Tutorials

The Magic Behind MediaMotion Ball’s Logo - Using BCC

MediaMotion Ball and International Media Users Group (IMUG) founder, Carey Dissmore gives you an inside look at how he created this year's animated logo.

Armed with BCC 8 AE in Adobe After Effects, you'll learn how Carey harnessed the power of BCC Extruded EPS, BCC Particle Emitter 3D, BCC Glint, BCC Organic Strands, and BCC Colorize Glow to create the slick, high energy style for the annual NAB event.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 - 07:19 AM

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. 

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 - 03:50 AM

Create a Lizard Man in After Effects Pt. 2

Ran Ben Avraham shows us how to create a Lizard Man transformation in After Effects with FreeForm Pro. Ran motion tracks a sequence and then he uses FreeForm Pro to wrap the texture of his choice around the actors face in 3D.

In Part 2 you will learn how to 2D track different parts of the face in Mocha. You'll apply that info to the texture that has been created.

View Part 1

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 - 10:05 AM

In Depth: What in the Heck is Bokeh?

Bokeh is a type of defocus or lens blur where the blur takes on the shape of the lens diaphram. We explain how to pronounce the word, how it is created, and show lots of cool examples. Also, a few plug-ins to create a bokeh in post-production.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 - 04:57 PM

Working with OBJ Sequences in Element 3D

Charles Yeager leads you along in this tutorial on how to do some key things when using OBJ files exported from 3ds Max adn used in Video Copilot Element 3D. He also uses ReelSmart Motion Blur from RE:Vision Effects.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 - 04:47 PM

Audio Post Production - Mixing Basics for Dialog

In this tutorial George Parker will give you a quick rundown on how to mix audio for film! There is some good stuff in here, people!

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 - 04:38 PM

Create a Lizard Man in After Effects Pt. 1

Ran Ben Avraham walks you through turning a human man into a Lizard Man with After Effects and Mettle FreeForm Pro. He motion tracks his footage and wraps the serpentine texture around the actors head with FreeForm Pro.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 - 04:35 PM

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. 

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 - 11:07 AM

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.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 - 11:05 AM

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.

Posted on Mar 05, 2014 - 04:13 PM

EPS Vector Graphic Import with Titler Pro

NewBlueFX allows users to create stunning and chic professional 2D and 3D video titles in the timeline with speed and efficiency. Here’s a tutorial to show you how to use some of the features in the plug-in!

Posted on Mar 05, 2014 - 10:33 AM

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!

Posted on Mar 05, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Create a Smoke Man with 3ds Max Using FumeFX & Krakatoa

Post by Vikrant Dalal at CGtuts+ - Create an smoky ghostlike character or object using Sitni Sati FumeFX for 3ds Max and Krakatoa. He finishes in After Effects. Project file with a sample character is included.

Posted on Mar 05, 2014 - 10:15 AM

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.

Posted on Mar 05, 2014 - 10:10 AM

How to Animate Retro Pixel Art in After Effects

This one comes from Nick Morris at AE Tuts+. He explains the workflow for taking pixel art from ASEprite into Photoshop and then finally into an HD comp in After Effects. See Tutorial #4.

Posted on Mar 05, 2014 - 10:05 AM

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

Posted on Mar 05, 2014 - 09:59 AM

Create an 8-Bit Style in After Effects

AE Tuts+ and Charles Yeager bring you a two minute After Effects tutorial on creating the 8-bit look using Posterize, Mosaic, and Hue/Saturation. He shows how to save this as a preset to speed up your workflow. See Tutorial #1. 

Posted on Mar 05, 2014 - 09:50 AM

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.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 - 02:23 PM

Puppet Tool Tips from Video Copilot

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

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 - 02:04 PM

Working with CINEMA 4D Lite and Photoshop CC 3D Printing

This tutorial is geared toward Photoshop users, but Richard Curtis explains the workflow using CINEMA 4D Lite, which is bundled with After Effects CC, to make create elements for 3D Printing.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 - 01:58 PM

After Effects Expression Debugging Techniques

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

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 - 01:56 PM

Create Your Own HDR Day to Night Timelapse

Stefan Surmabojov shows how to create a groovy HDR timelapse image sequence with a day for night effect. You'll need a DSLR with a kit lens, a large memory card, a tripod and more. He clearly explains how to set up the camera so that you don't end up with exposure problems and flicker. He takes care of the post production of the HDR sequence in Adobe Lightroom 5, which is now included in Adobe Creative Cloud.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 - 01:53 PM

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.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 - 12:36 PM

Introduction to NewBlueFX Titler Pro

NewBlue Titler Pro takes the ground-breaking efficiency of the original Titler Pro and adds stunning visual appeal and sophistication. With the addition of custom lights, bevels and additional texture options, the perfect look can be dialed in. Through a simple and intuitive interface tap into rich styles and dynamic animations which will enliven your production, while avoiding the time and learning curve necessary in other titling solutions.

