Adobe After Effects

Classic Course: Lens Blur

Classic Course: Lens Blur

Continuing our look at effects that take advantage of “blur maps”, the two movies below focus on Lens Blur. This effect is a much more advanced version of Compound Blur…

Classic Course: Compound Blur

Classic Course: Compound Blur

An important concept in After Effects is the idea of a “blur map”: a layer that tells you how to blur another layer. This is often used in compositing – often…

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 4

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 4

  The point of using a chromakey plugin is to generate a matte / alpha channel based on the colour of a background. In Part 4 of this series on advanced…

Classic Course: Compound Effects

Classic Course: Compound Effects

The next couple of blur effects we want to show you look at the contents of a second layer to decide exactly how to blur the layer that they are…

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…

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…

Stabilized Footage AE Script

Stabilized Footage AE Script

Get some ideas for how stabilized footage can be used…

NAB 2019: Chatting with Adobe about their new releases

NAB 2019: Chatting with Adobe about their new releases

While Adobe took the days leading up to NAB 2019 to release updates to their video products I still sat down with Victoria Nece, Adobe’s Product Manager for motion…

Adobe Creative Cloud video: 2019 NAB releases

Adobe Creative Cloud video: 2019 NAB releases

Just ahead of the 2019 NAB convention, Adobe has announced new features and performance updates for audio-video tools in Adobe Creative Cloud. New features include Content-Aware Fill for…

The Adobe Premiere Pro April 2019 update – little and big things

The Adobe Premiere Pro April 2019 update – little and big things

For April 2019 Adobe has another NAB timed release of updates to the entire video-focused Creative Cloud apps. While Adobe Premiere Pro is always my focus as an editor…

Classic Course: Channel Blur

Classic Course: Channel Blur

To wrap up our exploration of ChOp (Channel Operation) effects, we’re going to look at a fun one that we touched on earlier in this series-within-a-series…

Classic Course: Channel Mixer

Classic Course: Channel Mixer

Continuing our exploration of a few choice Channel Operation effects, we look at the initially daunting Channel Mixer. In short, the Channel Mixer allows you to create a custom mix…

Classic Course: Channel Combiner – Transparency

Classic Course: Channel Combiner – Transparency

One of the more confusing points on working with images is straight versus premultiplied alpha channels. With a straight alpha, information in the color channels is at full strength, and…

Classic Course: Channel Combiner – Alternate Color Spaces

Classic Course: Channel Combiner – Alternate Color Spaces

After Effects converts all of your source material into RGB color space, with a separate alpha channel. However, sometimes it is useful to process an image in an alternate color…

Red Giant releases Trapcode Suite 15.1 and announces flash sale

Red Giant releases Trapcode Suite 15.1 and announces flash sale

Trapcode Suite 15.1 is now available, and Red Giant’s  flash sale has started: get 25% off all Trapcode Suite products until March 1st. Red Giant released Trapcode Suite…