Chris Zwar

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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.

After Effects and Alexa – Part 1

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…

Inventing the non-linear edit suite

Inventing the non-linear edit suite

If you’re developing a groundbreaking new product, where do you start?  The desktop video revolution was driven by the emergence of non-linear editing systems running on…

The Desktop Video Revolution – Part 3

The video production industry has radically changed over the past 20 years, a period of time that can be called “the desktop video revolution”.  As desktop computers…

The Desktop Video Revolution – Part 2

The video production industry has radically changed over the past 20 years, a period of time that can be called “the desktop video revolution”.  As desktop computers…

The Desktop Video Revolution – Part 1

The video production industry has radically changed over the past 20 years, a period of time that can be called “the desktop video revolution”.  As desktop computers…

Wriggle it – just a little bit

Hand drawn and stop motion animations have a very distinct look.  Every frame is slightly different, and when played back at full speed those small differences can add visible…

Animating the Hand of God

In the film & TV industry, voice-over narration is sometimes referred to as “the voice of god”.  So when I was stuck thinking of a way…

Inside the After Effects camera

Inside the After Effects camera

One of the most powerful features of After Effects is the ability to work with 3D layers and a virtual camera.  While it is simple to add a camera…

Creating a watercolour wipe in After Effects – Part 2

Creating a watercolour wipe in After Effects – Part 2

Over 3 years ago, in a rare moment when I had some spare time, I attempted to create an After Effects project that revealed an image as if it were…

Creating a watercolour wipe in After Effects – Part 1

Creating a watercolour wipe in After Effects – Part 1

Over 3 years ago, in a rare moment when I had some spare time, I attempted to create an After Effects project that revealed an image as if it were…