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Stephen Smith
Stephen Smith
Savvy Productions
Salt Lake City, Utah USA
Salt Lake City, Utah USA

Stephen Smith is the owner of Savvy Productions, the Utah Video Production experts. We realize that each job is more than just making a video. Our clients need and want a video that stands out and rises above the noise. We use creativity to make a superior product, often with limited resources.This is only possible because our team never works in isolation and understands what it takes to create our client’s vision. This drive and philosophy have led Savvy Productions to become an international award winning video production studio that you can always count on. Let’s make something extraordinary together.
You can find Stephen Smith hosting in Creative COW's Apple Motion, and TV & Movie Appreciation Forums.

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Articles by Stephen Smith

Apple Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro Quick Tips

Final Cut Pro Quick Tips
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Learn how to get things done in Apple's Final Cut Pro faster with CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Stephen Smith. In this video tutorial he'll show you how to find un-used clips fast and easy. Plus, cut down your render time and learn how to play un-rendered clips in real time. If that's not enough, he'll show you how to work with thumbnails, nest clips and how to access the text editor quickly. With these FCP quick tips you can save time so you can spend it doing more important things like learning Klingon.

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Stephen Smith
Apple Motion
Kinetic Typography in Apple Motion

Kinetic Typography in Apple Motion
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In this Apple Motion video tutorial, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Stephen Smith shows you how to get your text noticed. This tutorial shows you the ins and outs of kinetic typography, otherwise known as moving text. Plus, Stephen will take you beyond just learning how to use Motion and show you key text characteristics.

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Apple Motion
Particle Party

Particle Party
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Particles can save you a lot of time and are worth understanding how to utilize them. In this Motion video tutorial you will understand the fundamentals of particles. You will know the difference between an emitter and a cell. Plus you will learn how to modify and manipulate particles with behaviors and more.

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Apple Motion
Reflection for Motion 4

Reflection for Motion 4
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Text and objects with a reflection create a cool look. In this Motion 4 video tutorial Creative COW Contributing Editor Stephen Smith will show you how to utilize the new reflections feature in Motion 4. Plus, he will show you a short cut to creating a reflection in no time. In addition to reflections, you will learn how to work with the Distortion Displace filter. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how to use the Displace filter and how to create work arounds to get it to do what you want.

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Stephen Smith
Apple Motion
Reflection for Motion 3

Reflection for Motion 3
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Text and objects with a reflection create a cool look. In this Motion 3 video tutorial Creative COW Contributing Editor Stephen Smith will show you how to create a reflection from scratch. Plus, he will show you a short cut to creating a reflection in no time. In addition to reflections, you will learn how to work with the Distortion Displace filter. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how to use the Displace filter and how to create work arounds to get it to do what you want.

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Stephen Smith
Video Copilot
Designer Sound FX

Designer Sound FX

In need of high end, Hollywood sounding swishes, impacts and other great sounds? You know, the same sound effects traditionally found in high end movie trailers and promos? Let Creative COW Contributing Editor Stephen Smith point you towards a must have sound effects album, Designer Sound FX.

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Stephen Smith
Apple Motion
Motion Templates 101Motion Templates 101
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Motion templates are a great feature that can get you great results in no time. This video tutorial from CreativeCOW leader, Stephen Smith will go over the fundamentals so working with templates is easy.

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Stephen Smith
COW - Free Stuff
Free Elements Part 2Free Elements Part 2

Love the words free, freebie and no cost? In Free Elements 2, Stephen Smith will show you where to find high quality freebies, such as free video and photo stock footage and free design help aids. Elevate your next project without breaking the bank.

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Music - Creation | Composition
Abaltat Muse 2.0 ReviewedAbaltat Muse 2.0 Reviewed

Would you love to have artificial intelligence compose the music for your next edit? Creative COW Contributing Editor Stephen Smiths review of Abaltat Muse 2.0 shows you how this program can compose and arrange a score for your next project.

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Stephen Smith
Apple Motion
Creating a HologramCreating a Hologram
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Looking to create your own holographic effect? Let CreativeCOW.net Contributing Editor Stephen Smith show you how. This Apple Motion video tutorial will teach you what you need to know to create a hologram effect.

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Event Videographers
Stack Tracks: Layered Digital Music

Stack Tracks: Layered Digital Music

In need of some high-end royalty free music that can fit any media professionals budget? Creative Cow Contributing Editor Stephen Smith explains why Digital Juices StackTraxx layered music library can be the perfect solution for your next project.

Review
Stephen Smith
Event Videographers
How to Add Video, Photo and Audio Assets to your Digital Toolbox

How to Add Video, Photo and Audio Assets to your Digital Toolbox

Who doesn't love high quality free stuff? Let Creative COW Contributing Editor Stephen Smith be your maitre d'. He'll provide a menu that will show you some of the best places to get free video, photo and audio assets that will benefit every media professional.

