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Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5 Volumetric Fog Tutorial

Apple Motion 5 Volumetric Fog Tutorial

Building on his popular "Volumetric Lighting" tutorial, Simon Ubsdell raises the game once more with this Apple Motion 5 tutorial that adds lights, fog, and text into a true 3D environment. As usual, it's packed with extra tips and tricks to help turn every Motion artist into an expert.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
TV & Movie Appreciation
VFX from a tropical paradise

VFX from a tropical paradise

In today’s landscape, post-production companies are no longer restricted by geography. Husband and wife VFX team Lindsay and Jamie Hallett have based their business in Maui, while working on some of filmdom's biggest franchises and features: Avengers, Iron Man, X-Men, Ant-Man, American Sniper, and the latest installment of the Divergent seris, Insurgent. Here are some of their insights on remote collaboration. VERY remote.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
cineSync VFX
Apple FCPX Techniques
Managing FCPX Media Labs for Maximum Sanity & Minimum Chaos

Managing FCPX Media Labs for Maximum Sanity & Minimum Chaos

Managing a shared storage environment for Apple FCPX is one thing. Now add 100+ students who are still learning the rules, and the challenges skyrocket. Fortunately, Andrew Gash's experience at Lakeland Florida's Kathleen High School has given him some great ideas for you that promise to make things as foolproof as possible, maximizing sanity and minimizing chaos. Even if your shared editing environment is in a post house or broadcast environment rather than a school, Andrew's advice is well worth heeding!

Editorial, Feature
Andrew Gash
TV & Movie Appreciation
Poldark: Full CG Elements and Dramatic VFX

Poldark: Full CG Elements and Dramatic VFX

VFX is playing an increasingly important role in small screen period drama, and for the vendors has become a more demanding prospect than ever before. You just need to watch an episode of BBC's Poldark to see why. Dark, dramatic and oozing atmosphere, Poldark is top quality British drama indeed, its narrative unravelling across the southern coasts of England across eight eventful episodes. It was the London-based studio Lexhag that brought this new vision to life for the BBC, using a mix of LIDAR scan technology, full-CG ship elements and the organisational capacity of ftrack.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
London-based Lexhag
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Hawaiki Keyer 2.0: A Tutorial Introduction

Hawaiki Keyer 2.0: A Tutorial Introduction

After 25 years as an editor, compositor, and VFX artist, frequent Creative COW poster and tutorial author Simon Ubsdell knows what he needs from a keyer -- and knew he wasn't getting good enough results from FCPX or Motion. Discussions in COW forums led him to create the highly regarded Hawaiki Keyer. Enthusiasm expressed by COW members for its latest release led us to ask Simon for a tour. If you're keying on a Mac, you're going to want to check this out.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Dragons reborn: cineSync and Game of Thrones

Dragons reborn: cineSync and Game of Thrones

Transporting George R.R. Martin’s fertile imagination from the page to the screen is no easy task, especially when that means creating three fully-grown CG fire-breathers. Thankfully one of the shows dragon wranglers, Pixomondo, has been on the show since Season 2, and with cineSync on its side, there's no challenge it can't tackle. We're very glad to have special guests Pixomondo join the Creative COW Library to tell us the tale.

Editorial, Feature
Pixomondo
Indie Film & Documentary
Louder Than Words: 7 Years, 14 Cameras, 1 Surprising Story

Louder Than Words: 7 Years, 14 Cameras, 1 Surprising Story

It took 7 years, and 14 cameras with 3 TB of files for cinematographer and editor Saj Adibs to tell the surprising story in his documentary Louder Than Words. The film's first interview was conducted in American Sign Language, and once he saw the transcript, Saj realized he was going to tell a different story than the one he had planned. This is a story about stories, as well as the challenge of managing lots and lots of cameras.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Saj Adibs
Cinematography
Stepping into the Surgeon's Eyes

Stepping into the Surgeon's Eyes

Take advantage of years worth of Greg Ondera's surgical cinematography experience for cleaner, tighter shots and a better outcome.

Feature
Greg Ondera
AVID
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.

Tutorial
Scott Freeman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Orson Welles' Brief, Passionate Love Affair with Betacam

Orson Welles' Brief, Passionate Love Affair with Betacam

A video production pioneer who shot with the first Sony Betacam camera and set up the first Betacam to 1-inch edit suite, Frank Beacham also worked with Orson Welles on Welles’ final project before passing away in 1985. Welles was exceptionally engaged with the most technical aspects of the cutting edge technology that was just beginning to emerge, including a passionate belief in the possibilities that Betacam could offer. This is a truly astounding tale of creativity at the crossroads, and an intimate look inside the mind and work of one of the 20th century’s most influential storytellers.

Feature
Frank Beacham
Business & Marketing
7 Customer Service Rules for Better Post Production

7 Customer Service Rules for Better Post Production

Dealing with people is industry-agnostic, but in an industry as competitive as ours, repeat business is everything -- and your clients are more likely to return to you if your customer service skills are great. Here are some customer service tips that are especially helpful for post production.

