Chris was born a geek, and was lucky enough to own a Commodore 64 at a time when the number of students at his primary school who owned a computer could be counted on one hand. Upgrading to an Amiga with the onset of the desktop video revolution, Chris began experimenting with digital graphics and animation in his bedroom, and incorporating them into his high-school video productions.

Alpha Channels: The good, the bad & the ugly

Alpha Channels: The good, the bad & the ugly

Alpha channels are the basis of digital compositing, but there are two different types – straight and premultiplied.  Understanding the difference can make or break your composites – if the…

Some clips from Quantel’s “Clips”

Some clips from Quantel’s “Clips”

As one year finishes and another begins, it’s traditional to look back and reflect on the last 12 months. However this time I’m going to stretch…

Badu Gili – Behind the scenes

Badu Gili – Behind the scenes

Sydney’s “Artists in Motion” recently posted a rare glimpse into the work involved to produce “Badu Gili”, a building projection made for the Sydney Opera House. The talented crew…

After Effects: revisiting feature requests from 2008

After Effects: revisiting feature requests from 2008

June 2008 seems like a long time ago now. Adobe had only just released After Effects CS3 and I was mostly working on a G5 PowerMac. Four gigabytes of RAM…

AE Project Diary: 4) Mixing up a cake with maths

AE Project Diary: 4) Mixing up a cake with maths

I like cakes a lot, especially cakes with lots of layers.  After Effects also has lots of layers, but when you have to start doing boring and repetitive tasks those…

Windows ProRes: First Impression

Windows ProRes: First Impression

I’ve missed ProRes. I’m used to jumping between Mac and Windows, and I often say that once I’m in Adobe-land I can’t tell the difference…

AE Project Diary: 3) Ausgrid

AE Project Diary: 3) Ausgrid

What makes a project good to work on? I’ve worked on more productions than I can remember but some projects were definitely more enjoyable to work on than others…

AE Project Diary: 2) Green Fever

AE Project Diary: 2) Green Fever

  This is the first article anyone has written about Star Wars, lawn bowls, weddings and coffee machines, and how After Effects is an unlikely link between them. Since publishing…

Art vs Advertising: The reality behind my first rejection

Art vs Advertising: The reality behind my first rejection

20 years ago this week I answered the phone – and this is what I learned. Recently, Richard Harrington published an article titled “Why film and video have lost their…

Improving image quality by changing channels

Improving image quality by changing channels

Image quality can be a touchy subject, from production right through to final delivery.  So to claim that I’m going to show you techniques that can make your…