Tutorials

Burning Question: What is Datamoshing?

In the mid to late 2000’s, datamoshing, or glitch art, was commonly seen in music videos, in VJ sets or even on public access channels. Here’s an overview of the effect, some examples of what it looks like, a few tutorials and some tools to help you get started datamoshing.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 - 10:01 AM

Tiffen Dfx v4 - Using DFX in Video Applications

The focus is on the video and film plug-ins in Adobe After Effects (but the plug-in works in other video hosts as well). Lens distortion, color grades and blurs are covered, and a lot more. 

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 - 09:55 AM

“Face Mask” – A Halloween Photoshop Tutorial

Brian Maffitt from Total Training shows us how he made his creepy Halloween self-portrait this year, using Photoshop.

With the popularity of last years creepy self portrait, Brian decided to do a tutorial on how he made this years picture using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. It's fairly advanced and more of a quick breakdown of the steps rather than a normal Total Training tutorial, but "there’s a wealth of high-level Photoshop techniques packed into these 13 minutes."

Posted on Nov 03, 2014 - 09:54 AM

Create Water Drops With Splash Ripples MAXON Cinema 4D

Learn how to make water drops with splash ripples using C4D.  No additional 3rd party plugins required.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 - 07:20 AM

How to dent a Garage Door VFX with Mettle FreeForm Pro

Mettle offers up this tutorial regarding real-world 3D displacement with Freeform Pro.  Mike Sevigny explains how to track the footage with Adobe After Effects and project it back onto a plane.  He then shows you how to align the FreeForm Pro layer to that geometry and displace it in 3D space.  Using these techinques allows you to "dent" any footage, not just a garage door.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 - 07:08 AM

Broken Glass in Adobe After Effects

Learn how to make floating glass shards with After Effects to create a unique looking title sequence.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 - 04:34 AM

Boris Red Advanced Text Fill Options

Originally posted by BorisFX, this tutorial for Boris RED is "based on an inquiry regarding gradient on text in the Avid forum. Senior Product Manager, Dirk deJong, shows you how to add gradient with bevel and 3D looks across entire words using a texture track."

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 - 11:54 AM

Top 5 3D Camera Tips for Adobe After Effects

Get tips and techiniques from Sean Frangella for "working with 3D cameras in After Effects, including changing focal length, parenting cameras to nulls, cutting between multiple cameras, roving keyframes, and linking depth of field."

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 - 11:49 AM

Animated Cartoon Roto Shapes with mocha and After Effects

Mary Poplin, the Imagineer Product Specialist, shows how to make a cool animated cartoon look with Roto Shapes in mocha and After Effects. The tutorial uses a free script and the download link is below the video.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 - 01:23 PM

Benefits of Morph-O-Matic over 3ds max’s Morpher

Discover the benefits of Morph-O-Matic. This was included in the article In Depth: The Morph –  Elastic Reality, Old School Examples, Plug-ins

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 - 01:18 PM

Transform One Object into another using Cinema 4D and Transform

Nick Campbell goes over Transform, including how to morph. Yes, I realize this is a bit different from morphing video but I wanted to include it. This was included in the article, In Depth: The Morph –  Elastic Reality, Old School Examples, Plug-ins.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 - 01:16 PM

After Effects Liquify Morph

In the tutorial below, Mikey Borup explains how to create a morph with the After Effects Liquify tool and no other third-party plug-ins.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 - 01:14 PM

Boris Continuum Complete BCC Morph

The Boris Continuum Warp Unit allows After Effects artists to generate real-time static or animated image warps, animated image morphs between a pair of still images, and animated video morphs from video clips like in the popular Michael Jackson music video.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 - 01:11 PM

Morphing with RE:Vision Effects RE:Flex

RE:Flex creates visually stunning morphs and warps with an easy-to-use interface RE:Flex is also available for Shake, Fusion and Autodesk Sparks. Download a free trial of RE:Flex.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 - 01:08 PM

SilhouetteFX Morphing Overview

SilhouetteFX was created by the developer of Elastic Reality, Perry Kivolowitz.  Mr. Kivolowitz contacted me a few days after this article was first published, thanking me for the shout out. He is a Faculty Associate in the computer sciences department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison as well as a partner at SilhouetteFX and was the cofounder and president at both Profound Effects, Inc. and Elastic Reality.  I asked him if he would mind elaborating on morphing in SilhouetteFX.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 - 12:56 PM

Topographic Images using Hair in MAXON Cinema 4D

Chris Schmidt from Greyscale Gorilla, was inspired by some gorgeous renders by Lee Griggs, and attempted to recreate rolling hills of geometry in C4D.  He didn't want to use MoGraph clones as the shear number needed would be overwelming.  So he set out to create a more procedural technique and came up with using the Hair Module.

Posted on Sep 09, 2014 - 03:20 AM

After Effects Video Tutorial: 3D Corner Text

Follow the technique in this After Effects tutorial to animate text around the edges of a 3D object.

The tutorial covers:

  • 3D Anchor Points
  • Easy-Ease Keyframes
  • Key-framing Cameras
  • Snapping Vertexes Together
Posted on Sep 02, 2014 - 04:30 AM

Adobe After Effects Sci-Fi Effects

Want to create cool looking Sci-Fi effects in AE? Then check out this tutorial from Matthew Pearce as he explains how he created some of his favorite effects.

Posted on Sep 02, 2014 - 03:25 AM

Avid Media Composer 7

Get assistance, answers, and insights and start editing now—watch Avid’s 5-part tutorial series dedicated to the success of new users.

Posted on Sep 02, 2014 - 02:03 AM

Creating Organic Particles using Trapcode Form

Inspired by the practical exploding chalk effects used in the Semi-Permanent Sydney 2014 title, Claude Autret explained to Red Giant’s Aharon Rabinowitz how he attempted to remake some of the effects in After Effects using Trapcode Form.  Claude explains how he used a letter converted to a shape, to use only the outside stroke, as a layer map for Form, with really small particles, and then animate the displacement and dispersion so it explodes towards the camera.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 - 03:17 AM

Adobe After Effects Titles: Dracula Untold

Here’s a tutorial for creating titles inspired by the “Dracula: Untold” movie trailer.  Bats, smoke, lighting effects, all made completely with in After Effects with first party plugins.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 - 10:43 AM

In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 2: The Plug-ins

Need to touch up your actor’s complexion quickly and easily? There are a lot of plug-ins on the market that can help you with this task. I’ll cover the big players and a few new to the market: Digital Anarchy Beauty Box, GenArts Sapphire S_Beauty, FXHOME HitFilm, the recently released Imagenomic Portraiture for video, the brand-spanking new Dashwood Smooth Skin. Red Giant Cosmo and Colorista II are also on the agenda.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 - 10:40 AM

Lightwave to Faceshift and back

3D Artist Fabio Annunziata shows how to animate a LightWave model in FaceShift and bring it back into LightWave!

In this tutorial, Fabio Annuiziata gives you a thorough explanation of how to:

  • set up a model with all the morph you need to be used in faceshift
  • import a custom model into faceshift
  • perform a face track
  • use this animation back in LightWave
Posted on Jul 25, 2014 - 09:23 AM

Shockwave by Video Copilot

Andrew Kramer uses 100% After Effects, no third-party plug-ins, to create this shockwave effect using Fractal Noise.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 - 09:11 AM

Alien Planet

Ben Watts has a new tutorial up showing how to create an otherworldly rocky terrain in CINEMA 4D and After Effects. Ben says, "In this tutorial we'll build up a displaced surface using layered noise maps. After that we'll create a wet looking surface & water shader for the deep section. Finally we'll take care of some basic lighting & colour correction in After Effects."

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 - 09:07 AM

In Depth: Skin Retouching and Digital Makeup, Part 1

Do you need to make some small fixes to the skin of your actor, like fixing a blemish or blotchiness? Here’s part 1 of a 2 part series on Skin Retouching and Digital Makeup to get you started!

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 - 08:39 AM

Creating A VFX Rainy Scene

Mustapha Fersaoui shows how to create a realistic rain scene with Photoshop and After Effects using a lot of plug-ins that ship with AE, plus some Optical Flares and Red Giant Mojo.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 - 08:36 AM

Choosing the Correct Focal Length for Cinema 4D Cameras

When Nick Campbell posts a tutorial then you know it’s bound to be gold. Check this one out that discusses different focal lengths and their primary uses!

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 - 08:19 AM

Sci-Fi Weapon FX Tutorial from Video Copilot

Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot shows you how he made this cool sci-fi muzzle flash in with distortion in Adobe After Effects. The awesome shooting effects were created with the Video Copilot's Shockwave pack in After Effects. The high tech weapon sound effects are from the new MotionPulse sound package from Video Copilot.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 - 08:16 AM

Boris RED & EDIUS 7 (v3)

Learn how to create a corner pin using Boris RED in Grass Valley Edius Pro.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 - 08:10 AM

Motion Blur for X-Particles

Mike Batchelor shows a couple of ways to create motion blur using X-Particles default material and objects.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 - 11:41 AM

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

Create a Fireball with Autodesk 3Ds Max and Sitni Sati FumeFX

Vikrant Dalai explains how to make a fireball with a smoke trail for use in your space war film, video game or dinosaur extinction recreation documentary.

Vikrant says: "In this tutorial, I'll show you how I created this fireball with the help of 3ds Max and the FumeFX Plugin. There are different types of techniques we can use to make this effect in FumeFX - e.g. Simple Sources, Object Sources, Particle Sources, etc. But this time we will use a Simple Source. And for this purpose we are going to use three different Simple Sources, some standard lights (Target Spot & Omni), and the default Scanline Renderer."

Posted on May 27, 2014 - 12:33 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

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

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 and used in Video Copilot Element 3D. He also uses ReelSmart Motion Blur from RE:Vision Effects.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 - 04:47 PM

Create an Atmospheric Snow Shot in Nuke and Maya

Although I am entirely sick of winter, CGI Tuts+ has a great tutorial on creating an atmospheric snow shot with Nuke and Maya. They also use Photoshop.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 - 04:25 PM

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

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

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

In Depth: Keying: Introduction & Frequently Asked Questions about Shooting Greenscreen

Keying is part technical skill, part patience, and part sorcery. This series will take you through different areas of keying, not so much to teach you step by step, but to talk about some of the problems you’ll run into and how to fix them.

Posted on Feb 04, 2014 - 08:48 AM

Apple FCP X 10.1, Plug-in Compatibility and Resources

FxPlug 3 is new with this release, and it allows custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support. We will let you know if we learn of any incompatibility issues with plug-ins. We are requesting that you let us know if you encounter any problems with plug-in incompatiblity with the new version of FCP X 10.1 or Motion too. We can put together a nifty list if it's needed.Thanks!

Posted on Feb 04, 2014 - 08:12 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

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

GenArts Sapphire Deband Tutorial for Final Cut Pro

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire Deband effect for Final Cut Pro. Deband removes banding artifacts from a clip.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 - 08:30 AM

GenArts Sapphire FilmDamage Tutorial for Final Cut Pro

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire FilmDamage effect for Final Cut Pro. FilmDamage simulates film damaged with dust, hair, stains, scratches, defocus, flicker and more.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 - 08:12 AM

GenArts Sapphire LensFlare Tutorial for Final Cut Pro

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire LenFlare effect for Final Cut Pro. The LensFlare effect renders a lens flare image over a background clip.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 - 08:00 AM

GenArts Sapphire RackDefocusTutorial for Final Cut Pro

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire RackDefocus effect for Final Cut Pro. Rackdefocus defocuses using an iris shape convolution to simulate a real camera defocus.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 - 07:55 AM

Using Sapphire v6 StrechFrameEdges

Learn how to incorporate 4x3 SD content into 16x9 aspect ratio HD projects without having to distort or soften the image using Sapphire StrechFrameEdges effect.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 - 03:44 AM

Using Sapphire v6 Preset Browser with Transitions

Learn how to create and save your own transition presets using the Sapphire version 6 preset browser. Or choose from over 100 included transition presets to enhance your editing experience.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 - 03:37 AM

Sapphire v6 LensFlare Occlusion Tutorial

Learn how the Sapphire version 6 redesigned LensFlare effect allows you control and enhance occlusion parameters.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 - 03:22 AM

Sapphire v6 LensFlare and Flare Designer

Sapphire has several great lens flare presets, but sometimes you just need to create your own. This tutorial will show you how to use the Sapphire v6 LensFlare effect and flare designer to get just the look you want.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 - 03:17 AM

GenArts Sapphire Zap Tutorial for Avid products

Sapphire Zap creates lightning effects (think Mickey Rourke's whips in Iron Man 2!). Here's a brief tour of the settings you can tweak to get that perfect effect.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 - 07:25 AM

GenArts Sapphire TextureFlux Tutorial for Avid

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire TextureFlux effect for Avid. TextureFlux creates abstract textures of fluctuating liquid or cellular patterns.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 - 06:55 AM

GenArts Sapphire Shake Tutorial for Avid

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire Shake effect for Avid AVX products. Shake simulates camera shaking motions with translation, zooming and/or rotation.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 - 06:44 AM

GenArts Sapphire Distort Tutorial for Avid

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire Distort effect for Avid. The
Distort effect warps the source clip using the gradient of a given lens clip.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 - 06:39 AM

GenArts Sapphire FlysEye Tutorial for Avid

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire FlysEye effect for Avid AVX products. Sapphire FlysEye breaks an image into tiles to create a fly's eye view effect.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 - 09:18 AM

GenArts Sapphire Glow Tutorial for Avid

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire Glow effect for Avid AVX Products. Glow generates a natural, organic light source that illuminates the brightest parts of an image. For a free trial of Sapphire for Avid: http://www.genarts.com/download?henc=...

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 - 09:27 AM

GenArts Sapphire Cartoon Tutorial for Avid

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire Cartoon effect for Avid. Cartoon generates a version of the source clip with a cartoon look.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 - 09:01 AM

GenArts Sapphire FilmDamage Tutorial for Avid

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire FilmDamage effect for Avid. FilmDamage simulates film damaged with dust, hair, stains, scratches, defocus, flicker and more.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 - 08:21 AM

GenArts Sapphire RackDefocus Tutorial for Avid

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire RackDefocus effect for Avid. Rackdefocus defocuses using an iris shape convolution to simulate a real camera defocus.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 - 08:16 AM

GenArts Sapphire Tutorial on New effects in Avid v3

A summary of new features and effects in Sapphire for Avid version 3.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 - 08:10 AM

GenArts Sapphire v.5 LensFlare Tutorial for Avid

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire LensFlare effect for Avid. The LensFlare effect renders a lens flare image over a background clip.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 - 07:52 AM

Applying a Saphire Plug-in to a Title in Avid

Genarts teaches you how to apply a Sapphire plug-in to a title using Avid.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 - 07:35 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

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

C4D Pixel Shards with PolyFX

Tutorial by Joren Kandel/ The Pixel Lab. "In this tutorial I'll show you how to have pixel shards slowly bleeding off of an object. The effect will be made using Cinema 4D PolyFx."

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 - 08:21 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 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

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

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

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

After Effects Mask Slider with Free Preset

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! Tutorialpilot.net 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.

Posted on Jul 03, 2013 - 10:22 AM

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

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

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

Everyday VFX in Avid Media Composer with Boris Continuum Complete

Steve Holyhead’s engaging presentation shed light on three everyday VFX problems, Pan & Zoom, Beauty Pass, and Transitions, which he solves using an array of filters from the BCC 8 AVX package.

Highlights included: a Ken Burns style pan & zoom with no key framing needed (!); a 1-2-3 step approach (BCC Smooth Tone, BCC Film Glow & BCC Film Grain) to giving your talent that Hollywood glow; and the power of BCC transitions - quick, easy, and versatile.

Plus, get a sneak peak of the soon-to-be released BCC v8.2 AVX with up to 100% improvement in render time, the additions of lots more “green dot” effects, and enhanced real-time performance.

Posted on May 07, 2013 - 11:29 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

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

Stupid Raisins Panel Pop

Here is a quick overview on the 26 customizable transitions that Stupid Raisins' Panel Pop has to offer. Learn what they do and how to implement them into your visual creations!

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 - 10:27 AM

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

How to use Trapcode Particular’s Z-buffer to Allow Particles to Move Around 3D Objects

In this QuickTip, Harry Frank shows you how to use Trapcode Particular's Z-buffer to allow particles to move around 3D objects - such as those generated in AE with VideoCopilot's Element or Maxon's C4D (and other 3D apps). 

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 - 12:31 PM

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."

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 - 09:45 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

Behind the Scenes of the new Boris TV Opener- BCC AE

Eran Stern of SternFX gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how he created the all-new Boris TV opener using Boris Continuum Complete plug-ins such as Beat Reactor, Damaged TV, Extruded Spline, Extruded Text, Film Glow, Film Grain, Layer Deformer, Lens Flare 3D, Organic Strands, Particle Array 3D, Scanline, and Videoscope in Adobe After Effects.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 - 07:50 AM