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How to change the corner radius of a rounded rectangle in After Effects
By: Graham Quince on Mar 28, 2020 at 11:21:35 am

Here's a really short, mythbusting tip. Recieved wisdom is that when drawing a rounded rectangle mask, once you let go, you can't change the radius. Turns out you can! ...

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Just the tip: How to keyframe a wiggle in Adobe After Effects
By: Graham Quince on Mar 7, 2020 at 11:11:20 am

This is a common question I see all the time on the forums.  The Wiggle expression is really useful, but there are plenty of times when you want it to start, then fade down or vice versa.  This quick tutorial shows you a really simple way to control the Wiggle values using the Expression Controls effects. ...

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The Oscar Winners- Parasite and 1917 Reviews
By: Sarah Mason on Feb 26, 2020 at 4:49:30 am

On Episode 367 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake review two of this year's Oscar winning films, 1917 and Best Picture winner, Parasite. ...

parasite and 1917 reviews

Interview with Dateline NBC Correspondent, Josh Mankiewicz
By: Sarah Mason on Feb 26, 2020 at 4:44:00 am

On this episode of Conversations, hosted by Sarah Mason for The HMC Network, an interview with Josh Mankiewicz, correspondent for Dateline NBC. ...

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Just the Tip: Making a Twister / Tornado in After Effects using CC Particle World
By: Graham Quince on Feb 15, 2020 at 10:47:42 am

Here's a quick tutorial showing how you can create a particle Twister in Adobe After Effects, using just the native plugins, mainly Cycore's CC Particle World with a bit of CC Vector Blur too. ...

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Just the tip: "Utimate" guide to looping footage / compositions
By: Graham Quince on Jan 25, 2020 at 11:36:21 am

I created this tutorial after spotting quite a few posts from people new to AE who didn’t know about the options. Then I started trying to come up with an utlimate, time-saving, plug-and-play expression that would take care of loop compositions for you. ...

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Animated Typography Portrait | After Effects Tutorial
By: Najib Khayati on Jan 9, 2020 at 9:42:48 pm

Learn how to Create Animated Typography Portrait in After Effects without any third party plugins | Typography Tutorial Series | ...

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True Field Test Podcast: Anamorphic Lenses for Mirrorless Cameras
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 8, 2020 at 10:58:04 pm

True Field Test is a podcast from creatives for creatives -- filmmakers, cinematographers, editors, post production supervisors, and other storytellers putting gear through real-world tests, reviewing products and workflows and talking industry insights, news and forecasts. ...

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Interview: Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare, Jojo Rabbit
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 8, 2020 at 10:54:33 pm

On this episode of Conversations with Cooler People than Me on The HMC Network, Sarah Mason and Sergio Pinheiro interview Cinematographer, Mihai Malaimare, about his work on the Golden Globe nominated film, JoJo Rabbit. ...

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Interview: Oscar Winning Composer, Michael Giacchino, Jojo Rabbit
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 8, 2020 at 10:47:32 pm

Michael Giacchino (pronounced “Juh-key-no”) has composed original scores for the some of the biggest feature films in recent history, including, The Incredibles, War for the Planet of the Apes, Ratatouille, Star Trek, Jurassic World, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Coco. Giacchino’s 2009 score for the Pixar hit Up earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award and two GRAMMY® Awards. ...

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Just the tip: White balance, scale and focus reference card for easy compositing
By: Graham Quince on Jan 1, 2020 at 1:32:21 pm

Here’s a short tutorial and giveaway of a digital (and physical) asset I use to help me composite greenscreened actors and CGI elements into a physical scene. This tutorial covers using the reference cards in Adobe After Effects, Video Copilot Element 3D and the included Lumetri Color, Camera Lens Blur and Match Grain effects. ...

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Just the tip: Free tracking images for tablets and phones for easy screen replacement
By: Graham Quince on Dec 21, 2019 at 11:35:31 am

Here's a giveaway for anyone interested in trying to do a screen replacement for their iPad, iPhone, Tablet or phone. ...

