December 10, 2014

Holiday gift lists for digital video creators, including AE in 2014

It seems that, so far, most of the 2014 gift lists for digital video creators are on PVC.

We'll link in a few extra lists, and look back the year in After Effects for more ideas in Holiday gift lists for digital video creators.

December 2, 2014

Video Copilot releases Element 3D v2

Video Copilot released Element 3D v2 today. E3D v2 is $199 or a $99 upgrade, with more bundle upgrade discounts. The plug-in is compatible with After Effects CS5 + above.

There's more on PVC, but here's the 2nd intro movie:

December 1, 2014

ASCII Art & After Effects

Easy-to-use scripts and other resources...

ASCII art, pioneered by Victorian female stenographers, has enjoyed brief periods of interest and cobbled together solutions for After Effects, but there's now easy-to-use AE scripts to speed solutions.

Read the article at PVC... ASCII Art & After Effects.

Decent cheap earphones: backups and stocking stuffers

Yes, earphones less than $10 can sound respectable, but which ones?

There's more at PVC in Decent cheap earphones: backups and stocking stuffers.

November 23, 2014

Making sound visible through Cymatics

Cymatics, the study of wave phenomena (often of material media on a vibrating substrate), was popularized by Swiss MD Hans Jenny (1904-1972). Though often discussed in the context of "new age" ideas, DIY techies and artists have expanded interest in the phenomena.

There's more at PVC in Making sound visible through Cymatics. For now, here's a recent example of cymatics from Nigel Stanford, Ferro Fluid:

November 15, 2014

Whip (swish) pans in After Effects & Premiere

re-post of some tools and tutorials

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.

Read the rest in Whip (swish) pans in After Effects & Premiere at Pro Video Coalition.

Here's an example from a newer FREE tool from Red Giant Universe:

"Better Man" is recombinant "Save It For Later"

Out of touch with Seattle... It's strange to years later finally notice influences in pop songs: for example Pearl Jam's "Better Man" is based on "Save It For Later" by The English Beat. Apparently Pete Townshend of The Who liked the song too, which may explain Eddie Vedder's windmill motions in some videos.

Here's some footage from Chicago 2006 and 1982: