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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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Set Matte: a 32-bpc node for After Effects

Set Matte: a 32-bpc node for After Effects

One matte for multiple layers

By Rich Young | August 31, 2012

Many people don't seem to know the Set Matte effect plug-in exists, maybe because it officially exists only to provide compatibility with earlier projects. That seems to have changed since Set Matte was upgraded to support 32-bpc color depth in After Effects CS6.

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After Effects Roundup

After Effects Roundup

Lining up the usual suspects + Elementary

By Rich Young | August 26, 2012

Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Read More

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Recently in After Effects

Recently in After Effects

Knoll lens flare update, AE Scripts redesigns + Plexus 2, matte extraction, fake guns, & more

By Rich Young | August 15, 2012

Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Read More

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Muzzle flashes & gun fire in After Effects

Muzzle flashes & gun fire in After Effects

a roundup [updated]

By Rich Young | August 11, 2012

 

Muzzle flashes and other gun effects have been popular topics. Muzzle flashes by themselves are useless -- you need the flash, smoke, a shell, a gun, bullet hits, audio, and more. Here's a few resources to help you put together something believable. Read More

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Another week in After Effects

Another week in After Effects

A big new training series, Trapcode Mir debuts, Element 3D marches on, + more

By Rich Young | August 06, 2012

Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Read More

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Trapcode Mir: a new plug-in for After Effects

Trapcode Mir: a new plug-in for After Effects

A fractalized 3D mesh for real time experimentation

By Rich Young | August 03, 2012

Trapcode Mir 1.0 was released this week. Mir quickly creates 3D shapes that are built from a simple polygon mesh. Using fractal noise for distortion, texture mapping, repeating and wrapping geometry, and After Effects light integration -- all accelerated by your OpenGL hardware -- Mir generates smoothly shaded objects or flowing organic elements, bendable tubes & tunnels, nebulas, abstract landscapes, bar charts, and so forth, animated with light and depth. Shader options include Ambient Occlusion and wireframe mesh and point fills.

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Last week in After Effects

Last week in After Effects

By Rich Young | July 30, 2012

Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Read More

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After Effects Lately

After Effects Lately

New tools for lip-sync and creating Digital Cinema Packages, plus tutorials for volumetric lighting, difference mattes, film looks, Element 3D, time-lapse, and more.

By Rich Young | July 27, 2012

Here's the latest week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Read More

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Volumetric lighting in After Effects

Volumetric lighting in After Effects

2.5D with the toComp expression, and beyond

By Rich Young | July 24, 2012

Volumetric lighting, Crepuscular rays, God rays, and the like are visible rays or even globes of light. You can't see lights themselves with the built-in lighting in After Effects (for background see Cameras, lights, and points of interest), so plug-ins are used to help make light visible.{C} Read More

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Recently in After Effects

Recently in After Effects

Real advances for 3D in AE and more

By Rich Young | July 17, 2012

Here's the latest 2 weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Read More

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Element 3D: new After Effects plug-in

Element 3D: new After Effects plug-in

3D models and particles inside After Effects [updated]

By Rich Young | July 10, 2012

Video Copilot has released Element 3D, an After Effects plug-in that lets you import and animate 3D models, even as a particle array, and extrude text and mask shapes in real time. It's useful for all of us, for newbies and old hands & for straight 3D and more abstract experimentation, at least if you have a more recent OpenGL graphics card. {C} Read More

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Fire in After Effects

Fire in After Effects

A roundup of tutorials and free projects

By Rich Young | July 04, 2012

Attempts at creating fire in After Effects have resulted in outputs of various styles and quality. Projects have used CC Particle World, Fractal Noise, and other tools built into AE, 3rd party plug-ins, and composited stock footage often used as a particle source. Read More

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After Effects News Roundup

After Effects News Roundup

3D models in AE, 3D camera tracking, ray-tracer, performance, scripting, DCP, and more

By Rich Young | July 02, 2012

Here's the latest 2 weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Read More

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Using and creating After Effects scripts

Using and creating After Effects scripts

Some learning and script resources

By Rich Young | June 22, 2012

 

 

A new After Effects Scripting Guide was released on the AE team blog this week in scripting changes in After Effects CS6, plus new scripting guide. A casual glance may reinforce the notion that the whole affair is only for the cognoscenti. Read More

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After Effects Lately

After Effects Lately

Assorted tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old

By Rich Young | June 18, 2012

AE news was a bit slow last week, even considering that a few items ended up in the tardy roundup of the previous week. Read More

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Lip Sync in After Effects

Lip Sync in After Effects

Some resources [updated]

By Rich Young | June 15, 2012

Last year Angie Taylor posted Lip Sync in After Effects, demoed a possible solution to a task that most animators will be asked to do at some point. Admittedly though, it would rarely involve a talking dog or space coyote. Please note references to Papagayo and After Effects, and phonemes. Read More

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Another week in After Effects

Another week in After Effects

3D scripts, 3D and rendering, character animation, PointGlue, & more.

By Rich Young | June 13, 2012

It was an busy week or so, with even more After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins old and new. Read More

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Remove banding in After Effects

a few possible solutions

By Rich Young | June 06, 2012

It's a bit of a mystery why there's still so much banding in TV & web graphics. Read More

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Last week in After Effects

Last week in After Effects

By Rich Young | June 04, 2012

It was an average week with assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old. Read More

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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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