Rich Young

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Rich Young is a long-time After Effects user from the San Francisco Bay Area. His After Effects and Premiere Pro round-ups provide viewers with an easy-to-digest summary of developments. He also supplies info and links for tutorials that allow users to do things in After Effects they thought were possible but weren't sure.

Creative Cloud 2015: the big yearly update rolls out


Written by Rich Young  |  June 16, 2015

Adobe has released the 2015 version of Creative Cloud for most all its apps, with software updates beginning to rollout throughout the day. There's a big gotcha for installations, if you want to keep previous versions installed and avoid complications when installing CC 2015 applications, uncheck the overwrite old apps button in Advanced Option.

Start at the beginning in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  May 23, 2015

The beauty of Adobe After Effects is that it's approachable for simple tasks and at the same time has a feature set capable of producing complex film quality effects.

Flicker removal in Creative Cloud and beyond


Written by Rich Young  |  April 30, 2015

Although flicker has had its uses in experimental film, in video flicker can induce epileptic seizures – although it's mainly just annoying. Removing flicker is often easy but can also be quite vexing with certain combinations of out-of-sync lights, electricity, and cameras found in time-lapse and slow motion footage.

Adobe CC 'Next' video tools at NAB 2015 [updated]


Written by Rich Young  |  April 9, 2015

At NAB 2015 next week, Adobe plans to preview the latest features coming to Creative Cloud pro video apps, posted now by Adobe with Coming Next to Adobe Pro Video Tools. A webcast from the NAB 2015 show floor on April 16 was posted later. The webcast provided a chance to see highlights of the release and chat in real-time with presenter Jason Levine and #TeamAdobe.  

Chromatic aberration: creation and fixes with After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  March 19, 2015

A few years ago there was a spate of interest in chromatic aberration -- fixing footage containing the color fringing, but mostly creating it for motion graphics and VFX realism. At some point, questions on creating this effect must have reached a critical mass, and tools and tutorials popped up to help.

Nebula construction in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  March 14, 2015

Nebulas can be created several ways in After Effects: with "cards in space" of real images, or generated by Fractal Noise or 3D particle systems, commonly fractal-displaced particle arrays like Trapcode Mir, Form, Hitfilm Atomic Particle, and other particle systems.

Flashback: 'Almost Human' Circuitry from Video Copilot


Written by Rich Young  |  March 8, 2015

Last year, Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot visited Japan to speak at the Video Copilot Seminar 2014 hosted by Flashback Japan. Google Chrome will automatically translate the summary webpage from the Japanese, or you can visit the translation by Google Translate in your browser of choice.

Shockwaves in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  February 28, 2015
Andrew Kramer has been the most enthusiastic provider of footage and tutorials on creating shockwave effects in After Effects, and recently Daniel Brodesky created something similar, using Trapcode Particular instead of Fractal Noise for the base of the...

Premiere Pro News Notes #12

with tidbits on related apps
Written by Rich Young  |  February 10, 2015
Here's another collection of news on tutorials, tips, and related tools assorted with Adobe Premiere Pro. There's a bit more about audio lately, though AEP is still playing catchup on Premiere news. Magic Bullet Suite...

A roundup of 70+ After Effects roundups

AEP topic roundups, including Premiere Pro
Written by Rich Young  |  February 3, 2015
Here's a roundup (ok, list) of AE Portal topic roundups on PVC. Many of them have been updated since their initial release. ASCII Art & After...

Premiere Pro News Notes #11


Written by Rich Young  |  January 31, 2015
Here's another collection of news on tutorials, tips, and related tools assorted with Adobe Premiere Pro. Things have continued apace, though perhaps with rehashing, even behind the paywalls. After Effects and Premiere Pro in...

Tuesday Deal: Senal SMH-1000 Headphones

Expires January 13
Written by Rich Young  |  January 13, 2015
B & H had a special today on Senal SMH-1000

After Effects and Premiere Pro in 2014

A few highlights
Written by Rich Young  |  December 29, 2014
2014 was only a slightly slower year in feature releases, with After Effects development underway that one might assume will help speed work within the app in 2015. In January 2014, the AE team hinted that performance, workflow, and...

