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Blackmagic Design
TV Tokyo’s Watanuki-san-chino uses Blackmagic Design

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 Blackmagic Design products for recording and post production.

People / Interview
Creative Cow
People in the News
Red Giant, Game of Thrones VFX Pt 2: The Undead Horse

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.


Creative Cow
Adobe After Effects
Bring Images to Life with Paravent

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.


Andy Ford
People in the News
HBO's Asian American Visionaries: Director Maritte Go

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 of her own family members.

People / Interview
Clarence Deng
Field Production
Making Forest Leaves Dance, Ridley Scott's Seven Worlds

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.


Creative Cow
Adobe After Effects
Creating Fog with Fractal Noise

Creating Fog with Fractal Noise

This is just one quick example of many on how to use Fractal Noise to create fog.


Andy Ford
3 Ways to Improve Video Engagement

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 exactly what parts were watched. Analyzing this metric will help guide you on what your audience really wants to see so you can do more of it in the future.

Tutorial
Andy Ford
Adobe After Effects
Utimate Guide to Looping Footage and Compositions

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.


Graham Quince
People in the News
Creating a Kickass Scriptwriting Portfolio

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 workable and decent script.

People / Interview
Zack Halliwell
Fix Reverb Issues with DeVerberate 2

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


Andy Ford
Adobe After Effects
Express Yourself With Numbers! An After Effects Tutorial

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 effect and using an expression.

Tutorial
Andy Ford
RE:Vision Effects
Adobe Stock Motion Graphics Spotlight: Digital Juice

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.

Review
Dennis Radeke
Adobe After Effects
Scars, Tattoos & Digital Makeup: After Effects & Mocha Pro

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!


Tobias G
Adobe After Effects
Making a Tornado in After Effects using CC Particle World

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.


Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
After Effects: Changing a Rounded Corner's Radius

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!


Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
How to Keyframe a Wiggle in Adobe After Effects

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.


Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
Makin' Interstellar-style Black Hole using CC Particle World

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.

Tutorial
Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
Makin' Starfields: Create presets for 2D, 360 and 3D stars

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 wrapping those 2D stars around the inside of a Sphere to create a 360 starfield.


Graham Quince
People in the News
Editor Phyllis Housen on Shaping Sundance Jury Prize Winning Drama CLEMENCY

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. Directed by Chinonye Chukwu, the film has created a renewed conversation around capital punishment, and editor Phyllis Housen worked alongside Chukwu to bring impact and realism to the story.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Adobe After Effects
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

Makin' a Nebula by removing stars in Photoshop, then animating in After Effects


Graham Quince
Business & Career Building
Graduating into Uncertainty: Encouragement for 2020 Media Grads

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.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview, Business
Kylee Peña
Adobe Creative Cloud
Turn Yourself Into a Cartoon Character for Your Next Video Call

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 lip-synced real time animated cartoon character! You can either build characters yourself or start customizing from Adobe's libraries. It's fast, easy, and fun, with platform-specific instructions for both Mac and Windows.


Adobe Creative Cloud
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: The Eye of Sauron

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 don't think you're ready for this: a fun series of tutorials that looks at creating the popular Eye of Sauron effect from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings saga using only the tools inside Apple Motion!


Simon Ubsdell
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Productions: New Collaboration and Productivity for Premiere Pro

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-friendly workflows. Now that Productions is available starting April 14, Productions is revealed to be every bit as valuable for individual creators who want better organizational tools, greater security, and the ability to share assets including media files across projects with cross-project referencing.


Tim Wilson
Bringing Homeland Home: Color Grading The Final Season

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 shoot unfolds in only minutes on screen. The challenge to create unified, consistent looks has never been steeper, but a rock-solid workflow from a global team is bringing the popular series home to a strong finish.


Karen Moltenbrey
Cinematography
How To Put Yourself In Any Movie, Part 2: Greenscreen

How To Put Yourself In Any Movie, Part 2: Greenscreen

Not every VFX problem can be solved with a plug-in alone! Visual effects start with the visuals! In part two of his series on inserting yourself into any movie, filmmaker and effects artist Cody Pyper covers how to set up lighting to match shots from Hollywood movies, and how to set your camera to the best settings for shooting green screen.


Cody Pyper
Apple Motion
Apple Motion for Motion Graphics: Chasing Dots

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 tutorial ready made for your epidemiological explainer videos, Simon once again leads a master class in the depths of Motion's toolsets, including gradients, paths, cameras, and more.


