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REVIEW: proDAD Mercalli V4 SAL+

REVIEW: proDAD Mercalli V4 SAL+

Whether attached to a car, a bicycle, a motorcycle,  a quadcopter, a rocket or a pair of skis, we have all become addicted to the unusual perspectives the GoPro…

Z-Depth from 3D After Effects layers

Z-Depth from 3D After Effects layers

I recently posted a video tutorial that demonstrates how to generate a z-depth map from Particular, and then use it to composite multiple layers of Particular together.  This…

Z-Depth compositing with Particular – Part 2

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What…

Z-Depth compositing with Particular – Part 1

Z-Depth compositing with Particular – Part 1

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What…

After Effects and Alexa – The Expurgated Version

OK so you’ve got some Arri Alexa footage in Log C format, and it looks funny in After Effects.  You don’t have time to sit…

After Effects and Alexa – Part 2

The Arri Alexa is a hugely popular digital camera, but it records footage in a proprietary Arri colourspace called Log C.  While there are many ways of working with…

Wriggle it – just a little bit

Hand drawn and stop motion animations have a very distinct look.  Every frame is slightly different, and when played back at full speed those small differences can add visible…

Animating the Hand of God

In the film & TV industry, voice-over narration is sometimes referred to as “the voice of god”.  So when I was stuck thinking of a way…

Creating a watercolour wipe in After Effects – Part 1

Creating a watercolour wipe in After Effects – Part 1

Over 3 years ago, in a rare moment when I had some spare time, I attempted to create an After Effects project that revealed an image as if it were…

Vegas Visits Vivid – Part 1

Vegas Visits Vivid – Part 1

Earlier this year, Sydney design company Spinifex headlined the Vivid Festival with a striking building projection on the iconic Sydney Opera House.  Attracting huge crowds and critical acclaim, the fifteen…

Waving a flag in After Effects

Waving a flag in After Effects

This video tutorial takes an old project, originally created in After Effects CS3, and explains all of the stages involved to create the final result.  It doesn’t…

After Effects – Leftover Plugins (part 2)

In amongst the 400+ plugins that come with a native installation of After Effects are a few rough gems.  These are plugins that are useful and valueable tools but…

After Effects – Leftover Plugins (part 1)

Have you ever checked to see how many plugins you’ve got?  You might be surprised to know it’s almost certainly well over 400, and it…

After Effects Leftovers – Part 2

This 5-part series looks at a selection of features that were in After Effects before CS5 but have been often overlooked. A total of 40 tips, tricks, workflow suggestions…

After Effects Leftovers – Part 1

This 5-part series looks at a selection of features that were in After Effects before CS5 but have been often overlooked. A total of 40 tips, tricks, workflow suggestions…

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