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  • In Depth (69 ARTICLES)

  • In Depth: Light Leaks and Lens Whacking

    May 11, 2016

    Light leaks used to be caused by camera damage but now it’s a stylistic look. I’ll give you some cool examples of these optical lighting artifacts, and I’ll go over some plug-ins and stock elements to give your footage a light leak look. I’ll also talk to some of the pros in the industry about the making your light leaks look natural.

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  • In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 5: Some New Tools & Tutorials

    Mar 02, 2016

    Since I started this series, there have been a couple of new tools on the market for skin touch-up and smoothing, as well as a couple of useful tutorials on the topic. I’ll talk about Sheffield Makeup Artist III, which came out in February, and Boris Continuum Complete Beauty Studio.

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  • In Depth: 8 Must-Have Plug-ins for Motion Graphics in After Effects

    Jan 26, 2016

    This is a question that I get quite a bit. It’s usually someone who is just out of college and getting started in the biz. They often use the phrase “the best bang for the buck”. Nobody wants to spend money on tools they will never use either. Because this field has some diversity, I’m breaking this into a multi-part feature for motion graphics in After Effects, visual effects in After Effects, editing, and more. Here are my picks must-have plug-ins for motion graphic artists using After Effects.

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  • In Depth: The Ultimate Guide to Building a Great Demo Reel

    Dec 10, 2015

    Is your New Year’s Resolution to get a new job or to bring in new freelance work? A new demo reel can help. Promoting yourself with a reel has changed a bit since I began in this business over 20 (gasp!) years ago. The internet and short attention spans have changed the climate. What are employers looking for in a reel? I was on a panel at a college last month where we talked about what makes a demo reel great and what makes it… well, not so great. I also asked around to some industry peers for their opinions. This is what my research has concluded.

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  • In Depth: Working with Night Time Scenes, part 2

    Oct 05, 2015

    Part 1 of this two part series focused on shooting at night and when and how to accomplish shooting in low light. Part 2 focuses on working with footage shot during the daytime and color grading for night. We’ll also talk about adding some night time elements to sell your shot.

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  • In Depth: Working with Night Time Scenes, part 1

    Oct 01, 2015

    You really have two choices when shooting scenes that take place at night. Either shoot at night and deal with the low light situation or shoot Day for Night. Shooting at night is easier if your camera is capable of it. Day for Night, which I would recommend under certain circumstances, can be tricky but can look fantastic and undistinguishable when it’s done correctly. Part one of this article will focus on shooting in after dark.

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  • In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 4: DaVinci Resolve

    Jul 16, 2015

    Making skin tones appear natural, yet attractive, in color graded footage can be intimidating to the inexperienced. Here are some tutorials and articles focused on working with skin tones with Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, including smoothing and cosmetic color grading.

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  • In Depth: Transitions, Part 2: The Swish Pan

    Apr 23, 2015

    The swish pan is known by many monikers: whip pan, roll pan, swipe pan, flick pan, zip pan, and whoosh are just a few. Get ready for some fun examples, instructions on how to create this cool transition, plug-ins to make the job fast and easy, and tips on improving your transitions.

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  • In Depth: Repairing Damaged Pixels (updated)

    Mar 20, 2015

    Dead pixels, stuck pixels, bad pixel, burnt pixels, hot pixels… there are lots of types of damaged pixels and they’re annoying. Here are several ways you can repair them.

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  • In Depth: Digital Trees and Plants

    Mar 03, 2015

    Need to add some trees and plants to your scene quickly and easily? If you’re short on time, budget or knowledge about adding trees to your animation, 3D scene or your still imagery, here are several options to help you get started with adding some arboreal goodness to your work, without having to wait for Spring!

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  • In Depth: Transitions: Part 1: Basic Editing Terminology and A Brief History of Transitions

    Feb 18, 2015

    There are so many types of transitions, and in this series I’ll focus on several of them. From the simple dissolve to the swish pans to shatter effects, we’ll dive into the history of transitions with lots of examples. The goal of this series is to increase your editing vocabulary and entertain you, while showing you what is possible. And of course, I’ll show you some fun plug-ins for your favorite NLE.

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  • In Depth: Spill Suppression on Keyed Footage

    Feb 09, 2015

    Spill is the colored light reflected from your background and onto your actor. Spill can show up on light colored clothing or hair, on shiny or reflective elements, around the edge of footage, and it can be a big problem! It can be very easy to fix, or difficult on finely detailed, extremely reflective or semi-transparent areas. Here are some methods of fixing spill.

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  • In Depth: Skin Retouching Series

    Jan 27, 2015

    Here’s a redux of the whole In Depth series on Skin Retouching.

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  • In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 3: More Plug-ins + Tutorials

    Jan 27, 2015

    Welcome to the final installment of this series on skin retouching. I’ve already covered loads of plug-ins available for After Effects and a few NLEs, linked to lots of tutorials and given you several tips on how to touch up skin, keeping your actor as natural looking as possible. This article includes even more plug-ins and some recent tutorials for all sorts of compositors and editing tools.

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

    Jan 27, 2015

    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.

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  • In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 1: Digital Makeup

    Jan 27, 2015

    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!

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  • In Depth: What in the Heck is Bokeh? (Updated 8 Oct 2014)

    Oct 08, 2014

    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.

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  • In Depth: The Morph –  Elastic Reality, Old School Examples, Plug-ins

    Sep 10, 2014

    This started out as a Throwback Thursday post but has grown into something a lot bigger, so I’ve re-coined it as an In Depth article. Updated September 10, 2014 with a quote from Perry Kivolowitz, more morphing tools and plug-ins, pricing and demo information, more tutorials and a table of contents. Enjoy.

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  • In Depth: Sneak Peek at What’s Next in Adobe Creative Cloud

    Sep 09, 2014

    In a fast-moving industry, video pros need tools that keep them ahead of the curve, allowing them to work confidently with the latest hardware and camera formats. With regular updates, Creative Cloud meets that need, making everyday tasks faster and easier—and opens new creative possibilities with a little more Adobe magic. Here is a round up of information we could find concerning the next update for Adobe Creative Cloud.

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  • In Depth: IBC Conference 2014

    Sep 09, 2014

    The IBC Conference is the only peer-reviewed non-commercial conference for the global electronic media and entertainment industry and it is the place to understand how technology is changing the rules of content creation, management and delivery. There are nearly two weeks left until the event kicks off in Amsterdam! Are you planning on attending?

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  • Compatibility: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 Plug-in Compatibility & Resources

    Jul 07, 2014

    Here is information on Adobe Video Apps and it’s plug-ins. We’ll update this list as we have new information, so bookmark this page!

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  • In Depth: Color Correction vs. Color Grading

    Apr 01, 2014

    I’ve heard the terms Color Correction and Color Grading used interchangeably but they are not the same things. I’ll explain the difference, show you some tools to fix and tweak color, point you to a few tutorials, give you some side by side examples and breakdowns. Finally I’ll link you to some free tools you can use for color correction or grading.

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  • In Depth: Fast and Easy Garbage Mattes in After Effects

    Feb 05, 2014

    Here is a very simple technique to create super quick garbage mattes in AE!

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  • Inspirations/Tutorial: How to Add Special FX to Instagram Videos

    Jan 28, 2014

    A little fun for Tutorial Tuesday! Dave and Shaun are Adobe UI designers and created all of these effects in After Effects. There are a variety of explosions, light sabers and more!

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

    Jan 16, 2014

    Welcome to second installation of Toolfarm’s In Depth series on 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.

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