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Brighter Whites; Richer Colors Part 2: sRGB

The first image (a digital photo originally saved with an sRGB color profile) has not been corrected; the second image…

Brighter Whites; Richer Colors, Part 1: 16-235

Footage that imports into After Effects with its internal “601” luminance levels intact (left) looks washed out compared to how…

Free After Effects Projects from Dean Velez

Dean Velez is offering free After Effects project files. Currently the list includes the following downloads: Water 7.0Fire 7.0NAB Class…

Top 10 Final Cut Pro Tips and Tricks for Editors

The following are my Top 10 Final Cut Pro Tips, with many thanks to the talented guru’s over at the…

Camera Control, Part 2: Graph Editor & Dolly Rigs

In the previous column, we discussed a handful of tricks and techniques which can be used in different situations to…

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Camera Control, Part 1: Auto-Orient & Orbit

One of the most daunting obstacles for motion graphics artists making the transition from 2D to 3D is animating the…

Map Exploration

A common task is navigating around a map-like image. In this column, we’ll discuss three different approaches to this challenge:…

The Hi-Def Checklist

The darker areas to the left and right of these images show what happens when a 16:9 image is “center…

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Visual Rhythm, Part 2: Motion & Cinema Tricks

In the previous column, we detailed a number of techniques for animating multiple layers in Adobe After Effects. In this…

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Visual Rhythm, Part 1: After Effects Tricks

Rhythm – repetition, with variation – is the backbone of many pieces of fine art, as well as motion graphic…

Motion + MIDI

An intriguing feature introduced in version 2 of Apple’s Motion Apple’s Motion is the ability to control it via MIDI:…

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The Almost Perfect Font

The LoveLetter Typewriter font had a few characters that were difficult to read (top line) until they were modified (lower…

A Different Light: Gamma-Corrected Compositing

The image on the left is a normal computer crossfade; the image on the right uses linear blending – note…

Managing Moving Masks

In After Effects, each mask vertex (the yellow squares) interpolates in a straight line from old to new positions. The…

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A Track of the Clones

One of the most significant but underused sections of After Effects has to be its vector-based painting engine, introduced back…

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