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Rich Young 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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After Effects weekly roundup

After Effects weekly roundup

News on tools and tutorials for tracking, radar animations, lens flares, wood patterns & more

By Rich Young | January 16, 2012

Here's another week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, and scripts -- with new tools, tutorials on Mocha tracking, radar animations, lens flares, wood patterns, and more. Read More

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Another week in After Effects

Another week in After Effects

Another summary of the last week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, and scripts.

By Rich Young | January 10, 2012

Here's another summary of the last week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, and scripts. The return to the regular news cycle caught idle hands by surprise with a promise of a big CS6 release, snakes in AE, tracking offscreen, plug-ins, and more. Read More

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How to Light Wrap

Blending composite edges with and without 3rd party filters

By Rich Young | January 06, 2012

Andrew Devis has a new quicktip tutorial that uses the Set Matte effect to build a light wrap blend quickly for a composite: Lite Bite for After Effects: How do I create a simple Light Wrap? Previous tutorials, typically for greenscreen keys, used somewhat different approaches. Read More

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Recently in After Effects

Recently in After Effects

By Rich Young | January 02, 2012

Here's another summary of the last week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, and scripts -- it's slower due to holidays, but there was news on a script for MIDI imports, some free projects, tutorials on type, shapes, and particles, and more. Read More

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Last week in After Effects

Last week in After Effects

By Rich Young | December 26, 2011

Here's another summary of the last week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, and scripts -- including new plug-ins, scribble & write-on, Motion 5, a few "Best of" roundups, and more. Please note that these roundups are for quick review and comparison, and that there is almost always vital information from the originating authors at the links provided -- and often free presets, projects, or stock footage too. Read More

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Another week in After Effects

Another week in After Effects

By Rich Young | December 19, 2011

Here's another summary of the last week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, and scripts -- with lots on color, explosions, ambient occlusion, tracking, and more. Read More

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After Effects CS5.5.1: no auto update

If you waited for later, that's now.

By Rich Young | December 16, 2011

Sure, Todd Kopriva said "This update is not available through the automatic update mechanism" in his notice on the After Effects CS5.5.1 update. For at least a few of us though, this update fell through the cracks, as we assumed that automatic update would happen eventually through Adobe Application Manager. Read More

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Recently in After Effects

Recently in After Effects

By Rich Young | December 13, 2011

Here's another summary of the last week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, and scripts -- with a new training section on AE Scripts, a new danger in the orange and teal saga, and much more. Please note that there are additional details, presets, and/or projects on the originating websites that are not included in these overviews. Read More

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After Effects weekly roundup

After Effects weekly roundup

By Rich Young | December 05, 2011

Here's another week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, and scripts -- with a sabbatical, new training service deals, more on iExpressions and Boris FX, Shapes, slow motion, HDR in AE, and more. Read More

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Last week in After Effects

Last week in After Effects

LED lights, 3D shapes, linking objects with lines, users' choice plug-ins, and more.

By Rich Young | November 29, 2011

Here's another week or so of some news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, scripts and more. Thanksgiving was last week but there was substance from Video Copilot, a start on some broadcast-style graphics, LED light walls & casino-style text lights, green screen tips, 3D cubes and other shapes, linking objects with lines, results of a user's choice survey on plug-ins, and more. Read More

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LED and Casino light text effects in After Effects

LED and Casino light text effects in After Effects

A collection of a few resources

By Rich Young | November 29, 2011

  In a new tutorial, Daniel Moreno shows you how to Create A Glittering Cabaret Light Display with Las Vegas bulb lights and make them shine in different patterns with Trapcode Starglow and Particular. Read More

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Another week in After Effects

Another week in After Effects

With news on wiggles, organization, color, CUDA + more

By Rich Young | November 21, 2011

Here's another week of some of the latest news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, scripts and more. Last week saw a little swarm of news on organization and workflow setups, wiggles & glitches, CUDA and Premiere Pro, and more. Read More

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Snow in After Effects

Snow in After Effects

A roundup on a popular effect

By Rich Young | November 17, 2011

You can use dedicated snow filters or particle systems to create snow that can be stylized or realistic, or something less successful. There are filters built into After Effects like CC Snow, CC Particle World, and Particle Playground -- or you can use 3rd-party filters like Trapcode Particular (which is AE 3D camera-aware), Boris FX Snow, Cycore FX HD Snowfall, DigiEffects Delirium Snow, and GenArts Monsters GT. Read More

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Photo Mosaics & Card Dance in After Effects

Photo Mosaics & Card Dance in After Effects

A few resources

By Rich Young | November 16, 2011

The quick tip for making an animated photo mosaic in After Effects is to generate the mosaic externally and animate with the built-in Card Dance plug-in, which can be a little tricky. Read More

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Last week in After Effects

Last week in After Effects

A news roundup

By Rich Young | November 14, 2011

Here's another week of some of the latest news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, scripts and more. It was a bit slower last week, but there was plenty of news, tools, and tutorials for the restless. Read More

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after effects lens flare plug-ins

Lens Flares in After Effects

A roundup [updated]

By Rich Young | November 11, 2011

The built-in lens flares in Adobe products are quite long-in-the-tooth, but there are a bunch of tutorials, 3rd-party tools, and real world examples to help you get beyond the common look. Plus, two more noteworthy plug-in comparisons have been added to the Tools section. Read More

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Seamless edits for jump cuts

Seamless edits for jump cuts

Current and future solutions

By Rich Young | November 07, 2011

Adobe research scientist Wil Li has a demo of an experimental technology for creating seamless edits in interview footage that could make working with jump cuts easier. Hopefully, this technology with Content Aware seam-carving goodness will be integrated into Premiere.

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Recently in After Effects

Recently in After Effects

News on After Effects and beyond

By Rich Young | November 07, 2011

Here's another week of some of the latest news (in two parts) on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, scripts, and related items of interest. It was busy again last week, with iExpressions (a new approach to leverage expressions), tutorials from Red Giant, workflow, cameras, and Avid moving things forward. Read More

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Walter Murch on editing, FCP, and more

Walter Murch on editing, FCP, and more

from the Boston SuperMeet

By Rich Young | November 02, 2011

Walter Murch spoke at a recent Final Cut Supermeet in Boston, answering questions after his presentation. The entire video is now available, and in HD flavors. Read More

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Last week in After Effects

Last week in After Effects

... and related news

By Rich Young | October 31, 2011

Here's another week of some of the latest news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, and scripts. It was busy again last week, dominated by scripts and plug-ins, old and new. Read More

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