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Building Projections – Preview & Testing

Building Projections – Preview & Testing

When producing large scale video projections it’s important to establish some type of preview, to guage how the content will look when projected.  There are a variety…

Growing pains – the desktop video identity crisis

Growing pains – the desktop video identity crisis

Some of the most confusing aspects of a job have nothing to do with hardware problems or software upgrades.  Everyone using After Effects knows that Video Copilot produce great…

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…

After Effects and Alexa – Part 1

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…

Inventing the non-linear edit suite

Inventing the non-linear edit suite

If you’re developing a groundbreaking new product, where do you start?  The desktop video revolution was driven by the emergence of non-linear editing systems running on…

The Desktop Video Revolution – Part 3

The Desktop Video Revolution – Part 3

The video production industry has radically changed over the past 20 years, a period of time that can be called “the desktop video revolution”.  As desktop computers evolved…

The Desktop Video Revolution – Part 2

The Desktop Video Revolution – Part 2

The video production industry has radically changed over the past 20 years, a period of time that can be called “the desktop video revolution”.  As desktop computers evolved…

The Desktop Video Revolution – Part 1

The Desktop Video Revolution – Part 1

The video production industry has radically changed over the past 20 years, a period of time that can be called “the desktop video revolution”.  As desktop computers evolved…

Inside the After Effects camera

Inside the After Effects camera

One of the most powerful features of After Effects is the ability to work with 3D layers and a virtual camera.  While it is simple to add a camera…

An A to Z of Building Projections – Part 2

This two-part video presentation looks behind the scenes at two different building projection projects – a small scale production for New Year’s Eve in Melbourne, Australia, and…

An A to Z of Building Projections – Part 1

If you have any interest in motion graphics at all, you’ll have noticed the increasing popularity of building projections all around the world. This two-part presentation gives…