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Industry-standard Adobe After Effects CS6 software helps you deliver cinematic visual effects and sophisticated motion graphics. Maximize 64-bit performance with Global Performance Cache. Extend your creativity with the 3D camera tracker, text and shape extrusion, photo-realistic light manipulation, superior masking, and innovations such as Roto Brush and Warp Stabilizer.

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Digital Wipes in After Effects with Ben Watts

In this tutorial Ben Watts will teach you how to create a basic digital wipe effect using Adobe After Effects. 

3D Curved Screen in After Effects

Lester Banks fine blog had a link to this one from Daniel-FS. In this After Effects tutorial, he explains how to create a simple rig for a 3D screen, consisting of multiple planes in 3D space. He used several scripts including Reposition Anchor Point, Layer Chain, Split Image and True Comp Duplicator, all carried by AE Scripts. He also has the project files available for download. 

How to Change the Finished Rendering Sound

Charles Yeager at CGI Tuts+ explains how to change the render sound in After Effects. I can’t say I’d use a gunshot like he did… maybe a more beautiful sound like a kitten meow or a favorite song. Or,  here’s an idea! How about a silent audio file so that you’re not suddenly startled by the render ending!

Anyway, Charles explains the process for both Mac and Windows.

Create Water with Trapcode Particular

Dino Muhic creates a beautiful fluid looking water effect, inspired by a Beck’s commercial in Germany. Dino used a lime from Video Copilot 3D Model Pack - Fresh Food.

First, he builds it from scratch and then explains how to composite it. He also created a preparation video to show how the water looks on its own.

Create a Cartoon in After Effects (7 Parts)

Ryan Boyle of Sketchy Pictures explains the full process from character design, expressions for animating movement, lip-sync, lighting and camera and lots more!

Creating 8 Bit Animation

This is an interesting tutorial because the artist is singing while he works! He starts off by making a character with a unibrow in Photoshop and then takes it into After Effects to create the lipsync. He does this manually but I would suggest using a plug-in called MamoWorld Auto Lip-Sync, which allows you to create a mouth that automatically animates according to your voice recording.

Retro 8-Bit Video Game Title Screen

This one comes from Thinkmojo and is a bit more involved than the previous two. He goes over how to create a reflection, how to use the loopOut() expression to cycle the animation, and also how to create that 8-bit look with Mosaic and Posterize in After Effects. See Tutorial #3

Adobe After Effects Tilt Shift Tutorial

Tilt shift makes your video and images look miniature, like toys. In this project, they use Posterize time, Camera Lens Blur, CC Light Sweep and Fast Blur to create the effect.

Puppet Tool Tips from Video Copilot

Andrew Kramer animates the Twitter logo with the Puppet Tool in Adobe After Effects.

After Effects Expression Debugging Techniques

Felt Tips at AE Tuts+ has a fantastic, in depth 50 minute tutorial on fixing issues with Expressions.

AE & C4D - AE & C4D -  Abstract Particles Using Trapcode Form and OBJs

VinhSon Nguyen shows a cool, basic technique that you can use to create unique and interesting forms for titles, background elements and more.

In Depth: Optimizing After Effects for the Best Performance

If you've been using Adobe After Effects since early versions, as I have, you are familiar with the idea of optimizing your machine and settings for premium performance. Here are some tips and resources to help you create the fastest and most solid After Effects you can. If you don't have a big budget for optimizing your system, where do you put the money for upgrades? That's for you to decide, but here are some suggestions on how to optimize what you have, and about other ways to optimize. If this article can't help you with the speed of After Effects, it will hopefully explain why things aren't running as fast as you would like them to.

In Depth: 9 Great Freebies for Color Grading After Effects & Premiere Pro

The Beat has linked to some nice presets for Premiere Pro & After Effects to give your video work unique color looks. The first couple are from their list. I’ve expanded on the free presets, plus added some great free color grading plug-ins for AE PPRO and more!

In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for Keying

If your greenscreen footage didn’t turn out as perfectly as you had hoped, here are some things that you can do to fix problems and not create new ones.

