August 30, 2013

Animating After Effects to Sound with Chris Meyer

Although video/film types sometimes say that "sound is half the experience," sound and music are often an afterthought in After Effects. Music industry people who crossed over are exceptions, like Chris and Trish Meyer of Crish Design, who have provided guidance on audio matters in After Effects since the days of InterActivity magazine.

Chris, who was involved in the development of the MIDI spec (see the Sonikmatter interview), posted related articles on PVC for years, and now has an updated comprehensive tutorial series...

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August 24, 2013

TypeMonkey: a kinetic type tool

at PVC is a quick look at TypeMonkey, a new AE script that generates complex kinetic type animations. TypeMonkey takes away some of the drudgery to organizing and animating text, which should let designers have more time to sketch out ideas.

The special 45% off intro price is ending soon -- it lasts until Aug 26, 2013 at aescripts + aeplugins. If you want to give a spin, the trial version has a 7-day limit and allows for a maximum of 10 words.

August 21, 2013

Fractal + Turbulent Noise in After Effects

fractal noise noise noise New on PVC... Motion backgrounds, transitions, clouds, fog, fire, water, paper texture, metal and other textures, ink and watercolor effects, etc. are all effects that can be generated by Fractal Noise filters built into After Effects.

Highlights of Fractal Noise in After Effects, plus the newer Turbulent Noise effect, include a good description of it and some nice performance tips in AE Help, and in-depth looks by Chris Zwar and Harry Frank.


Note: Harry Frank's Medical Fund... Harry's family is trying to raise money to help cover the costs related to surgery and recovery. Even after insurance, the surgery is quite expensive and requires more than the Frank family can afford, ever.

August 14, 2013

Typewriter effects in After Effects

Typewriter effects in After Effects at PVC crashes the "typewriter week" party of Video Copilot unfashionably early with a few tidbits on typewriter or type-on effects in After Effects. Highlights include 2 Red Giant plug-ins, 2 built-in presets, other free presets, and tutorials of various levels of intricacy. The status of Right-to-Left writing systems like Arabic and Hebrew is also mentioned.

August 13, 2013

The Innovation of Loneliness: a mograph piece

The Innovation of Loneliness from Shimi Cohen is a mograph that explores social networks and loneliness. Mentored by Eran Stern, it's inspired by Sherry Turkle's Alone Together and an article in Hebrew.