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Motion graphics and visual effects work shines at Sundance Film Festival
By: Adobe Sponsored on Jan 22, 2014 at 2:03:44 pm

In the lead up to the Sundance Film Festival we had the good fortune to talk with a number of creative professionals involved in creating some of the great films premiering in Park City. From animated and live action shorts to feature-length documentaries and dramatic premieres, these films display a dizzying range of creativity and talent, as well as inspiring uses of motion graphics and visual effects. Me + Her , Hits , and The End of Eating Everything are three films in which Adobe After Effects played an important role. Me + Her Joseph Oxford started making Me +...

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Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull continues to innovate with Adobe Creative Cloud
By: Adobe Sponsored on Jan 7, 2014 at 10:32:34 am

New animated short film for Universal Studios expands on the visual style of HaZ’s first film Fubar Redux Our friend and Adobe Creative Cloud enthusiast Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull was recently hired by Universal Studios to direct a motion comic as part of the marketing for 47 Ronin , starring Keanu Reeves. Working with the team at production studio DSF, HaZ created the animated short film 47 Ronin: The Samurai Spirit in the same style as his short film Fubar Redux . The animated short expands on the visual style of Fubar Redux with DSF’s Hyper Motion Cinema format, which combines...

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Joseph Kosinski’s film “Oblivion” showcases elegant effects created with Adobe After Effects
By: Adobe Sponsored on Nov 21, 2013 at 9:33:15 am

World‐class user interface designers, graphic artists, and animators create crisp, timeless visual elements for sci-fi film When you want great visual effects for your latest futuristic film, you need to hire a great team. That’s exactly what Joseph Kosinski did for his latest film, Oblivion , starring Tom Cruise as a drone repairman working on an uninhabitable future Earth. Kosinski turned to Bradley G. Munkowitz (GMUNK), who he’d previously worked with on Tron Legacy . As lead interface graphic designer, GMUNK then pulled a team together that included Interface Graphic Designers Joseph Chan (Chanimal) and Jake Sargeant, and Interface Animators...

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Upping the HUD ante with Adobe After Effects
By: Adobe Sponsored on Nov 20, 2013 at 1:06:30 pm

Cantina Creative creates next-generation heads-up display effects for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Stephen Lawes, creative director and co-owner of Cantina Creative and Cantina VFX Supervisor Venti Hristova raised the bar once again on the heads-up displays (HUDs) for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 , which premiered in May and released on DVD in September. The film features Robert Downey Jr. as superhero Tony Stark, along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and other top stars in supporting roles. Lawes and Hristova’s primary task was the creation of 100 HUD-only shots in the film, used with multiple versions of Iron Man and other...

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VFX and motion graphics experts use Adobe After Effects on “Star Trek Into Darkness”
By: Adobe Sponsored on Nov 19, 2013 at 11:10:30 am

Andrew Kramer focused on movie titles while OOOii team created stunning graphics and heads-up displays for blockbuster film Resurrecting the classic science fiction franchise of Star Trek is certainly a challenge that any motion graphics and VFX artists would gladly accept. For the latest installment, Star Trek Into Darkness , Andrew Kramer of Bad Robot and author/owner of the site Video Copilot was the lucky one tapped to create more than 30 title sequences for the movie. Production studio OOOii eagerly took on the job of designing all user interfaces and future technologies within the movie. Kramer, OOOii CEO Kent...

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Stargate Studios Sets the Bar for Visual Effects on Productions
By: Adobe Sponsored on Nov 8, 2013 at 8:56:59 am

Adobe Creative Cloud and automation create competitive edge for iconic production studio Delivering content for some of televisions top shows, including House of Lies , Grey's Anatomy , and, of course The Walking Dead , Stargate Studios continues to break the mold of how feature films, television series, electronic games, and commercials are generated. The studio was founded in 1989 by Sam Nicholson, a distinguished cinematographer and visual effects supervisor with 30 years of expertise in film, television, and visual effects. The now international production company provides concept development, advanced production services, and state-of-the-art postproduction services. In an industry that...

