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Focus: Post/Production Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Reading Timecode By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins details how to read and understand timecode. He shows the display of timecode and shows how to read the timecode, from left to right, hours, minutes, seconds, and frames. He shows how to advance in time as well, how to scrub the time display right or left, and how to go to a specific frame. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Class on Demand: Basic Training for After Effects 7: Creating the composition By Chris Vadnais In this video, host Chris Vadnais takes a look at Adobe After Effects 7, start putting together the elements to start creating the composition. He shows how to import the files for the project, putting together the composition complete with music, Photoshop files, and more. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Class on Demand: Basic Training for After Effects 7 By Chris Vadnais In this video, host Chris Vadnais takes a look at Adobe After Effects 7, giving an overview of the interface in this version, as well as some of the tools the program features, how to create a composition, safe areas, adding text to your composition, and more. ...Read More »
Focus: Animators KILLING LIGHTS in CINEMA4D Quick Tip: Cleaning up for export to After Effects
By Ko Maruyama If you're familiar with CINEMA 4D's ability to export to Adobe After Effects, you know that all of the camera and light data can be saved in a single file - for use within a 3D composition in AE. However, sometimes unnecessary light animation and 3D data makes that AEC file heavy. Here's how to clean up your export file. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Three Great Overlooked Features of After Effects Some hidden (and not so hidden) features exposed
By Kevin McAuliffe I use Adobe's After Effects alot and I always find myself showing other editors great little hidden features (and sometimes not so hidden) that really help me speed up my workflow. Here are three great ones I use all the time. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production After Effects CS3 Level 1: Adding a movie with a mask By Jerry Leer In this training video, host Jerry Leer how to add a movie to a composition and adding a mask in After Effects CS3. He shows how to drop the movie onto the timeline in full screen and then goes about showing how to add a mask with the mask tool. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production After Effects CS3 Level 2: Shy layers and introducing duplicating keyframes across time By Jerry Leer In this training video, host Jerry Leer discusses Shy layers and introducing duplicating keyframes across time. When you start building your projects out, you soon find out that your timeline is full of layers, which causes a lot of scrolling. A fix for this is to make the layers shy, which is sort of the opposite of turning the layers on and off. He details some of the solutions for the clutter, and shows the shy layer button, and how to turn it on. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production After Effects CS3 Level 2: Motion blur and reducing flicker By Jerry Leer In this training video, host Jerry Leer covers motion blur and reducing flicker. He discusses how text might act upon the screen and how to reduce flicker of text by adding a blur to the text. He says that anything that moves should have a little bit of blur on it. He discusses several options to soften the text, including applying blur to all the layers in the project or turning on motion blur which is built into After Effects. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Color correcting the Rebel way in After Effects Sit back and enjoy our little trip through the poor man's Colorista
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 »
Focus: Post/Production 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 »
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