Mark Christiansen

Mark Christiansen

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Author of After Effects Compositing series at lynda.com; founder of New Scribbler LLC, developer of Cinefex for iPad; Adobe Press author, VFX artist on major motion pictures including Avatar and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Free After Effects video tutorial: Effectively track motion

Free After Effects video tutorial: Effectively track motion

Check it out. When I’ve had the opportunity to work with less experienced After Effects artists, and even some experienced ones who should know better, I see people make…

The Simpsons go live: an exclusive inside look

The Simpsons go live: an exclusive inside look

Adrenaline. High drama. Zero failure tolerance. Beta software. Which one of these things is not like the other? This is the story of how even a flagship broadcast brand can…

AE for Editors: Prolost Speedramp

AE for Editors: Prolost Speedramp

Speed ramps used to be rare, and before that, nonexistent. Slow motion has long been a part of cinema—it mirrors the psychology of how we recollect powerful or traumatic…

Do Away with the Array: RE:Lens for After Effects brings clarity to extreme fisheye scenes

Do Away with the Array: RE:Lens for After Effects brings clarity to extreme fisheye scenes

RE:Vision Effects, best known for its Academy Sci-Tech award-winning motion-estimation-based effects including Twixtor and Reel Smart Motion Blur, demonstrated RE:Lens for After Effects at…

MOX and Open-Source Video

MOX and Open-Source Video

Earlier this week Brendan Bolles launched an Indiegogo campaign to support a six month development effort that would result in a new open-source video format called MOX. I had…

The VFX Business in 2014: an interview with Scott Ross, Part Two

At the close of last week, Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) announced it would be moving its headquarters from Los Angeles to Vancouver. While inevitable to many visual effects industry observers…

The VFX Business in 2014: an interview with Scott Ross, Part One

A little over a year ago we ran an interview with Scott Ross regarding the state of the visual effects business on ProVideoCoalition. I was fortunate enough to catch up…

Wait and CC

Earlier this year Adobe committed to a customer strategy that can accurately be described as bold. The Creative Cloud offering rather abruptly shifted the Adobe customer relationship to a subscription…

Cinefex Magazine, the craft of visual effects, and you

Readers of this post fortunate enough to have attended film school had the opportunity to study the masters of crafts from directing and cinematography to lighting and scene design. Look…

How the Hackintosh Suddenly Caught Fire

How the Hackintosh Suddenly Caught Fire

Yes, it literally caught fire. This is the story of one man’s experience assembling and running a Hackintosh. For anyone unaware of this illicit, but not yet forbidden…