Simon Ubsdell
Film Festivals
Sundance Ignite Fellowship For Emerging Directors: 2020 Could Be Your Year After All

Sundance Ignite Fellowship For Emerging Directors: 2020 Could Be Your Year After All

Nobody knows how the rest of 2020 and beyond will shape filmmaking and film festivals, but there’s no need for young filmmakers to put their careers on hold. The Sundance Institute and Adobe are looking for 10 documentary or narrative directors between the ages of 18 and 25 who’ve completed a short between one and 15 minutes long any time since August 2018 to receive Sundance Ignite fellowships as part of a year-long program that includes mentorship, artist grants, internships and program opportunities, an annual membership to Adobe Creative Cloud, and a trip to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.


Tim Wilson
People in the News
Hal Blaine Sets Down His Sticks For The Last Time

Hal Blaine Sets Down His Sticks For The Last Time

Hal Blaine, greatest studio drummer of all time, sets down his sticks for the last time.

People / Interview
Ron Lindeboom
Art of the Edit
Why Does An Edit Feel Right?  (According to Science)

Why Does An Edit Feel Right? (According to Science)

In this episode from the series The Science of Editing, Sven Pape of "This Guy Edits" and Dr. Karen Pearlman, author of "Cutting Rhythms: Intuitive Film Editing" discuss three cognitive concepts that go beyond continuity, including rhythm, subtext, and kinesthetic imagination. Packed with examples from Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious, and many others, the Science of Editing will help even the most seasoned editors -- and viewers -- unlock new dimensions in the cinematic experience.


Sven Pape
Cinematography
The Invisible Man Cinematography, with Stefan Duscio, ACS: Go Creative Show

The Invisible Man Cinematography, with Stefan Duscio, ACS: Go Creative Show

Cinematographer Stefan Duscio, ACS and Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli discuss the technical issues behind filming an invisible character in Leigh Whannell's The Invisible Man, using a robotic camera for VFX shots and the value of unmotivated camera movement. They also discuss why Stefan still uses a light meter, filming with the Alexa Mini LF and how he prepared for an IMAX release.


Ben Consoli
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Industrial Warehouse Title

Apple Motion 5: Industrial Warehouse Title

Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a title animation that's both epic and fun. "I couldn't think of a good name for this project," says Simon, "but it's a really dramatic look with plenty of interesting techniques to discover. We're in a warehouse, there's a neon sign hanging in mid air, it's reflected in puddles of water on the floor, and there are sparks. What more fun could you want?"


Simon Ubsdell
Adobe Photoshop
How To Put Yourself In Any Movie with Photoshop: Part 1

How To Put Yourself In Any Movie with Photoshop: Part 1

Filmmaker and artist Cody Pyper shows how to insert yourself or someone else into any movie using Adobe Photoshop. To finish the effect, you'll want to add some compositing, lighting, and perhaps some additional VFX finesse in Premiere Pro or After Effects, but here in Part 1 of his three-part series, Cody lays out how to conceive of the shot you want, how to set it up, and how to get started by building a clean background plate in Photoshop.


Cody Pyper
Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects Glitter Text - No Plug-ins Required!

Adobe After Effects Glitter Text - No Plug-ins Required!

Learn how to create a GLITTER TEXT EFFECT in Adobe After Effects without ANY plugins! VFX guru and filmmaker, Surfaced Studio's Tobias G, introduces you to CC Particle World, a powerful particle generator included in After Effects! You can use it to create all sorts of cool particle effects including explosions, smoke, fairy glitter, stars and much more. Along the way, Tobias brings the remarkable breadth of in-depth tips and tricks that will help you raise the level of your own AE expertise for every kind of creative task.


Tobias G
Business & Career Building
Go Creative Show: Build Your Filmmaking Career With YouTube

Go Creative Show: Build Your Filmmaking Career With YouTube

Discover how to advance your filmmaking and photography career on YouTube and Instagram in our interview with YouTuber and podcaster Tyler Stalman. Tyler and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss what it takes to stand out on YouTube, Tyler’s experience going from a stock photographer to freelance cinematographer, why it’s helpful to have a wide skillset of services, and much more!


Ben Consoli
Blackmagic Design Fusion
Building A Simple, Powerful Keyer in Blackmagic Design Fusion

Building A Simple, Powerful Keyer in Blackmagic Design Fusion

Discover the basics of creating a powerful Color Difference Keyer in Blackmagic Design Fusion using some very simple tools. Longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell shows how, once you understand the basic principles, there are countless ways to apply them to a wide variety of shots you’re working on. It’s also just plain interesting to understand what’s going on when you key.


Simon Ubsdell
Adobe After Effects
After Effects Advanced Content-Aware Fill With Photoshop

After Effects Advanced Content-Aware Fill With Photoshop

In part three of his series on Adobe After Effects Content Aware Fill, filmmaker and After Effects artist Cody Pyper takes his deepest dive yet! Following requests from viewers in the series so far, Cody takes a closer look at how Adobe Photoshop can help you remove unwanted objects from your video footage in After Effects.


