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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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Getting Started with BCC Lite for Media Composer Part 1

Your new Media Composer Software subscription comes with some hidden gems. Let's see how to get up and running quick and easy!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 29, 2014

As most Media Composer editors are now aware, BCC is no longer included in your Media Composer Symphony upgrade.  That's because with your monthly subscription, you are now getting Symphony included.  But, that doesn't mean that you're without some awesome BCC effects to get you moving in the right direction.

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Blackmagic Cameras and Clean Audio

How to "sweeten" the audio in your NLE

By Brian Hallett | May 29, 2014

No doubt, good sound is as important as good pictures. The problem?  How can you record good sound on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera when the in-camera preamps are a little less than desired?  I'll show how you can use your NLE's audio equalizer and on-camera accessories to help everything sound a little bit better.  

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Discover the Present and Future of Premiere Pro

Discover the Present and Future of Premiere Pro

Richard Harrington tells us what to expect at the upcoming Premiere Pro World Conference

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | May 28, 2014

Conferences of different shapes and sizes take place at various times throughout the year, but the Premiere Pro World Conference is set to be very different. Taking place this July, the three-day training conference brings together world-renowned industry experts, the Adobe Premiere Pro team... Read More

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Wriggle it - just a little bit

Wriggle it - just a little bit

Creating a hand drawn stop motion look in After Effects

By ChrisZwar | May 27, 2014

Hand drawn and stop motion animations have a very distinct look.  Every frame is slightly different, and when played back at full speed those small differences can add visible character and warmth to the end result - think of the Red Bull ads that have run for many years, or the opening... Read More

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Animated Tilt-Shift in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 27, 2014

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us an unusual application for the SliceX plugin for Final Cut Pro X.

SliceX and TrackX are plugins from CoreMelt that work inside Final Cut Pro X and are powered by Imagineer's Mocha planar tracking... Read More

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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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HitFilm plug-ins for NLEs and After Effects

By Rich Young | May 27, 2014

In April, FxHome spun off most of the plug-ins from HitFilm, their affordable After Effect "clone" app, into a new product, HitFilm Plugins. With over 130 plug-ins for visual effects, compositing, and color grading, the package supports After Effects, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, and Apple Motion on two computers for all hosts on Mac and Windows.

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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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Animating the Hand of God

When your hand-drawn animation is literally hand drawn

By ChrisZwar | May 23, 2014

In the film & TV industry, voice-over narration is sometimes referred to as "the voice of god".  So when I was stuck thinking of a way to describe images that are drawn on by an invisible animator, it seemed fitting to refer to the style as "the hand of god".

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Review and Approval Options for Video Pros

Vimeo's new Copyright Match on private videos means many editors might be looking UPDATED 5/23/14

By Scott Simmons | May 22, 2014

Vimeo has dropped a bomb on their community with the May 21 announcement of Copyright Match on Vimeo. Of course this sent the internet into a tailspin as any big change in a useful, popular service always does. It has also sent a lot of content creators, filmmakers and editors into orbit as they have used Vimeo and its private link option as a review and approval service for their clients. It is easy to use and share private links but Vimeo was never meant to be a review and approval service. Thankfully there are a lot of R&A services out there. READ ON FOR A 5/23/14 UPDATE FROM VIMEO.

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BCC 9’s FX Browser

BCC 9’s FX Browser

Find your looks quick and simple with this much needed addition to Boris Continuum Complete!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 20, 2014

The addition of the FX Browser to almost every effect across Boris Continuum Complete makes picking the right look quick and easy!

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BCC 9 AVX New Features Round-Up

Media Composer Editors take note! There are some great new additions to BCC9 AVX

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 20, 2014

With BCC now not being included in any Media Composer purchase or monthly license, the decision to upgrade becomes an important one.  Boris FX needs to put the right tools into BCC9 that will make it worth while for editors to upgrade.  Well....let me tell you....they did!

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Dissecting the recent Adobe Creative Cloud outage

Personally I was fine but curious as to who was hit and why

By Scott Simmons | May 20, 2014

Unless you were living under a rock last week you most likely heard that Adobe’s Creative Cloud service suffered a major outage. You may have even been affected by it. Or quite possibly you worked right through it using your Adobe apps and never knew it was happening. Maybe you knew it was going on but your Adobe apps hummed right along. I worked right through the whole thing in Premiere Pro CC . I was curious as to exactly who was affected and what those situations were so I took to Twitter to try and find out.

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Final Cut Library Manager

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 20, 2014

It's 10 o'clock; do you know where your libraries are?

And even if you do, do you know what's in them? This week on MacBreak Studio, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about an indispensable application if you use Final Cut Pro X.

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Inside the After Effects camera

A technical overview for scripters and expressioneers

By ChrisZwar | May 18, 2014

One of the most powerful features of After Effects is the ability to work with 3D layers and a virtual camera.  While it is simple to add a camera to a composition and animate it, greater creative control over the end result can be achieved with a basic technical understanding of how... Read More

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Avid ships their new Media Composer with new licensing options

While a few things are missing this is a new era for Media Composer

By Scott Simmons | May 18, 2014

It was announced at NAB and now it’s shipping: the next version of Avid Media Composer which looks to be version 8. I had heard that Avid was going to move away from version numbers with the new subscription program but you might see the v8 designation which is this new version. The official name is now Media Composer | Software for that downloadable version most of us will use.

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Nebula construction in After Effects

By Rich Young | May 17, 2014

Nebulas can be created several ways in After Effects: with "cards in space" of real images, or generated by Fractal Noise or 3D particle systems, commonly fractal-displaced particle arrays like Trapcode Mir, Form, Hitfilm Atomic Particle, and other particle systems.

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Discover How Lars von Trier’s Films Ravish and Revolt Audiences Across the World

Discover How Lars von Trier’s Films Ravish and Revolt Audiences Across the World

Watch the webinar archive with VFX designer and colorist Peter Hjorth

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | May 14, 2014

Peter Hjorth is a long time collaborator of the most interesting Scandinavian directors and Lars von Trier in particular. Peter serves as 2nd unit director, visual effects supervisor and/or post production wizard on all kinds of special projects. Other collaborators include Thomas Vinterberg,... Read More

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Do video hardware product drivers really have to live behind a registration wall?

You can't use hardware without drivers so why not make the download easy?

By Scott Simmons | May 13, 2014

Not to jump onto a soapbox here but I’ve had two instances in the last week or so of product drivers hidden behind registration walls that has prompted this post. On the surface this seems like not such a big deal as one would think that a registered hardware product would be a simple sign-in and download. But what if you haven’t registered that product? Or have forgotten your log-in details? Or what if that hardware isn’t yours?

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