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In Depth Articles (35 Tutorials)

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

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

August 22, 2016

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

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

July 6, 2016

In this series, I'm going to give some in-depth information on three of my favorite keying tools that work with After Effects, Premiere Pro, and other tools. The first in the series covers Red Giant's Keying Suite, which includes Primatte Keyer, Key Correct Pro, and Warp.

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In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 5: Some New Tools and Tutorials

In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 5: Some New Tools and Tutorials

March 2, 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: The Ultimate Guide to Building a Great Demo Reel

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

December 11, 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.  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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In Depth: Repairing Damaged Pixels

In Depth: Repairing Damaged Pixels

November 12, 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: Transitions, Part 2: The Swish Pan

In Depth: Transitions, Part 2: The Swish Pan

November 12, 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: Fireworks

In Depth: Fireworks

November 12, 2015

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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In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 4: DaVinci Resolve

In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 4: DaVinci Resolve

November 12, 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: Working with Night Time Scenes, part 1

In Depth: Working with Night Time Scenes, part 1

November 2, 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: Working with Night Time Scenes, part 2

In Depth: Working with Night Time Scenes, part 2

November 2, 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: Skin Retouching Part 2: The Plug-ins

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

August 18, 2014

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 and Digital Makeup, Part 1

In Depth: Skin Retouching and Digital Makeup, Part 1

July 25, 2014

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?

In Depth: What in the Heck is Bokeh?

March 18, 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: Optimizing After Effects for the Best Performance

In Depth: Optimizing After Effects for the Best Performance

February 4, 2014

If you've been using Adobe After Effects since early versions, as I have, you are familiar with the idea of optimizing your machine and settings for premium performance. Here are some tips and resources to help you create the fastest and most solid After Effects you can. If you don't have a big budget for optimizing your system, where do you put the money for upgrades? That's for you to decide, but here are some suggestions on how to optimize what you have, and about other ways to optimize. If this article can't help you with the speed of After Effects, it will hopefully explain why things aren't running as fast as you would like them to.

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In Depth: Plug-ins Adobe After Effects CC and Premiere Pro CC

In Depth: Plug-ins Adobe After Effects CC and Premiere Pro CC

February 4, 2014

Here’s an ongoing list of plug-in compatibility and other information that you need to know about plug-ins in the new CC video apps.

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