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.

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Black & white movies are good (really)

25 great movies in black & white
Written by Rich Young  |  December 31, 2015

Younger friends and family members routinely say they won't watch black & white movies. Contrary to what they may think, old films can be profound and even relevant today.

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HitFilm 3 Express Special Edition - free for a limited time

with 'Star Wars'-style lightsaber & lightning effects
Written by Rich Young  |  December 1, 2015
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Glitches, damage, flickers, & distortions in After Effects & Premiere Pro

Tools and tutorials, including neglected Strobe Light effect
Written by Rich Young  |  October 31, 2015

Glitchify for After Effects + Glitchify sounds, from Mikey Borup and Cinema Spice, joins a growing number of tools and tutorials that help Adobe After Effects users create digital glitches, damage, flickers, TV distortions and the like.

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Microsoft Surface Book: is it really twice as fast?

No, though it is more interesting than the new MacBook & iPad Pro combined
Written by Rich Young  |  October 28, 2015

Microsoft has released their Surface Book laptop, dubbed the "MacBook Pro Killer" by some in the press.

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The Future of After Effects: feature requests, nodes, GPU


Written by Rich Young  |  September 18, 2015

Adobe is nearing release of the "IBC" update to video apps in Creative Cloud 2015, which itself was just released in June, so community attention is turning towards future features for After Effects.

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Creative Cloud video updates at IBC 2015


Written by Rich Young  |  September 9, 2015

Adobe has revealed updates to its pro video apps in Creative Cloud, though a specific release date was not shared. Adobe will also be showing the new features at IBC 2015 in Amsterdam for the next week. By the way, a separate bug fix update for Premiere Pro CC was released today, which may have its own issues for some.

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Premiere Quicktip: Zoom while dragging


Written by Rich Young  |  September 1, 2015

While direct manipulation of UI elements may not be favored by NLE power users, sometimes it is faster. One example is moving a short clip or still using the =/- keys to zoom the timeline during the move.

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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.

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Start at the beginning in After Effects [updated]


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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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
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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...
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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. ...
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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. ◊ 
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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...
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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
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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'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 
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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 
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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
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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 
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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
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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...
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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,...
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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.

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 tools...
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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...
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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
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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"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,
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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
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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...
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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 
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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...
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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...
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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.

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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
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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,...
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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,...
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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...
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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,...
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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

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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,...
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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
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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
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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...
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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!
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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...
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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!

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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...
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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
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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...
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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 inside...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 (
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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
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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...
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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 "
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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
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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
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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. ...
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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,...
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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
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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:
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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
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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,
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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...
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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
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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
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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...
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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...
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Headphones: a few resources

Updated
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.
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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...
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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
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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.

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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 
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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 
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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...
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HUD and UI graphics in 'Oblivion' + titles


Written by Rich Young  |  April 29, 2013
'Oblivion,' a new movie directed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Tom Cruise, features a unique mix of practical and digital effects. The HUD and UI graphics seem to have been mostly shot in-camera after being created by a team...
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Slideshows in After Effects

plus Premiere & Lightroom
Written by Rich Young  |  April 16, 2013
Despite the clunkiness of Adobe features for creating slideshows (or because of it), there's still a steady stream of interest. Traditional slideshows can be easily built with audio in Lightroom and Encore DVD, and with only a little more work you can pull them off in After Effects and Premiere, and go...
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Charts and graphs in After Effects

Infographics galore [updated]
Written by Rich Young  |  April 12, 2013

On one level creating and animating charts and graphs in After Effects is easy, but it can get tricky quick if you go much beyond transformed shapes or the Write-On filter. Here's a few tools and tutorials that may help get you through and beyond the basics.

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A roundup of After Effects roundups


Written by Rich Young  |  April 6, 2013
Before the deluge of NAB goodies, often etheric and expensive, here's a roundup of AE Portal topic roundups on PVC. Many of them have been updated since their initial release.  
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Book Note: 'Adobe After Effects CS6 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques'

Better fix-it-in-post skills for everyone
Written by Rich Young  |  March 1, 2013
'Adobe After Effects CS6 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques' by
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After Effects Lately 2013.02.26


Written by Rich Young  |  February 26, 2013
Here's more of the last 3 weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. See these other recent roundups too: After Effects Lately 2013.02.23 and
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After Effects Lately 2013.02.23


Written by Rich Young  |  February 23, 2013
Here's more of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.
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After Effects Lately 2013.02.21


Written by Rich Young  |  February 21, 2013
Here's some of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. The 3rd edition of the book After Effects Apprentice, by
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After Effects Lately 2013.01.31

Morning webinar, compositing, keying, slideshows, and more
Written by Rich Young  |  January 31, 2013
Here's some of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.
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After Effects Lately 2013.01.25