Holiday gift lists for digital video creators


Written by Rich Young  |  December 10, 2014
Best of 2014 and holiday gift lists are mushrooming, but there aren't so many lists for digital video creators at this point, and it seems that most of them are on PVC (with more coming). We'll link in a few extra lists, and look back the year in After Effects for more ideas. ...

Video Copilot Element 3D version 2 released

3D model deform, modes, reflections, shadows, + more
Written by Rich Young  |  December 2, 2014
Video Copilot released Element 3D v2 today. E3D v2 is $199 or a $99 upgrade, with more bundle upgrade discounts. The plug-in is compatible with After Effects CS5 + above. ◊ 

ASCII Art & After Effects

Easy-to-use scripts and other resources
Written by Rich Young  |  December 1, 2014
ASCII art, pioneered by Victorian female stenographers, has enjoyed brief periods of interest and cobbled together solutions for After Effects, but there's now easy-to-use AE...

Decent cheap earphones: backups and stocking stuffers


Written by Rich Young  |  November 30, 2014
For event recording, it's good to have emergency sealed headphones, and being extremely portable and cheap, earphones fit the bill. Amazon is touting a selection of

ProRes 4444 XQ in Creative Cloud

the highest-quality ProRes codec
Written by Rich Young  |  October 31, 2014
Apple released a new codec this summer with updates to its video apps, Apple ProRes 4444 XQ. Arri decided to include ProRes 4444 XQ as a recording option in the ALEXA XT & XR. The codec isn't available in Adobe and most...

Cineform in Creative Cloud: render quality settings + more


Written by Rich Young  |  October 27, 2014
GoPro Cineform, aka the SMPTE ST 2073 VC-5 video compression standard, is a cross platform codec that in Creative Cloud piggybacks onto...

HitFilm 3 Pro for free if you own HitFilm Plug-ins

new version + updates and fixes [updated]
Written by Rich Young  |  October 27, 2014
FXHOME has announced HitFilm 3 Pro, now available for pre-order for release in late November 2014 for just $299. Hitfilm, available for Mac and Windows, supports modern filmmaking workflows that require you to be an editor, VFX artist, and colorist at the same...

Adobe Anywhere for video 2014.1


Written by Rich Young  |  October 27, 2014
Adobe Anywhere for video is an enterprise-only solution that serves collaboration and remote workflows with version tracking and project sharing for broadcasters and...

'Gone Girl' workflows with Premiere & After Effects

a roundup of resources
Written by Rich Young  |  October 21, 2014
You can view Adobe's panel discussion with the editorial and post-production team behind the movie Gone Girl from director David Fincher. As you may have heard, the Fincher team leveraged 

Adobe 'Gone Girl' panel: Premiere & After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  October 21, 2014
You can view Adobe's panel discussion with the editorial and post-production team behind the movie Gone Girl from director David Fincher. As you may have heard, the Fincher team leveraged 

Tools and free models for Element 3D


Written by Rich Young  |  October 10, 2014
Topher Welsh is back with his takes on After Effects, VFX, and motion graphics at VisualFXtuts. It's also a good time to mention a few related recent products as we're waiting for

Sneak peeks at Adobe Max 2014: Editing, animation, audio, and design

Co-hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Written by Rich Young  |  October 8, 2014
In addition to a new family of iOS mobile apps and enhanced Creative Cloud 2014.1 desktop tools, Adobe previewed in-development technologies in sneak peeks at 

Video Copilot Element 3D v2 unveiled

Updated
Written by Rich Young  |  October 7, 2014
Andrew Kramer unveiled new features coming in the long-awaited Video Copilot Element 3D V2, which is compatible with AE CS5+ and promised for November release. The new version is compatible with AE CS5 and above....

New Creative Cloud and mobile apps at MAX 2014

Updated with video and additional detail
Written by Rich Young  |  October 6, 2014
Today at Adobe MAX 2014, Adobe released a new family of iOS mobile apps and enhanced Creative Cloud 2014.1 desktop tools that enable creatives to access, use and create from anywhere. Details on what's available today are available from the Creative...

After Effects World keynote by Andrew Kramer

Demo reels and keys to becoming a better artist
Written by Rich Young  |  October 2, 2014
Andrew Kramer presented the keynote at the 2014 After Effects World conference and made it available on Video Copilot. It was edited using the multi-camera workflow in Premiere Pro CC. The full version is...

