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January 17, 2013, 8:11 pm
Happy Birthday After Effects! It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years. While I didn’t know you from birth, you came into my life when you were a couple of years old – just before your new family at Adobe adopted you. Not unlike a toddler in their terrible two’s my first experience with you was a bit overwhelming. Let me explain. My background was graphic design. You were my first move into the world of motion graphics. And for that, I am forever grateful. But I must admit, it took a bit...
January 16, 2013, 3:19 pm
Want to learn a quick, easy way to make a ghost for your horror/suspense video? On this episode of “5 Minute FX” we find out a great way to have you ghost float down a hallway using garbage matteing and keying, animating the ghost floating, and designing your shot to look like a transparent ghost using rotoscoping and the twitch effect.
January 14, 2013, 8:33 pm
Many times, especially if you work in the church production world like I do, you are faced with very tight deadlines and have to come up with something stunning with a very small crew. How do you accomplish this without spending your entire week slaving over one small project? Simple, use a project template.
January 13, 2013, 8:00 pm
Does it drive you crazy to see somebody use something the wrong way, then declare it doesn’t work? That’s how I feel about the Roto Brush tool introduced in After Effects CS5. This semi-automated tool helps you separate the foreground (i.e. an actor) from a complex background (i.e. not greenscreen) - “all” you have to do is make a couple quick brush strokes defining where those areas are. Well, not exactly.
January 13, 2013, 4:23 pm
Advanced Study of Adobe After Effects – $995 This two-day advanced class will help you achieve better results from this comprehensive application. Building on concepts from After Effects Level 1 and Level 2 classes, this course covers all about alphas (straight vs. pre-multiplied alphas, working with Photoshop and Illustrator and vector paint) and advanced formatting and [...]
January 12, 2013, 11:29 am
2012 saw effects plugin company Red Giant blur the line between advertisement and compelling short film with Plot Device and Time Warp. But as good as both those shorts were, if I’m honest, the demonstrations which really raise my excitement levels are those that are developed in bedrooms with a mighty staff of one.
January 7, 2013, 10:18 pm
Mocha AE is a stand alone planar tracking and rotoscoping utility optimized for After Effects, Final Cut and Motion users. The advanced mask creation tools, simple user interface and copy/paste exchange with AE helps take the complications out of motion tracking and reduces keyframing headaches.
The filmmakeru.com team explores the history of color in film in our series Birth of an Art. From coloring in single frames ...
Gordon sits down with Ivan Victor to discuss his work editing 68 Whiskey.
Gordon sits down to discuss the VFX of The Lion King with VFX supervisor Rob Legato
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