Feature
Kylee Peña
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5 Light Streaks Tutorial

Apple Motion 5 Light Streaks Tutorial

Apple Motion is capable of sophisticated motion graphics. The trick is unlocking its power. Join editor and motion graphics expert Simon Ubsdell to explore the possibilities opened up by a creative variation on the very powerful particle systems built into Motion 5, apply modes, parenting, behaviors, 3D space, and more.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Blackmagic Design
Building a Broadcast Studio with Blackmagic Design

Building a Broadcast Studio with Blackmagic Design

Master facility designer Bob Zelin has been building studios for his clients based around the offerings from Blackmagic Design, and he's here to tell you: this is for real. The pieces are here now, and they fit together beautifully -- and he's got even more clients lined up for Blackmagic-centered studios. Read on as Bob helps you put together a plan to build your own.

Feature
Bob Zelin
Adobe Premiere Pro
PluralEyes: Fast & Easy Connections for Video & Audio Clips

PluralEyes: Fast & Easy Connections for Video & Audio Clips

With the popularity of HD-DSLRs, many shooters are recording sound separately because of the camera’s limitations with audio -- but putting audio and video together in post can be a chore. Longtime spots ace Bill O'Neil has been dealing with this over the past several years , and has found PluralEyes from Red Giant to be fast, easy, and effective. Take a look to see if PluralEyes will help you, too.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Bill O'Neil
Tiffen DFX Filters
Tiffen DFX 4.0 OFX in DaVinci Resolve 11

Tiffen DFX 4.0 OFX in DaVinci Resolve 11

Founding COW member Dennis Kutchera reviews Tiffen's DVX 4.0. He finds more choices, better choices, and a faster workflow.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Dennis Kutchera
Fitness in Post
Fitness & Editing Hollywood Blockbusters with Alan Bell, ACE

Fitness & Editing Hollywood Blockbusters with Alan Bell, ACE

Alan Edward Bell's distinguished list of feature editing credits ranges from cult favorites like The Green Mile and (500) Days of Summer to blockbusters including the final three Hunger Games pictures and The Amazing Spider-man. A member of ACE and AMPAS (and Creative COW of course), he joins Fitness in Post's Zack Arnold for a wide-ranging conversation on editing, exercise, nutrition, finances, and whether this crazy job is worth the pain. Spoiler alert: Yes, but you'll be intrigued to hear Alan's reasons why.

Feature, People / Interview
Alan E. Bell
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
FCPX Magnetic Timeline: Apple's New Paradigm REVISITED

FCPX Magnetic Timeline: Apple's New Paradigm REVISITED

NLE interface design pioneer and longtime editor David Lawrence first wrote about the editing approach of FCPX, including its highly controversial Magnetic Timeline, soon after FCPX's release in the spring of 2011. Time has passed, the editing landscape has changed, and 4 years later, David takes another well-reasoned, hype-free look at the heart of Apple's new paradigm.

Editorial, Feature
David Lawrence
Indie Film & Documentary
Advantageous: Jennifer Phang on Making Way to Sundance

Advantageous: Jennifer Phang on Making Way to Sundance

Writer/Director Jennifer Phang's Sundance Jury Award-winning 'Advantageous' provides commentary on class and society that reflects her own experiences in the world through a science fiction story. The collaborative process took Phang from writing to post production in Adobe Premiere, where features like Dynamic Link became essential to finishing the film.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
NAB Show
NAB 2015: Working Together on Collaborative Competition

NAB 2015: Working Together on Collaborative Competition

At NAB 2015, Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall says that the show's biggest story is companies now competing with each other to provide the most compelling collaborative platforms. The winner? Customers. Here's Kylee's look at the details of how it's all coming together.

Feature, People / Interview, Business
Kylee Peña
Broadcasting
NAB 2015, ZELINIZED: HD IS OVER

NAB 2015, ZELINIZED: HD IS OVER

Bob Zelin applies decades of engineering and facility design experience to finding products from the 2015 NAB Show that will make a real-world difference for you on a daily basis. Here's Bob's take on everything from thumb drives to 40GigE.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Bob Zelin
Art of the Edit
Finding Your First Job (Or Your Next One)

Finding Your First Job (Or Your Next One)

It's something we're all asked all the time: how do I get the first real job in the industry? It's almost always a question coming out of a young, wide-eyed, innocent looking baby deer of a human being who is graduating from university very soon and for the first time realizes that they're going to have crushing student debt AND no actual plan to get from here to Oscar-worthy filmmaker.

Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Cinematography
Panasonic Makes 4K Handheld with AG-DVX200 Camcorder

Panasonic Makes 4K Handheld with AG-DVX200 Camcorder

Panasonic has announced a new large sensor 4K handheld camcorder with the same filmic quality of the VariCam, which also saw updates at this year's NAB Show.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
ARRI
ARRI Puts ALEXA in a Mini Package

ARRI Puts ALEXA in a Mini Package

Introducing a new camera to its popular ALEXA family, ARRI announced the ALEXA SXT and the ALEXA Mini, a small form factor ALEXA camera for specialized shots where third party cameras have been used before.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
NAB Show
AJA Focuses on 4K and Lets you #TryCION

AJA Focuses on 4K and Lets you #TryCION

AJA announced 4K-focused updates to its family of mini converters, as well as updates to the 4K/UHD CION camera and new loan program that will put the camera in the hands of filmmakers across North America for free this summer.