Premiere Pro News Notes #10


Written by Rich Young  |  October 1, 2014
Here's another collection of news on tutorials, tips, and related tools assorted with Adobe Premiere Pro. Things have been a little slower, perhaps in anticipation of a Creative Cloud update, though paywall training courses saw several new releases. See the October 2014 update in

Shatter glass in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  September 30, 2014
The easiest way to simulate shattered or broken glass in After Effects is with Shatter, an older 8-bit per channel plug-in that ships with After Effects. Originally developed...

Adobe Video tools: Fall CC 2014 preview [updated]

rounding up blogs and video
Written by Rich Young  |  September 8, 2014
At IBC 2014, Adobe is previewing the latest features coming to Creative Cloud pro video apps (blog). Features are a bit light this time, except for some important new ones in Premiere,...

Comparing 3D type options for After Effects

Ray-traced 3D is walking dead
Written by Rich Young  |  September 3, 2014

While some may claim that the After Effects CS6-era Ray-traced 3D renderer is a minor feature that you can ignore, it's still a strong option for basic motion graphics with realistic reflections and refractions, and very fast if you have an Nvidia CUDA GPU. If you're not committed one way or another, you may want to check out an integrated in-depth resource from Eran Stern that compares major alternatives for creating 3D type.

Cosmetic fixes, blemish removal, and skin retouching in post-production

Digital beauty treatments
Written by Rich Young  |  August 31, 2014
Digital beauty treatments and cosmetic fixes in post-production often involve isolating skin with tracking and mattes for color correction and matching, skin smoothing, and blemish removal. Even skin matching across shots isn't always easy, but there's some help along the way in basic and advanced tutorials on the wide variety of...

Premiere Pro News Notes #09


Written by Rich Young  |  August 30, 2014
Here's another collection of news on tutorials, tips, and related tools assorted with Adobe Premiere Pro. Imagineer Systems mocha 4 products have been updated to now support roto mask export to Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014. Premiere Pro editors can now import multi-layered mocha masks into any effect, even...

Optical Kerning preference in After Effects

Edit the preference file for always on auto-kerning
Written by Rich Young  |  August 27, 2014
Optical kerning is a newer feature in Adobe apps. If you have a tendency to forget about kerning, be sure to enable

MaskTracker+: quick planar tracking inside After Effects

new from Mamoworld
Written by Rich Young  |  August 19, 2014
MaskTracker+, a new AE script from Mamoworld, expands the Rigid Mask Tracker in After Effects, opening up planar tracking capabilities that allow you to do much more than just...

Premiere Pro News Notes #08

Catching up on the latest news
Written by Rich Young  |  August 1, 2014
A series of as-they-come notes on news of assorted Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials, tips, and related tools continues. And there's more to come.   Adobe Creative Cloud had a huge update in June 2014,...

Using CycoreFX plug-ins in Premiere Pro and After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  July 9, 2014
Over the last several years a few users have experimented with using CycoreFX ("CC") plug-ins built into After Effects inside of Premiere Pro. The current version that ships with AE, the only supported host app for the product, is CycoreFX HD (AE Bundle Only). CS6 saw an...

"Unmult" with and without special plug-ins

Unmult, Xmult, channel and matting effects
Written by Rich Young  |  June 27, 2014
Third-party unmult plug-ins for After Effects are used to create a composite with an alpha channel of a layer based on luminance or brightness. They're often used instead of composite modes like Screen that don't create an alpha channel. Alpha channels were discussed in a companion post recently,

Alpha channels: premultiplied vs straight


Written by Rich Young  |  June 20, 2014
Alpha channels are grayscale channels in addition to the color channels of a file. They define transparency and often delineate objects or selections as a matte or stencil. Alpha channels can come pre-matted ("shaped") or as straight, with transparency...

Creative Cloud 2014 June Release

Much more added to NAB video apps reveal
Written by Rich Young  |  June 18, 2014
This April, Adobe revealed many of the new features of Creative Cloud at NAB 2014, but that was for After Effects, Premiere, & the other video apps. It appears there's much more -- over 1000 feature updates for 14 desktop apps, plus numerous mobile...

