• In Depth: Michele’s NAB Survival Guide, 2018 Edition - Updated 4/6/18 #NABShow

    Apr 06, 2018

    For those of you new to NAB, this is the insider’s guide from someone who has been to several NABs in a row. Trust me, I’m a Pluginologist.

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  • In Depth: 8 Free 3D Game Engines and Free Language Learning Resources

    Jan 09, 2018 Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Maya LT

    If you’re thinking of getting into game design and development in 2018, a field that is going to be exploding with growth over the next 5 years, this is a great time to jump in. Most 3D software includes tools specifically for developing game assets and a lot of game engines are now free. Here are a few popular free 3D game engines with some details to help you decide.

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  • Inspirations: Showreel/Demo Roundup 2017

    Dec 28, 2017 Autodesk 3ds Max, Boris Continuum - Perpetual License, MAXON CINEMA 4D Studio

    We have compiled some of our favorite showreels and demo reels from 2017. Take a look, get inspired, start creating!

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  • News: Roundup of Adobe Tools in-Development - Digital Arts

    Nov 06, 2017 Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams & Businesses - All Apps

    Digital Arts takes an in-depth look at 11 of Adobe’s still-in-development tools and prototypes like the data visualisation tool Lincoln, a tool for colourising photos called Scribbler, the object-removing Cloak and colour-palette creating Project Playful Palette, and more.

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  • Midweek Motivation: Game of Thrones - In Depth

    Oct 25, 2017 iZotope RX 7 Standard

    Lots of Game of Thrones season 7 goodies here. There’s an interview with GOT previs supervisor Michelle Blok; iZotope talked about audio challenges with GOT audio engineers; there’s a plethora of VFX breakdowns; and even a podcast of the VFXShow discussing the series and finale.

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  • In Depth: Brilliant (and Possibly Dangerous) Future Video and Audio Technologies

    Aug 07, 2017 Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams & Businesses - All Apps

    When I was a kid, I’d watch Star Trek and The Jetsons and be in awe of the ability to teleport or fly around with a jetpack or flying car. While those technologies have been tough to bring to reality, some of the technologies for film, video, and audio are just on the horizon or already in existence. This technology will help filmmakers fix botched lines, avoid retakes, make actors look younger, and even bring an actor back to life who died during filming. We’re going to cover a lot of cool technology in this article, technology that also has high potential to have ethical issues attached to it if it becomes available to consumers.

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  • In Depth: Freelancing Essentials, Part 1: Creating Your Brand

    Jul 26, 2017

    With any small business owner or freelancer, you’ll wear many hats. You will likely be the artist, the marketer, the accountant, the custodian, and more. You’ll constantly be thinking about your current job, your next job, who you can rely on to help you. It’s a lot of work and it’s sometimes exhausting! Not only this, you’ll end up taking on a higher amount of tax burden than someone who works for a corporation. Still, the appeal of being your own boss and working your own hours is very appealing.

    This is the first in a series for those who are freelancing and those who want to be their own bosses. Some of the tips will be specific to video and digital media, and others will be more general. Today’s topic is creating your brand, which has to do with marketing, sales, and protecting your brand.

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  • In Depth: Creating Space - A Galaxy of Resources for your Epic Space Film

    Mar 07, 2017 Adobe After Effects CC for Teams & Businesses, Dosch 3D: Space, FXHOME HitFilm Pro

    It’s no secret that I am a space geek and I’m a big fan of hard science fiction, so I’m always attracted to tutorials that show how to create realistic space scenes. Here are a few that you may find useful for your next Space Opera! (Star Wars is a Space Opera if you’re wondering).

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  • In Depth: Keying and Background Removal in Photoshop, Part 2: Primatte Chromakey

    Feb 14, 2017 Adobe Photoshop CC for Teams & Businesses, Digital Anarchy Primatte Chromakey for Photoshop

    Part 2 of this multipart series on background removal covers Digital Anarchy’s Primatte Chromakey and how to use it with Photoshop for the best workflow possible.