Posted on Feb 04, 2014 - 12:15 PM

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.

Posted on Feb 04, 2014 - 09:03 AM

In Depth: Plug-ins Adobe After Effects CC and Premiere Pro CC

Here’s an ongoing list of plug-in compatibility and other information that you need to know about plug-ins in the new CC video apps.

Posted on Feb 04, 2014 - 08:59 AM

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!

Posted on Feb 04, 2014 - 08:52 AM

In Depth: Video Software and Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

This article is for motion graphics, vfx, and 3D artists and also video editors. We’re keeping track of issues you might have with your software and with information on how to fix problems.

Posted on Feb 04, 2014 - 08:42 AM

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.

Posted on Feb 04, 2014 - 08:05 AM

Stylized Lava Lamp in After Effects

Let’s start Tutorial Tuesday with a groovy 1970’s throwback, the lava lamp! The tutorial is from Mikey Borup at Premium Beat. This tutorial is for beginners and covers things like fast blur and levels. They also go over Motion Sketch and the Light Sweep plug-in.

Posted on Feb 04, 2014 - 07:36 AM

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.

Posted on Feb 04, 2014 - 07:34 AM

Track and Replace a Mobile Phone Screen in mocha!

Imagineer has a new tutorial up that covers tracking an iPhone screen. Mary Poplin gives detailed instructions on the process both in video form and in words, so you can go at your own pace.

Posted on Feb 04, 2014 - 07:32 AM

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.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 - 08:05 AM

Use Property Linking to Control Effects in Multiple Clips

Adobe TV has some great content to learn Adobe software. In this episode, Maxim Jago shows special effects workflow that allows for a single set of controllers for multiple clips. Think of it as style sheets for After Effects, where you can change color effects, or whatever parameter you want, globally. This is huge if you’re a template developer.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 - 11:52 AM

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.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 - 09:11 AM

Tutorials: Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator Flare Controls + Freebie

Zaxwerks has put out a series of 4 videos on the Flare Controls in Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator 7. All 4 parts, plus a freebie Flares pack are below!

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 - 07:32 AM

Optimizing 3D Models for Element Tutorial

Our friends over at AETuts+ have a new tutorial up about one of our favorite plug-ins ever, Video Copilot Element 3D! Charles Yeager says that all you’ll need is After Effects, Element 3d, and a 3D program such as 3DS Max, MAXON CINEMA 4D, Blender, etc.)

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 - 10:11 AM

Icy Text Effect in After Effects

Post at CGonline Tutorials: "...in 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."

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 - 10:26 AM

Combining LayerMonkey and TypeMonkey

By Orrin Zucker: "This tutorial shows how to use both LayerMonkey and TypeMonkey together."

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 - 07:35 AM

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."

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 - 10:39 AM

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."

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 - 09:44 AM

Create a Halloween Animation from a Still Image

Creative Cow leader Kevin P. McAuliffe returns with a second Halloween-themed episode filled with quick tips and shortcuts for both MAC and PC users with BCC 8 AE and Adobe After Effects CS 6 or higher.

Learn how to create a quick show animation from a still image -- add flickering lights to a jack o'lantern and generate atmospheric lighting. Filters used: BCC Film Glow, BCC Linear Luma Key, BCC Rays Puffy, and BCC Stagelight.

Free Project file available.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 - 07:52 AM

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.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 - 11:22 AM

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.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 - 09:44 AM

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.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 - 09:41 AM

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."

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 - 11:19 AM

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."

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 - 09:20 AM

Tiffen Dfx Applying Filter Layers

Applying filters and working with layers.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 - 01:11 PM

Tiffen Dfx Customizing Presets

Customizing Filters and Creating Presets

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 - 01:09 PM

Tidden Dfx Blending Layers

Blending Multiple Layers with Tiffen Dfx

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 - 01:04 PM

Tiffen Dfx Drop Drag

Learn how to use Drag & Drop Filters, Layers, and Masks. 

