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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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Shatter effects in After Effects

Shatter effects in After Effects

...some resources [updated]

By Rich Young | June 01, 2012

Most shattering in AE is done 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, walls, puzzles, and so forth, but also used to generate 3D text or shape blocks. Read More

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3D text in After Effects: an updated survey of methods

3D text in After Effects: an updated survey of methods

Pseudo 3D and beyond

By Rich Young | May 30, 2012

Creating 3D text in After Effects has long been a cottage industry, generating many workarounds, scripts, new trechnolgy, licensing deals, and 3rd-party plug-ins. Adding to the parade is one of the big new features in After Effects CS6, the extrusion and material options in the Ray-tracing 3D renderer. After Effects CC added another wrinkle, another workaround with Cinema 4D Lite. Some will benefit from beautiful renders by new features, though some will get bogged down by requirements, render times, or inadequate or involved features, and turn to pseudo 3D methods also surveyed here. Read More

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Recently in After Effects

Recently in After Effects

CS6 updates, assorted tutorials, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.

By Rich Young | May 29, 2012

Here's another summary of recent news on Adobe After Effects - with more on CS6 and updates, raytracing (or not), hardware requirements, integrating muzzle flashes, looks, assorted tutorials, and plug-ins new and old. Read More

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Learn After Effects CS6: a basics series

Learn After Effects CS6: a basics series

New videos from Brian Maffitt

By Rich Young | May 10, 2012

Brian Maffitt of Total Training is back on the tutorial beat after a long absence, with AE CS6 essentials training. Read More

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Another week in After Effects

Another week in After Effects

CS6, assorted tutorials, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.

By Rich Young | May 08, 2012

CS6 is now shipping; Cloud services and point product subscriptions are available May 11. CS6 trial applications good for 30 days are also available (with advice). CS6 Help is up, but for now has poor search results and no PDF. Read More

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Last week in After Effects

Last week in After Effects

By Rich Young | April 30, 2012

Here's another summary of the last week of news on Adobe After Effects - with more on CS6, new scripts, time-lapses, light arrays, looks, and assorted tutorials and plug-ins new and old.

Innovation in Motion: After Effects CS6 with Steve Forde (Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 10:00am... Read More

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AE CS6 Global Performance Cache: So Far

AE CS6 Global Performance Cache: So Far

Videos on the new 'must-have' feature

By Rich Young | April 29, 2012

The Global Performance Cache, group of time-saving technologies consisting of a global RAM cache, a persistent disk cache, and a new graphics pipeline (along with the Cache Work Area In Background command), is considered the best new feature of After Effects CS6. The explanation by Chris and Trish Meyer in After Effects CS6 (P)Review is the most informative text on this feature cluster to date. Read More

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More forays into Production Premium CS6

More forays into Production Premium CS6

The latest videos on new features

By Rich Young | April 23, 2012

It's CS6 launch day (live at 10 AM PST). The cost of ownership of Master Collection is about the same at $2600/$525 upgrade, and the Cloud service master collection is $50/30 per month by year ($600/$360), or a la carte per app ($20/month for AE); see pricing and details at Adobe. The ship date for CS6 will be announced later. In the meantime, here are some additional video demos from Adobe... Read More

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Recently in After Effects

Recently in After Effects

CS 6 announced, plus new tools and tutorials

By Rich Young | April 23, 2012

Here's another summary of the last few weeks or so of news on After Effects- this time CS6 dominates, but there were still new scripts and a plug-in, and assorted tutorials. Read More

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AE CS6 and Production Premium Revealed [updated]

AE CS6 and Production Premium Revealed [updated]

Details, reviews, and tutorials

By Rich Young | April 12, 2012

Adobe has announced almost all of CS6 Production Premium (except for Illustrator), and there's a boatload of previews and other resources on the product reveal page for NAB. Anita Engelman shares some pointers to those resources in We're revealing the upcoming Creative Suite 6 Production Premium Release here on PVC. Read More

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Last week in After Effects

Last week in After Effects

Busier than expected before a change of gear at NAB

By Rich Young | April 10, 2012

Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects-busier than expected before a change of gear at NAB-this time with CS Next, Mocha and tracking, 3D text and bevels, stills in AE, Trapcode Mir (pictured), 3 new scripts, assorted tutorials, and plug-ins new and old. Read More

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Recently in After Effects

Recently in After Effects

Tracking, track mattes, organic lines, point clouds, HDR, expressions, and more.

By Rich Young | March 31, 2012

Here's another summary of the last few weeks or so of news on After Effects- this time with Mocha and tracking, track mattes, organic lines in Particular, point clouds, HDR, and assorted tutorials, expressions, and plug-ins new and old.{C} Read More

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Photoshop CS6: public beta resources

Photoshop CS6: public beta resources

with updates

By Rich Young | March 22, 2012

Photoshop CS6 is in public beta. This update (download) looks pretty deep, with a few big new features and many welcome enhancements. There's even an Adobe forum to iron out issues. Read More

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After Effects weekly roundup

After Effects weekly roundup

Underwater, 3D camera, game trailers, a push for better interfaces, and more.

By Rich Young | March 12, 2012

Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects- this time with underwater scenes, an AE 3D camera series, game trailers, a push for better interfaces, and assorted tutorials, new and old plug-ins, and expressions. Read More

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Another week in After Effects

Another week in After Effects

Glitches, the return of Denoiser, a 3D shield, Trapcode MIR, expressions, and more.

By Rich Young | March 05, 2012

Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects- AE 3D, denoise and glitches, a preview of a new Trapcode plug-in, expressions, and more. Read More

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Light leaks, free lensing, and lens wacking

Light leaks, free lensing, and lens wacking

A mini-roundup

By Rich Young | March 01, 2012

James Miller recently discussed The art of "lens whacking", real lights leaks and ones done in post on Philip Bloom's website. And now, Christian Hubbard has posted more practical advice in a video tutorial, "Lens Whacking" To Get Light Blooms In Your Footage, on AEtuts. Read More

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Last week in After Effects

Last week in After Effects

By Rich Young | February 27, 2012

Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects-assorted tutorials, new and old plug-ins, scripts, expressions, and more. Read More

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After Effects weekly roundup

After Effects weekly roundup

CC Hair, animation tools, plug-in news, multiplane & camera mapping, expressions, and more.

By Rich Young | February 21, 2012

Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects-assorted tutorials and tools, animation aids, CC Hair, son of Ken Burns, expressions, and more. Read More

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Recently in After Effects

Recently in After Effects

AE with Kinect mocap, text, 3D, expressions, and more.

By Rich Young | February 16, 2012

Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects -- assorted tutorials and tools with Xbox Kinect mocap, text, 3D, expressions, and more. Read More

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Another week in After Effects

Another week in After Effects

A news roundup

By Rich Young | February 08, 2012

Here's another summary of the last week or so of news on After Effects -- with assorted tutorials, scripts, demos, documentaries, 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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