Creative COW Library Creative COW Library of tutorials, articles, reviews and more for media professionals world wide. en-us Thu, 29 Oct 2020 10:00:00 GMT PHP Script Create an Arrow or Pointer preset for After Effects In this video tutorial, Graham reveals a really quick way to use Shape Layers to make an arrow preset that you can use to point to anything in Adobe After Effects. Thu, 29 Oct 2020 01:14:15 GMT Realistic Water Movement with Fractal Noise In this tutorial video, Andy Ford shows you how to use the Fractal Noise effect in After Effects to add movement to water in a still photo Sun, 04 Oct 2020 12:45:00 GMT How To Succeed in the Business of Video Storytelling You may have great storytelling chops, but it doesn’t matter if you can't help your client tell theirs. Nobody knows this better than Rob Shore, who began his filmmaking career in 2005, honing his skills as a creative director with an in-house video team in Washington D.C. before establishing his Thu, 17 Sep 2020 05:34:00 GMT Adobe Creative Cloud September 2020 Update: Streamlined workflows that make storytelling easier The current environment is forcing us to rethink and reimagine so much. Content creators, from broadcasters to streaming services to social video creators, are finding new ways of working that prove creativity and resourcefulness are inherent to the video industry. Adobe's Eric Philpott explores Ado Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:29:59 GMT Makin' Planets! Saturn (with rings and shadows) In this video, Graham shows how to make Saturn's rings using Polar Coordinates, then use an Alpha Invert Matte along with a simple expression to cut the rings out. Mon, 07 Sep 2020 00:48:06 GMT Text Box Background Preset in After Effects Graham's latest tutorial shows you how to combine several effects to generate a background for any text layer you add to an After Effects comp. Sun, 06 Sep 2020 19:58:55 GMT Makin' An Eclipse In this tutorial for Adobe After Effects, I use the Circle effect, Fractal Noise, Polar Coordinates and CC Light Rays to create a 2D solar eclipse. Fri, 21 Aug 2020 18:01:38 GMT What Adobe Premiere Pro Is Trying to Tell You About Performance Thu, 20 Aug 2020 06:34:08 GMT Adobe Live: Build Your Video Skills in Five Daily Challenges, Aug. 17-21 Editing video is a creative task, observes Adobe Senior Product Marketing Manager Eric Philpott. Yet most tutorials skew toward the practical functions of the software, with less emphasis on the art of storytelling itself. Read on to learn how you can raise your creative editing game in five daily c Fri, 14 Aug 2020 08:53:25 GMT How To Put Yourself In Any Movie Part 3: Keying Greenscreen Following the huge response to parts one and two of independent filmmaker Cody Pyper's Adobe Photoshop and After Effects tutorial series, "Put Yourself In Any Movie!", here is the truly EPIC series finale, which is the most complete single keying tutorial we've ever seen. It's all here, including Re Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:46:08 GMT How to Choose the Right System for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects "What’s the best system for Premiere Pro and After Effects?" This is a question that any editor or content creator has to go through every few years as technology changes. Dave Helmly is the Head of Strategic Development for Professional Video - Broadcast at Adobe, and gets asked this question alm Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:54:00 GMT Makin' a 3D Nebula in Photoshop, Cinema4DLite, and After Effects Graham continues his space tutorial series, featuring the Orion Nebula Mon, 03 Aug 2020 23:40:08 GMT Motion Tracking in After Effects During this short video tutorial, Andy Ford shows you how to apply Track Motion to aerial drone footage Tue, 21 Jul 2020 23:39:05 GMT Steps for Having Your Clients' Videos Translated Business owner and Creative COW member since 2001 (!!!) Greg Ball has been providing translation services for everything from commercials to children's cartoons to feature films and episodic TV, and seen it make a real difference to these projects' success and his own bottom line.? Greg breaks it al Tue, 14 Jul 2020 22:49:56 GMT Adobe Premiere Pro Warp Stabilizer Hack Join filmmaker Cody Pyper for a "2 a.m. Tip" on the one trick that will help you get to sleep sooner every time Mon, 13 Jul 2020 19:36:01 GMT Makin A Comet In this tutorial, Graham Quince uses Video Copilot Orb, CC Particle World, Turbulent Displace, Vector Blur and CC Radial Blur to create a 3D comet. Sun, 12 Jul 2020 22:40:20 GMT Automatically Cut Edited Videos! DaVinci Resolve Scene Cut Detection Have you ever wanted to have a program automatically make cuts on a finished video? Or did you lose your project file and need to make an edit? Well DaVinci Resolve's Scene Cut Detection will do just that. Join filmmaker Cody Pyper for a closer look! Fri, 26 Jun 2020 08:15:39 GMT Hyper RPG Powers Live Streaming Workflows with Blackmagic Hyper RPG goes live five days a week during the afternoons, and its YouTube and Twitch channels attract more than 44 million unique viewers during these