Feature
Kylee Peña
Apple FCPX Techniques
Apple FCPX 10.2 First Look: Worth the Wait!

Apple FCPX 10.2 First Look: Worth the Wait!

After the usual rabid anticipation, Apple released FCPX 10.2 with a wide range of new features that should excite any pro: new and improved keyframable masks, Library level Smart Collections, improved keyframing performance, 4-Up Scope viewer, the ability to save effects applied to clips.

Feature
Charlie Austin
NAB Show
Signiant Takes 'Flight' with New Enterprise Additions

Signiant Takes 'Flight' with New Enterprise Additions

Signiant's Flight and Media Shuttle services are continuing to rapidly grow, with major facilities adopting the service in global workflows. New enterprise features make it easier for large companies to bring Signiant inside their facilities.

Feature
Kylee Peña
Fitness in Post
Editing Yourself: An Agency Editor Tells Her Fitness Story

Editing Yourself: An Agency Editor Tells Her Fitness Story

When agency editor Katie Toomey found herself in a rut physically and mentally, she knew she had to make some changes to her life to be successful in the long term. With determination and support, she spent five years changing her lifestyle, incorporating more activity and better eating habits her busy post production schedule, losing 80 pounds in the process.

Feature
Kylee Peña
NAB Show
HP: New Mobile Workstation, 4K Dreamcolor, Faster  ZTurbo

HP: New Mobile Workstation, 4K Dreamcolor, Faster ZTurbo

HP unveiled a thin new full performance mobile workstation, newer faster versions of the ZTurbo drive, and updated 4K Dreamcolor displays at the 2015 NAB Show

Feature
Kylee Peña
NAB Show
Blackmagic Unveils Tiny Cameras and Big Sensor Upgrades

Blackmagic Unveils Tiny Cameras and Big Sensor Upgrades

Blackmagic has unveiled a variety of new camera and broadcast products, including "micro" version of their popular cameras for remote control or all day use, a new version of Resolve, and sensor upgrades to the URSA cinema camera.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Peña
AVID
Avid: Third Party Integration and Collaboration

Avid: Third Party Integration and Collaboration

Avid announced updates to its line of products that focus on third party integration and collaboration, including a new Interplay MAM, ISIS 1000 shared storage and Avid Artist I/O device with third party support, and a free version of Media Composer.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Peña
NAB Show
Quantel + Snell: New Workflows and Expanded Customer Base

Quantel + Snell: New Workflows and Expanded Customer Base

In their first NAB Show exhibiting together, Quantel and Snell introduced updates and new features to their IP routing and switching technologies and servers, and affirmed a commitment to lower costs and expand third party support to make their products widely available to a broader market.

Feature
Kylee Peña
NAB Show
WallyCam! Walter Biscardi's NAB Video Encounters

WallyCam! Walter Biscardi's NAB Video Encounters

WallyCam is a series of decidedly low tech and casual video encounters by longtime Creative COW leader Walter Biscardi. Walter brings in friends and industry luminaries to cover both the tech and creative sides of the NAB Show along with some of the fun and experience of Las Vegas. Join Walter for his latest NAB adventure!

Feature
Walter Biscardi
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger

Adobe 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.

Feature
Walter Biscardi
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 Updates: Collaboration & Workflow

Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 Updates: Collaboration & Workflow

With Creative Cloud updates announced ahead of the 2015 NAB Show, Adobe brings new workflows and expanded collaboration to Pro Video apps, including a Character Animator, new color workspaces and editorial tools in Premiere Pro, and Adobe Anywhere for Teams.

Feature
Kylee Peña
NAB Show
Canon Brings 4K: C300 Mark II & Compact Digital Camcorder

Canon Brings 4K: C300 Mark II & Compact Digital Camcorder

Canon brings new 4K cameras and tools to their ecosystem, including the C300 Mark II with internal 4K recording, XC10 small form factor 4K camcorder, and a 4K reference monitor for portable and on-set needs.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
What Computer Should I Buy?
NVIDIA Introduces Updated Iray Renderer and Quadro GPUs

NVIDIA Introduces Updated Iray Renderer and Quadro GPUs

At their annual technology conference, NVIDIA introduced a new version of their Iray renderer along with new and updated GPUS and a Virtual Computing Appliance.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Art of the Edit
Cutting Grand Budapest Hotel:Oscar-Nom Editor Barney Pilling

Cutting Grand Budapest Hotel:Oscar-Nom Editor Barney Pilling

Oscar-nominated editor Barney Pilling discusses balancing a distinct visual style, using driving performances, and managing visual effects on Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
NAB Show
The Introvert's Guide to NAB

The Introvert's Guide to NAB

If you're like most people in video production, you're a bit of an introvert, and that makes trade shows a complicated matter. Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall offers suggestions to help you fight shyness and balance your social meter to have the best NAB Show you possibly can.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Fitness in Post
Fitness in Post: Using Community to Make Post Healthy

Fitness in Post: Using Community to Make Post Healthy

"Fitness in Post" sounds like an oxymoron, but actually it's a fast-growing movement led by film and television editor Zack Arnold, helping the community of editors, visual effects artists and other post-production professionals to help each other become physically and mentally healthy.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Fitness in Post
Transform Your Edit Suite Into a Gym

Transform Your Edit Suite Into a Gym

Between editing a television show 60+ hours a week and raising two young kids, there's no way that editor Zack Arnold (Empire, Burn Notice) was getting to the gym. Yet he's been able to lose weight and build strength by combining his two passions -- editing and fitness -- into one space. You won't be able to jump into all of Zack's suggestions at once, but he didn't either. But if you're looking for practical, real-life steps for looking and feeling better under an editor's workload, here's the starting line.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Zack Arnold
TV & Movie Appreciation
FotoKem Restores The 1965 Classic, The Sound of Music

FotoKem Restores The 1965 Classic, The Sound of Music

Restoring a beloved classic requires even more finesse than usual. Fortunately, today's tools offer more power than ever, along with more finesse, to enable the film experts at FotoKem to create a truly celebratory release of 1965's The Sound of Music.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
NAB Show
Open Letter to Companies Exhibiting at the NAB Show

Open Letter to Companies Exhibiting at the NAB Show

"Trade show exhibitors are all competing to be the loudest, shiniest and sexiest," says Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall. "I'm writing to ask you to consider how your conduct can help make the exhibit hall a more inviting and inclusive experience for everyone."

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
NAB Show
Tips from an NAB Veteran: Make the Best Use of Your Time

Tips from an NAB Veteran: Make the Best Use of Your Time

"The snow is finally starting to melt," says Creative COW Contributing Editor (and member with nearly 25,000 posts) Walter Biscardi, "so that means it’s time for the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention. I've gone so many times it’s more like a family reunion than a trade show anymore. Here’s my 2015 edition of “Tips From An NAB Veteran To Make The Best Use Of Your Time.”

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Walter Biscardi
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Volumetric Lighting

Apple Motion 5: Volumetric Lighting

Volumetric lighting creates a dramatic look of real light in a 3D space, and works especially well for title animation, even with 2D text. It's a nifty magic trick, created with a finesse that some people don't associate with Apple Motion. You of course know better, and Simon Ubsdell is here to help you create the magic.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
TV & Movie Appreciation
Method Studios builds a giant world for JUPITER ASCENDING

Method Studios builds a giant world for JUPITER ASCENDING

Jupiter Ascending is the latest sci-fi epic from Lana and Andy Wachowski, the visionaries whose hallmark is creating compelling worlds that span vast reaches of time and space. We spoke to Simon Carr, the VFX supervisor for Method, about creating many of the key components in Jupiter Ascending's world, and what their experience has taught them about building their own future.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Crowdfunding
Kickstarter Success? Fall In Love With Your Idea!​

Kickstarter Success? Fall In Love With Your Idea!​

You may know the highly regarded CTRL+Console app that enables your iPad to work as a control surface for Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and X, and others. Developer Jeff Chow isn't a software guy, but a creative professional who found he could build a gestural interface more quickly than he could master an NLE. Equally impressive: the funding for turning his idea into a product came from a Kickstarter campaign that exceeded its goals. Here, Jeff offers powerful, proven tips for crowdfunding success that will help you in your own campaigns.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Jeff Chow
Fitness in Post
Fitness in Post: From Couch to Star Wars 10K

Fitness in Post: From Couch to Star Wars 10K

"My name is Adam Bedford, I’m a tv editor, and I just ran my first ever 10k." Adam tell us that it was hard to even get started training, having sprained his ankle running from zombies at Comic-Con. And yet...

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Adam Bedford
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Shockwave

Apple Motion 5: Shockwave

An explosive shockwave. Think you've seen it all before? Not until Simon Ubsdell has shown you how to take advantage of unique tools in Apple Motion 5 to make your own. Simon's experience has been built over 25 years in motion graphics, sound design and mixing, music composition, visual effects and compositing, as well as writing, directing and producing. Follow him as he takes you deep inside keyframes, caustics, camera behaviors, and customizations, as well as sharing real-world tips for finding your way around Motion.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Fitness in Post
Fitness in Post Revisits Sexism in Post

Fitness in Post Revisits Sexism in Post

"Sexism in Post" by Kylee Wall, one of our most-talked about recent stories, will lead to an NAB 2015 panel, and here, a podcast interview by Zack Arnold for Fitness in Post.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Zack Arnold
Adobe Premiere Pro
Misery Loves Comedy: Comedian Kevin Pollak Cuts His Docu

Misery Loves Comedy: Comedian Kevin Pollak Cuts His Docu

Comedian and actor Kevin Pollak talks about directing and editing his documentary "Misery Loves Comedy", a film that explores the darker side of comedians. After three software lessons from editor (and renowned VFX supervisor) Rob Legato and ten months at the console, Pollak has some new insight about the cross-over between stand-up comedy and editing.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Cinematography
Cinematographer-in-Residence: Mandy Walker ASC at UCLA

Cinematographer-in-Residence: Mandy Walker ASC at UCLA

Cinematographer Mandy Walker joins UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television as a Kodak Cinematographer in Residence, teaching the next generation of film students what it means to be a successful director of photography.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
DaVinci Resolve
Exodus: Gods and Kings -- Grading Ridley Scott's 3D Epic

