visual effects

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…

Automatic Rotoscoping…For Free

Automatic Rotoscoping…For Free

We’re still a few years away from where machine learning AI can produce rotoscoping that rivals what human artists can achieve (though only a very few), but even today…

Learn the Fusion page in Resolve: in 20 minutes

Learn the Fusion page in Resolve: in 20 minutes

Blackmagic have really pushed the limit in terms of what you can get for free in the software realm. Not only have they turned what was previously a high six…

Face Replacement How-to

Face Replacement How-to

Learn the art of face replacement with our step-by-step walkthrough of the technique. This marks the start of a new collaboration between provideocoalition.com and moviola.com: “Impossible…

Creating a blood knife effect

Creating a blood knife effect

Too often these days productions turn to CG to get their effects work done, when tried and true practical gags are more realistic, faster, and cheaper. Here we take a…

CG Blood

CG Blood

CG Blood Simulating blood dripping with X-Particles…

Self-feeding Particle System

Self-feeding Particle System

Self-feeding Particle System Build an infinitely animating procedural system. This week Thanks for stopping by again to check out another random video tutorial based on an experiment I ran…

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…

Digital Extra Crowds for Free with Miarmy

Digital Extra Crowds for Free with Miarmy

Think digital crowds are too expensive for your indie budget short film? Think again. If you’ve ever watched a behind-the-scenes doco on The Lord of the Rings…

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…

Great Use of Music-28 Weeks of Post Audio Redux

Great Use of Music-28 Weeks of Post Audio Redux

Editor’s Note: “28 Weeks of Post Audio” originally ran over the course of 28 weeks starting in November of 2016. Given the renewed focus on the…

AE Project Diary: 6) Xian part 1.  Compositing.

AE Project Diary: 6) Xian part 1. Compositing.

When I started on the Xian project in 2011, it was the largest and most complex compositing project I had worked on.  Even though about seven years have passed since…

Alpha Channels: The good, the bad & the ugly

Alpha Channels: The good, the bad & the ugly

Alpha channels are the basis of digital compositing, but there are two different types – straight and premultiplied.  Understanding the difference can make or break your composites – if the…

First Look – Rampant Style Kits

First Look – Rampant Style Kits

We’re all about value for our dollar(s) these days.  Whether it’s in the the plug-ins we buy, the storage arrays we need or, for the purposes…