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Money Monster - Neighbors 2 - The Nice Guys
by Scott Roberts 4 days ago
I've taken a bit of a writing hiatus as of late because of an increasingly busy work schedule (I won't complain about that), AND I got strep throat somehow (now THAT I will complain about), but now I'
Re: Money Monster - Neighbors 2 - The Nice Guys
by Stephen Smith 3 days ago
Scott, I love and read all of your reviews. But I have to throw in my two cents on Jim Cramer. I felt in your review you where very negative towards Jim and his real show. As a video producer and edit
Best method for masking unwanted thing?
by Andrew Rabka 1 month ago
Hello, my problem is the visible socket on the wall in background. Whole time it is covered, but in this particular moment women moved her's head. I tried two methods: Clone stamping tool - but it req
Re: Best method for masking unwanted thing?
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
First off, in the still grab her hair appears to be so thick it should work with the rotobrush. Here is a tutorial to watch on the Roto Brush: http: www.videocopilot.net tutorials alien_surface Skip t
Best tracking technique for this shot
by Jihad Akoury 4 weeks ago
Hey all, I'm working on a school project for my graduation in a few weeks where the character in my video is holding a blue ball i want to replace later as shows the image below: I can't figure a way
Re: Best tracking technique for this shot
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
Does the ball leave the persons hands Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
The Top 50 Movies of the Last 5 Years
by Scott Roberts 1 month ago
Reviews of The Jungle Book, Huntsman 2, and Keanu to come next week. But for now, I'm feeling rather LISTY. And you know how I like my occasional lists... LOFTY, LENGTHY, and DISAGREEABLE! Enjoy the b
Re: The Top 50 Movies of the Last 5 Years
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
No Edge of Tomorrow I loved that film! I got to say, Furious 7 had such a great tribute at the end of the film that I choked up. For a Furious film to do that they defiantly get bonus points. I also e
Article: Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool
by Tim Wilson 2 months ago
Business & Marketing Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool 15 years is a long time on the internet! Travel back with us to the days before YouTube, social media, digital cinema, smartp
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Re: Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
I love it! Congratulations on 15 great years! What an amazing website and friends. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
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Film Frame Text
by Jared Hawco 2 months ago
Hi Folks, Does anyone have experience creating text that looks like the text on the side of a film frame Similar to the text on the right side of the image linked below: http: images.creativecow.net u
Re: Film Frame Text
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
To me it looks like an Arial rounded type font with a yellow drop shadow around it. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Where to keep learning Motiongraphics
by Mateo Mazzini 2 months ago
This is a general question. Does anyone know where in the world is any school that offers an ADVANCE course in motion graphics that will worth to travel and spend the money I've been working for 5 yea
Re: Where to keep learning Motiongraphics
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
I second that. I think an internship is great or as also referred to, getting on a site like Vimeo.com and going to one of the motion graphic groups. Such as the Motion Graphic Artist group ( https: v
April Fools Redbox
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Redbox had a great April Fools e-mail today. http: www.redbox.com hiring Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Zootopia - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - 10 Cloverfield Lane - The Brothers Grimsby
by Scott Roberts 3 months ago
Again, I've been too busy to write full reviews as of late, but I've seen two weekends worth of new movies, so I should get my thoughts out now before it becomes three weekends, or eventually I'll jus
Re: Zootopia - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - 10 Cloverfield Lane - The Brothers Grimsby
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
I really enjoy them, keep them coming. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Grade Look
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
Anyone have an idea on how to achieve this look at 16 seconds: https: www.youtube.com watch v=2YOslZNKm-s It has this really cool washed out brown tint look. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check
Re: Grade Look
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
I'm confused by your reply. I think we have a misunderstanding. The way I read your comment is if you think I'm asking how to achieve that look "IN" 16 seconds. I want to create a simular look to the
iMac ???? 4K????
by Stephen Smith 4 months ago
Can the new iMac handle 4k I was told it can't because it doesn't have Cuda Does that mean if I want to stay with mac I have to get a MacPro to edit RAW 4K in real time Stephen Smith Utah Video Produc
Re: iMac ???? 4K????
by Tero Ahlfors 4 months ago
Depends on the 4K. I can edit compressed 4K with an older iMac (eg. R3D files) easily, not in full quality though. Uncompressed 4K would need some insane disk speeds.