Fold and unfold layers in After Effects

Scripts, some tutorials, and plug-ins
Written by Rich Young  |  June 16, 2014
Folder or unfolding layers has become popular in After Effects and other apps in the last several years, and tutorials, scripts, and even animated typefaces have popped up to help spread the meme. All we need now is an origami plug-in. Perhaps the easiest way to start folding or unfolding layers is using AE scripts....

Fixing soft edges & number counters with automatic rounding

Using the Math.round expression in After Effects
Written by Rich Young  |  June 9, 2014
A few years ago, Stu Maschwitz noted the utility of the Math.round method, which rounds a number to the nearest integer. If you're repositioning or animating an object in AE, you'll often run into AE's

MovieType For Element 3D: new for After Effects

Animation & camera presets, materials, bevels, and more
Written by Rich Young  |  June 3, 2014
Motionworks has released MovieType For Element 3D. The package includes over 200 time-saving type animation presets, 60 camera animation presets, 450 materials, 150 bevel presets, 3D backgrounds, a camera and light rig, 6 tutorials, and...

White balance in After Effects and Premiere

plus blending modes
Written by Rich Young  |  June 1, 2014
There are a number of ways to white balance footage in After Effects and Premiere Pro, and Chris and Trish Meyer recently added another method, sampling with the Tint effect on a Solid layer set to Divide mode above the source layer. Eran...

HitFilm plug-ins for NLEs and After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  May 27, 2014
In April, FxHome spun off most of the plug-ins from HitFilm, their affordable After Effect "clone" app, into a new product, HitFilm Plugins. With over 130 plug-ins for...

After Effects for print: Making GAEA

+ ETLAT (edit this, look at that)
Written by Rich Young  |  May 9, 2014
A couple of years ago, Jesse Michael Newman released a layer-by-layer video deconstruction of an After Effects project, DECONSTRUCTING GAEA I - Flowing Meditation though the end result was a

Tidbit: YouTube buffering mysteries


Written by Rich Young  |  April 30, 2014
Last November we did a quick exploration of 'How YouTube Works', which even with an update (on the "secret" algorithm) still left questions about caching unanswered. But explanations become apparent with a simple search word change to...

Easter eggs in After Effects: a new hunt

Find a plabt egg
Written by Rich Young  |  April 17, 2014
People are sometimes surprised to discover Easter eggs in After Effects -- apparent oddities in the interface. Some of these have been around for a very long time, maybe even since 

The Making of 'Adobe and the Frog'


Written by Rich Young  |  April 4, 2014
Film Riot and Adobe have a slick little web ad for the new Creative Cloud NAB 2014 reveal. It was edited in Premiere CC, with the CG character rendered in After Effects CC using...

Creative Cloud 2014 video app reveal at NAB [updated]

After Effects, Premiere, & more
Written by Rich Young  |  April 2, 2014
Adobe revealed new features in the video apps in Creative Cloud 2014 and showcased these next versions at the April NAB 2014 show in Las Vegas (schedule). In addition to blogs and...

Chromatic aberration: creation and fixes with After Effects

Chromatic aberrations, seperating RGB
Written by Rich Young  |  March 19, 2014

A few years ago there was a spate of interest in chromatic aberration -- fixing footage containing the color fringing, but mostly creating it for motion graphics and VFX realism. At some point, questions on creating this effect must have reached a critical mass, and tools and tutorials popped up to help.

Long shadows: adding body to flat design in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  March 18, 2014
The trend toward flat design hit big in 2013 with newer user interfaces of Windows 8 ("Metro") and

Kinetic type in After Effects

Some resources
Written by Rich Young  |  March 1, 2014
Kinetic typography can be considered a storytelling technique that broadly engages the literal Illustration,...

Fly around CC Sphere in After Effects

Or use Power Sphere
Written by Rich Young  |  March 1, 2014
As noted by Andrew Devis, "cameras are notoriously difficult to get to grips with in After Effects" (see video at bottom). Once example is trying to fly a camera around a CC Sphere layer, which isn't really 3D. Flying a camera around a CC Sphere layer in After Effects can be executed with different expressions,...