Crumpled Paper in After Effects

You know the open for the sitcom "Community", with the crumpled paper? Trevor Penner explains how to do this effect.

A Look at the Different Ways to Overshoot Motion

Daniel Brodesky talks about the process of overshooting – moving an object from point A to point B, but going just past point B and bouncing back. It’s a physics thing.

How To Fold Texts Within After Effects

In this tutorial, Ridvan Maloku explains a technique he developed to fold text, or any layer, on any angle that you want, right in After Effects. He explains some organizational strategies for Expression Controls and how you can have better control on your camera.

Icy Text Effect in After Effects

Post at CGonline Tutorials: " this tutorial I am going to show you how to create 3D text with translucent glass effect. I am not going to use any of the 3rd party plug-in to create the effect."

How to Create Star Light Motion Trails in After Effects

Post by Stefan Surmabojov at AEtuts : "In today’s tutorial, we are going to take a look at a starlapse video and transform it into an amazing startrails video. We are going to use only After Effects with some very simple tools to achieve great looking results."

3D Text Tiles Integration Effect Tutorial In After Effects

Post at CG Online Tutorials: "Hello and welcome back, in this tutorial on Adobe After Effects I am going to show you how to create a tiles break apart and come together to form a dynamic 3D Text tiles effect and make 3D text more engaging. We are going to use ‘Card Dance’ plug-in and couple of other things to create the effect."

Olympus Has Fallen Breakdown from Motionworks

I watched John Dickinson’s fantastic presentation at After Effects World in Seattle a few weeks ago in which he walked us through creating the flag in the Olympus Has Fallen promo.

Flashback Effect from the Bourne Trilogy Movies

Eddy Bergman has a cool tutorial on getting that flashback look that you may have seen in the Bourne Identity and other films in the series. He uses Adobe After Effects and RE:Vision Effects ReelSmart Motion Blur to give it a convincing look.

Advanced Spin FX Tutorial from Video Copilot

A new one from Andrew and Company, just in time for Tutorial Tuesday at Toolfarm. He shows how to create a dynamic spectral animation without using any party plug-ins.

How To Create Infographics That Animate Themselves

Post by Bryan Clark at aetuts+

"Today I’ll share an expression I wrote to improve my workflow, which comes in handy any time I need to populate the screen with a large number of elements (e.g. filling the frame with photos, or animating info graphics, etc). By laying the elements out first in Photoshop, then using the ValueAtTime & delay expressions, I have much greater flexibility for tweaks & future revisions than using standard methods (like the standard Sequence Layers function). I’ll describe the normal method & show the problems therein; then explain the expression, what it means, and how to apply it."

Simulate Interactive Pouring Liquid with Newton for After Effects

By Simulate Intertactive Pouring Liquid with Newton for After Effects by Adrian C. Koutz at AEtuts+: "In this tutorial, I will explain how to use Newton to simulate liquid that interacts with the container it’s being poured in to. I will also mention how something similar can be done using Particular in a 3d environment."

After Effects ExtendScript Training by David Torno

David Torno has wrapped up nearly 16 hours of After Effects ExtendScript training at ProVideo Coalition. "Scripting can drastically improve workflows, speed up repetitive tasks as well as capture and output project information. If you have never tried ExtendScript or wanted to, but just couldn't find enough info to help you get started, then this series is for you. Seasoned programmers looking to understand how ExtendScript works could also benefit as well."

Simulate a Basic Dilating Iris in Adobe After Effects

Post by Joshua Lester at AEtuts+: "This Quick Tip will show how to manipulate footage of an eye to create the illusion that the Iris or Pupil is dilating. Using the Bulge Effect and simple motion tracking, the final product is quick and demonstrates how to use these simple tools."

