Adobe After Effects

After Effects & Performance. Part 7: Introducing AErender

After Effects & Performance. Part 7: Introducing AErender

When you install After Effects, Adobe also installs a separate program that can vastly improve productivity.  You already have it.  It’s there on your hard drive, right next to…

After Effects & Performance. Part 6: Begun, the core wars have…

After Effects & Performance. Part 6: Begun, the core wars have…

When we look back over the last 25 years of After Effects’ history, and how its performance has evolved, we can see a few key milestones. The years 2006, 2010…

Faking 3D in After Effects

Faking 3D in After Effects

3D is ever present in the motion graphics world. It’s also hard to learn and, occasionally, overkill. That’s where moviola.com comes in. This week, we explore the…

After Effects & Performance. Part 5: Introducing the CPU

After Effects & Performance. Part 5: Introducing the CPU

Introducing the CPU – Confusing Products, Unfortunately… At the heart of every modern computer is the CPU – the central processing unit.  For several decades the CPU has been the…

After Effects Classic Course: Extended Vignette Techniques (part 3)

After Effects Classic Course: Extended Vignette Techniques (part 3)

A potential problem with creating a vignette to focus the viewer’s attention on an area of the frame: What if the camera wasn’t locked down, and instead moves…

After Effects & Performance. Part 4: Bottlenecks and busses

After Effects & Performance. Part 4: Bottlenecks and busses

Have you ever wished that After Effects was a bit faster? I’m guessing that every After Effects user has stared at the blue rendering bar hoping for a miracle…

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…

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