December 31, 2012

After Effects Lately Dec31.2012

...CS6 sales & AE contest ending, and more is part of the news of last few weeks of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old:

After Effects Lately Dec31.2012

December 30, 2012

Solars storms & the power grid

Sun Storm, an episode of the Curiosity series on Discovery TV premiered Sunday, December 30, 2012. The full episode should eventually be online, but it's worth catching it now if you can. The particle effects are nice, but no background info was available from producer Big Wave Productions.

In addition to introducing the science of the sun, the show discusses how "a massive solar super-storm could knock out the power grid for weeks or even many months, destroying the technology that powers our civilization, from communications to banking to our water supply." Food supplies could be effected quickly, and in a massive way too. It appears our definitions of security could use revamping, and our forces redeployed in part.

A society with this much talent should move away from Brittle Power (noted decades ago by Amory Lovins) to more resilient systems. Even established economists are slowly coming around; see for example Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2013 (noted by @resilienceSci). Here's Reinvent Fire: Change Energy Use Forever from Lovins' group RMI:

For more on solar storms, see the Sun Storm FAQ; also, Sun Storm host astronomer Phil Plait shares some background on The issue was part of the 2012 disaster meme, so you can also check out Solar storm passes without incident (a 'wake-up call') at the BBC, Solar Flare: What If Biggest Known Sun Storm Hit Today? at National Geopgraphic, and NASA or NOAA.

Here's another preview of Sun Storm:

More than 10,000 magnetic super tornadoes -- each as large as a continent on Earth -- are now thought to storm across the sun's surface at any moment, according to an international team reporting in Nature. Below is a visualization of a solar super tornadoes, and We Are Sitting Ducks for Solar Flares by Dr. Michio Kaku.

December 27, 2012

Vignettes in Premiere & After Effects

Vignettes have become more popular, and especially in After Effects since the release of the DV Rebel's Guide by Stu Maschwitz. Of course there's numerous ways to make vignettes, and it looks like the topic is quite well-covered now, thank you. 

An updated roundup of some tools & tutorials on the various options for Premiere and AE can be found at PVC, Vignettes in Premiere & After Effects: A plethora of resources.

December 11, 2012

After Effects Lately Dec10.2012

...AE Vfx, scripting intros, contest winners, & more are part of the news of last few weeks (or so) of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old:

After Effects Lately Dec10.2012

Note: After Effects CS6 Studio Techniques e-book is just $9.99 as the Deal of the Week from Adobe Press (reg price $51.99).

December 9, 2012

After Effects Lately Dec8.2012

...Apprentice training, color matching plug-in, Image Based Lighting, and 3D particles are part of the news of last few weeks (or so) of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old:

After Effects Lately Dec8.2012

Note: Here's some useful advice from Adobe and a sample:


November 30, 2012

November 28, 2012

After Effects roundups

Catching up is hard to do. Here’s parts of the last few weeks or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old:

* After Effects Roundup Nov28.2012

* Recently in After Effects  (November 18)

November 11, 2012

The Matrix effect in After Effects

There are a number of ways to generate the Matrix text effect in AE, and reflex dictates a list!

Please read The Matrix effect in After Effects at ProVideo Coalition.

November 9, 2012

Creating snow in After Effects redux

Creating snow in After Effects has been updated on PVC.

You can use dedicated snow filters or particle systems to create snow that can be either stylized or realistic. There's filters built into After Effects like CC Snow, CC Particle World, and Particle Playground -- or you can use 3rd-party filters like Trapcode Particular (which is AE 3D camera-aware), Boris FX Snow, Cycore FX HD Snowfall, DigiEffects Delirium Snow, and GenArts Monsters GT.

November 1, 2012

After Effects weekly roundup

...Particular update + tutorials, Element 3D, OrientWorld, cover flow, add & remove blemishes, and more are covered in the latest After Effects weekly roundup at PVC.

