Chris Zwar

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.

Automatic versioning in After Effects

Automatic versioning in After Effects

No-one likes boring and repetitive work, so this After Effects tutorial demonstrates how to create many different versions of the same animation with only one click.  If you…

Motion Graphics for Business – Part 2: Beyond Hollywood

Motion Graphics for Business – Part 2: Beyond Hollywood

This is part 2 of a series that looks at trends in corporate motion graphics.  Part 1 looked at the Hollywood films which became landmarks in motion graphics design…

Motion Graphics for Business – Part 1: Inspirational Films

Motion Graphics for Business – Part 1: Inspirational Films

The New Year is traditionally a time for lists, and as many of the articles I published during 2014 reflected on the last 20 years of desktop video, I thought…

The case of the white t-shirt

The case of the white t-shirt

In an earlier article I said that when I began my career, I found business issues more difficult to understand than any software or hardware matters.  This article elaborates…

Growing pains – the desktop video identity crisis

Growing pains – the desktop video identity crisis

Some of the most confusing aspects of a job have nothing to do with hardware problems or software upgrades.  Everyone using After Effects knows that Video Copilot produce great…

Z-Depth from 3D After Effects layers

Z-Depth from 3D After Effects layers

I recently posted a video tutorial that demonstrates how to generate a z-depth map from Particular, and then use it to composite multiple layers of Particular together.  This…

Z-Depth compositing with Particular – Part 2

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What…

Z-Depth compositing with Particular – Part 1

Z-Depth compositing with Particular – Part 1

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What…

After Effects and Alexa – The Expurgated Version

OK so you’ve got some Arri Alexa footage in Log C format, and it looks funny in After Effects.  You don’t have time to sit…

After Effects and Alexa – Part 2

The Arri Alexa is a hugely popular digital camera, but it records footage in a proprietary Arri colourspace called Log C.  While there are many ways of working with…

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