Cody Pyper
Blackmagic Design Fusion
Blackmagic Design Fusion: World Coordinates for 3D Compositing

Blackmagic Design Fusion: World Coordinates for 3D Compositing

Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a look at the useful things you can do in Blackmagic Design Fusion with world coordinates data using the Volume Mask tool. It offers very handy way of applying 2D processing to 3D scenes generated either within Fusion or rendered from your favourite 3D application.


Simon Ubsdell
DaVinci Resolve
DaVinci Resolve Optical Flow

DaVinci Resolve Optical Flow

Join filmmaker and After Effects artist Cody Pyper for a closer look at DaVinci Resolve's Optical Flow to create exceptionally smooth slow motion, even on footage shot at normal frame rates. Cody covers the basics of how to use the effect, and shows some practical applications of Optical Flow for a variety of editorial troubleshooting.


Cody Pyper
Adobe After Effects
Best Results with After Effects Content-Aware Fill: Reference Frames

Best Results with After Effects Content-Aware Fill: Reference Frames

Join filmmaker and After Effects artist Cody Pyper for a deep dive into how to get the absolute best results using the Content-Aware Fill tool in After Effects. Locked-down shots with simple backgrounds are one thing, but Cody shows the details of how to get fantastic results with complicated backgrounds and a moving camera using reference frames.


Cody Pyper
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Stylized Liquid Title Tutorial

Apple Motion 5: Stylized Liquid Title Tutorial

Tapping into one of the year's hottest design trends, as well as Apple Motion 5's most sophisticated creative tools, longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell has done it again: putting together a tutorial that's fast, fun, eye-opening, and immediately practical. Taking advantage of Motion's Clouds generators to create both foreground elements and masks, and the quick combination of three filters from the Stylize category, you're going to be amazed by speed and elegance of this effect when applied to a title graphic: fresh, clean, and ready for easy customizing.


Simon Ubsdell
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Apple Motion 5: Awesome Glass Title Effect for FCPX

Apple Motion 5: Awesome Glass Title Effect for FCPX

"Create this frosted glass title effect for use in FCP X and amaze your friends," says longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell. "Nothing hugely fancy but a set of standard tricks you should find useful." Along the way, you'll work with clones, grouping, blurs, masking, levels, rigs, the Cellular generator, Glass Distortion, and the Extrude filter, along the typical plethora of Apple Motion workflow tweaks to provide maximum finesse with minimal effort. From there, you'll see how to add the title effect to FCPX, where you can customize and reuse to your heart's content.


Simon Ubsdell
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Apple FCPX Bullet Lists Animated & Timed With A Single Title

Apple FCPX Bullet Lists Animated & Timed With A Single Title

Quit stacking up layers in the timeline in Apple FCPX to create your bullet lists! They're kludgy, tough to layout, tough to make changes, and just plain unnecessary. There's a better way, and Bret Williams from BretFX is here to show you how to use the custom title to animate and time your bullet lists in FCPX, using hold frames to time your bullet points to audio. You can create, animate, and design your bullet points all within a single title on the timeline, making spacing, styling, and animation a breeze. Universally change or edit the font, spacing, position, and more!


Bret Williams
Business & Career Building
31 New Year's Resolutions For Creatives: Make This Your Best Year Ever!

31 New Year's Resolutions For Creatives: Make This Your Best Year Ever!

What's it going to take to make this your best year ever? Specific steps. Business owner, author, video producer, photographer, and longtime Creative COW leader Richard Harrington is here to offer you 31 resolutions for the new year that can make a huge difference in your business, your life, and your creative potential, even if you just pick one of them. Make progress on all of them, and there are no limits to what you can achieve!


Richard Harrington
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Apple FCPX: Using Snapshots for Project Versioning

Apple FCPX: Using Snapshots for Project Versioning

Join Bret Williams from BretFX for look at some best practices when incrementing project versions in Apple Final Cut Pro X. Learn when and how to use snapshots, duplicates, and compound clips to quickly, safely and efficiently address project versioning and client changes in a fictional show called Outdoor Explorer. Bret will show you how to create smart collections and use them to organize project versions and snapshots, as well as showing what it means to "reference a new parent clip" to duplicate a compound clip and replace it automatically.


Bret Williams
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Cell Division Tutorial

Apple Motion 5: Cell Division Tutorial

Maybe scientifically accurate, maybe not, but definitely another deep exploration of the secrets of Apple Motion mastery with longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell: a cell division animation created entirely within Motion using blurs, blend modes, alpha channels, masks, filters, behaviors, and more.