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A bird’s-eye view of World War II
By: Adobe Sponsored on Oct 29, 2013 at 1:36:14 pm

Emmy-winning documentary created for HISTORY includes 300 animations and 79 VFX shots created with Adobe video tools When a television program wins an Emmy award for Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction, it must be something special. World War II from Space , a program commissioned by HISTORY, is a stunning 90-minute documentary visualizing key events from World War II from the vantage point of space. This was a huge creative endeavor with 300 animations and 79 VFX shots—all completed over the course of one and a half years by U.K. production company October Films and visual effects studio Prime...

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Donkey noise in After Effects?
By: Ross Daly on Aug 15, 2011 at 10:57:12 pm

I may be going crazy (probably in fact) but last night I was up super late rendering a bunch of things out of After Effects and for some reason they were all failing. I had 5 or 6 renders fail, and then right before bed one of them failed and it made a really loud donkey whinneying noise. Has anyone else ever heard that? Is it an easter egg, or an undocumented feature I m going to try to recreate it, but I don t have high hopes. Let me know if you ve run into this before. Donkey noise...

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My Relationship With After Effects Getting More Intimate All The Time
By: Mark A. Stuart on Jan 13, 2011 at 6:37:29 pm

Hmmm... maybe a common new year's resolution for fellow creative ppl. is blogging! Nice to see so many entries lately... I'm still quite busy at the ranch. Among many other things, just did a major (to me) "fix it in post" exercise. I had some footage of a realtor on camera who looked at everything but the camera. I won't go into why the footage is this way (it's an ugly story), but it was in my and our department's best interest to try and make at least a few seconds of it usable. I first tried to motion track...

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How to hijack the Mocha for AE tracker for use in other apps. (like NUKE!)
By: Ross Daly on Nov 12, 2010 at 7:29:59 am

Mocha is awesome. Its inclusion in the CS5 suite is amazing, and I think it has really blown open the world of what entry level vfx artists (and even amateurs) can do. One problem with the AE-only version is that it is AE-only! It prevents (or rather doesn t enable) you to use it with other apps. It exports its data in a specific format meant for after effects and it does a great job of that. At work I am working my way through nuke, and it is really a pain to be able to use Mocha with AE...

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VFX anthem “Gettin’ Money With a Mouse and a Wacom Pen”
By: Ross Daly on Sep 22, 2010 at 1:54:26 pm

At long last, our people have a voice! Money Money Money Gettin Money With a Mouse and a Wacom Pen (Fuck Comic Sans Fuck Papyrus, Too) from Brad Chmielewski on Vimeo . VFX anthem “Gettin’ Money With a Mouse and a Wacom Pen” Republished by ross daly...

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Glitch – Why can’t I bring my Photoshop Layered comp into After Effects?
By: Ross Daly on Sep 15, 2010 at 3:22:18 pm

I was bringing a layered psd into after effects and trying to preserve the layer structure (i.e. bring it in as a comp, not flattened) I tried every which way I could, and despite selecting comp or comp original file size, it flattened it every single time! The solution seems to be more of an undocumented feature than a bug, but it s a fine line: You need the psd to be in rgb. I know that everything should be in rgb regardless, but the weird thing is not that it rejects it (as it would if you brought in...

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Want to get the hand tool back in cs5?
By: Ross Daly on Sep 13, 2010 at 2:03:24 pm

We recently upgraded to cs5, and for everything good that it does, it also has a few weird quirks. The most notable is that using the space bar to temporarily select the move tool (the one that looks like a hand) does not work. This is a known issue, but it still sucks. The only workaround is equally quirky: shut down your web browsers. I can t say why it happens, but hopefully that one trick will keep you from throwing your machine against a wall. I was really close! Want to get the hand tool back in cs5? Republished...