The Fastest Way to Accomplish Stop Motion in After Effects

"This is a quick overview on how to get that timeless stop motion look using the free QHQ Stop Motion Kit preset from Quba HQ. We’ll start by creating our basic animation and then look at some of the options we have when we apply the preset." - Andre Navarre of aetuts+

Creating a Disco Party Animation with C4D and After Effects

"In this tutorial you’ll be creating a full motion graphics 3D animation for a disco party. You’ll start by creating some basic models and deforming them. We’ll dig quite deeply in shading to achieve some detailed and organic textures. Finally, we’ll animate all the elements in an attractive way and create a rotating camera to follow the whole scene. We’ll finish up in After Effects where we’ll add some sexiness to the animation." - Daniel Lorenzo of cgtuts+

How to Set Up AE for Network Rendering on Multiple Machines

"In this tutorial we’ll discuss how to setup a network for multi-machine rendering in After Effects and how we can take advantage of watch folders to help automate the process." - Post by James Whiffin of Aetuts+

How to Set Up AE for Network Rendering on Multiple Machines

James Whiffin at AEtuts+ : "In this tutorial we’ll discuss how to setup a network for multi-machine rendering in After Effects and how we can take advantage of watch folders to help automate the process."

5 Handy Effects in Adobe After Effects You Should Know

As we continue with Tutorial Tuesday at Toolfarm, here are 5 Useful effects that every AE artist can pull from their arsenal time and time again!

Hollywood Movie Titles Series - The Great Gatsby

We’re going to be looking at the animation style of “The Great Gatsby”. We’ll make this title style using Cinema 4d for the modeling of the logo and After Effects for the final composite. The real core of this tutorial is how to get the logo from a 2d drawing to a complex 3d model. Once you know the secrets of how to get the logo with all its molding, the remaining design of the background come naturally.

After Effects Mask Slider with Free Preset

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! is a German site that has a new short tutorial on creating a fun transition with CC RepeTile in After Effects. It also comes with a free preset.

Aetuts+ Hollywood Movie Titles Series - The Great Gatsby

Posted by Aetuts+

"We’re going to be looking at the animation style of “The Great Gatsby”. We’ll make this title style using Cinema 4d for the modeling of the logo and After Effects for the final composite. The real core of this tutorial is how to get the logo from a 2d drawing to a complex 3d model. Once you know the secrets of how to get the logo with all its molding, the remaining design of the background come naturally. This Art Deco design is very elaborate and beautiful. The actual example of The Great Gatsby is just for training purposes and is not to be used in a final personal project without permission from the original creators." - Antonio Cerri

Video Copilot Translucent Glass

Create a 3D Glass effect without 3rd Party Plug-ins. In this tutorial he shows you how to create a cool translucent title design with real 3D displacement using standard After Effects plug-ins. Create a cool title design using a 3D displacement map and use per-character blur and position to fade title in.

Tutorial: Getting Started with After Effects Text Animators Part 1

Trent Armstrong explains his simple formula for getting started with the Text Animators in After Effects. 

Studying 3D Camera Tracker - After Effects CS6

Tutorial by Maltaanon. This is a follow-up to the introduction to 3D Camera Tracker tutorial by Maltaanon. Learn the do's and don't's of the match-moving process in After Effects CS6.

Layer Space Transforms in After Effects, 6 Part Series!

Felt Tips, secret agent and VFX artist, gives a 90 minute, 6 part series about “Understanding Layer Space Transforms in AE and Manipulating 3D Space with Expressions”. Felt Tips gives a great presentation. He's very articulate and explains it with great care and interesting graphics. Good stuff!

Displacement and Deformation Techniques in Cinema 4D

In today’s tutorial, new Cgtuts+ author Mario Brajdic will introduce you to working with displacement and deformers in Cinema 4D and show you how this powerful combination can be used in conjunction with custom materials, lighting, and post effects to create some truly unique and visually stunning results.

Setting up Depth of Field Rendering in Cinema 4D and Compositing in After Effects, Nuke

Post by Joey Korenman at School of Motion: "Learn about the two most common methods of creating a depth-of-field effect on your renders. This tutorial goes through setting up your Cinema 4D scene, then shows you how to composite your renders in After Effects as well as Nuke."

Make a Chalkboard-Style Scribble and Smudge

By Jorrit Schulte at AEtuts+. "We’ll be looking at creating a chalk-style scribble based on an image. We’ll be creating masks to make the lines using both manual and automatic techniques. From there we’ll animate the drawing on, and create a wiping animation which leaves smudges on the screen."


