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Art of the Edit
FuseFX Applies Military Muscle to FX's Tyrant

FuseFX Applies Military Muscle to FX's Tyrant

VFX Supervisor Ted Rae and team are applying their artistry to a jihadist war drama.

Editorial, Feature
COW News
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NAB Show
Creative COW NAB Show 2016 News: Wednesday Edition

Creative COW NAB Show 2016 News: Wednesday Edition

Welcome to Wednesday's edition of the the industry's most comprehensive coverage of the 2016 NAB Show. Some of the companies with especially wide-ranging presentations including AJA, ARRI, and Blackmagic Design, with the latest news from hundreds of other companies in cameras and support gear, storage, archiving, broadcast, 4K, and much much more.


COW News
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NAB Show
Creative COW 2016 NAB Show News: Tuesday Edition, April 19

Creative COW 2016 NAB Show News: Tuesday Edition, April 19

Welcome to Tuesday's edition of the the industry's most comprehensive coverage of the 2016 NAB Show. Some of the companies with especially wide-ranging presentations including AJA, ARRI, and Blackmagic Design, with the latest news from hundreds of other companies in cameras and support gear, storage, archiving, broadcast, 4K, and much much more.


Cow News
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Business & Marketing
Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool

Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool

15 years is a long time on the internet! Travel back with us to the days before YouTube, social media, digital cinema, smartphones, iPods and all the rest, back to the founding of Creative COW by Ronald & Kathlyn Lindeboom in April 2001. Join us for an insider's look at the earliest days of the professional digital video revolution, all the way through the events that have shaped the world's largest community of media professionals, right here at Creative COW.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
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Art of the Edit
The Women in Post PR List: No More #AllMalePanels

The Women in Post PR List: No More #AllMalePanels

Did you know the #allmalepanel is such a common phenomenon that a UN organization is urging its employees (and 8,500 member organizations like Coca-Cola and Cisco) to stop participating in them? As we enter NAB 2016, Kylee Peña is looking at balancing the scales with more women on the panels.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Peña
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SAN - Storage Area Networks
Navigating the Land Mine of Centralized Media Storage

Navigating the Land Mine of Centralized Media Storage

Storage and media asset management are probably the biggest category you will find on the NAB floor in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Dennis Kutchera guides you with past experience how to Navigate the Land Mine of Centralized Media Storage in the Post-Production Storage Wars.

Editorial, Feature
Dennis Kutchera
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Drones/UAV
Drones/UAVs, Cameras, and Beyond: Douglas Spotted Eagle

Drones/UAVs, Cameras, and Beyond: Douglas Spotted Eagle

When longtime Creative COW leader Douglas Spotted Eagle recently approached us with a suggestion to add a Drones/UAV forum to our extensive cinematography and videography communities, it immediately made perfect sense. And who better than Douglas to host? We also took this opportunity to speak to Douglas about the sweep of his career, from Grammy Award-winning musician and producer, through editing, cameras, training, consulting, to now, as an early adopter and advocate for UAVs.

Feature, People / Interview, Business
Douglas Spotted Eagle
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Drones/UAV
Drone Rules Suck...and Why You Want Them

Drone Rules Suck...and Why You Want Them

Rules! Why do we need so many rules for drones? Pilot, skydiver, and drone operator Douglas Spotted Eagle agrees, “Some of the UAV/drone rules and laws are not only unreasonable but downright ineffective,” but when you look more closely from a pilot’s eye view, they start to make much more sense. Starting with this principle: common sense isn’t all that common!

Editorial, Feature
Douglas Spotted Eagle
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Indie Film & Documentary
Tuskegee Airmen 75th Anniversary: A Documentary Revisited

Tuskegee Airmen 75th Anniversary: A Documentary Revisited

When Denton Adkinson and Bryan Williams told us the story of their documentary, In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen, back in 2011, we were amazed. It was one of the most popular stories we published that year, not just because of the inspiring subject matter, but for the remarkable way it came together as a project, and in post. In the years since then, the film has taken on a life of its own, including national DVD distribution, becoming part of high school curricula, NFL celebrations, museum presentations, and more. Now in 2016, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen, their film will be presented as a live event on over 200 screens across the US. To get there, though, Denton and Bryan had to update their SD original for the big screen, add a surround mix, and prep it for digital distribution. This is a story of faith, fortitude, upres, ProRes, and the power of positive phone calls that you won't want to miss.