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Interview with ASC Cinematographer Lawrence Sher, Joker
By: Sarah Mason on Dec 5, 2019 at 9:53:15 pm

On this episode of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe interview Cinematographer, Lawrence Sher, for his work on Joker. ...

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Joker Movie Review
By: Sarah Mason on Dec 5, 2019 at 9:51:38 pm

On Episode 362 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake review, Joker. ...

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Interview with Avengers: Endgame Editors Jeff Ford and Matt Schmidt
By: Sarah Mason on Dec 5, 2019 at 9:50:30 pm

Two of the hardest working real-life Avengers in the MCU are Jeffrey Ford, ACE and Matthew Schmidt. They shared Editor credits on four of the films -- Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame and worked together on several more MCU films. ...

Avengers: Endgame Editors

Interview with Composer Alan Silvestri, Avengers: Endgame
By: Sarah Mason on Dec 5, 2019 at 9:49:12 pm

With over 100 film credits, two Oscar nominations, two Golden Globe nods, three Grammy Awards, two Emmy awards and countless other film and music awards, Alan Silvestri has created some of the most iconic film scores in movie history. ...

Alan Silvestri Interview

Elegant Golden Shine FX in AE | After Effects Tutorial
By: Najib Khayati on Dec 4, 2019 at 10:42:58 pm

Learn how to Create an Elegant Golden Shine effect in Adobe After Effects without any third party plugins | Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | ...

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3D Hexagon Transitions | After Effects Tutorial
By: Najib Khayati on Dec 4, 2019 at 10:40:26 pm

Learn how to Create a 3D Hexagon Transitions in After Effects using Stardust | Stardust Tutorial series for VFX & Motion Graphics | ...

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Makin' Planets - Adding an atmosphere using Video Copilot Element 3D
By: Graham Quince on Nov 23, 2019 at 11:30:50 am

By special request, here's an extra Makin' Planets tutorial, where I don't use Video Copilot's free Orb plugin to make a planet but instead use Element 3D to add an atmosphere.   Most of the time, Orb is the best approach for planet making, but if you need to add other 3D objects, you might want to use Element for your globe.  And Element doesn't come with a "add atmosphere" setting.  This tutorial shows you how to create a material that behaves like an atmosphere. ...

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Just the tip: Linking CC Particle World to 3D Null
By: Graham Quince on Nov 9, 2019 at 5:40:23 pm

Here's a quick tutorial to help you make the most of AE's built-in particle system. CC Particle World works in 3D space, but it’s coordinate system is different the rest of After Effects. Use the expressions below to solve that problem by adding them to the Producer settings. ...

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Just the tip: Hologram / Projector beams in After Effects without plugins
By: Graham Quince on Nov 2, 2019 at 4:07:33 pm

There's loads of "how to make a hologram" AE tutorials on YouTube, but they all seem to miss out the beams from the projector. This mini-tutorial shows you how to use CC Radial Blurs and Expressions to achieve responsive, changing beams of light. ...

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3D Hexagon Animation in AE | After Effects Tutorial
By: Najib Khayati on Nov 1, 2019 at 10:32:46 pm

Learn how to Create a 3D Hexagon Animation in After Effects using Stardust | Stardust Tutorial series for VFX & Motion Graphics | ...

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Just the Tip (a new set of mini-tutorials for After Effects) - Rolling a ball using Expressions
By: Graham Quince on Oct 12, 2019 at 3:39:27 pm

I'm currently prepping a much larger series of tutorials, but to take a break from those, I've also be creating a series of short tutorials for the things I go back to again and again - but not so frequently that I have them memorised. I find myself searching the internet (and the Cow of course) for these tips, but then often have to wade through a 30 minute tutorial - just to find that one thing... that one trick. Well, these mini-tuts are built for that purpose. I hope you find them useful. ...

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3D Outline Logo Animation in AE | After Effect Tutorial
By: Najib Khayati on Oct 10, 2019 at 8:20:29 pm

Learn how to Create a 3D Outline Logo Animation in After Effects without any third party plugins | Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | ...

