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Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 3 - Alpha Channels

Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 3 - Alpha Channels

When most people hear the words "alpha channels", they think "transparency", but that's not exactly accurate. The truth is more complex, and a quite bit more interesting! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for Part 3 of the best look behind the technology of compositing that you've ever seen, packed with practical advice for applying the secrets of alpha channels that's simply not possible before understanding these underlying principles. No matter which applications you're using for editing, compositing, or visual effects, this one is a must-see!

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Adobe After Effects
Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use 2: Advanced Blend Modes

Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use 2: Advanced Blend Modes

Whether you're a full-time compositor and VFX artist, an editor working in one of the many NLEs that supports Blend Modes (including Adobe Premiere, Apple FCP and FCPX, Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Rsolve, and VEGAS Pro), or whether you just want the additional graphics power that comes with insight into the secret world of pixels, this is the tutorial for you! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for Part 2 of the best look behind the technology of blend modes that you've ever seen, with some practical steps you can start taking today to make your work look better than ever.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Adobe After Effects
Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 1 - Blend Modes

Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 1 - Blend Modes

Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for the best look behind the technology of blend modes that you've ever seen. This isn't just for graphics and VFX, but for video editors too -- anyone who puts anything together, and wants to learn more about HOW images combine at the most basic level, in a way that applies to every application you might use, whether Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple FCPX, Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve, VEGAS Pro, and yes, graphics and VFX programs like After Effects, Motion, Fusion, Nuke, Scratch, and many more.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Sony Vegas
Pixelan DIssolveMaster Review: Organic, Powerful, Affordable

Pixelan DIssolveMaster Review: Organic, Powerful, Affordable

Organic, powerful, affordable, easy to use -- what else are you looking for from a plug-in package? Creative COW's Douglas Spotted Eagle found even more than he expected from Pixelan DissolveMaster, plug-ins for Adobe After Effects and Premiere, and Sony Vegas. Douglas invites you to see just how elegant, organic and flexible such a simple tool can be, even with 4K footage.

Review, Editorial
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Sony Vegas
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY: Track Motion & 3D Track Motion

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY: Track Motion & 3D Track Motion
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Track Motion has nothing to do with tracking motion but is the ability to animate a whole track which includes all the events/clips on that track. Additionally, you can animate a track in 2D & 3D giving some really cool options inside Sony Vegas Pro. However, if you also want to use Layer Dimensionality with 3D Track Motion you need to know how as there are a few extra steps. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains what Track Motion is, how to set it up and goes through some of the issues involved if you want to use it in conjunction with Layer Dimensionality for cool results.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas
Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-NINE: Animating & Keyframes

Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-NINE: Animating & Keyframes
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Previously we looked at 'spring loaded' animation in the Event Pan/Crop panel, but this time Andrew Devis looks at the animation toggle switch which allows us to choose which values we want to animate of any given effect. Andrew goes through how to use the toggle and has a closer look at both 'Lanes' and 'Curves' as well as at the various keyframe type options.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas
Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-EIGHT: Layer Dimensionality

Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-EIGHT: Layer Dimensionality
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Layer Dimensionality can be applied in several different ways inside of Sony Vegas Pro and is a powerful effect which can give the illusion of depth to an item and is great for PiPs (Picture in Picture) and text to help them to stand-out in your production. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the options in Layer Dimensionality showing how they can take a flat looking PiP and make it stand out quickly and simply.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas
Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-SIX: Masking - Other Tools

Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-SIX: Masking - Other Tools
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In this second tutorial on creating and using masks in Sony Vegas Pro, Andrew Devis shows how to modify masks, add masks and create masks with the various tools in the Event Pan/Crop panel - this is very helpful when trying to create complex masks for your productions.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas
HitFilm 2 Ultimate - Coming to a MAC Near You

HitFilm 2 Ultimate - Coming to a MAC Near You

HitFilm have just launched a KickStarter to bring their 3D compositing, visual effects and video editing software to Mac. Andrew Devis looks at the software package for Creative COW.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas
NAB 2013: Sony Creative Software

NAB 2013: Sony Creative Software

Sony Creative Software offered some important updates with its Vegas Pro 12 software. Chief among the upgrades was native support for 4K and support for Panasonic's P2 cameras. Sony Creative Software also highlighted SpectraLayers Pro and Sound Forge Pro Mac, which were shown as a technology demonstration at last year's NAB but are now shipping. With a range of in-depth presentations by Sony Creative Software users, a visit to this company's booth was an education in the various creative ways that the software can be used successfully.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Sony Vegas
Sony Vegas Pro 12: The Lightness/a/b Vector Scope

Sony Vegas Pro 12: The Lightness/a/b Vector Scope
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In this Sony Vegas 12 tutorial, Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz looks at the Lightness/a/b Vector Scope. This is a follow-up to the tutorial on the Color Match and LAB Adjust FX, for which the Lightness/a/b Vector Scope is particularly useful.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
Sony Vegas
Sony Vegas Pro 12: Color Match, LAB Adjust & Masking

