Creative COW Blogs https://blogs.creativecow.net/ Creative COW Blogs, brought to you from media professionals world wide. Working in the effects, film, video, and broadcast industries around the globe. en-us Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:00:00 GMT PHP Script webmaster@creativecow.net webmaster@creativecow.net A Video to Animation Workflow for Adobe Character Animator https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13948/a-video-to-animation-workflow-for-adobe-character-animator https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13948/a-video-to-animation-workflow-for-adobe-character-animator I've been playing with the preview version of Adobe Character Animator for a month or so. Animator is designed to create animation from your live movements in front of a webcam and lip sync from your live voice into a microphone. But it can be hard to get everything just right when you have to do it Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:52:48 GMT L-Cuts/Split Edits https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13945/lcutssplit-edits https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13945/lcutssplit-edits Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:19:08 GMT The Sisterhood of the X-Files Fandom https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13944/the-sisterhood-of-the-xfiles-fandom https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13944/the-sisterhood-of-the-xfiles-fandom I could safely fit three episodes of The X-Files on one VHS tape in Long Play mode. And I did. In the late 90s and early aughts, I collected and categorized episodes in much the same way one would arrange a mixtape. Some episodes go together chronologically, others go together thematically, but mayb Sun, 24 Jan 2016 20:29:49 GMT After Effects Beginner( A little intro) https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13943/after-effects-beginner-a-little-intro https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13943/after-effects-beginner-a-little-intro Hi everyone! I could finally explain to my family that accounting/economics is not really my thing and i want to study Motion/graphic design. Although I know almost nothing, it's something that i would study with all my heart and honesty. I am joining university soon for a BA(Hons.) Graphic Design a Fri, 22 Jan 2016 03:38:22 GMT The Easy Way to Solve Gender Imbalance in Film and Television https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13942/the-easy-way-to-solve-gender-imbalance-in-film-and-television https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13942/the-easy-way-to-solve-gender-imbalance-in-film-and-television Each year, San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film releases a “Celluloid Ceiling” report which shows female employment on the top 250 films of the previous year. This year’s numbers (released last week) are more of the same, with female employment ho Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:14:05 GMT Management 101 https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13939/management-101 https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13939/management-101 Working in production, I started out duping VHS tapes and going on shoots to setup gear and learn my craft. Years later, I found myself informally in charge of video production, while we had a sizeable multimedia department not really reporting to anyone - they were mostly hired for a couple of big Tue, 12 Jan 2016 04:35:32 GMT How to prepare the film for presentation at film festivals and movie awards? https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13931/how-to-prepare-the-film-for-presentation-at-film-festivals-and-movie-awards https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13931/how-to-prepare-the-film-for-presentation-at-film-festivals-and-movie-awards SUBMISSION RULES AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR SELECTION SCREENING FORMATS • Almost all well-known big film festivals now accept films only in a special digital format DCP (Digital Cinema Package). • Most of the film festivals and movie awards accept content that is fully DCI/SMPTE compliant; Thu, 17 Dec 2015 08:04:18 GMT Some DaVinci Resolve Reel Name Extraction Patterns https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13926/some-davinci-resolve-reel-name-extraction-patterns https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13926/some-davinci-resolve-reel-name-extraction-patterns DaVinci Resolve Reel Name Extraction Patterns that I have been testing out with video source files: */%R/%D the above pattern tells the Resolve to use the folder name as the Reel Name. On the storage device, if the file lives in a folder, the name of the folder will become the Reel Name. Example Fol Tue, 08 Dec 2015 08:11:23 GMT Relink command using populated metadata in the source file bin column https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13919/relink-command-using-populated-metadata-in-the-source-file-bin-column https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13919/relink-command-using-populated-metadata-in-the-source-file-bin-column I love testing Avid features and a big feature to test is different ingest tapeless video paths available for the Media Composer Artist. Looking for consistencies for following typical offline editorial sequences to typical online finishing creating deliverables. A start for the computer is to have Sun, 22 Nov 2015 06:30:47 GMT consolidate/transcode command embeds side-car metadata into the mxf https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13914/consolidatetranscode-command-embeds-sidecar-metadata-into-the-mxf https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13914/consolidatetranscode-command-embeds-sidecar-metadata-into-the-mxf Step 1) In the Avid Bin, selecting the master clip, and going to the clip menu, is where the consolidate/transcode is located. When using the consolidate/transcode command, Media Composer embeds current supported master clip metadata into the newly created mxf media file. here is a snap shot of a mx Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:52:39 GMT G-Tech 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3 Hard Drive https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13907/gtech-4tb-gdrive-usb-3-hard-drive https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13907/gtech-4tb-gdrive-usb-3-hard-drive