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Barend Onneweer
Barend Onneweer
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Rotterdam,  Netherlands

When the Creative Cow site first began, one of the key leaders responsible for its speedy take-off and high reputation, was Barend Onneweer. "I don't think he slept much back then as he was in the After Effects forum and elsewhere in the Cow site answering as many questions as he could with all the expertise he could offer. As an instructor at the Art Academy in Rotterdam, Holland, his expertise is definitely high calibre and we're proud that he has been with us from the beginning," says Kathlyn Lindeboom, director of the Creative Cow site. "Other leaders, even those as illustrious as Brian Maffitt, have spoken highly of Barend and give him high praise; he's definitely one of the brightest in the Cow site. He's also a great person whose attitude and graciousness equals his talents as a creative artist."

About himself, Barend says: "From a very young age all I was interested in was drawing and playing the piano. Actually all through high school I was drawing and painting and playing in all sorts of bands. I thought for a long time that I would become a graphic designer -- but somehow I landed at the teacher training course for art education. For four years, I was mostly painting and drawing until deep into the night."

About his independent studio, Raamw3rks, Barend offers: "Around this time I also set up a sound studio with two friends, which has now grown into a full 24-track digital sound recording studio. Today, it serves both as a facility for other people and outside bands, as well as the homebase for our own projects. We're not getting rich on it, but we've been running even for a change…"

As mentioned earlier, Barend also teaches at the Art Academy in Rotterdam, a short drive from his home in Gouda. How he ended up there, Barend explains: "After getting my degree, I decided to continue studying Audiovisual & Interactive Design at the Art Academy. I started out with conventional cinematography but over the years I began getting into computer graphics and digital imaging more and more. When it was time to develop a graduation project, I got myself into making an ultra low-budget science fiction adventure short. Armed with a Sony VX-1000 and a lot of gaffer tape, we shot around 10 hours of footage against cardboard and some greenscreens. Today, I teach at the Art Academy to put bread on the table."

"On the side, for the last two years, I've been working to finish editing and animation for Fragments Of Paradise. In the future I hope to do a variety of other projects. I'm now currently working on some story ideas for television and feature films and will do some short video and music video projects. For this, I work in our studios at raamw3rk."

In regards to his other interests, Barend states: "My interests include all kinds of digital media but I tend to combine digital techniques with live-action material, so digital compositing forms a big part of my activities. I write the concepts and scripts of my projects myself and take a lot of interest in the script-development. Besides this, I'm a general film fanatic and I have taken a special interest in Asian cinema over the last few years. Favorite films include "Fallen Angels" and the rest of the Wong Kar-wai oeuvre, "Cyclo" by Tran Anh Hung and the works of Kitano Takeshi. But of course, I also pay attention to the more 'special-effects-heavy' films, I have a weakness for the Star Wars series -- which must have its roots somewhere in my childhood when I was playing around with the action-figures on the carpet. I also spend my time making and listening to music of all sorts."

For an impression of Barend's activities check out his website.

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Articles by Barend Onneweer

Adobe After Effects
Feeding Live Video into Adobe After Effects - Frischluft Lensfeed for Windows

Feeding Live Video into Adobe After Effects - Frischluft Lensfeed for Windows

Frischluft Lensfeed for Windows - Rough but ready to do the job, this unique AE plug-in fills a need for After Effects users wanting live video to test and set-up shots for later compositing.

Tutorial
Barend Onneweer
Adobe After Effects
Cycore Effects HD 1.0 Review

Cycore Effects HD 1.0 Review

This article by Barend Onneweer investigates the improvements and new additions in Cycore Effects HD and tries to evaluate whether the new additions and improvements are worth the price. Although Cycore seems to aim for After Effects users at this point in time, the article might be of interest for Discreet Combustion users, too.

Review
Barend Onneweer
IBC Expo
Barend Onneweer looks at IBC 2004

Barend Onneweer looks at IBC 2004

Creative Cow's Barend Onneweer gives Cow members his look at some of the things he saw while visiting IBC 2004 which were noteworthy -- some, even quite impressive, while others were great time-savers for those in the production bay. While most of what Barend reports on are Windows tools, he makes a quick detour by the Apple booth to take a look at the latest version of Shake. Here is Barend's complete report...


Barend Onneweer
Adobe After Effects
Barend Onneweer reviews After Effects 6.5

Barend Onneweer reviews After Effects 6.5

Barend Onneweer dives into the new upgrade of this animation and compositing workhorse to see what's new.

Review
Barend Onneweer
Adobe After Effects
Keylight

Keylight

Adobe has announced that The Foundry's Keylight will be bundled with the upcoming release of After Effects 6.0 Professional Edition. In this article, Creativecow leader, Barend Onneweer gives us a sneak peek at Keylight.

Review
Barend Onneweer
Adobe After Effects
Matrox Parhelia with Adobe After Effects 6.0

Matrox Parhelia with Adobe After Effects 6.0

The Matrox Parhelia board has been around for about a year now, and an in-depth evaluation of its functionality in conjunction with After Effects was long overdue. With After Effects 6.0 on its way, Barend Onneweer takes a look at the value of this popular animation and compositing application with the Parhelia graphics board.

Review
Barend Onneweer
Motion Graphics
Color Correction for Digital Video

Color Correction for Digital Video

Barend Onneweer reviews: Color Correction for Digital Video by Steve Hullfish and Jaime Fowler and published by CMP Books. Barend concludes with, ...this book will get you through the necessary color theory and technicalities and then straight through to the real works.

Review
Barend Onneweer
Adobe After Effects
Magic Bullet 1.1: A review by Barend Onneweer

Magic Bullet 1.1: A review by Barend Onneweer

Barend Onneweer takes a look at Magic Bullet v 1.1. This is the first release for both Windows and MacOS. The review is angled towards PAL users, although it may be of equal interest to NTSC users.

Review
Barend Onneweer
Adobe After Effects
Color Grading in After Effects: Basic Color ControlColor Grading in After Effects: Basic Color Control

This series is discussing a couple of approaches towards color grading using After Effects 5.5. Barend Onneweer starts out with a rather mathematical approach to match the overal color balance between shots. This procedure can also be put to good use to correct badly white-balanced video.

Tutorial
Barend Onneweer
Adobe After Effects
De-Interlacing the COW

De-Interlacing the COW

Barend Onneweer describes the how, what and why of several methods of de-interlacing video-footage using Adobe After Effects.

Tutorial
Barend Onneweer
Lighting Design Pros
Shooting for Chromakeying

Shooting for Chromakeying

In addition to his tutorial on how to pull a usable matte from badly lit blue or green screens, Barend Onneweer has put together a list of things to consider when shooting for chromakeying.

Tutorial
Barend Onneweer
Adobe After Effects
Procedural Matte Creation

Procedural Matte Creation

Barend Onneweer explains Procedural matte creation by combining multiple keying types into a single matte for extensive control over the final matte. This is essential for pulling those difficult mattes from badly lit greenscreens.

Tutorial
Barend Onneweer
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