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Apple Motion
Creating Customized Motion TemplatesCreating Customized Motion Templates
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If you thought the pre-built templates that came with Motion were cool, how about building your own? This Apple Motion video tutorial by CreativeCow.net Contributing Editor Stephen Smith will show you what you need to know to create your own custom Motion templates.

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Stephen Smith
Apple Final Cut Pro
Stephens Five FCP Time Saving TipsStephens Five FCP Time Saving Tips
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Want to save time while using Final Cut Pro? CreativeCow.net Contributing Editor Stephen Smith will show you how. His video tutorial has five must use tips: Motion Templates, Swap Edit, Audio Levels, Ripple Delete and Transitions Time Saver.

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Stephen Smith
Apple Final Cut Pro
Compressor Custom Settings: A Creative COW Final Cut Studio Video TutorialCompressor Custom Settings: A Creative COW Final Cut Studio Video Tutorial
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Final Cut Studios Compressor has many pre-existing settings that allow you to start compressing your project immediately. If you find yourself making the same alterations this tutorial can save you time. CreativeCOW.net Contributing Editor Stephen Smith will show you how to: create custom settings, create custom settings from scratch, create groups of settings and how to delete settings.

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Stephen Smith
Apple Final Cut Pro
As a Page Turns: A Creative COW Final Cut Studio Video TutorialAs a Page Turns: A Creative COW Final Cut Studio Video Tutorial
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Creative Cow contributing editor Stephen Smith examines the classic tale of how a page peel can be transformed into a realistic player in the video effects world. With a little extra work, your results can go from fake to fabulous in no time. As a Page Turns not only includes how to maximize a page peel but how to create custom blue prints in Live Type.

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Stephen Smith
Apple Final Cut Pro
Five Free Plug-ins for Final Cut Pro

Five Free Plug-ins for Final Cut Pro

If you love plug-ins for Final Cut Pro, youll love free plug-ins even more. CreativeCow.net Contributing Editor Stephen Smith highlights his five favorite free plug-ins for FCP, everything from eye candy to the ones that save your bacon.

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Apple Final Cut Pro
Bad TV Look: Final Cut Pro TutorialBad TV Look: Final Cut Pro Tutorial
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Creating that bad TV look has never been easier with Final Cut Pro. CreativeCOW.net Contributing Editor Stephen Smiths Bad TV tutorial will show you how to create this spectacular effect using tools already provided by FCP. Learn how to make your video transition in from noise, animate a TV roll and duplicate the turning off the TV look.

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Apple Final Cut Pro Legacy
Announcing! Money Making Graphics & Effects for Final Cut Studio 2Announcing! Money Making Graphics & Effects for Final Cut Studio 2

The Creative Cow Master Series of DVD training presents a closer look at the finer points of graphics and animation inside Final Cut. Hosted by Creative COW.net Contributing Editor Stephen Smith, this disk contains over 3 hours of energentic, informative lessons.

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Apple Final Cut Pro
CSI: COWCSI: COW
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Theres nothing like glass panes moving randomly on a screen. In this Final Cut Pro tutorial learn to create the stunning bars like the ones in the show open to CSI: Miami. Follow along with Stephen Smith, the Final Cut sleuth, to learn how easy this effect really is.

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Stephen Smith
Apple Motion
Painting with Apple MotionPainting with Apple Motion
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Painting in Final Cut can be a lot of fun without the mess. This tutorial by Contributing Editor Stephen Smith showcases the new paint feature of Apple Motion. Learn how it can be used to create a brush stroke across your video. So enjoy the great tips in this video tutorial, Painting with Motion.

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Stephen Smith
Apple Final Cut Pro
Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2

Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
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Taking advantage of new features in Apple Final Cut Studio 2, CreativeCOW.net Contributing Editor Stephen Smith offers a fresh approach to an old effect. Project files are included so you can follow along, and customize the vintage scratches, flickers and dust galore that make up the classic old film look.

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Stephen Smith
Apple Final Cut Pro
Bad TV Effect for Final Cut Pro

Bad TV Effect for Final Cut Pro

Do you want to create that 'bad TV' look that is becoming more and more popular? Stephen Smith's Bad TV tutorial will show you how to create this spectacle effect using tools already provided by Final Cut Pro.

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Stephen Smith
Apple Final Cut Pro
Creating That Old Film Look For Final Cut Pro

Creating That Old Film Look For Final Cut Pro

Do you want to create that old film look with out purchasing expensive plug-ins? Unfortunately, Quick Time's special effects settings create phony looking scratches. This article by Stephen Smith explores how to add that extra bit of pizzazz without breaking the bank.

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