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Another week, another BSG episode.
By: Paolo Ciccone on Mar 29, 2010 at 10:34:02 pm

It's that time again! The glorious conclusion to our book promo is available! The Blender Survival Guide #8 is online, here at the COW. I'm particularly pleased by this episode because it highlights a series of tricks that are at the same time simple and useful. In setting up a scene or animation one of the most important features of the program is how you manipulate the objects, how you change their position, how you move them in the right spot. This week's episode addresses all that. Blender includes a bona-fide Non-Linear Editor (NLE). Nothing to threaten Adobe or Apple...

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How are your survival skills? Time to upgrade them with the BSG - part 5
By: Paolo Ciccone on Mar 8, 2010 at 1:15:00 pm

The Oscars are a tough act to follow. Nevertheless I don't let those low-budget productions scare me so a new episode of "the guide" is ready for your viewing pleasure. Continuing from where we left off in part 4, this week's Blender Survival Guide (BSG) unlocks the "secret" of creating animations in Blender and how to export said animations to the outside world. Ever wondered why we called it "the outside world" while it's still inside the same computer? Anyway, bonus feature includes creating a clip with alpha channel while retaining your sanity. In other words,not being a victim of...

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Apple Cinema Displays - There is a difference
By: walter biscardi on Feb 27, 2010 at 7:38:54 am

I've been in the camp that the Dell 24" computer displays are every bit as good as the Apple displays so why spend the extra money to buy Apple? Well that was before I got up close and personal with the 27" iMac and their new LED backlight displays. The display is so sharp and so crisp that any other monitor we have in the facility looks blurry. I have found the 24" LED Cinema Display to be equally as good and am now considering changing over all the computer displays in our shop to these despite their cost. Why?...

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Blender Survival Guide - Part 3. 3D Text!
By: Paolo Ciccone on Feb 22, 2010 at 7:34:43 am

Hello. Part 3 of the "Survival Guide" is online. It's finally time to stop messing around with the workspace and start working on a real scene. While traditional lessons about a 3D package would start with the principles of modeling I know that, as a AE user, one of the first things that you want to see is how to create 3D text. The Blender Survival Guide, only found here at the COW, is specifically tailored for the AE artists. It's "Blender for After Effects", in the shortest time possible. While we create the new 3D text we use the...

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The Blender Survival Guide - part 2
By: Paolo Ciccone on Feb 15, 2010 at 10:48:33 am

As promised, part 2 of the Blender Survival Guide is now available here at the COW. Here is the link: http://library.creativecow.net/articles/ciccone_paolo/blender-survival-guid e-2.php In this episode I show the last few steps necessary to create a more comfortable, complete and informative desktop for Blender, and at the end we see how to save our preferences so that they become Blender's default. Starting with part 3, which will be released next week, we will start looking at the essential Blender skills, all from the After Effects artist's point of view. Enjoy!...

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From Blender to After Effects with one click
By: Paolo Ciccone on Feb 2, 2010 at 12:19:37 pm

For years the integration of 3D in the post-processing pipeline has been dominated by commercials applications. Today there is an alternative that I think is worth your attention. I just released the After Effects Exporter for Blender . This program integrates in the File/Export menu of Blender and it allows you to export an entire animation from Blender to After Effects. You can export the camera, lights, 3D meshes, planes, which will create corresponding After Effects 3D solids, and footage. The Exporter even supports multiple passes. I prepared a 20-minute video tutorial on how to use it. You can find...

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Blender in action
By: Paolo Ciccone on Jan 24, 2010 at 4:50:44 pm

After a few, fairly verbose, posts in this blog, I'm going to keep this short and let the images speak for themselves. The following are some examples of current work done in Blender. RGB Prod is a small studio in Switzerland. They created the following ad based on the concept of a watch transforming into a robot. The animation and rendering are done in Blender with additional post-work in After Effects. And here are a couple of examples of rendering of Blender scenes with the amazing Lux Render . and Lux is a physically-based renderer, it's Open Source and has...

