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Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 3

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 3

Keylight is, in general, the best chromakey plugin that comes with After Effects. Although there are other 3rdparty plugins available for sale, Keylight can produce exceptional results and has won…

Digitize your entire set…free, using Meshroom

Digitize your entire set…free, using Meshroom

3D camera tracking has become an essential tool for most filmmakers—even if just for matchmoving titles to scene geography. But until fairly recently, the ability to recreate your scene…

Adobe Creative Cloud discontinued apps: Adobe clarifies its letter and list

Adobe Creative Cloud discontinued apps: Adobe clarifies its letter and list

When Adobe published, recently, a list of software that could not be used any longer, it mixed CC apps with CS apps as Premiere Pro 6. I finally got a…

Classic Course: Smart Blur

Classic Course: Smart Blur

Smart Blur – along with Bilateral Blur, which we discussed back in January – was originally created to help blur out flaws in an image (such as dust, grain, skin flaws, etc…

Polygon Disintegration

Polygon Disintegration

Polygon Disintegration Breaking apart polygons with X-Particles…

ART OF THE CUT with Evan Schiff, editor of “John Wick 3”

ART OF THE CUT with Evan Schiff, editor of “John Wick 3”

Evan Schiff started his film industry career at the Stan Winston animatronic studio in 1999 working on such films as Jurassic Park III and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines…

Premiere Pro 6, After Effects 11, PS 13: did Adobe just say you can’t use them?

Premiere Pro 6, After Effects 11, PS 13: did Adobe just say you can’t use them?

Adobe distributed a document to its clients with the new CC download rules, but the document also suggests that owners of Premiere Pro 6 or After Effects 11 may no…

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…

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 2

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 2

In Part 1 I did a quick overview of the most commonly used keying plugins for After Effects.  Regardless of which keying plugin you’re using, and no matter…

Classic Course: Directional Blur

Classic Course: Directional Blur

After Effects has long supported the ability to calculate motion blur of layers animated inside AE. However, that could add a lot of time to your renders. Therefore, some users…

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…

ART OF THE CUT with Jeffrey Ford, ACE, of “Avengers: Endgame”

ART OF THE CUT with Jeffrey Ford, ACE, of “Avengers: Endgame”

Jeffrey Ford, ACE and Matthew Schmidt have been collaborating in the cutting room since the first Avengers movie. Back then Matthew was an assistant but rose quickly to the editing…

Adobe limiting the availability of older versions of the Creative Cloud apps

Adobe limiting the availability of older versions of the Creative Cloud apps

Editor alert! A blog post was created on the Adobe Blogs on May 8 entitled Changes to Creative Cloud Download Availability. It is short and to the point and this…

Are Public Beta’s a good idea?

Are Public Beta’s a good idea?

With the release of Blackmagic Design’s Public Beta for DaVinci Resolve 16, it got me thinking….are Public Beta’s a good idea.  Every year for the last few…

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 1

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 1

Nothing says visual fx like a greenscreen.  The image of a film set covered with blue or green fabric has become synonymous with visual effects.  Keying has become such an…