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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…

After Effects & Performance. Part 2: What After Effects actually does

After Effects & Performance. Part 2: What After Effects actually does

When discussing the history of After Effects and performance, there’s one single, critical, all encompassing factor that we have to begin with: what After Effects actually does.  Perhaps more…

After Effects & Performance. Part1: In search of perfection

After Effects & Performance. Part1: In search of perfection

Introducing the Introduction When it comes to After Effects, “performance” is a complicated topic.  The notion of performance affects every single After Effects user, and yet it’s one of…

Tattoo Removal from Video Footage

Tattoo Removal from Video Footage

Removing tattoos from body parts is tricky business: painful in the real world and painful in post-production. The former because being sizzled by Q-switched lasers is painful and…

Red Giant’s Universe plugins get new text and motion graphics tools

Red Giant’s Universe plugins get new text and motion graphics tools

Numbers, Array Gun, and Progresso are the brand new text and motion graphics tools included in the newest version of Red Giant’s Universe, expanding the options available for editors…

Create the “Undone” look using EbSynth

Create the “Undone” look using EbSynth

The new Netflix series “Undone,” like “A Scanner Darkly” before it, creates a compelling visual style by rotoscoping live action actors, and painting animation frames over…

Review: Flame Painter 4, a VFX toolbox designed for photographers

Review: Flame Painter 4, a VFX toolbox designed for photographers

Launched in June, Flame Painter 4 celebrates a decade with many new features. If you’ve never used the app, the trial version available will be a complete surprise: it…

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