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Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-EIGHT: Sony Image Stabilization Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-EIGHT: Sony Image Stabilization

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the native stabilization effect within Sony Vegas Pro which has to be used as a media effect rather than an event effect.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-SEVEN: Stylizing Events with BCC Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-SEVEN: Stylizing Events with BCC

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis gives a quick overview of some of the BCC Art Looks, Color & Tone and Stylize tools from the BCC Complete suite of plugins by BorisFX for Sony Vegas Pro.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-SIX: Motion Blur Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-SIX: Motion Blur

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to apply motion blur inside of Sony Vegas Pro, how to change its settings and how to change the type of motion blur used for best 'real world' results.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FIVE: Zaxwerks ProAnimator Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FIVE: Zaxwerks ProAnimator

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces Zaxwerks ProAnimator and gives an overview of the simplicity and speed of the application as well as showing how to render out the final animation as an image sequence and then how to bring that (or any) image sequence into Sony Vegas Pro for final compositing.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FOUR: Texture Text with Shatter Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FOUR: Texture Text with Shatter

In this example of the Sony Vegas Pro/HitFilm workflow, Andrew Devis shows how to use the Shatter effect in HitFilm to extrude non-shattering 3D text as well as how to apply different textures to the front and the side of the extruded text. While working much faster than the previous introduction to HitFilm tutorial, this tutorial still show the whole Sony Vegas Pro/HitFilm workflow in detail for those wanting to learn more about HitFilm and Sony Vegas Pro integration.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-TWO: BCC Extruded Text Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-TWO: BCC Extruded Text

BorisFX produces plugins for Sony Vegas Pro, and in this tutorial Andrew Devis demonstrates the 'Extruded Text' options in the BCC 3D Objects Plugin. This powerful and simple to use plugin will produce high quality true 3D text inside of Vegas Pro which can be fully animated and have additional high impact effects applied such as advanced shattering and pulsating etc. as well as offering animatable 3D camera movements and lights.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-THREE: Extruding Text in HitFilm Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-THREE: Extruding Text in HitFilm

In this detailed introduction tutorial to the Sony Vegas Pro/HitFilm workflow, Andrew Devis shows how to send an event to HitFilm from Sony Vegas Pro, create text, add a texture to the text and extrude and control it in 3D. Finally, Andrew shows how to animate that text and send the whole thing back to Sony Vegas Pro quickly and easily.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY: Credit Rolls Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY: Credit Rolls

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to use the credit roll generator inside of Vegas Pro and how you can create .txt files in your text editor and import/export that file into/out of the Credit Roll to save a lot of time and frustration. Andrew also shows how to create and export/import title styles as .xlm files that can be saved and reimported for use in future titles thus ensuring continuity of style for titles in different editions of any series you may be working on.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-ONE:  3D Extrusion Options Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-ONE: 3D Extrusion Options

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis talks about some of the options available to create 3D extruded text (and objects) within Sony Vegas. While not an exhaustive list, it covers options from free programs to top end 3D applications. Following tutorials go into more detail on some of these options.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-NINE: ProType Titler Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-NINE: ProType Titler

The ProType Titler is probably the most advanced native title creation tool inside of Sony Vegas Pro and allows you a degree of control which is far greater than with the standard Titles & Text option. However, the interface and the layout of the ProType Titler is somewhat different than the standard tools and will take a little bit of getting use to although for the power and advanced results it is well worth the effect.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-EIGHT: Titles & Text Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-EIGHT: Titles & Text

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the standard Titles & Text option in Sony Vegas Pro and how it can be used to create multiple different titles with one title event as well as how the various settings can be used to customize the look of the text and the animation of the text in your scene. This is the most used title tool in Sony Vegas Pro and worth getting to grips with.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-SIX: Media Generators Part 1 Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-SIX: Media Generators Part 1

In this tutorial carrying on from the tutorial on Compositing Modes, Andrew Devis shows how Checkerboards, Color Gradients and Solid Color events can be used inside Sony Vegas Pro - as well as showing how solid color events can be used as base layers for some of the Boris FX plug-ins - available to buy for Sony Vegas Pro from BorisFX.com.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-SEVEN: Noise Textures Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-SEVEN: Noise Textures

Noise textures allow you to create things like water and fire within Sony Vegas Pro and then composite those animated textures with other elements to add interest and depth to your projects. While they do take a little bit of learning, once learned, this skill is both powerful and valuable.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-FIVE: Compositing Modes Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-FIVE: Compositing Modes

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains about the track based Compositing Modes inside of Sony Vegas and shows how to use them and how they can be used creatively and get new looks.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-THREE: Helpful Tools Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-THREE: Helpful Tools

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis picks up on other helpful tools that can be a little hidden to the average user. Each tip can save you time and help you with the management and work-flow of your project and include quick selection options, searchable comments on assets, hiding headers, loop options and preview speed options.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-FOUR: What is Compositing? Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-FOUR: What is Compositing?

