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Focus ramping: when T-stops go bad

Focus ramping: when T-stops go bad

Years ago, while assisting on a sitcom, I helped the director of photography shoot exposure tests on all of our zooms. The closeups were darker than expected, and she wanted…

The secret life of behind-the-lens nets

The secret life of behind-the-lens nets

“What’s with the pattern in the headlights?” I asked the first camera assistant, as I looked through “B” camera on a feature film set…

Liquid Image

Liquid Image

Liquid Image Two methods on applying images to particles in a liquid simulation…

Redshift3D Per Trail Color

Redshift3D Per Trail Color

Redshift3D Per Trail Color Rendering X-Particles per trail colors & creating abstract art…

CG Blood

CG Blood

CG Blood Simulating blood dripping with X-Particles…

Self-feeding Particle System

Self-feeding Particle System

Self-feeding Particle System Build an infinitely animating procedural system. This week Thanks for stopping by again to check out another random video tutorial based on an experiment I ran…

ARRI Signature Prime and Mini LF Event: Sim Video, Vancouver

ARRI Signature Prime and Mini LF Event: Sim Video, Vancouver

Come see me on June 6th at Sim Video in Vancouver, B.C., where I’ll co-present a session on ARRI Signature Primes with product manager Thorsten Meywald…

Polygon Disintegration

Polygon Disintegration

Polygon Disintegration Breaking apart polygons with X-Particles…

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 2

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 2

It’s time to name names. I’m going to tell you what lenses you’ve been looking at for the last few days, and offer my…

Adobe Tightens The Leash

Adobe Tightens The Leash

Adobe Tightens The Leash How does this effect me as a user and product developer for After Effects…

Attach Splines To Animated Objects

Attach Splines To Animated Objects

Attach Splines To Animated Objects Learn how to attach splines to animated objects, and alembics…

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 1

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 1

We live in an age of lens choice. Because of this, we also live in an age of lens tests. Done properly, such tests are hugely valuable. The best way…

Unconventional Cloth Simulation

Unconventional Cloth Simulation

Unconventional Cloth Simulation Using cloth simulation to create bizarre head animations…

Quantifying the Large Format Look

Quantifying the Large Format Look

Large format is no longer out of reach of the average filmmaker, but the look is difficult to quantify. Naturally, that means I’ll give it a try. I…

Fix a broken X-Particles cache

Fix a broken X-Particles cache

Fix a broken X-Particles cache Learn how to fix a broken X-Particles Cache when copy and pasting it into another project…