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Rich Young (Twitter: @aerich ) is a long-time After Effects user from the San Francisco Bay Area. His After Effects and Premiere Pro round-ups provide viewers with an easy-to-digest summary of developments. He also supplies info and links for tutorials that allow users to do things in After Effects they never thought were possible....

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Holiday gift lists for digital video creators

with a quick look back at 2014 in After Effects

By Rich Young | December 10, 2014

Best of 2014 and holiday gift lists are mushrooming, but there aren't so many lists for digital video creators at this point, and it seems that most of them are on PVC (with more coming). We'll link in a few extra lists, and look back the year in After Effects for more ideas.

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Video Copilot Element 3D version 2 released

3D model deform, modes, reflections, shadows, + more

By Rich Young | December 02, 2014

Video Copilot released Element 3D v2 today. E3D v2 is $199 or a $99 upgrade, with more bundle upgrade discounts. The plug-in is compatible with After Effects CS5 + above.

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ASCII Art & After Effects

Easy-to-use scripts and other resources

By Rich Young | November 30, 2014

ASCII art, pioneered by Victorian female stenographers, has enjoyed brief periods of interest and cobbled together solutions for After Effects, but there's now easy-to-use AE scripts to speed solutions. Read More

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Decent cheap earphones: backups and stocking stuffers

By Rich Young | November 30, 2014

For event recording, it's good to have emergency sealed headphones, and being extremely portable and cheap, earphones fit the bill. Amazon is touting a selection of Stocking Stuffer Headphones Under $10, and when you land there, you're greeted by "Major Sound with a Minor Price." If you shop for $10 headphones, what can you expect? Probably better than that list. Happily, manufacturers sometimes ship inexpensive products that don't sound half bad.

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Making sound visible through Cymatics

Someday sound will be important in providing cues in visualizations

By Rich Young | November 23, 2014

Cymatics, the study of wave phenomena (often of material media on a vibrating substrate), was popularized by Swiss MD Hans Jenny (1904-1972). Though often discussed in the context of "new age" ideas, DIY techies and artists have expanded interest in the phenomena.

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ProRes 4444 XQ in Creative Cloud

the highest-quality ProRes codec

By Rich Young | October 30, 2014

Apple released a new codec this summer with updates to its video apps, Apple ProRes 4444 XQ. Arri decided to include ProRes 4444 XQ as a recording option in the ALEXA XT & XR. The codec isn't available in Adobe and most other QuickTime-aware apps, but you can manually install it for general use with or without installing Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2.

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Cineform in Creative Cloud: render quality settings + more

By Rich Young | October 28, 2014

GoPro Cineform, aka the SMPTE ST 2073 VC-5 video compression standard, is a cross platform codec that in Creative Cloud piggybacks onto QuickTime (warts and all). The codec is available in Adobe video apps in CC 2014.1, and plays system-wide if you download the free player or free GoPro Studio app. GoPro Cineform is a wavelet-based codec that holds up well even after multiple encodes, and features full support for alpha and large frame sizes of 4K and beyond. One important takeaway is that the higher quality options seem to produce smaller files than the lower quality option.

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HitFilm 3 Pro for free if you own HitFilm Plug-ins

new version + updates and fixes [updated]

By Rich Young | October 27, 2014

FXHOME has announced HitFilm 3 Pro, now available for pre-order for release in late November 2014 for just $299. Hitfilm, available for Mac and Windows, supports modern video workflows that require you to be an editor, VFX artist, and colorist at the same time.

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Adobe Anywhere for video 2014.1

By Rich Young | October 26, 2014

Adobe Anywhere for video is an enterprise-only solution that serves collaboration and remote workflows with version tracking and project sharing for broadcasters and large facilities using Creative Cloud. This workflow lets you edit real-time without dropping a frame via fast WiFi on a Premiere Pro 4K timeline using original 5K .r3d files from remote server on a Macbook Pro.

Adobe Anywhere was recently updated, and some new explanatory videos are available.

