Tutorials

Video Copilot Sci-Fi Weapon!

Andrew Kramer stars in his own video showing how he took a Nerf gun and converted it into a dangerous intergalactic weapon, then added effects in post.

Posted on May 27, 2014 - 12:42 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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."

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 - 09:30 AM

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."

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 - 09:21 AM

Tempo: Up in Flames - Realistic & Slow-Motion Fire Effects

In this episode of Red Giant TV, Aharon Rabinowitz walks you through the workflow used to create realistic fire for the film Tempo. He’ll be using a combination of real fire footage, Trapcode Particular, and some 3rd Party plug-ins from RE:Vision Effects.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 - 09:26 AM

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.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 - 08:07 AM

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.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 - 09:10 AM

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.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 - 08:45 AM

What’s New in Sapphire 6.1

A brief overview of the enhancements to the preset browser in GenArts Sapphire 6.1.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 - 08:39 AM

iPhone 5 Screen Animation with Video Copilot Element 3D

Post by Andrew Kramer/ Video Copilot: "If you wanted to get your hands on the new iPhone 5, “Congratulations”, we have a free 3D model just for you! Along with this free mode I also recorded a short tutorial that focuses on animating the screen and preparing the model for Element 3d. The iPhone model is in the OBJ format so you can use it with any 3D program such as 3D max or Cinema 4D."

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 - 05:34 AM

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.

Posted on Sep 07, 2012 - 12:51 PM

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."

Posted on Sep 04, 2012 - 10:06 AM

Element 3D: Environment Tips

By Andrew Kramer/ Video Copilot. Create a custom Environment map and learn to control the background!

Posted on Aug 03, 2012 - 09:04 AM

Creating Realistic Dust Hits with Trapcode Particular

Post at Red Giant TV: "In this tutorial, John Einselen shows you how to create realistic dust hits with Trapcode Particular. He also covers some very advanced compositing techniques for 3D animators working with Particular."

Posted on Jul 05, 2012 - 09:29 AM

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!"

 

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 - 07:22 AM

Melting Objects in Cinema 4D

Charles Rowland explains how to melt a soda bottle or other object/ model in Cinema 4D.

Posted on May 22, 2012 - 11:05 AM

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.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 - 01:05 PM

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!"

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 - 09:31 AM

Growing 3D Vines

Create Vines in only After Effects

Posted on Mar 06, 2012 - 08:20 AM

3D Set Extensions with Trapcode Particular and The Foundry CameraTracker

Create a 3D set extension with fog using Stock Footage. Use Camera Tracker to matchmove inside of AE.

Posted on Mar 06, 2012 - 08:14 AM

Dynamic Machine Gun with Video Copilot Action Essentials II & Trapcode Particular

Create a machine gun with dynamic ricochets types. Use Expressions to emit unique particles on each surface. Uses Video Copilot Action Essentials II & Trapcode Particular

Posted on Mar 06, 2012 - 07:59 AM

Grenade Throw using Video Copilot Optical Flares

Composite a super-slow motion grenade to live footage. Use 2D Tracking on a camera to match a nodal pan. Uses Video Copilot Optical Flares

Posted on Mar 06, 2012 - 07:52 AM

Bringing Cinema 4D Shadows Into After Effects

Post by Joren Kandel / The Pixel Lab. "In this quick Cinema 4D and After Effects tutorial I'll show you how to set up your C4D render to export shadows to AE. I'll also go over how to composite the multipasses correctly in After Effects."

Posted on Feb 01, 2012 - 10:23 AM

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."

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 - 08:47 AM

Creating edge-blended Panoramic Projections in After Effects

By Robert Sarosi from erLab. ErLab_edgeBlender script for After effects helps make edge-blended panoramic projections for projector based images and panoramas.

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 - 09:20 AM

How To Track Footage That Is Out Of Focus

Posted by Stefan Surmabojov on AEtuts+: "How to work with footage that is out of focus making if difficult to track. After we track it we are going to attach the camera interface elements and fake some depth of field to create the illusion that they are floating in space and shift in and out of focus like the rest of the scene."

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 - 07:08 AM

Create And Composite A Mobile Phone App Demo Template

Posted by Carolin Sellman at AEtuts+. "In this tutorial you will learn the workflow on how to set up a scene for an animated pack shot of a phone in CINEMA 4D and composite it in After Effects. We’ll start off by setting up the scene in CINEMA 4D, animating the phone model and go through the necessary render settings for getting our files into After Effects. After that we’ll compose our scene in After Effects using luma and alpha mattes. We’ll also create a background and a reflection on the floor using a few simple steps."

 

Posted on Nov 09, 2011 - 07:01 AM

Digieffects LightWrap by Kevin P. McAuliffe

Created by Kevin P. McAuliffe

Enhance the look of your keyed video by adding DE LightWrap to give a more realistic look.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 - 03:11 PM

The Importance of Compositing: A Layer By Layer Breakdown in After Effects

In this video, I wanted to show you how important compositing is for your 3D renders. A 3D render is never finished straight from Cinema 4D or any 3D package. Every shot needs and deserves some sort of compositing and color correction before it’s ready for prime time. Uploading a render straight from 3D is like uploading a raw image from your digital camera without any color correction. Rich Hinchcliffe was kind enough to allow me to show you his compositng file for this excelent animation for the latest Five Second Projects. I will show you how Rich used After Effects, color correction, blurs, RSMB Motion Blur, Frischluft Lens Care and Lens Flares to turn his simple grey primitive 3D animation into a beautiful, atmosphere rich finished composite.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 - 12:24 PM

After Effects CS5.5: Stereo 3D Controls by Chris Meyer on Adobe TV

Chris Meyer, one of the world's foremost After Effects experts, teaches you how to take advantage of his favorite features from the CS5.5 release in this complete end-to-end training series.

Learn how the new stereoscopic 3D camera rig plus resulting chain of compositions in After Effects CS5.5 are manipulated by the Stereo 3D Controls effect, including setting camera separation (inter-axial distance) and the convergence options.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 - 09:18 AM

Five Quick Ways to Clean Up Your Shots with mocha Pro

Eliminate objects, rigs and wires for a cleaner plate with the software's Remove Module

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 - 08:58 AM

Video Copilot: Tutorial- 3D Set Extensions in After Effects

• Create a 3D set extension with fog using Stock Footage
• Use Camera Tracker to matchmove inside of AE

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 - 11:32 AM

Digieffects Delirium v2 Alpha Tool Tutorial

Learn how to use Alpha Tool by applying it to our particle emitter plug-ins or to you own footage! Author Brandon Smith

Posted on May 29, 2011 - 03:25 PM

Digieffects LightWrap Tutorial

Enhance the look of your keyed video by adding LightWrap to give a more realistic look. Created by Kevin P. McAuliffe.

Posted on May 29, 2011 - 03:03 PM

Digieffects Depth Intro Tutorial

Intro Tutorial on digieffects Depth plugin. Author: Dustin Klein

Posted on May 24, 2011 - 11:36 AM

Digieffects Depth Cue Atmosphere Driving Range Tutorial

Learn to use the controls of Digieffects Atmosphere through various examples in this interactive driving range.

Posted on May 24, 2011 - 06:39 AM

Red Giant TV Episode 54: Compositing and Color Correction in After Effects and Premiere Pro

In this episode of Red Giant TV, Eran Stern returns to show you how he created the promo for his new DVD: The Best of Premiere Pro. He'll cover keying, compositing, color correction and visual effects in After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Posted on May 23, 2011 - 08:26 PM