Simon Ubsdell
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Apple FCPX Drop Zones Demystified

Apple FCPX Drop Zones Demystified

Learn how to use precisely the region or portion of the clip you want in the drop zone, adjust it after the fact by using compound clips, avoid the dreaded freeze frame, synchronize audio, and adjust the pan and scale of the media in the drop zone with on screen controls. Bret Williams of BretFX makes it easy, fast, and precise for everything you want to do, including syncing audio, color correction, and more!


Bret Williams
People in the News
Rising Sun Reconstructs Auto Racing Icon for FORD V FERRARI

Rising Sun Reconstructs Auto Racing Icon for FORD V FERRARI

Studio produces a photo-real version of Daytona International Speedway and its cheering crowd from and epic race in 1966.

Review, Editorial, Feature, People / Interview, Business, Project
Creative Cow
Art of the Edit
Unearthing Apollo 11 in Large Format: An Interview with Director Todd Douglas Miller

Unearthing Apollo 11 in Large Format: An Interview with Director Todd Douglas Miller

Director-Editor Todd Douglas Miller creates more than just another space documentary with his film Apollo 11. He has helped expand the horizons of what we thought we knew about one of humankind's signature achievements by unearthing nearly 300 reels of previously unseen large-format film, up to 65 and 70mm, digitized with a first-of-its-kind 8K scanner, along with 11,000 hours of previously unheard audio recordings to provide previously only-imagined perspectives on our first mission to the moon. Creative COW's Courtney Lewis reveals how he put it all together with NASA, the National Archives, post house Final Frame, and tools from Adobe.


Courtney Lewis
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: EPIC Title Tutorial by Simon Ubsdell

Apple Motion 5: EPIC Title Tutorial by Simon Ubsdell

Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for some really useful and interesting techniques for creating a fake 3D title treatment with dramatic depth, texture, reflections, staining and other details that goes way beyond what you can achieve with the 3D Title Tool. Not only that, these techniques work well with any graphic object, for maximum motion graphics flexibility.


Simon Ubsdell
Blackmagic Design
Rob Legato uses Blackmagic to create Lion King production

Rob Legato uses Blackmagic to create Lion King production

Footage captured by DeckLink cards through Micro Studio Camera 4Ks, with Teranex standards converters, ATEM switchers, SmartHub video routers, HyperDeck Studio Minis, and graded in Resolve Studio with Resolve Advanced Panels

Editorial, Feature, Project
Creative Cow
Adobe Creative Cloud
Five Fundamentals of Marketing and Managing Your Stock Video Business

Five Fundamentals of Marketing and Managing Your Stock Video Business

If you’re anything like most content creators, the confusion over the best way to manage and market your stock video business has kept you from getting started. Join video producer and entrepreneur Rod Harlan for a look at the five fundamentals of managing and marketing your stock video business.


Rod Harlan
Business & Career Building
Four Secrets to Stock Video Sales Success

Four Secrets to Stock Video Sales Success

A successful stock video sales business, even if only part-time, relies heavily on the old adage, “practice makes perfect”. It’s a continual process of improving what you capture, how you capture it, and then how you market your stock video sales. Here are four strategies you can use to increase your sales.


Rod Harlan
Adobe Creative Cloud
Building A Stock Video Business: Monetizing Life's B-Roll

Building A Stock Video Business: Monetizing Life's B-Roll

If your line of work involves videography in one way or another, there are ways to make the most of your next gig. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when you start shooting video that could translate to earned extra cash. Doing these things from the get go will keep your extra footage on par with the video commonly featured on stock video sites like Adobe Stock.


Rod Harlan
TV & Movie Appreciation
Designing Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Designing Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Barbara Ling, production designer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, discusses how she was able to turn back time and recreate 1960’s Hollywood. Barbara and Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli discuss how Quentin Tarantino kept the film’s script a secret, how she restored Hollywood to the 1960’s, not using green screen, sourcing vintage props from eBay, filming the real Playboy Mansion, the challenges of filming on Hollywood Boulevard, and much more.


Ben Consoli
Blackmagic Design Announced WHAT?

Blackmagic Design Announced WHAT?

As if this wasn't already the hottest summer on record, Blackmagic Design's Grant Petty rolled out some blazing news across a wide range of the company's product lines in cameras, production hardware, and software.


Creative COW
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Light Art Tutorial

Apple Motion 5: Light Art Tutorial

Discover how to create this moody light art scene with Apple Motion 5! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a tutorial that also includes number of useful tricks, including how to create an ambient occlusion effect and textured specular highlights.


Simon Ubsdell
Cinematography
The Lion King's Virtual Cinematography: Caleb Deschanel, ASC

The Lion King's Virtual Cinematography: Caleb Deschanel, ASC

Caleb Deschanel, cinematographer for Disney’s live-action The Lion King, shares how they used traditional cinematography to create the life-like virtual film. Caleb and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss modeling cameras and lenses for virtual filmmaking, how Caleb was able to move the sun around in virtual space to get the perfect lighting, using a real drone for the Circle of Life sequence, and more!


