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Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 3

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 3

Keylight is, in general, the best chromakey plugin that comes with After Effects. Although there are other 3rdparty plugins available for sale, Keylight can produce exceptional results and has won…

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 2

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 2

In Part 1 I did a quick overview of the most commonly used keying plugins for After Effects.  Regardless of which keying plugin you’re using, and no matter…

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 1

Advanced keying with After Effects: Part 1

Nothing says visual fx like a greenscreen.  The image of a film set covered with blue or green fabric has become synonymous with visual effects.  Keying has become such an…

Restrain your undisciplined pixels with NaNny

Restrain your undisciplined pixels with NaNny

Most pixels are pretty well behaved, but if you work in 32 bit mode then every so often you come across one that’s a born troublemaker.  If parts of…

Classic Course: Calculations

Classic Course: Calculations

Continuing our theme of often-overlooked utility plug-ins in Adobe After Effects that can create interesting composites with a minimum of layers and precomps, Calculations is a real Swiss…

Classic Course: CC Composite

Classic Course: CC Composite

This effect was long one of our secret weapons in Adobe After Effects to create looks like our “instant sex” treatment with just one layer, instead of a stack of…

AE Project Diary: 8) 3D City

AE Project Diary: 8) 3D City

This city flythrough was created entirely using After Effects, with the final composition involving over 18,000 layers.  I made this almost 7 years ago, at the start of 2012…

Review: Imerge Pro, a RAW image compositing and green screen champion

Review: Imerge Pro, a RAW image compositing and green screen champion

Key, edit, crop and color your way to high-end  composites with FXhome’s Imerge Pro, which features unlimited layers and zero baked-in changes for a unique experience in…

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…

New “Fusion in Resolve” 20 minute quickstart

New “Fusion in Resolve” 20 minute quickstart

Hot off the moviola.com presses: a 20 minute guide to get you up and running in Resolve’s new Fusion page. Been holding off taking the deep dive into…

Up and running with Apple Motion…in 20 minutes

Up and running with Apple Motion…in 20 minutes

For a lot of editors, After Effects is overkill but the rudimentary motion graphics tools in their NLE of choice just don’t cut it. Apple’s Motion…

Globe animations in After Effects: The next chapter

Globe animations in After Effects: The next chapter

Just two weeks ago I looked at how globe animations had evolved between 1997 and 2010 – and now Andrew Kramer and the team at Video CoPilot have written the next…

AE Project Diary: 7) Globe animation

AE Project Diary: 7) Globe animation

It might not be obvious, but this simple globe animation was influenced by a Hollywood blockbuster.  I’m happy to admit that there’s nothing spectacular about it, and that…

Getting Started with HitFilm Pro – Lesson 9 – Text Part 1

Getting Started with HitFilm Pro – Lesson 9 – Text Part 1

In our last lesson, in our look at learning HitFilm Pro, we talked about Clip-Based Parameters and keyframing, and how essential they are to your HitFilm Pro workflow.  In…

Getting Started with HitFilm Pro – Lesson 8 – Clip-Based Parameters and Keyframing

Getting Started with HitFilm Pro – Lesson 8 – Clip-Based Parameters and Keyframing

In our last lesson, in our look at learning HitFilm Pro, we talked about updating HitFilm, and why that’s important, especially with an application like this, as major features…