Element 3D steps up, new character animation tutorials, prizes, animation assistance, + more
Written by Rich Young  |  January 25, 2013
Here's some of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Rocket Randee Downloadable After Effects Rig Overview from
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After Effects at 20: A Trip Down Memory Lane


Written by Rich Young  |  January 17, 2013
Adobe is celebrating the 20th year of After Effects. Here are a few tidbits picked up along the way. Below is AE before the 2.0 feature that made it a...
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After Effects Lately 2013.01.15

The usual suspects + AE is 20
Written by Rich Young  |  January 15, 2013
Here's some of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Adobe is celebrating the 20th year of After Effects. Above is AE before the killer 2.0 feature: the Timeline window (which combined Time, Properties,...
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After Effects Lately Dec31.2012


Written by Rich Young  |  December 31, 2012
Here's another part of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. ProDesign Tools outlines Adobe holiday specials for December through January 6 in 
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Vignettes in Premiere & After Effects

A plethora of resources [updated]
Written by Rich Young  |  December 27, 2012

Vignettes have become more popular, and perhaps heavy-handed, especially in After Effects since the release of theDV Rebel's Guide by Stu Maschwitz. Of course there's numerous ways to make vignettes, and it looks like the topic is quite well-covered now, thank you. Here are a few tools & tutorials on the various options.

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After Effects Lately Dec10.2012

AE Vfx, scripting intros, contest winners, & more
Written by Rich Young  |  December 11, 2012
Here's another part of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. After Effects CS6 Studio Techniques...
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After Effects Lately Dec8.2012

Apprentice training, color matching plug-in, Image Based Lighting, 3D particles, and more
Written by Rich Young  |  December 9, 2012
Here's another part of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. A few months ago, Chris and Trish Meyer released After...
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Sunbursts or radial rays in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  November 30, 2012
There are a variety of ways to get a sunburst effect or radial rays in After Effects, and methods in Illustrator and Photoshop are sometimes similar. Here are some resources on making them. A few years ago, Todd Kopriva answered a question on how to
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After Effects Roundup Nov28.2012


Written by Rich Young  |  November 28, 2012
Here's another part of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Check out also the November 18 installment, Recently in After...
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Recently in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  November 18, 2012
Here's part of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.Heller Studios posted a free project and AE Tutorial - 3D Earth...
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The Matrix text effect in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  November 12, 2012
There are a number of ways to generate the Matrix text effect, and reflex dictates a list. Several tutorials have been done using particles with Particle Playground and CC Particle World, and other built-in and 3rd-party tools. Here's the preview of an approach by Arvid Schneider in
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After Effects weekly roundup


Written by Rich Young  |  November 1, 2012
Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.The
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The week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  October 23, 2012
Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.Orient World is a new script from Mamoworld...
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Another week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  October 18, 2012
    Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.{C} Evan Abrams posted a 6-part series of shorts on
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Last week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  October 10, 2012
    Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.{C} Beat Assistant from
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After Effects Lately #3


Written by Rich Young  |  October 1, 2012
Here's the last bunch of news from September in assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. You can catch other recent AE roundup at After Effects Lately #1...
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After Effects Lately #2


Written by Rich Young  |  September 28, 2012
Here's the latest from this month in assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Plexus version 2 was released, and looks to be a must-have upgrade. It's a...
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After Effects Lately #1


Written by Rich Young  |  September 23, 2012
Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. AtomKraft/Ae 1.0, a CPU-based interactive 3D toolkit, was released. AtomKraft/Ae works as a replacement for the...
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Set Matte: a 32-bpc node for After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  August 31, 2012
Many people don't seem to know the Set Matte effect plug-in exists, maybe because it
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After Effects Roundup


Written by Rich Young  |  August 26, 2012
Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.Elementary by Kevin Schires is a new AE Script that creates shadows,...
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Recently in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  August 15, 2012
Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. AE Scripts redesigned their site with a bright new interface and many operational...
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Muzzle flashes & gun fire in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  August 11, 2012

Muzzle flashes and other gun effects have been popular topics. Muzzle flashes by themselves are useless -- you need the flash, smoke, a shell, a gun, bullet hits, audio, and more. Here's a few resources to help you put together something believable.

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Another week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  August 6, 2012
Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Trapcode Mir 1.0 was released this week. Mir creates 3D shapes that are built from a...
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Trapcode Mir: a fractalized 3D mesh plug-in for After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  August 3, 2012
  Trapcode Mir 1.0 was released this week. Mir quickly creates 3D shapes that are built from a simple polygon mesh. Using fractal noise for distortion, texture mapping, repeating and wrapping geometry, and...
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Last week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  July 31, 2012
Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.A few more tutorials on Element 3D, the new 3D plug-in, popped up. David Biederbeck posted
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After Effects Lately


Written by Rich Young  |  July 27, 2012
Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.Mamoworld has released
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Volumetric light rays in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  July 24, 2012

Volumetric lightingCrepuscular rays, God rays, and the like are visible rays or even globes of light. You can't see lights themselves with the built-in lighting in After Effects (for background see Cameras, lights, and points of interest), so plug-ins are used to help make light visible.