Ben Consoli
Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects Reverse Stabilization

Adobe After Effects Reverse Stabilization

You're going to be blown away by how you can power up your After Effects workflow with reverse stabilizing your footage! By separating your tracking from your compositing, you can focus on each step, and in addition, overcome the render order complexities when match moving elements and effects on a moving shot.


Roei Tzoref
Makin’ Planets! Adobe After Effects Tutorials by Graham Quince

Makin’ Planets! Adobe After Effects Tutorials by Graham Quince

Here's a great new Adobe After Effects tutorial series from Creative COW leader Graham Quince that takes advantage of the free Orb plug-in from our friend Andrew Kramer at Video Copilot. Graham supplies project files, tips and tricks, and good humor on this tour through building every planet in the solar system, with customization options galore!


Creative COW
Adobe After Effects
After Effects Content Aware Fill: When It Doesn't  Work

After Effects Content Aware Fill: When It Doesn't Work

There’s a new artificial intelligence-powered feature in Adobe After Effects called Content-Aware Fill that allows you to remove anything from your shots fairly easily! It's powerful, but if you’ve tried it you know that it doesn’t always work perfectly. So what do you do when it doesn’t work as well as you'd hoped? Filmmaker Cody Pyper is here to show what to try next!


Cody Pyper
Cinematography
Shooting RED 8K for Danny Boyle's Yesterday

Shooting RED 8K for Danny Boyle's Yesterday

The magical romantic comedy Yesterday reunites cinematographer Christopher Ross BSC with director Danny Boyle to tell the story of a singer-songwriter who wakes up to discover that he's the only one in the world who remembers The Beatles. Christopher selected the RED HELIUM S35 8K sensor (with as many as 17 cameras rolling simultaneously in a single scene!) to capture a variety of looks as the story takes viewers from East Anglia to Los Angeles. With 10-15TB of footage coming in every day, this is also a workflow story, featuring DIT Thomas Patrick and the team at Mission Digital for dailies, and Goldcrest Post for online, VFX, conform, and grade.


Adrian Pennington
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Animate Text Without Keyframes or Plug-ins in Apple FCPX

Animate Text Without Keyframes or Plug-ins in Apple FCPX

Join longtime editor, VFX artist, plug-in developer, Creative COW leader Bret Williams of BretFX to learn how the FCPX Custom text tool allows you to animate text in Final Cut Pro X without using keyframes or plugins. With the often overlooked custom text tool you can easily create great text animation with just a couple of clicks. Change opacity, position, rotation, scale, duration, spread, blur and easing all without creating a single keyframe!


Bret Williams
Cinematography
Spider-Man Far From Home Cinematographer Matthew Lloyd

Spider-Man Far From Home Cinematographer Matthew Lloyd

Matthew Lloyd, cinematographer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, takes us behind the scenes of the film and shares techniques for lighting and shooting massive visual effects scenes. Matthew and Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli, discuss working in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, using pre-vis to prep for shots with VFX, creating Spider-Man’s holographic world, plus Matt’s camera and lens choice, his experience with commercial and fashion filmmaking, audience questions and so much more!


Ben Consoli
Rising Sun Pictures with SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

Rising Sun Pictures with SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

In its first contribution to the Spider-Man franchise, studio produces hologram that reveals the origin of the Elementals

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview, Business, Project
Creative Cow
Cinematography
DJI Osmo Action Camera In-Depth: Taking on GoPro

DJI Osmo Action Camera In-Depth: Taking on GoPro

The DJI Osmo Action is DJI's first GoPro-like action camera. It shoots crisp 4K video at 60 FPS, and super slow motion at 240 FPS at 1080p, also with support for HDR and terrific RockSteady image stabilization. Especially interesting: TWO LCD screens to make it easy to see what you're shooting from every angle. VFX guru and filmmaker, Surfaced Studio's Tobias G puts the Osmo Action through its paces and tells all about what he likes and doesn't, with lots of sample footage for you to judge for yourself!


Tobias G
Cinematography
Stuart Dryburgh: DP for Men In Black International

Stuart Dryburgh: DP for Men In Black International

Stuart Dryburgh, cinematographer for Men In Black International, joins Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, to discuss creating the look for the film. Stuart talks about the challenges of working in an established franchise, filming in NYC in the snow, why Stuart prefers Arri Alexa cameras, his lighting and lens choices for the film, shooting action scenes, and more!


Ben Consoli
Adobe Photoshop
Stitch Together Photos in Photoshop To Make One EPIC Photo!

