Apple Motion 5: Animating Raindrops On A Window
Ready to have your mind blown? Longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell is inspired by an Andrew Kramer AE tutorial to combine Apple Motion's particles, displacements, 3D compositing, and advanced blurs to create an incredibly realistic animation of raindrops on a window. You're not going to believe how fast and fun this effect is to create, and how realistic it looks.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Increase Productivity with Adobe Motion Graphics Templates
Motion Graphic Templates created in either Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe After Effects are a great way to work with clients. They help you keep a consistent look and feel while protecting your project from inadvertent changes as it passes through different hands. Here are the steps you can take to share work across teams and organizations, quickly and powerfully.
Pansonic AG-CX350 First Look: 4K, HDR, Streaming, and more
Introducing the new Panasonic AG-CX350 4K HDR 10-bit 60p camcorder, featuring Enhanced Network Capabilities for live events,, sports, and news gathering. The CX350 is equipped with the RTMP/RTSP/RTP protocol for live streaming and NewTek NDI | HX-ready for IP Production. In addition, it offers future P2 capability (via a free firmware update). At only 4.2-lbs. (body only), the CX350 is also the lightest 4K 10-bit fixed-lens camcorder in its class -- all for under $4K! Check out the details here.
Perfecting Audio: Field Recorders
Audio professional Keith Alexander offers a personal tour through the minefield that is field recorders. The goal is to cover as many situations that may arise with the least amount of gear, and to make sure the job gets done right the first time.
Workflow That Plays For Keeps: How Netflix Is Protecting Stories' Futures
If you hope to distribute your work via Netflix, you NEED to know this, but even if you're only interested in the best thinking currently available about how to preserve your own work for an unknown digital future, this is a must-read. Kylee Peña, Coordinator of Creative Technologies & Infrastructure at Netflix, and co-authors Christopher Clark and Mike Whipple share insights on the origin of Netflix archival elements, the importance of color management, and how all this comes together to preserve creative intent -- insights you can start using yourself, today.
Adobe After Effects
What Are Adobe Motion Graphics Templates?
A Motion Graphics Template, referred to as a MOGRT, is an animated sequence that is self-contained and can be used in Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Premiere Rush and Adobe After Effects, combining graphics, text, audio and video files, as well as vector or still images (including logos), to create a still or animation that can then be customized by the MOGRT user. The result is a dynamic creative tool that provides design freedom and is consistent to its users across apps and devices. Reuse, share, and even sell them!
Editor Phyllis Housen on Shaping Sundance Jury Prize Winning Drama 'Clemency'
New York-based editor Phyllis Housen first fell in love with movies at a young age and had that love reinforced by a high school teacher who taught film history instead of English class. Her editing career includes both chapters in Tarantino's Kill Bill saga, and most recently, the drama Clemency, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. She tells Kylee Peña about the connection between her skills as a drummer and storytelling, the evolution she's seen in the craft of editing, editing films shot in a language she doesn't speak, her use of Adobe Premiere Pro, and how she explains all the blood and violence in the films she edits to her parents.
Light From Light: Editor Courtney Ware on Returning to Sundance
Editor/Director Courtney Ware got her start in the industry as a PA, quickly working her way up to producer before her 21st birthday. After her directorial debut on Sunny in the Dark, she realized a pivot away from producing and into storytelling was in her future, and she got started on being an editor in between directing jobs. The first film to bring her to Sundance was Never Goin’ Back, and she’s back at the festival this year with Light From Light. Creative COW Manager Editor Kylee Peña speaks to Courtney about how her work in each role informs the other, and making her way in the film community from her base in Dallas.
Western-style Color Grading
The Docu Series 24 Pictures A Second focuses on following and hearing from working professionals in the film, tv, and pro-video industry. In this episode, colorist Josh Bohoskey of The Mill walks through the color correction of a new, and stylistically specific, narrative piece with Framework Productions.
Cutting Honey Boy: Mónica Salazar on Editing The Sundance Hit
One of the most anticipated films at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and one of the first features acclaimed as a hit when it premiered, Honey Boy is a semi-autobiographical story penned by actor Shia LaBeouf that spans a decade in the life of a child actor. It’s also the first feature film cut by editor Mónica Salazar, a Mexican immigrant whose story starts with a VCR in Monterrey and a dream to one day land at Pixar. She'd never even heard of USC Film School when friends first encouraged her to transfer in a story of hard work, collaboration, and mentorship.
Tips For Flying Drones In Cold Weather with Dirk Dallas
Dirk Dallas of "From Where I Drone" shares a bunch of hard-won, real-world tips for flying your drone in cold conditions. He talks about ways to keep your batteries warm, things to look for to prevent drone failure, and his favorite accessories for tackling the cold weather as a drone pilot.
TV & Movie Appreciation
Gods, Marvel, & Maui: Making VFX on a Pacific Island
It's safe to say that there's no other VFX vendor in the world quite like capital T, let alone one that is constantly contributing to films like Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, as well as the critically acclaimed TV series, American Gods. What makes capital T unique is that they’re a two person, husband and wife team, who work from their home office ??" a beach house in Hawaii. You'll be inspired by what 2 people can do, if also a little envious of where they're doing it!
Feature, People / Interview
MEGAN: Award-winning Viral Fan Short Tests 8K RED Workflow
Along with the elite Delta Force team, the title character in the viral short film MEGAN investigates a mysterious attack in downtown Los Angeles after deep-sea drilling has unleashed the unknown. Achieving viral status online and film festival wins around the world, the 7-minute short is the latest in a growing trend where emerging filmmakers are impressing studios with proof-of-concepts that demonstrate an ability to stretch technology in a creative way. Shooting with the RED DSMC2 camera and HELIUM 8K sensor, the filmmakers used innovative approaches to VFX and workflow, including large LCD screens instead of greenscreen. The combination of the filmmakers' enthusiasm and exceptional chops caught the attention of major players on the Hollywood production and post scene, combining to create an inspirational reminder of just how much is possible when passion meets focus to spark creativity.
Editing SyFy: Editor Shiran Amir on Rejecting Rejection
When talking about her career path, you get the immediate sense that rejection isn’t a “no” for Shiran Amir. There’s never been an obstacle that’s kept her from living her dream. From editing engine maintainence videos for the Israeli Air Force to assistant-editing local celebrity news, she packed up, moved to Hollywood, and kept doing whatever it took to reach her goal of editing scripted TV and film, experiencing lots of rejection along the way. "Reject rejection!" isn't just her advice. It's what she had to do herself, and in this remarkable story, she takes you on a journey that could be like yours if you reject rejection too.