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Create 3D Coffee Beans Logo Reveal in Adobe After Effects
By: Najib Khayati on Oct 1, 2019 at 6:44:00 pm

learn How to Create 3D Coffee Beans Logo Reveal in Adobe After Effects using Stardust | Stardust Tutorial series for VFX & Motion Graphics | ...

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3D Plexus Styles Effects in Adobe After Effects
By: Najib Khayati on Sep 20, 2019 at 9:19:46 pm

learn How to Create 3D Plexus Styles Effects in Adobe After Effects using Stardust | Stardust Tutorial series for VFX & Motion Graphics | ...

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3D laser Scan Animation in After Effects
By: Najib Khayati on Sep 7, 2019 at 10:59:52 pm

learn How to 3D laser Scan Animation in Adobe After Effects using Stardust | Stardust Tutorial series for VFX & Motion Graphics | ...

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Procedural Animated Typeface in After Effects | No Plugins
By: Najib Khayati on Sep 7, 2019 at 10:58:36 pm

Learn how to Create a Procedural Animated Typeface in After Effects without any third party plugins | Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | ...

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Makin' the Sun using Video Copilot Orb
By: Graham Quince on Aug 24, 2019 at 8:14:25 pm

Here's a tutorial for creating a 3D Sun in After Effects using Video Copilot's excellent free Orb plugin.  The video starts builds on an earlier Andrew Kramer tutorial for creating a solar surface, but then applies the textures to VC Orb and adds a corona or halo and uses particles and another Video Copilot plugin Saber (also free) to add solar flares. ...

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Makin’ Pluto: using Cinema4D Lite to create a double planet system with a shared atmosphere
By: Graham Quince on Aug 16, 2019 at 7:31:19 pm

Here’s the last in my solar system tutorial series. This video uses After Effects CC and Cinema4D Lite to create both Pluto and its moon Charon, then use a Loft object and circular splines to create a shared atmosphere linking the two bodies. ...

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Blackmagic Design Announced WHAT?
By: Creative COW on Aug 9, 2019 at 8:59:13 am

As if this wasn't already the hottest summer on record, Blackmagic Design's Grant Petty rolled out some blazing news across a wide range of the company's product lines. ...


Makin' Neptune: Using Cinema4D Lite to create a gas giant
By: Graham Quince on Aug 8, 2019 at 9:56:53 pm

In this tutorial, I'm tackling a different way to create a Gas Giant.  Instead of creating a texture map and applying it to sphere, I'm going to use Cinema4D Lite to create a visible light that looks almost solid. ...

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Procedural Liquid Bubbles FX in After Effects | No Plugins
By: Najib Khayati on Aug 3, 2019 at 3:45:04 am

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create Procedural Liquid Bubbles Effect in After Effects without any third party plugins ...

Liquid Animation

Procedural Animated Wave Background in After Effects
By: Najib Khayati on Aug 3, 2019 at 3:43:46 am

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create Procedural Animated Wave Background in After Effects without any third party plugins ...

Abstract Wave Animation

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Review & Commentary
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 1, 2019 at 7:33:07 pm

On Episode 356 of The Harold & Maudecast, co-hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review Quentin Tarantino's 9th film, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. ...

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Comic-Con 2019 Diaries - 50th Anniversary
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 1, 2019 at 7:31:54 pm

It's the 50th anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con ! Sarah and Jake go through the biggest announcements from SDCC50 and their favorite moments on Episode 355 of The Harold & Maudecast. ...

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Stranger Things S3 - Review
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 1, 2019 at 7:30:36 pm

On Episode 354 of the Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake dissect Stranger Things Season 3 (SPOILERS!). ...

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Makin' Uranus and using CC Particle World to add its rings
By: Graham Quince on Aug 1, 2019 at 4:00:11 pm

Here's the next part of the Makin' Planets tutorial series, this video looks at how to use After Effects and Video Copilot's free Orb plugin to create the planet, then use CC Particle World to add a ring. There's a slight problem with CC Particle World though, it doesn't allow for things to sit inside it, so the tutorial will use Expressions to create two rings and join them up. ...