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 - 12:57 PM

Tiffen Dfx Setups and Batch Processing

Learn how to create Setups and Batch Processing in Tiffen Dfx

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 - 12:53 PM

Tiffen Dfx Video / Film Plug-in

Using Dfx in Video and Film applications

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 - 12:37 PM

Tiffen Dfx EZ Mask

Learning how to mask with Tiffen Dfx EZ Mask

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 - 10:56 AM

Tiffen Dfx Comparing Soloing

Simulating 2,000+ popular award-winning Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, plus natural light and photographic effects.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 - 10:51 AM

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."

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 - 07:06 AM

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."

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 - 08:04 AM

Cinema 4D Cloth Unroll Effect

Post at Motion Squared: "In this short tutorial, we take a look at how to create a cloth unroll effect /animation using the cloth dynamics tag in Cinema 4D. Enjoy!"

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 - 07:35 AM

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+

Posted on Aug 06, 2013 - 11:28 AM

mocha AE rotoscoping demo

"In this live demo from Siggraph 2013, imagineer systems product specialist, Mary Poplin, shows you how to cut your roto time in half using mocha AE inside of Adobe After Effects. Simply go to animation>track in mocha AE and follow along with a shot of your choice at home." - Imagineer Systems

Posted on Aug 06, 2013 - 11:17 AM

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+

Posted on Aug 06, 2013 - 11:03 AM

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+

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 - 10:22 AM

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."

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 - 06:07 PM

Getting Started with After Effects CC and CINEWARE

Mathias Mohl from Mamoworld shows how to create and animate a logo in CINEWARE and finish it in After Effects CC.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 - 12:49 PM

Chase Scene in C4D using Multiple Cameras, After Effects CC / CINEWARE

By Vic Garcia : "In this tutorial, I will walk you through on how to create a quick camera chase scene using multiple cameras in Cinema 4D using the Stage Object to create quick cuts. I will also show you how to incorporate the Motion Camera Tag into a few of the cameras to get a dynamic chase effect. Then we will use the New Cineware plugin by Maxon to import our Cinema 4D scene into After Effects CC."

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 - 11:26 AM

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!

Posted on Jul 03, 2013 - 10:29 AM

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.

Posted on Jul 03, 2013 - 10:26 AM

Sparkler for Trapcode Particular with Motion Sketch Tutorial

Sticking with our July 4th Independence Day theme, check out this free preset from Greyscalegorilla’s Nick Campbell.

Posted on Jul 03, 2013 - 10:20 AM

CINEMA 4D Techniques Series (Adobe After Effects CC & CINEMA 4D Lite)

Learn how the integration between After Effects and CINEMA 4D benefits you as an artist. Author and 3D expert Chris Martin gives an overview of the workflow.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 - 01:57 PM

Adobe After Effects CC: Introduction to 3D: Extruding Shapes

Angie Taylor talks about Extruding Shapes in 3D in Adobe After Effects CC in this introductory video.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 - 01:36 PM

Add Depth Of Field To Your CINEMA 4D Composite Using Cineware and After Effects

In this tutorial, Nick Campbell of Greyscalegorilla shows how to set up a depth pass for rendering depth of field for 3D objects using CINEMA 4D, Frischluft Lens Care and After Effects.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 - 01:33 PM

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

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 - 11:32 AM

Better Keying From Production to Post Webinar With Richard Harrington

Greenscreen has become an essential tool in modern video, film, and photo workflows. To succeed, it needs to be the perfect combination of production and post.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 - 09:06 AM

Cineware and Cinema 4D Lite Quickstart Tutorial

Nick at Greyscalegorilla has put together a quickstart guide to Maxon Cineware and Cinema 4D Lite, now shipping with Adobe After Effects CC.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 - 09:03 AM

Character Animation in After Effects Using FreeForm Pro and Particular

Dan Gies describes how he created and animated his Rocket-Dees character using uses Mettle FreeForm Pro, Trapcode Particular, After Effects Expressions, and the After Effects Puppet Tool.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 - 09:00 AM

Newton Character Rigging

Ryan Boyle for AETuts+ creates a rigid body effect in After Effect using Newton, a 2D physics simulator.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 - 08:53 AM

New commands for finding missing footage, missing effects, and missing fonts in After Effects

