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After Effects News 2018 October #4

fluid dynamics, particles, CC 2019, podcasts, tools, UI, training

Recently in the world of After Effects, there’s news on releases of particle plug-ins including fluid dynamics, further discussion of AE CC 2019, podcast backgrounders, tools, UI, training, and more.

This week, Red Giant introduced Trapcode Suite 15, a pricey but powerful set of 11 plug-in tools for creating particle simulations and 3D effects in Adobe After Effects. Red Giant surprised almost everyone by introducing fluid dynamics for Particular and Form.

For the first time, artists can create particles in After Effects that interact in a dynamic fluid field — particles that swirl, mix and react to realistic forces. Also new is the ability to load 3D objects in Trapcode Mir. There’s a lot to explore here, in the Magic Bullet-like preset browser/Designer, in Mir, and in the difference between fluids in Particular and Form. Hopefully there can be more particle detail in renders.


Not to be left out, Superluminal Stardust is also getting an update next week, and it’s free: “3D rendering capabilities have been vastly expanded, there’s a free 3D library with 150+ textured models, and more.



Last week’s Mochat focussed on AE 2019 (16.0); for details, search for #mochat or go to http://tchat.io/rooms/mochat


AECC2014icon.pngAdobe has a summaries of what you should know about the new Adobe updates, but they’re live tutorials and can be a bit noisy or unfocussed (unfocused; so is it me).

Continuing his series on Adobe video updates for 2019, Boone Loves Video shows you How to Use ADOBE FONTS in Premiere Pro & After Effects (2019). Boone explains that Adobe Typekit is now Adobe Fonts, it’s now all free, except for 3rd-party offerings.


At Adobe MAX, Adobe shared that Content Aware Fill is coming to After Effects in “near future,” perhaps meaning at NAB in April 2019.  Oddly enough there was a Content Aware fill method of doing something similar in Photoshop and After Effects with a script.jsx published 5 years ago by Motion Boutique (untested here). See the Adobe demo below at the 10 min mark in Adobe MAX 2018: New Features and Updates Across Creative Cloud Video Tools, with more from the conference from Premiere Bro.

For the further into the future see, 2018 Adobe MAX Sneak Peeks (Full Length).


Evan Abrams posted Dots to lines to letters a couple of years ago. You can learn how to transform dots into lines and into letters, or any other shape, starting in Illustrator.


Also older and just because, here’s Animated Polygon Tutorial by Andrew Kramer. He shows you how to create a “fancy” not-quite-retro cascading stylized old-fashioned polygon. Project File available in 2014 format.


Strokes covering Strokes: Animated cave painting look by After Effects Tutorials w/ Mikey has a solution for when you need something that’s transparent to pretend that it’s not. Ooh, it uses Set Matte.


Ukramedia’s podcast series features a variety artists, trainers, and toolmakers. Recently they’ve featured Mikey Borup, whose experience with his popular YouTube channel (After Effects Tutorials with Mikey) is shared in The Key to Youtube Success: Quality Content and Consistency.

This week’s podcast is 042: From Pre-med to Motion Graphics – Lloyd Alvarez, with the founder of AEScripts.com.

AEScripts.com continues to provide a plethora of useful tools for After Effects, which are in a way the accumulated knowledge of a generation of designers crystallized into automated animation assistants. It’s a full time job just to track those tools, so we’ll mention just one recent offering, keyboardFX, a tool for After Effects designed to “generate fully customizable keyboards together with user-defined typing animations.”


After Effects for Editors Part 7 – Simple Tips from Jonny Elwyn has a bunch of stuff in it, including references to some free resources (at least one is no longer available) and references to a free course by Parker Young of Animoplex, Intro to working with After Effects Expressions and Scripts.


