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 with the initial Cinema 4D features of the Next version of After Effects, which were discussed in-depth in details of CINEMA 4D integration with After Effects by Todd Kopriva. Mylenium has gathered his thoughts in a meaty post on the topic, cinelement, and added more in Fractured Reality. See also the forums at cgsociety.
Besides slow rendering and other tradeoffs, Mylenium notes that the “biggest hinderance here is that the plug-in does everything enclosed in the actual C4D scene and where you would use expressions like in the recent car rig demo in Element, you have no means of accessing scene items while at the same time not giving you advanced animation techniques in the 3D program itself.”
Those with a full version of C4D will enjoy a boon, but in the initial stages some C4D Lite users may find Video Copilot Element 3D easier, faster, and more flexible (with gotchas) — even while some C4D users are already using Element 3D too. Either way, the days of pseudo 3D workarounds are fading and the future of 3D in After Effects seems bright.
The recent project mentioned by Mylenium is Simple Car Rig in Element 3D by Andrew Kramer:
Harry Frank has a quick tip, Baking Textures in Cinema 4D for Element 3D:
David Torno on understanding goals, workflow tips, the difference between Expressions and Scripts, and the After Effects Object Model Structure in ExtendScript. See also Using and creating After Effects scripts for a variety of other resources.
In Depth: Rain Generators by Michele Yamazaki is a handy comparative roundup of resources for the simulation of rain. Here's one of here links, After Effects Particular Rain effect from Rasmus Jürs, which even comes with settings info:
VFX pro produces short film with a Macbook Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud by Meagan Keane is on Hasraf Dullul, a well-known visual effects supervisor in the motion picture industry.
Motional shared his After Effects timesaving: Performance tips.
HUD and UI graphics in ‘Oblivion; + titles by Rich Young
'Oblivion,' a new movie that 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 lead by Bradley G Munkowitz, aka GMUNK. The title sequences are also noted.
mocha AE is a planar tracking and roto utility bundled with After Effects CS6. In this 1.5 hour webinar, Dr. Mathias Möhl of mamoworld.com teaches the basics of understanding mocha's powerful tracking technology.
See also An Introduction to Motion Trackers by Adam Everett Miller and other new tutorials from Aetuts+ — like Quick Tip – Text and Expression-Fixing Scripts You Should Use and the 4-part series Create an Organized AE Template by Andre Navarre, and Animate Different Extrusion Levels of a Logo Based on Its Color Range by Mohammad Bilal.
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.