Stitch Together Photos in Photoshop To Make One EPIC Photo!

Filmmaker Cody Pyper shows you how to stitch 18 photos together in Photoshop to create one truly EPIC photo! This is a pretty advanced tutorial, presented with a lot of energy, so dive in! You'll be able to apply these techniques to a wide variety of future projects.


Cody Pyper
Apple Motion
Apple Motion Fire Dragon Logo Animation

Apple Motion Fire Dragon Logo Animation

Fractals, generators, displacements, oh my! You can find everything you need to make engaging fire effects inside Apple Motion 5, and longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell shows you how to both build the fire and apply it to a logo. Project files are included, but you'll learn everything you need to apply it wherever and however you'd like, in your own unique style!


Simon Ubsdell
Adobe Premiere Pro
Speed Ramps & Smooth Slow Motion in Adobe Premiere Pro

Speed Ramps & Smooth Slow Motion in Adobe Premiere Pro

Here's everything you need to know to get complete control over the speed of your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro! Join VFX guru Tobias G for a look at the Rate Stretch Tool, Premiere's Speed/Duration settings, Time Remapping, and more!


Tobias G
TV & Movie Appreciation
Great Effects for Good Omens: Collaboration with Milk VFX

Great Effects for Good Omens: Collaboration with Milk VFX

Wouldn’t you know it? You’re a demon living on Earth for the past 6000 years, and you’ve finally persuaded your angelic counterpart to help you stop the end of the world, and now you can’t remember where you left the 11 year old Antichrist. Such are the tribulations of Good Omens, the newly posted Amazon Prime Video series based on the beloved 1990 classic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. We spoke with the Oscar, Emmy, and BAFTA-winning team at Milk VFX about how they brought this epic comic fantasy to life.

Feature
Tim Wilson
Cinematography
Capturing ProRes RAW

Capturing ProRes RAW

Apple ProRes RAW has lots of buzz, and can offer some great opportunities in both shooting and post, once you know how to capture it. Director Steve Pierce and DP Igor Kropotov explain why they love it, how to capture it on set, and what tools you can use.


Adorama TV
Making Of...
Go Creative: Designing Disney's Aladdin with Gemma Jackson

Go Creative: Designing Disney's Aladdin with Gemma Jackson

Gemma Jackson, production designer for Disney’s live action Aladdin, joins Go Creative Show host and commercial director Ben Consoli to discuss the film. As the award winning production designer of Game of Thrones, Finding Neverland, Bridget Jones Diary and more, Gemma shares her experience working with director Guy Ritchie to create Aladdin’s stunning look.


Ben Consoli
Apple Motion
Apple Motion Data Vortex

Apple Motion Data Vortex

Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a deep dive into Apple Motion's generators, behaviors, and 3D compositing as you take advantage of the remarkable resources built right into Motion: no plug-ins, no external files, but lots and lots of production and animation tips that you'll be able to use in every Motion project you undertake from here on!


Simon Ubsdell
Audio Professionals
Perfecting Audio: AES Dublin 2019 Top Products

Perfecting Audio: AES Dublin 2019 Top Products

Join longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander for a closeup look at three of his favorite products featured at AES in Dublin 2019, including Nugen Loudness Bundle, PreSonus Studio 1 Free DAW, and the potential to build your own home studio with Smart Studio Inc.


Adorama TV
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Apple Motion 5 Tutorial: Slider Title Template for FCPX

Apple Motion 5 Tutorial: Slider Title Template for FCPX

Create this clean and simple title template for FCP X and sharpen up your Motion skills! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a look at combining masks and other advanced compositing and animation tricks in Motion that you can use for fast, elegant FCPX titles.


Simon Ubsdell
People in the News
Rising Sun Brings Action to Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL

Rising Sun Brings Action to Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL

Studio delivers hundreds of complex VFX shots for the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview, Business, Project
Creative Cow
People in the News
Rising Sun Brings Action to Fox’s ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

Rising Sun Brings Action to Fox’s ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

Studio teams with Weta Digital for new film’s lunar battle and zero-gravity training sequences

Review, Feature, People / Interview, Business, Project
Creative Cow
Audio Professionals
Field Recording Accessories & Mounts: Perfecting Audio

Field Recording Accessories & Mounts: Perfecting Audio

Field recording by its nature warrants good, practical kit, and longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander walks you through some of his favorite gear.


Adorama TV
Making Of...
Innovative Production Techniques on Freeform's Good Trouble

Innovative Production Techniques on Freeform's Good Trouble

Good Trouble, a Freeform series spun off the popular and highly regarded The Fosters, features production innovations including an LED videowall as a scenic backdrop. Panasonic Varicam LTs shooting in ProRES 4444 feed a dynamic post workflow at Keep Me Posted, a FotoKem company, featuring upwards of 1000 cuts per episode and extensive use of flashbacks.


