Video Copilot's Andrew Kramer shows you how to create fun, animating polygons that you can easily customize using time displacement, scale wipes and other neat animation tricks.
In this Episode of Red Giant TV, Filmmaker/Motion Graphics artist Seth Worley will show you how to re-create the look of the Lost Smoke monster. Covered: Compositing, Masking, 3D tracking, Color Correction and some really cool Trapcode Particular techniques.
Learn how to create an aurora effect using Trapcode Particular in AE.
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.
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.
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."
Learn how to make water drops with splash ripples using C4D. No additional 3rd party plugins required.
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.
Learn how to make floating glass shards with After Effects to create a unique looking title sequence.
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."
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."
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.
Discover the benefits of Morph-O-Matic. This was included in the article In Depth: The Morph – Elastic Reality, Old School Examples, Plug-ins
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Get assistance, answers, and insights and start editing now—watch Avid’s 5-part tutorial series dedicated to the success of new users.
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.
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.
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.
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
Andrew Kramer uses 100% After Effects, no third-party plug-ins, to create this shockwave effect using Fractal Noise.
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."
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!
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.
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!
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.
Learn how to create a corner pin using Boris RED in Grass Valley Edius Pro.
Mike Batchelor shows a couple of ways to create motion blur using X-Particles default material and objects.
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.
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."
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.
In this tutorial Ben Watts will teach you how to create a basic digital wipe effect using Adobe After Effects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Boyle of Sketchy Pictures explains the full process from character design, expressions for animating movement, lip-sync, lighting and camera and lots more!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Andrew Kramer animates the Twitter logo with the Puppet Tool in Adobe After Effects.
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.
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!
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.
You know the open for the sitcom "Community", with the crumpled paper? Trevor Penner explains how to do this effect.
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."
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.
Video Tutorial of the Sapphire Deband effect for Final Cut Pro. Deband removes banding artifacts from a clip.
Video Tutorial of the Sapphire FilmDamage effect for Final Cut Pro. FilmDamage simulates film damaged with dust, hair, stains, scratches, defocus, flicker and more.
Video Tutorial of the Sapphire LenFlare effect for Final Cut Pro. The LensFlare effect renders a lens flare image over a background clip.
Video Tutorial of the Sapphire RackDefocus effect for Final Cut Pro. Rackdefocus defocuses using an iris shape convolution to simulate a real camera defocus.
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.
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.
Learn how the Sapphire version 6 redesigned LensFlare effect allows you control and enhance occlusion parameters.
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.
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.
Video Tutorial of the Sapphire TextureFlux effect for Avid. TextureFlux creates abstract textures of fluctuating liquid or cellular patterns.
Video Tutorial of the Sapphire Shake effect for Avid AVX products. Shake simulates camera shaking motions with translation, zooming and/or rotation.
Video Tutorial of the Sapphire Distort effect for Avid. The
Distort effect warps the source clip using the gradient of a given lens clip.
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.
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=...
Video Tutorial of the Sapphire Cartoon effect for Avid. Cartoon generates a version of the source clip with a cartoon look.
Video Tutorial of the Sapphire FilmDamage effect for Avid. FilmDamage simulates film damaged with dust, hair, stains, scratches, defocus, flicker and more.
Video Tutorial of the Sapphire RackDefocus effect for Avid. Rackdefocus defocuses using an iris shape convolution to simulate a real camera defocus.
A summary of new features and effects in Sapphire for Avid version 3.
Video Tutorial of the Sapphire LensFlare effect for Avid. The LensFlare effect renders a lens flare image over a background clip.
Genarts teaches you how to apply a Sapphire plug-in to a title using Avid.
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.
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.
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."
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."
Applying filters and working with layers.
Customizing Filters and Creating Presets
Blending Multiple Layers with Tiffen Dfx
Learn how to use Drag & Drop Filters, Layers, and Masks.
Using Dfx in Video and Film applications
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.
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."
"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+
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!
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.
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.
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.
byat 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. "
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.
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.
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."
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!
V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max - Lens Analysis utility help stuff
VRayLensAnalysis -- Quickly creates realistic distortion patterns for your V-Ray Physical Cameras
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).
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."