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Chris & Trish Meyer founded Crish Design (formerly known as CyberMotion) in the very earliest days of the desktop motion graphics industry. Their design and animation work has appeared on shows and promos for CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, HBO, PBS, and TLC; in opening titles for several movies including Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley; at trade shows and press events for corporate clients ranging from Apple to Xerox; and in special venues encompassing IMAX, CircleVision, the NBC AstroVision sign in Times Square, and the four-block-long Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. They were among the original users of CoSA (now Adobe) After Effects, and have written the numerous books including "Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects" and "After Effects Apprentice" both published by Focal Press. Both Chris and Trish have backgrounds as musicians, and are currently fascinated with exploring fine art and mixed media in addition to their normal commercial design work. They have recently relocated from Los Angeles to the mountains near Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Quick Tour of mocha AE CC 2014

Quick Tour of mocha AE CC 2014

free video from the After Effects CC Updates course

By Chris and Trish Meyer | December 09, 2014

We recently added several movies to our After Effects CC Updates course on lynda.com, covering the new user interface design, CINEWARE v2 and CINEMA 4D Lite R16, mocha AE CC 2014, Dynamic Link color management changes, and the embedded Adobe Color Themes panel (formerly known as Adobe Kuler). We selected the movie on mocha to be the freebie for this round, as not only does it cover the user interface and feature updates for this new version, it also gives a very quick tutorial of performing a simple track or stabilization inside mocha AE:

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Preparing for Cinema 4D Lite v2.0

Preparing for Cinema 4D Lite v2.0

How not to lose your current presets when you upgrade

By Chris and Trish Meyer | September 30, 2014

Adobe pre-announced many of the new features for the next version of After Effects CC 2014 at the just-passed IBC show. One of the big additions will be upgrading Cineware and Cinema 4D Lite - the 3D modeling and animation program that comes bundled with After Effects CC - to version 2.0, based on Maxon’s Cinema 4D R16 (Cinema 4D Lite is based on R14).

This is mostly great news, as this means a ton of new features for us After Effects CC users (see the series of movies Maxon posted on their Cineversity site for R15 and R16). However, some of these updates have obsoleted older features, which in turn means some of the currently provided factory presets for C4D Lite may be lost. Read on to learn how to proactively set these aside so you can still access them when the next update indeed happens.

 

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Discounts on After Effects World and Adobe MAX

Discounts on After Effects World and Adobe MAX

We’re speaking at both events; here’s ways to save a little when you register

By Chris and Trish Meyer | August 21, 2014

In addition to the free Moviola webinar on creativity Chris is presenting next week, we’re both speaking at the upcoming After Effects World and Adobe MAX conferences:

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From Still Frames to Fine Art

From Still Frames to Fine Art

Chris is hosting a free webinar dedicated to creativity

By Chris and Trish Meyer | August 19, 2014

If you want to get Chris upset, come up to him and profess that you’re not creative. Despite his background as an engineer, we’ve had a very nice 20+ year career as graphic designers, and we’ve both started fine art careers. As a result, Chris agreed to create a webinar for... Read More

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Free Video: Creating Your Own Background Loops

Free Video: Creating Your Own Background Loops

Have some fun with your camera and shoot out-of-focus video that you can later repurpose into video backdrops

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 30, 2014

A couple of months ago, we released a video training course titled Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: Enhancing Production Value. Some of the tricks in that course relied on using blending modes to add lighting effects from second footage layers that had color, abstract patterns and movements. There is a lot of stock footage available with these patterns; in the following video, we share some tips on creating your own:

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Free Video: Quick & Easy White Balance Adjustment

Free Video: Quick & Easy White Balance Adjustment

Use blending modes in After Effects or Premiere Pro

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 27, 2014

A couple of months ago, we released a video training course titled Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: Enhancing Production Value on spinning the straw clients often give us into visual gold. One of the movies in that course demonstrated a dead-easy white balancing trick that removed color tints from footage using Blend Modes:

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Free Video: After Effects CC Text Templates for Adobe Premiere Pro

Free Video: After Effects CC Text Templates for Adobe Premiere Pro

Get up to speed on this important new feature in the next release of After Effects and Premiere Pro CC

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 24, 2014

Several weeks ago, we wrote about some of our favorite new features promised for the next update to After Effects CC (Creative Cloud). Since then we’ve produced a series of videos about these features; below is one about using After Effects to create animated text templates for Premiere Pro CC.