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Makin' Saturn: Adding a 2.5D Ring
By: Graham Quince on Jul 26, 2019 at 4:18:21 pm

Here's what I thought would be a challenge, but turned out to be quite straight-forward, (I won't say easy). In this video, I use Video Copilot's Orb plugin to create Saturn with a texture map from Solar System Scope, then I use After Effect's built-in effects to create a ring and have the planet appear inside the ring (with a bit if help from expressions) ...

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3D Glitch Logo Revealer in After Effects | No Plugins
By: Najib Khayati on Jul 24, 2019 at 6:22:51 pm

Motion Graphics Tutorial | Learn how to Create a 3D Glitch Logo Revealer in After Effects without any third party plugins ...

Logo Reveal

Floating Liquid Reflections Animation in After Effects | No Plugins
By: Najib Khayati on Jul 24, 2019 at 6:21:31 pm

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create Floating Liquid Reflections Animation in After Effects without any third party plugins ...

Liquid Water

Makin’ Jupiter: Animated Textures vs Procedural Clouds
By: Graham Quince on Jul 19, 2019 at 4:23:45 pm

Here’s a tutorial on how to create a texture for the largest planet in our solar system. I’ve actually take two approaches to creating The Gas Giant and in this video, I’ll show you how to both animate a static texture map and use Fractal Noise, Tint and Turbulent Displace effects to reproduce the look procedurally. ...

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Makin’ Mars: Adding orbiting moons and having them cast shadows in Video Copilot Orb
By: Graham Quince on Jul 12, 2019 at 4:29:14 pm

Here’s the next instalment of Makin’ Planets. This time it’s Mars. In the tutorial, After creating Mars, I then create Phobos and link it’s orbit to Mars. Then using expressions and lights, I have it cast a shadow onto the surface of the red planet. ...

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Hyper RPG Powers its YouTube and Twitch Live Streaming Workflows with Blackmagic Design
By: Creative COW on Jul 8, 2019 at 7:11:08 am

Hyper RPG goes live five days a week during the afternoons, and its YouTube and Twitch channels attract more than 44 million unique viewers during these live streams, incorporating Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K, ATEM Television Studio HD and more...


Makin’ Earth - storms, labels and auroras
By: Graham Quince on Jul 5, 2019 at 7:34:44 pm

Here are three separate tutorials for adding extras to a 3D Earth using Video Copilot’s Orb. There’s no point in a tutorial in recreating Earth, as Andrew Kramer has already made an excellent tutorial covering that (which is also included below), so instead, I’ve focused on adding some extras: ...

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Cartoon Smoke FX Animation in AE | No Plugins
By: Najib Khayati on Jul 2, 2019 at 6:59:14 pm

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create Cartoon Smoke FX Animation in After Effects without any third party plugins...

Candle Smoke

Makin’ Planets - VideoCopilot Orb tutorials
By: Graham Quince on Jul 1, 2019 at 8:15:48 pm

I’ve launched a new tutorial series, Makin’ Planets, for After Effects. Each week I’m looking at different techniques to recreate one of our solar system’s planets using Video Copilot Orb. ...

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Abstract Painting Transitions in After Effects | No Plugins
By: Najib Khayati on Jun 25, 2019 at 10:08:17 am

Transitions in AE Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create an Abstract Painting Transitions in After Effects without any third party plugins .....

Transitions in After Effects

Floating Liquid Revealer Animation in After Effects
By: Najib Khayati on Jun 25, 2019 at 10:06:49 am

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create a Retro Outline Glitch Logo Animation in After Effects without any third party plugins...

Liquid

Ep 353: Summer 2019 Movies That Won't Suck + E3 & Deadwood: The Movie
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 19, 2019 at 5:29:50 pm

Episode 353 of The Harold & Maudecast features Sarah and Jake's guide to Summer 2019 Movies that won't suck (fingers crossed). We go through the list of what's dropping June, July and August and give our picks for ones to go see in the theaters. ...

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