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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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Premiere Pro News Notes #09

By Rich Young | August 30, 2014

Here's another collection of news on tutorials, tips, and related tools assorted with Adobe Premiere Pro.

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Optical Kerning preference in After Effects

Edit the preference file for always on auto-kerning

By Rich Young | August 27, 2014

Optical kerning is a newer feature in Adobe apps. If you have a tendency to forget about kerning, be sure to enable Optical kerning, even it means occasionally overriding a font's built-in kern tables.

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MaskTracker+: quick planar tracking inside After Effects

new from Mamoworld

By Rich Young | August 19, 2014

MaskTracker+, a new AE script from Mamoworld, expands the Rigid Mask Tracker in After Effects, opening up planar tracking capabilities that allow you to do much more than just moving masks.

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Premiere Pro News Notes #08

Catching up on the latest news

By Rich Young | July 31, 2014

A series of as-they-come notes on news of assorted Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials, tips, and related tools continues. And there's more to come. Read More


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Using CycoreFX plug-ins in Premiere Pro and After Effects

By Rich Young | July 09, 2014

Over the last several years a few users have experimented with using CycoreFX ("CC") plug-ins built into After Effects inside of Premiere Pro. The current version that ships with AE, the only supported host app for the product, is CycoreFX HD (AE Bundle Only). CS6 saw an upgrade of dozens of the effects to 16-bpc and 32-bpc color depth.

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“Unmult” with and without special plug-ins

Unmult, Xmult, channel and matting effects

By Rich Young | June 27, 2014

Third-party unmult plug-ins for After Effects are used to create a composite with an alpha channel of a layer based on luminance or brightness. They're often used instead of composite modes like Screen that don't create an alpha channel. Alpha channels were discussed in a companion post recently, Alpha channels: premultiplied vs straight. Read More


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Alpha channels: premultiplied vs straight

By Rich Young | June 20, 2014

Alpha channels are grayscale channels in addition to the color channels of a file. They define transparency and often delineate objects or selections as a matte or stencil. Alpha channels can come pre-matted ("shaped") or as straight, with transparency anti-aliased only when composited.

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Creative Cloud 2014 June Release

Much more added to NAB video apps reveal

By Rich Young | June 18, 2014

This April, Adobe revealed many of the new features of Creative Cloud at NAB 2014, but that was for After Effects, Premiere, & the other video apps. It appears there's much more -- over 1000 feature updates for 14 desktop apps, plus numerous mobile and cloud updates. 

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Fold and unfold layers in After Effects

Scripts, some tutorials, and plug-ins

By Rich Young | June 16, 2014

Folder or unfolding layers has become popular in After Effects and other apps in the last several years, and tutorials, scripts, and even animated typefaces have popped up to help spread the meme. All we need now is an origami plug-in.

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Fixing soft edges & number counters with automatic rounding

Using the Math.round expression in After Effects

By Rich Young | June 09, 2014

A few years ago, Stu Maschwitz noted the utility of the Math.round method, which rounds a number to the nearest integer. If you're repositioning or animating an object in AE, you'll often run into AE's subpixel positioning in Best Quality, which as noted long before expressions were a feature by Trish Meyer as the source of bad renders with lossy formats. But you can use an expression to force rounding on scale/position to whole numbers, in order to avoid softening on anti-aliased text or other layers. It's much easier to use that than to adjust entries by hand, and its utility goes further.

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MovieType For Element 3D: new for After Effects

Animation & camera presets, materials, bevels, and more

By Rich Young | June 03, 2014

Motionworks has released MovieType For Element 3D. The package includes over 200 time-saving type animation presets, 60 camera animation presets, 450 materials, 150 bevel presets, 3D backgrounds, a camera and light rig, 6 tutorials, and associated AE project files. Also included is MoBacks, an After Effects backgrounds kit with over 55 AEPs and HD renders of grunge, starbursts, lighting effects, techno, smoke, ink, cellular, metal, paper, stone, plastic, leather, liquid, etc.

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White balance in After Effects and Premiere

plus blending modes

By Rich Young | May 31, 2014

There are a number of ways to white balance footage in After Effects and Premiere Pro, and Chris and Trish Meyer recently added another method, sampling with the Tint effect on a Solid layer set to Divide mode above the source layer. Eran Stern also recently added a method, using CC Color Neutralizer in Premiere.

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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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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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After Effects for print: Making GAEA

+ ETLAT (edit this, look at that)

By Rich Young | May 09, 2014

A couple of years ago, Jesse Michael Newman released a layer-by-layer video deconstruction of an After Effects project, DECONSTRUCTING GAEA I - Flowing Meditation though the end result was a printed piece as part of a Kickstarter campaign. He has a new piece, DECONSTRUCTING GAEA II, to support a short sale on art prints.

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Tidbit: YouTube buffering mysteries

By Rich Young | April 30, 2014

Last November we did a quick exploration of 'How YouTube Works', which even with an update (on the "secret" algorithm) still left questions about caching unanswered. But explanations become apparent with a simple search word change to "buffering".

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Easter eggs in After Effects: a new hunt

Find a plabt egg

By Rich Young | April 17, 2014

People are sometimes surprised to discover Easter eggs in After Effects -- apparent oddities in the interface. Some of these have been around for a very long time, maybe even since the inception of After Effects. MographWiki collected a list of these a few years ago, but not all of them.

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The Making of ‘Adobe and the Frog’

By Rich Young | April 03, 2014

Film Riot and Adobe have a slick little web ad for the new Creative Cloud NAB 2014 reveal. It was edited in Premiere CC, with the CG character rendered in After Effects CC using Element 3D, and color graded using Magic Bullet Looks.

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Creative Cloud 2014 video app reveal at NAB [updated]

Creative Cloud 2014 video app reveal at NAB [updated]

After Effects, Premiere, & more

By Rich Young | April 01, 2014

Adobe revealed new features in the video apps in Creative Cloud 2014 and showcased these next versions at the April NAB 2014 show in Las Vegas (schedule). In addition to blogs and product page info, there's a nice PDF summarizing updates to Adobe's video ecosystem. [CC 2014 June video app updates integrated below]

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Halftone techniques for After Effects

By Rich Young | March 30, 2014

A halftone is an image or printing technique that "simulates continuous tone through the use of dots, varying either in size, in shape or in spacing." In the Illustrator and Photoshop worlds, there's a long list of halftone filters, swatches, and compositing techniques used for printing and newsprint, comic, retro, and other effects. But the fun of After Effects is animation, and some techniques may not be immediately apparent without the built-in filters found in the other apps.

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