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.
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.
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.
Jul 03, 2016
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.
Jun 14, 2016
Besides making hair? Oh, there are lots of things! Make a tree, grass, and much more!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jul 29, 2015
The Hair Module makes lovely grass in CINEMA 4D and here are some resources to help you make a lush lawn or field of waving grains. Includes lots of tutorials and freebies!
Jul 08, 2015
If you’re animating some characters and need to make a natural looking walk cycle quickly and easily, do we have some great resources for you! Here is some reference, tutorials and scripts to make your next walk cycle animation a breeze.
May 13, 2015
DaVinci Resolve is on my list of software to learn this year, too. You’re in luck. I’ve been collecting tutorials together in a list that either look like I’d learn a lot from them or have an interesting outcome. Here are some that will hopefully get you started.
Feb 24, 2015
Question: I’m editing a project in Adobe Premiere Pro, after switching from Final Cut Pro 7. How can I customize my keyboard so that it works like I’m used to in FCP? Are there any Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts that I must know? Thanks!
Jan 13, 2015
Over the weekend, I was asked, “Do you know of any After Effects plug-in that automate the whiteboard drawn on effect?” which quickly evolved into, “Okay, so how do I create this effect?”. I’ll explore the write-on effect in AE and a few other hosts. There are lots of great tutorials here for Tutorial Tuesday!
Jan 09, 2015
I like the look of letterbox and would like to add it to my video to give it a film look. What are some easy ways to do this?
Dec 04, 2014
Spherical Map HDRI (High-Dynamic Range Imaging) is something that seems to be known by many names: Spherical Environment Maps, Spherical Reflection Maps… Whatever you prefer to call it, an HDRI is a full-circle panoramic image that can be used to create unique lighting for really realistic 3D renders. Here’s more about HDRI and where you can get them, and a bit of extra information that you may find useful.
Nov 17, 2014
I was talking to someone at NAB who I would consider to be “in the know” for visual effects and was surprised that he had never heard of OpenFX. More and more developers are developing with OpenFX, or OFX, a standardized software interface supported by numerous hosts such as Nuke, DaVinci Resolve and Sony Vegas. Here’s a few things to know so you’re not caught off guard!
Nov 12, 2014
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.
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.