How to Animate Retro Pixel Art in After Effects

In this tutorial Nik Morris will show you how to take animated pixel art and incorporate it into large HD videos while retaining the original quality!

Video Copilot: Explosive Training

Video Copilot has a brand new training series online and it is completely free!  It is one of the most advanced tutorial series that they have released to date! First Video Copilot shows you how to do compositing and Adobe After Effects, then they teach you how to build advanced 3D assets.

Use the Cinema 4D Exchange Plug-in to Make an Editable Football Highlight Graphic

Post by George Ahimeyer:

"Cinema 4d has the ability to generate a compositing file containing all passes that make up the specific image as well as sending all 3D information for a seamless composite. I watch a lot of sports shows and decided to create this graphic to transition into highlights by making a customizable jumbo tron animation."

Using RE:Vision Effects RE:Match:Pro; Matching Color From Separate Cameras/ Settings

RE:Match takes intuitive color and texture matching to a whole new level by addressing common problems on multiple shot, multicam and stereo shoots. RE:Match is a set of plug-ins to match one view of video or film to another so that it looks as if it was shot with the same camera and settings. RE:Match assumes that both image sequences are taken roughly at the same location but perhaps were not shot at the same time or from the same point-of-view.

Download a free trial for Adobe After Effects and Premiere!

Using RE:Vision Effects: Matching Color From Separate Cameras/ Settings

RE:Match takes intuitive color and texture matching to a whole new level by addressing common problems on multiple shot, multicam and stereo shoots. RE:Match is a set of plug-ins to match one view of video or film to another so that it looks as if it was shot with the same camera and settings. RE:Match assumes that both image sequences are taken roughly at the same location but perhaps were not shot at the same time or from the same point-of-view.

Download a free trial for Adobe After Effects and Premiere!

Create a Valentine’s Day Themed Animation in Cinema 4D & After Effects

Post by Stefan Surmabojov at CGtuts+ :  “In this tutorial we are going to create a Valentine’s Day themed animation in Cinema 4D and After Effects.... Use particles and forces in Cinema 4D, as well as MoDynamics and Effectors to put everything together to create our final animation. Finally we’ll add materials, light and render the scene before finishing it up in After Effects with some compositing and post effects."

Snow Mountain Titles with Element 3D and Cinema 4D

By VinhSon Nguyen at Creative Dojo. "In this in-depth tutorial, we’re going to explore how to quickly create a motion graphics style mountain titles using primarily After Effects and some Cinema 4D. We’re going to cover all sorts of things, from creating a basic landscape, to creating camera rigs and incorporating 3D elements within our scene. This is one of the longer tutorials I’ve done which was a rough run through, so I hope you’ll take your time and tweak it to perfection!"

Red Giant Holomatrix- Create a Holographic Look in After Effects

Getting Started and “Add Digital Distortion” Quick Tip from Aharon Rabinowitz. Save 10% Every Day on Red Giant Products at Toolfarm.

Using the Brainstorm Tool in After Effects

Post by John Dickinson / Motionworks. “The Brainstorm Tool was introduced in After Effects CS3 and has flown under many After Effects user’s radar ever since, including mine. In this short After Effects tip rediscover the power of brainstorming and how you can use it to accelerate experimentation in After Effects.”

5 After Effects Keyframe Tips

This is a good one for the newbies to Adobe After Effects: 5 tips to quickly and effectively create keyframes in After Effects.

Introduction to Trapcode Mir, Getting Started Parts 1 & 2

Check out these new tutorials on Trapcode Mir at Red Giant TV. Quick Walkthrough Introduction to Mir, and Getting Started Parts 1 & 2 by Peder Norrby of Trapcode. Trapcode Mir was released today, along with the new Trapcode Suite 12.

Adobe Dynamic Link Troubleshooting

Digital Rebellion gives some nice tips on workflows and fixing problems when dynamic linking between After Effects and Premiere Pro  doesn't go as expected.

Tips include:

  1. Make sure your compositions have unique names
  2. Don't add trailing numbers
  3. Check your firewall
  4. Disable simultaneous frame rendering
  5. Clear caches and render files
  6. Render as a movie file

WNM Design the Future!

In this series of tutorials, Colin breaks down the “Design the Future” Promo for WNM at Academy of Art University, in which he used Maxon CINEMA 4D and Adobe After Effects.

How to Automate a Stop Motion Photo Slideshow in After Effects

By Emanuele Fiorito at AEtuts+: "In this tutorial we will see how to work some expressions to create your own preset that you can apply to achieve a stop motion effect for hundreds of photos."

Use Video Copilot Metropolitan with Element 3D to Create a Realistic City Title

By Andrew Kramer/ Video Copilot: Use the new Metropolitan with Element 3D to create a realistic city title, Use Randomize Angle feature to distribute buildings into the scene

Snow White and the Huntsman - Aetuts+ Hollywood Movie Title Series

Today we’ll re-created the animation title style of movie Snow White & The Huntsman using Element 3D inside After Effects. We’ll start in Cinema 4d to model the letters of the title and then we’ll move over into AE for the stylistic aspects like color, lens flare and such.

At the end of this tutorial, you can learn how to draw and animate your own title with Element 3d inside After Effects. The actual example of the Snow White & The Huntsman movie title is just for training purposes and is not to be used in a final project without permission from the original creators.

Create a Shattering Glass Animation in Cinema 4D & AE – Part 3 Rendering

Post at CGtuts+: "Today’s lesson is all about prepping for rendering. You’ll start by finalizing the animation with some slight tweaks to the timing. Once done you’ll move onto the material setup and learn how to create realistic glass and metal shaders using Cinema 4D’s intuitive material editor. Finally, Cyril will walk you through lighting the scene. This lesson includes building a dynamic light rig using XPresso and fine tuning it’s position to generate correct caustics at render time."

Create a Shattering Glass Animation in Cinema 4D & AE – Part 2 Cameras & Pre-Viz

Post at CGtuts+: "In part two you’ll get an in-depth lesson on how real-world cameras work. Cyril provides detailed insight on working with focal length, aperture, depth of field and motion blur and how these principles and settings apply to your Cg cameras. Then it’s back to Cinema 4D where you’ll learn how to block out shot timing, and find the best camera positions for the animation by running through a detailed pre-visualization process."

Create a Shattering Glass Animation in Cinema 4D & AE – Part 1 Modeling & Animation

Post at CGtuts+: "Create a cool slow-motion shattering glass animation using Cinema 4D and After Effects. Over the course of this massive lecture, professional artist Cyril Kotecky will teach you the ins and outs of working with dynamics and what goes into creating such a shot. Including the benefits Pre-Viz can have in the early stages as you block out your shot timing and camera positions."

Tutorial: Introduction to After Effects Scripting

Dylan Winter explains the basics of scripting in After Effects. "Unlike expressions, scripts operate from the application level and are not locked down the a single parameter. They can be used to affect multiple properties of multiple layer simultaneously, as in this lesson where we'll increment through layers and rename them according to their indexes."

Create Cinema 4D Style Effectors in After Effects/ Dylan Winter

Dylan Winter demonstrates how you can expand After Effects towards the premise of Effectors in Cinema 4D. "If you ever wished that you could take advantage of some of Cinema 4D’s powerful effector tools while working in After Effects, your wish may now be granted. Using some clever scripting and a basic control system, we’re going to rig up our very own effectors within After Effects".

Set Up A Natural Unfolding Logo Reveal Or Transition – AEtuts+


How To Make A Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin In Cinema 4D

Chris and Nick at Greyscalegorilla will show you how to make a Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin scene in Cinema 4D.

Chris shows you how to model it using a Loft Nurb, the connect object, a boole for the face cutout, and displacers to make the pumpkin bumpy.

In part 2, Nick will show you how to light, texture, and render your pumpkin scene for compositing in After Effects.

Guide: The Secret Menu of Radio Waves in After Effects

By Satya Meka / Rowbyte: "So, where exactly is the secret menu? It is right in front of you, in the main Radio Waves Effects Panel, but it is hidden in the form of Frequency,Opacity,Fade-in and Fade-outs. Yes, with proper tweaking you can produce some amazing results using the Radio Waves plug-in. Let me give you some brief tips so that you can utilize, the plug-in much better. Remember, this is not a tutorial, but just a brief guide which helps you to create better organic forms using Radio Waves plug-in."

Creating Object buffers and Depth mattes in CINEMA 4D and using them within After Effects

Check out this tutorial from AE Templates about creating Object buffers and Depth mattes in CINEMA 4D and using them within AE.

Depth Compositing in After Effects

Post by Andrew Kramer/ Video Copilot: "In this tutorial we’ll use a technique called Depth Compositing to combine stock footage with 3D rendering and the use a Z-Depth pass. This method allows you to place 2D elements like stock footage into the depth of a 3D render. I also demonstrate how to export a Z-pass from 3D max, Cinema 4D and even use Element 3D to output a depth channel."

Creating Faux Shadows in Adobe After Effects by Eran Stern

Shadows sell the illusion that we are really in 3D space. This lesson demonstrates how to add depth to our scene with shadow effects. You'll also learn how to save the effects as an animation preset so they can be reused and matched to each element.

Depth Compositing in After Effects

In this tutorial we’ll use a technique called Depth Compositing to combine stock footage with 3D rendering and the use a Z-Depth pass. This method allows you to place 2D elements like stock footage into the depth of a 3D render. I also demonstrate how to export a Z-pass from 3D max, Cinema 4D and even use Element 3D to output a depth channel.

Alien Surface Set Extensions with Video Copilot Element 3D and Roto Brush Tool

Post by Andrew Kramer/ Video Copilot: "In this tutorial we will create a realistic set extension for the surface of a far away alien planet. With the help of the Matte Painting challenge we will be compositing the background along with adding 3D rocks with Element 3D and pulling out the Roto Brush tool."

Iron Man Interface Battle Widget – Parts 1 - 5

Post by Stefan Surmabojov at AEtuts+: "In this tutorial series we are going to go beyond basics using the true power of shape layers inside After Effects. As you can see we are going to dive into the magic of creating this Iron Man battle widget inspired from The Avengers movie. We are going to recreate the element from start to finish using various different techniques and learning some pretty cool workflow tips as well."

Parts 1 & 2

Parts 3, 4 & 5

Video Copilot: The Jungle

Create a overgrown jungle scene with rocky title. Move 2D layers into 3D space with floating particles. No third-party plug-ins needed, just After Effects.

Creating A Cool Broadcast Background In Cinema 4D & AE

By Stefan Surmabojov at CGuts+. Uses Maxon Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects Optional: Video Copilot's Optical Flares :  "In this tutorial we are going to create a cool looking extruded globe in Cinema 4D using the best technique I was able to find (after endless attempts trying different ways of doing it.) With the globe model complete we’ll add some simple, yet stylish shaders and render out the animation before moving into After Effects to composite the sequence and add various effects to make it look even better!"


After Effects CS6 3D Camera Tracker

An overview/tutorial of the new 3D camera tracker in Adobe After Effects CS6 by Matt's Macintosh channel on YouTube. Good stuff.

Fantastic Facial Motion Capture in After Effects

Post by Matthew Perks/ AEtuts+. Use puppet pins tracked to motion data from dots on a face to animate a face or other objects in your scene.

Shape from Vectors in After Effects 6

Eran Stern shows you how make an instant Motion Graphics Promo using the new Create Shapes from Vector Layer in After Effects CS6.

Fantastic Facial Motion Capture in After Effects

Post by Matthew Perks/ AEtuts+ "In this tutorial, I will be sharing with you how to achieve 2D facial motion capture in After Effects. The technique involves acquiring motion data from dots on a face, and using that motion data to manipulate the position of puppet pins on an image that you want to animate. It’s a very useful way of quickly creating detailed animations, and characterizing inanimate objects, like the rock face in the intro. It’s also possible to do face replacement."