I’m a sucker for Ball Action (no pun intended) so check out BKAP Episode 01 – After Effects: CC Ball Action, also by Parker Young of Animoplex.


fxphd has a new course that works through a live action compositing shot in After Effects, combining green screen footage, digital matte painting files, and other elements. City Environment Compositing in After Effects is taught by Russian artist Kirill Pleshakov and utilizes a scene from the Russian short film “Something for Nothing.” It includes over 5GB of source files that you can use to follow along with the course. Along the way, you’ll solve numerous problems with source material and elements to create the final shot.


Interested in UI’s, HUDs or holograms?

If so, you might join Jayse Hansen‘s list Let’s talk F’nUI Design! on FUI =  design. He’s “currently sharing behind the scenes, latest next-gen design strategies, breakdowns, tools + workflows that I use on feature films – Straight to your inbox. Design, Animation and Compositing of UI’s, HUDs and holograms!” To preview some of this type of work, see the blog and it’s resources.

There’s also a Reddit group for Fake UI, r/FUI. It has an expressions section, that provides a custom JSX file for the library created by Tim Kurkoski from the AE team.

PQ FUI Toys 2 by Peter Quinn, available at AEScipts.com provides “pre-animated, sometimes looping, customizable Fake User Interface assets, as editable After Effects comps. Just search, browse and generate editable AE comps using the dockable Script UI panel, then customize parameters to make it your own.”


Lester Banks noted An Easy Way to Set Up Facial Expression in After Effects by Meghdad Asadi, “who extends his character rigging basics [another tutorial] in After Effects to setting up simple facial expressions. Previously, a tutorial showing a basic overview of setting up bones and IK/FK with the free DUIK tools. The companion tutorial to that is how to set up the smaller details of facial expressions.” Lester has more details on this tutorial and a more involved setup by Dave Legion.


Motion Array released several tutorials recently, including How To Create Animated Arrows In After Effects, How To Create An Unfolding Map Animation – After Effects Tutorial, as well the earlier How To Use Master Properties in After Effects.


A free eBook Making MOGRTs: Creating Motion Graphics templates in Adobe After Effects, by Jarle Leirpoll, is about making Motion Graphics templates in After Effects and Premiere Pro. The book covers every aspect of the process, and has a lot of examples and tips on MOGRT design. It’s also a great intro to writing Expressions in After Effects. The book has hundreds of little code snippets that you can copy from the PDF and paste directly into After Effects.

Adobe has made it available for free on their website: https://adobe.ly/makemogrts.

How Display Color Management in Premiere Pro works, by Jarle Leirpoll, explains this feature of the October 2018 update of Premiere Pro CC (version 13). There’s a new switch in the Preferences for this: The “Enable Display Color Management (requires GPU acceleration)” switch — but what does this switch do?

  • Will it make your wide gamut P3 display show correct colors in Premiere? Yes!
  • Will it make your Rec. 2020 video look good on your non-Rec. 2020 display? Yes!
  • Will it make your Rec. 709 video look correct on your sRGB display? Almost, but not quite.
  • Will it make sure contrast and colors on your YouTube videos are correct? No.
  • Will it make the dreaded QuickTime gamma shift problem go away? No.
  • Can it make your footage look the same in Premiere Pro and After Effects? Yes!

This was an Adobe-video Uservoice feature request, and it may need a shakedown cruise.


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A recent on-demand video explainer is The Editor’s Guide to macOS Mojave. The latest Mac OS (and .dot update) is here, and even though you may not have updated to it yet, there are a bunch of new features that editors specifically may love. In this webinar, Kevin P McAuliffe shows off some handy tools to:

  • Organize yourself with Stacks
  • Take better screenshots (and now screen recordings)
  • Work smarter in the Finder
  • Use your iOS device as a scanner!
  • Using Markups & the Finder for Review and Approval.


Retweeted a few weeks ago, but here anyway is Tom Howard‘s popular post of a shot synchronized with the behind-the-scenes view. You won’t regret seeing it.

Please note that these roundups are for quick review and comparison. There is almost always vital information from the originating authors at the links provided — and often free presets, projects, or stock footage too.

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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…