Creative COW Library Creative COW Library of tutorials, articles, reviews and more for media professionals world wide. en-us Mon, 21 Oct 2019 02:00:00 GMT PHP Script Apple Motion 5: EPIC Title Tutorial by Simon Ubsdell Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for some really useful and interesting techniques for creating a fake 3D title treatment with dramatic depth, texture, reflections, staining and other details that goes way beyond what you can achieve with the 3D Mon, 07 Oct 2019 19:41:20 GMT Designing Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood Barbara Ling, production designer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, discusses how she was able to turn back time and recreate 1960’s Hollywood. Barbara and Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli discuss how Quentin Tarantino kept the film’s script a secret, how she restored Hollywood to the 1960’s Fri, 16 Aug 2019 16:02:58 GMT Blackmagic Design Announced WHAT? As if this wasn't already the hottest summer on record, Blackmagic Design's Grant Petty rolled out some blazing news across a wide range of the company's product lines in cameras, production hardware, and software. Fri, 09 Aug 2019 09:03:02 GMT Apple Motion 5: Light Art Tutorial Discover how to create this moody light art scene with Apple Motion 5! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a tutorial that also includes number of useful tricks, including how to create an ambient occlusion effect and textured specular highlight Thu, 08 Aug 2019 10:39:48 GMT Adobe After Effects Reverse Stabilization You're going to be blown away by how you can power up your After Effects workflow with reverse stabilizing your footage! By separating your tracking from your compositing, you can focus on each step, and in addition, overcome the render order complexities when match moving elements and effects on a Thu, 01 Aug 2019 07:22:04 GMT The Lion King's Virtual Cinematography: Caleb Deschanel, ASC Caleb Deschanel, cinematographer for Disney’s live-action The Lion King, shares how they used traditional cinematography to create the life-like virtual film. Caleb and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss modeling cameras and lenses for virtual filmmaking, how Caleb was able to move the su Thu, 01 Aug 2019 05:46:17 GMT Makin’ Planets! Adobe After Effects Tutorials by Graham Quince Here's a great new Adobe After Effects tutorial series from Creative COW leader Graham Quince that takes advantage of the free Orb plug-in from our friend Andrew Kramer at Video Copilot. Graham supplies project files, tips and tricks, and good humor on this tour through building every planet in the Thu, 25 Jul 2019 06:21:06 GMT After Effects Content Aware Fill: When It Doesn't Work There’s a new artificial intelligence-powered feature in Adobe After Effects called Content-Aware Fill that allows you to remove anything from your shots fairly easily! It's powerful, but if you’ve tried it you know that it doesn’t always work perfectly. So what do you do when it doesn’t wor Wed, 24 Jul 2019 22:50:51 GMT Animate Text Without Keyframes or Plug-ins in Apple FCPX Join longtime editor, VFX artist, plug-in developer, Creative COW leader Bret Williams of BretFX to learn how the FCPX Custom text tool allows you to animate text in Final Cut Pro X without using keyframes or plugins. With the often overlooked custom text tool you can easily create great text animat Thu, 18 Jul 2019 03:14:52 GMT Shooting RED 8K for Danny Boyle's Yesterday The magical romantic comedy Yesterday reunites cinematographer Christopher Ross BSC with director Danny Boyle to tell the story of a singer-songwriter who wakes up to discover that he's the only one in the world who remembers The Beatles. Christopher selected the RED HELIUM S35 8K sensor (with as ma Thu, 18 Jul 2019 07:29:07 GMT Spider-Man Far From Home Cinematographer Matthew Lloyd Matthew Lloyd, cinematographer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, takes us behind the scenes of the film and shares techniques for lighting and shooting massive visual effects scenes. Matthew and Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli, discuss working in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, using pre-vis to prep f Wed, 10 Jul 2019 22:45:33 GMT DJI Osmo Action Camera In-Depth: Taking on GoPro The DJI Osmo Action is DJI's first GoPro-like action camera. It shoots crisp 4K video at 60 FPS, and super slow motion at 240 FPS at 1080p, also with support for HDR and terrific RockSteady image stabilization. Especially interesting: TWO LCD screens to make it easy to see what you're shooting from Fri, 