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In Depth Articles (53 Tutorials)

In Depth: Subtitles and Captions

In Depth: Create Subtitles and Captions for Your Videos

November 18, 2020

Create subtitles and closed-captioning to help your video gain reach and appeal to a wider audience on broadcast and streaming videos.

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In Depth 3D Renderers

In Depth: 3D Renderers (Updated 16 November 2020) #3drenderer

November 16, 2020

There are so many renderers available out there, and how does an artist know what to choose? Learn what the different renderers offer.

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In Depth: why Should I use V-Ray?

In Depth: Why Should I Use V-Ray?

August 7, 2020

V-Ray is a powerful 3D rendering system that was built for designers, architects, and jack-of-all-trades. Learn about how artists use V-Ray.

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In depth upscaling or upsizing video

In Depth: Upscaling Video

August 5, 2020

If you work with old video footage in standard format or can’t shoot 4K, here are several tools to make the job smoother and get better results.

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In Depth: Gun Fire and Muzzle Flash Effects

In Depth: Gunfire and Muzzle Flash (Updated 10 July 2020)

July 10, 2020

An exhaustive resource on adding spectacular Gunfire and Muzzle Flash effects to your action and science fiction films in your host of choice.

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In depth Fireworks

In Depth: Fireworks Extravaganza with Fun New Content

July 3, 2020

Each July 4 we update a collection of fun tutorials on creating fireworks. Plus save 5% this weekend at Toolfarm with a coupon code. Click for details.

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In Depth Davinci Resolve Free vs. Studio

In Depth: DaVinci Resolve Studio vs the Free Version

June 15, 2020

Is Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Studio version worth the investment over the free version? Yes, it is! Learn why you should upgrade to Resolve Studio.

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Best of Top 10 Tutorials 2019

Best of 2019: The Top 10 Tutorials at Toolfarm.com

January 7, 2020

According to our website stats, these were the Top 10 Tutorials of 2019. It’s interesting that most are technical, not about VFX.

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deepfakes: AI in Machine Learning

Deepfakes Examples & Tutorials: AI in Media Production #AI

October 2, 2019

Deepfakes use artificial intelligence to create a convincing face swap in video and imagery. There is a big future for deepfakes in the film industry.

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In Depth Render Farms Network Rendering

In Depth: Render Farms / Network Rendering / Distributed Rendering

September 11, 2019

The idea of network rendering is to distribute your render over a network, or farm, of computers, to speed up your render times.

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What in the heck is bokeh?

In Depth: What in the Heck is Bokeh?

July 18, 2019

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 Demo Reel

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

June 13, 2019

Is your New Year’s Resolution to get a new job or to bring in new freelance work? A new demo reel can help.  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. 

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Michele’s NAB Survival Guide #NABShow

Michele’s NAB Survival Guide #NABShow

February 18, 2019

Why a NAB Survival Guide? For those of you who will be first timers to NAB, this is the insider’s guide from someone who has been to at least 15 NAB Shows in a row. I have lost track. Trust me, I’m a Pluginologist.

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In Depth Slit Scan

In Depth: Time Effects – Time Displacement aka Slit Scan, with Examples

December 31, 2018

Learn all about the Time Displacement filter, which creates an effect known as slit scan, a trippy looking time manipulation that can be used to represent a time travel, a warp in the space time continuum, a drug trip and much more.

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In Depth: Troubleshooting After Effects Issues and Plug-ins (Updated 17 Dec 2018)

In Depth: Troubleshooting After Effects Issues and Plug-ins (Updated 17 Dec 2018)

December 17, 2018

Even though After Effects is a very solid product, everyone will run into issues from time to time, whether it be from corrupt preferences, random errors, codec problems, and more. Here is a general problem-solving guide on how to troubleshoot some common issues with After Effects.

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