If you want to test Premiere v. FCP X fairly using last year's iMac (using GPU blurs on each), enable GPU rendering as seen in the video by Kanen Flowers, Mercury Playback on a 27″ iMac with AMD Radeon 6970M (Premiere Pro CS6). You may even skip that process and just take out the GPU supported cards list before starting Premiere.

Here's Three Premiere Pro Tips-A Video Tutorial by Jan Ozer (editing audio without unlinking; Fill Left and Fill Right to create stereo audio; and creating nested sequences for smoother edits and creating reusable set pieces in your projects):

October 23, 2012

The week in After Effects

...‘Avengers’ HUD, Orient World, Particular, shortcuts, and error codes are just a few of the latest news items. Read The week in After Effects at PVC.

Here's Trapcode Particular Essentials from Dan Stevers, which "covers the essentials of Trapcode Particular, a particle generating plug-in for After Effects that also happens to be the greatest plug-in of all-time!" Dan looks at how to use or make Dust, Rain, Snow, Sparks, Firework, Layer Emitters, Custom Particles, Snow w/ Custom Particles, and Light Emitters.

October 18, 2012

Another week in After Effects

... features wiggles, twitches, color, 3D, scripts, Premiere, & more from the last week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins.

Read it at ProVideo Coalition.

An extra via the Tao of Color Grading newsletter, here's Becoming A Colorist: A Preview, an excerpt from a documentary on color grading & finishing:

Big Science

October 10, 2012

Last week in After Effects

... features sync to beats, son of Ken Burns, roto, 3D, Production Premium, and more from the last week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.

Among news of note is Beat Assistant from Mamoworld, a new tool from AE Scripts that detects “the bpm (beats per minute) of wav, mp3 and aif files and use it to generate markers or keyframes and to stagger layers.”

October 8, 2012

In case of a flexagon emergency

Risking hours of accidental math tourism, here's Vi Hart on hexaFlexagons (see the YT movie info):

Via io9

September 30, 2012

After Effects Lately #3 the last bunch of news from September in assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.

Read the last 3 AE news roundups at ProVideo Coalition:

September 22, 2012

After Effects Lately #1

Round up of IBC and other news: a new full-featured 3D renderer & more... Read After Effects Lately #1 at PVC.

September 20, 2012

Lens flares in AE: new comparisons

Lens Flares in After Effects, a mini-roundup at PVC, has been updated with links to 2 new review resources from Michele Yamazaki and from Mylenium, a longtime student of lens flares and creator of presets. Both plug-in comparisons look at the big products from Video Copilot, John Knoll, Boris FX, and Genarts.

As an aside, here's the video for the SIGGRAPH 2011 paper, Physically-Based Real-Time Lens Flare Rendering:

September 11, 2012

Be wise as serpents, but innocent as doves

It took an Amazon review for me to understand what "Be wise as serpents but innocent as doves" meant! The review was for The 48 Laws of Power (Paperback), which I've seen on friends' bookshelves for awhile.

Read in spirit of the "Screwtape Letters"
March 15, 2004, by Buck Rogers:
In one's life, you're better off following the teachings of Moses, Jesus, or Buddha to gain long-term happiness. But the sad fact is, many people live by a very different set of rules, and while most of these folks eventually self-destruct, they can inflict severe damage on our personal and professional lives in the process.

48 Rules of Power is a good primer for learning how these people think. I've spotted a number of similar books in the Business section (like "Career Warfare" and classics like the "Art of War") of my local bookseller, but none put things quite as succinctly as this one. In today's predatory work culture, with good jobs (read: jobs that let you own a home and pay all the bills month to month with a little left over) becoming harder and harder to find, you almost certainly will be the target of these techniques at some point.
A friend once made an innocent and extraordinarily minor faux pas at an office Christmas party, and had a homicidal CEO attempt to destroy his future using methods as varied as slander and identity theft, all done through middle manager proxies to keep his own hands clean. You need to read books like these to know how too many people at the top think. But don't live out some of these rules in real life (e.g., crush your enemy completely) - there'll always be someone who does it better, and you will get crushed. Martha Stewart got hers, so don't think you're going to smash people and live to tell the tale. Reality simply doesn't work that way - and even if you survive professionally, the spiritual rot and personal decay will leave you an isolated, paranoid wreck.
Read this book in the spirit of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, in which a master demon gives advice to a protege on how to destroy mortals. Learn how to spot people who live like this - and then stay very, very far away. Jesus said, "Be wise as serpents but innocent as doves." This book, read in the right spirit, will help you with both.

