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Damian Allen is a VFX supervisor and pipeline consultant based in LA. He specializes in picture-lock emergency effects work and AR and VR tool development through his company Pixerati LLC. In addition to his hands-on production work, Damian lectures and trains artists around the world in compositing theory and technique.

Super slow motion effect for free

Super slow motion effect for free

We’re back at it again: using machine learning to do cool stuff with video. This week it’s extreme slow motion, something difficult for conventional optical flow…

Why your screen inserts look fake (and how to fix them)

Why your screen inserts look fake (and how to fix them)

Screen inserts are one of the most common effects done in everything from Hollywood blockbusters to corporate videos. So why are they done so badly? Because, more often than not…

Tracking in Mocha: The must-have 2020 skill upgrade

Tracking in Mocha: The must-have 2020 skill upgrade

Editors, mograph artists, and VFX artists all need to track objects. What if in 20 minutes you could learn to track in Mocha, the undisputed champ of tracking software? While…

Making it rain in post—literally

Making it rain in post—literally

Shooting in the rain is usually a bad idea (just ask the equipment insurer). Sometimes there’s nothing left to do but fix it in post. Depending on the shot…

Tattoo Removal from Video Footage

Tattoo Removal from Video Footage

Removing tattoos from body parts is tricky business: painful in the real world and painful in post-production. The former because being sizzled by Q-switched lasers is painful and…

Reactor for Blackmagic Fusion

Reactor for Blackmagic Fusion

Reactor is a plugin manager for Blackmagic Fusion that adds powerful new tools to both the Fusion page in Resolve and the standalone version of Fusion, Fusion Studio. Artists in…

The literal invisible cut: mastering the Fluid Morph

The literal invisible cut: mastering the Fluid Morph

Ethics aside, editors often have a legitimate need to hide a jump cut. Many editors are still unaware of morphing transitions, while others don’t know what to do…

Create the “Undone” look using EbSynth

Create the “Undone” look using EbSynth

The new Netflix series “Undone,” like “A Scanner Darkly” before it, creates a compelling visual style by rotoscoping live action actors, and painting animation frames over…

Automatic Rotoscoping…For Free

Automatic Rotoscoping…For Free

We’re still a few years away from where machine learning AI can produce rotoscoping that rivals what human artists can achieve (though only a very few), but even today…

Removing glare from glasses

Removing glare from glasses

There are all kinds of finishing effects that are within the grasp of the average editor. You just need to know the recipe. Removing reflections and glare from glasses is…

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