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After Effects: Animated Guitar Strings with Plexus

After Effects: Animated Guitar Strings with Plexus
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Using Rowbyte Plexus (the 3D particle system plugin for Adobe After Effects) and Trapcode SoundKeys in After Effects, Gardy Raymond demonstrates how to create animated guitar strings that distort in time with the music.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Gardner Raymond
Adobe After Effects Techniques
IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 2: The Walk Cycle

IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 2: The Walk Cycle
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In this second tutorial on animating an IK character Andrew Devis shows us how to create and refine a walk cycle with our IK controlled character such that it walks in time with the music we had set up in the previous tutorial.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects Techniques
Character Design and Animation in AE: Part Two

Character Design and Animation in AE: Part Two
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In part 2, Rob Mize presents the After Effects work flow he uses to bring to life the character created in part 1. By keyframing shape paths, Rob demonstrates how we can not only animate the character's features, but her speech as well.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects Techniques
The Beauty of AE Shapes: Top 10 Features Countdown

The Beauty of AE Shapes: Top 10 Features Countdown
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Rob Mize offers his Top 10 Countdown of the features that make AE shapes such a versatile compositing tool. Rob highlights the functionality of these features and demonstrates just how practical shapes can be in your production efforts.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Motion Graphics
Neat Video: Removing Noise and Grain from your Footage

Neat Video: Removing Noise and Grain from your Footage
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In this video tutorial you will learn how to use the Neat Video plug-in for multiple applications. Although demonstrated in After Effects, the work-flow is essentially the same for all these applications: After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Nuke, Fusion, Vegas Pro, etc. This powerful but simple to use plug-in can clean up noisy footage by applying a sophisticated and advanced algorithm to work out what's noise and what's details in your footage and then remove just the noise. This is done by profiling the noise properties in an area of a video frame without visible features. Once the noise has been profiled, Neat Video is guided by this profile to reduce and eliminate noise while not touching the video details. Although mostly automatic, Neat Video still leaves you with total control over the amount of filtering you apply and even offers optional sharpening (without sharpening the noise) should you wish it.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Motion Graphics
A Non-Linear Career

A Non-Linear Career

An FX veteran's unexpected, non-linear career path, from puppetry to painting, to ILM and beyond, offers insights into the art and business of film creativity - and a killer reel.

Feature, People / Interview
Tony Hudson
Motion Graphics
The Modern Guide to Nonlinear Editing and Living

The Modern Guide to Nonlinear Editing and Living

In this article from the Creative COW Magazine, Tim Wilson discusses nonlinear editing and our ability to create meaning from our experiences that changes everything.

Editorial
Tim Wilson
Adobe After Effects Techniques
Media Management Nightmares? Game On!

Media Management Nightmares? Game On!

Here's how one team turns 14 hours of raw footage on the latest games into a 30-minute TV show every week, 40 times a season. In this Creative COW Magazine article Dustin Lau discusses some tricks for high end digital media management.

Editorial
Dustin Lau
Adobe After Effects Techniques
Creating Interactive Games - Cine Bingo

Creating Interactive Games - Cine Bingo

The team at Psychic Bunny worked on whatever interested them - perfect preparation for a job that even the client couldn't describe. In this Creative COW Magazine article Rick Castañeda gives you a behind the scenes tour of how they made cine bingo and teaches a few tips on interactive game making.

Editorial, Feature
Rick Castañeda
Adobe After Effects Techniques
Improvising Visual Effects

Improvising Visual Effects

On-set circumstances changing fast? Improvise! In this Creative COW Magazine article Mark Allen discusses how he overcame the complications in a recent short film production by improvising the visual effects.

Feature, People / Interview
Mark Allen
Adobe After Effects Techniques
Ask Bob and then stand back

Ask Bob and then stand back

If you don't want to know, don't ask. Bob Zelin is one of the industry's straightest shooters, and he'll tell you how he's seen things work during his 30+ years in the broadcast trenches.

Feature, People / Interview
Bob Zelin
Broadcast Design
Slam Dunk! AE, PS, 3D...and BasketballSlam Dunk! AE, PS, 3D...and Basketball

Fix it in post? This article shows how to BUILD it in post. Here in April, as March Madness ends and the NBA Playoffs begin, the Cows Bill ONeill shows how he combined greenscreen, 2D graphics and 3D compositing in a remarkable promo for Big Ten basketball. This Web Extra from Bills article in the Cow Magazines Commercials issue shows you rough edits along the way, and shares some of the production secrets for building an entire world in post.

Feature
Bill Oneil
Motion Graphics - How Do I?
Secrets of High-impact GraphicsSecrets of High-impact Graphics

Creative COW Contributing Editor and graphics expert Sean Cusson shares the secrets to success that hes learned the hard way. They include the power of music for graphic design, compositing techniques, logo animation and invaluable workflow tips that will save you hours. Sean also shows you how to keep your graphics clients coming back for more.