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Recently in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  July 17, 2012
Here's the latest 2 weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. The big news was the release of Element 3D by Video Copilot, the new plug-in that lets you animate real 3D models (even as...
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Element 3D: new After Effects plug-in

3D models and particles inside After Effects [updated]
Written by Rich Young  |  July 11, 2012
Video Copilot has released Element 3D, an After Effects plug-in that lets you import and animate 3D models, even as a particle array, and extrude text and mask shapes in real time. It's useful for all of us, for newbies and old hands & for straight...
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Fire in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  July 4, 2012
Attempts at creating fire in After Effects have resulted in outputs of various styles and quality. Projects have used CC Particle World, Fractal Noise, and other tools built into AE, 3rd party plug-ins, and composited stock footage often used as a particle source.
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Using and creating After Effects scripts


Written by Rich Young  |  June 22, 2012
    A new After Effects Scripting Guide was released on the AE team blog this week in scripting changes in After Effects CS6, plus new scripting...
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Lip Sync in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  June 15, 2012
Last year Angie Taylor posted Lip Sync in After Effects, demoed a possible solution to a task that most animators will be asked to do at some point. Admittedly though, it would rarely involve a talking dog or
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Another week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  June 13, 2012
It was an busy week or so, with even more After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins old and new. AE Scripts has 2 new cool scripts. Projection by Ben Rollason does "camera mapping onto 3D planes in After Effects. It was created...
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Remove banding in After Effects, Premiere, and everywhere


Written by Rich Young  |  June 6, 2012
It's a bit of a mystery why there's still so much banding in TV & web graphics, but less mystery for for web video.  Maybe people can't preview in the appropriate...
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Last week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  June 4, 2012
It was an average week with assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. The Jungle by Andrew Kramer (pictured) creates "an overgrown jungle scene with a rocky title using...
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Shatter effects in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  June 1, 2012
Most shattering in AE is done with Shatter, an older 8-bit per channel plug-in that ships with After Effects. Originally developed by Brian Maffitt under the Atomic Power...
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3D text in After Effects: an updated survey of methods


Written by Rich Young  |  May 30, 2012

Creating 3D text in After Effects has long been a cottage industry, generating many workarounds, pseudo 3D methods, scripts, new technology, licensing deals, and 3rd-party plug-ins. Adding to the parade is one of the big new features in After Effects CS6, the extrusion and material options in the Ray-tracing 3D renderer. After Effects CC added another wrinkle, another workaround with Cinema 4D Lite. Some will benefit from beautiful renders by new features, though some will get bogged down by requirements, render times, or inadequate or involved features, and turn to  also surveyed here.

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Recently in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  May 29, 2012
Here's another summary of recent news on Adobe After Effects - with more on CS6 and updates, raytracing (or not), hardware requirements, integrating muzzle flashes, looks, assorted tutorials, and plug-ins new and old.
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Learn After Effects CS6: a basics series


Written by Rich Young  |  May 10, 2012
Brian Maffitt of Total Training is back on the tutorial beat after a long absence, with AE CS6 essentials training. This new training joins complete sets:
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Another week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  May 8, 2012
CS6 is now shipping; Cloud services and point product subscriptions are available May 11. CS6 trial applications good for...
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Last week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  April 30, 2012
Here's another summary of the last week of news on Adobe After Effects - with more on CS6, new scripts, time-lapses, light arrays, looks, and assorted tutorials and plug-ins new and old. Innovation in Motion: After Effects CS6...
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AE CS6 Global Performance Cache: So Far


Written by Rich Young  |  April 29, 2012
The Global Performance Cache, group of time-saving technologies consisting of a global RAM cache, a persistent disk cache, and a new graphics pipeline (along with the Cache Work Area In Background command), is considered the best new feature of After...
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More forays into Production Premium CS6

The latest videos on new features
Written by Rich Young  |  April 23, 2012
It's CS6 launch day (live at 10 AM PST). The cost of ownership of Master Collection is about the same at $2600/$525 upgrade, and the Cloud service master collection...
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Recently in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  April 23, 2012
Here's another summary of the last few weeks or so of news on After Effects- this time CS6 dominates, but there were still new scripts and a plug-in, and assorted tutorials.AEMap from AE Scripts "creates equirectangular projection maps...
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AE CS6 and Production Premium Revealed [updated]


