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The creative minds behind the web's existential comedy series "Coma, Period." talk about their craft and the challenges of designing the sounds that represent those heard inside a character's subconscious mind.

Rick Castaneda (Writer/Director) says of the project: When I first came up with the idea to create a web series that took place entirely inside someone's head, the value was immediate -- I could do anything I wanted. Here was my main character, Dan Humford, who had a car crash and ended up in a coma. We've given him the white space of his subconscious, and are letting him interact with all of his deepest desires, the nightmares, and random thoughts that he's had. If we wanted to, we could bring in a T-Rex, and have them talk about their feelings. That's how wide open the show is.

I brought in Lawrence to sound design really early -- actually at the script level -- because I knew that with such a blank white space, with nothing to look at, sound would be more important than ever. Infinite possibility was the first problem we had in sound designing the series -- we could really make the inside of Dan's head sound like anything we wanted to. This wasn't a park -- which you've been to, and you know how it sounds. This is the inside of a person's head. What does that sound like? A desert? A conch shell?

How did they create all of these endless possibilities for the audience?

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Recent Articles
Apple Final Cut Pro
In this FCP tutorial Matt Lyon will provide a step by step guide for fixing a major issue with the way Final Cut Pro imports audio and still image files using a FCP XML file and TextEdit. Incorrectly imported assets can lead to serious problems down the road, especially with Media Manager. Matt also provides a guideline for re-importing audio and still image media correctly, as an alternative to the XML fix.
Matt Lyon
Adobe After Effects
Custom shatter maps are not talked about very often, but they can be very useful in creating some unique effects. In this video tutorial, Jesse Toula will take you through what a shatter map should look like, and how to use it to control your shatter.
Jesse Toula
RE:Vision Effects
In this RE:Vision FX video tutorial, Lori Freitag explains how to use morph to create a seamless transition and replace missing frames when using RE:Flex Morph in Adobe After Effects.
Lori Freitag
Adobe Premiere Pro
Dynamic link allows you to use the power of After Effects in Premiere Pro, but it is something that many people do not understand and so it is under-used. However, with dynamic link you can bring the power of motion graphics to your titles in PP with hardly any effort at all. In this tutorial Andrew Devis will explain the basics of dynamic link and then show you how to start a new AE composition in PP and use powerful motion graphic templates to animate your text. He then covers how to replace an item in your sequence with a new AE composition (i.e. a title) and lastly, how to use dynamic link to take the whole thing into Encore ready to make your DVD - all without rendering. However, please note the following: Dynamic Link only works with the Production Premium and the Master Suites. IT DOES NOT WORK ON STAND-ALONE PRODUCTS!
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Here's a fun project just in time for the holidays. Rob Mize shows you how to use shapes and solids in After Effects to create your own custom snow globe that you customize with your own media. Use particles and fonts to create organic or ornamental snowflakes, all without the use of 3rd party plug-ins.
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
You spend a lot of time making sure your project looks just right, but if you don't embed a colour profile into your final output, then you have no control over how that precious project will look on other machines and devices! In this After Effects video tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how this works and shows how to set up a colour profile for your project; and then how to embed it into your output so that you can be sure all your hard work will be properly represented on other devices.
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas
Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) is a new feature in Sony Vegas Pro 10. Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz takes you through the basics of creating S3D in Vegas, including setting the 3D mode, importing clips for the left and right views, pairing the clips, adjusting and correcting the 3D footage, and rendering. Includes the .VEG file and left and right eye clips used in the tutorial, as well as two 3D renders: anaglyphic and side-by-side.
Michael Hurwicz
Adobe After Effects
Bill O'Neil offers his insight into The Foundry's CameraTracker, a powerful tool which allows the user to pull 3D motion tracks and matchmoves -- all inside of AE. Read as Bill dips his toes into the water and begins to experience the possibilities available. He includes three movie samples and screenshots.
Bill O'Neil

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Industry News
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Autodesk Announces Rendering Revolution Contest Winners at Autodesk University

