• Burning Questions (41 ARTICLES)

  • Burning Question: What is Metal?

    Aug 02, 2018

    If you’re on Mac, you may notice an option in your Adobe software for Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (Metal). What is Metal? That’s what we’re going to talk about today.

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  • Burning Question: How do I make Whip Pan Transitions?

    Jul 03, 2018

    Whip Pan, also called a Swish Pan, can give you a really stylish way to transition from one shot to the next or make things look like they’re shot in the same place, with a dizzying whip from one side of the room to the next, covering an edit. First I’ll show you a couple of examples.

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  • In Depth: Fireworks (New Free Fireworks Presets from Boris FX)

    Jun 28, 2018

    Yes, the U.S. Independence Day is upon us once again! Whatever your country or holiday, here are some methods of creating some beautiful explosions in the sky with After Effects, CINEMA 4D, and other hosts. There are some great plug-ins out there for making fireworks too.

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  • Burning Question: How do I Create Glass in Cinema 4D?

    Jun 12, 2018

    One of the first paid projects I had in Cinema 4D was to create glass. Let’s say that I did things the hard way! Here are some tutorials so that you don’t make more work for yourself and tutorials to give you specialized looks with your glass.

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  • Burning Question: How Do I get Great Results when Camera Tracking and Match Moving?

    Jun 07, 2018

    This question has come up many times with people looking for tips or the best products to use. This is a complex topic with artists who specialize in match moving. Techniques and tricks will vary based variables like lighting, movement, whether things go off screen, if the footage is handheld, if there are tracking markers, etc., so these tips and tutorials are more general. Whatever your project, you still want your results to look invisible. Here are a few tutorials and some products for better results!

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  • Burning Question: What are Audio Compressors and How do I Use Them? (Updated)

    Apr 19, 2018

    Learn about types of compression; terminologies like attack and release, limiting, and compression ratio; compression in vocals and voiceovers; and third-party compression plug-ins. This is an overview, so there’s a lot that isn’t covered here, but this will hopefully give you some background for further exploration.

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  • Burning Question: How do I use Scopes in DaVinci Resolve?

    Feb 20, 2018

    Scopes are a crucial tool for editors for consistent color correction, for giving skin tones natural color, and for fixing the white balance of footage. It’s not difficult to learn to use scopes either, whether it’s Waveform scopes, Luma, YC and RGB Parade, the Vectorscopes, or the Histogram. Although this series is focused on DaVinci Resolve, much of these tutorials are applicable to scopes in any video software or hardware.. Learn to read these scopes and stop the guestimating!

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  • Burning Question: Medical Animations & Tutorials Roundup

    Feb 13, 2018

    The human body is still such an enigma and there are so many technical, yet beautiful, 2D and 3D animations that help to visualize those microscopic mysteries. We had a question about some methods of creating cells and other microscopic elements. First, we have some gorgeous examples to inspire you, followed by a few tutorials for various host applications.

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  • Burning Question: How Do I Make a Hologram Effect in After Effects?

    Jan 30, 2018

    Holograms have been a popular implement in science fiction films for years, from Princess Leia in Star Wars to Joi in Blade Runner 2049. Holograms are way to show recorded, beamed messages, schematics, 3-dimensional characters, futuristic user interfaces, and they’re now being used in interesting and exciting ways in real life. We’ll start with a few examples, and then some After Effects tutorials dealing with the humble hologram.

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  • Burning Question: What is a Greeble? Includes Lots of Freebies and Tutorials!

    Nov 03, 2017

    Today we’re jumping in deep for Freebie Friday to the a fun and useful topic. Greebles. Greebles are really all about faking out your audience! It’s the small details that make something appear to be more complex than it actually is. Greebles are well known in video games and Sci-Fi tv and movies like Battle Star Galactica and Star Wars, where the term was coined. Here’s a bit more about Greebles and a Greeble tools for you to download.

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  • Burning Question: How do I Work with Proxies in Premiere Pro?

    Oct 24, 2017

    Proxies are duplicates of your footage that are lower resolution and make working with big video files smoother. It’s a really easy way to speed up your workflow. Here are a collection of recent tutorials to get you up to speed on proxies.

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  • Burning Question: What are Foley Effects?