Written by Rich Young  |  April 12, 2012
Adobe has announced almost all of CS6 Production Premium (except for Illustrator), and there's a boatload of previews and other resources on the product reveal page for NAB. Anita Engelman shares some pointers to those resources in
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Last week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  April 10, 2012
Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects-busier than expected before a change of gear at NAB-this time with CS Next, Mocha and tracking, 3D text and bevels, stills in AE, Trapcode Mir (pictured), 3 new scripts, assorted tutorials, and plug-ins new and old.
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Recently in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  March 31, 2012
Here's another summary of the last few weeks or so of news on After Effects- this time with Mocha and tracking, track mattes, organic lines in Particular, point clouds, HDR, and assorted tutorials, expressions, and plug-ins new and old.{C} VFX Bro released 
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Photoshop CS6: public beta resources


Written by Rich Young  |  March 23, 2012
Photoshop CS6 is in public beta. This update (download) looks pretty deep, with a few big new features and many welcome enhancements. There's even
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After Effects weekly roundup


Written by Rich Young  |  March 12, 2012
Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects- this time with underwater scenes, an AE 3D camera series, game trailers, a push for better interfaces, and assorted tutorials, new and old plug-ins, and expressions.In
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Another week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  March 5, 2012
Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects- AE 3D, denoise and glitches, a preview of a new Trapcode plug-in, expressions, and more.Eran Stern posted 2 tutorials: 
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Light leaks, free lensing, and lens wacking


Written by Rich Young  |  March 1, 2012
James Miller recently discussed
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Last week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  February 27, 2012
Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects-assorted tutorials, new and old plug-ins, scripts, expressions, and more.Jeff Foster posted Simulated Rack Focus for Believable Composites...
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After Effects weekly roundup


Written by Rich Young  |  February 21, 2012
Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects-assorted tutorials and tools, animation aids, CC Hair, son of Ken Burns, expressions, and more.Create Your Own Little Fuzzy...
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Recently in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  February 16, 2012
Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects -- assorted tutorials and tools with Xbox Kinect mocap, text, 3D, expressions, and more.Victoria Nece has 2 tutorials on Kinect MoCap Animation in After Effects,
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Another week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  February 8, 2012
Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects -- with assorted tutorials, scripts, demos, documentaries, and more. Please note that these roundups are for quick review and comparison, and that there is almost always vital information from the originating authors at the links provided-and often free presets,...
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Last week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  January 31, 2012
Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects -- with assorted tutorials, scripts, plug-ins, demos, and more. Please note that these roundups are for quick review and comparison, and that there is almost always vital information from the originating authors at the links provided-and often free presets, projects,...
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Recently in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  January 26, 2012
Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects -- with assorted tutorials, scripts, demos, documentaries, and more.Grenade Throw! by Video Copilot builds a super-slow motion grenade-throw...
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After Effects weekly roundup


Written by Rich Young  |  January 16, 2012
Here's another week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, and scripts -- with new tools, tutorials on Mocha tracking, radar animations, lens flares, wood patterns, and more. Radar - Dradis - Light Grid, by Mylenium (Lutz Albrecht),...
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Another week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  January 11, 2012
Here's another summary of the last week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, and scripts. The return to the regular news cycle caught idle hands by surprise with a promise of a big CS6 release, snakes in AE, tracking offscreen, plug-ins, and more.
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How to Light Wrap [updated]

Blending composite edges with and without 3rd party filters
Written by Rich Young  |  January 6, 2012
Digital Anarchy has a new After Effects format plug-in for Summer 2015, Light Wrap Fanstatic, which works in Final Cut Pro, After Effects, and Premiere Pro on Macintosh or Windows. It joins a a number of older filters and do-it-yourself techniques for blending composites...
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Recently in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  January 2, 2012
Here's another summary of the last week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, and scripts -- it's slower due to holidays, but there was news on a script for MIDI imports, some free projects, tutorials on type, shapes, and particles, and more.
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Last week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  December 26, 2011
Here's another summary of the last week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, and scripts -- including new plug-ins, scribble & write-on, Motion 5, a few "Best of" roundups, and more. Please note that these roundups are for quick review and comparison, and that there is almost always vital information from the...
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Another week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  December 19, 2011
Here's another summary of the last week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, and scripts -- with lots on color, explosions, ambient occlusion, tracking, and more.Andrew Kramer was back with a new tutorial compositing stock elements and custom particles to build a
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After Effects CS5.5.1: no auto update

If you waited for later, that's now.
Written by Rich Young  |  December 16, 2011
Sure, Todd Kopriva said "This update is not available through the automatic update mechanism" in his notice on the...
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Recently in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  December 14, 2011
Here's another summary of the last week or so of some...
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Last week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  November 29, 2011
Here's another week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, scripts and more. Thanksgiving was last week but there was substance from Video Copilot, a start on some broadcast-style graphics, LED light walls & casino-style text lights, green screen tips, 3D cubes and other shapes, linking objects with lines,...
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LED and Casino light text effects in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  November 29, 2011
  In a new tutorial, Daniel Moreno shows you how to Create A Glittering Cabaret Light Display with Las Vegas bulb lights and make them shine in...
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Another week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  November 21, 2011
Here's another week of some of the latest news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, scripts and more. Last week saw a little swarm of news on organization and workflow setups, wiggles & glitches, CUDA and Premiere Pro, and more.In Creating a...
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Snow in After Effects [updated]