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Chose wisely and your workflow will live long and prosper
By: Paolo Ciccone on Jan 20, 2010 at 3:43:10 pm

Adopting a tool in our professional pipeline is a delicate process. What the program does is most important, but it's not the only factor guiding our decisions. Longevity and ease of integration are crucial features. But when it comes to my suggestion about Blender I hear other issues. People ask me: "How is it possible that something that is given for free is even remotely as good as the commercial products?" In many years of advocating Open Source Software (OSS) I heard a few people expressing doubt about adding OSS to their toolbox. The classic objection is that OSS is...

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How to save $4,000+ and become a 3D MoGraph artist
By: Paolo Ciccone on Jan 11, 2010 at 10:22:45 pm

2009 was tough for most people in the Motion Graphics market. A recent, informal, survey at "The Motion Exchange" highlighted how many freelancers and studios have avoided upgrading to After Effects CS4 because of economic concerns. When times are tight and challenging, your best option for success is to offer what you were not offering before, to upgrade yourself and be more marketable. If you are an After Effects artist and enjoyed success in 2D land, now it's time to expand you toolbox into 3D territory. And when I say "3D" I mean 3D modeling and animation, not the stereoscopic...

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Survey: are you using 3D in your workflow?
By: Paolo Ciccone on Dec 17, 2009 at 12:53:28 pm

3D and Motion Graphics are natural companions. Still I see that many people try to simulate 3D elements and effects by using After Effects plugins and clever tricks. So here is my question to you: - Are you using 3D in your workflow and if the answer is "No", would you tell me why and what would it take to make you step into 3D territory? Thanks!...

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One more step toward making Blender mainstream
By: Paolo Ciccone on Dec 13, 2009 at 12:39:20 pm

I'm really excited that the COW has agreed on opening a Blender forum (http://forums.creativecow.net/blender) . While other 3D apps like Maya, C4D, 3DS had forums for quite some time, Blender was absent. This is a common problem with OSS (Open Source Software) caused by the simplest issue: OSS rarely has a marketing group behind it. Lack of marketing turns into lack of business model around the application and without a business it's harder to find people who risk time and money in supporting a program like Blender. On top of this there is still the perception that Blender, because it's...

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Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
By: Brian Maffitt on Nov 26, 2008 at 3:47:08 pm

  May you all pause for a moment to be thankful for health and happiness. Brian ...

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After Effects CS4 WISHLIST
By: danny princz on Oct 17, 2008 at 6:06:10 am

someone posted on the AFX CS3 forum about wishlists so i thought about it for a couple of minutets and began...as far as the UI goes see my thoughts an ae8 at http://blogs.creativecow.net/node/145 and a bit of rethinking on the UIan expressions panel/editor/viewer - being able to create/edit expressions with code completion much like in many programming environments.  a viewer that shows expressions and the connections/relationships to other objects (much like the flowchart)improved graph editor/animation controls  -  having the ability to manipulate x/y/z postions in the graph editor just as you can x,y,z rotation(as the are separate parameters) . adding...

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BCM completes new Good Eats Animation
By: walter biscardi on Oct 7, 2008 at 2:54:40 am

BCM has completed a new historical animation for Good Eats with Alton Brown on the Food Network. Artists Walter Biscardi, Jr., Aaron Stewart and Brian Mead worked closely with Alton Brown and producer Dana Popoff to create the latest in a series of historical animation that have been created for the Good Eats. This time it's a look at crackers, which have a surprisingly interesting story to tell! Animated by Biscardi in 720p HD, the one minute animation will appear in an upcoming episode in Winter 2008. Tools used: Photoshop, After Effects, Canon 30D camera, Crackers....