    Oct 12, 2017

    When I was 8 or 9, we went to Universal Studios in Burbank and saw a demonstration on how they did foley effects. I was captivated. This article explains what foley effects are and shows some videos of foley artists in action, plus, some tips on creating your own foley effects for your own sound design.

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  • Burning Question: How Can I Learn Expressions in After Effects?

    Oct 05, 2017

    Expressions have been in After Effects for many years, but you can easily use After Effects and never touch them. Some find the programming a bit off putting, and I get that. Like learning short cuts, knowing just a few expressions can speed your workflow up 3 fold. Today, were going to go over some of the simple and common expressions that will make your day to day workflow faster and smoother, plus give you resources on where you can up your game!

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  • Burning Question: Where can I get HDRIs? vol. 2

    Aug 03, 2017

    Here are a few resources for free HDRI’s and some beautiful HDRI’s that don’t cost a lot.

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  • Burning Question/Maya Monday: How do I create a Walk Cycle in Maya?

    May 30, 2017

    In 2015 I wrote an article about how to create a walk cycle with several tutorials and examples, plus, some animals, not just people! This article is a follow up, focused on Maya. Yes, we missed Maya Monday due to the holiday yesterday, but we’ll do it like the garbage man, and bump things back a day!

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  • Burning Question: What Audio Plug-ins can be used in DaVinci Resolve?

    Mar 14, 2017

    Someone contacted us last week to ask about which VST plug-ins can be used in DaVinci Resolve. There are actually quite a few VST plug-ins that will work in Resolve. And did you know that AU plug-ins can also be used? Here’s more on what, why, and how.

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  • Burning Question: What Can I With Soft Body Dynamics in Cinema 4D?

    Feb 21, 2017

    We haven’t done a Burning Question in a while and the topic of Soft Body Dynamics keeps coming up! It’s fun to play with! Here are a few tutorials that show different things that can be done with Soft Body Dynamics.

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  • Burning Question: Making The Super Moon

    Nov 14, 2016

    They say it’s the Super Moon of the Century! Here are some ways to recreate the moon in After Effects or your NLE or editor, if you’re unable to capture the moon.

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  • CINEMA 4D R18 Compatibility Information - 3rd Party Products

    Oct 05, 2016

    Wondering if your plug-ins, renderer, or other add-ons are compatible with R18? We will keep this page updated with new information as we receive it.

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  • Burning Question: What else can I do with the Hair Renderer in Cinema 4D?

    Jun 14, 2016

    Besides making hair? Oh, there are lots of things! Make a tree, grass, and much more!

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  • Burning Question: What do I need to do to wipe my hard drive and start over?

    Feb 02, 2016

    I’m fed up with computer problems and I just want to reformat my hard drive and reinstall all my software from scratch. How can I make sure this is as smooth of a process as possible?

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  • Burning Question: How do I create and work with super slow-motion footage?

    Nov 17, 2015

    When I got my iPhone 5, one of the most intriguing features was the ability to shoot slow motion footage. It works quite well, but what if you want to go even slower? I’ve been collecting some tutorials for the past few months that go over details of super slow-mo.

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  • Burning Question: How do I get started making my own videos?

    Sep 11, 2015

    Question: I am very inspired by Andrew McMurry’s work in the Visual Effects/ Media Arts. I’d like to start making my own videos and bringing them to life. I was told by a Visual Effects distributor to ask you some questions on some recommended software, or apps that could point me in the right direction.

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  • Burning Question: How Can I Background Render in After Effects?

    Sep 08, 2015

    We were asked via Twitter: “Is there a plug-in in existence that allows me to render in AE (in the background) while I continue to work in AE?” Here is a great solution for Adobe Creative Cloud users. We also have a solution for those of you who only have After Effects or are working in an older version of the software.

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  • Burning Question: How can I learn NUKE quickly as an AE user?

    Aug 25, 2015

    The Foundry’s NUKE has become a powerhouse in VFX. Some After Effects users are intimidated by NUKE and it’s node-based workflow. I can assure you, it’s not as tough as it may look! I spent all of last week getting up to speed with NUKE and I’m feeling pretty comfortable with it. If you want to up your game, NUKE is a good place to start.

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