Written by Rich Young  |  November 17, 2011
You can use dedicated snow filters or particle systems to create snow that can be stylized or realistic, or something less successful. There are filters built into After Effects like CC Snow, CC Particle World, and Particle Playground -- or you can use 3rd-party filters like Trapcode Particular (which is AE...
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Photo Mosaics & Card Dance in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  November 16, 2011
The quick tip for making an animated photo mosaic in After Effects is to generate the mosaic externally and animate with the built-in Card Dance plug-in, which can be a little tricky. Useful as a launching point is Ayato Fujii's text tutorial,
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Last week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  November 14, 2011
Here's another week of some of the latest news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, scripts and more. It was a bit slower last week, but there was plenty of news, tools, and tutorials for the restless.Red Giant TV Live featured Episode 6: VFX...
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Lens Flares in After Effects

A roundup [updated]
Written by Rich Young  |  November 11, 2011
The built-in lens flares in Adobe products are quite long-in-the-tooth, but there are a bunch of tutorials, 3rd-party tools, and real world examples to help you get beyond the common look. Plus, two more noteworthy plug-in comparisons have been added to the Tools...
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Seamless edits for jump cuts


Written by Rich Young  |  November 7, 2011
Adobe research scientist Wil Li has a demo of an experimental technology for
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Walter Murch on editing, FCP, and more


Written by Rich Young  |  November 3, 2011
Walter Murch spoke at a recent Final Cut Supermeet in Boston, answering questions after his presentation. The entire video is now available, and in HD...
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iExpressions: as convenient as plugins


Written by Rich Young  |  October 31, 2011
iExpressions from Mamoworld combines the power of After Effects expressions with the convenience of effect plug-ins. They allow you to use expressions without writing any code -- each iExpression comes with an interface to...
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The limitation of Layer Styles for 3D


Written by Rich Young  |  October 22, 2011
Motionworks has a new tip on Twitter noting the limitation of Layer Styles for 3D in After Effects. You can find background this problem in Chris & Trish Meyer's
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Adding motion blur in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  October 17, 2011
Joren Kandel posted 2 short videos on adding motion blur to footage: Free Motion Blur in AE and Reel Smart Motion Blur in AE, looking at built-in options and the...
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This week in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  October 7, 2011
Here's a little roundup of some of the latest news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, scripts and more. It's been a busy but somber week, with news from Genarts, a substantial new animation series at AEtuts, and...
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Annoying Orange: face replacement in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  October 4, 2011
The Annoying Orange has one of the more popular YouTube series with more...
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Time-lapse: Real is the New Virtual


Written by Rich Young  |  August 30, 2011
Randy Halverson and Kim Pimmel have some nice time-lapse videos from the "real" world. Halverson posted his work on his website DakotaLapse, which was picked up by
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Trapcode Form 2 update


Written by Rich Young  |  August 24, 2011
Trapcode Form has been updated to version 2. New features in this particle system for After Effects include: 3D import of static or animated OBJ (leapfrogging
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Adobe 3D tech beyond extrusions


Written by Rich Young  |  August 14, 2011
fxguidetv #116 shares more details from the joint Adobe-NVIDIA research project demonstrating accelerated ray-traced 3D seen in NVIDIA Optix from Chris...
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New image enhancement research at Adobe


Written by Rich Young  |  August 11, 2011
Researchers from Adobe presented some cool new image enhancement technology at SIGGRAPH, NRDC: Non-Rigid Dense Correspondence with Applications for Image Enhancement....
AE product manager Steve Forde notes an Autodesk announcement of some cool interoperability...
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DaVinci Resolve Lite: two first-looks


Written by Rich Young  |  July 28, 2011
Blackmagic Design has posted DaVinci Resolve Lite, a free version of BlackMagic's $995 DaVinci Resolve for Mac (download). Both
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Video enhanced by rolling shutter effect


Written by Rich Young  |  July 21, 2011
Coming late to the iPhone version of the rolling shutter meme, my favorite video was not the guitar string oscillation but the one on airplane propellers from DP Review, iPhone video enhanced by rolling shutter effect (via
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Light Strokes and Streaks


Written by Rich Young  |  July 20, 2011
In a new training video in English and French, Colored Light Paths with 3D Stroke, Mattias Peresini (aka Mattrunks) shows the basics of
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The Stereo 3D Toolkit, a new script for After Effects

from Ryan Cashman and AE Scripts
Written by Rich Young  |  July 14, 2011
Ryan Cashman and AE scripts have released a new script for After Effects, Stereo 3D Toolkit, a set of tools that help you create complex stereoscopic compositions. The Stereo 3D Toolkit "uses true left and right channels (instead of collapse transformations) so it...
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Free 3D Ink Preset for Trapcode Particular


Written by Rich Young  |  July 13, 2011
Greyscale Gorilla has a new Free 3D Ink Preset for Trapcode Particular that attempts to create realistic ink drops: "It's a hog to render, but it gives a pretty cool result. Also, if you change...
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Basic AE project from concept through creation


Written by Rich Young  |  July 13, 2011
Anything You Want is a 2-part video tutorial (with project files) by Eran Stern that shares a workflow to build an idiosyncratic bumper. From concept to creation, Eran shows you the steps of envisioning an...
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What's your favourite AE Script?


