio mixer, plus 16 hardware keyers, 24 8K outputs, and more; the New Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 8K with dual on screen scope overlays, HDR, 33 point 3D LUTs and monitor calibration; HyperDeck Extreme 8K broadcast deck with advanced H.265 recording, touch screen interface, internal cache, built in scopes, HDR, and traditional deck control; and the URSA Mini Pro G2 camera featuring new electronics, Super 35 4.6K HDR image sensor, 15 stops of dynamic range, 300 fps high frame rate shooting, and Blackmagic RAW -- for prices even lower than how low your jaw just dropped reading them.
Business & Career Building
Vimeo Stock Essentials: 1000+ Clips/$60K Value Now Included
Following the announcement of Vimeo Stock reaching the one million clip milestone, Vimeo today announces Vimeo Stock Essentials, a carefully curated collection of 1000+ clips in a variety of the most popular categories, now included as part of every annual Vimeo subscription at no additional cost, a value of over $60,000. We spoke with Vimeo's VP of Creator Programs and Vimeo Stock Derick Rhodes for details on Vimeo Stock Essentials, and Vimeo's vision as a company that cares about helping creators get things done.
Making The Forest Leaves Dance for Ridley Scott's Hennessy Short, "The Seven Worlds"
"The Seven Worlds" is the latest advertising epic short directed by Ridley Scott, a marvelous odyssey spanning surreal scenes inspired by the seven tasting notes of Hennessy premium X.O. cognacac. Realizing Scott's unparalleled vision required a masterful team and state-of-the-art technology to assist, that's where London's The Mocap Studio team came in. The mobile motion capture specialists lent their expertise to the project, using Xsens MVN inertial technology to help capture a human performer on-location in the heart of a Czech forest.
Making the Documentary ‘Ernie & Joe’
Creative COW’s Hillary Lewis sits down with Jenifer McShane at SXSW to talk about her latest documentary feature following two unique police officers who approach the mental health crisis in San Antonio, TX in a new, inspiring way.
Feature, People / Interview
Adobe After Effects
Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use, Pt 5: Brightness
The first challenge to understanding the nature of brightness in compositing starts with remembering that we're not actually seeing color at all, but rather something of an illusion that appears to us as color! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for Part 5 of the best look behind the technology of compositing that you've ever seen, as he takes a look at the math behind brightness, and how to apply that to the compositing toolsets in your favorite editing, compositing, and color grading applications.
Art of the Edit
Editing Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons
Kelley Slagle began her career in entertainment as an actor, so it’s not surprising the communal storytelling of Dungeons and Dragons caught her eye. She both edited and co-directed the prizewinning documentary "The Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons", speaking to overe 40 artists across the 45-year span of the game's history. Creative COW Managing Editor Kylee Peña spoke to Kelley about the challenge of managing that much material into a 90-minute film, balancing indie filmmaking with the demands of a day job in video production, and the power of art to sustain a community.
Feature, People / Interview
Dialogue Cleanup Plug-ins for Video Production
Sometimes you really DO need to fix it in post. Longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander looks at some of the plug-ins available for video hosts including Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro X, as well as leading audio applications such as Audition, Pro Tools, and Nuendo, that will make a huge difference for video producers who need to clean up dialogue recorded with less than ideal results. There's something here for every skill level and every budget.
Apple Motion 5: Building A Music Visualizer
Here's an especially fun one from longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell, showing how to build and animate a music visualizer in Apple Motion 5. As usual, you can count on Simon to go beyond the basics of simple construction to dive deep into the nuances of controlling this deceptively powerful application, highlighting such features as the Replicator, animation rigs, audio behaviors, glows, glints, lens flares, masking, filters and more. Turn it up!
Small HD FOCUS 7 4K Monitor Hands On
Here's a first look at the SmallHD FOCUS 7, a 7-inch, 4K monitor that packs significant production value in a moderate price. The monitor includes Small HD’s OS3 software, which gives users access to features such as pinch-to-zoom, waveform monitors, focus pulling, 3D LUTs, and more, in a build that's lightweight, durable, and retains mobility.
Adobe Audition: Shorten A Music Track with Remix
Ready to have your mind blown? See how easy it is to create remixes of music files using Adobe Sensei’s machine learning. You can take a song that has a longer duration than needed for your Premiere Pro project, and using Dynamic Link, send your entire sequence to Audition to create a shorter version, as well as emphasizing different musical elements in the original mix to create something unique, simply, in a highly customizable way.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Blackmagic Design Fusion
Blackmagic Fusion: Frequency Separation Retouching
Blackmagic Fusion offers a variety of powerful retouching tools (as does DaVinci Resolve of course), so why would you want to build your own? As longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell explains, once you understand the underlying principles of the tools, you can use them better! In this tutorial, he shows how building a custom 3D keyer and a custom Linear Light Blend Mode allows a Low Frequency pass to smooth imperfections in the footage, and a High Frequency Pass to restore detail, allowing exceptional control, and producing outstanding results.
Apple Motion 5: Water Drops And Advanced Displacement
Following up his popular Rain on Glass tutorial, here's a more in depth look at how to create water displacement effects in Apple Motion 5 from longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell. This installment includes some useful background theory on how to work with Fixed Resolution, and tips on how to use the Glass Distortion and Bump Map filters correctly without running into tricky problems.
Perfecting Audio: Professional Audio Apps for Your iPad
There's huge development going on for professional audio on iPad, whether for recording, hardware control for digital audio workstations, or music creation. Longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander looks at some specific options that audio pros will find indispensible.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Creating Adobe Motion Graphics Templates for Profit
Adobe Motion Graphics templates can be created in either After Effects or Premiere Pro. Using them in your own work, or in teams with clients, allows you to create a still or animation that can then be customized across multiple projects, but you can also sell them through Adobe Stock. Learn more about how to create another profit center from your work!