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After Effects CC NAB Preview

After Effects CC NAB Preview

A sneak peek at some of the new features planned for the next version of After Effects (plus Premiere Pro).

By Chris and Trish Meyer | April 01, 2014

In preparation for the 2014 NAB Show, Adobe is previewing the features slated for the next versions of their video software. We’ve had a chance to work with the upcoming version of After Effects CC, and are in the process of creating a new set of training videos showing how to take advantage of these features that should be available in a few weeks. But rather than make you wait, here are some highlights of what’s in store.

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Adobe Premiere Pro and Multiple GPUs

Adobe Premiere Pro and Multiple GPUs

You can get a significant speed boost using a variety of hardware solutions

By Chris and Trish Meyer | March 28, 2014

Apple’s inclusion of dual GPUs in every model of their new Mac Pro has caused a bit of a stir (and confusion) among video editors wondering if their NLE of choice can take advantage of them. Applications don’t automatically detect and use multiple GPUs; the drivers must support them, and the software must be written to exploit them. It’s expected that Apple’s own Final Cut Pro can; many seem to assume that Adobe’s Premiere Pro can’t – but that’s not the case.

While working with Adobe to update their Hardware Performance White Paper (which contains tips for non-geeks to optimize their hardware based on the different needs of Adobe’s video software), we learned that not only can Premiere Pro take advantage of both GPUs in the new Mac Pro, you can also install multiple GPUs in an older generation Mac Pro as well as Windows workstations to get similar or even greater performance gains. We’d like to share that information with you here, hopefully boiling the raw numbers down to a few takeaways for you to consider when choosing or configuring a system.

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Using Reversible Stabilization in Warp Stabilizer VFX for Screen Replacement

Using Reversible Stabilization in Warp Stabilizer VFX for Screen Replacement

There’s more than one way to peel an onion...

By Chris and Trish Meyer | February 11, 2014

Short version:

Below is a video that shows how to use the Reversible Stabilization feature of Warp Stabilizer VFX in After Effects CC to track a new data screen over an existing one. 

Long version:

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Screen Replacement in After Effects

Screen Replacement in After Effects

Using tools like mocha AE and Roto Brush to solve a common VFX challenge

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 29, 2014

Although we’re primarily motion graphics artists, After Effects has an ever-growing number of tools that makes what used to be considered visual effects (VFX) jobs easier for folks like us to perform. Adobe has been making great strides to automate large portions of these tasks, but the... Read More

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After Effects CC version 12.2

After Effects CC version 12.2

Our favorite features in the December Creative Cloud update

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 14, 2014

Last month, Adobe released another nice incremental update to their video software, including After Effects CC. As motion graphics artists, there were a couple of major improvements to existing features that caught our eye, as well as a lot of other tweaks and enhancements. Adobe has already released an exhaustive list of all those changes; for our take (including a movie demonstrating some of these tweaks), read on.

 

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Adding Handle to Sound Bites

Adding Handle to Sound Bites

using Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 06, 2014

Whether you’re working on documentaries, reality television, corporate videos, or any of a number of situations where you have talent being interviewed on-camera, you’ve probably run into this scenario: The talent is giving a long speech, perhaps unrehearsed. In the middle of that speech is a really good sound bite you’d like to pull out and use in isolation. However, the talent didn’t pause enough frames before and/or after that sound bite to cleanly edit it into your program - and the director on set didn’t catch it and make them say the line over.