Netflix
by Stephen Smith 4 months ago
Oh Yeah, Pee-wee's Big Holiday: https: www.youtube.com watch v=aK3psQmIdnU I got to say, I'm now looking forward to this. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Re: Face Off, Re: Netflix
by Scott Roberts 4 months ago
Oh man, I just love Face Off! I started watching it on a whim at the start of season 2, and have seen every episode since. It's kind of like reality competition TV done right. Tim Wilson "Your emotion
13 Hours
by Scott Roberts 4 months ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=5MBjAN7jqsQ Premise: It's very simple. Jim from The Office in a Michael Bay movie about Benghazi. The Good Stuff: -As far as Michael Bay movies go, this is one of the le
Re: 13 Hours
by Stephen Smith 4 months ago
What in the World Scott!!! What is up with this incomplete movie review Did you like what you got at Chipotle or not And was the service good :-) Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vime
Compositing Airplanes Question
by Alon david 5 months ago
Im a little new to after effects. I have a project where I want to composite airplanes in the sky. The planes would be from the pov of someone down below so the plane doesnt have to be detailed. I eve
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Re: Compositing Airplanes Question
by Stephen Smith 4 months ago
For fun you should check out Red Giants short film Go Bag: https: www.youtube.com watch v=r1g1Z9Da1Vc Here is a making of where they show compositing airplanes into the shots: https: www.youtube.com w
Workflow Question. How Do You Guys...
by dallas kruse 5 months ago
I'm a noob to the video world. I've been learning AE and FCPX for fun. Loving it. I"m filming music videos with green screening and some cheap tongue-in-cheek FX. I'm having a struggle getting a workf
Re: Workflow Question. How Do You Guys...
by Stephen Smith 5 months ago
Cool, best of luck. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
The Force Awakens
by Mike Cohen 5 months ago
Hello Creative Cow. It was 1977, the original Star Wars was being advertised heavily. This trailer makes it hard to believe the movie was so good: https: www.youtube.com watch v=vP_1T4ilm8M For some r
Re: The Force Awakens
by Stephen Smith 5 months ago
I think the last three films (1,2&3) took the franchise down so much that Disney had the deck stacked against them. I'm happy that they didn't screw up The Force Awakens. Here is a video of George Luc
Little Boy
by Stephen Smith 5 months ago
I watched the trailer for Little Boy back when it was in the theater and thought it didn't look good. I happy to say that it is on Netflix and it isn't anything like the trailer....at least what I tho
Here are Haikus for all 91 movies I saw this year
by Scott Roberts 5 months ago
Aside from a few great events this year (namely some weddings of people I care about, a couple neat trips, and some special occasions with my fiance), 2015 didn't really feel like that great of a year
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Re: Here are Haikus for all 91 movies I saw this year
by Stephen Smith 5 months ago
Scott, this is GREAT! This is the type of stuff that should be in the news paper for the year end movie review. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
If someone is filming verticaly how do i "fill up the background"
by Christopher Khouri 6 months ago
Hi im gonna edit a video but the one who's filming is doing it vertically. How do i fill up the background with mirrors. Here's an example. Skip to 3:40 https: www.youtube.com watch v=wK1swTwB-9o
Re: If someone is filming verticaly how do i "fill up the background"
by Stephen Smith 6 months ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=Bt9zSfinwFA Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
"Hand of God Title Sequence" Fly through image effect
by Jamel Drayton 6 months ago
Hello all I am trying to break down how the title sequence to "Hand of God Title Sequence" was created, https: vimeo.com 104634156 I am trying to achieve a similar effect with a camera fly though over
Re: "Hand of God Title Sequence" Fly through image effect
by Stephen Smith 6 months ago
If I was building it I would: Animate the camea's z position so the camera is moving away from the starting point. I would then add photos using their z position to get them where I like them. Then wh
Any advice for setting up easy kinetic type projects?
by Mark Suszko 9 months ago
I may have to do a package of ten short kinetic type pieces in a very short time. I'm trying to come up with some shortcuts and easy setups to make building these simple(r) and fast(er). What I have w
Re: Any advice for setting up easy kinetic type projects?
by Stephen Smith 9 months ago
Thanks for the compliment, let me know if there is any thing else I can do to help. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Reversing After Effects Expression Value
by Scott Horsfall 8 years ago
Quick question here, I'm a little new at After Effects, but here goes. I've got two wings that are set up and rotated opposite values. I want to rotate both wings at the same time to opposite values.