Written by Rich Young  |  July 12, 2011
There's been a small rush of extra activity on scripting and scripts for After Effects.FeltTips returned with a few tutorials on expressions, After Effects Random Expression Shenanigans and
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Flash resamples audio to 44.1 kHz during playback


Written by Rich Young  |  July 9, 2011
In 48 kHz Audio Can Cause Loss of Synch with Flash Playback, Jan Ozer notes previous observations that "Flash Player resamples all sound sources to...
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After Effects & Premiere Performance Workshop


Written by Rich Young  |  July 8, 2011
Video2brain has 1 hr 20 minutes of free video training by Todd Kopriva on optimizing After Effects & Premiere and systems for maximum speed. Earlier resources by Todd and Mark...
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Reflections in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  July 7, 2011
There are a number of resources to help you make reflections in After Effects. VURB.tv released their Reflect Script for CS4+, and a quick tutorial, though you must sign in to view it. Here are a...
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Spreadsheets to Lower Thirds in Premiere and After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  July 7, 2011
Jarle Leirpoll is offering a free sample chapter from his book The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro. In Spreadsheets to Lower Thirds, Jarle shows "how to take a list of people's names,...
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Plug-in sneak peaks: Shapeshifter & Element 3D


Written by Rich Young  |  July 6, 2011
A couple of 3D-oriented After Effects plug-ins have been previewed this week: Element 3D from Video Copilot and Shapeshifter from Mettle.At Aetuts+, Ben Griggs shows the ShapeShifter...
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After Effects A-Z: CC Bender & CC Bend It


Written by Rich Young  |  July 6, 2011
The After Effects: Effects A-Z tip series from Motionworks continues with guest host Quba Michalski demoing the
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Face replacement in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  June 30, 2011
Mamoworld has a new After Effects video tutorial, Monster Face, which applies advanced tracking techniques from Mocha to modify a mouth and face in After Effects. We also add some...
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Cosmo and Magic Bullet Looks 2


Written by Rich Young  |  June 29, 2011
Red Giant has released a new effect plug-in called Cosmo for doing cosmetic retouches, a Grinder 1.5 upgrade, and a major update to Magic Bullet Looks. ...
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After Effects titles using Motype & Nodes


Written by Rich Young  |  June 29, 2011
Filmmaking Webinars has a free 90-minute webinar hosted by Ben Brownlee for download, Killer Titles Inside After Effects Using Motype & Nodes, which are Macintosh plug-ins from
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Free Lower Thirds, and Related Titling Resources [updated]


Written by Rich Young  |  June 24, 2011

There are a ton of resources on lower thirds. Here's a sampling...

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3D Extruder for After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  June 23, 2011
3D Extruder, from Ben Rollason at AE Scripts, is a script that makes it easy to create 3D extrusions in After Effects, automatically "using the time-honored method of stacking 2.5D layers. The benefit of this is your 3D extrusions are...
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After Effects A-Z: Card Wipe transition


Written by Rich Young  |  June 23, 2011
The After Effects: Effects A-Z tip series from Motionworks continues with guest host James Zwadlo demoing the Card Wipe transition effect in After Effects.
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Element: 3D particle plug-in announced


Written by Rich Young  |  June 23, 2011
Andrew Kramer shared some details about a new Video Copilot plug-in called Element (formerly Atom), a "3D geometry-based" particle system with array and material features integrated into AE 3D....
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Pseudo 3D Set Extensions


Written by Rich Young  |  June 22, 2011
3D Set Extensions by Andrew Kramer is a new tutorial that attempts to transform stock footage into a dark landscape with 3D fog and mountains. Kramer covers 3D matchmoving...
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After Effects News Roundup

It's been a busy two weeks
Written by Rich Young  |  June 21, 2011
Here's the latest 2 weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Lester Banks took a First Look at AtomKraft 3D Environment for After Effects...
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Pseudo-volumetric fractal clouds in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  June 20, 2011
Dan Sollis posted projects and renders of Pseudo-volumetric fractal cloud in After Effects and a follow-up 3D Cloud - Particular...
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Colorful Origami + Light Paths in AE


