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Adobe After Effects
Perfect Chroma Keys from Bad Green Screens in After EffectsPerfect Chroma Keys from Bad Green Screens in After Effects

High-quality green screen footage is a luxury that many of us will never have. Your quest for perfect chroma keys from awful green screen footage is nearing its happy conclusion as Bracer Jack shows you exactly how to achieve success using only the tools built into Adobe After Effects.

Bracer Jack
Social Media
How Are You? No, really. Creativity & Mental HealthHow Are You? No, really. Creativity & Mental Health

In an industry where mental health is hard to come by, Creative COW Associate Editor Kylee Peña reminds us how important it is to ask ourselves, and our peers, "How are you? No, really. How ARE you?" Kylee also offers some suggestions for helping ourselves be honest with the answers, as we also move toward a future that allows us to be more creative, more productive, AND more sane.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Peña
Art of the Edit
Positivity: Editor Jesse Averna on Evolving Your CareerPositivity: Editor Jesse Averna on Evolving Your Career

Five-time Emmy-award winning editor Jesse Averna has been a lifelong fan of filmmaking, a love reflected in his ambition to move into directing. Jesse shares insight about evolving his career, including the importance of being a positive force in your post community.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
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 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
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 Photoshop
Designing Lower Third Graphics - 1Designing Lower Third Graphics - 1

Some important features of designing and creating your lower third title graphic in Photoshop. Richard show you step by step how to create and customize your own lower third titles. Some of the features covered in this tutorial are the title safe overlay action, using a gradient background, softening the edge with a vertical motion blur and creating a gradual ramp blend.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
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
Indie Film & Documentary
Six Benefits of Microbudget Filmmaking - And How To Succeed!Six Benefits of Microbudget Filmmaking - And How To Succeed!

Microscopic budgets present limitations, but can also create opportunities. Gex Williams and Brian Crone produced Ctrl+Alt+Dance for $12,000, and it made $50,000 on its first night -- which included showings on every inhabited continent, has followings in nearly every major city, translated into 9 different languages by its fans. Want to know how to achieve that kind of global engagement? Look no further than the Six Benefits of Microbudget Filmmaking.

Gex Williams
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
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
Gravity in After EffectsGravity in After Effects

Expressions in After Effects can be used to save you from doing a ton of animation by hand. In this video tutorial, learn to use some simple math functions and expressions to create a bouncing ball effect in Adobe After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Jesse Toula
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
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 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
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
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
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 Premiere Pro
Using & Creating Title TemplatesUsing & Creating Title Templates

Premiere Pro has quite a few title templates that we can use and modify to quickly create professional looking titles. In this short tutorial Andrew will show you how to find and modify the standard templates, and then how to turn your own title creations into templates that you can use across all your projects.

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.

Andrew Kramer
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 basics
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 1 IntroductionPremiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 1 Introduction

In this first tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces his new series on Adobe Premiere Pro Basics (CS6 & above) with a look at the CS6 user interface (UI) and a comparison with the CS5.5 UI, along with a brief comment on what to look for when capturing your own footage.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
Creating a SlideshowCreating a Slideshow

In this video tutorial, Creative COW Leader Andrew Kramer shows you how to create a slideshow with some cool effects and timesaving methods in After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Kramer
Adobe After Effects
Create a Waving Flag with After EffectsCreate a Waving Flag with After Effects

In this video tutorial, Rob Mize teaches how to use After Effects to create and customize your own flag designs, then animate them using displacement maps... all without the use of third party plug-ins.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
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

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