05 Jul 2019 22:17:06 GMT Stitch Together Photos in Photoshop To Make One EPIC Photo! Filmmaker Cody Pyper shows you how to stitch 18 photos together in Photoshop to create one truly EPIC photo! This is a pretty advanced tutorial, presented with a lot of energy, so dive in! You'll be able to apply these techniques to a wide variety of future projects. Thu, 27 Jun 2019 14:59:25 GMT Stuart Dryburgh: DP for Men In Black International Stuart Dryburgh, cinematographer for Men In Black International, joins Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, to discuss creating the look for the film. Stuart talks about the challenges of working in an established franchise, filming in NYC in the snow, why Stuart prefers Arri Alexa cameras, his light Thu, 27 Jun 2019 14:40:59 GMT Apple Motion Fire Dragon Logo Animation Fractals, generators, displacements, oh my! You can find everything you need to make engaging fire effects inside Apple Motion 5, and longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell shows you how to both build the fire and apply it to a logo. Project files are inclu Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:39:44 GMT Speed Ramps & Smooth Slow Motion in Adobe Premiere Pro Here's everything you need to know to get complete control over the speed of your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro! Join VFX guru Tobias G for a look at the Rate Stretch Tool, Premiere's Speed/Duration settings, Time Remapping, and more! Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:40:36 GMT Great Effects for Good Omens: Collaboration with Milk VFX Wouldn’t you know it? You’re a demon living on Earth for the past 6000 years, and you’ve finally persuaded your angelic counterpart to help you stop the end of the world, and now you can’t remember where you left the 11 year old Antichrist. Such are the tribulations of Good Omens, the newly Mon, 03 Jun 2019 06:21:35 GMT Capturing ProRes RAW Apple ProRes RAW has lots of buzz, and can offer some great opportunities in both shooting and post, once you know how to capture it. Director Steve Pierce and DP Igor Kropotov explain why they love it, how to capture it on set, and what tools you can use. Sat, 01 Jun 2019 08:36:55 GMT Go Creative: Designing Disney's Aladdin with Gemma Jackson Gemma Jackson, production designer for Disney’s live action Aladdin, joins Go Creative Show host and commercial director Ben Consoli to discuss the film. As the award winning production designer of Game of Thrones, Finding Neverland, Bridget Jones Diary and more, Gemma shares her experience workin Fri, 31 May 2019 14:03:59 GMT Apple Motion Data Vortex Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a deep dive into Apple Motion's generators, behaviors, and 3D compositing as you take advantage of the remarkable resources built right into Motion: no plug-ins, no external files, but lots and lots of product Tue, 28 May 2019 21:17:17 GMT Apple Motion 5 Tutorial: Slider Title Template for FCPX Create this clean and simple title template for FCP X and sharpen up your Motion skills! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a look at combining masks and other advanced compositing and animation tricks in Motion that you can use for fast, elega Thu, 23 May 2019 10:57:33 GMT Perfecting Audio: AES Dublin 2019 Top Products Join longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander for a closeup look at three of his favorite products featured at AES in Dublin 2019, including Nugen Loudness Bundle, PreSonus Studio 1 Free DAW, and the potential to build your own home studio with Smart Studio Inc. Thu, 23 May 2019 09:24:41 GMT Field Recording Accessories & Mounts: Perfecting Audio Field recording by its nature warrants good, practical kit, and longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander walks you through some of his favorite gear. Wed, 15 May 2019 09:23:45 GMT Innovative Production Techniques on Freeform's Good Trouble Good Trouble, a Freeform series spun off the popular and highly regarded The Fosters, features production innovations including an LED videowall as a scenic backdrop. Panasonic Varicam LTs shooting in ProRES 4444 feed a dynamic post workflow at Keep Me Posted, a FotoKem company, featuring upwards of Tue, 14 May 2019 02:15:08 GMT Adobe and That Cup on Game of Thrones Many things were shocking about Season 8 Episode 4 of Game of Thrones (Don’t worry, no spoilers here!), but the one shock to rule them all was that quick cameo of a contemporary drink cup next to the dragon queen herself. A quick tweak with Adobe's new Content Aware Fill for Adobe After Effects, l Fri, 10 May 2019 00:32:08 GMT