Re: Reversing After Effects Expression Value
by Darby Edelen 8 years ago
Try: -thisComp.layer("Rotation").transform.rotation; =)Darby EdelenLead DesignerLeft Coast DigitalSanta Cruz, CA
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Sony F55
by Stephen Smith 9 months ago
We rented the Sony F55 and the footage looks great. When I bring it into Premiere CC2015 it looks like it is a blown out mess. In Premiere CC2014 same thing except we can right click on the footage in
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
by Mark Suszko 10 months ago
I think they gave away too much in the trailers for this one. But it's an MI movie with Cruise, so, it's going to follow a pretty predictable formula anyhow. Great stunt work, and the caper scenes wer
Re: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
by Jason Jenkins 10 months ago
Tim Wilson "NINETY THREE PERCENT FRESH, on 178 reviews. Which means that out of those 178 reviews, 163 are positive. That's astonishing. Any arthouse film from the arthouse-iest director would kill f
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Opacity missing
by Stephen Smith 10 months ago
I have updated to CC 2015 and I can't find the opacity any more. I used to be in the timeline and Video Effects window but it is no longer there. Look at my screen grab to see that it isn't in the Vid
Re: Opacity missing
by Stephen Smith 10 months ago
I'm glad to hear that that isn't normal. I have had so many problems with the newest version of CC that I was getting really frustrated. I'll give your two suggestions a go and see what happens. Steph
Line drawn 3D shapes
by Casey Longden 10 months ago
Hi, First post so I hope I'm in the right place - if not, feel free to point me elsewhere. How would I go about making 3D shapes with a line drawn effect that can be rotated etc. (as seen in the attac
Re: Line drawn 3D shapes
by Stephen Smith 10 months ago
Cool, best of luck. Show us your stuff when you have it done. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Short Cut Keys
by Stephen Smith 11 months ago
Here is a cool little graphic for Premiere Pro short cut keys: http: www.setupablogtoday.com adobe-premiere-pro-keyboard-shortcuts-cheat-sheet Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo p
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Re: Short Cut Keys
by Stephen Smith 11 months ago
Oh no. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Keyboard Shortcuts
by Stephen Smith 11 months ago
This is a fun graphic for shortcut keys in After Effects: http: www.setupablogtoday.com 2015-adobe-after-effects-keyboard-shortcuts-cheat-sheet Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo
Re: Keyboard Shortcuts
by Claudio Silva 11 months ago
So nice! Thanks
Puppet warp tool deforming layer too much
by Emma Payne 12 months ago
Hey guys, need some help. I'm animating this seal- and I want it to move like it's swimming. I've parented all the layers, changed the rotations, prepared them all but I'm having a lot of trouble with
Re: Puppet warp tool deforming layer too much
by Stephen Smith 12 months ago
The puppet tool is applied to a layer. If you do the body the tale won't move with it. So you need to put all of the layers in a group and then add the p tool to it. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productio
Audio processing for effect: "PA" or "intercom" effect
by Eric Chard 12 months ago
Processing some audio inside AE: what I'm trying for is a "NASA"-style voice over, the kinda thing where the flight controller says "We have ignition". What audio effects would work together to accomp
Re: Audio processing for effect: "PA" or "intercom" effect
by Stephen Smith 12 months ago
Take a look at this tutorial and probably add some more echo: https: www.youtube.com watch v=rFnx6HWbTaw Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Animation vs Apple ProRes 4444?
by Brenden Younan 12 months ago
Hello, For outputting alpha graphics, what codec is the best option Animation or Apple ProRes 4444 Thank you.
Re: Animation vs Apple ProRes 4444?
by Stephen Smith 12 months ago
You should check out this tutorial on Live Text templates in PPro: https: helpx.adobe.com after-effects how-to create-animated-text-titles.html Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo
Free-Form Movie Reviews: True Story and Child 44
by Scott Roberts 1 year ago
I actually did end up seeing two new movies in theaters over the weekend, despite what I previously thought, with those two movies being the new Jonah Hill and James Franco comedy True Story, and oh w
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Re: Free-Form Movie Reviews: True Story and Child 44
by Mark Suszko 1 year ago
This is why we can't have nice things.