Exodus: Gods and Kings -- Grading Ridley Scott's 3D Epic

Director Ridley Scott's latest epic 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' takes a gritty approach to a biblical story, and colorist Stephen Nakamura helped expand the realistic look by working closely with Scott and DP Dariusz Wolski ASC, and by grading the film in DaVinci Resolve 11 using new tools to help push the 3D grade while preserving highlights.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
AVID
The Art of Being Industrious: Dody Dorn ACE on Cutting Fury

The Art of Being Industrious: Dody Dorn ACE on Cutting Fury

Oscar-nominated film editor Dody Dorn is best known for her work on films like 'Memento' and 'End of Watch', with her latest film 'Fury' involving 16 Avids across two continents. Working her way up from switchboard operator, Dody brings decades of experience to the edit, with a personal advocacy for taking career risks and accepting any opportunity.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Windows Hardware & Software
HP Brings Tiny Desktops and Bold Displays to CES 2015

HP Brings Tiny Desktops and Bold Displays to CES 2015

HP announced major updates at CES 2015, including thin and light mobile workstations, new mini desktops for any room in the house, and enhance displays featuring curved, 4K and 5K panels and virtual reality capabilities.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Peña
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld

Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld

In the first of what will be an ongoing series, "Title Animation: WELD" uses the particle system in Apple Motion, as well as support for EPS outlines, to create the photo-real impression of a title burned onto the screen with a blowtorch, complete with sparks and smoke. Part 1 covers the set-up ,including a stop in Adobe Illustrator, and Part 2 features the compositing, lighting, and filtering finesse to really make it pop.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Boris FX
Walter Soyka On Boris Continuum Complete 9 NLE & AE Plug-ins

Walter Soyka On Boris Continuum Complete 9 NLE & AE Plug-ins

Creative COW's Walter Soyka has been using the Boris Continuum Complete plug-ins for years, and now takes a look at BCC 9. His conclusion: it's exactly what a plug-in set should be, adding power and creative options, saving time, and a strong value. Available for every major NLE, After Effects, and Resolve, you'll want to take a look at Walter's experience yourself.

Review, Feature
Walter Soyka
Art of the Edit
Unbroken: Editing Angelina Jolie's War Drama

Unbroken: Editing Angelina Jolie's War Drama

Editors William Goldenberg and Tim Squyres discuss the process of co-editing Unbroken, the Angelina Jolie directed war drama, including constructing challenging sequences, working with an actor-director, and knowing when a scene feels right.


Kylee Peña
Art of the Edit
Editor Bryan Capri Talks Cutting Lifetime TV Movies

Editor Bryan Capri Talks Cutting Lifetime TV Movies

Editor Bryan Capri's shift from editing corporate training videos and independent films to crafting TV movies for SyFy and Lifetime was no accident: hard work and a positive attitude were everything as he found himself cutting films and designing workflows for major networks.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Adobe Dreamweaver
Bridging Web Design and Development with Adobe Extract

Bridging Web Design and Development with Adobe Extract

Adobe Extract, released in August 2014, is a feature in Photoshop 2014 CC, Dreamweaver 2014 CC and Creative Cloud that has the potential to transform the way web designers and developers work together. If the designer does have a Creative Cloud membership, it opens up a new possibility: uploading a PSD file (one received via email, for instance) to Creative Cloud and getting the assets and CSS information out to to your project.

Editorial, Feature
Michael Hurwicz
Boris FX
Boris FX Acquires Imagineer, Building VFX Development Dynamo

Boris FX Acquires Imagineer, Building VFX Development Dynamo

Boris FX, makers of VFX plug-ins and integrated workflow solutions including Boris Continuum Complete, have signed an agreement to acquire Imagineer Systems, makers of mocha Pro. The two will combine for a tremendous reach in the editing, motion graphics, and VFX communities, and have already begun work on joint projects and technologies.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
Editor William Goldenberg on Crafting The Imitation Game

Editor William Goldenberg on Crafting The Imitation Game

Oscar-winning film editor William Goldenberg has cut his fair share of tension, including Zero Dark Thirty and Argo. On The Imitation Game, he crafts the story of Alan Turing's race to crack the Engima code, sharing his creative approach to constructing a scene and working with high-level directors.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
AVID
Avid Video Mixdowns as DaVinci Resolve Sources

Avid Video Mixdowns as DaVinci Resolve Sources

People have been asking advice from television online editor and frequent Creative COW contributor Scott Freeman on what to do when an Avid video mixdown is going to be used as a source for DaVinci Resolve.Here are his thoughts on how to get in on the fun of linking metadata to essence.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Scott Freeman
Art of the Edit
Arson Dogs: Editing a Web Series

Arson Dogs: Editing a Web Series

One of the most complicated projects yet undertaken by Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall: an unscripted web series called Arson Dogs, which featured massive multi-clips, 8 dog handlers, 3 trainers, and a whole lot of very enthusiastic dogs. Adding to the complexity: because it was for the web, Kylee had to come up with her own structure and pacing for the show itself, as well as the individual episodes, and still turn it around in a very tight timeframe.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Broadcasting
The Drive to Create: The Drive: PAC-12 Football

