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After Effects & EXRs- Compositing with big boy toys

After Effects & EXRs- Compositing with big boy toys

The OpenEXR file format is the industry standard amongst high-end visual fx companies, but unfortunately After Effects has always had a poor reputation for EXR support.  Today, fnord software…

Automatic animation with expressions

Automatic animation with expressions

Have you ever wished you could just press a button and have After Effects do all of the work for you?  While we’re not quite at that stage…

AE Project Diary: 6) Xian part 2: With Video!

AE Project Diary: 6) Xian part 2: With Video!

As part of the After Effects Project Diary series, my last article looked at colour grading on the Xian project.  However at over 5,000 words it’s a…

Managing complex expressions in After Effects

Managing complex expressions in After Effects

Expressions in After Effects are a powerful tool for animation, but while they can be as simple as the ‘wiggle’ function, working with more complex expressions can begin to get…

AE Project Diary: 6) Xian part 1.  Compositing.

AE Project Diary: 6) Xian part 1. Compositing.

When I started on the Xian project in 2011, it was the largest and most complex compositing project I had worked on.  Even though about seven years have passed since…

AE Project Diary: 5) Burning Embers

AE Project Diary: 5) Burning Embers

In this project diary we look at the process I went through to create an animation of burning embers in After Effects, using Trapcode Form.  Because the animation was a…

Alpha Channels: The good, the bad & the ugly

Alpha Channels: The good, the bad & the ugly

Alpha channels are the basis of digital compositing, but there are two different types – straight and premultiplied.  Understanding the difference can make or break your composites – if the…

These are the latest features in After Effects CC 2017, available now

These are the latest features in After Effects CC 2017, available now

Today marks the first time Adobe has released updates to its core video and audio applications ahead of NAB, where the company will put After Effects and Premiere Pro front…

What does After Effects even do?

What does After Effects even do?

Ridiculous question, right? We all know the After Effects basics. I mean, depending on your point of view, of course. It’s a motion graphics app that can be…