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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
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Sisterhood of the X-Files FandomThe Sisterhood of the X-Files Fandom

As the first show to create a rabid, real-time internet fandom, devotion to "The X-Files" has been growing in intensity with each year since the original series finale, with a fanbase that is clever, thoughtful, and largely female. Not that there's any shortage of male X-Philes, but there's a generation of women who was inspired to technical careers by the Gillian Anderson's Dana Scully. Kylee Peña is among them, and additionally very specifically inspired by the production values of "The X-Files" to build a career in the technology of TV storytelling in particular. Here's Kylee's look at what it has meant to be a female fan of the art, technology, and empowerment of "The X-Files" in the 21st century.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Peña
Adobe Premiere Pro
Audio Editing Basics for Premiere Pro & SoundboothAudio Editing Basics for Premiere Pro & Soundbooth

Good audio is a very important part of great video. In this tutorial, learn how to edit your audio in Premiere Pro and Soundbooth. You will learn how to use keyframes to adjust individual parts of your audio and then how to adjust the audio of whole clips in Soundbooth. See also the upcoming video on balancing or matching the audio of multiple clips for a more professional production.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro: Sweetening Audio with Parametric EQPremiere Pro: Sweetening Audio with Parametric EQ

In this advanced Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the parametric equaliser in Premiere Pro and for CS5.5 in Audition and for CS4/5 in Soundbooth. The parametric eq is a simply and effective way to affect a whole series of frequencies in you audio to quickly and efficiently sweeten (or un-sweeten depending on what you want to do) your audio. However, the work-flow for CS5.5 and above and CS5/4 (and probably CS3) are different and so the tutorial starts with the work-flow for PP/Audition CS5.5 and above and then at 13:30 onwards looks at the work-flow for CS4/5 and Soundbooth including showing how to balance the volume level. Andrew also shows how to apply parametric eq directly in Premiere Pro even though this is a much less efficient way of applying the effect.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design Teranex Mini: 4K Monitoring & So Much MoreBlackmagic Design Teranex Mini: 4K Monitoring & So Much More

When Blackmagic asked broadcast engineer, systems designer, and all-around straight shooter Bob Zelin to take a look at the new Teranex Mini line, he told them no. Converter stories are too boring. Just one problem, though: his clients couldn't see pictures out of their SDI gear going into HDMI inputs of consumer 4K TVs. BMD promised that one of the Minis would do the trick, and it did -- but Bob was pleasantly surprised to find even more than he was looking for! Find out why he calls the Teranex Mini lineup a no-brainer, and what it might be able to do for you. Read more...

Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
Adobe Premiere Pro
Advanced Titler & Feathering a Track Matte as a Mask using Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5Advanced Titler & Feathering a Track Matte as a Mask using Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

This video tutorial presented by Jon Barrie details some of the uncommon knowledge about the Titler Tools and how to simulate a feathered mask using a Track Matter technique using Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5.1.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Jon Barrie
Art of the Edit
Checksums, Speed, and Acceptable RiskChecksums, Speed, and Acceptable Risk

Do you hang out under a tree during a lightning storm? Do you perform a checksum every time you copy important files from one place to another? If you don't have an equally strong opinion about both these questions, it's time to learn about checksums: how they work, how much you can trust them, and how this technical task can save a creative person from certain doom.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Peña
Adobe Premiere Pro basics
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 40 Titles 8: Creating an ArrowPremiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 40 Titles 8: Creating an Arrow

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create a simple but effective arrow with the title design window. Although there are other alternatives to adding arrows to a sequence such as creating an arrow in another program and importing it into Premiere Pro, using a title can be a quick solution when short of time. Andrew will show how to animate assets such as the arrow in a future tutorial.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
3D CAMERA TRACKER3D CAMERA TRACKER

Adobe After Effects CS6 has a camera tracker that can add a new dimension to your compositing. Rich Harrington shows you the best approaches to AE's new 3D Camera Tracker for a variety of techniques including object placement and completely relighting a scene.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 30: The Write-on EffectAE Basics 30: The Write-on Effect

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 30: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates the "Write-on" Effect in After Effects showing how it works and how paths created in After Effects and other programs can be used to create higher quality animations with the "Write-on" effects than might be produced by simply animating the various properties of the effect. Although not strictly one of the shape layer series, this tutorial does follow on from the previous tutorial looking at creating true spirals in After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
ARRI
A DIT Tells AllA DIT Tells All

You've heard of on-set file-based workflow? That's Von Thomas. Here's an inside look at his gear, and management secrets that can work for you too.

Feature
Von Thomas
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 After Effects
Motion Blur with Shutter Angle and Phase SettingsMotion Blur with Shutter Angle and Phase Settings

Bill O'Neil demonstrates the use of After Effects 5.5's Motion Blur with shutter angle and phase settings to create a 'smear' of color that will become one of the most useful clips in your digital spice rack

Tutorial
Bill O'Neil
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
Shape Layer Tip #1: Custom ShapesShape Layer Tip #1: Custom Shapes

In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to move beyond the Basic shape tools to create your own custom shapes.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Using the Echo Effect with Animated LayersUsing the Echo Effect with Animated Layers

In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shares some tips and tricks for working with the Echo effect.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe Audition, Soundbooth
Audition 1.5: Audio Secrets Part 1Audition 1.5: Audio Secrets Part 1

In this video tutorial Creative COW Leader Franklin McMahon shows how to use Adobe Audition 1.5 to reduce noise in audio clips as well as add compression for a fuller sound. Also discussed is locating VST folders of effects. This is part one of a three-part series.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Franklin McMahon
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 40: Text Animators Part ONEAE Basics 40: Text Animators Part ONE

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 40: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis begins to demonstrate some of the text animators available in the timeline, concentrating upon the 'transform' type of effects. More to follow in future lessons.

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 After Effects Expressions
EQ Animation using AE ExpressionsEQ Animation using AE Expressions

In this video tutorial Matt Tompkins gives some great tips on how to create and animate a rack of Graphic Equalizer bars using solely expressions in Adobe After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Matthew Tompkins
Adobe After Effects
Making Titles or Objects Turn to Smoke and DisappearMaking Titles or Objects Turn to Smoke and Disappear

The illusion of making something go up in smoke tends to be popular all the time. Here Tobias Lind provides a quick tutorial on how to make this happen in After Effects. The result is pretty cool and quite realistic as you'll see for yourself. And it contains no particles.

Tutorial
Tobias Lind
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 After Effects
Demon Face WarpDemon Face Warp

In this After Effects video tutorial from Creative COW you will how to create a Demon Face Warp effect using a real actor.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Kramer
Cinematography
PREVISUALIZATION Part THREE: How Previs WorksPREVISUALIZATION Part THREE: How Previs Works

In this chapter of Gare Cline's series on previsualization, the art form for conceptualizing a project, we focus on how the process of previsualization works. We begin by finding the look for the picture, and then proceed through blocking, coverage and finally end with determining the time and cost expenditure.

Editorial, Feature
Gare Cline
Adobe Premiere Pro basics
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 46 The Pen ToolPremiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 46 The Pen Tool

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to animate in the timeline with the pen tool. Andrew shows how to select different fixed effects in the timeline and shows how they can be animated as well as discussing the potential problems of using this method.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
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