The Drive to Create: The Drive: PAC-12 Football

The 25-year career of 16-time Emmy winner Jim Jorden began with NFL Films, and included 7 years creating programs for NASCAR before returning to football. Along the way, he has led the production of 69 new series on 20 networks, winning Emmys for his work as a cameraman, an editor, and an executive producer. He brings every bit of that experience to bear on "The Drive: PAC-12 Football," now in its second season. It's the first show to cover an entire season, week by week, combining the classically cinematic approach Jim took to his work for NFL Films, and the all-access approach he pioneered with his work on Hard Knocks. You won't want to miss this remarkable look at full-contact TV production.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Indie Film & Documentary
Indie Tips for 4K With Little or No Budget

Indie Tips for 4K With Little or No Budget

4K isn't just part of some theoretical future. 4K production is here now, and there are some very affordable approaches for low- and no-budget indie filmmakers. Veteran producer and professional limit-pusher Al Caudullo put together a piece on the heritage of Angkor, Cambodia, and for us, has put together the list of the tools he actually used for this amazing project that are quite likely well within your reach. Even the photos that accompany this story have a lot to offer!

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Al Caudullo
Broadcasting
Quantel Unveils 8K 60p Pablo Rio Workflow

Quantel Unveils 8K 60p Pablo Rio Workflow

Quantel has unveiled a new Pablo Rio working in real time at 8K 60p, supported with hardware by NVIDIA and AJA, a world's first for post production.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Peña
Indie Film & Documentary
Thinking Differently to Create Successful Indie Distribution

Thinking Differently to Create Successful Indie Distribution

With the accessibility offered by ever more affordable tools, it has never been easier to make an Indie feature. This essay by President and Co-founder of the Digital Cinema Society, James Mathers, discusses the distribution of an indie feature and how the filmmakers brought "Why We Ride" to life.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
James Mathers
Apple FCPX Techniques
Don't Fight the Magnetic Timeline!

Don't Fight the Magnetic Timeline!

One of the biggest "issues" people coming from other NLE's still seem to have with FCP X is how the Timeline works. Magnetism! No Tracks! Weird Snorkel Things! Storylines?! It's Crazytown! If you fall into this category, we have two suggestions for you. 1) Read this article by Creative COW's Charlie Austin. 2) Don't fight the timeline! Even experienced X-ers are going to have fun with this one.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Charlie Austin
Adobe After Effects
Sexism in Post: Sometimes It's What You Think, Sometimes Not

Sexism in Post: Sometimes It's What You Think, Sometimes Not

Sexism in video production is making work environments hostile and keeping women away, but the most damaging sexist actions aren't what you think.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Indie Film & Documentary
Thriller in the Heartland: Indie Filmmaker Zack Parker

Thriller in the Heartland: Indie Filmmaker Zack Parker

While some would call family life in the midwest a challenge to making movies, writer/director Zack Parker has made deliberate choices in his career and has some great advice for aspiring filmmakers as his fourth feature, "Proxy", hits Netflix and DVD.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Adobe After Effects
NetApp Simplifies Hybrid Cloud Management Software

NetApp Simplifies Hybrid Cloud Management Software

Storage and data management company NetApp announced a set of tools to enhance cloud services, including a more efficient operating system with simple tools to manage data on Amazon Cloud web services.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Adobe Premiere Pro
Purrrfect Videos with Adobe Premiere Clip for Cat Day

Purrrfect Videos with Adobe Premiere Clip for Cat Day

The Premiere Clip app is a great way to get started in shooting, editing and sharing your own videos, and today Adobe is encouraging everyone to sink their claws into a cat video of their own for National Cat Day.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Peña
Art of the Edit
A Beginner's Guide to Building a Budget 5.1 Editing Suite

A Beginner's Guide to Building a Budget 5.1 Editing Suite

As TV producer Jonathan Bird readied his first 6K feature for the fulldome-theater market, he needed to starting working with 5.1 sound. It turns out that it was trickier than just connecting his computer to a home theater receiver! Here's his trial-and-error progression to success.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Jonathan Bird
Adobe Premiere Pro
Gone Girl: Editing a Hollywood Feature with Adobe Premiere

Gone Girl: Editing a Hollywood Feature with Adobe Premiere

David Fincher's "Gone Girl" is the latest in a series of critically acclaimed films from the director, but it's the first studio feature edited with Adobe Premiere Pro, with a complex post production workflow that includes 6K acquisition and over 200 visual effects completed in house with the help of Dynamic Link and After Effects.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Cinematography
Adventures in 6K with Jackson, Wyoming's Brain Farm Cinema

Adventures in 6K with Jackson, Wyoming's Brain Farm Cinema

Staffed with outdoor sport enthusiasts and and fortified with the latest in 6K cameras and post production technology, Wyoming-based Brain Farm Cinema is taking wild leaps into the next level of production capabilities and working through challenges in media and infrastructure along the way.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe's Mobile Canvas: Desktop, Devices Come Together at MAX

Adobe's Mobile Canvas: Desktop, Devices Come Together at MAX

Adobe has announced a a new family of mobile apps, tied together by a new Creative Profile, to seamlessly integrate into existing desktop tools as part of the latest Creative Cloud release. The CC update, expected to be available today, also includes major new features for the desktop family of tools including Photoshop, Illustrator After Effects and Premiere.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Peña
TV & Movie Appreciation
Running the VFX for The Maze Runner

Running the VFX for The Maze Runner

VFX Supervisor Sue Rowe led the team from Method in creating over 500 shots as the exclusive house on The Maze Runner, an action thriller based on the post-apocalyptic dystopia YA series. Creating the ever-shifting maze itself, as well as foul organic-mechanical hybrid monsters known as Grievers, Sue and her team expanded their expertise beyond atmospheres to include Oscar-winning character animators, taking some imaginative turns through the maze of creating a realistic world.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Sue Rowe
WalterBiscardi.com
Put Post First: Save Time & Money in Production!