Optimizing performance in Premiere & After Effects

Some resources
Written by Rich Young  |  February 25, 2014
Adobe offered a free webinar, Optimizing your system for peak performance with After Effects & Adobe Premiere Pro, on February 27, 2014. Presented by Todd Kopriva (After Effects QA) and Steve Hoeg (Premiere Pro engineering...

WebM and HEVC: Ultra HD codecs in Premiere and After Effects

WebM export through Adobe Media Encoder
Written by Rich Young  |  February 5, 2014
Brendan Bolles of fnord software released beta versions of open source WebM and Theora plug-ins for Premiere that allow import and export of WebM movies through Adobe Media Encoder. And that common Mediacore plug-in bundle also lets you import WebM,...

3D from 2D images: After Effects + beyond

Making faces 3D
Written by Rich Young  |  February 1, 2014

Faceripper4D is a newer "custom effect" for After Effects that helps you create 3D from 2D images. ...But wait, there's more.easy not dirty

Driving Plates and Composites

in Premiere Pro and After Effects
Written by Rich Young  |  January 22, 2014
Driving Plates is a Premiere Pro tutorial by Eran Stern that uses Artbeats driving plates as backgrounds for composites of actors driving a car. Driving plates (also known as process plates,...

Creative Cloud update: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and more

Creative Cloud for Design January 2014
Written by Rich Young  |  January 16, 2014
Adobe announced availability of a major update to Creative Cloud, aimed especially at designers, with new features for Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Even if you already used free trials, there's another free 30-day trial period for Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, and

3D printing in Photoshop CC


Written by Rich Young  |  January 16, 2014
There's a nice update to Photoshop CC now available as part of Creative Cloud for Designers (see

Secondary animation and the principles of animation

for After Effects
Written by Rich Young  |  January 15, 2014
Secondary action is ancillary to the primary action of an animation. Secondary actions help to create the illusion of life, heightening interest and adding some realism – whether in character animation, visual effects, or motion...

FPC X bad – Premiere & AVID good


Written by Rich Young  |  January 14, 2014
I want in on the fun, but I don't have an angle yet!

Flowchart tools in After Effects

Tab is the new Shift
Written by Rich Young  |  January 13, 2014
Many once ignored the Flowchart Panel in After Effects, since it did not actually herald nodes or offer many operational benefits, but it can be...

Tracking gestures and screen replacement in After Effects

for iOS and beyond
Written by Rich Young  |  January 8, 2014

trackFinger AE is new iOS app (on the App Store) that allows you to record the movements of up to 10 fingers on an iPad, and then send tracking data as keyframes in e-mail text to paste into Adobe After Effects. But wait, there's more!

After Effects 2013: features & requests

and the AE team's thoughts on the future
Written by Rich Young  |  January 1, 2014
With 3 actual updates to After Effects in 2013, it's become difficult for many users to keep track of all the new features. So reading through top After Effects feature requests of 2013, plus a peek at what we’re...

Circles in After Effects

[updated]
Written by Rich Young  |  January 1, 2014
Making circles in After Effects seems like a trivial exercise, but there are a ton of approaches to their various forms in design. Circles come in movement and repetition, from expressions & scripts, as

Spirographs in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  December 30, 2013
Spirographs in After Effects had it's 15-minutes of fame years ago and were lost in the mists of time (around here anyway), except for a few tutorial/project posts. Revisiting the topic reveals a variety of approaches and directions. In ESPL: Dances of...

Spirals in After Effects

A roundup
Written by Rich Young  |  December 29, 2013
Spirals are used as design guides and elements or paths for text, shapes, particles, and layers. Here's a few resources for using and creating spirals in After Effects and other Adobe applications. Think outside the box (or rather...

The Ray-traced 3D renderer in After Effects

Advice from Todd Kopriva, Roland Kahlenberg, and others
Written by Rich Young  |  December 28, 2013
A big addition to After Effects CS6 was the introduction of a Ray-traced 3D composition renderer that handles reflections, transparency, index of refraction, environment maps, in addition to the existing material options. Today in Creative Cloud CC, the...