You might even miss the dogma:

Update: On a large scale, these power politics can be most unfortunate, as seen in The Bush White House Was Deaf to 9/11 Warnings by Kurt Eichenwald at (9-10-2012).

This is not news, though reminders are popping up. Claims that "nobody could have predicted" the scenarios that actually played out are quite deceptive. The Bojinka Plot was foiled in 1995. The spectacle of terror by air was a theme on popular TV (The Lone Gunmen on FOX) and reported after the Italian secret services were warned that al-Qaida, pet goat Osama bin Laden’s terrorist group, might be planning a suicide attack on the summit at the 27th G8 summit in Italy in July 2001. Bush attended this summit and was protected by the stationing of anti-aircraft missiles and other measures.

See also "500 Days": Author Kurt Eichenwald’s New Account of How Bush Admin Ignored Warnings Before 9/11, an interview on Democracy Now.

September 5, 2012

The week in After Effects

...Product discussion + Adobe Anywhere, KinectToPin, 3D camera tracker, Auto-Save, Particle Playground galaxies, one matte for multiple layers, and more.

Read The week in After Effects at PVC.

In the latest episode of That Post Show, After Effects product manager Steve Forde "teases us with an unannounced Adobe products, talks After Effects, Adobe, products, editing, finishing and clarifies that After Effects is in fact a '64-bit' application." And today, a new product was announced, Adobe Anywhere, which will not be included with After Effects in this iteration:

August 31, 2012

Set Matte: a 32-bpc node for After Effects

Many people don’t 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 though, since Set Matte was upgraded to support 32-bpc color depth in After Effects CS6.

Read the rest at ProVideo Coalition.

August 26, 2012

After Effects Roundup PVC lines up the usual suspects: Video Copilot, Trapcode, AE Scripts, expressions, float, 3D, lip sync, tracking, etc.

Here's The Art of Animation and Motion Graphics from the PBS project Off Book, a cool series of short takes on digital art. 

August 15, 2012

Recently in After Effects

... notes the Knoll lens flare upgrade, an AE Scripts redesign + Plexus 2, matte extraction, fake guns, & more.

See Recently in After Effects at Pro Video Coalition. Here's a preview of Plexus 2, forthcoming from Satya Meka:


August 12, 2012

Muzzle flashes in After Effects

...round ups relevant resources at ProVideo Coalition. Despite its advanced age in computer years, The DV Rebel’s Guide may still be the best resource for fake guns and post-oriented indie production.

Here's something not in Muzzle flashes in After Effects, and not completely different (hell no):


August 6, 2012

Another week in After Effects

...relays news on a big new training series from Todd Kopriva and Angie Taylor, the Trapcode Mir debut, Element 3D, and more.

Read Another week in After Effects at PVC.

Here's 'Using Compound Effects' from: Adobe After Effects CS6: Learn by Video by Todd Kopriva and Angie Taylor,

August 3, 2012

Trapcode Mir: a fractalized 3D mesh

Trapcode Mir was released this week. Mir creates 3D shapes that are built from a simple polygon mesh. 

There's a roundup of resources at PVC... but for a taste, here's Peder Norrby's TRAPCODE MIR quick walkthrough:

July 30, 2012

Last week in After Effects the week or so of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.

Read Last week in After Effects at PVC.

July 27, 2012

After Effects Lately

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

Read the roundup of the previous week on PVC: After Effects Lately.

July 25, 2012

Volumetric lighting in After Effects a new survey at PVC.

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.

