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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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Fox News Deck: the future of news?

Welcome to the machine

By Rich Young | October 11, 2013

Fox News has been busy building their "revolutionary" Fox News Deck, capitalizing on the interest in high-tech computer user interfaces, like those mentioned in the recent "User interfaces in the movies and beyond" here at AE Portal. Hey, why should the NSA have all the fun?

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UI: User interfaces in the movies and beyond

'Make It So': a noteworthy book

By Rich Young | October 03, 2013

About a year ago, interface designers Nathan Shedroff and Christopher Noessel published their book 'Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction', on how sci-fi and real world interfaces influence each other. User interfaces and human-computer interaction is a vast topic. Mostly we're interested in creating graphics that visualize what might be possible, or perhaps prototyping actual interfaces, so it's nice to peek at what others imagine and who's involved, especially if they use After Effects and Creative Cloud.

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Audio standards and Adobe Loudness Radar

Background and basic tutorials

By Rich Young | September 25, 2013

Recently here on PVC, Woody Woodhall discussed The CALM ACT (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation), asking "Why Is The US Congress Messing With My Mix?". It's a nice introduction with several wrinkles worthy of further consideration, even if most of us don't use specialized audio tools like the Dolby Media Meter and are now uneffected by broadcast volume standards.

Many of us using more mass market tools will want to follow along with these first steps -- and can -- thanks to TC Electronic (see their loudness authority), whose LoudnessRadar was bundled with Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Audition CC.

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4K in Premiere Pro with Thunderbolt on HP

Video from Adobe's Dave Helmly

By Rich Young | September 10, 2013

Early yesterday at IBC, Adobe announced major updates to Adobe Video apps in Creative Cloud for mid-October. There's more news from Adobe and partner HP on support for Thunderbolt on Windows, and a testing demo from DAV's TechTable on 4K in Premiere with HP Thunderbolt.

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Creative Cloud October update - over 150 new video features

...with video demos

By Rich Young | September 08, 2013

At IBC, Adobe has announced major updates to Adobe Video apps in Creative Cloud, which should be available in mid-October. This comes after Premiere Pro CC got 25 new features + bug fixes in a July update. Regular subscription updates do seem to be coming as expected, making it easier to use and digest changes.

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Premiere Pro News Notes #07 (more Audio)

Premiere, Audition, and more

By Rich Young | September 04, 2013

Here's part 2 of notes on recent news of assorted audio-related Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials and tips on noise removal, normalize, EQ, editing to sound, controlling audio in Clip Mixer and Timeline, voice overs, Adobe Audition and more.

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Premiere Pro News Notes #06 (Audio Edition)

Recent audio tutorials

By Rich Young | September 03, 2013

A series of as-they-come notes on news of assorted Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials, tips, and related tools continues. A profusion of activity allows a collection of audio-related resources on noise removal, normalize, EQ, editing to sound, controlling audio in Clip Mixer and Timeline, voice overs, Adobe Audition and more.

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Animating to Sound with After Effects

a video course from Chris Meyer

By Rich Young | August 30, 2013

Although video/film types sometimes say that "sound is half the experience", sound and music are often an afterthought in After Effects. Music industry people who crossed over provide exceptions, like Chris and Trish Meyer of Crish Design, who have provided guidance on audio matters in After Effects since the days of InterActivity magazine.

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Expressions, Form, Particular: free tutorial series

from Harry Frank

By Rich Young | August 27, 2013

Several of After Effects training guru Harry Frank's tutorial series are now free: After Effects Expressions,  Trapcode Particular, and Trapcode Form.

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TypeMonkey: a kinetic type tool

for After Effects [updated]

By Rich Young | August 24, 2013

TypeMonkey is an AE script by Dan Ebberts & Orrin Zucker that generates complex kinetic type animations, camera included, which are dynamically tied to markers for easy customization.

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Fractal Noise in After Effects

plus the newer Turbulent Noise

By Rich Young | August 21, 2013

The Fractal Noise effect built into After Effects has been used to generate motion backgrounds, transitions, clouds, fog, fire, water, paper texture, metal and other textures, ink and watercolor effects, etc. There's a good description of it, and some nice performance tips, in AE Help. Read More

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Typewriter effects in After Effects

Celebrating "typewriter week"

By Rich Young | August 14, 2013

Crashing the "typewriter week" party of Video Copilot unfashionably early, here's a few tidbits on typewriter or type-on effects in After Effects. Highlights include 2 built-in presets, other free presets, 2 Red Giant plug-ins, 2 iExpressions, and tutorials of various levels of intricacy. The status of Right-to-Left writing systems, like Arabic and Hebrew, is also mentioned.

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How to shoot car videos inside & out

How to shoot car videos inside & out

Inexpensive cameras, mounts, and post

By Rich Young | July 30, 2013

There's tons of options and advice for mounting cameras for shooting inside and outside of cars. Here's a few inexpensive options, and some advice from around the web, on smaller setups that won't invite unnecessary concern.

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Premiere Pro News Notes #05 (Color Edition)

Premiere Pro News Notes #05 (Color Edition)

By Rich Young | July 23, 2013

A series of as-they-come notes on news of assorted Premiere Pro tutorials, tips, and related tools continues. Here's a month of news for color-related Premiere resources.

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Premiere Pro CC: 25 new features + bug fixes

Premiere Pro CC: 25 new features + bug fixes

Version 7.01 update

By Rich Young | July 10, 2013

Adobe announced 25 new updates to Premiere Pro CC, update 7.01, available less than a month after the initial release. These updates were developed in response to customer feedback and include new features that are designed around making repeated tasks easier and faster in timeline editing,... Read More

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Adobe Anywhere released

Adobe Anywhere released

By Rich Young | July 10, 2013

Adobe announced the release of Adobe Anywhere for video. With Adobe Anywhere, headaches in video post involving management of assets, especially large file transfers, can be lessened for enterprise-level organizations.

Adobe Anywhere can serve to bring teams together virtually, enabling them to log, edit, share and finish video post-production using standard networks and hardware.

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Headphones: a few resources

By Rich Young | July 02, 2013

The secret of the search for perfect sound is that it never ends. In many cases, you might find sound isolation and higher quality easier to afford with headphones. Mixing on headphones can work, especially with reality checks on audio monitors. You might be tired of cheap standard issue headphones like the Sony MDR-V6 or MDR-7506 (preferred by The Wirecutter), but still want to avoid frequency manipulations of popular lifestyle headphones like Beats Audio. Accurate reproduction and flat frequency response isn't just a matter of more money, but an adventure in trial and error.

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Encore CS6 & Creative Cloud

Encore CS6 & Creative Cloud

Installing and using Encore DVD

By Rich Young | June 18, 2013

Abode Encore reached its end-of-life with CS6, but you can still install it with Creative Cloud, with a few extra steps.

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Premiere Pro News Notes #03

Premiere Pro News Notes #03

Creative Cloud and the Mac Pro preview, color, scaling, codecs, audio, and more.

By Rich Young | June 15, 2013

A series of as-they-come notes on news of assorted Premiere Pro tutorials, tips, and related tools continues.

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Whip (swish) pans in After Effects & Premiere

Whip (swish) pans in After Effects & Premiere

Some tools and tutorials

By Rich Young | May 22, 2013

A whip or swish pan describes the motion of a fast camera move, as in following a passing train or spaceship. Because of motion blur, it's most often used to smooth transitions between abrupt cuts of shots or scenes. While this is often done in post, Adobe doesn't include dedicated tools for this effect, so here are some 3rd-party filters and tutorials you can use to construct whip pan transitions in After Effects and Premiere Pro.

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