How YouTube Works

but still wondering about caching
Written by Rich Young  |  November 24, 2013
Though not long ago, it's hard to remember the era when RealMedia was the platform agnostic choice between Apple QuickTime and Windows AVI/WMV.  Those formats lost relevance for delivery with the introduction of Flash Video in 2002-2003, which didn't require...

Brainstorm in After Effects

A tutorial roundup
Written by Rich Young  |  November 19, 2013
Given a cool reception by some on its initial release, some may have wondered if Brainstorm in After Effects was more useful than the now defunct Variations feature in Photoshop. As shown in various tutorials, Brainstorm might be useful...

DCP (Digital Cinema Package) workflows for After Effects and Premiere

CuteDCP for Premiere Pro released
Written by Rich Young  |  October 15, 2013
Fandev has released CuteDCP for Premiere (Mac / Windows), a DCP (Digital Cinema Package; explained) render tool for Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder. It allows users to export DCPs from any file...

Features in the forthcoming Premiere Pro 7.1 update


Written by Rich Young  |  October 14, 2013
Last month, Al Mooney detailed the Adobe Premiere Pro CC October 2013 Release, which is expected in the next 2 weeks, barring any difficulties (

Creative Dojo's free After Effects resources

Light leaks, glitches, ink, and more
Written by Rich Young  |  October 14, 2013
VinhSon Nguyen has a number of free products hidden away on his Creative Dojo site, including the Dojo Toolkit and

Split, cut, join without recompression


Written by Rich Young  |  October 14, 2013
Sometimes even crude jumpcuts are preferable than trying to gather nearly forgotten source files, or recompressing an old madly-compressed live stream archive that YouTube or Vimeo will recompress yet again. Here's a few apps that can make quick work for those looking for a low-cost way to salvage content that needs a few...

Fox News Deck: the future of news?

Welcome to the machine
Written by Rich Young  |  October 12, 2013
Fox News has been busy building their "revolutionary" Fox News Deck, capitalizing on the interest in high-tech computer user interfaces, like those mentioned in the recent "

UI: User interfaces in the movies and beyond


Written by Rich Young  |  October 3, 2013
About a year ago, interface designers Nathan Shedroff and Christopher Noessel published their book 'Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction', on how sci-fi and real world interfaces influence each other. User interfaces and

User interfaces (UI) in the movies -- and beyond

'Make It So': a noteworthy book
Written by Rich Young  |  October 3, 2013
About a year ago, interface designers Nathan Shedroff and Christopher Noessel published their book 'Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction', on how sci-fi and real world interfaces influence each other. User interfaces and

Audio standards and Adobe Loudness Radar

Background and basic tutorials
Written by Rich Young  |  September 25, 2013
Recently here on PVC, Woody Woodhall discussed The CALM ACT (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation), asking "Why Is The US Congress Messing With My Mix?". It's a nice introduction with several wrinkles worthy of...

4K in Premiere Pro with Thunderbolt on HP

Video from Adobe's Dave Helmly
Written by Rich Young  |  September 11, 2013
Early yesterday at IBC, Adobe announced major updates to Adobe Video apps in Creative Cloud for mid-October. There's more news from Adobe and partner HP on support for Thunderbolt on Windows, and a testing...

Creative Cloud October update - over 150 new video features

...with video demos
Written by Rich Young  |  September 9, 2013
At IBC, Adobe has announced major updates to Adobe Video apps in Creative Cloud, which should be available in mid-October. This comes after Premiere Pro CC got 25 new features + bug fixes in a July update. Regular subscription...

Premiere Pro News Notes #07 (more Audio)


Written by Rich Young  |  September 4, 2013
Here's part 2 of notes on recent news of assorted audio-related Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials and tips on noise removal, normalize, EQ, editing to sound, controlling audio in Clip Mixer and Timeline, voice overs, Adobe Audition and more. ...

Premiere Pro News Notes #06 (Audio Edition)

Recent audio tutorials
Written by Rich Young  |  September 4, 2013
A series of as-they-come notes on news of assorted Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials, tips, and related tools continues. A profusion of activity allows a collection of audio-related resources on noise removal, normalize, EQ,...