Feature
Denton Adkinson
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Apple FCPX Techniques
FCPX: Trailer Editing Workflow with Charlie Austin

FCPX: Trailer Editing Workflow with Charlie Austin

Creative COW stalwart, FCPX whiz, and longtime trailer editing expert Charlie Austin recently joined the folks at FCPWORKS and their FCP EXCHANGE workshop series for a deep dive into managing this particularly intensive form of editing with the newest Apple editing offering. Charlie comes at it with both a wit and precision that you won't want to miss.

Tutorial
Charlie Austin
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Stereoscopic 3D
Renaissance Masters Go 3D with Nuke

Renaissance Masters Go 3D with Nuke

VFX legend Steve Wright helped Italy's Sky 3D tackle an epic project, as Italian all-3D television station set out to present the city of Florence and the masterpieces of Renaissance art housed in the Uffizi Gallery in a spectacular stereoscopic 3D movie shown in 60 countries around the world. While the majority of the film was shot stereoscopically, Steve's challenge was to use Nuke to present some of the world's most precious artworks fully dimensionalized. Here's how he pulled it off.

Editorial, Feature
Steve Wright
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Boris FX
Boris Continuum Complete 10: A Winner For Every Creative

Boris Continuum Complete 10: A Winner For Every Creative

Walter Biscardi has been a Boris FX customer since 1995, and he calls Continuum Complete 10 a winner that belongs in every post creative's toolbox. With filters that nobody else has, customizable presets galore, multiple host support for one price, the watershed Title Studio, and the integrated power of mocha's Academy Award-winning tracking built into every filter, forget the cliche of Continuum Complete being a Swiss army knife, says Walter. Now, it's more like a cannon! Join Walter for some of the details on why you need this amazing package yourself.

Review, Editorial
Walter Biscardi
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Blackmagic Design Fusion
Blackmagic Design Fusion: Building Your Own Keyer

Blackmagic Design Fusion: Building Your Own Keyer

In his latest tutorial for Blackmagic Design Fusion, Simon Ubsdell points out that you can of course simply use Fusion's built-in keyer, and quickly get a good result, but here he shows how combining visual effects nodes to build your own keyer helps you understand the processes to refine trouble keys. Even if you'd prefer not to build your own, you will gain practical insights into channel operations and other techniques to help you unlock Fusion's unique visual effects power.

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

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
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Cinematography
School, Teachers, Italian Neorealism & a Few Soviet Films

School, Teachers, Italian Neorealism & a Few Soviet Films

In this exclusive interview, generously granted to Creative COW by the Gamma and Density Journal, during his lifetime, Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, sat down with Yuri Neyman, ASC to talk about his life as a cinematographer. We remember the genius.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Yuri Neyman
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TV & Movie Appreciation
The Sisterhood of the X-Files Fandom

The 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
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Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design Teranex Mini: 4K Monitoring & So Much More

Blackmagic 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
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Art of the Edit
Checksums, Speed, and Acceptable Risk

Checksums, 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
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TV & Movie Appreciation
Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, 1930 - 2016 - Remembering the Genius

Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, 1930 - 2016 - Remembering the Genius

Winner of an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the long list of official accolades for Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC doesn't begin to illustrate the impact his work has had on generations of artists around the world. Friend, colleague, and Global Cinematography Institute co-founder Yuri Neyman, ASC shares some of his memories with us.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Yuri Neyman, ASC
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Art of the Edit
Editing Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Editing Star Wars: The Force Awakens

On Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings the latest collaboration of Mary Jo Markey, ACE and Maryann Brandon, ACE​ once again collaborated with J.J. Abrams, following their previous successes with him on pictures including Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission Impossible III, Super 8, and the TV series Alias. Here, they tell us about putting together this new instant classic.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
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Apple FCPX Techniques
Using Apple FCPX for A DocumenTree

Using Apple FCPX for A DocumenTree

After 25 years of working on other people's documentaries, commercials, feature films, filmmaker Michael Angelo's first original project is the inspirational story of the Treeman of Venice Beach, a singular creation of a singular man whose combination of costume, body paint, live foliage, and 10-foot stilts is gently beguiling and deeply inspirational. With over 1000 hours of footage in a crazy number of formats over a period of years, collaboration among a far-flung team of volunteers with varying degrees of expertise (including none at all), A DocumenTree seemed like the ideal project for Michael to jump into Final Cut Pro X. Michael's longtime experience in a variety of disciplines has nevertheless allowed him to come at the issues of media management, metadata, offline-online workflows, and a variety of complex technical issues in some unusual, and, dare we say it, organic ways.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Michael Angelo
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Blackmagic Design Fusion
Blackmagic Design Fusion 8 Intro Tutorial: Fusion Reactor

Blackmagic Design Fusion 8 Intro Tutorial: Fusion Reactor

Blackmagic Design Fusion has long been known as an incredibly powerful node-based 3D compositing and VFX environment, responsible for some of the most indelible cinematic imagery of our time. Tokyo Productions Creative Director Simon Ubsdell has been a Fusion fan and user for years, and here provides a dramatic introduction to Fusion's interface and toolset, as well as a closer look at the motion graphics prowess in Fusion that you may not have been expecting!