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BCM completes Animations for EyeOn Creative
By: walter biscardi on Oct 7, 2008 at 2:47:05 am

Biscardi Creative Media recently completed a series of animated elements for EyeOn Creative. The animations are used in short video presentations for children that all feature a Christian theme. Artists Walter Biscardi, Jr. and Aaron Stewart worked with EyeOn editor Roger Mahr to develop and complete the animations for four videos. Tools used: Photoshop, After Effects, Final Cut Pro....

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I hate Adobe Activation
By: walter biscardi on Apr 12, 2008 at 3:23:22 pm

There, I said it. I hate Adobe's Activation procedure. Yes, I understand you have to protect your software from all the complete morons and low-lifes who can't pony up the money to purchase software legitimately, but geez, do you have to make this procedure so asinine that it affects legitimate purchases? Three weeks ago I installed Apple OS 10.5 on a fresh hard drive on my editing workstation. A day later I installed my copy of the Production Premium Package CS3 to do some After Effects work. The Activation screen obviously pops up, I tell it to go ahead, but...

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Lines in the sand
By: Aaron zander on Feb 18, 2008 at 8:15:05 am

So I have set my sites on jobs when I graduate. It's pretty clear I'm not going to be inducted to the orphanage as their newest lead compositor straight out of college, not that it hurts to dream mind you, but it certainly hurts to expect such things. So I've been focusing on a much more realistic vacancy: Roto Artist.   For those of you who don't know (and I'm assuming thats very very very few of you) roto, or rotoscoping is the art of separating elements from shot footage with the use of mattes drawn and animated by a...

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Clockwork: Bass Ackwards Workflow?
By: Sterling Glass on Jan 16, 2008 at 10:41:55 am

This portion of my three-part catch-up blogs focuses on the audio portion of my music video project. I have read many tutorials and seen just about every podcast on how to lip-sync animation to audio in After Effects. Alas, after much trial and error, none of those methods worked. It wasn t until I got a response on Adobe s Audition forums , that I was given a somewhat workable solution. What I wanted to do is have the main beat to the song be the rhythm to the video. And to be over-literal, have a clock ticking to the...

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Whats the time?
By: Rajeev Nedumaran on Jan 12, 2008 at 9:49:44 am

This is my first Blog ever! And creative cow rocks. Many thanks to creativecow and the great team behind it. After effects and Cinema 4D - I have learnt from the many podcasts, posts and tutorials on this site. So, I start with a recent model that I did. I guess its better late than never to start a blog. I hope to use this platform to share my work and tricks that I have learnt over the last few years, All thanks to creativecow! I am sure, 2008 is going to be a rocking year and we will have...

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Internet Killed the Video Star
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Jan 10, 2008 at 7:41:48 am

Hi everyone - I ve been pretty silent for the last few months because I ve been hard at work on a new Creative Cow Master Series DVD - Internet Killed the Video Star: A guide to Creating Video for the Web. The 4.5 hour DVD will be available very shortly. Feel free to spread the word. Here s the basic description of the DVD: Whether you’re posting video for a client, putting your demo reel on-line, creating a video podcast, or building video training for the web, the Internet is conspiring to keep your work from looking its best....

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Just finished: Outdoorchannel.com video tutorial
By: Paul Escandon on Dec 5, 2007 at 10:29:57 pm

A few weeks ago we drove up to Burbank and shot Outdoor Channel show host Michael Waddell on a green screen for Outdoor Channel Broadband ( outdoorchannel.tv ) and OutdoorChannel.com site tutorials. I shot on Sony HDCAM and composited the pieces together in After Effects. Big ups to Rich Sinatra for virtually creating a copy of our entire site from within After Effects - he did all the dirty work and I just had to tweak some of the changes that have been made to our site in the last few months. Also, John Beattie recorded sound and produced the...

