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After Effects & Performance. Part 10: The birth of the GPU

After Effects & Performance. Part 10: The birth of the GPU

Introducing the GPU.  Over the past ten years the GPU, or Graphics Processing Unit, has probably made greater advances than any other system component.  The GPU is no longer just…

After Effects & Performance. Part 9: Cold, hard cache

After Effects & Performance. Part 9: Cold, hard cache

Does adding more RAM to your computer make it faster? It’s a surprisingly tricky question.  Strictly speaking: no. But when it comes to After Effects: kind of – yes…

Learn Scratch – Part 4 – Slots, Scene Detection and Layer Basics

Learn Scratch – Part 4 – Slots, Scene Detection and Layer Basics

One of my favorite concepts inside of Scratch is Slots.  It’s something that, for new users, can seem a little confusing, but once you understand the way Scratch works…

Learn Scratch – Part 3 Outputting Continued and Color Managed Workflows

Learn Scratch – Part 3 Outputting Continued and Color Managed Workflows

I always find that rendering/exporting/outputting out of any application to be very hit and miss.  Obviously, the less options there are, the easier it is, however, in the…

Autodesk software used by 2020 VFX and Animation Academy Award nominees

Autodesk software used by 2020 VFX and Animation Academy Award nominees

Studios around the world power BAFTA, Golden Globe, Annie and VES nominated films with Autodesk M&E software, to create the most unique VFX and animated films. A story…

After Effects & Performance. Part 8: Multiprocessing (kinda sorta)

After Effects & Performance. Part 8: Multiprocessing (kinda sorta)

When is multiprocessing not multiprocessing?  When it’s rendering multiple frames simultaneously. In part 8 we’re going to have a quick look at this feature, which was first introduced…

Let’s Edit with Media Composer – What’s New in Sapphire 2020?

Let’s Edit with Media Composer – What’s New in Sapphire 2020?

What can I say…I’m a big Sapphire fan.  I need a shirt with “S_Glow” on the front of it, as I can’t…

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…

Post Malone concert tour recorded using Ki Pro GO and other AJA gear

Post Malone concert tour recorded using Ki Pro GO and other AJA gear

Superstar concerts today are high-tech events, with a visual feast of video, lights, sound and even pyrotechnics, and all that has to be recorded for posterity. AJA’s Ki…

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…

Making it rain in post—literally

Making it rain in post—literally

Shooting in the rain is usually a bad idea (just ask the equipment insurer). Sometimes there’s nothing left to do but fix it in post. Depending on the shot…

Let’s Edit with Media Composer – What’s New in Continuum 2020

Let’s Edit with Media Composer – What’s New in Continuum 2020

I’m still amazed when talking to Media Composer editors, how many of them are still using the built in tools to do all their effects work.  I&#8217…

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 & 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…

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