May 26, 2015

Getting started: beginning After Effects

The beauty of Adobe After Effects is that it's approachable for simple tasks and at the same time has a feature set capable of producing complex film quality effects. In the olden days we had to walk miles through snow to pay for After Effects tutorials, if there were any, but now there's tons of worthy free stuff. The biggest gotcha with this material for beginners might be the new previewing features expected in the 2015 version of After Effects CC.

General sage advice is to start at the beginning, but knowing Photoshop and Premiere or Final Cut gives you a big head start. And remembering to "divide & conquer," that is subdividing tasks into doable chunks, will keep progress moving.
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Read the article at Pro Video Coalition, Start At The Beginning In After Effects.

April 30, 2015

Flicker removal in Premiere Pro and After Effects


Although flicker has had its uses in experimental film, in video flicker can induce epileptic seizures – although it's mainly just annoying.

Removing flicker is often easy but can also be quite vexing with certain combinations of out-of-sync lights, electricity, and cameras found in time-lapse and slow motion footage. For discussion of some of the issues, tutorials, and 3rd-party plug-ins, see Flicker removal in Creative Cloud and beyond at Pro Video Coalition.

In the meantime, here's some Philip Bloom in Premiere Pro CC:

April 9, 2015

Next Adobe Creative Cloud video tools at NAB 2015




At NAB 2015 next week, Adobe plans to preview the latest features coming to Creative Cloud pro video apps. A webcast from the NAB 2015 show floor on April 16 is also planned. The webcast will provide a chance to see highlights of the release and chat in real-time with presenter Jason Levine and #TeamAdobe.

Read the rest at Pro Video Coalition... 

Project Candy creates a Look from the colors of an image.

March 20, 2015

Chromatic aberration roundup at PVC

A few years ago there was a spate of interest in chromatic aberration -- fixing footage containing the color fringing, but mostly creating it for motion graphics and VFX realism. Now, Quba Michalski has a new tutorial & preset (and donate button) in Chromatic Aberration Rig

Read the rest in Chromatic aberration: creation and fixes with After Effects at Pro Video Coalition.

[fix for PVC]

March 16, 2015

Nebula construction in After Effects @ PVC

[PVC refreshed]

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.

Read the roundup at  Pro Video Coalition:
http://www.provideocoalition.com/nebula-construction-in-after-effects

March 11, 2015

Flashback: 'Almost Human' Circuitry

Last year, Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot visited Japan to speak at a Video Copilot Seminar 2014 hosted by Flashback Japan.

...see their video (only 11 months later) at ProVideo Coalition in Flashback: 'Almost Human' Circuitry from Video Copilot.

March 2, 2015

Shockwaves in After Effects at PVC

Andrew Kramer has been the most enthusiastic provider of footage and tutorials on creating shockwave effects in After Effects, and recently Daniel Brodesky created something similar, using Trapcode Particular instead of Fractal Noise for the base of the effect. There are a few other resources too, more explosion-related examples, but much of what's been published is outdated or no longer available.

...read the rest at Pro Video Coalition in Shockwaves in After Effects.