Using Image Lounge To Save Time Animating Shapes

Post by Alex / AEtuts+. "In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a simple and fancy animation while playing with shapes and the Image Lounge plug-in from Red Giant Software."

Graffiti Comes to Life in After Effects

Post by Mathias Möhl/ Mamoworld: "In this tutorial you learn how to turn a graffiti painting on a wall into a living person. This effect is inspired by the Brush With Death clip."

After Effects CS6 – 3D Camera Tracking Tutorial

Maltaannon presents the new 3D Camera Tracker in After Effects CS6, a new feature to CS6.

How to Create a Security Sweeper effect in After Effects

RedGiantTv's Seth Worley shows you how to create this cool looking Sweeper Effect (Inspired by Ridley Scott’s new film Prometheus) in After Effects using Foundry’s Camera Tracker, Trapcode Particular and other techniques.

After Effects to Cinema 4d Tutorial by Tim Clapham / Luxx Part 1

Post at Luxx: "From Tim Clapham: In this third tutorial in the series, Tim takes us through the process of transferring your After Effects information over to CINEMA 4D. Using The Foundry Camera Tracker, you will track and solve some footage, resulting in an After Effects camera and reference nulls being created. This camera and null information will be exported from After Effects into CINEMA 4D and used to build some basic proxy geometry for catching shadows and reflecting the environment. This is then output using CINEMA 4D’s multipass rendering and composited back over the original footage in After Effects."

Taking you step by step through the process, the tutorial starts by covering the basic principles of working with multipass rendering and exporting 3D information from your Cinema4D scene over to your After Effects projects.

Uses Trapcode Particular, Video Copilot Optical Flares, and The Foundry CameraTracker for After Effects.

An A to Z of Building Projections in After Effects - Part 1

By ChrisZwar / ProVideoCoalition: "A behind the scenes look at two different building projection projects, including the largest building projection ever staged - the massive Alfa Bank show in Russia.  If you’ve ever wondered how these events are created then this is the video series for you…"

Part 1 is a general overview of building projections and offers some insight into the staging of two different sized building projection projects.

Uses Frischluft Taronites Zborn Toy

Mid-Air Emergency in After Effects by Video Copilot

Post by Andrew Kramer/ Video Copilot: "In this new tutorial we’ll composite the interior of an airplane as the wing bursts into flames. We’ll cover green screen keying, 3D tracking with Camera Tracker, particles and compositing live action elements. I’ve also included a dropping Oxygen mask in the project file for people that want to add an extra layer!"

Creating the Mission Impossible 4 Titles in Cinema 4D and After Effects

Post by Antonio Cerri at AEtuts+ : "In today’s tutorial we’ll be creating the Mission Impossible 4 title animation. In the first part, we’ll be in Cinema 4d to create and animate the logo, lights and materials. We will then continue to After Effects for the overall composition and all the graphic elements that characterize this particular animation. We’ll also explain how to make the fantastic ghost protocol effect."

How To Edit Together Night Time-Lapsed Videos in After Effects

By Grzegorz Rogala at AEtuts+. "This technique is ideal to demonstrate events that take substantial time to develop in seconds. Today’s tutorial will introduce you to a simple and effective workflow concerning time-lapse photography. It basically involves taking a series of photographs, maintaining the same interval between the shots, and compiling them into a movie clip."

Using Trapcode Form 2.0 with Cinema 4D

Post by Nick Campbell/Greyscalegorilla: "a video of Gavin Morrissey’s talk about integrating Cinema 4D and Trapcode Form 2.0" at Chicago C4D.

Animated Swirls in Adobe After Effects

Animated swirls are all the rage in the motion graphics world, and there are some pretty cool things that can be done with them. But creating and animating such elements is really not as difficult and time-consuming as it would seem, even if the shapes are detailed and intricate. Bring on the swirls!

Growing 3D Vines

Create Vines in only After Effects

Advanced Soft Keying using Keylight

Key out footage without eliminating the soft reflections. Composite in 32bpc for more realistic blending.