Cloud Computing Empowers 3D Design Performance

MSG Media Installs Solid State Logic C100 HDS Console In New Studio Space

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Podcast
Subscribe with iTunesAdobe Premiere Pro Tutorials Podcast
Archiving Your Projects: The Project Manager
by Andrew Devis
(10:55) -- 11/23/2010

In this Premiere Pro video tutorial Andrew Devis outlines how to use the Project Manager to create both trimmed and full archived projects ready with all your footage to put on an external hard drive and save... - Archiving is really important as you can be sure that at some point either a customer will come back and ask for some footage from an old project or you will find you need to get a hold of some footage and you don't know where it is! However, good archiving of old material will help make this a far less painful experience. In this Premiere Pro video tutorial Andrew Devis outlines how to use the Project Manager to create both trimmed and full archived projects ready with all your footage to put on an external hard drive and save for when that day comes.


Subscribe with iTunesAdobe After Effects Tutorials Podcast
Creating a Snow Globe in After Effects
by Rob Mize
(23:09) -- 11/23/2010

Rob Mize shows you how to use shapes and solids in After Effects to create your own custom snow globe that you customize with your own media. Use particles and fonts to create organic or ornamental snowflakes, all without the use of 3rd party plug-ins. -


Subscribe with iTunesAdobe After Effects Tutorials Podcast
Custom Shatter Maps
by Jesse Toula
(14:08) -- 11/23/2010

Custom shatter maps are not talked about very often, but they can be very useful in creating some unique effects. In this video tutorial, I will take you through what a shatter map should look like, and how to use it to control your shatter. -


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Trapcode Particular: Fall Transition Effect
by Michael Park
(17:04) -- 11/23/2010

In this tutorial, Michael Park will demonstrate how to create a festive fall transition using some leaf textures along with Trapcode Particular. - He will show how the new capabilities of Particular 2.0, including true 3d rotation and dynamic interaction with lights, can make a simple linear wipe interesting and unique.


Subscribe with iTunesAdobe Premiere Pro Tutorials Podcast
Dynamic Link for the Premiere Pro Workflow
by Andrew Devis
(17:01) -- 11/23/2010

In this tutorial Andrew Devis will explain the basics of dynamic link and then show you how to start a new AE composition in PP and use powerful motion graphic templates to animate your text. - Dynamic link allows you to use the power of After Effects in Premiere Pro, but it is something that many people do not understand and so it is under-used. However, with dynamic link you can bring the power of motion graphics to your titles in PP with hardly any effort at all. In this tutorial Andrew Devis will explain the basics of dynamic link and then show you how to start a new AE composition in PP and use powerful motion graphic templates to animate your text. He then covers how to replace an item in your sequence with a new AE composition (i.e. a title) and lastly, how to use dynamic link to take the whole thing into Encore ready to make your DVD - all without rendering. However, please note the following: Dynamic Link only works with the Production Premium and the Master Suites. IT DOES NOT WORK ON STAND-ALONE PRODUCTS!


Subscribe with iTunesBoris FX Tutorials Podcast
Boris AAF Transfer: Relink FCP and Avid
by Paul Ezzy
(05:25) -- 11/19/2010

This Boris FX video tutorial shows you how to relink your media between Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer using AMA (Avid Media Access) relinking - with the help of Boris AAF Transfer, a custom Final Cut Pro plug-in that lets you export AAF... -
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Meet Pete O'Connell, CreativeCOW.net Contributing Editor
Pete O'Connell

Pete O'Connell is a feature film compositor at Barxseven Visual Effects in Montreal. His list of credits includes: Stranger Than Fiction, Just like heaven, Across the Universe, The Fountain, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, and the highly acclaimed Transporter 2. more...
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Need high quality encoding with a more than reasonable way to serve the videos you need to put online? One of CreativeCOW's leaders, Jerry Hofmann takes a look at Sorenson Media’s new Video Delivery more...

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