Effects Tutorials:
Final Cut Pro 6 Level 2: Preferences, projects and sequences By Jerry Leer In this training video, host Jerry Leer discusses preferences, projects and sequences. The preferences in FCP have been sub grouped in different headings, making it easier to find things. He shows the FCP menu and goes over each of the preferences in the menu, starting with the Audio Video settings. he also covers preferences under the General tab, editing, Timeline, Render control, and Audio outputs. ...Read More »
Final Cut Pro 6 Level 3: Ripple and Rolling edits By Jerry Leer In this training video, host Jerry Leer covers ripple and rolling edits. He setys up FCP for Ripple editing and describes what a ripple edit is and what it does to your timeline. He also covers what a rolling edit is as well and gives detailed explanation on how to perform a ripple and rolling edit. ...Read More »
Type Tricks in After Effects with Boris BCC Filters By Jean Hauptman I was pretty happy when a national TV show I freelance with gave us Boris BCC filters. On the surface, BCC filters are simple for fast turnaround, but each filter has tons of options for custom effects that will have the anti-filter snob in the next cubicle eating his/her heart out. The four text effects we will cover were all made with BCC Glitter. Normally, BCC Glitter is used for twinkling stars, ala ET. Like Trapcode Starglow, it follows the alpha, which makes Glitter good for type effects. ...Read More »
BORIS FX Glitter By Ko Maruyama If you've been using Avid, Final Cut, or After Effects for any amount of time, you probably know the Boris FX filters, but in the event that you've missed them, Boris wants you to check out their glittery offering from the Continuum Complete set. In other news, Boris now offers sparks for Autodesk products. The glittery plugin is great, but you might notice a couple of gotchas. This might help. ...Read More »
See CMI's CINEMA4D R11 By Ko Maruyama They're launching their 7th training video for Maxon's Cinema 4d R11 3D application, but this time it will include the extensive use of the new tools Doodle, BodyPaint 4, and Projection Man. Content for this show was created in partnership with Chris Maynard, Michael Marcondes and Saizen Media for the commercial group cmi-saizen studios. The product series has been in development for nearly a year, and is fine tuned to work with a variety of different skill leveled users. ...Read More »
Working with XDCAM EX Footage in Final Cut Pro 6 By Heath McKnight The Sony XDCAM EX line of cameras, which include the PMW-EX1 and EX3, offer full HD resolution recording (1920 x 1080), which record onto non-linear flash-based cards that Sony has named SxS. Speed is always of the utmost importance, so it's great to be able to get clips into Final Cut Pro fast and easy. ...Read More »
Photoshop: Smiles everyone smiles By John Haley Say we have this smiley face to the left, it's bright and yellow, and pops off the page. Sorta makes me smile just thinking about it, ooh wait! THERE IT IS. So I thought I would go through the steps in showing you how to CREATE your own Smiley FACE! ...Read More »
Why Media Composer editors should not overlook Final Cut Studio 2 By Kevin McAuliffe There's a big dilemma for Media Composer editors these days. They don't want to switch to Final Cut Studio 2 for editing, but they like all the other applications in the Studio 2 bundle. I am definitely of the opinion that Media Composer editors should not overlook the power of Final Cut Studio 2, even if they don't want to use it for editing. ...Read More »
Create an animated ad with Motion templates By David Basulto Have you ever created content and wanted to get some viral marketing going? Maybe it's a new how-to dvd? A new CD for your buddy's rock band? Getting an ad on youtube.com or revver.com is easy and an extremely cost efficient way to reach potential customers. . . it's free. ...Read More »
Your Name In Lights By Ko Maruyama There are a lot of ways that you can create volumetric lights in an animation. My personal favorite would be to open a 3D application that supports true volume, in order to have your lights obey properly. Sometimes, you don't need that much. ...Read More »
Glowing footage in Motion 3 By David Basulto I have always loved the look of a subtle glow on images shot at night. Cars whisking through a dimly lit street with their headlights glowing adds a bit of surrealism. Adding an even stronger glow to footage can create images you might have never even imagined that can be used in many places in your project. ...Read More »
Getting acquainted with Nuke - Part 1 By David Basulto At this past NAB I had the pleasure of meeting the fine folks from The Foundry. I have been a fan of their Tinderbox plug-ins for After Effects for quite some time. During our meeting they showed me their ultra cool compositing tool, Nuke. ...Read More »