Written by Rich Young  |  June 20, 2011
Mattias Peresini aka Mattrunks has new After effects video tutorials, Colorful Origami, animation of linked colored triangles and
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Stop Motion Kit for After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  June 20, 2011
Quba Michalski is back with a tutorial that shows how to simulate stop motion aesthetic using his After Effects Stop Motion Kit. This collection of presets allows "you to add subtle imperfections to the movement of objects in your scene, emulating animator errors that are a staple of stop motion animation. Using 6 different expression sets, you...
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Sky Replacement with After Effects & Premiere


Written by Rich Young  |  June 19, 2011
There are of course several approaches to doing sky replacements in After Effects and Premiere Pro. Here's a few explained in tutorials by Kert Gartner, Film Riot, Mohamed Hafeez, Andrew Kramer (pictured), Carl Larsen, Mark Christiansen, Nick Campbell, and even a course from Chris Kenworthy. Tuts+ has an...
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Premiere Pro: Frequently Asked Questions


Written by Rich Young  |  June 3, 2011
Premiere Pro: Frequently Asked Questions is a new free workshop from Videobrain and Adobe Technical Support Lead Todd Kopriva. It makes quick work of many common questions about Premiere Pro, from codecs (not the Adobe ones) to the red yellow, and green...
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Warp Stabilizer for object removal


Written by Rich Young  |  June 2, 2011
Steve Forde, Adobe product manager for After Effects, shares a tip for object removal (roto) using the Warp Stabilizer options for Synthesize Edges as a pseudo content-aware fill in After Effects. See also Using Photoshop's Content Aware Fill for After Effects by Luisa...
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Animate a character in After Effects

A survey of resources [updated]
Written by Rich Young  |  May 31, 2011
After Effects provides a variety of tools to animate characters, including Painting, Puppeting, and Parenting. Fortunately, there's an equally wide variety of tutorials available online on using these tools. Here's a survey of just some of those tutorials from Daniel Gies, Angie Taylor, Todd Kopriva, Stuart Preece, Rex Crowle, Pete...
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Changes in expressions & caching in AE CS5.5


Written by Rich Young  |  May 30, 2011
Todd Kopriva collects resources on changes in After Effects CS5.5 in two new blog posts:* After Effects CS5.5 performance...
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What's New and Changed in After Effects CS5.5


Written by Rich Young  |  May 30, 2011
What's New and Changed in After Effects CS5.5 is a free new Video2brain workshop, with Adobe Technical Support Lead Todd Kopriva, who is the guide on the changes in After Effects...
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Pixel Benders for grading, shortcuts & tiling


Written by Rich Young  |  May 30, 2011
Just a quick note on some new Pixel Bender filters for use in After Effects CS4+. qp_Grade Assistant from Quarterlight on AE Scripts provides a four-way view, with waveform monitor, RGB parade and a slice graph to assist with...
Cinematic-style picture looks have been popular for the last several years; for example bleach bypass became popular after Saving Private Ryan. Both Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks (released in 2007)...
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Importing Image Sequences into After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  May 13, 2011
In an After Effects Quick Tip video, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you the basics of importing image sequences. Previously, Carl Larsen showed a similar way to import a .jpeg or .tiff sequence into After Effects
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Trim Compose, Un-PreCompose, Auto Crop, and Smart Baker


Written by Rich Young  |  May 12, 2011
Trim Compose is a new After Effects script from Video Copilot that helps you work with shots on large projects with many edits:One of the nice things about doing VFX inside of AE is seeing your shots in sequence to make sure they...
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Newton: a 2D physics engine for After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  May 11, 2011
Motion Boutique has announced the upcoming release of Newton, the first physics engine for After Effects:Newton interprets each 2D layer as a rigid object in a...
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Moving After Effects plug-ins to CS5.5


Written by Rich Young  |  May 11, 2011
Todd Kopriva explains why You do not need new versions of plug-ins for After Effects CS5.5, with background and instructions for avoiding use of...
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After Effects A-Z: CC Bubbles


Written by Rich Young  |  May 10, 2011
The After Effects: Effects A-Z tip series from Motionworks continues with guest host James Zwadlo on the CC Bubbles effect that ships with After Effects.
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Short course on text animation in After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  May 9, 2011
Gareth Smith, who helped create titles for Thank You For Smoking,
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AE beginner training resources


Written by Rich Young  |  May 9, 2011
Mathias Möhl published the first of his "guru" lessons, a free After Effects training series dedicated to beginners. Mathias aims to teach the basics starting from the very beginning and make it entertaining. In
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The Motion League launches


Written by Rich Young  |  May 2, 2011
The Motion League launched today. It's a new website with articles and forums, and seems to be oriented toward After Effects, Cinema 4D, and design issues. "The blog features (or will feature) original articles, interviews, and...
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After Effects A-Z: CC Blobbylize


Written by Rich Young  |  May 1, 2011
The After Effects: Effects A-Z tip series from Motionworks continues with guest host Eran Stern on the CC Blobbylize effect that ships with After Effects. Eran has two sections in this quicktip: how to create a liquid effects and how to...
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Create an identity with Plexus