One of the first published examples of volumetric lighting in AE used the Radial Blur (Zoom) plug-in, and was presented by Sam DeWitt in a 1995 issue of DV Full Motion. Later tutorials are quite numerous, though they leverage newer filter effects like CC Light Burst, CC Light Rays, CC Radial Blur, CC Radial Fast Blur, Trapcode Shine (with a unique shimmer control), or similar. the rest of Volumetric lighting in After Effects at PVC.

July 17, 2012

Recently in After Effects

is up at PVC, featuring news on Element 3D, Pixel Cloud, 3D Invigorator, a 3D properties panel, and more.

Here's a trailer for GenArts Lensflares Pack 3, free from Mylenium:

July 10, 2012

Element 3D: new AE plug-in [updated]

Video Copilot has released Element 3D, an After Effects plug-in (originally 'Atom') that lets you import and animate 3D models, even as a particle array, and extrude text and mask shapes in real time. It’s for all of us, for hi & low end, for straight 3D and more abstract experimentation alike, at least if you have a more recent OpenGL graphics card.

There are some additional details and reviews in Element 3D: new After Effects plug-in at PVC, which has been updated with new resources.

July 4, 2012

Creating Fire in After Effects a roundup of tutorials and free projects now at PVC.

One item mentioned is by Video Copilot, who posted an effective campfire or torch-like flame in a free fire project for After Effects:

"Here is a little test I made using CC Particle World and some vector blur to make Fire. It’s not perfect but an interesting study. One of the key things I did was used a wiggle expression on the particle birthrate to give a variable emission pattern like something was burning inconsistently. It’s a little slow to render but it is very high resolution."

Read the rest in Creating Fire in After Effects at PVC.

July 2, 2012

After Effects News Roundup

is up at PVC, featuring 3D models in AE, 3D camera tracking, ray-tracer, performance, scripting, and more.

Be sure to catch Lester Banks' First Look at AtomKraft 3D Environment for After Effects, a series of movies along with text that explain many of the features of this forthcoming comp renderer. Here's just one of Lester's overviews:

June 18, 2012

After Effects Lately

AE news was a bit slow last week, even if a few items ended up in the tardy roundup of the previous week. Read After Effects Lately at PVC for assorted tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.

Please note that AE Portal added several resource roundups to PVC in the past few weeks, including:

June 13, 2012

Another week in After Effects

...collects 3D scripts, 3D and rendering, character animation, PointGlue, and more. Read Another week in After Effects at PVC. Pictured is is a new softbox script from AE Scripts.

June 4, 2012

Last week in After Effects

at PVC collects another week of assorted After Effects tutorials, tips, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.

BTW, Vector Tuts collects 200+ Free Vector Grunge Graphics for Designers and Illustrator, though some of the licenses are more restrictive.

June 1, 2012

The Shatter Effect in AE PVC collects resources on Shatter, an older 8-bit 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. the rest at The Shatter Effect in After Effects.

May 30, 2012

Updates: 'Creating 3D Text in After Effects'

The survey of methods roundup was updated to CS6 for PVC.

Here's tutorials on exporting 3D renders from the Photoshop CS6 timeline from Tip Squirrel and Genius DV:

May 29, 2012

Recently in After Effects

There’s another summary of recent news on #AfterEffects at PVC — with more on CS6 and updates, raytracing (or not), hardware requirements, integrating muzzle flashes, looks, assorted tutorials, and plug-ins old and new.

Here's an impressive scene done in AE by Stu Maschwitz; be sure to read his Ray Tracing in After Effects CS6 too:

May 15, 2012

CS6 Production Premium Road Shows

Adobe is taking Creative Suite 6 Production Premium demos on the road. Registration is open for these training dates & locations:
  • June 5 - New York, NY
  • June 7 - Orlando, FL 
  • June 11 - Washington, D.C. 
  • June 14 - Atlanta, GA 
  • June 19 - Dallas, TX 
  • June 21 - Chicago, IL 
  • June 26 - San Francisco, CA 
  • June 30 - Los Angeles, CA 
There's hardware and software partner demos and usually prizes too. Space may be limited, so reserve your seat today.

