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After Effects Classic Course: Extended Vignette Techniques (part 2)

After Effects Classic Course: Extended Vignette Techniques (part 2)

A couple of weeks ago, we started talking about creating vignettes to subtly focus the viewer’s attention where you want in a video frame. This post covers “chapter 2…

After Effects & Performance. Part3: It’s numbers, all the way down

After Effects & Performance. Part3: It’s numbers, all the way down

If you’re reading this then you’re probably an After Effects user, and if you’re an After Effects user then you’re probably working in a creative industry…

After Effects & Performance. Part 2: What After Effects actually does

After Effects & Performance. Part 2: What After Effects actually does

When discussing the history of After Effects and performance, there’s one single, critical, all encompassing factor that we have to begin with: what After Effects actually does.  Perhaps more…

After Effects Classic Course: Extended Vignette Techniques (part 1)

After Effects Classic Course: Extended Vignette Techniques (part 1)

In both video editing and motion graphics, the goal is to focus the viewer’s attention in a certain place – on an actor’s face, on a company’s logo…

The November 2019 release of Adobe Premiere Pro and the other Adobe Video Apps is here

The November 2019 release of Adobe Premiere Pro and the other Adobe Video Apps is here

It’s Monday of Adobe MAX 2019 so that must mean new and cool stuff for the Adobe video tools. After a quiet IBC where Adobe’s focus was less…

After Effects & Performance. Part1: In search of perfection

After Effects & Performance. Part1: In search of perfection

Introducing the Introduction When it comes to After Effects, “performance” is a complicated topic.  The notion of performance affects every single After Effects user, and yet it’s one of…

Watchtower – Automatically load media into your Premiere Pro or After Effects bins

Watchtower – Automatically load media into your Premiere Pro or After Effects bins

I’ve always thought that one of the most useful features a non-linear editing tool could add would be watch folder functionality that would monitor folders on your…

After Effects Classic Course: Set Matte versus Track Matte

After Effects Classic Course: Set Matte versus Track Matte

One of the most useful compositing features in After Effects is the ability to use the properties of one layer to create transparency (an alpha channel) for a second layer…

After Effects Classic Course: Set Channels & Shift Channels

After Effects Classic Course: Set Channels & Shift Channels

Earlier this year, we talked about the Photoshop skill known as “ChOps” – Channel Operations, where you manipulate individual color channels to perform a series of specialized treatments. In that…

After Effects Classic Course: Shadow/Highlight

After Effects Classic Course: Shadow/Highlight

In addition to creating motion graphics, we are both also into mixed media art, which often means trips through Photoshop to process imagery that will be part of our final…

Creating Game of Thrones special effects at home with Red Giant’s VFX Suite

Creating Game of Thrones special effects at home with Red Giant’s VFX Suite

Game of Thrones delivered some of the best visual effects and tricks you could imagine, and now you get to recreate some of them at home, using Red Giant’s…

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…

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…

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…