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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…

Classic Course: Calculations

Classic Course: Calculations

Continuing our theme of often-overlooked utility plug-ins in Adobe After Effects that can create interesting composites with a minimum of layers and precomps, Calculations is a real Swiss…

Behind-the-lens nets: a lost art makes a comeback

Behind-the-lens nets: a lost art makes a comeback

I’ve always been a little different. That’s the only explanation I have for cutting gels out of Rosco and Lee swatch books and putting them behind…

An interview with moi, now at Production Hub

An interview with moi, now at Production Hub

Not to give away any of PVC’s thunder, but Production Hub interviewed me a few weeks ago and the result is now live. You can see it here…

Chromatic aberration: hard edges, hue shifts, and storytelling

Chromatic aberration: hard edges, hue shifts, and storytelling

Accidents yield interesting truths. This is especially true in lens and camera tests, where it’s hard to know what to test for but there’s always something…