Hi, I'm just wondering how suitable people find the G-Tech 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3 Hard Drive for using to access/store media on for editing purposes on either Avid and/or Premiere Pro CC? I usually need to access native files such as 1080p HD and on occasion 2k and 4K footage. Thanks in advance. David Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:02:52 GMT switching over the Project > Format > Preset Type: from 1080i/59.94 to 1080p/29.97, what is Avid doi https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13891/switching-over-the-project-format-preset-type-from-1080i5994-to-1080p2997-what-is-avid-doing-when-di https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13891/switching-over-the-project-format-preset-type-from-1080i5994-to-1080p2997-what-is-avid-doing-when-di In a 59.94 interlaced project and curious what happens when I switch over the Project > Format > Preset Type from 1080i/59.94 to 1080p/29.97 as far as how Avid handles the video quality of Master Clips to playback as progressive. A lot of time these days, most of my sources are shot as progressive v Wed, 07 Oct 2015 23:07:02 GMT scott freeman's original art https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13889/scott-freemans-original-art https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13889/scott-freemans-original-art I hope that everyone's dreams come true. To have a pen and paper, creating art is a dream of mine. I love to paint and draw, watching the pen make a crease on that paper. I love to draw characters in scenes with the goal of revealing what the character is going through with what I draw and write in Sun, 04 Oct 2015 01:57:11 GMT perfect tape pull list for Avid Symphony online digitizing https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13888/perfect-tape-pull-list-for-avid-symphony-online-digitizing https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13888/perfect-tape-pull-list-for-avid-symphony-online-digitizing Making a source tape pull list for online tape batch-digitizing. I get asked to help when creating-a-list-is-crashing-the-avid. Parallel tape cart with what avid will ask for tape ingest. Step 1) Duplicate the "Master Online Sequence" into a new bin. Step 2) On the Macintosh, hold down the "control" Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:04:35 GMT find the native folder to place the mxf media files https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13885/find-the-native-folder-to-place-the-mxf-media-files https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13885/find-the-native-folder-to-place-the-mxf-media-files If there is ever a question of what folder structure the Avid is using when creating the media databases for mxf links to master clips. Here is a quick way for an answer. In an HD or greater than HD Project (HD defaults to using mxf media files): 1) Go to the "Tools Menu", select "Audio Tool". "Audi Sat, 26 Sep 2015 21:13:41 GMT tapeless on-the-fly cadence removal https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13879/tapeless-onthefly-cadence-removal https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13879/tapeless-onthefly-cadence-removal In Avid Media Composer: 29.97 fps Master Clip, the "Field Motion", and a 23.976 frames per second project. 2:2:2:4 cadence: In the Avid Bin, assign the Master Clip(s) "Progressive" by clicking under the "Field Motion" column. 2:3:3:2 cadence: In the Avid Bin, assign the Master Clip(s) "2:3 Film" by Thu, 17 Sep 2015 02:04:12 GMT making a deliverable with blur effects: avid technical note workflow solution? https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13872/making-a-deliverable-with-blur-effects-avid-technical-note-workflow-solution https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13872/making-a-deliverable-with-blur-effects-avid-technical-note-workflow-solution In a time-crunch to make that televsion episode deliverable, and when using a computer, time is on our side. If ever given the choice to travel at light speed, that is when I will choose a computer to drive!!! A computer environment, all work should be saved, backed-up to three locations. Work shoul Fri, 11 Sep 2015 01:16:43 GMT 3 Steps to find the Media Offline in Online Sequence with Avid Find Function https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13869/3-steps-to-find-the-media-offline-in-online-sequence-with-avid-find-function https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13869/3-steps-to-find-the-media-offline-in-online-sequence-with-avid-find-function Step 01: Go to the Timeline Fast Menu > Clip Text > and activate Media File Names For any clip with media, the Avid displays the media file name. Any clip without media, the Avid displays Media Offline. Step 02: "Command+F (mac) / CTRL+F (windows)", the Avid "Find" window appears. In the "Find" wind Sun, 06 Sep 2015 06:59:53 GMT AMA "Link to Media..." and then transcode, create sequence with transcode, and then relink back to t https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13859/ama-link-to-media-and-then-transcode-create-sequence-with-transcode-and-then-relink-back-to-the-orig https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13859/ama-link-to-media-and-then-transcode-create-sequence-with-transcode-and-then-relink-back-to-the-orig Step 01: Go to the "File Menu" and choose the "Link To Media..." command. Select a source file on the storage device. A master clip is created in the Avid Bin. Step 02: In the Avid Bin, click on the column heading titled "Name". The metadata in the "Name" column becomes selected for the master clip. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:50:46 GMT Introducing Postgenie, an Innovative a La Carte Approach to Post-Production https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13851/introducing-postgenie-an-innovative-a-la-carte-approach-to-postproduction https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/13851/introducing-postgenie-an-innovative-a-la-carte-approach-to-postproduction Outpost Pictures introduces Postgenie(https://outpostpictures.tv/postgenie/), a new web-based post-production tool that provides editors with customized shot cleanup and color grading right on the web -- no office visit necessary. Decreasing costs of hardware and software in the film industry have m Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:29:32 GMT