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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…

Let’s Edit with MC – Keying Part 3 – BCC Primatte Studio Basics

Let’s Edit with MC – Keying Part 3 – BCC Primatte Studio Basics

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about taking your Chroma Keying workflows to the next level, by using Boris Continuum Complete’s Primatte Studio. New to version BCC…

In Depth Look – HitFilm Pro 2018

In Depth Look – HitFilm Pro 2018

I’m the first one to admit that I’m a fan of HitFilm.  For me, it’s like the Little Engine That Could.  The HitFilm team have put themselves…

Nuke to Fusion Quick Transition Guide

Nuke to Fusion Quick Transition Guide

Blackmagic Design’s Fusion is a compelling offer at only $299 for the full Studio version. Its feature list checks all the boxes: 3D tracking, keying, rotoscoping, node-based…