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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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iExpressions: as convenient as plugins

iExpressions: as convenient as plugins

New from Mamoworld

By Rich Young | October 31, 2011

iExpressions from Mamoworld combines the power of After Effects expressions with the convenience of effect plug-ins. They allow you to use expressions without writing any code -- each iExpression comes with an interface to control everything using adjustable parameters. iExpressions seems like something out of Stu Mashwitz blog on the potential of a nodes property panel, but it's just script UI for each expression. Read More

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After Effects Lately

After Effects Lately

A news roundup on AE and beyond

By Rich Young | October 24, 2011

Here's another week of some of the latest news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, scripts and more. It slowed slightly last week, but there's plenty of news, tools, and tutorials to keep even the unemployed busy. Read More

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The limitation of Layer Styles for 3D

The limitation of Layer Styles for 3D

A reminder from Motionworks and Chris Meyer

By Rich Young | October 22, 2011

Motionworks has a new tip on Twitter noting the limitation of Layer Styles for 3D in After Effects. You can find background this problem in Chris & Trish Meyer's CMG Hidden Gems: Chapter 13 - 3D Space. Read More

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Adding motion blur in After Effects

Adding motion blur in After Effects

Tips from Joren Kandel and more [updated]

By Rich Young | October 17, 2011

Joren Kandel posted 2 short videos on adding motion blur to footage: Free Motion Blur in AE and Reel Smart Motion Blur in AE, looking at built-in options and the surprisingly fast 3rd party plug-in. Read More

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Another week in After Effects

Another week in After Effects

A news roundup on AE & beyond

By Rich Young | October 15, 2011

Here's another roundup of some of the latest news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, scripts and more. It's been another busy week, with news and tutorials on roto and compositing, and much more in inspiration, tools, and related topics. Read More

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This week in After Effects

This week in After Effects

A little news roundup

By Rich Young | October 07, 2011

Here's a little roundup of some of the latest news on After Effects tutorials, plug-ins, scripts and more. It's been a busy but somber week, with news from Genarts, a substantial new animation series at AEtuts, and more. Read More

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Face replacement & Annoying Orange in After Effects

Face replacement & Annoying Orange in After Effects

Basic "face replacement" courting Hollywood

By Rich Young | October 04, 2011

 

The Annoying Orange has one of the more popular YouTube series with more than 800 million views, spawning imitators and reaching out with celebrity guests, merchandise, and an iPhone game. The cartoon looks a bit like a descendant of Clutch Cargo, but there's a TV pilot ready to be shopped around Hollywood according to an article in The New York Times, Animated Fruit With Ambition.  The article was top and center of the Business section and showed creator Dane Boedigheimer sitting in front of After Effects. Read More

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Time-lapse: Real is the New Virtual

Time-lapse: Real is the New Virtual

After Effects, Soap Bubbles, the Milky Way, and more

By Rich Young | August 30, 2011

Randy Halverson and Kim Pimmel have some nice time-lapse videos from the "real" world. Halverson posted his work on his website DakotaLapse, which was picked up by Wired Science and others. Kim Pimmel, from the Adobe Experience Design team, works on another level with soap bubbles and "light brushes." Read More

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Trapcode Form 2 update

Trapcode Form 2 update

With 3D object import, Particular 2 features, and more

By Rich Young | August 24, 2011

Trapcode Form has been updated to version 2. New features in this particle system for After Effects include: 3D import of static or animated OBJ (leapfrogging Plexus), orthographic viewing & Shading and Layer Maps, Particular's Textured Polygons that can rotate in 3D space, Shadowlets that cast shadows onto other particles, natural light fall-off, and intergration with 3D Cameras using World Transform and Motion Blur. Read More

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Adobe 3D tech beyond extrusions

Adobe 3D tech beyond extrusions

fxguide shares more from SIGGRAPH

By Rich Young | August 13, 2011

fxguidetv #116 shares more details from the joint Adobe-NVIDIA research project demonstrating accelerated ray-traced 3D seen in NVIDIA Optix from Chris Meyer. Read More

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New image enhancement research at Adobe

New image enhancement research at Adobe

With applications in color matching, procedural masking, and deblurring.

By Rich Young | August 11, 2011

Researchers from Adobe presented some cool new image enhancement technology at SIGGRAPH, NRDC: Non-Rigid Dense Correspondence with Applications for Image Enhancement. They've developed methods for analyzing shared regions of the images with different lighting and backgrounds to adjust color matching, aid procedural masking, and deblur images. Read More

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Bidirectional interoperability between After Effects and 3DSMax

Bidirectional interoperability between After Effects and 3DSMax

Autodesk announces transfers of cameras, lights, null objects, plane objects/solids, footage layering, blend modes, opacity, and effects.

