Creative COW Video Tutorials https://library.creativecow.net/video-tutorials View Creative COW's collection of free video tutorials. Both Flash and Quicktime video tutorials from CreativeCOW.net en-us Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:00:00 GMT PHP Script webmaster@creativecow.net webmaster@creativecow.net Put Post First: Save Time & Money in Production! https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/Production-Post-Money-Saving.php In this trailer for a Business & Marketing training series at WalterBiscardi.com, Walt tells us to Put Post First! Save time and money by starting with post. In the series, you'll learn what producers and content creators need to know to save time, money and create a better end product. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:00:00 GMT Post Production: Protect Yourself Before You Sign a Contract https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/Production-Planning-Ahead.php In this trailer for a Business & Marketing training series at WalterBiscardi.com, Walt tells us what post production pros need to know and ask before taking on that big post project. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:00:00 GMT Quick Tip: Square vs. Anamorphic Pixels https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/Production-Anamorphic.php In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter Biscardi Jr. clears up the confusion between square and anamorphic pixels and why he recommends always working in square pixel timelines. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:00:00 GMT WalterBiscardi.Com Preview for Production Budget Basics https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/Production-Budget.php In this production budgeting basics preview for a series on WalterBiscardi.com, Dana Popoff, Producer for "Good Eats" and "Feasting On Asphalt" with Alton Brown for the Food Network, shares what insights she will guide viewers through in this new professional production instructi Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:00:00 GMT WalterBiscardi.Com Preview for The Positive Side of Change https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/Production-Change-Preview.php Through humour and anecdotes, Walter Biscardi Jr. shows how to embrace the risk that comes with change - both in business and in life. This clip previews the new series at WalterBiscardi.Com. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:00:00 GMT LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial Part TWO with New Feature https://library.creativecow.net/articles/charles_brian/After-Effects_Light-Grid-Script_2.php LightGrid Script creator Brian Charles demonstrates his newly modified After Effects script for rigging lights in grids and circles. The modified script with the new feature, which adds the ability to enable individual light colors through a checkbox in the effect control panel, is available as a fr Sun, 29 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial https://library.creativecow.net/articles/charles_brian/After-Effects_Light-Grid-Script.php LightGrid Script creator Brian Charles demonstrates his After Effects script for rigging lights in grids and circles. The script is available as a free download in the Project Files folder. Thu, 29 May 2014 19:00:00 GMT Post Production: What Is A Raid? https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/Production-RAID.php In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter Biscardi, Jr. gives a very simple introduction to the media arrays which are often used in Post Production for high performance media storage and playback. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:00:00 GMT Post Production: Pixel vs. DPI for Graphics https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/Production-Frame-Size.php In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter explains why pixel size matters over dpi when you create graphics for video. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Post Production: Renaming Audio and Video Tracks https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/Production-Rename-Tracks.php In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter shows how taking just a few moments to rename your editing audio and video tracks in your NLE can pay big dividends for organization, collaboration, finish and revisions later in your production cycle. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT We'd Like to Introduce You to WalterBiscardi.com Training https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/Production-Welcome.php Welcome to WalterBiscardi.com and the home of the craft and business of media production brought to you not by professional trainers, but by working Creative Professionals. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:00:00 GMT After Effects: Animated Guitar Strings with Plexus https://library.creativecow.net/articles/raymond_gardner/Guitar-Plexus.php 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. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:00:00 GMT Post Etiquette 4: Keep Calm and Carry On https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/Production-Etiquette-4.php Working under pressure is sometimes unavoidable in video production. Don't lose your cool! Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:04:29 GMT Post Etiquette 2: Engage Your Client https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/Production-Etiquette-2.php Don't turn your back on your client! Instead, create an ideal environment for collaboration. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Post Etiquette 3: Attitude? Yep I Have One https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/Production-Etiquette-3.php The way you interact with your client can help create a better environment for collaboration. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Post Etiquette 1: Clean Your Room! https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/Production-Etiquette-1.php Mom always said clean your room! Walter Biscardi, Jr explains why a clean edit suite still matters - especially when clients pay a visit. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Sound Effects in Adobe Edge Animate 3.0 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hurwicz_michael/Adobe-Edge-Animate_Sound-Effects.php Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz demonstrates using simple jQuery UI code to create sound effects in Adobe Edge Animate 3.0, using the new HTML5 audio capability in Edge Animate. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:04:40 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-EIGHT: Sony Image Stabilization https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_58.php In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the native stabilization effect within Sony Vegas Pro which has to be used as a media effect rather than an event effect. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-SEVEN: Stylizing Events with BCC https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_57.php In this tutorial, Andrew Devis gives a quick overview of some of the BCC Art Looks, Color & Tone and Stylize tools from the BCC Complete suite of plugins by BorisFX for Sony Vegas Pro. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-SIX: Motion Blur https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_56.php In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to apply motion blur inside of Sony Vegas Pro, how to change its settings and how to change the type of motion blur used for best 'real world' results. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:00:00 GMT Learn Media Composer Lesson 93: Add Logos to Credit Crawls https://library.creativecow.net/articles/mcauliffe_kevin/Avid-Media-Composer_93.php In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to add logos to your title crawls, by introducing Photoshop to your Media Composer workflow. What might seem to be limitations inside of Media Composer can bypassed by unitizing the Marquee Title Tool! Once you see how easy this technique is, you'll be Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FIVE: Zaxwerks ProAnimator https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_55.php In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces Zaxwerks ProAnimator and gives an overview of the simplicity and speed of the application as well as showing how to render out the final animation as an image sequence and then how to bring that (or any) image sequence into Sony Vegas Pro for final compositi Mon, 23 Sep 2013 23:00:00 GMT Learn Media Composer: Michael Bay Film Look Part 1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/mcauliffe_kevin/Avid-Media-Composer_Symphony-MB.php In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows all the Symphony editors out there how to create a Michael Bay inspired film look right from within their Symphony timeline. Everything that is shown in this tutorial is designed to get you excited to stay in your NLE which not only saves you time, but will ma Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FOUR: Texture Text with Shatter https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_54.php In this example of the Sony Vegas Pro/HitFilm workflow, Andrew Devis shows how to use the Shatter effect in HitFilm to extrude non-shattering 3D text as well as how to apply different textures to the front and the side of the extruded text. While working much faster than the previous introduction to Mon, 16 Sep 2013 23:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-TWO: BCC Extruded Text https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_52.php BorisFX produces plugins for Sony Vegas Pro, and in this tutorial Andrew Devis demonstrates the 'Extruded Text' options in the BCC 3D Objects Plugin. This powerful and simple to use plugin will produce high quality true 3D text inside of Vegas Pro which can be fully animated and have additional high Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-THREE: Extruding Text in HitFilm https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_53.php In this detailed introduction tutorial to the Sony Vegas Pro/HitFilm workflow, Andrew Devis shows how to send an event to HitFilm from Sony Vegas Pro, create text, add a texture to the text and extrude and control it in 3D. Finally, Andrew shows how to animate that text and send the whole thing back Thu, 05 Sep 2013 22:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY: Credit Rolls https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_50.php In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to use the credit roll generator inside of Vegas Pro and how you can create .txt files in your text editor and import/export that file into/out of the Credit Roll to save a lot of time and frustration. Andrew also shows how to create and export/import titl Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-ONE: 3D Extrusion Options https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_51.php In this tutorial, Andrew Devis talks about some of the options available to create 3D extruded text (and objects) within Sony Vegas. While not an exhaustive list, it covers options from free programs to top end 3D applications. Following tutorials go into more detail on some of these options. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 22:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-NINE: ProType Titler https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_49.php The ProType Titler is probably the most advanced native title creation tool inside of Sony Vegas Pro and allows you a degree of control which is far greater than with the standard Titles & Text option. However, the interface and the layout of the ProType Titler is somewhat different than the standar Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-EIGHT: Titles & Text https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_48.php In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the standard Titles & Text option in Sony Vegas Pro and how it can be used to create multiple different titles with one title event as well as how the various settings can be used to customize the look of the text and the animation of the text in your Tue, 03 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-SIX: Media Generators Part 1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_46.php In this tutorial carrying on from the tutorial on Compositing Modes, Andrew Devis shows how Checkerboards, Color Gradients and Solid Color events can be used inside Sony Vegas Pro - as well as showing how solid color events can be used as base layers for some of the Boris FX plug-ins - available to Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-SEVEN: Noise Textures https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_47.php Noise textures allow you to create things like water and fire within Sony Vegas Pro and then composite those animated textures with other elements to add interest and depth to your projects. While they do take a little bit of learning, once learned, this skill is both powerful and valuable. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 22:00:00 GMT Learn Media Composer Lesson 92: FrameFlex https://library.creativecow.net/articles/mcauliffe_kevin/Avid-Media-Composer_92.php In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe takes a look at the new FrameFlex feature inside of Media Composer 7. Ideal for working with large frame sizes inside of HD and SD timelines, this new feature is almost a hidden gem, as it's automatically added to your clips, once you drop them in the timeline. The Sat, 31 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Learn Media Composer Lesson 91: Transfer Modes https://library.creativecow.net/articles/mcauliffe_kevin/Avid-Media-Composer_91.php In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about Transfer Modes, or Blend Modes as they are more commonly referred to, and how even though most editors think that you cannot work with them inside of Media Composer, you actually have the tools right at your fingertips...you probably just don't realize i Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-FIVE: Compositing Modes https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_45.php In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains about the track based Compositing Modes inside of Sony Vegas and shows how to use them and how they can be used creatively and get new looks. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-THREE: Helpful Tools https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_43.php In this tutorial, Andrew Devis picks up on other helpful tools that can be a little hidden to the average user. Each tip can save you time and help you with the management and work-flow of your project and include quick selection options, searchable comments on assets, hiding headers, loop options a Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-FOUR: What is Compositing? https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_44.php In this short tutorial, Andrew starts with a tip for quickly navigating to your project files in Vegas Pro and then talks briefly about what compositing is at its basic level. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:00:00 GMT Multi Shader and Clones in Cinema 4D https://library.creativecow.net/articles/martin_chris/Cinema_4D_Multi-Shader-Clones.php In this tutorial, CreativeCow leader Chris Martin explains how to use the multi shader material when working with clones in Cinema 4D. Other C4D concepts explored are the morph camera and the bend deformer. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 22:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-ONE: Keyboard Trimming https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_41.php In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates the powerful yet easy-to-master tools to trim events in the timeline using keyboard shortcuts. This technique is essential for all editors to use as it will save a great deal of time when doing fine-cuts in the timeline and make you a far faster and more e Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-TWO: SD to HD with BCC UpRez https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_42.php Using non-HD footage in an HD timeline means that by default the content is scaled to fit within Sony Vegas Pro via the Event Pan/Crop function. While this is a helpful feature, it doesn't deal with the issue of the loss of quality that scaling brings, as well as significant softening of the image. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:00:00 GMT Learn Media Composer Lesson 89: Consolidating & Transcoding https://library.creativecow.net/articles/mcauliffe_kevin/Avid-Media-Composer_89.php In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows off a new feature inside of Media Composer 7, and that's Background Consolidating and Transcoding. Not only can this great new feature be used from within the editing application, but you can also set up external folders, and C/T without even knowing that it's Sun, 11 Aug 2013 17:00:00 GMT Learn Media Composer Lesson 90: Intro to Audio Effects https://library.creativecow.net/articles/mcauliffe_kevin/Avid-Media-Composer_90.php In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe introduces the Audio EQ tool, as well as the Audio Suite Plug-ins. These great tools let you create audio effects like the "telephone" effect, as well as letting you speed up and slow down audio, to make it fit wherever you need it to, in your timeline. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:00:00 GMT Motion INs and OUTs - Advanced Keyframing Techniques https://library.creativecow.net/articles/neil_andy/Motion-Advanced-Keyframe.php In this tutorial, Andy shows some clever ways to duplicate and adjust the timing of keyframed animations as well as highlight common pitfalls. He also show a number of techniques to make keyframing in Motion a little easier. A sample project is provided for download to follow along with the tutorial Thu, 08 Aug 2013 22:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY: Track Motion & 3D Track Motion https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_40.php 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 Dimensiona Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-EIGHT: Layer Dimensionality https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_38.php 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 throug Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-NINE: Animating & Keyframes https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_39.php 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 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 22:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-SIX: Masking - Other Tools https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_36.php 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. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-SEVEN: Masking Effects https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_37.php In the third part of this tutorial set on using masks in Sony Vegas Pro, Andrew Devis shows how to select an area with a mask to limit the application of an effect to being just within that mask alone. Andrew demonstrates the work-flow including animating the mask as needed. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-FOUR: Event Pan/Crop Animation https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_34.php Learning to animate Event Pan/Crop adds a whole new level of tools to the editors' toolbox. In this tutorial Andrew Devis shows the basics of animation for Event Pan/Crop and how it can be used to create motion Picture in Picture (PiP) and Pan n Scan. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 17:00:00 GMT Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-FIVE: Masking & Event Pan/Crop https://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/Sony-Vegas-Pro_35.php In this tutorial, Andrew Devis talks about masks in Vegas Pro and how to create custom shapes with the various tools in the Event Pan/Crop panel. Andrew shows how to create standard and Bezier points, how to break points, convert points, move point and move sections of a path. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 22:00:00 GMT