Color correcting the Rebel way in After Effects By David Basulto I recently received an email from a very smart high school student (smart because he is learning After Effects in high school). He was in a bit of a dilemma. He pleaded with his parents to buy him Red Giant Software's Colorista plug in for his birthday to no avail. He asked me in his email what was out there that was like it. Enter Rebel CC. ...Read More »
Creating A Cool Credit Crawl With Digital Anarchy's Toonit! And After Effects' Levels Effect By Kevin McAuliffe About a week ago, I heard another one of my favorite lines from a producer. "Can you create a cool look for our show's credits?" Since I'm always up for a good challenge, I came up with a very interesting look for the end credits for a piece I was working on, and I thought that for this article, I would show a quick and easy way to create a great credit look for any show you are working on. For this tutorial, I am going to use Digital Anarchy's Toonit! and Adobe After Effects' Levels effect. ...Read More »
Keying in Motion Part 2 By David Basulto In this video, host Dave Basulto shares part two of his keying in motion tutorial. He uses DV Matte Pro by DV Garage in this tutorial. ...Read More »
Boris FX Tutorial: Using Light Effects This tutorial uses BCC Rays Cartoon in Apple Final Cut Pro to generate a volumetric lighting effect on an animated text element. The BCC Rays Cartoon filter will also give the text the appearance of being made of neon lights. ...Read More »
How Trapcode LUX Rocks (your lighting setup)!!! By Kevin McAuliffe Lighting in After Effects has become almost an essential part of any composition, and with the ability to now add volumetric lighting to our lights using Trapcode's LUX, we can essentially create almost completely realistic lighting setups. For this article I will take a look at how to create a complex lighting setup that can be controlled using one parameter. ...Read More »
Singling out a color in Final Cut Pro 6 By David Basulto Remember that movie called Pleasantville with Toby McGuire? When they lived in the past it was a world stricken of color. Slowly the color began to come back to life. Did you know you could do this effect with a simple tool in Final Cut Pro? You can. ...Read More »
Getting on track with SynthEyes 2008 By David Basulto Many times I get to demo some really cool software. The cool thing about learning SynthEyes is I have been taking a great class in the software at FXPHD.com. I have been wanting to add a 3D tracker to my arsenal of tools and this is definitely it. ...Read More »
Cleaning Up Those After Effects Projects By Kevin McAuliffe As I'm sure everyone knows by now, I am big on cleanliness and organization. For me, that is one of the keys to being efficient with not only your work, but the work of the editors you work with. I thought that for this article, I would look at two ways to tidy up your After Effects projects. ...Read More »
Keying options for Motion 3 By David Basulto Recently I had a project that had a ton of green screen shots in it. I edited in Final Cut Pro and really wanted to see if doing all the work in Final Cut Studio was doable for me because I am so used to exporting to After Effects to do all my keying. This time I would bring the footage into Motion. ...Read More »
Creating Animated Backgrounds By Kevin McAuliffe I always say that these days, we live in an instant gratification society, and what I mean by this is that we want everything and we want it now. Beginners and advanced After Effects users alike are quick to buy animated backgrounds to use in their compositions, because it is quick and easy to do. The big problem with it is that it costs money that alot of us don't have. ...Read More »
Ask.com Search Engine - A Brief History By Scott Buresh As of this writing, there are five top Internet search engines: Google, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, and Ask.com, and while Google and Yahoo! get a lot of the press (particularly lately), the Ask.com search engine is a rather interesting engine that deserves a closer look. This article will cover some of the highlights in its 12-year history, from its start as Ask Jeeves to its innovations, as well as the most recent developments behind the scenes. ...Read More »
Working With 3D Elements In Adobe's Photoshop CS3 Extended By Kevin McAuliffe Whether I am working on a broadcast or print project, I use Photoshop a lot, and these days I always find myself using elements from many different sources when creating my Photoshop masterpiece. I thought that in this tutorial I would show you how easy it is to use 3D Studio Max (.3ds) files in Adobe's Photoshop CS3 Extended. ...Read More »
Total Training for Adobe After Effects CS3: Keying part 3 and 4 By Ko Maruyama, Total Training In part 3 of keying, host Ko Maruyama discusses screen mattes as well as inside and outside masks. He also covers foreground colour correction and edge colour correction. He shows how to enable the colour corrector and shows how to change the saturation, contrast, and brightness if you need to. He also details the tools in the Colour Suppression tool, and how to suppress a certain color based on the color values. ...Read More »