By Rich Young | August 09, 2011

AE product manager Steve Forde notes an Autodesk announcement of some cool interoperability between AfterEffects and 3DSMax. Here's some quotes from Autodesk and two video demos: Read More

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DaVinci Resolve Lite: two first-looks

DaVinci Resolve Lite: two first-looks

Patrick Inhofer and Steve Oakley on the free Mac app

By Rich Young | July 28, 2011

Blackmagic Design has posted DaVinci Resolve Lite, a free version of BlackMagic's $995 DaVinci Resolve for Mac (download). Both Steve Oakley and Patrick Inhofer share their first looks on this free Mac app. Read More

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Video enhanced by rolling shutter effect

Video enhanced by rolling shutter effect

and other distortions

By Rich Young | July 21, 2011

Coming late to the iPhone version of the rolling shutter meme, my favorite video was not the guitar string oscillation but the one on airplane propellers from DP Review, iPhone video enhanced by rolling shutter effect (via Adam Wilt, h/t to Reddit). This one comes from Jason Beutal, who explains it in detail on his blog in Image Aliasing of Plane Propellers in Photos and Video: Read More

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Colored Light Strokes and Streaks

Colored Light Strokes and Streaks

Mattrunks on 3D Stroke, plus some alternatives

By Rich Young | July 20, 2011

In a new training video in English and French, Colored Light Paths with 3D Stroke, Mattias Peresini (aka Mattrunks) shows the basics of Trapcode 3D ??Stroke. There were been a number of similar tutorials in days of iPod and graffiti yore, but they're harder to find now that the effect is not as popular. Tutorials by Brad Chmielewski (Animated Cartoon Arrows) and  Nick Campbell (How to make 3D Text and use 3D Stroke in After Effects) are still easy to find though. Read More

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The Stereo 3D Toolkit, a new script for After Effects

The Stereo 3D Toolkit, a new script for After Effects

from Ryan Cashman and AE Scripts

By Rich Young | July 13, 2011

Ryan Cashman and AE scripts have released a new script for After Effects, Stereo 3D Toolkit, a set of tools that help you create complex stereoscopic compositions. The Stereo 3D Toolkit "uses true left and right channels (instead of collapse transformations) so it is compatible with all 3D effects and plug-ins that use composition cameras." Read More

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Free 3D Ink Preset for Trapcode Particular

Free 3D Ink Preset for Trapcode Particular

from Greyscale Gorilla

By Rich Young | July 13, 2011

Greyscale Gorilla has a new Free 3D Ink Preset for Trapcode Particular that attempts to create realistic ink drops: "It's a hog to render, but it gives a pretty cool result. Also, if you change the random seed or the wiggle settings, you will get totally different ink drops every time." Read More

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Basic AE project from concept through creation

Basic AE project from concept through creation

A 2-part tutorial from Eran Stern

By Rich Young | July 13, 2011

Anything You Want is a 2-part video tutorial (with project files) by Eran Stern that shares a workflow to build an idiosyncratic bumper. From concept to creation, Eran shows you the steps of envisioning an idea, roughing out a storyboard, finding stock footage (it's an Artbeats tutorial), composting the final piece using masks, Imagineer mocha & After Effects CS5.5's new Warp Stabilizer, and adding shadows & text effects. Read More

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What’s your favourite AE Script?

What’s your favourite AE Script?

Tim Clapham and Mark Christiansen share theirs

By Rich Young | July 12, 2011

There's been a small rush of extra activity on scripting and scripts for After Effects.FeltTips returned with a few tutorials on expressions, After Effects Random Expression Shenanigans and Quick After Effects Expressions #1 - Camera Targetter, and Lester Banks unearthed a 16-tutorial series on expressions by Arun Latvia on YouTube. Read More

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Flash resamples audio to 44.1 kHz during playback

Flash resamples audio to 44.1 kHz during playback

Jan Ozer notes this may cause loss of sync

By Rich Young | July 09, 2011

In 48 kHz Audio Can Cause Loss of Synch with Flash Playback, Jan Ozer notes previous observations that "Flash Player resamples all sound sources to 44.1 kHz during playback." This is the apparent culprit for loss of audio sync in some live playback, and there might be distortion introduced as well. Read More

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