Animating to Sound with After Effects

a video course from Chris Meyer
Written by Rich Young  |  August 30, 2013
Although video/film types sometimes say that "sound is half the experience", sound and music are often an afterthought in After Effects. Music industry people who crossed over provide exceptions, like Chris and Trish Meyer of

Expressions, Form, Particular: free tutorial series

from Harry Frank
Written by Rich Young  |  August 27, 2013
Several of After Effects training guru Harry Frank's tutorial series are now free:

TypeMonkey: a kinetic type tool

for After Effects [updated]
Written by Rich Young  |  August 24, 2013
TypeMonkey is an AE script by Dan Ebberts & Orrin Zucker that generates complex

Fractal Noise in After Effects

plus the newer Turbulent Noise [updated]
Written by Rich Young  |  August 21, 2013
The Fractal Noise effect built into After Effects has been used to displace or generate motion backgrounds, transitions, clouds, fog,

Typewriter effects in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  August 14, 2013
Crashing the "typewriter week" party of Video Copilot unfashionably early, here's a few tidbits on typewriter or type-on effects in After Effects. Highlights include 2 built-in presets, other free presets, 2 Red Giant plug-ins, 2...

How to shoot car videos inside & out

Inexpensive cameras, mounts, and post
Written by Rich Young  |  July 30, 2013
There's tons of options and advice for mounting cameras for shooting inside and outside of cars. Here's a few inexpensive options, and some advice from around the web, on smaller setups that won't invite unnecessary concern. CNET has a nice discussion of

Premiere Pro News Notes #05 (Color Edition)


Written by Rich Young  |  July 23, 2013
A series of as-they-come notes on news of assorted Premiere Pro tutorials, tips, and related tools continues. Here's a month of news for color-related Premiere resources. For even more on color, see PVC blogs

Premiere Pro CC: 25 new features + bug fixes


Written by Rich Young  |  July 10, 2013
Adobe announced 25 new updates to Premiere Pro CC, update 7.01, available less than a month after the initial release. These updates were developed in response to customer feedback and include new features that are designed around making...

Adobe Anywhere released


Written by Rich Young  |  July 10, 2013
Adobe announced the release of Adobe Anywhere for video. With Adobe Anywhere, headaches in video post involving management of assets, especially large file transfers, can...

Headphones: a few resources


Written by Rich Young  |  July 2, 2013
The secret of the search for perfect sound is that it never ends. In many cases, you might find sound isolation and higher quality easier to afford with headphones.

Encore CS6 & Creative Cloud

Installing and using Encore DVD
Written by Rich Young  |  June 18, 2013
Abode Encore reached its end-of-life with CS6, but you can still install it with Creative Cloud, with a few extra steps. You can download all CS6 apps from the Creative Cloud Download...

Premiere Pro News Notes #03


Written by Rich Young  |  June 15, 2013
A series of as-they-come notes on news of assorted Premiere Pro tutorials, tips, and related tools continues. The planned release of Adobe Creative Cloud is June 17, 8 PM PST. For background and overviews, see the

Whip (swish) pans in After Effects & Premiere [updated]

Some tools and tutorials
Written by Rich Young  |  May 23, 2013

whip or swish pan describes the motion of a fast camera move, as in following a passing train or spaceship. Because of motion blur, it's most often used to smooth transitions between abrupt cuts of shots or scenes. While this is often done in post, Adobe doesn't include dedicated tools for this effect, so here are some 3rd-party filters and tutorials you can use to construct whip pan transitions in After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Premiere Pro News Notes #02

Creative Cloud, the Timeline, aspect ratios, Encore DVD, color, and more
Written by Rich Young  |  May 20, 2013
A series of as-they-come notes on news of assorted Premiere Pro tutorials, tips, and related tools continues. Creative Cloud User is a new blog in town that provides quicktips on CC apps, mostly the video ones. One example is 

Premiere Pro News Notes #01

Crop, masking, conforming, multi-cam, audio sync, keyframing, + more
Written by Rich Young  |  May 4, 2013
This is the beginning of a series of as-they-come notes on news of assorted Premiere Pro tutorials, tips, and related tools. As a reminder before go/AdobeNext next week, Richard Harrington has a 

After Effects News Notes #01


Written by Rich Young  |  May 3, 2013
This is the beginning of a series of as-they-come notes on news of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins. In the last several weeks, Mylenium has written on a variety of possible issues some will face...