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‘Gone Girl’ workflows with Premiere & After Effects

a roundup of resources

By Rich Young | October 21, 2014

You can view Adobe's panel discussion with the editorial and post-production team behind the movie Gone Girl from director David Fincher. As you may have heard, the Fincher team leveraged Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects in a workflow based on RED Dragon 6K raw footage files framed in 5K.

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Tools and free models for Element 3D

By Rich Young | October 09, 2014

Topher Welsh is back with his takes on After Effects, VFX, and motion graphics at VisualFXtuts.

It's also a good time to mention a few related recent products as we're waiting for Element 3D v2.

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Sneak peeks at Adobe Max 2014: Editing, animation, audio, and design

Co-hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

By Rich Young | October 08, 2014

In addition to a new family of iOS mobile apps and enhanced Creative Cloud 2014.1 desktop tools, Adobe previewed in-development technologies in sneak peeks at Adobe MAX 2014. 

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Video Copilot Element 3D v2 unveiled

Updated

By Rich Young | October 06, 2014

Andrew Kramer unveiled new features coming in the long-awaited Video Copilot Element 3D V2, which is compatible with AE CS5+ and promised for November release.

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New Creative Cloud and mobile apps at MAX 2014

Updated with video and additional detail

By Rich Young | October 06, 2014

Today at Adobe MAX 2014, Adobe released a new family of iOS mobile apps and enhanced Creative Cloud 2014.1 desktop tools that enable creatives to access, use and create from anywhere. Details on what's available today are available from the Creative Cloud Team at Creative Cloud: A New Era of Mobile Creativity.

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After Effects World keynote by Andrew Kramer

Demo reels and keys to becoming a better artist

By Rich Young | October 02, 2014

Andrew Kramer presented the keynote at the 2014 After Effects World conference and made it available on Video Copilot. It was edited using the multi-camera workflow in Premiere Pro CC.

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Premiere Pro News Notes #10

By Rich Young | September 30, 2014

Here's another collection of news on tutorials, tips, and related tools assorted with Adobe Premiere Pro. Things have been a little slower, perhaps in anticipation of a Creative Cloud update, though paywall training courses saw several new releases.

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Shatter glass in After Effects

By Rich Young | September 30, 2014

The easiest way to simulate shattered or broken glass in After Effects is with Shatter, an older 8-bit per channel plug-in that ships with After Effects. Originally developed by Brian Maffitt under the Atomic Power banner, Shatter is mostly used for shattering glass, brick walls, puzzles, and so forth, but also used to generate 3D text or shape blocks. But there are other options available if Shatter doesn't work for your needs.

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Adobe Video tools: Fall CC 2014 preview [updated]

rounding up blogs and video

By Rich Young | September 08, 2014

At IBC 2014, Adobe is previewing the latest features coming to Creative Cloud pro video apps (blog). Features are a bit light this time, except for some important new ones in Premiere, but these are updates not new version releases, like the ones in June. Hopefully there are few kinks in any UI changes amid the high-DPI functionality upgrades. Read More

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Comparing 3D type options for After Effects

Ray-traced 3D is walking dead

By Rich Young | September 04, 2014

While some may claim that the After Effects CS6-era Ray-traced 3D renderer is a minor feature that you can ignore, it's still a strong option for basic motion graphics with realistic reflections and refractions, and very fast if you have an Nvidia CUDA GPU. If you're not committed one way or another, you may want to check out an integrated in-depth resource from Eran Stern that compares major alternatives for creating 3D type.

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Cosmetic fixes, blemish removal, and skin retouching in post-production

Digital beauty treatments

By Rich Young | August 31, 2014

Digital beauty treatments and cosmetic fixes in post-production often involve isolating skin with tracking and mattes for color correction and matching, skin smoothing, and blemish removal. Even skin matching across shots isn't always easy, but there's some help along the way in basic and advanced tutorials on the wide variety of tools available. Read More

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