Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects Reverse Stabilization
You're going to be blown away by how you can power up your After Effects workflow with reverse stabilizing your footage! By separating your tracking from your compositing, you can focus on each step, and in addition, overcome the render order complexities when match moving elements and effects on a moving shot.
The Lion King's Virtual Cinematography: Caleb Deschanel, ASC
Caleb Deschanel, cinematographer for Disney’s live-action The Lion King, shares how they used traditional cinematography to create the life-like virtual film. Caleb and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss modeling cameras and lenses for virtual filmmaking, how Caleb was able to move the sun around in virtual space to get the perfect lighting, using a real drone for the Circle of Life sequence, and more!
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Animate Text Without Keyframes or Plug-ins in Apple FCPX
Join longtime editor, VFX artist, plug-in developer, Creative COW leader Bret Williams of BretFX to learn how the FCPX Custom text tool allows you to animate text in Final Cut Pro X without using keyframes or plugins. With the often overlooked custom text tool you can easily create great text animation with just a couple of clicks. Change opacity, position, rotation, scale, duration, spread, blur and easing all without creating a single keyframe!
Apple Motion Fire Dragon Logo Animation
Fractals, generators, displacements, oh my! You can find everything you need to make engaging fire effects inside Apple Motion 5, and longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell shows you how to both build the fire and apply it to a logo. Project files are included, but you'll learn everything you need to apply it wherever and however you'd like, in your own unique style!
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.
Capturing ProRes RAW
Apple ProRes RAW has lots of buzz, and can offer some great opportunities in both shooting and post, once you know how to capture it. Director Steve Pierce and DP Igor Kropotov explain why they love it, how to capture it on set, and what tools you can use.
Go Creative: Designing Disney's Aladdin with Gemma Jackson
Gemma Jackson, production designer for Disney’s live action Aladdin, joins Go Creative Show host and commercial director Ben Consoli to discuss the film. As the award winning production designer of Game of Thrones, Finding Neverland, Bridget Jones Diary and more, Gemma shares her experience working with director Guy Ritchie to create Aladdin’s stunning look.
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Apple Motion 5 Tutorial: Slider Title Template for FCPX
Create this clean and simple title template for FCP X and sharpen up your Motion skills! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a look at combining masks and other advanced compositing and animation tricks in Motion that you can use for fast, elegant FCPX titles.
Innovative Production Techniques on Freeform's Good Trouble
Good Trouble, a Freeform series spun off the popular and highly regarded The Fosters, features production innovations including an LED videowall as a scenic backdrop. Panasonic Varicam LTs shooting in ProRES 4444 feed a dynamic post workflow at Keep Me Posted, a FotoKem company, featuring upwards of 1000 cuts per episode and extensive use of flashbacks.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe and That Cup on Game of Thrones
Many things were shocking about Season 8 Episode 4 of Game of Thrones (Don’t worry, no spoilers here!), but the one shock to rule them all was that quick cameo of a contemporary drink cup next to the dragon queen herself. A quick tweak with Adobe's new Content Aware Fill for Adobe After Effects, later, and well, we won't spoil the outcome for you!
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?
Follow Moving Subjects with DJI Active Track Mode
World traveler, photographer, author, and Adorama TV host Mark Wallace follows up on his recent tutorial for the Intelligent Flight modes in DJI drones with a deep dive into automatically following your subjects with Active Track Mode. It's incredibly easy to set up, and you can see for yourself how great the results are!
Intelligent Flight Modes for Your DJI Drone
Using the intelligent flight modes on your DJI drone can significantly improve your drone footage. Follow along as world traveler, photographer, author, and Adorama TV host Mark Wallace demonstrates how you can use Cinematic mode, Tripod mode, and Point of Interest mode to create precise camera movements, quickly, easily, and perfectly every time.
Apple Motion 5: Slot Machine Text Generator, Part 2
In Part 2 of a tutorial with its origins in a recent thread in Creative COW's Apple Motion forum, longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell plays with some variations on the theme of animating the dials of a slot machine. In particular, he says, "I want that really nice slow-down effect that you have with some slot machines, where you agonizingly discover that you’ve got the wrong value, and that you’ve lost still more money." Don't miss the bonus tips clip that follows, too!
Perfecting Audio: DIY Leads
Why buy leads when you can make your own? With some basic tools from vise grips to a soldering iron, longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander goes through step by step how to make a jack lead, a phono lead and XLR cables.
Apple Motion 5: Slot Machine Text Generator
A recent thread in Creative COW's Apple Motion forum led longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell down his own path of discovery on how to tackle this, providing a reminder in this first of a series that there's more than one fruitful route to creativity using Motion's extensive toolset for generating media, animation, customization, rigging, and much more. As usual with Simon's tutorials, you'll find tips that you can apply to every project you undertake in Motion after this, too.
A Documentary Love Letter To Nashville's Bluebird Cafe
Creative COW’s Hillary Lewis sits down with Erika Wollam Nichols, waitress turned general manager and president of The Bluebird Cafe, now producer of her debut documentary, Bluebird, which premiered at South by Southwest before moving to the Newport Beach Film Festival.