Put Post First: Save Time & Money in Production!
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In this trailer for a Business & Marketing training series at WalterBiscardi.com, Walt tells us to Put Post First! Save time and money by starting with post. In the series, you'll learn what producers and content creators need to know to save time, money and create a better end product.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
WalterBiscardi.com
Post Production: Protect Yourself Before You Sign a Contract

Post Production: Protect Yourself Before You Sign a Contract
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In this trailer for a Business & Marketing training series at WalterBiscardi.com, Walt tells us what post production pros need to know and ask before taking on that big post project.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
DaVinci Resolve
Blackmagic DaVinci Goes up to 11

Blackmagic DaVinci Goes up to 11

Colorist Joseph Owens has been in the heart of postproduction for over 30 years, and has used one form or another of DaVinci Resolve for a large part of that. In his look at the latest release of what he calls the gold standard for color correction, he both covers new features, and considers the possibilities that those features offer.

Review, Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Joseph Owens
What Computer Should I Buy?
HP's New Workstations: Powerful, Expandable, and Compatible

HP's New Workstations: Powerful, Expandable, and Compatible

Expanding its Z-series line, HP announced major updates to desktop and mobile workstations focusing on expandability, reliability and compatibility - and specifically targeting disappointed Mac users that may not have considered the PC world before. With the key word for creative professionals being "bottleneck" as 4K media (and beyond) and native editing become a mainstay of a typical workflow, HP hopes that giving users more options will be the solution.

Review, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Streamlines Workflows with Creative Cloud Updates

Adobe Streamlines Workflows with Creative Cloud Updates

Adobe has announced updates to the professional video tools in their Creative Cloud, featuring timesaving enhancements to media and project management, increased support for new codecs and display technologies, and refinements to everyday editorial tasks in response to some long-standing user requests.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
WalterBiscardi.com
Quick Tip: Square vs. Anamorphic Pixels

Quick Tip: Square vs. Anamorphic Pixels
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In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter Biscardi Jr. clears up the confusion between square and anamorphic pixels and why he recommends always working in square pixel timelines.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
WalterBiscardi.com
WalterBiscardi.Com Preview for Production Budget Basics

WalterBiscardi.Com Preview for Production Budget Basics
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In this production budgeting basics preview for a series on WalterBiscardi.com, Dana Popoff, Producer for "Good Eats" and "Feasting On Asphalt" with Alton Brown for the Food Network, shares what insights she will guide viewers through in this new professional production instructional series.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
WalterBiscardi.com
WalterBiscardi.Com Preview for The Positive Side of Change

WalterBiscardi.Com Preview for The Positive Side of Change
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Through humour and anecdotes, Walter Biscardi Jr. shows how to embrace the risk that comes with change - both in business and in life. This clip previews the new series at WalterBiscardi.Com.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
TV & Movie Appreciation
Milk Creates Half-Face Man for Debut of Doctor Who Series 8

Milk Creates Half-Face Man for Debut of Doctor Who Series 8

BAFTA award winning London VFX house Milk created the stunning and beautiful visual effects for the BBC's "Deep Breath", Peter Capaldi's debut episode as Doctor Who, directed by Ben Wheatley for the eighth series of Doctor Who.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Milk VFX
Indie Film & Documentary
Shot Lister App teams up with FilmAid International in Sudan

Shot Lister App teams up with FilmAid International in Sudan

Shot Lister, the successful shotlisting and scheduling app, is teaming up with FilmAid International to raise funds for their South Sudan Refugee Emergency Response Team. To encourage filmmakers to support FilmAid, Shot Lister is dropping the price of their app from $13.99 to $1.99 for 10 days from September 8 - 18th with every cent raised going to FilmAid.

Editorial, Feature
Zach Lipovsky
TV & Movie Appreciation
Television VFX:A Different Kind of Beast at Stargate Studios

Television VFX:A Different Kind of Beast at Stargate Studios

Nightmare-spawning VFX, gruesome yet realistic shots for monsters we're glad are on the other side of the television glass, heart-wrenching, but necessarily believable medical drama effects are all but part of a working day at Stargate Studios. Working a television post production schedule is a beast all its own, and here, they tame the beast a bit with some great VFX and some mocha Pro magic...