live streams, incorporating Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K, ATEM Television Studio HD and more Mon, 22 Jun 2020 19:18:01 GMT Core Post delivers BRASSIC in HDR with DaVinci Resolve Blackmagic Design announced that UK post facility, Core Post, has expanded its post production capabilities to offer HDR delivery for broadcast and production clients through its existing DaVinci Resolve Studio workflow. The first project to be realized through the new pipeline is Sky One’s comedy Fri, 19 Jun 2020 23:53:42 GMT BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Lensed with Vintage Cooke Speed Panchros Tom Sigel, ASC, combines original glass with a special LUT to express the look of the period Fri, 19 Jun 2020 00:50:55 GMT Pharos by Design Studio 2n Sets Immersive Experiences Pharos took place outside Auckland, New Zealand in the world’s largest inflatable dome; hour-long set of stunning visuals created with NVIDIA® Quadro® GPUs powering Epic Games’ Unreal Engine using their new nDisplay cluster rendering technology Fri, 19 Jun 2020 00:18:06 GMT TV Tokyo’s Watanuki-san-chino uses Blackmagic Design TV Tokyo’s “Watanuki-san-chino,” was created using DaVinci Resolve Studio, HyperDeck Studio 12G and a number of additional Blackmagic Design products. The show is the first sitcom series where Virtual YouTubers (VTubers) were cast as the main characters and were included in the show using Blac Thu, 18 Jun 2020 22:19:37 GMT Free Tablet and Phone Screen Replacement Tracking Images Here's a giveaway for anyone interested in trying to do a screen replacement for their iPad, iPhone, Tablet or phone. Thu, 18 Jun 2020 17:06:42 GMT Adobe Creative Cloud June 2020 Video and Audio Updates Adobe's Eric Philpott introduces highlights of the June 2020 update of Creative Cloud's video and audio applications, including the new Adobe Stock Audio integrated with Premiere Pro, along with previews Adobe Sensei powered tools such as Roto Brush 2 in After Effects. Thu, 18 Jun 2020 05:51:13 GMT Blackmagic Fusion: Custom Vertex Tool Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a look at Blackmagic Fusion's Custom Vertex tool. It's a lot simpler than you'd think at first sight, and it's a lot of fun to experiment with. Here, Simon explores using it to bevel a 3D cube, but this is les Thu, 18 Jun 2020 05:00:20 GMT Red Giant, Game of Thrones VFX Pt 2: The Undead Horse Hashi of Action Movie Kid demonstrates keying and compositing techniques to turn a live horse into a steed worthy of the Night King’s undead army in Red Giant Cheap Tricks episode 9. Wed, 17 Jun 2020 22:58:31 GMT HBO's Asian American Visionaries: Director Maritte Go Currently based in Los Angeles, with a masters in Film and TV from the University of Southern California, Maritte Go has worked on many projects in various roles, including indie hits SLEIGHT and FLOWER. She is the Filipino American filmmaker behind REMITTANCE, which was inspired by the experiences Tue, 16 Jun 2020 20:10:48 GMT Bring Images to Life with Paravent Paravent is a useful script for Adobe After Effects, available for download for a donation or for free, and used to fold and unfold layers in After Effects. Tue, 16 Jun 2020 16:40:30 GMT Creating Fog with Fractal Noise This is just one quick example of many on how to use Fractal Noise to create fog. Thu, 11 Jun 2020 22:00:51 GMT Making Forest Leaves Dance, Ridley Scott's Seven Worlds The Mocap Studio and Xsens were called upon to help Ridley Scott nail his epic Hennessy short film via precise, on-location motion data capture. Thu, 11 Jun 2020 18:02:21 GMT Utimate Guide to Looping Footage and Compositions Graham Quince, after spotting posts from those new to AE who don’t know about the options, has compiled the utlimate, time-saving, plug-and-play expressions that would take care of loop compositions for you. Tue, 09 Jun 2020 20:02:23 GMT 3 Ways to Improve Video Engagement Engagement is my favorite metric to track, as it represents the overall performance and health of your video. Unlike vanity metrics such as Views (which simply shows the reach of your video), metrics like Audience Retention tell you the percentage of the video the audience watched (engaged with) and Tue, 09 Jun 2020 15:54:36 GMT Express Yourself With Numbers! An After Effects Tutorial Videos with number animations look slick. Why just display a static number or percentage on screen when you can have an animation scrolling the numbers up to your target number?? You can create many numeric animations efficiently with just one layer in your composition by applying the Slider Control Mon, 08 Jun 2020 05:27:25 GMT Fix Reverb Issues with DeVerberate 2 Reverb is an issue we all have encountered. Sometimes you just can’t help recording in an enclosed area. You may not have dealt with the issue because it seemed difficult to fix, but life is now easier with the DeVerberate 2 plugin from Acon Digital Mon, 08 Jun 2020 04:50:36 GMT Creating a Kickass Scriptwriting Portfolio Filmmaking is one of the biggest and most intensive collaboration processes out there. From a production assistant all the way to the director, you need more than a few good people in order to bring a film to life in a convincing way. This includes someone who is capable of stringing together a work Mon, 08 Jun 2020 00:15:35 GMT Making a Tornado in After Effects using CC Particle World Here's a quick tutorial showing how you can create a particle Twister in Adobe After Effects, using just the native plugins, mainly Cycore's CC Particle World with a bit of CC Vector Blur too. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:14:50 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! Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:45:39 GMT Adobe Stock Motion Graphics Spotlight: Digital Juice Digital Juice has been a leading video resource for independent filmmakers and major television networks alike for over a decade. In collaboration with leading motion graphics designers, they have built an extensive collection of templates across multiple genres and styles. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:41:52 GMT How to Keyframe a Wiggle in Adobe After Effects The Wiggle expression is really useful, but there are plenty of times when you want it to start, then fade down or vice versa.? This quick tutorial shows you a really simple way to control the Wiggle values using the Expression Controls effects. Thu, 04 Jun 2020 23:34:37 GMT After Effects: Changing a Rounded Corner's Radius Here's a really short, mythbusting tip. Recieved wisdom is that when drawing a rounded rectangle mask, once you let go, you can't change the radius. Turns out you can! Thu, 04 Jun 2020 17:44:54 GMT Editor Phyllis Housen on Shaping Sundance Jury Prize Winning Drama CLEMENCY Death row drama Clemency debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival (winning the US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize) and explores themes of the prison industrial complex through the eyes of warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) as the emotional weight of state executions begins to take its toll on her Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:44:52 GMT Makin' Starfields: Create presets for 2D, 360 and 3D stars In this tutorial, I take a look at generating stars in Adobe After Effects. We start with a simple 2D starfield, but then use Fractal Noise to add atmospheric distortion (twinkling) and then I show how to save this effect as a preset, so it becomes really easy to reuse. Next, I take a look at wrappi Wed, 03 Jun 2020 19:36:34 GMT Makin' Interstellar-style Black Hole using CC Particle World Graham Quince shows how to use Adobe After Effects and CC Particle World to make an Interstellar Black Hole. Wed, 03 Jun 2020 01:17:21 GMT Makin' a Nebula by removing stars in Photoshop, then animating in After Effects Makin' a Nebula by removing stars in Photoshop, then animating in After Effects Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:49:22 GMT Graduating into Uncertainty: Encouragement for 2020 Media Grads So you’re graduating into a pandemic and a recessed economy. Hoo boy. As a Spring 2009 media program graduate, I have a feeling what’s going through your head right now and yeah, it’s not great is it? I’m sorry about this timing. It sucks. Fri, 29 May 2020 23:20:39 GMT Apple Motion 5: The Eye of Sauron It's not going to win an Academy Awards for visual effects, or so says longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell, but no matter how many of Simon's jaw-dropping extensions of what you thought was possible in Apple Motion you've already experienced, we still do Mon, 20 Apr 2020 16:15:13 GMT Turn Yourself Into a Cartoon Character for Your Next Video Call Virtual backgrounds from your favorite movies and Snapchat filters for Zoom and other web video conferencing platforms are played out, so now what? Have we got the answer for you! Adobe engineer Dan Ramirez takes you step by step through using Adobe Character Animator to turn yourself into a fully l Mon, 20 Apr 2020 15:31:23 GMT Adobe Productions: New Collaboration and Productivity for Premiere Pro When it was first announced at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020, the new Productions toolset for Adobe Premiere Pro looked like a dream come true for filmmakers and other visual storytellers who have been looking for next-generation collaboration, including cloud-enabled and remote-friendl Tue, 14 Apr 2020 10:27:49 GMT Bringing Homeland Home: Color Grading The Final Season Keith Shaw of Keep Me Posted (a FotoKem company) has been the colorist for Showtime's Emmy-winning drama Homeland since its pilot episode in 2011. The show's eighth and final season brings the most extreme looks yet to a show shot in locations around the world, and where a scene that takes days to s Tue, 07 Apr 2020 05:53:55 GMT Apple Motion for Motion Graphics: Chasing Dots Thanks to longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell, you've already seen far more than you imagined from Apple Motion for titling, animation, and visual effects. Now get ready for...motion graphics? That's right, motion graphics in Apple Motion! In this clever Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:38:56 GMT