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Chris & Trish Meyer founded Crish Design (formerly known as CyberMotion) in the very earliest days of the desktop motion graphics industry. Their design and animation work has appeared on shows and promos for CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, HBO, PBS, and TLC; in opening titles for several movies including Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley; at trade shows and press events for corporate clients ranging from Apple to Xerox; and in special venues encompassing IMAX, CircleVision, the NBC AstroVision sign in Times Square, and the four-block-long Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. They were among the original users of CoSA (now Adobe) After Effects, and have written the numerous books including “Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects” and “After Effects Apprentice” both published by Focal Press. Both Chris and Trish have backgrounds as musicians, and are currently fascinated with exploring fine art and mixed media in addition to their normal commercial design work. They have recently relocated from Los Angeles to the mountains near Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

After Effects Classic Course: Introduction to Mocha

After Effects Classic Course: Introduction to Mocha

After Effects CS5 – released 10 years ago – saw the introduction of Mocha Shape for After Effects. Mocha is a “planar tracking and masking” tool, which means it’s designed to…

After Effects Classic Course: Introduction to Roto Brush

After Effects Classic Course: Introduction to Roto Brush

After Effects CS5 saw several significant new features added, including Roto Brush and mocha for AE, which will be the focus of our next couple of posts. (CS5 also saw…

After Effects Classic Course: SD & HD Video Issues

After Effects Classic Course: SD & HD Video Issues

Navigating the video format landscape has long been a major headache for all desktop motion graphics users: there are several different standard and high definition (SD and HD) formats, with…

After Effects Classic Course: Work Faster, Not Harder

After Effects Classic Course: Work Faster, Not Harder

One of the things we loved about After Effects is that the team was constantly searching for ways to make it users more efficient. They would make studio visits and…

After Effects Classic Course: 3D Camera Tricks

After Effects Classic Course: 3D Camera Tricks

After Effects CS4 saw a pair of updates that made it easier to manipulate and keyframe its 3D camera. The keyframing trick also made it easier to create animations that…

After Effects Classic Course: Cartoon Effect, Bilateral Blur, and Turbulent Noise

After Effects Classic Course: Cartoon Effect, Bilateral Blur, and Turbulent Noise

A major part of After Effects has always been its effects plug-ins. It used to be common for new versions to introduce new effects. Here we’ll take deep…

After Effects Classic Course: Wiggle Transform for Shape Layers

After Effects Classic Course: Wiggle Transform for Shape Layers

For the next few months, we’re going to be working our way through various “new features” courses we created in the past for LinkedIn Learning & Lynda.com, covering…

After Effects Classic Course: Extended Vignette Techniques (part 3)

After Effects Classic Course: Extended Vignette Techniques (part 3)

A potential problem with creating a vignette to focus the viewer’s attention on an area of the frame: What if the camera wasn’t locked down, and instead moves…

After Effects Classic Course: Extended Vignette Techniques (part 2)

After Effects Classic Course: Extended Vignette Techniques (part 2)

A couple of weeks ago, we started talking about creating vignettes to subtly focus the viewer’s attention where you want in a video frame. This post covers “chapter 2…

After Effects Classic Course: Extended Vignette Techniques (part 1)

After Effects Classic Course: Extended Vignette Techniques (part 1)

In both video editing and motion graphics, the goal is to focus the viewer’s attention in a certain place – on an actor’s face, on a company’s logo…

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