Feature
Sean Cusson
Motion Graphics - How Do I?
How CGI in Commercials Changed the History of Film: A Creative Cow Magazine ExtraHow CGI in Commercials Changed the History of Film: A Creative Cow Magazine Extra

For his article in the Creative Cow Magazines Commercial Issue, film compositor, VFX artist, animator and Creative Cow Contributing Editor Steve Wright (Ray, Traffic, Blade: Trinity, Never Die Alone and 60 others), told how the computer graphics animation technology we see in film today actually originated in the world of commercial advertising. (He knows. He was there.) In this Creative Cow Magazine Extra, Steve provides even more details, including the demo reel for CGI pioneers Robert Abel & Associates, and a great spot that Steve created for Volkswagen...with cows!

Feature
Steve Wright
Adobe After Effects Techniques
The Importance of Monitor Calibration

The Importance of Monitor Calibration

In this article from The Creative COW Magazine, Bob Zelin discusses the imporance of monitor calibration, different monitor options and how to execute the calibration on these monitors.

Editorial, Tutorial
Bob Zelin
Adobe After Effects Techniques
Favorite Things for Video Production

Favorite Things for Video Production

In this editorial from The Creative COW Magazine, Bob Zelin unearths some of his favorite things that pass his grueling daily video production torture test. Lyn Norstad joins Bob for his own personal favorite.

Editorial
Bob Zelin
Motion Graphics - How Do I?
The World of Post ProductionThe World of Post Production

The old adage says 'cheaper, faster, better - pick any two.' But is it still true? David Roth Weiss isn't sure anymore. Still, there's something clearly missing in production circles. Veteran director/editor David Roth Weiss looks at what's changing in the world of post production - and what's not.

Editorial
David Roth Weiss
Motion Graphics
Outfitting a Remote Production TruckOutfitting a Remote Production Truck

Ken Martini has advice for building a remote production truck - and a business - that's ready for anything. In this Creative COW Magazine article Ken discusses what it takes to have a successful video production truck outfitted with all the tools you need.

Tutorial
Ken Martini
Motion Graphics
Educating the Future of High DefinitionEducating the Future of High Definition

JMU faced many challenges on the way to a working HD facility. In this Creative COW Magazine article, John Woody discusses some of the struggles and triumphs experienced at James Madison University.

Feature, People / Interview
John Woody
Adobe After Effects Techniques
Building a Professional Machine Room

Building a Professional Machine Room

You bought a new Final Cut Pro system to go with your Avid Media Composer or your other Final Cut Pro systems. You have an After Effects system with an AJA, Blackmagic or other card in it, so you can capture video and audio on this station as well. Your neighbor in the next office has a ProTools or a Logic system, and he wants to tie into some of your machines. You're on your way to becoming exactly what you didn't want to be - a facility. Oh no!

Tutorial
Bob Zelin
Motion Graphics
Convergence & Divergence: Blu-ray, HD-DVD, traditional broadcasting and The Resolution ContradictionConvergence & Divergence: Blu-ray, HD-DVD, traditional broadcasting and The Resolution Contradiction

The audience for low resolution, small format video is exploding, while HDTV adoption is slower than predicted and excitement over high-definition DVD formats is barely a blip on the radar. Where do we go from here?

Editorial
Peter Berghammer
Motion Graphics
Get What You Need While Shooting Interviews

Get What You Need While Shooting Interviews

In this Creative COW Magazine article, 25-year industry vet Joe Womble helps you cover your bases while shooting interviews for every kind of video.

Tutorial
Joe Womble
Motion Graphics
Droidmaker - George Lucas and the Digital Revolution

Droidmaker - George Lucas and the Digital Revolution

In this book review from The Creative COW Magazine, Kathlyn Lindeboom explains how Michael Rubin's new book has drawn high praise from industry pioneers like Pixar co-founder, Alvy Ray Smith. Seems the Droidmeister's story has finally been told right.

Review
Kathlyn Lindeboom
Motion Graphics
EditShare - Network Attached Storage

EditShare - Network Attached Storage

Networked File Sharing Without the Complexities of SAN Administration - If you have been looking at networking your studio but aren't sure about how you'll handle some of the complexities of SAN adminstration, then EditShare may be for you.

Editorial
E.L. Gibbor
Motion Graphics
Workflow Table For One

Workflow Table For One

Rating product-line integration reviews for software companies such as Adobe, Apple and Avid and how well they accomplish workflow enhancements for smaller teams and one-man shops.

Review
Tim Wilson
Authors

Mark Allen (1)
Peter Berghammer (1)
Rick Castañeda (1)
Cowdog (1)
Sean Cusson (1)
Andrew Devis (2)
John Fischer (1)
Rick Gerard (1)
E.L. Gibbor (1)
Joaquin Gil (1)
Jim Harvey (1)
Jean Hauptman (1)
Tony Hudson (1)
Jim Kanter (1)
Dustin Lau (1)
Kathlyn Lindeboom (2)
Ken Martini (1)
Rob Mize (2)
Kurt Murphy (8)
Bill Oneil (1)
Barend Onneweer (1)
Wayne Orr (3)
Gardner Raymond (1)
Steve Vandergriff (1)
David Roth Weiss (1)
Paul Werner (1)
Tim Wilson (2)
Joe Womble (1)
John Woody (1)
Steve Wright (1)
Bob Zelin (4)


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