Adobe, Avid, Blackmagic Design: The Big 3 NLEs at NAB 2019 Creative COW’s Hillary Lewis sat down with Avid, Adobe, and Blackmagic Design at NAB Show 2019 and discussed the innovations behind their releases and their outlooks on the future. NLEs are more accessible, faster, and better than ever. What does that mean for users today -- and tomorrow? Wed, 08 May 2019 10:25:31 GMT Follow Moving Subjects with DJI Active Track Mode World traveler, photographer, author, and Adorama TV host Mark Wallace follows up on his recent tutorial for the Intelligent Flight modes in DJI drones with a deep dive into automatically following your subjects with Active Track Mode. It's incredibly easy to set up, and you can see for yourself how Tue, 07 May 2019 11:52:26 GMT Intelligent Flight Modes for Your DJI Drone Using the intelligent flight modes on your DJI drone can significantly improve your drone footage. Follow along as world traveler, photographer, author, and Adorama TV host Mark Wallace demonstrates how you can use Cinematic mode, Tripod mode, and Point of Interest mode to create precise camera move Wed, 01 May 2019 10:08:16 GMT Apple Motion 5: Slot Machine Text Generator, Part 2 In Part 2 of a tutorial with its origins in a recent thread in Creative COW's Apple Motion forum, longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell plays with some variations on the theme of animating the dials of a slot machine. In particular, he says, "I want that r Wed, 01 May 2019 08:24:44 GMT Perfecting Audio: DIY Leads Why buy leads when you can make your own? With some basic tools from vise grips to a soldering iron, longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander goes through step by step how to make a jack lead, a phono lead and XLR cables. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:51:38 GMT Apple Motion 5: Slot Machine Text Generator A recent thread in Creative COW's Apple Motion forum led longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell down his own path of discovery on how to tackle this, providing a reminder in this first of a series that there's more than one fruitful route to creativity usin Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:25:35 GMT A Documentary Love Letter To Nashville's Bluebird Cafe Creative COW’s Hillary Lewis sits down with Erika Wollam Nichols, waitress turned general manager and president of The Bluebird Cafe, now producer of her debut documentary, Bluebird, which premiered at South by Southwest before moving to the Newport Beach Film Festival. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:26:54 GMT VFX in Adobe After Effects: An Artists Panel (NAB) Join panelists Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot, Jayse Hansen, and Mary Poplin of Boris FX, along with moderator, Victoria Nece of Adobe, as they discuss the world of visual effects from an artist’s perspective. Tue, 16 Apr 2019 10:45:11 GMT Blackmagic Design's Epic Hardware Releases for NAB 2019 Blackmagic once again delivers a jaw-dropping lineup of advanced hardware -- ATEM Constellation 8K with built-in Fairlight mixing in the industry's largest live production audio mixer, plus 16 hardware keyers, 24 8K outputs, and more; the New Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 8K with dual on screen scope ove Mon, 08 Apr 2019 20:29:25 GMT Scars, Tattoos & Digital Makeup: After Effects & Mocha Pro How do you add SCARS, TATTOOS or DIGITAL MAKEUP to a person's face? Learn how to use Mocha Pro's planar tracker and the Mesh Warp tool to insert a flat image/video on a (non flat) human face! Join VFX guru Tobias G from Surfaced Studio for a closer look! Thu, 04 Apr 2019 10:32:31 GMT Vimeo Stock Essentials: 1000+ Clips/$60K Value Now Included Following the announcement of Vimeo Stock reaching the one million clip milestone, Vimeo today announces Vimeo Stock Essentials, a carefully curated collection of 1000+ clips in a variety of the most popular categories, now included as part of every annual Vimeo subscription at no additional cost, a Mon, 01 Apr 2019 14:00:00 GMT Making The Forest Leaves Dance for Ridley Scott's Hennessy Short, "The Seven Worlds" "The Seven Worlds" is the latest advertising epic short directed by Ridley Scott, a marvelous odyssey spanning surreal scenes inspired by the seven tasting notes of Hennessy premium X.O. cognacac. Realizing Scott's unparalleled vision required a masterful team and state-of-the-art technology to assi Thu, 28 Mar 2019 12:47:11 GMT Making the Documentary ‘Ernie & Joe’ Creative COW’s Hillary Lewis sits down with Jenifer McShane at SXSW to talk about her latest documentary feature following two unique police officers who approach the mental health crisis in San Antonio, TX in a new, inspiring way. Wed, 27 Mar 2019 11:07:14 GMT Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use, Pt 5: Brightness The first challenge to understanding the nature of brightness in compositing starts with remembering that we're not actually seeing color at all, but rather something of an illusion that appears to us as color! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell fo Thu, 21 Mar 2019 03:54:29 GMT Editing Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons Kelley Slagle began her career in entertainment as an actor, so it’s not surprising the communal storytelling of Dungeons and Dragons caught her eye. She both edited and co-directed the prizewinning documentary "The Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons", speaking to overe 40 artists Wed, 20 Mar 2019 22:23:49 GMT Dialogue Cleanup Plug-ins for Video Production Sometimes you really DO need to fix it in post. Longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander looks at some of the plug-ins available for video hosts including Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro X, as well as leading audio applications such as Audition, Pro Tools, and Nuendo, that will make a huge Thu, 14 Mar 2019 10:55:50 GMT Apple Motion 5: Building A Music Visualizer Here's an especially fun one from longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell, showing how to build and animate a music visualizer in Apple Motion 5. As usual, you can count on Simon to go beyond the basics of simple construction to dive deep into the nuances of Thu, 14 Mar 2019 10:01:05 GMT Small HD FOCUS 7 4K Monitor Hands On Here's a first look at the SmallHD FOCUS 7, a 7-inch, 4K monitor that packs significant production value in a moderate price. The monitor includes Small HD’s OS3 software, which gives users access to features such as pinch-to-zoom, waveform monitors, focus pulling, 3D LUTs, and more, in a build th Fri, 08 Mar 2019 13:32:28 GMT Adobe Audition: Shorten A Music Track with Remix Ready to have your mind blown? See how easy it is to create remixes of music files using Adobe Sensei’s machine learning. You can take a song that has a longer duration than needed for your Premiere Pro project, and using Dynamic Link, send your entire sequence to Audition to create a shorter vers Fri, 08 Mar 2019 07:33:13 GMT Blackmagic Fusion: Frequency Separation Retouching Blackmagic Fusion offers a variety of powerful retouching tools (as does DaVinci Resolve of course), so why would you want to build your own? As longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell explains, once you understand the underlying principles of the tools, you Fri, 08 Mar 2019 07:17:01 GMT 60 Second Tutorial: Alien Invasion in Adobe After Effects Here's a fast, fun one! Sixty seconds to create and animate an alien using the 3D and Track Camera tools to animate your character in Adobe After Effects. Use the included files, or bring your own! Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:11:26 GMT Perfecting Audio: Professional Audio Apps for Your iPad There's huge development going on for professional audio on iPad, whether for recording, hardware control for digital audio workstations, or music creation. Longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander looks at some specific options that audio pros will find indispensible. Wed, 27 Feb 2019 16:17:29 GMT How Cinesite and Allegorithmic Substance Recreated a Legendary Medieval City for Lionsgate’s ‘Ro The city of Nottingham perpetually exists in two states: the metropolitan center that it is today, and the fictional home of one of the world’s most famous outlaws. So when the filmmakers behind 2018’s Robin Hood looked to recreate the fictional Nottingham, it needed to build it from scratch wit Wed, 27 Feb 2019 09:18:30 GMT Apple Motion 5: Water Drops And Advanced Displacement Following up his popular Rain on Glass tutorial, here's a more in depth look at how to create water displacement effects in Apple Motion 5 from longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell. This installment includes some useful background theory on how to work wi Wed, 27 Feb 2019 16:29:25 GMT Creating Adobe Motion Graphics Templates for Profit Adobe Motion Graphics templates can be created in either After Effects or Premiere Pro. Using them in your own work, or in teams with clients, allows you to create a still or animation that can then be customized across multiple projects, but you can also sell them through Adobe Stock. Learn more ab Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:11:43 GMT