In this short tutorial, Andrew starts with a tip for quickly navigating to your project files in Vegas Pro and then talks briefly about what compositing is at its basic level.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-ONE: Keyboard Trimming Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-ONE: Keyboard Trimming

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates the powerful yet easy-to-master tools to trim events in the timeline using keyboard shortcuts. This technique is essential for all editors to use as it will save a great deal of time when doing fine-cuts in the timeline and make you a far faster and more efficient editor.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-TWO: SD to HD with BCC UpRez Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-TWO: SD to HD with BCC UpRez

Using non-HD footage in an HD timeline means that by default the content is scaled to fit within Sony Vegas Pro via the Event Pan/Crop function. While this is a helpful feature, it doesn't deal with the issue of the loss of quality that scaling brings, as well as significant softening of the image. Boris FX has added a plug-in called UpRez, which allows any asset to have its resolution upped to that of an HD clip, which means that you can use SD content with confidence in an HD timeline. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows the UpRez work-flow on both a standard SD clip and then on an older camera-phone clip!

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY: Track Motion & 3D Track Motion Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY: Track Motion & 3D Track Motion

Track Motion has nothing to do with tracking motion but is the ability to animate a whole track which includes all the events/clips on that track. Additionally, you can animate a track in 2D & 3D giving some really cool options inside Sony Vegas Pro. However, if you also want to use Layer Dimensionality with 3D Track Motion you need to know how as there are a few extra steps. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains what Track Motion is, how to set it up and goes through some of the issues involved if you want to use it in conjunction with Layer Dimensionality for cool results.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-EIGHT: Layer Dimensionality Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-EIGHT: Layer Dimensionality

Layer Dimensionality can be applied in several different ways inside of Sony Vegas Pro and is a powerful effect which can give the illusion of depth to an item and is great for PiPs (Picture in Picture) and text to help them to stand-out in your production. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the options in Layer Dimensionality showing how they can take a flat looking PiP and make it stand out quickly and simply.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-NINE: Animating & Keyframes Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-NINE: Animating & Keyframes

Previously we looked at 'spring loaded' animation in the Event Pan/Crop panel, but this time Andrew Devis looks at the animation toggle switch which allows us to choose which values we want to animate of any given effect. Andrew goes through how to use the toggle and has a closer look at both 'Lanes' and 'Curves' as well as at the various keyframe type options.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-SIX: Masking - Other Tools Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-SIX: Masking - Other Tools

In this second tutorial on creating and using masks in Sony Vegas Pro, Andrew Devis shows how to modify masks, add masks and create masks with the various tools in the Event Pan/Crop panel - this is very helpful when trying to create complex masks for your productions.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-SEVEN: Masking Effects Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-SEVEN: Masking Effects

In the third part of this tutorial set on using masks in Sony Vegas Pro, Andrew Devis shows how to select an area with a mask to limit the application of an effect to being just within that mask alone. Andrew demonstrates the work-flow including animating the mask as needed.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-FOUR: Event Pan/Crop Animation Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-FOUR: Event Pan/Crop Animation

Learning to animate Event Pan/Crop adds a whole new level of tools to the editors' toolbox. In this tutorial Andrew Devis shows the basics of animation for Event Pan/Crop and how it can be used to create motion Picture in Picture (PiP) and Pan n Scan.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-FIVE: Masking & Event Pan/Crop Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-FIVE: Masking & Event Pan/Crop

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis talks about masks in Vegas Pro and how to create custom shapes with the various tools in the Event Pan/Crop panel. Andrew shows how to create standard and Bezier points, how to break points, convert points, move point and move sections of a path.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-TWO: Trim, Delete, Copy & Cut Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-TWO: Trim, Delete, Copy & Cut

This tutorial quickly looks at important tools which can enable fast and efficient editing in your timeline including Trim, Delete, Copy & Extract (Cut) as well as touching on Auto Ripple issues when moving items in the timeline.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-THREE: Event Pan/Crop Basics Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-THREE: Event Pan/Crop Basics

The ability to be able to change the size and position (and rotation) of any event/clip on your timeline is essential for creating things like Pan and Scan, Zooms and Picture in Picture (PiP) effects. In this first tutorial on Event Pan/Crop, Andrew Devis goes through what Event Pan/Crop is and shows how easy it is to apply inside of Sony Vegas Pro.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY: Expanded Edit Mode Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY: Expanded Edit Mode