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  • In Depth: Keying and Background Removal in Photoshop, Part 1: The Pre-Process

    Feb 13, 2017 ABSoft Neat Image, Adobe Photoshop CC for Teams & Businesses, Green Screen Made Easy: Keying and Compositing Techniques for Indie Filmmakers 2nd Edition

    If you’re working with still photography, it’s often necessary to cut someone out of the background to place them into a new scene or to add special effects.  While there is no specific “Chroma Key Tool” that is built into Photoshop, it still has great tools for removing the background and other elements from an image, non-destructively.

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  • In Depth: Glitch Effects Plug-ins, Footage Elements, and Tutorials and Freebies

    Jan 26, 2017 Digieffects Damage, Rowbyte Data Glitch, Video Copilot Twitch

    Add some grungy, distorted glitch effects to your videos or create Glitch Art with these plugins and tools.

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  • In Depth: Keying: Part 5: Hawaiki Keyer

    Oct 31, 2016 Adobe After Effects CC for Teams & Businesses, Hawaiki Keyer

    As you may know, Green Screen Made Easy, 2nd Edition, which I co-authored with Jeremy Hanke, came out in October 2016. In the book, I go over the keyers, but because it’s in print, I’m limited to how much space I have. In this series, I’m going IN DEPTH on some of my favorite keying and compositing tools for After Effects and other hosts.

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  • In Depth: Introduction to MARI Tutorial Series

    Sep 13, 2016

    The Foundry has created a nice set of tutorials consisting of 5 Modules with multiple Episodes to help get you up to speed with MARI quickly.

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  • In Depth: MAXON Cinema 4D Release 18 New Features Roundup

    Aug 22, 2016 MAXON CINEMA 4D Broadcast, MAXON CINEMA 4D Prime, MAXON CINEMA 4D Studio

    With the upcoming September release of MAXON C4D R18, we wanted to know more about all the new features and figured you did too. From Voronoi fracture & mograph enhancements, to new shaders and tools, C4D R18 had tons of new additions to unlock your 3D creativity.

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  • News: Working with Immersive VR Video

    Jul 28, 2016 Adobe Premiere Pro CC for Teams & Businesses

    Adobe takes an in-depth look at working with Virtual Reality.  Brian Williams explains what Equirectangular Projection is, how to edit it, how to configure the VR video display, working with effects and much more.

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  • In Depth: Keying: Part 4: Red Giant Primatte Keyer and Key Correct

    Jul 06, 2016 Green Screen Made Easy: Keying and Compositing Techniques for Indie Filmmakers 2nd Edition, Red Giant Key Correct, Red Giant Keying Suite

    As you may know, I have a book coming out in October 2016 called Green Screen Made Easy, 2nd Edition. In the book, I go over the keyers, but because it’s in print, I’m limited to how much space I have. In this series, I’m going IN DEPTH on three of my favorite keying and compositing tools for After Effects and other hosts. I’ve talked a lot about keying tools in the book, on the Toolfarm website, and at user group events. The first article will look at Red Giant Keying Suite, which includes Primatte Keyer and it’s wonderful companion tool, Key Correct.

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  • In Depth: Rain Generators

    Jun 13, 2016 Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams & Businesses - All Apps, INSYDIUM X-Particles, Next Limit RealFlow

    It has been cloudy here all day and is just starting to sprinkle here so I thought it might be a good time to update this article with some new information.  Added June 13, 2016: Next Limit Realflow, Insydium X-Particles, a Boris tutorial, and more examples.

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  • In Depth: Light Leaks and Lens Whacking

    May 11, 2016 Luca Visual FX Light Leaks, Sapphire Perpetual License

    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 Digital Anarchy Beauty Box Video, Sheffield Softworks Makeup Artist

    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 Mettle FreeForm Pro, Motion Boutique Newton for After Effects, Red Giant Trapcode Suite

    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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