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.

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…

Virtual Production: It’s the future you need to know about

Virtual Production: It’s the future you need to know about

In an age of dizzying technological churn, it’s hard to know which emerging fringe tech is worth paying attention to. Not so with virtual production: Anyone who’s experienced…

Blender 2.8: A Maya killer for free?

Blender 2.8: A Maya killer for free?

Last week we took a brief look at the news that Autodesk had released an affordable Indie version of Maya, and that the Blender Foundation had simultaneously released the long…

2019: The year of affordable 3D

2019: The year of affordable 3D

With the announcement of Maya Indie and the release of user-friendly Blender 2.8, the democratization of high-end 3D animation has finally arrived. Back in the nineties, an…

Unboxing the tech of the new Mac Pro

Unboxing the tech of the new Mac Pro

If you’re secretly confused by the techno jargon being used to market the new Mac Pro, you’re not alone. To many, the real question is: Which users will…