Chris was born a geek, and was lucky enough to own a Commodore 64 at a time when the number of students at his primary school who owned a computer could be counted on one hand. Upgrading to an Amiga with the onset of the desktop video revolution, Chris began experimenting with digital graphics and animation in his bedroom, and incorporating them into his high-school video productions.

After Effects & Performance. Part 7: Introducing AErender

After Effects & Performance. Part 7: Introducing AErender

When you install After Effects, Adobe also installs a separate program that can vastly improve productivity.  You already have it.  It’s there on your hard drive, right next to…

After Effects & Performance. Part 6: Begun, the core wars have…

After Effects & Performance. Part 6: Begun, the core wars have…

When we look back over the last 25 years of After Effects’ history, and how its performance has evolved, we can see a few key milestones. The years 2006, 2010…

After Effects & Performance. Part 5: Introducing the CPU

After Effects & Performance. Part 5: Introducing the CPU

Introducing the CPU – Confusing Products, Unfortunately… At the heart of every modern computer is the CPU – the central processing unit.  For several decades the CPU has been the…

After Effects & Performance. Part 4: Bottlenecks and busses

After Effects & Performance. Part 4: Bottlenecks and busses

Have you ever wished that After Effects was a bit faster? I’m guessing that every After Effects user has stared at the blue rendering bar hoping for a miracle…

After Effects & Performance. Part3: It’s numbers, all the way down

After Effects & Performance. Part3: It’s numbers, all the way down

If you’re reading this then you’re probably an After Effects user, and if you’re an After Effects user then you’re probably working in a creative industry…

After Effects & Performance. Part 2: What After Effects actually does

After Effects & Performance. Part 2: What After Effects actually does

When discussing the history of After Effects and performance, there’s one single, critical, all encompassing factor that we have to begin with: what After Effects actually does.  Perhaps more…

After Effects & Performance. Part1: In search of perfection

After Effects & Performance. Part1: In search of perfection

Introducing the Introduction When it comes to After Effects, “performance” is a complicated topic.  The notion of performance affects every single After Effects user, and yet it’s one of…

Thoughts on AE: What’s after After Effects?

Thoughts on AE: What’s after After Effects?

Over the past couple of years, I’ve seen an increasing number of After Effects users talk about switching to a different app for motion graphics design.  But is it…

AE Project Diary: 9) Digital van replacement

AE Project Diary: 9) Digital van replacement

In July last year I began work on a number of vfx shots for a short film called “At the edge of night”. I had expected the work…

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 5

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 5

In the fifth and final part of this series on keying, I’ll demonstrate a range of compositing techniques to help integrate keyed footage into backgrounds. In parts 1 to…

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