Sony Vegas Pro 12: Color Match, LAB Adjust & Masking
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In this Sony Vegas Pro 12 tutorial, Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz looks at the new Color Match effect, which allows you to match one clip to another; the LAB Adjust effect, which allows you to modify the color match; and the new effect masking capability.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
Sony Vegas
Working with Layers in Sony Vegas

Working with Layers in Sony Vegas
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In this tutorial, Roy van der Westen will demonstrate how to create depth in Sony Vegas by working with layers.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Roy van der Westen
Sony Vegas
NAB 2012: Sony Creative Software

NAB 2012: Sony Creative Software

Sony Creative Software had a fruitful NAB 2012, introducing two particularly interesting audio and video editing tools: Spectral Layers, which lets audio professionals precisely de-construct and change an audio mix, and TemplateBuilder, which maximizes creative time spent on motion graphics. Vegas Pro 11 was also highlighted and Sony also soft-launched DO Studio, the Blu-ray authoring tool acquired earlier from Netblender.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Sony Vegas
Shift Tilt effect in Sony Vegas

Shift Tilt effect in Sony Vegas
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In this tutorial, accomplished COW leader Roy van der Westen demonstratrates how to create the "shift tilt" effect in Sony Vegas.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Roy van der Westen
Sony Vegas
Multiple Split Screen in Sony Vegas

Multiple Split Screen in Sony Vegas
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In this tutorial, Roy van der Westen will demonstrate how to make a multiple split screen in Sony Vegas, and saving the presets in the "Trackmotion tool.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Roy van der Westen
Sony Vegas
Vegas Pro 11 Powers Up!

Vegas Pro 11 Powers Up!

Sony Creative Software brought a significant improvement in processing power to its latest upgrade of Vegas editing technology. Vegas Pro 11 takes full advantage of OpenCL - the first Windows-based nonlinear editing system to do so - supporting the open standard for core video editing operations, video effects and rendering.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Sony Vegas
Using GPU Acceleration in Sony Vegas Pro 11

Using GPU Acceleration in Sony Vegas Pro 11
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GPU Acceleration is the most important enhancement in Sony Vegas Pro 11 for most users. Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz takes you through the basics of using this feature, including making sure you have a supported graphics card, the right driver, and the right build of Vegas. Benefits include smoother previewing at high quality, and faster rendering for AVC files.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
Sony Vegas
OFX Plug-Ins in Sony Vegas Pro 11: Multiple Parameter Curves

OFX Plug-Ins in Sony Vegas Pro 11: Multiple Parameter Curves
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Expanded support for OFX plug-ins is an important enhancement in Sony Vegas Pro 11. In this tutorial, Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz demonstrates the major advantage of OFX Plug-Ins, namely, the ability to manipulate a separate curve for each parameter in the plug-in.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
Sony Vegas
Creating Text in Sony Vegas Pro 11

Creating Text in Sony Vegas Pro 11
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There are two new text plug-ins in Vegas 11: "Titles & Text" and "NewBlue Titler Pro." In addition, there are some user interface changes in the "ProType Titler" that has been around since Vegas 8. Finally, the "Legacy Text" plug-in is still supported. In this tutorial, Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz devotes a couple of minutes to each of these, giving you a quick overview of text options - old and new - in Vegas 11.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
Sony Vegas
Sony Vegas Pro 10 - 3D Basics

Sony Vegas Pro 10 - 3D Basics
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Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) is a new feature in Sony Vegas Pro 10. Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz takes you through the basics of creating S3D in Vegas, including setting the 3D mode, importing clips for the left and right views, pairing the clips, adjusting and correcting the 3D footage, and rendering. Includes the .VEG file and left and right eye clips used in the tutorial, as well as two 3D renders: anaglyphic and side-by-side.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
Sony Vegas
Vegas 10 - Multicamera Editing

Vegas 10 - Multicamera Editing
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Multicamera editing is a powerful capability which has been enhanced in Sony Vegas 10. Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz takes you through all the main features and functions of multicamera editing.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
Sony Vegas
Image Stabilization in Vegas Pro 10

Image Stabilization in Vegas Pro 10
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Image stabilization is a new feature in Vegas Pro 10. In this video tutorial, Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz goes through the basics of image stabilization, including a workaround for stabilizing Panasonic MXF files, and using takes to preview multiple stabilization alternatives.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
Sony Vegas
007 Style Masking Techniques for Sony Vegas

007 Style Masking Techniques for Sony Vegas
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Act like you are James Bond: use masking, threshold, and a black and white filter to simulate the title effect from the enduring James Bond movies with this Sony Vegas video tutorial by Roy van der Westen for Creative COW.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Roy Van der Westen
Sony Vegas
NewBlueFX Text Effect - Sony Vegas

NewBlueFX Text Effect - Sony Vegas
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In this video tutorial, Roy van der Westen shows how to use the "Train Ride" plug-in from NewBlueFX in Sony Vegas to create some lighting effects on text.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Roy van der Westen
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Satish Kumar (1)
Douglas Spotted Eagle (1)
Edward Troxel (1)
Simon Ubsdell (3)
Roy van der Westen (5)
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