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Making 3D Effects Behave Like 3D

Making 3D Effects Behave Like 3D

Expressions can make “fake” 3D plug-ins such as CC Sphere track After Effects’ 3D cameras. After Effects is, at heart, a 2D program: All layers have…

Urban Legends of Video

Urban Legends of Video

Like urban legends, there are a few pieces of “conventional wisdom” that float around the motion graphics and 3D communities about how to handle video. They are oft…

Expressive Animation

Expressive Animation

One common use of expressions is to set up automatic relationships between layers, such as having a minute hand rotate 60 times a fast as the hour hand, and the…

Parenting Skills

Parenting Skills

Parenting is the ability to link one object to another. Once this bond has been established between parent and child, if you move, scale, or rotate the parent, the child…

Open Wide: Creating That Widescreen Look

Open Wide: Creating That Widescreen Look

For years, the widescreen look has held a certain allure. Most widescreen imagery originated as film that was reframed for television, implying “classy”, “expensive” and &#8220…

Elements for Editors

As motion graphics artists, we’re often asked to supply elements for an editor to use in a final composite or program. These might include single frames of text…

Luminance Ranges in Video

Luminance Ranges in Video

It would seem like a simple concept: “black” is the darkest color you can have; “white” is the brightest color. However, not all video hardware and…

Do Not Adjust Your Set

Do Not Adjust Your Set

In the motion graphics world, it is easy to become seduced with technology. New releases of software and hardware bring with them the promise of being able to achieve previously…

Do Not Adjust Your Set: The Studios

Do Not Adjust Your Set: The Studios

In the main article, we discussed some of the more interesting design topics brought up during the 1999 BDA Conference in San Francisco. In this companion post, we focus on…

Spinning Gold

Spinning Gold

In a perfect world, clients supply gorgeous video clips for you to use in the graphics they’ve hired you to create. When that doesn’t happen, there…

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