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
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Art of the Edit
A Tale of Two Mockingjays: The Hunger Games Epic Finale(s)

A Tale of Two Mockingjays: The Hunger Games Epic Finale(s)

Deciding to adapt the Hunger Games finale, Mockingjay, as 2 films opened up remarkable storytelling possibilities for director Francis Lawrence, and editors Alan Bell ACE and Mark Yoshikawa ACE. We spoke with the editors about the technologies, workflows, and collaborative processes that enabled them to so richly explore the nuances of power, pain, and the lifelong toll that war takes even on the victors.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
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TV & Movie Appreciation
Peter Doyle: Supervising Visual Colourist at Technicolor

Peter Doyle: Supervising Visual Colourist at Technicolor

Peter Doyle, Supervising Visual Colourist at Technicolor, shares details of his upward spiraling career. His deep technical knowledge allows for a perfect blend of creativity and productivity in equal measure. Here he talks about his career, his aspirations, and his involvement in productions right from the outset.

Feature, People / Interview
FilmLight
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TV & Movie Appreciation
Introducing Ultron: Trixter Builds The Avengers' Biggest Bad

Introducing Ultron: Trixter Builds The Avengers' Biggest Bad

At the heart of Marvel's biggest Avengers movie yet lies their greatest threat yet: Ultron, a self-constructing robot intelligence bent on destroying all of humanity. Munich's boutique-scale Trixter Film was given the critical task of introducing this epic-scale character, which they undertook from concept art through design, mocap, animation, compositing, and output.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
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TV & Movie Appreciation
The Walk: Largest Use of Cloud Computing in Film History

The Walk: Largest Use of Cloud Computing in Film History

Award-winning VFX Company Joins UPP and Rodeo FX to Recapture the Legendary Walk Between the World Trade Center Towers. Lead VFX vendor Atomic Fiction needed a more efficient way to do the compute-intensive, and traditionally very expensive, processes of rendering. The company used their cloud-based software Conductor, which allows artists to offload the processing from their own computers and send it to the cloud. By the end of the project, Atomic Fiction had completed 9.1 million hours of processing in the cloud, which equates to over a millennium of processing time!

Editorial, Feature
Shaina Ostroff
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SAN - Storage Area Networks
Affordable, Easy LTO Archiving

Affordable, Easy LTO Archiving

It's a simple idea: your stuff is precious, but there's too much of it to easily store. The world of LTO seems expensive and confusing, and straight talk is hard to come by. Well, it happens that Creative COW's Bob Zelin is the master of straight talk, and has had to learn a lot about archiving to help his clients meet their needs. Here's what Bob has found as he looks at the latest and greatest technology and projects for affordable, easy LTO archiving.

Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
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NEWS: Product News
Tomorrowland -- Building a World Beyond with cineSync

Tomorrowland -- Building a World Beyond with cineSync

Earlier this year, Disney brought another of its theme park attractions to the silver screen in Brad Bird's Tomorrowland - a VFX-fuelled adventure that whisks viewers across time, space and alternate dimensions. Computer graphics facility Whiskytree was brought on to the project to create the gleaming cityscape of Tomorrowland itself.

Feature
Whiskytree
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Adobe After Effects
3D Dance Show in After Effects

3D Dance Show in After Effects

When Ari Grunzeweig needed to create a dynamic promo, he turned to a remarkable combination of keyed footage, particles, and the dynamic 3D compositing and cameras in Adobe After Effects to build a virtual world exploding with dance and light. Take a look to see how to build your own 3D world in After Effects.

Tutorial, Feature
Ari Grunzeweig
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NEWS: All News
Colour Grading The BBC's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Colour Grading The BBC's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a seven-part adaptation of Susanna Clarke's novel set in the Napoleonic Wars, and says Technicolor Montreal's Head Colourist Nico Ilies, a beautifully crafted period fantasy drama with outstanding acting, great cinematography and art direction, beautiful costumes and amazing VFX work -- an absolutely ideal colorist's playground. Working in Baselight, Nico took pictures in a variety of directions for this unusually diverse tale.

Feature, People / Interview
Nico Ilies
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Social Media
How Are You? No, really. Creativity & Mental Health

How 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
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Art of the Edit
Positivity: Editor Jesse Averna on Evolving Your Career

Positivity: 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
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Adobe After Effects
Perfect Chroma Keys from Bad Green Screens in After Effects

Perfect 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.