Written by Rich Young  |  April 26, 2011
Satya Meka (@gutsblow) has a new tutorial for his plug-in Plexus, his 3D particle system plug-in for After Effects. A plexus (as in...
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After Effects expressions in any language


Written by Rich Young  |  April 24, 2011
ExpressionUniversalizer is a newish script from Lloyd Alvarez at AE Scripts that will "convert the expressions in your projects so that they are compatible with After Effects running in any language." ExpressionUniversalizer goes a step beyond an older script by Charles...
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After Effects A-Z: CC Ball Action


Written by Rich Young  |  April 23, 2011
The After Effects: Effects A-Z tip series from Motionworks continues with guest host Adam Everett on the CC Ball Action effect that ships with After Effects. Beyond the basics he shows the Brightness Twist control, an old...
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Stereo 3D in After Effects CS5.5

Resources from Todd Kopriva
Written by Rich Young  |  April 14, 2011
Todd Kopriva has collected some resources for stereoscopic 3D in After Effects CS5.5. It's got all the latest on Stereo 3D for AE including a (text only) document explaining the theory and practice...
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Final Cut X Supermeet presentations


Written by Rich Young  |  April 14, 2011
At the risk of overkill, here's some nice nearly complete video from Emmanuel Pampuri on the Supermeet Apple Final Cut X presentation. There's also...
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The mograph-source Daily


Written by Rich Young  |  April 12, 2011
The mograph-source Daily is a new website from Josh Sears trying to tame the information explosion. It's a "newspaper" based on paper.li, which "organizes links shared on...
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qp_Bars generates SMPTE color bars


Written by Rich Young  |  April 11, 2011
AE Scripts has a new script by Christian Lett, qp_Bars, which generates SMPTE color bars for video. There are four bar options:* SMPTE color bars with PLUGE* PAL colour bars (the color bars run the full height of the image)* SMPTE HDTV color bars*...
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GenArts Sapphire Webinar recording


Written by Rich Young  |  April 11, 2011
SFMOGRAPH posted the recording of the recent GenArts Sapphire Webinar with Marcello Grande (embedded below the fold):"Marcello walks you through some recent projects and...
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Creative Suite 5.5 + Subscriptions


Written by Rich Young  |  April 11, 2011
Adobe has a new subscription option that gives you the latest Creative Suite software for a monthly or yearly fee.For After Effects CS 5.5 the cost is $49 per month on the yearly plan, or $75 per month. Upgrades are $179 for...
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AE CS 5.5: New Creative Techniques Introduction


Written by Rich Young  |  April 11, 2011
Chris Meyer introduces his favorite new features in AE CS 5.5 in the first of a complete training series hosted by Adobe, AE CS 5.5: New Creative Techniques Introduction. How do you spell...
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What's new in Adobe Audition


Written by Rich Young  |  April 11, 2011
Soundbooth is being phased out; a retooled Audition has replaced it. The main product page lists the new features, which include improved roundtrip editing with Premiere, new audio sweetening and restoration...
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Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium


Written by Rich Young  |  April 11, 2011
The main product page lists the major new features in Production Premium.
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Camera Lens Blur in CS 5.5


Written by Rich Young  |  April 11, 2011
Here's Colin Smith on the new Camera Lens Blur effect in CS 5.5:"This new effect gives you the ability to create the optical effect of a real camera lens blur. If you need to add depth...
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CS Next is CS 5.5: After Effects


Written by Rich Young  |  April 11, 2011
Mark Christiansen has a first look at After Effects CS 5.5 and he think that it's a compelling upgrade.For additional detail,
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NaNny fixes over-brights turned black


Written by Rich Young  |  April 9, 2011
Fnord Software has a new free plug-in, NaNny, that fixes over-bright pixels turned black in OpenEXR, TIFF, and other float files inside After Effects. Float space is a strange place, where bugs can result in NaN (Not a Number), inf (infinity), and negative...
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Colorista Free and LUT Buddy


Written by Rich Young  |  April 8, 2011
Stu Maschwitz explains the features of Two Free Color Correction Plug-ins from Red Giant Software. There's also info at Red Giant: "Magic Bullet Colorista Free is a simplified,...
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AE Flame: free plug-in for Creative Suite


Written by Rich Young  |  April 8, 2011
Satya Meka ported the open source AEFlame plug-in to After Effects Creative Suite. Recursive Fractal Flames have an interesting history which is discussed in the video embedded...
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Background on Warp Stabilizer

CS5 Evolves April 11th, 2011
Written by Rich Young  |  April 6, 2011
Earlier today Chris Meyer noted a Adobe Technology Sneak Preview: Warp Stabilizer. Other teases like "CS5 Evolves April 11th, 2011" have appeared on Adobe websites, but there's no need to wait for a little more on this new...