Animating Spray Paint and Stencil Effect in After Effects

Create a spray paint effect using After Effects. It’s a fairly simple process but I’ve got a few tricks that you may not have thought of.

Cosmodius - Creating a Retro Sci-fi Logo Animation

In this episode of Red Giant TV, Aharon Rabinowitz walks you through the process of creating a Retro Sci-Fi logo. In addition to creating the logo, he'll show you how to age the video to make it look like it came out of the early 80's.

Kinect MoCap Animation in After Effects — Part 1: Getting Started

Post by Victoria Nece. "Today I’m going to show you how to use your Kinect to animate a digital puppet like this one in After Effects. Once you’re up and running, you’re going to be using a Processing app called KinectToPin, written by the very talented animator Nick Fox-Gieg. That’s where you actually capture the tracking data, as well as where you convert it to keyframe information After Effects can understand."

Let it Flow: An In-depth Look at the Grid Emitter in Trapcode Particular

Post by Harry Frank at Red Giant: "Trapcode Particlar and Form are very similar in many ways. Sometimes, you might even want the organic look of Form with the 3D position control of Particular. We'll discuss how to get detailed control over particle grids to create something organic."

Inside the Nebulae by Peder Norrby/ Trapcode

"Actual images of nebulas taken with the Hubble space telescope were combined in After Effects with CG gas clouds and stars made using Trapcode Form and Starglow."

Funky Animations With CC Circle And Radio Waves

Post by Tibor Miklos at AEtuts+. Hello everyone! In this tutorial we’re gonna show you how you can create 3 awesome circle animations with a few simple steps and default plug-ins such as CC Circle and Radio Waves.

After Effects CS5.5 Changes from Video2Brain

Todd Kopriva of Adobe goes over changes in the CS5.5 version of Adobe After Effects. 1 hour 25 minutes. It's probably more of an overview than a tutorial, but you're guaranteed to learn something.

Achieving Realistic Depth Of Field In 3D Studio Max & After Effects

Post by Chandan Kumar at CGtuts+. "Depth Of Field is essential to add believability and realism to any 3d render. In this tutorial Chandan Kumar will explain how to achieve in camera DOF in 3d studio max, and how to improve quality and control focus using the camera’s target distance. In the second half of the tutorial we’ll move into After Effects where you’ll learn how Z-Depth can be used to control Depth of Field using AE’s Lens Blur Options and the benefits of doing this in post production."

Expression Shorts - Read External Text Document

David Torno's new series, Expression Shorts, kicks off with a tutorial called Read External Text Document.


Adobe After Effects CS6 Review at Macworld 5/5

After Effects CS6 showcases rebuilt, enhanced compositing and motion graphics tools
Review By Jeff Foster, - May 28, 2012

"The release of Adobe After Effects CS6 is proof that Adobe actually listens to customer requests and stays current with the needs of today’s filmmakers, editors, and motion graphics artists. Beyond this release's impressive list of new features, there are much-needed and long-awaited performance improvements.

Adobe has implemented several structural developments like the new ray-traced 3D rendering engine and Global Performance Cache that it rebuilt from the ground up, providing not only faster performance, but increased professional capabilities. New tools such as the 3D Camera Tracker, Rolling Shutter Repair, and variable mask edge feathering are serious professional compositing tools. The enhanced integration between After Effects CS6 and other Adobe tools makes the workflow faster and more fluid than before.

Greatly improved performance

The Global Performance Cache feature is the newfound power under the hood that makes After Effects CS6 perform better—even on older Macs. This is a set of technologies that work together: a global RAM cache, a persistent disk cache, and a new graphics pipeline.
The global RAM cache employs reusable frames recognized anywhere on the timeline—not just adjacent frames—as well as duplicated layers or sub-comps. Cached frames are restored after an Undo/Redo operation, when layers are hidden or revealed, or when timeline settings return to a previous state. The feature allows users to experiment or “nudge” elements without a performance penalty should they change their mind or accidentally hit something that would normally wipe out the RAM preview and force a re-render."

Read the Full Review at Macworld