There are a couple of time-honored “solutions” to this problem, including muting the audio before and after the desired sound bite, freezing the video to extend the handle, or performing a split edit - cutting the video separately from the audio. However, all of these compromises can look distracting, taking the viewer out of the flow of the program.

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Rumbling Under the Radar

Rumbling Under the Radar

Our audio chain has been compromised because we took a common switch for granted.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 05, 2014

Last year we revamped our voiceover recording chain, replacing a microphone and “voice channel” (a microphone preamp with additional signal processing) that were both dying. Both replacements - a KEL Song Sparrow large-diaphragm condenser microphone and Presonus VXP voice channel - are excellent tools in isolation. However, we overlooked something in their combination that has come back to bite us. Please learn from our mistakes...

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After Effects 12.2 Audio Bug…

After Effects 12.2 Audio Bug…

...and a simple workaround (whew)

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 04, 2014

There’s been a bit of a panic among some After Effects users about a bug introduced in the December 2013 update to After Effects CC (also known as AE 12.2). Fortunately, there’s an easy workaround until Adobe gets a bug fix issued.

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Spotting (and Solving) Sync Issues

Spotting (and Solving) Sync Issues

Not all cameras that shoot video record the audio in sync. And no, your auto-sync software isn't going to fix it for you.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | December 03, 2013

Short Version: If you haven’t already heard, not all cameras that shoot video (for example, DSLRs like the Canon 5D mkII) record their own audio in sync with the video. This causes problems whether you’re using camera audio, dual system audio, or have a multi-camera shoot. Therefore, it’s essential to test your camera (particularly if it’s not primarily a “real” video camera) and to compensate for this potential issue. If this is news to you (or if you’ve been ignoring it), read on.

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After Effects Creative Cloud Updates

After Effects Creative Cloud Updates

AE 12.1 is out; we have some movies to help you master the new features

By Chris and Trish Meyer | November 06, 2013

Adobe has recently released a very nice update to After Effects for their Creative Cloud subscribers. Todd Kopriva of Adobe has provided an exhaustive list of what’s new and changed in his blog. We’ve updated my After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates course on lynda.com to demonstrate our favorites among the new features, including:

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Pixel Motion Blur in After Effects CC

Pixel Motion Blur in After Effects CC

Adobe bundles a cure for too-fast shutter speeds

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 29, 2013

Not all of the updates coming in After Effects CC (Creative Cloud) are of the earth-shattering variety; some are simply better - or more convenient - mousetraps. After Effects guardian angel Todd Kopriva has posted an exhaustive list on the Adobe After Effects Technical Focus blog; one that we’d like to single out and share some training on is the Pixel Motion Blur effect.

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MAXON CINEMA 4D Integration in After Effects CC

MAXON CINEMA 4D Integration in After Effects CC

Quick tutorials on importing and rendering C4D projects in the upcoming version of After Effects

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 27, 2013

As we mentioned last Thursday, we wanted to share with you more about some of the significant new features in the Creative Cloud version of After Effects. The goal is to make you better informed about your upgrade decision before the June 17 release date.

We wrote a preview of After Effects CC for PVC when it was first announced; since then we’ve released a couple of hours of video training on all the major new features in After Effects CC. Adobe TV has also posted two movies from that course on C4D/AE integration, and we thought we’d share those with you.

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Roto Brush Parameter Changes

Roto Brush Parameter Changes

After Effects CC brings some changes to previous Roto Brush parameters

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 24, 2013

As we mentioned yesterday, the Refine Edge tool is one of the most significant new tools added to After Effects CC (due to be released June 17). Refine Edge is built on top of the Roto Brush took, which was originally introduced in AE CS5. A side effect of this is that some parameter names and ranges associated with Roto Brush are changing in AE CC. The following movie reviews some of those changes:

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