Timeline
by Stephen Smith 1 year ago
I thought Premiere Pro added a way for the timeline to indicate that a clip has been cut but it is the same clip so there isn't a break in time code Final Cut pro would put two triangles to indicate t
Re: Timeline
by Stephen Smith 1 year ago
Sorry, just figured it out. I needed to check on "Show through edits". Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Video: Color Grading Reel - Benoit Cote - 2014
by Benoit Cote 2 years ago
Color Grading Reel - Benoit Cote - 2014 2014 color grading reel. Edit by Emeline Declerck Music by Jack White - High Ball Stepper cote-b.com watch demo reel
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Re: Color Grading Reel - Benoit Cote - 2014
by Jonathan Beam 8 months ago
Very impressive. Shows the importance of Color Grading to set the mood of a video. Sadly I can't really appreciate your skills vs others, but I can at least appreciate the work. Keep it up!
Video: Color Correction Reel
by Stephen Smith 1 year ago
Color Correction Reel Lone Peak Productions offers high-end color correction, which is often referred to as color grading. This process not only helps beautify the footage but can enhance the over all
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Golden Globe Reactions?
by Jeff Breuer 1 year ago
Honestly I have not watched much of the Globes in the past. I sat through last night's event and all I could think of was, "Is it always this bad " Here are some thoughts: - That was the worst produce
Re: Golden Globe Reactions?
by Mike Cohen 1 year ago
Stephen Smith "As Stephen stops typing Michael Bay high fives him and then they go outside and blow crap up." Aside from the MTV Movie Awards, is there an awards show which actually rewards this kind
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selling stock footage South Africa
by Paul Nel 2 years ago
I am a South African camera operator with 1600 hours of some of the most dramatic video images captured as a result of my work with the emergency services in this country. The DV footage includes 12 a
Re: selling stock footage South Africa
by Stephen Smith 1 year ago
DV footage is hard to sell but if the content is worth it people will over look that. Some sited to consider: -Pond5 (my favorite and it is very easy to use ) -revostock -shutterstock -istockphoto ( T
Gaining experience in video editing
by John Gutteridge 1 year ago
I'm looking to move into the video editing field and want to expand my portfolio and gain more experience. What are the best ways of finding the opportunities to do this . I don't mind doing video edi
Re: Gaining experience in video editing
by Stephen Smith 1 year ago
The other advantage of an internship is that you will gain valuable contacts that can help you find a job. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Tracking
by Dennis Piilgard 1 year ago
Hi, ng I'm just starting to learn tracking and I have tryed using the warp stabilizer together with both 3D camera tracking and regular motion track. The thing is, that the shot is perfectly smooth af
Re: Tracking
by Stephen Smith 1 year ago
Best of luck. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Making the screen go through a non-round tunnel
by John Smith 1 year ago
Last week I saw a clip that the screen go though a tunnel like this one: I really don't know how they did it, I also read the tutorial how to make the tunnel but they are all round shaped, not like th
Re: Making the screen go through a non-round tunnel
by Stephen Smith 1 year ago
Two thoughts: - - Build your shape and then duplicate it. Change the duplicates Z position so each shape has distance between them. Add a camera and then animate it though the line of shapes. So shape
School project, Apple fan.
by Juan Karlo de Guzman 2 years ago
Hi, I have this school project, I hope I can somewhat imitate this video http: www.youtube.com watch v=VpZmIiIXuZ0 and hopefully, I can get the soundtrack as well. I don't know if I should use Apple M
Re: School project, Apple fan.
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Apple Motion is a great program that can do amazing things for an insanely low price. That being said, if you are a student hoping to do Motion Graphics for a living you need to realize that After Eff
Optical Illusion / Filter Photoshop Insane
by Alberto Gomez 2 years ago
Hello can some one help me figure out how these two images were made I have beeb trying all stock effects and nothing has worked. If you download the photo it seems animated when scrolling and zooming
Re: Optical Illusion / Filter Photoshop Insane
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
People don't like to download a file to see what it is to help someone on a forum in case it is a virus. If you click on the icon with the still camera image (image uploader) it will let you embed you
Project Files
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
I'm finally getting around to backing up projects from years ago. I like to keep all of the editing projects files (PPro & AE), RAW files and everything else I would need to jump back into the project
Re: Project Files
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
That's a pain. Oh well. Thanks for the help, I wanted to make sure I was doing this right. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page


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