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Imagineer Systems
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Giver Blooms with Color from Technicolor PostWorks NY

The Giver Blooms with Color from Technicolor PostWorks NY

The Giver centers on a boy who comes to question the colorless, utopian community he has grown up in after learning about the "real" world from an elderly man. The reawakening of the boy's memories and emotions is reflected in his growing ability to see in color. This gentle transition from b&w to color was handled by Technicolor-PostWorks' boutique finishing facility, The Room, which handled numerous creative and technical challenges in post production.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Technicolor PostWorks
Adobe After Effects
Zero VFX: Why Some Effects Are Better Unseen

Zero VFX: Why Some Effects Are Better Unseen

Kyle Andal and Gerard Andal, lead compositors at Zero VFX, bring invisible post-production magic to several films - including 2014 Academy Award-winning "American Hustle," in which the team helped transform 2013 Boston to 1978 New York - and also several commercial shots with mocha Pro.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Imagineer Systems
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Marvel of Guardians of the Galaxy

The Marvel of Guardians of the Galaxy

Big companies can't be nimble? Don't tell Sony Pictures Imageworks. They turned around 88 shots for Marvel's instant classic, Guardians of the Galaxy -- plus a complete digital character -- in just two months. VFX Supervisor Pete Travers says it's the fastest they've ever worked on a project like this, and a sterling example of both the creative advantages that come with scale, and the richness of the Marvel multiverse.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Adobe Photoshop
Going from Aperture to Lightroom? Put it in the Cloud!

Going from Aperture to Lightroom? Put it in the Cloud!

Why Wait for Apple Photos? Adventurer and editor Jigs Gaton takes us through some easy steps for migrating your photo library from Apple's Aperture and iPhoto into Adobe Lightroom.

Tutorial, Feature
Jiggy Gaton
TV & Movie Appreciation
Sink or Swim in Hollywood:Editor William Boodell & Sharknado

Sink or Swim in Hollywood:Editor William Boodell & Sharknado

When editor William (Bill) Boodell came to LA, he didn't expect to ever be associated with a shark tornado -- I mean, who is? And now Sharknado (the first one), is a part of mainstream pop culture even a year later and his best known work to date. If you talk to Bill for five minutes, you'll discover that he's a film connoisseur with a near-concerning catalog of directors, editors, and filmmaking theory in his head, and an up-and-coming editor with a unique post-film path to Hollywood that anyone can learn from.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
TV & Movie Appreciation
Building the Storm for Into the Storm

Building the Storm for Into the Storm

If you're going to build the storm for a movie called Into The Storm, you better be on top of your game -- especially if it's an unprecedented mile-wide monster of a tornado. Method Studios created the storm and its aftermath, building on the kinds of things you expect from a tornado, to create some things you've not seen before.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
Building The World of Hercules

Building The World of Hercules

Hercules achieved an epic look on a relatively modest budget through careful and clever CG environments. Together, Method Studios and Milk VFX are two of the companies that helped create a full, realistic world for Hercules, from the sky, to the Acropolis, to the sea.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Five OTHER Peter O'Toole Movies That Thou Must See

The Five OTHER Peter O'Toole Movies That Thou Must See

Peter O'Toole (August 2, 1932 - December 14, 2013) is most remembered for his supernova performance in Lawrence of Arabia, but in fact some of his most highly-regarded, even Oscar-nominated, performances are all but forgotten in the praise of that one. Here are five more movies to set the record straight: there was nobody else like Peter O'Toole, and there won't be again.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
Canon Cameras
Homeland: Behind the Scenes with Canon Glass/David Klein ASC

Homeland: Behind the Scenes with Canon Glass/David Klein ASC

David Klein, ASC, who is nominated for a 2014 Best Cinematography Emmy® Award for his work on Homeland, first AC Dominik Mainl, and B camera operator Bob Newcomb break down what's in their tool kit: an ARRI Alexa mounted with Canon Cinema Zoom Lenses, a RED Epic, a Canon Cinema EOS 1D C, and a Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Stefani Rice
Crowdfunding
AirDog: A Hot Kickstarter for a Cool Idea

AirDog: A Hot Kickstarter for a Cool Idea

An auto-follow, gyro-stabilized GoPro drone that goes where you go, including skydiving and surfing, that you can operate hands-free -- sounds cool, right? It's called AirDog, and whether or not the product is for you, you can learn a lot from their very hot Kickstarter campaign: they reached their $200,000 goal in 4 days, on their way to over $1.3 million pledged.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Shooting Trent & Isabella: Blackmagic Firmware & Indie Film

Shooting Trent & Isabella: Blackmagic Firmware & Indie Film

Paul Del Vecchio is a filmmaker with an independent spirit. When he had the chance to beta test Blackmagic's new firmware on the Cinema Camera while serving as director of photography on the indie film "Trent & Isabella," he found that the new debayer process became a huge asset to getting the raw-like images he wanted without the price of storage and processing. Less time and money spent there means more focus on the film's visual style which ranges from spaghetti western to film noir.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Adobe Premiere Pro
Cooking With Premiere Pro CC on PBS's America's Test Kitchen

Cooking With Premiere Pro CC on PBS's America's Test Kitchen

As America's Test Kitchen enters its 15th season on PBS, they've made the switch to Premiere Pro Creative Cloud. Post-production Supervisor and director Herb Sevush has been with the show from the beginning, and confessed some trepidation moving away from FCP 7, but has found it to be a great fit for their data-intensive, increasingly 4K multicam production, and his work with remote editors. Here, Herb offers some insights into both the why and the how of their switch, with special attention to Premiere Pro CC's approach to multicam.

Editorial, Feature
Herb Sevush
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