Tutorial
Bracer Jack
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Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Crystal Spheres

Apple Motion 5: Crystal Spheres

Apple Motion 5 has many powerful compositing and graphics features, but its 3D feature set is, alas, limited. (For those keeping score, it's only 2.5D). Simon Ubsdell applies his his VFX and motion graphics expertise to cleverly working around those limitations by exploiting the best of Motion's behaviors, filters, lights, cameras, blend modes, refractions, and more -- along with everything you'll need to customize the effect to your liking, and to deepen your own Motion skills.

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Simon Ubsdell
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Art of the Edit
Editors on Editing, Emmys, and Everything Else

Editors on Editing, Emmys, and Everything Else

The Emmy Award-nominated editors of Amazon's Transparent and Lifetime's Project Runway All-Stars (Cate Haight ACE, and Emmy-winner Mary DeChambres, respectively) sit down with Creative COW Associate Editor Kylee Wall for a wide-open conversation on getting started in Hollywood, getting ahead, and, most important, staying sane. Anything you want to know about editing in the real world? You'll find it right here.

Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
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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.

Feature
Gex Williams
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TV & Movie Appreciation
Milk's Epic VFX For Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Milk's Epic VFX For Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, the acclaimed bestselling epic novel of magical realism set 200 years ago, was adapted by the BBC to a 7-episode miniseries that was itself quite epic, with over 1000 effects shots handled by London's Milk VFX. Creative COW's Tim Wilson spoke with Milk CEO Will Cohen about his team's work on the series, starting with his own enthusiasm as a fan of the novel. To use that word once more, it's an epic conversation about adapting novels, carefully managing budgeted creativity, and collaboration. Books, televised cinematic storytelling, VFX, good conversation, and magic: if any of those is your cup of tea, you won't want to miss this.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
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TV & Movie Appreciation
FuseFX & Emmy-Nominated Work for American Horror Story

FuseFX & Emmy-Nominated Work for American Horror Story

Burbank-based effects house’s freaky work for hit FX series continues to draw accolades.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
FuseFX
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TV & Movie Appreciation
Pixels: Going From 8-bits to Epic is No Game

Pixels: Going From 8-bits to Epic is No Game

Classic video game characters like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong sent by aliens to destroy Earth? No worries! Digital Domain and Sony Pictures Imageworks are on the case. It turns out that integrating 8-bit characters into a world recognizable as our own is a lot harder than it looks. It was also a lot of fun for everyone involved, and hearing about it from the two VFX supervisors will be a lot of fun for you too.

Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
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Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Science Fiction-Style Glitchy Interference

Apple Motion 5: Science Fiction-Style Glitchy Interference

You've seen the effect: video noise and glitchy interference, now a staple of contemporary sci-fi visuals. Simon Ubsdell shows you how to build it yourself inside Apple Motion 5, with no plug-ins or third-party software!

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
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Adobe After Effects
Introducing Rotoscoping With mocha for Adobe After Effects

Introducing Rotoscoping With mocha for Adobe After Effects

Imagineer's mocha is Academy Award-winning technology for rotoscoping and motion tracking that's ideal for use with Adobe After Effects. Visual effects artist and editor Ruan Lotter shows some of the keys to unlocking this exceptionally powerful tool.

Tutorial
Ruan Lotter
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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Scott Freeman
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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.

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Frank Beacham
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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.

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Kylee Peña
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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.

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Simon Ubsdell
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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.

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Bob Zelin
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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.

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Bill O'Neil
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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.

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Dennis Kutchera
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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.

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Alan E. Bell
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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.

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David Lawrence
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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.

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Kylee Peña
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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
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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.

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Bob Zelin
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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
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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.

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Kylee Peña
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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.

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Kylee Peña
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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.

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Kylee Peña
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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.

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Charlie Austin
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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.

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Kylee Peña
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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.

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Kylee Peña
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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

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Kylee Peña
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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
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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
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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.

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Kylee Peña
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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!

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Walter Biscardi
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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.

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Walter Biscardi
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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.

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Kylee Peña
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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
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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.

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Kylee Peña
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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
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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.

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Kylee Peña
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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
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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
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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.

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Tim Wilson
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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."

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Kylee Peña
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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.”

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Walter Biscardi
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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.

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Simon Ubsdell
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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
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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.

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Jeff Chow
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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...

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Adam Bedford
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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.

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Simon Ubsdell
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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.

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Zack Arnold
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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
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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.

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Kylee Peña
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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Simon Ubsdell
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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Michael Hurwicz
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