Todd Kopriva of Adobe fills us in on some new key commands to help users find lost items.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 - 10:58 AM

Snapping of layer features in the Composition panel, new in After Effects CC (12.0)

Snapping of layer features in the Composition panel, new in After Effects CC (12.0)

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 - 10:55 AM

Adobe Premiere Pro CC: Lumetri Deep Color Engine

Quickly apply rich, beautiful, preset color grades in Adobe Premiere Pro CC thanks to the Lumetri Deep Color Engine. With the Looks Browser, preview and add looks from Adobe SpeedGrade CC as easily as adding a dissolve. Also import LUTs from other systems.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 - 10:43 AM

Sending Work from Premiere Pro to After Effects

There are several ways to send your creative work from Premiere Pro CC to After Effects CC, and this lesson will walk you through all of them.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 - 10:41 AM

Using Illustrator Files in After Effects CC

It’s quite possible you’ll import Illustrator files into After Effects, either to produce finished content or to incorporate into dynamically linked compositions that you will hand over to Premiere Pro. This lesson introduces the workflow.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 - 10:39 AM

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.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 - 10:35 AM

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. 

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 - 10:37 AM

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.

Posted on Jun 03, 2013 - 08:32 PM

Faking Physics in Newton and Element 3D

by Adam Taylor at AEtuts+ "In this tutorial I will be going over the steps of setting up a 2d physics simulation in Motion Boutique's Newton, and then tying 3D models to it using Element 3d. Then I'll go over how to tweek the keyframes to make the physics appear to be more 3D. I'll share some tips for animating a 3D camera. Finally I'll go over making the shots looks good. "

Posted on May 23, 2013 - 09:47 AM

Using Shape Layers to Create a Vector Water Animation in After Effects

By Batuhan Türkay at AEtuts+: "In this tutorial we’ll take a look at the basic principles and behaviors of water in the case of forces being applied to it. We’ll be keyframing masks on solids to recreate a liquid movement."

Posted on May 13, 2013 - 07:30 AM

Creating a 3D Cloud Fly Through Scene With Horizon

By Felix Cremerius on AEtuts+ "This tutorial explains the steps you need to take to convert an HDRI in Photoshop into a usable file in Trapcode Horizon to create a Skydome and populate it with clouds. We’ll also explained how to mask clouds, create a camera move in AE, and add a complimentary lens flare to the scene."

 

Posted on May 08, 2013 - 10:37 AM

Paint Drips with Trapcode Particular + Free Preset

In this QuickTip, Harry Frank shows you how to create a spray paint effect with paint drips.

Posted on May 07, 2013 - 01:40 PM

Simple Car Rig in Video Copilot Element 3D

Create a Simple Car Rig with Element 3D! This technique will work well for almost any 3D vehicle model. Be sure you are using Element 3D V1.6

Posted on May 07, 2013 - 01:23 PM

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!

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 - 11:47 AM

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.

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 - 11:40 AM

Baking Textures in Cinema 4D for Element 3D

By Harry Frank: "CInema 4D has a couple ways of baking textures for your objects and this is one of them."

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 - 11:18 AM

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."

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 - 11:07 AM

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."

 

Posted on Apr 02, 2013 - 06:45 AM

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!

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 - 11:32 AM

GreyscaleGorilla City Kit

In this quick tutorial, Chris shows you how to add some effectors to City Kit so you can focus in on just a few buildings, and then zoom around the city. A similar effect was used to make part of Iron Man’s heads up display. Keep an eye out in the future for a follow up where we push this effect even further!

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 - 12:48 PM

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.

Posted on Mar 05, 2013 - 09:54 AM

V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max - V-Ray Light Select

V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max - V-Ray Light Select
VRayLightSelect - Render element to extract the contribution of individual lights

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 - 08:43 PM

V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max - Lens Analysis utility help stuff

V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max - Lens Analysis utility help stuff
VRayLensAnalysis -- Quickly creates realistic distortion patterns for your V-Ray Physical Cameras

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 - 08:23 PM

V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max and Maya - Hair and Fur Shader

Now, with the latest update to V-Ray 2.0 you can render hair and fur with unprecedented control, quality, and speed using the new VRayHairMtl shader and VRayHairInfoTex map.
User can also seamlessly render hair created using Ephere's Ornatrix( http://www.ephere.com/plugins/autodes...) plug-in with the new modifier - VRayOrnatrixMod.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 - 08:13 PM