After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Previews in After Effects CC 2015

The secret is understanding how the start as well as the stop key affect its behavior, and why the cache status can lead to unexpected results.
Written by  |  August 3, 2015

After Effects CC 2015 introduced a greatly overhauled previewing scheme, including the ability to edit your projects while previews are still playing back (discussed in our overview of the new release). However, many users have not gotten that far, instead getting tripped up on the way normal “let me just watch” previews work - leading some to declare it buggy or unpredictable. There were indeed a few bugs with it - many of them fixed by the recent update - but there may still be some gaps in understanding how the new behavior works.


In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe begins an in-depth look at Transcoding in Avid Media Composer.  There's a lot more to Transcoding then just compressing your media to native Avid files, and in this lesson, we're going to look at what's going on "under the hood" of all your "Linked To" media in your project!

This week on MacBreak Studio, we have a special guest visiting from the U.K.: Alex Gollner, AKA "Alex4D". Alex has been a generous contributor to the Final Cut Pro X community since the...
I know this post has a clickbait sounding title, and for that I apologize, but I’m not writing this for click throughs or ad impressions. This is about the things that software can do now and guessing at what it will do in the very, very near future. Right now, software “reads” articles and emails, and this is how Google analyzes...

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Effect Point Path

To edit an Effect Point Path in Adobe After Effects, you need to use the Layer panel - not the normal Composition panel.
Written by  |  July 27, 2015

Whereas some effects process every pixel in a layer more or less evenly (think blurs or color correction), others generate new pixels based around a specific point on a layer (for example, particle systems and lens flares). You can define where that Effect Point is on a layer, and even animate it - but unlike a normal Position path, the path between the keyframed positions for Effect Points are not visible in the Composition panel. This has led more than one After Effects user to assume they have no control over the shape of that path.


More free tools for video editors

Blender, Shotcut or Piviti are not names all video editors know, but they are part of a list of NLEs and other tools, for different platforms, that can be had for free. Check them here, now!
Written by  |  July 27, 2015
The guide for "The BEST and FREE video editing software" we published recently never aimed to be a complete list, as the number of video editors and other tools used by the...

Tutorial: using any midi controller as a video controller in your editing software

Take time with the setup and you can be rewarded with a multifunction controller that offers more than just audio mixing controls
Written by  |  July 25, 2015
Curious about how to use your midi controller into a video controller in your NLE? I'll show you how in this exclusive tutorial, but you'll need a few things first. What you need: A midi controller with a decent layout An editing software with lots of hotkeys for editing

The BEST and FREE Video Editing Software

When it comes to editing and post-processing, some products are a reference in the market, but with so many new programs available, some FREE, the future may be different. We handpicked a few choices.
Written by  |  July 22, 2015
Many professionals in the video editing industry have grown with a list of programs as their reference for quite some time, but a new generation of users is not bound to the same names. They explore the market for alternative solutions,...
This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training hosts returning guest Sam Mestman. In this episode, Sam demonstrates the new...

After Effects Hidden Gems: Adjustment Lights

Isolate which 3D layers receive select lights.
Written by  |  July 20, 2015

The built-in 3D implementation in After Effects is nowhere near as deep as a dedicated 3D program. However, it does have a few good tricks up its sleeve. On is Adjustment Lights, where you can determine which layers receive a specific light. This is akin the lighting sets in more sophisticated 3D programs.

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