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Cool Links for August 17
By: Martin Tiller on Aug 18, 2007 at 3:01:30 am

Posted by Martin: After Effects Links: A new white page on Color Management in After Effects. Lightroom Links: Jack Nack at Adobe has some updated Podcasts. Photography Links: Shoot better NOT more says Fololia founder. (Easier said than done I must say...) Photography contest sponsored by Canon. Thanks to Photography Contest for the Heads up! You can win some serious Canon gear with this one! A GREAT post over at photopreneaur about how to get your photography business in the news. Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Links: Bill Hunt again explains his support of Blu-Ray. His thinking has a lot of influence on my...

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Microsoft Intellipoint/Intellitype and After Effects - Not good friends.
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Jun 2, 2007 at 6:19:32 pm

So, I got a new computer and needed to buy a Keyboard. The cheapest one they had at the store with a full sized backspace key (yeah - I make enough typing mistakes that it warrants a BIG key) was the Microsoft Digital Media Pro Keyboard.   Anyway, I tested the keyboard on an old PC, installing the drivers and hardware, and it worked pretty well, so I moved it to the new one. But then when I opened AE, the interface was behaving badly. At first I though I had a bad install (new computer, new install of AE),...

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Control Surface for Pro Editing / Graphics / Compositing
By: walter biscardi on May 14, 2007 at 3:57:02 am

In response to a post on the Creative Cow Final Cut Pro Forum, my choice for a control surface to run all Pro Apps on a Mac is a Wacom tablet. I run a 9x12 Intuos 3 in my suite and I just can t see working without one. For one thing, carpel tunnel syndrome just doesn t happen with a tablet, so you can work your 14 - 20 hour days and have no wrist pain. Second you get your entire workspace right on your tablet so there s no pick up the mouse and drag a second time...

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Quicktime Player now reads Timecode
By: walter biscardi on May 1, 2007 at 3:57:15 pm

As Chi-Ho Lee noted on the Final Cut Pro forum today, Quicktime 7.1.6 has been released in anticipation of Final Cut Studio 2 and you can now read timecode in the Quicktime Player. Wow! Finally! Not sure why it took so long, but here s the proof. If you click on the running time you now get a drop down box which gives you three choices of the Standard Running Time, Timecode and Frame Number. Here s the clip now showing the original timecode off the camera tape. VERY cool and now anyone with Quicktime Player can accurately see timecodes...

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Giving back to the community
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Apr 22, 2007 at 8:00:44 pm

Every once in a while you read about something that makes you want to be a better person. I just read that Peder Norby (of Trapcode) is giving an Award of Excellence, which includes $10,000, to Ken Perlin, inventor of the algorithm called Perlin Noise. Many of the effects we use utilize this algorithm - for example, in Maya there s a texture called Perlin Noise, which is used to generate noise textures and displacement maps, and can be used for highly realistic effects through the appearance   “randomness.”   It s my understanding that the Perlin Algorithm is also...

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Post-NAB thoughts and musings - PART 1
By: Paul Escandon on Apr 20, 2007 at 10:46:06 pm

I returned back home from Las Vegas and NAB on Tuesday night after spending 2 1/2 days in the City of Sin, my last few hours being spent at the wonderful Hofbräuhaus next to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino where I, along with coworkers and friends, downed their great tasting German lager out of ridiculously massive 1 liter glass steins while enjoying what I have to imagine is "classic" Bavarian folk music. After having a few days back home to digest what I saw and learned (not to mention playing catch up on the current show I'm editing for...

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Clockwork: An Introduction
By: Sterling Glass on Apr 18, 2007 at 5:55:45 pm

[Verified for enough clarity]  When does awesome become a nightmare? So, there I was. Just over a year left to graduate with a Bachelor s in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Most of my friends knew that I was really into the film classes and artist video classes I was/had taken. A friend and his bandmates asked me if I d be willing make a music video for them. Quick background info: at the time, I just turned 29; the youngest guy in the band was in his mid-30s; and, none of them had ever seen my...

