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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.

Remote collaboration using Nextcloud

Remote collaboration using Nextcloud

For the boutique studio looking for a way to collaborate on media projects from home, Nextcloud could be just the ticket. It’s free, it’s been road…

ftrack offers remote review tool for free during COVID-19 pandemic

ftrack offers remote review tool for free during COVID-19 pandemic

For those looking to review videos with clients remotely during this extended season of quarantine, ftrack is making their popular remote reviewing platform, ftrack Review, free until May 31st. Press…

Slow mo blues: repairing bad optical flow retimes

Slow mo blues: repairing bad optical flow retimes

Optical flow retimes are amazing…until they’re not. When there’s too much change in the shot the slow motion clip ends up with weird bubbling…

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…

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