May 8, 2012

Another week in After Effects PVC collects AE news on CS6, assorted tutorials, and scripts & plug-ins new and old.

Just released today is fxguidetv #145: AE and Adobe CS6, which has a bunch of new details from the AE team on recent tech.

May 4, 2012

Jacob’s Ladder, Brazil, Donnie Darko: same idea?

Several popular films seem to share a common influence, in a certain way at least. Cineleet uses plot *spoilers* to explain how Carnival of Souls, Jacob’s Ladder, Brazil, Donnie Darko, Stay, and other Films were Inspired by 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge', a short story by Ambrose Bierce originally printed in William Randolph Hearst's The San Francisco Examiner in 1890.

The Wikipedia entry for the story lists other more direct and indirect adaptations, including one from Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The adaptation below by director Robert Enrico won the 1963 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short, and appeared as one of the last episodes of The Twilight Zone in 1964.

April 30, 2012

Last week in After Effects

...featured more on CS6, new scripts, time-lapses, light arrays, looks, and assorted tutorials and plug-ins new and old. ...@ PVC

April 29, 2012

AE CS6 Global Performance Cache: So Far

...a collection of videos on the new ‘must-have’ feature is now on PVC.

The Global Performance Cache, group of time-saving technologies consisting of a global RAM cache, a persistent disk cache, and a new graphics pipeline (along with the Cache Work Area In Background command), is considered the best new feature of After Effects CS6. In addition to earlier intros, Brian Maffitt has returned with one. the rest at AE CS6 Global Performance Cache: So Far.

April 23, 2012

More on CS6

It's CS6 launch day (live at 10 AM PST).

The cost of ownership of Production Premium is about the same at $1899/$375 upgrade, and the Cloud service master collection is $50/30 per month by year ($600/$360), or a la carte per app ($20/month for AE); see pricing and a summary of details at ProDesignTools.

The ship date for CS6 will be announced later. In the meantime, there are some additional video demos from Adobe collected in More forays into Production Premium CS6 at PVC.

By the way, there are good number of intro tutorials by Adobe on on Speedgrade CS6, and now also a proper series for Prelude, Prelude CS6 Workshop by Maxim Jago and Video2brain.

Update: check out the glass render made with the CS6 ray-tracer by Giovanni Antico.

April 22, 2012

Recently in After Effects

CS6 dominates news, but there were still new scripts and a plug-in, and assorted tutorials... @ PVC.

Note: the roundup is replicated here as a backup...

Here’s another summary of the last few weeks or so of news on After Effects— this time CS6 dominates, but there were still new scripts and a plug-in, and assorted tutorials.

AEMap from AE Scripts "creates equirectangular projection maps with 286 separate countries (masks on solids) under 177 jurisdictions (pre-comps). It comes with the 'AEMap Utilities' which contains tools for dealing with a bunch of layers and nested comps." The elements are "continuously rasterized" so they may work in CS6 extrusion and ray-tracing.

cm_Barndoors, new from AE Scripts, lets you "apply a set of barndoors to existing lights, or create a new light with barndoors attached. Each set of barndoors gets a Grip layer that gives you control over each barndoor’s rotation, the entire barndoor assembly rotation and the softness of the barndoor shadows."

Dark Energy for Adobe After Effects is a new Windows-only plug-in that features de-noise and film simulation modules for images up to 1920×1080. It's sold now at a pre-release pricing. Some of these features,  leveraged using Nvidia GPUs, are available in the plug-in:

Paul Conigliaro posted Kill AE, an extension for Alfred app users on OS X; it's similar to other utilities like AE Suicide-After Effects Crash Recovery, ToeJam, and the OS X Terminal method described by Mark Christiansen that saves the project even when AE is frozen.