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Clockwork: Procrastination (ironically) pays off ...
By: Sterling Glass on Apr 18, 2007 at 5:11:20 pm

... at least for this project. While tweaking the markers I had set up in Audition of the demo version of the song, Audition crashed. Like a first-time user, I just glanced at the screen and thought that my changes before the crash were still there and saved the file instead of Save As... . I was using the Spectral Display in Audition to see where the kick drum hit in the audio since I want to make my animation sync with the music. When I looked at the Spectral Display of the audio, nothing was there. So, I reinstalled...

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The AE Holy Grails
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Apr 17, 2007 at 11:18:45 pm

I m working the show floor here at NAB (with wondertouch software), and I had a chance to talk with Zax Dow about his new AE plug-in 3D Warps.   http://zaxwerks.com/3dwarps/index.shtml I haven t had a chance to try it out myself, but this could potentially bring about the end to the age-old question - How do I make 3D ribbons in AE? It looks like Zaxwerks 3D warps may be the answer. Hopefully they ll have some examples of this on the site soon. Keep your eyes open for this monumental plugin. Another cool thing coming out shortly is Digital Anarchy...

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After Effects 8... aint it great?
By: danny princz on Apr 17, 2007 at 7:34:49 am

(this is not a negative post about ae cs3, just some thoughts that may bring about discussion for future improvements) so v7 gave us a much improved, clean interface and really tried to bring the usability of the application to a new level (which i believe it did) there was much kicking and screaming, but i think once the dust settled, the majority was happy. however, to me one major usability issue has been the text animators. they dont fit in to the old AFX animation paradigm, which is fine. And while they are a great addition, the usability aspect...

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Cheap cam phone images of NAB Exhibit Day 1
By: Paul Escandon on Apr 17, 2007 at 2:41:09 am

Well here are some images for those of you who aren t able to be here. I ll give my full verbal breakdown a little bit later... I m too tired to get into it right now......

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Keep Your Media Organized: Part 1
By: (Michael) Kelly Sutton on Apr 17, 2007 at 1:36:09 am

Among all of the craziness happening in film and digital video, organization is still king. Being organized (and knowing how to) is a must for any one working in post-production. Yet so many times I see friends with terribly allocated scratch disks, disastrous file names, and scattered media. I used to be bad too, but I have seen the light and I come here today to share it with you. The Folders The key to any decent folder organization is to keep things separated. Each file type needs its own folder. FCP project files go into the "FCP files" folder,...

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Motion 3 vs AECS3
By: Filip Vandueren on Apr 16, 2007 at 10:21:39 am

My my, the public beta of After Effects CS3 gets released AND Apple anounces Motion 3 . Go feast your eyes ! I've never played with Motion (I bought FCP & DVDSP, and never felt the need to upgrade to the studio), although I've sometimes wondered if Motion wasn't a better tool for some simple jobs. But looking at the pressreleases begs the question: is Motion still AE's little brother ? It used to look and feel like an iApp that found it's way in a pro-studio, but here are some observations on it's latest incarnation: The biggest surprise for...

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Walter Biscardi's NAB 2007 Schedule
By: walter biscardi on Apr 13, 2007 at 5:25:41 pm

Well folks, NAB 2007 is upon us and I hope to be able to meet some of you. So if you re going to Las Vegas, here is where you ll definitely find me! Sunday April 15 - Apple Event AM, Panasonic Event PM Monday April 16 - AJA Booth all day, Booth SL6113 directly across from Apple. Tuesday April 17 - AJA Booth AM, Booth SL6113. Creative Cow booth PM, Booth SL2626. Between Adobe and Grass Valley (on your right as you walk to the Apple booth.) Wednesday, April 18 - Presenting HD Finishing in Final Cut Pro as...

