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.
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.
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.
Business & Career Building
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.
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.
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
Adobe After Effects
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.
Art of the Edit
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
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.
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!
Small HD FOCUS 7 4K Monitor Hands On
Here's a first look at the SmallHD FOCUS 7, a 7-inch, 4K monitor that packs significant production value in a moderate price. The monitor includes Small HD’s OS3 software, which gives users access to features such as pinch-to-zoom, waveform monitors, focus pulling, 3D LUTs, and more, in a build that's lightweight, durable, and retains mobility.
Adobe Audition: Shorten A Music Track with Remix
Ready to have your mind blown? See how easy it is to create remixes of music files using Adobe Sensei’s machine learning. You can take a song that has a longer duration than needed for your Premiere Pro project, and using Dynamic Link, send your entire sequence to Audition to create a shorter version, as well as emphasizing different musical elements in the original mix to create something unique, simply, in a highly customizable way.
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