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. 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…

REVIEW: Red Giant VFX Suite

REVIEW: Red Giant VFX Suite

Red Giant Software has been developing After Effects plugins for over 15 years, and today they’ve launched their newest product.  The brand new Red Giant VFX Suite is comprised…

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 4

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 4

  The point of using a chromakey plugin is to generate a matte / alpha channel based on the colour of a background. In Part 4 of this series on…

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 3

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 3

Keylight is, in general, the best chromakey plugin that comes with After Effects. Although there are other 3rdparty plugins available for sale, Keylight can produce exceptional results and has won…

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 2

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 2

In Part 1 I did a quick overview of the most commonly used keying plugins for After Effects.  Regardless of which keying plugin you’re using, and no matter…