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Dropping shadows... with CC Composite & Calculations
By: Filip Vandueren on Mar 29, 2007 at 6:09:52 pm

One of my nags with After Effects has always been the drop-shadow effect. It just seems so limited, and even worse: so slow to render...  Looks like it still uses the old Gaussian blur algorithm instead of the Fast Blur.  So I've gotten in the habit of creating my own Drop shadow formulas, using a combination of Tint, and any combinations of Blur I like, Fast, Directional, Radial, or sometimes even Trapcode's Starglow set to dark colors. But then I wind up with 2 copies of every layer, right ? That's where CC Composite steps in: you can use it to composite your original...

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Yes, this is the Animation Process
By: walter biscardi on Mar 28, 2007 at 7:53:16 pm

So as many of you know, in addition to being an editor and owner of Biscardi Creative Media, I m also the animator for the Food Network s Good Eats. As such, most of our animations are based on food or food history. Now generally I rely on clip art / artwork books, websites like clipart.com and istockphoto.com along with my own photographs of headshots and hands to pull together the necessary elements for the script. But there are times when you just have to take matters into your own hands. Take our latest animation for example, it referenced a...

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Keyboard Covers
By: Charlie King on Mar 9, 2007 at 11:34:09 am

I went to another blog that explained the value of rubber keyboard covers for different programs. I thought that is a very novel idea, protection plus all the shortcut key labels. WRONG!!!! As I did a search I find they are only made for Apple products. Why hasn t someone done this for PC s. It seems more and more editing programs are being built for PC s many of which don t even have an Apple counterpart. No one has thought about creating keyboard covers for PC s? That seems really strange. Charlie...

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Adobe asks: "What's in the Box?"
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Mar 8, 2007 at 4:04:42 pm

So this viral video showed up on You tube: http://youtube.com/watch?v=dCs2lu7KoOk  Clearly Adobe is planning something big. Only time will tell......

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From the Edit Suite
By: walter biscardi on Feb 28, 2007 at 6:46:45 pm

I have a blog now, so I thought I would take you guys and gals into the Edit Suite and let y'all know what we're working on at Biscardi Creative Media. 2/28/2007 , Cutting Episode 4 of the environment series, "Assignment Earth" and this episode focuses on the Mekong River in Thailand. Footage is stunning HD shot by Roger Herr of Atlanta who traveled to Thailand with Producer / Host Gary Strieker. Roger and Gary took a Sony Z1 HDV camera with them because a lot of travel was via very small boat on the Mekong and if they were...

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Using full HD Frame size for DVCPro HD renders
By: walter biscardi on Feb 28, 2007 at 7:06:49 am

Interesting find today while doing some test renders in After Effects. I'm working on a DVCPro HD 1080i/60 project in Final Cut Pro which means I'm working with a real frame size of 1280x1080. It's an anamorphic format which FCP scales back out to 1920x1080 during playback. Well in After Effects I'm doing a series of animated maps and found that my graphics were more easy to position in 1920x1080 comps. My idea was to get everything positioned, and then switch the Comp Size to 1280x1080 DVCPro HD to do the final render. Problem was, my entire animation is in...

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Wondertouch gets even more "Pro"
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Feb 28, 2007 at 6:08:46 am

OK, so this isn't exactly After Effects, but I use their stuff with AE... Wondertouch just released some new Pro emitters for particleIllusion 3. I gotta say - man, these are cool. The 3 new libraries are mostly motion graphic elements, and I already have plans for them. BIG PLANS!!!! MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Ok. Well seriously. They’re pretty cool. You can find them at: http://wondertouch.com/ Don't be lazy. Go look....

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What happened to Windows XP 64-bit?!
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Feb 26, 2007 at 2:34:27 pm

Well, gosh darn it. I was all excited because I'm ready to buy my new Mac Pro for running both windows and Mac OSX with 8 GB or RAM. That would make After Effects scream and Nucleo Pro a pure dream to work with. But I can't find a full version of XP Pro 64-bit anywhere. After a fruitless on-line search and calls to local stores with no luck, I spent the last hour on hold with different departments at Microsoft, and it appears that they do not sell it anymore. Unfortunately, Vista is not yet ready to run on...

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