James Zanoni shows background and multiple machine rendering with AERender, droplet for OS X, in Terminal (command line on the Mac) in After Effects. In reality, that droplet just uses aerender, the executable program in the same folder as the After Effects app that has a command-line interface with which you can automate rendering. You can find details in Automating rendering with aerender in AE Help, and in Background rendering with After Effects . If you want an interface that leverages aerender, see BG Renderer, a script with UI at AE Scripts. Here's James Zanoni:

Trent Armstrong posted an article called Auto-Typing for Expressions, which discusses how he uses auto-typing apps to store and access commonly used expressions. In an article at, Kinetic typography techniqueswith After Effects, Angie Taylor shows how to use Photoshop and Adobe After Effects for kinetic typography - combining text and motion to express ideas in the form of animation. For background, see Kinetic typography as storytelling; here's the intro for Angie's series on the subject:

In An A to Z of Building Projections - Part 2, Chris Zwar "takes a detailed look at the After Effects workflow used to create the animations for the Melbourne projections, and how the ZBorn Toy and Freeform plug-ins were used." Here's the performance itself:

In a recent trailer for Ridley Scott’s new film Prometheus, we got a peak of some laser-like sweeper technology; now in Episode 76: Promethe-esque Security Sweeper, Seth Worley shows you how to create your own:

EditingWhiz posted Fixing Bad Chroma Key Using Colorista 2:

VinhSon Nguyen posted Planet Space Scene in After Effects and Understanding & Creating Bevels Using ShapeShifter for After Effects on CreativeDojo:

Automatic Lip Synch Of Cartoon Mouths (Papagayo to After Effects) " is a short video to demonstrate the new Adobe After Effects javascript... This javascript reads the MOHO.dat file format, generated by the open source Papagayo software." Another approach by iaian7 using Papagayo was mentioned earlier in the roundup Lip Sync in After Effects. Atom on Vimeo describes his new script:

Quick Tip – Using A Delay Expression by Matas Zaloga "shows how to animate multiple layers by using expressions":

The new features of After Effects CS6 (ships with same version as AE CS 5.5) also include changes concerning mocha, disabling launching Mocha from AE. Mamoworld details the advantages of using MochaImport+ in MochaImport+ and CS6. Here's the basics of this recently updated script:

Creative Suite 6 up to launch

Adobe has announced almost all of CS6 Production Premium (except for Illustrator), and there's a boatload of previews and other resources on the product reveal page for NAB. The full story will be unveiled on Monday April 23 at the Adobe Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6 Launch.

As usual, Todd Kopriva has detailed "what’s new and changed" for the CS6 versions of After Effects (Global Performance Cache, 3D Camera Tracker, ray-traced extruded text and shapes, variable-width mask feather, new Cycore (CC) effects + more) and Premiere (revised UI & trimming, OpenCL, monitoring, extended multi-cam + more). Colin Stefani did the same for Audition. Photoshop CS6 resources were covered earlier in Photoshop CS6: public beta resources.

You can continue to look to Adobe blogs and AdobeTV for further feature summaries and links to new tutorials. Among many reviews, see particularly the in-depth After Effects CS6 (P)Review by Chris and Trish Meyer.

 Here's a few good overviews of the new offerings, including A Deep Dive into What's New in After Effects CS6 with AE product manager Steve Forde, a nice quick look of new stuff in AE from Angie Taylor, Adobe Production Premium CS6 by Jon Carr from the team of Vincent Laforet, and Adobe Premiere CS6 New Features from FreshDV:

Essential in-depth videos are already available at Video2brain (free) and at (check out the free 7-day trial for fans of Chris and Trish Meyer). Here are some samples: After Effects CS6 New Features by Chris Meyer:

After Effects CS6: New Features Workshop by Todd Kopriva

Premiere Pro CS6 New Features by Richard Harrington

Premiere Pro CS6: New Features Workshop by Todd Kopriva

Nvidia posted a cluster of web pages and demo movies on CS6 acceleration. They want to sell the better graphics cards, but like CUDA and Premiere (which added support for certain OpenCL cards on the Mac), After Effects lets you edit the ray-trace supported preference file to test unsupported setups. Another source of acceleration could be Fusion ioFX, a PCI-type card that extends RAM instead of speeding the disk subsystem like SSD, which could complement AE's new cache system [as could Intel’s SSD 910; see Finally a PCIe SSD from Intel]. For more on that see Steve Forde's Steve, Rob, Vince and Me and some event highlights, plus a good talk with Fxguide (at 1:06:00):

In another development, former AE product manager Michael Coleman @motiongfx (now product manager for Video Editing Workflows) is working on a new product or feature which was demoed at NAB: "Our collaborative editing demo shows two people in two cities editing the same 1080p footage without proxies file transfers." See also Levels Beyond Extends Functionality of its Reach Engine Solution with Adobe Premiere Pro Software for Highly Efficient Content Management on a plug-in, called Reach Engine Access, is compatible with Premiere CS5.5 and CS6.

There's also a growing number of other great tutorials and reviews that were listed AE CS6 and Production Premium Revealed [updated] when you want to dig deeper. Here's few with unique video: MotionBoutique shared several experiments with Newton's physics and the ray tracer in AE CS6:

Peter Salvia and Steve Crouch introduce SpeedGrade CS6 in FCProse Ep6 - FCP to SpeedGrade via Premiere CS6 (from Red Scarlet at 4K, transcoded to ProRes LT and cut in FCP 7, to conforming to native RAW .R3D material inside of SpeedGrade CS6 for a full 4K DI finish). Also below is a nice interview with the Speedgrade team by Fxguide.

Adobe's Ron Day posted several articles like Adobe Audition CS6 Multitrack Enhancements and Audio CD Burning in Adobe Audition CS6. Here's the sneak peek Automatic speech alignment in Audition CS6):

Adobe's Dave Helmly added Intro to Premiere Pro, Prelude, and Encore CS6 & Mercury Transmit I/O

Here's more that were posted before the official launch:

April 13, 2012

Touchable Movies: QuickTime's revenge?

Fast Company notes an experiment by BERG, explained in Swiping through cinema, touching through glass. Maybe it's finally time now for the ideas on using movie frames as a visual database that were demonstrated on the QuickTime 1.0 Developer Disc and implemented partially in QuickTime VR.

April 12, 2012

Vincent Brisebois of Fusion-io

(@NAB w/AE @sforde) from Siggraph 2010

There's more from Steve Forde about the NAB 2012 Post Production World Keynote in Steve, Rob, Vince and Me and from Vincent Brisebois in Curtains Up on the Fusion ioFX. And here's something on Fusion-io's extensive "RAM disk" (a workstation card not an SSD), which could complement AE's new cache system:

Update: see Fusion-io ioFX Targets VFX Artists, 3D Playback Tuned for Workstations, with a Lower Price Point at Studio Daily.

See also Intel’s SSD 910: Finally a PCIe SSD from Intel

AE and Production Premium CS6 Revealed

...summarizes available details, reviews, and tutorials.

Adobe has announced almost all of CS6 Production Premium (except for Illustrator), and there's a boatload of previews and other resources listed at PVC.

April 10, 2012

Last week in After Effects

AE news was busier than expected before a change of gear at NAB—this time with CS Next, 3D text and bevels, stills in AE, 3 new scripts,mocha, and assorted tutorials, and plug-ins new and old. Pictured is Trapcode Mir.

March 31, 2012

Recently in After Effects

at PVC catches up on news on After Effect -- Mocha and tracking, track mattes, organic lines in Particular, point clouds, HDR, and assorted tutorials, expressions, and plug-ins new and old.

March 22, 2012

Photoshop CS6: public beta resources @PVC

...details many of the resources explaining what's new in the Photoshop CS6  public beta. This PS update looks pretty deep, with a few big new features and many welcome enhancements. There's links at PVC.

March 13, 2012

After Effects weekly roundup

at PVC shares news on underwater scenes, AE 3D camera, game trailers, a push for better interfaces, and more.