Total Training for Adobe After Effects CS3: Keying By Ko Maruyama, Total Training In this clip, host Ko Maruyama covers keying and starts out with an intro to simple keys. He discusses how to prepare shots, such as with live footage and extracting foreground information and leaving the transparent background information as is so you can composite the background information later in After Effects. He also shows how to bring up the different color channels as well as the alpha channel. ...Read More »
Total Training for Adobe After Effects CS3: Color Range in 3D text By Ko Maruyama, Total Training In this clip, host Ko Maruyama covers the color range in 3D text. He works in the camera orbit tool as well as the camera control properties in the timeline. He then shows how to increase the range of color that After Effects can see. He also shows how to change the color channels and explains what each change will do to the project. ...Read More »
DMN Podcast Episode 41: Imagineer Systems Allan Jaenicke discusses the products and upcoming Mogul release By David Basulto It`s been a year now since I began using Imagineer Systems applications. From doing wire removal with Mokey to complex tracking and rotoscoping with Mocha, I have definitely acquired a taste for them. Although I plan my shows with extreme micro managed skills there is always a time when something I don`t want gets into the shot and I have no fear since I have my Imagineer Systems suite of tools. ...Read More »
Total Training for Adobe After Effects CS3: Keyframes By Ko Maruyama, Total Training In this clip, host Ko Maruyama works with Character offset and Character value offsets. He deetails what will happen when you select character offset or character value. He shows how changing the character values will change the character. He also shows how to offset the values as well by changing the character offset. ...Read More »
Adding a Deflector Object in particleIllusion 3.0 By David Basulto Let's say you have a shot of your superhero holding back the evil xrays of the villain Collosomo. As an effects artist what are you to do? Just launch Wondertouch`s particleIllusion 3.0, add deflector object where the rays would be hitting the hero and you are done. Yes it really is that simple. ...Read More »
Total Training for Adobe After Effects CS3: Motion Tracker part 4 By Ko Maruyama, Total Training In this clip, host Ko Maruyama discusses stabilizing data, and uses the tracker controls to stabilize motion. He moves track points on the subject, in this case a moving helicopter to track the data. He also works in the Motion Stabilizer Options window to change the Confidence levels. He also uses the attach point to move the object in order to have a reference. ...Read More »
Total Training for Adobe After Effects CS3: Motion Tracker part 3 By Ko Maruyama, Total Training In this clip, Ko continues with the Motion Tracker in After Effects. He works with Pre-Comps in this video and shows how to drag them into the composition. He lenghtens the Pre-Comps using Time Remapping and shows how it is done, dragging the end of the layer out and the keyframe to match. He also shows how to edit the target. ...Read More »
Your own particles in particleIllusion By Ko Maruyama There are a lot of different particle shapes that you can draw from within the default library of shapes that ships with wondertouch's particleIllusion, but there are instances when you'll want to design your own particle shape. It's easy. Particle shapes within particleIllusion are simply bitmaps. You can use color or black and white images to fuel your own particle animations. ...Read More »
Total Training for Adobe After Effects CS3: Motion Tracker Part 2 By Ko Maruyama, Total Training In this clip, host Ko Maruyama continues with the Motion Tracker in After Effects. He covers the Track Point and shows how to create a bigger area around the Track Point. He shows how to click and drag the range, which magnifies the layer. He shows how to use a reference in the clip to line back up the tracking if it goes astray, and how to ensure that you get accurate tracking data. ...Read More »
Total Training for Adobe After Effects CS3: Advanced Keying By Ko Maruyama, Total Training In this clip, we learn about the Motion Tracker in After Effects and see it in action. With the New York City Library as a backdrop, host Ko Maruyama explains how Motion Tracking will allow you select a group of pixels and analyze them. He shows several ways to open up the Motion Tracker in After Effects CS3. ...Read More »
Adding a Force Object in Particle Illusion 3.0 By David Basulto Let`s say you are comping a scene where rain or snow particles need to fall with a certain amount of velocity. This could be tricky in some applications. Not so in Particle Illusion 3.0. All that is needed is to add a "force object" to your scene and tweak the parameters to your perfect amount. ...Read More »
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