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Welcome to the all-new 2019 Creative COW Library, filled with tutorials and other articles of interest for professionals working in film, broadcast, corporate and project video, audio, and related crafts. The Library features many working pros who share their stories and their talents with COW members around the globe.

You will find great behind-the-scenes looks into the making of some of the biggest blockbusters, as well as explorations of small independent projects that fill the needs of niche markets that Creative COW members meet with their vision and craft. While we love to tell the big stories, we also feel it a special privilege to look into the smaller projects that highlight the originality and vision of our membership. If you have a story, a feature, an editorial, a tutorial, or any other related article that you'd like to share, please contact us. If you are busy, we will help you create the article.

To all our contributing editors who make the Creative COW Library a useful repository of knowledge and craft for our members, we would like to say a big thank you from all of us at Creative COW. Your stories and ideas are what has made the COW great for two decades now

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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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