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Kurt Murphy
Kurt Murphy
Art Director, WIVB-TV
Buffalo, New York USA
Buffalo, New York USA

Kurt Murphy is the Art Director at WIVB-TV, a CBS affiliate, in Buffalo, New York.

Due to equipment and capitol money constraints at the station, he was an unknowing pioneer to the introduction of desktop animation and video into broadcast.

A regular speaker at the Broadcast Designer's Association International and CBS seminars, he started his own company, "Paws for Effect," which creates animation and commercial spots on the desktop. Kurt also teaches advanced Computer Motion Imaging at the University of New York at Buffalo.

When he's not in front of the computer, Kurt's usually on his bicycle or playing volleyball -- but not too well.


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Articles by Kurt Murphy

Adobe After Effects
Kurt Murphy looks at Zaxwerks Invigorator Training: Vol 1

Kurt Murphy looks at Zaxwerks Invigorator Training: Vol 1

Broadcast designer Kurt Murphy has been using After Effects since it went by the name of CoSA, but even then, Kurt found its one big drawback was the inability to create true 3D objects in 3D space. That is until Zaxwerks Invigorator came along. And now Zaxwerks Invigorator Training (Volume 1) by Serge Hamad is the perfect solution to get up to speed using this plug-in.

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Kurt Murphy
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Glass Globe

Creating a Glass Globe

When broadcast designer Kurt Murphy received a glass globe as a gift, it inspired him to see if he could create one in After Effects. In this tutorial, Kurt demonstrates creating and animating a glass globe totally in After Effects using Solids and Effects. This project is totally self-contained, needing no outside footage, but you will need the production bundle to complete it. Also nice but not necessary is the Trapcode Starglow plug-in.

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Kurt Murphy
Adobe After Effects
Moving Layer Masks on Glass

Moving Layer Masks on Glass

Kurt Murphy demonstrates the technique of moving layer masks on 2 sides of a glass cross in Zaxwerks Invigorator. This tutorial assumes that you have some previous exposure to the plug-in. If you don't have the plug-in, download the demo so that you can follow along. Kurt also completes the project by using the Write On to Reveal a 'handwritten script", Trapcode Shine and Lens Flare.

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Kurt Murphy
Motion Graphics
Preparing a News Open: Basic and Path Text

Preparing a News Open: Basic and Path Text

Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he continues his exploration of the process of re-creating the on-air identity of a local broadcast affiliate in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. At the end of the animation, Kurt Murphy adds the titling for each heading (Local News, Morning News, etc.) using Basic Text. In this lesson, Kurt shows you some tricks to using Basic Text and follows with Path Text. And then... Finishes with the Arc Reflection. This is the completion of the series.

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Kurt Murphy
Motion Graphics
Preparing a News Open: Logo Touches

Preparing a News Open: Logo Touches

Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he continues his exploration of the process of re-creating the on-air identity of a local broadcast affiliate in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. In part seven of the series, Kurt adds a few touches to the logo - a blur, a lens flare, a drop shadow - little touches added to fine tune the look.

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Kurt Murphy
Motion Graphics
Preparing a News Open: Open Beauty Shot

Preparing a News Open: Open Beauty Shot

Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he continues his exploration of the process of re-creating the on-air identity of a local broadcast affiliate in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. In part six of the series, Kurt integrates the beauty shots into the design.

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Kurt Murphy
Motion Graphics
Preparing a News Open: Introducing the text: Local Coverage

Preparing a News Open: Introducing the text: Local Coverage

Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he continues his exploration of the process of re-creating the on-air identity of a local broadcast affiliate in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. In part five of the series, Kurt adds some text to his sequence.

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Kurt Murphy
Motion Graphics
Preparing a News Open: Arc Highlight & Arc Flare

Preparing a News Open: Arc Highlight & Arc Flare

Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he outlines the steps he used to re-create the on-air identity of KVEW television, an ABC affiliate in Washington state. In this on-going series, Kurt explores design issues as well as set-up short-cuts and tricks. In part four of the series, Kurt adds some highlights to his design components. Join in, you will enjoy this great series.

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Kurt Murphy
Motion Graphics
Preparing a News Open: Creating the Background

Preparing a News Open: Creating the Background

Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he outlines the steps he used to re-create the on-air identity of KVEW television, an ABC affiliate in Washington state. In this on-going series, Kurt explores design issues as well as set-up short-cuts and tricks. In Part One, he introduces the subject and then sets out to create it. Join in, you will enjoy this great series.

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Kurt Murphy
Motion Graphics
Preparing a News Open: Adding WOW to the Logo

Preparing a News Open: Adding WOW to the Logo

In Part Two of the series, noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy expands on the logo that the client chose in Part One. Here, Kurt takes the EPS files into After Effects and uses the 3D powers of Zaxwerks Invigorator to bring the Wow! to the on-air identity Kurt creates for KVEW. Even if you do not have the Invigorator, this is a great article for AE and other users as it shows the process used by a respected artist in action.

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Kurt Murphy
Motion Graphics
Preparing a News Open: Choosing the Logo

Preparing a News Open: Choosing the Logo

Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he outlines the steps he used to re-create the on-air identity of KVEW television, an ABC affiliate in Washington state. In this on-going series, Kurt explores design issues as well as set-up short-cuts and tricks. In Part One, he introduces the subject and then sets out to create it. Join in, you will enjoy this great series.

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Kurt Murphy
Adobe Photoshop
Quick Clean Composite Images in Adobe Photoshop

Quick Clean Composite Images in Adobe Photoshop

In this matte painting tutorial noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy explores some basic compositing and image enhancement techniques using Adobe Photoshop. He focuses on ways to avoid the obvious paste up look of a shoddy compositing cut-job. He also points readers to some of the productivity short-cuts that will enable you to create your images in the shortest amount of time possible.

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Kurt Murphy
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