Here's some of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.
In the recent 'Made With After Effects' event, Trish and Chris Meyer noted that many submissions (not this one) had predictable variation in motion tweaks, so some may need to change up their variables more often (like the ones shown by Anders Sundstedt, or perhaps with the animationPATTERNS script below). Here's Mr. Gies:
Andrew Kramer at Video Copilot announced that Metropolitan and Element 3D V1.5 is Now Available! The new update of Element 3D plug-in for AE is free. Metropolitan is a new model pack that features over 100 buildings and skyscrapers for creating 3D Cities and Virtual skylines inside of After Effects (but works with numerous 3D programs too). Secret Feature: “Inside Element 3D UI, if you hold down SHIFT and click File, you can export your Extruded Text to an OBJ file”.
Here's the news from Andrew and company:
Paul Conigliaro posted the summary and transcript of MoChat 26 – After Effects’ 20th Anniversary, which has some historical details that even longtime users might not know. For more on the 20th anniversary, see After Effects at 20: A Trip Down Memory Lane.
The 2013 “made with after effects” top-10 were announced and later the finals show during the 3rd Annual Made with After Effects Competition, which streamed online free, with giveaways and guests. Good show, and ! Most of the giveaways ($4600 worth) are for answers to a final question: What does it mean to feed your brain? The answer must be in the form of a YouTube video, and you now have less than 7-days to complete the project.
Here's one of the finalists:
For homebrew types, Johan Borgstrom shared AFX Preset: Sinful Animation ;p (for a sine-type blinking) and After Effects and Trigonometry (for expression involving arcs), both which leverage another post Unit circle, which demonstrated the relationship between rotations in degrees and radians and coordinate values.
Meanwhile, Mamoworld is offering a New Upgrade Path for iExpressions, which provides UI access to expressions:
After Effects: Smokey Rays, from Motionworks, is a free AE project download for rendering a moody background with volumetric rays. It's “based on After Effects’ Fractal Noise and Optics Compensation effects, with some Curves, 4-Color Gradient and Mojo for the colour grade” and created in full HD.
Clay Asbury posted an article, Importing Premiere Pro Projects Into After Effects. There's more in Import an Adobe Premiere Pro project in AE Help, Alternate workflowswas mostly on finishing movies in a pimped up After Effects, and some years ago The making of “Waiting for Lightning”: recording and notes from seminar with Jacob Rosenberg at Premiere Pro Work Area. Here's Maxim Jago on Sending Work from Premiere Pro to After Effects:
Next, In Depth: Time Effects – Time Displacement aka Slit-Scan, with Examples by Michele Yamazaki looks at a few time-displacement plug-ins. Toolfarm has an identity crisis with its “After Effects Portal Facebook group,” where Eddy Bergman posted a note on his tutorial Slit Scan or Time Displacement Effect Tutorial; it's an in-depth discussion of AE's Time Displacement effect. BTW, Toolfarm's Top Ten Plug-ins is back up.
For more on slit-scan videos, see Golan Levin’s comprehensive Informal Catalogue of Slit-Scan Video Artworks and Research, which includes various forms of code to build your own. He doesn't seem to include a reference to pioneer John Whitney, who demoed his slit scan set up to Trumbull and Kubrick. See also My God! It’s full of stars! Slit Scan camera effect in After Effects 6.0 by Stephen Schleicher. Here's an older tutorial on displacement:
After Effects and the state of GPU computing by Phil Rhodes at Red Shark adds another voice to the chorus hoping for Mercury Engine acceleration inside After Effects. While AE is 20 years old, it might not be too old or downmarket to pick up ideas from other more expensive apps. Even inexpensive apps can have interesting features, like HitFilm 2 with all-in-one editing, effects, compositing, 3D particles, and 3D models. Perhaps it's just a matter of time until AE has some things shown in this eyeon Software GPU or in Nuke 7 or even Hitfilm:
The Conduit Effect System is now available as a set of free plug-ins for Mac OS FCP X, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Aperture, Photoshop, and After Effects. Extending this is PixelConduit Complete, a $129 add-on pack that provides functionality for advanced tasks like live video recording, creating cues and events, batch processing, working with stereo 3D footage, and a live video interface with other apps.
FCP.co posted Build and share complex plugins for Final Cut Pro X with the free PixelConduit app. Alex Gollner added Could you use PixelConduit to make Final Cut Pro plug-ins? FCP.co explains:
“…Conduit has an exciting new lease of life. It is now called PixelConduit, it works in FCPX and it is now free.
Awhile back, Clay Asbury posted the text Speed Ramps & Freeze Frames in After Effects. Here's Todd and Angie in Slowing Motion, Freezing a Frame, and Reversing Time from Adobe After Effects CS6: Learn by Video.
Indie Mogul mentioned Flying Tutorial (Monday Challenge: Flying), a kicked-through-a-wall effect, from FrogMilan on YouTube. The kids are getting good, even in a first tutorial.
There's been a bunch of template collections mentioned lately, including 10 Free After Effects Templates by 32 Corporate Identity Adobe After Effect Templates by Mars Cureg and 10 More FREE After Effects Templates by Danny Greer. Perhaps not coincidentally, Cineblur asks Are Project Templates OK to use for your Video Production?
Please note that these roundups are for quick review and comparison. There is almost always vital information from the originating authors at the links provided-and often free presets, projects, or stock footage too.