Christine Bunish
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe and That Cup on Game of Thrones

Adobe and That Cup on Game of Thrones

Many things were shocking about Season 8 Episode 4 of Game of Thrones (Don’t worry, no spoilers here!), but the one shock to rule them all was that quick cameo of a contemporary drink cup next to the dragon queen herself. A quick tweak with Adobe's new Content Aware Fill for Adobe After Effects, later, and well, we won't spoil the outcome for you!


Hillary Lewis
NAB Show
Adobe, Avid, Blackmagic Design: The Big 3 NLEs at NAB 2019

Adobe, Avid, Blackmagic Design: The Big 3 NLEs at NAB 2019

Creative COW’s Hillary Lewis sat down with Avid, Adobe, and Blackmagic Design at NAB Show 2019 and discussed the innovations behind their releases and their outlooks on the future. NLEs are more accessible, faster, and better than ever. What does that mean for users today -- and tomorrow?


Hillary Lewis
Drones/UAV
Follow Moving Subjects with DJI Active Track Mode

Follow Moving Subjects with DJI Active Track Mode

World traveler, photographer, author, and Adorama TV host Mark Wallace follows up on his recent tutorial for the Intelligent Flight modes in DJI drones with a deep dive into automatically following your subjects with Active Track Mode. It's incredibly easy to set up, and you can see for yourself how great the results are!


Adorama TV
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Slot Machine Text Generator,  Part 2

Apple Motion 5: Slot Machine Text Generator, Part 2

In Part 2 of a tutorial with its origins in a recent thread in Creative COW's Apple Motion forum, longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell plays with some variations on the theme of animating the dials of a slot machine. In particular, he says, "I want that really nice slow-down effect that you have with some slot machines, where you agonizingly discover that you’ve got the wrong value, and that you’ve lost still more money." Don't miss the bonus tips clip that follows, too!


Simon Ubsdell
Drones/UAV
Intelligent Flight Modes for Your DJI Drone

Intelligent Flight Modes for Your DJI Drone

Using the intelligent flight modes on your DJI drone can significantly improve your drone footage. Follow along as world traveler, photographer, author, and Adorama TV host Mark Wallace demonstrates how you can use Cinematic mode, Tripod mode, and Point of Interest mode to create precise camera movements, quickly, easily, and perfectly every time.


Adorama TV
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Slot Machine Text Generator

Apple Motion 5: Slot Machine Text Generator

A recent thread in Creative COW's Apple Motion forum led longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell down his own path of discovery on how to tackle this, providing a reminder in this first of a series that there's more than one fruitful route to creativity using Motion's extensive toolset for generating media, animation, customization, rigging, and much more. As usual with Simon's tutorials, you'll find tips that you can apply to every project you undertake in Motion after this, too.


Simon Ubsdell
Audio Professionals
Perfecting Audio: DIY Leads

Perfecting Audio: DIY Leads

Why buy leads when you can make your own? With some basic tools from vise grips to a soldering iron, longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander goes through step by step how to make a jack lead, a phono lead and XLR cables.


Adorama TV
Film Festivals
A Documentary Love Letter To Nashville's Bluebird Cafe

A Documentary Love Letter To Nashville's Bluebird Cafe

Creative COW’s Hillary Lewis sits down with Erika Wollam Nichols, waitress turned general manager and president of The Bluebird Cafe, now producer of her debut documentary, Bluebird, which premiered at South by Southwest before moving to the Newport Beach Film Festival.


Hillary Lewis
Adobe After Effects
VFX in Adobe After Effects: An Artists Panel (NAB)

VFX in Adobe After Effects: An Artists Panel (NAB)

Join panelists Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot, Jayse Hansen, and Mary Poplin of Boris FX, along with moderator, Victoria Nece of Adobe, as they discuss the world of visual effects from an artist’s perspective.


Adobe Creative Cloud
Blackmagic Design's Epic Hardware Releases for NAB 2019

Blackmagic Design's Epic Hardware Releases for NAB 2019

Blackmagic once again delivers a jaw-dropping lineup of advanced hardware -- ATEM Constellation 8K with built-in Fairlight mixing in the industry's largest live production audio mixer, plus 16 hardware keyers, 24 8K outputs, and more; the New Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 8K with dual on screen scope overlays, HDR, 33 point 3D LUTs and monitor calibration; HyperDeck Extreme 8K broadcast deck with advanced H.265 recording, touch screen interface, internal cache, built in scopes, HDR, and traditional deck control; and the URSA Mini Pro G2 camera featuring new electronics, Super 35 4.6K HDR image sensor, 15 stops of dynamic range, 300 fps high frame rate shooting, and Blackmagic RAW -- for prices even lower than how low your jaw just dropped reading them.


