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3 Columns for Flawless Conform. Every File. Every Time.3 Columns for Flawless Conform. Every File. Every Time.

Avid editor and workflow consultant Scott Freeman sometimes has to conform thousands of clips in a single project. Get one of them wrong, and the whole thing falls apart. Follow along as he shows you the three metadata fields to keep an eye on for flawless Avid-Resolve roundtripping. Every file. Every time.

Scott Freeman
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
FCPX Workflow: One Smart Collection To Rule Them AllFCPX Workflow: One Smart Collection To Rule Them All

The first key to workflow wizardry is to exploit an application's strengths. In exploring the nuances of FCPX, famed workflow wizard Simon Ubsdell opens up some of the secrets around one of its most uniquely powerful, but sorely underused tools: Smart Collections. This isn't about replacing your existing project management (although it can). It's about leveraging some of the ridiculously awesome power of the Smart Collection to make your work flow far more easily than you might have imagined.

Simon Ubsdell
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
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Apple FCPX and the Making Of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Rather than a story about editing software, this is a story about Apple Final Cut Pro X from a filmmaker’s perspective: specifically, how keeping as much VFX and audio temp work as possible inside FCPX during production helped allow Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to open up new options and saved weeks of production time in the making of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the new wartime comedy starring Tina Fey.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
Art of the Edit
Metadata & The Future of FilmmakingMetadata & The Future of Filmmaking

Dave Stump, ASC has worked as a DP, effects cinematographer and VFX supervisor on dozens of films including Quantum of Solace, X-men The Bourne Identity, Star Trek: First Contact, Batman Forever and many more. He chairs the ASC subcommittees on Cameras, and Metadata, and in 2000, was part of a team that received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for hand-development of advanced camera data capture systems. Although this interview was first published in 2008, we've found that the ideas explored here are becoming more relevant by the day. Join Creative COW Editor-in-Chief Tim Wilson and COW Leader and camera expert Gary Adcock for this compelling look at the future of filmmaking.

Dave Stump, ASC
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
Adventures in File Transfer: Crawford's Transformed WorkflowAdventures in File Transfer: Crawford's Transformed Workflow

The boom in Georgia location production has led to new opportunities for Atlanta's Crawford Media Services to provide everything from dailies to finishing, all the way through archiving. The trick is that while, locations are local, the productions and client operating bases may be across the country, or even on other continents. As media bloomed to over 200TB daily, FTP was no longer an option. To the rescue rode Signiant Media Shuttle.

COW News
Art of the Edit
Creative Studio leads Pink Through the Looking GlassCreative Studio leads Pink Through the Looking Glass

The Creative Studio's Director of CG Steve Parish led the VFX team, who first worked to bring together eighteen passes of a continuous seventy second shot as Pink moves across the chessboard in a fully CG generated environment. Meyers and Sarsfield had worked carefully to capture the motion controlled camera move, ensuring that there were no intersections between the characters, but the VFX team had a lot of clean up on the chessboard to create a clean plate before adding reflections and shadows to the floor in order to sell through the separate passes of Pink's game pieces interacting in the scene.

Editorial, Feature
COW News
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 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 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 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
Adobe After Effects
3D from 2D Image Using Displacement Maps3D from 2D Image Using Displacement Maps

In this video tutorial Tudor "Ted" Jelescu shows how to create 3D / 2.5D movement from a 2D image using displacement maps in Adobe After Effects. He uses similar techniques as Mathew Fuller's "Advanced 2.5D Animation in AE" tutorial to pull depth from 2D images. Tudor uses FreeForm and displacement maps to be able to have a different camera move, one that rotates around the subject.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Tudor Jelescu
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 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
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 Premiere Pro
Archiving Your Projects: The Project ManagerArchiving Your Projects: The Project Manager

Archiving is really important as you can be sure that at some point either a customer will come back and ask for some footage from an old project or you will find you need to get a hold of some footage and you don't know where it is! However, good archiving of old material will help make this a far less painful experience. In this Premiere Pro video tutorial Andrew Devis outlines how to use the Project Manager to create both trimmed and full archived projects ready with all your footage to put on an external hard drive and save for when that day comes.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro: Matching CamerasPremiere Pro: Matching Cameras

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows one approach to matching footage from different cameras. Sometimes, as editors, we receive footage from our clients that is from different cameras which may not have been set up in the same way. This can lead to a jarring effect when viewing the footage back as you switch between cameras which can distract your audience - a very big foe-par! But, matching cameras can be a difficult and frustrating process. While the solution Andrew demonstrates isn't instantaneous and will require time to master, once mastered, it will enable you to quickly and effectively solve problems to (at the very least) ensure your audience isn't distracted when you switch cameras.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
Pan and Zoom with After EffectsPan and Zoom with After Effects

Pan and Zoom. In this tutorial, Matt Dallos will cover the preparation of your images, the basic theory behind making them move, real world examples, and a few ideas about how this effect can be extended to other and more advanced applications.

Matt Dallos
Film Fading to BlackFilm Fading to Black

ARRI, Panavision and Aaton have all quietly ceased production of their film cameras to focus exclusively on the design and manufacture of digital cameras. Film? Fade to black.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
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
Adobe After Effects
Creating Fire Using CC Particle WorldCreating Fire Using CC Particle World

In this video tutorial with Steve Lidrbauch, you will learn how to build fire using just the built-in tools inside of After Effects, using CC Particle World, Turbulent Displace, Colorama, luma & alpha channels, and more. Also included in the instructions: A very simple expression which will give your fire a more organic movement; how to add extra realism by using simulated light flicker; and an expression that links particle world to a null object, giving you more control over your fire.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Steve Lidrbauch
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
FCPX: What Pros Find Missing in Final Cut Pro XFCPX: What Pros Find Missing in Final Cut Pro X

June 21st, 2011, was met with the news that Final Cut Pro X was finally available and what a thrill ride it has been! Professionals all over the COW -- all over the world -- have been debating, scurrying to test and review Apple's newest app. One such pro, Walter Biscardi, ran straight to purchase FCP X with all the enthusiasm of a kid going to the circus or a great new comic flick, but did he find what he wanted? Read on the see what Walter has to say about FCPX.

Walter Biscardi
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

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