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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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Creative Cloud update: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and more

Creative Cloud for Design January 2014

By Rich Young | January 16, 2014

Adobe announced availability of a major update to Creative Cloud, aimed especially at designers, with new features for Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Even if you already used free trials, there's another free 30-day trial period for Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, and Adobe Muse CC.

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Secondary animation and the principles of animation

for After Effects

By Rich Young | January 14, 2014

Secondary action is ancillary to the primary action of an animation. Secondary actions help to create the illusion of life, heightening interest and adding some realism – whether in character animation, visual effects, or motion graphics. Tutorials that deal with this basic idea explicitly in After Effects are rare.

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Flowchart tools in After Effects

Tab is the new Shift

By Rich Young | January 13, 2014

Many once ignored the Flowchart Panel in After Effects, since it did not actually herald nodes or offer many operational benefits, but it can be useful if you need an overview of more complicated projects. Though not quite as fun as the keyframe art at Behind Keyframes from Sandervandijk.tv, the Flowchart Panel might be considered artful, as shown by Quba Michalski in MotionGraphs (pictured). Read More

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Tracking gestures on iOS for After Effects

with 'trackFinger AE' app

By Rich Young | January 08, 2014

trackFinger AE is new iOS app (on the App Store) that allows you to record the movements of up to 10 fingers on an iPad, and then send tracking data as keyframes in e-mail text to paste into Adobe After Effects.

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After Effects 2013: features & requests

and the AE team's thoughts on the future

By Rich Young | December 31, 2013

With 3 actual updates to After Effects in 2013, it's become difficult for many users to keep track of all the new features. So reading through top After Effects feature requests of 2013, plus a peek at what we’re thinking about for the near future, today's post by Todd Kopriva, is... Read More

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Circles in After Effects

By Rich Young | December 31, 2013

Making circles in After Effects seems like a trivial exercise, but there are a ton of approaches to their various forms in design. Circles come in movement and repetition, from expressions & scripts, as Shapes, masks, particle effects like Particle World, Bubbles, Ball Action, from the Circle effect, CC Sphere, Polar Coordinates, Wave World, Radio Waves, halftone effects (roundup), lens flare elements (roundup), and so on. Here are few circle-related tutorials and resources for After Effects.

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Spirographs in After Effects

By Rich Young | December 30, 2013

Spirographs in After Effects had it's 15-minutes of fame years ago and were lost in the mists of time (around here anyway), except for a few tutorial/project posts. Revisiting the topic reveals a variety of approaches and directions.

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Spirals in After Effects

A roundup

By Rich Young | December 29, 2013

Spirals are used as design guides and elements or paths for text, shapes, particles, and layers. Here's a few resources for using and creating spirals in After Effects and other Adobe applications.

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The Ray-traced 3D renderer in After Effects

Advice from Todd Kopriva, Roland Kahlenberg, and others

By Rich Young | December 28, 2013

A big addition to After Effects CS6 was the introduction of a Ray-traced 3D composition renderer that handles reflections, transparency, index of refraction, environment maps, in addition to the existing material options. Today in Creative Cloud CC, the chief limitation is still render time, but there's set-up advice for those willing to overcome the obstacles to get the lovely renders.

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How YouTube Works

but still wondering about caching

By Rich Young | November 23, 2013

Though not long ago, it's hard to remember the era when RealMedia was the platform agnostic choice between Apple QuickTime and Windows AVI/WMV.  Those formats lost relevance for delivery with the introduction of Flash Video in 2002-2003, which didn't require installation of media architecture software, since Flash existed in every web browser.

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Brainstorm in After Effects

A tutorial roundup

By Rich Young | November 19, 2013

Given a cool reception by some on its initial release, some may have wondered if Brainstorm in After Effects was more useful than the now defunct Variations feature in Photoshop. As shown in various tutorials, Brainstorm might be useful to help stir creative juices, even if it can bog down rendering previews of intensive effects, even Radio Waves.

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DCP (Digital Cinema Package) workflows for After Effects and Premiere

CuteDCP for Premiere Pro released

By Rich Young | October 15, 2013

Fandev has released CuteDCP for Premiere (Mac / Windows), a DCP (Digital Cinema Package; explained) render tool for Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder. It allows users to export DCPs from any file imported into Premiere Pro or Adobe Media Encoder, and has been tested on most major play-out servers for digital cinema theaters. There's a variety of other solutions available too.

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Features in the forthcoming Premiere Pro 7.1 update

plus Premiere Pro CC Advanced Workflow at fxphd.com

By Rich Young | October 14, 2013

Last month, Al Mooney detailed the Adobe Premiere Pro CC October 2013 Release, which is expected in the next 2 weeks, barring any difficulties (speculative or not). Adobe provided almost all of the info and video on this Creative Cloud release, as noted in Creative Cloud October update - over 150 new video features. Now, Josh Weiss at reTooled.net is sharing a preview video with his notes on a prerelease version of Premiere and Speedgrade.

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Creative Dojo’s free After Effects resources

Light leaks, glitches, ink, and more

By Rich Young | October 14, 2013

VinhSon Nguyen has a number of free products hidden away on his Creative Dojo site, including the Dojo Toolkit and Dojo Glitch scripts for After Effects, and as well as Free Ink Mattes, Free Light Leaks, and Dojo Color Preset packs. Related AE Portal roundups with additional resources... Read More

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Split, cut, join without recompression

By Rich Young | October 14, 2013

Sometimes even crude jumpcuts are preferable than trying to gather nearly forgotten source files, or recompressing an old madly-compressed live stream archive that YouTube or Vimeo will recompress yet again. Here's a few apps that can make quick work for those looking for a low-cost way to salvage content that needs a few tweaks.

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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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