Creative COW
Blackmagic Design
EPIC Blackmagic Hardware Releases

EPIC Blackmagic Hardware Releases

Tim Wilson reports on the 2019 NAB, and finds that the hardware coming out of Blackmagic this year is INSANE

Review
Tim Wilson
Adobe After Effects
Scars, Tattoos & Digital Makeup: After Effects & Mocha Pro

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!


Tobias G
Business & Career Building
Vimeo Stock Essentials: 1000+ Clips/$60K Value Now Included

Vimeo Stock Essentials: 1000+ Clips/$60K Value Now Included

Following the announcement of Vimeo Stock reaching the one million clip milestone, Vimeo today announces Vimeo Stock Essentials, a carefully curated collection of 1000+ clips in a variety of the most popular categories, now included as part of every annual Vimeo subscription at no additional cost, a value of over $60,000. We spoke with Vimeo's VP of Creator Programs and Vimeo Stock Derick Rhodes for details on Vimeo Stock Essentials, and Vimeo's vision as a company that cares about helping creators get things done.


Tim Wilson
Making The Forest Leaves Dance for Ridley Scott's Hennessy Short, "The Seven Worlds"

Making The Forest Leaves Dance for Ridley Scott's Hennessy Short, "The Seven Worlds"

"The Seven Worlds" is the latest advertising epic short directed by Ridley Scott, a marvelous odyssey spanning surreal scenes inspired by the seven tasting notes of Hennessy premium X.O. cognacac. Realizing Scott's unparalleled vision required a masterful team and state-of-the-art technology to assist, that's where London's The Mocap Studio team came in. The mobile motion capture specialists lent their expertise to the project, using Xsens MVN inertial technology to help capture a human performer on-location in the heart of a Czech forest.


Creative COW
Film Festivals
Making the Documentary ‘Ernie & Joe’

Making the Documentary ‘Ernie & Joe’

Creative COW’s Hillary Lewis sits down with Jenifer McShane at SXSW to talk about her latest documentary feature following two unique police officers who approach the mental health crisis in San Antonio, TX in a new, inspiring way.

Feature, People / Interview
Hillary Lewis
Adobe After Effects
Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use, Pt 5: Brightness

Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use, Pt 5: Brightness

The first challenge to understanding the nature of brightness in compositing starts with remembering that we're not actually seeing color at all, but rather something of an illusion that appears to us as color! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for Part 5 of the best look behind the technology of compositing that you've ever seen, as he takes a look at the math behind brightness, and how to apply that to the compositing toolsets in your favorite editing, compositing, and color grading applications.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Art of the Edit
Editing Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons

Editing Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons

Kelley Slagle began her career in entertainment as an actor, so it’s not surprising the communal storytelling of Dungeons and Dragons caught her eye. She both edited and co-directed the prizewinning documentary "The Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons", speaking to overe 40 artists across the 45-year span of the game's history. Creative COW Managing Editor Kylee Peña spoke to Kelley about the challenge of managing that much material into a 90-minute film, balancing indie filmmaking with the demands of a day job in video production, and the power of art to sustain a community.

Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Building A Music Visualizer

Apple Motion 5: Building A Music Visualizer

Here's an especially fun one from longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell, showing how to build and animate a music visualizer in Apple Motion 5. As usual, you can count on Simon to go beyond the basics of simple construction to dive deep into the nuances of controlling this deceptively powerful application, highlighting such features as the Replicator, animation rigs, audio behaviors, glows, glints, lens flares, masking, filters and more. Turn it up!

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Audio Professionals
Dialogue Cleanup Plug-ins for Video Production

Dialogue Cleanup Plug-ins for Video Production

Sometimes you really DO need to fix it in post. Longtime audio engineer Keith Alexander looks at some of the plug-ins available for video hosts including Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro X, as well as leading audio applications such as Audition, Pro Tools, and Nuendo, that will make a huge difference for video producers who need to clean up dialogue recorded with less than ideal results. There's something here for every skill level and every budget.

Tutorial
Adorama TV
Blackmagic Design Fusion
Blackmagic Fusion: Frequency Separation Retouching

Blackmagic Fusion: Frequency Separation Retouching

Blackmagic Fusion offers a variety of powerful retouching tools (as does DaVinci Resolve of course), so why would you want to build your own? As longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell explains, once you understand the underlying principles of the tools, you can use them better! In this tutorial, he shows how building a custom 3D keyer and a custom Linear Light Blend Mode allows a Low Frequency pass to smooth imperfections in the footage, and a High Frequency Pass to restore detail, allowing exceptional control, and producing outstanding results.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
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