Expanded edit mode is a great way to get strong visual feedback on your edit decisions on your timeline as well as allowing you to create rolling edits, slip trims and slip edits with good visual feedback. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the Expanded Edit Mode showing the advantages it can give you when making fine adjustments on your timeline.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-ONE: Clip Speed Changes Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-ONE: Clip Speed Changes

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to animate the velocity or speed of a clip with the use of an envelope which can create fun, smooth animations. Andrew shows how to create an envelope and how to 'draw' an animation curve with your mouse on the envelope. This technique is great for creating smooth animations including time-reverse animations and even hold-frame animations.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-NINE: Slip Trim & Slip Edit Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-NINE: Slip Trim & Slip Edit

In this tutorial, we carry on learning helpful tools to use when editing in the timeline. Andrew demonstrates both a slip edit and slip trims, which are powerful ways to ensure that you see exactly the part of an event you want to see, even 'locking' in place an in-point or an out-point as you choose the portion of a clip you want to see.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-SEVEN: Creating Sub-Clips Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-SEVEN: Creating Sub-Clips

Knowing how to create, organise and use sub-clips is an important skill for a video editor, as it enables us to quickly go through a longer clip and select just the portions we want to use and have them fall into a smart bin ready to drop onto our timeline when needed. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create sub-clips in the trimmer and on the timeline and how to make them go directly to a smart bin organised and ready to use.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-EIGHT: Rolling Edits Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-EIGHT: Rolling Edits

Time stretch and rolling edits are key tools for quick and efficient editing in the timeline when working towards a final edit. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates both functions showing how quickly and easily they can be done in Sony Vegas Pro.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-FIVE: Managing Large Projects 1 Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-FIVE: Managing Large Projects 1

Sometimes our timelines can become very complex due to the amount of material we are trying to process in our projects. Using the technique in this tutorial, you can partition your project up into manageable chunks and work with those inside a master project seeing changes made being updated with multiple instances of Sony Vegas Pro open together.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-SIX: Managing Large Projects 2 Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-SIX: Managing Large Projects 2

The ability to be able to group and then minimise tracks can save a lot of screen real-estate and is a great way to organise the various different sections of your project. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to group tracks and add and remove additional tracks to and from a group as well as pointing out a couple of potential problems with grouped tracks and how to avoid them.

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Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART ONE Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART ONE

In the first part of this two-part tutorial, Andrew Devis shows the basics of a character animation lip-sync technique in After Effects that uses time remapping to select which mouth shape to use at any time. While a good basic method to achieve the goal however, it requires the animator to remember what frame number any particular mouth shape is located on and so in the following tutorial Andrew carries on to show how to create a simple rig which makes the whole process far easier for the animator with good visual feedback.

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Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART TWO Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART TWO

In this second part of a two-part tutorial on character animation lip-sync techniques, Andrew Devis shows how to build a simple rig to speed up your animation. Building on the basics of the first tutorial Andrew goes on to show how to set up the rig and arrange it so that you can drag a box over a text representation of the mouth shape that you want and have it animate in your timeline. Andrew uses both a slider and a layer to demonstrate this technique and to try and make it as clear as possible, however, it is also possible to skip the slider and just use the layer position - have a play and see how you can improvise this technique for your own work.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-THREE: Other Useful Preferences Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-THREE: Other Useful Preferences

In this tutorial, Andrew goes through some of the many preferences in Sony Vegas Pro, picking up on those preferences that will help you in your editing. Including, among others, things like video card options, RAM settings, automatic cross-fades for multiple items added to a timeline, still image default duration, still image fitting to the aspect ratio of your project and sound card options, etc.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-FOUR: Controlling Transitions Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-FOUR: Controlling Transitions

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis talks about the appropriate use of transitions in your timeline as opposed to the normal use of simple jump cuts. Andrew shows how to change the length of a transition and some of the dangers of not having sufficient head or tail footage in your media when working with transitions and how to solve these problems by changing the place your transitions take place from.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-ONE: Blending Odd Footage Sizes Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-ONE: Blending Odd Footage Sizes

In this tutorial, Andrew discusses the potential problems of working with footage of different sizes within your timeline in Sony Vegas Pro and what to watch out for or be aware of should you need to use such footage.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-TWO: Video Proxy: How & Why Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY-TWO: Video Proxy: How & Why

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts by showing how Sony Vegas can simplify the search for footage in certain types of camera footage file formats and then goes on to talks about the need for and the use of video proxy with some kinds of footage. Andrew shows how to create a proxy and how to make sure that the original and not the proxy gets used in the final render - or, how to use the proxy in a render if you want to create a fast render to demonstrate the progress being made so far.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics NINETEEN: Changing Properties of Clips Sony Vegas Pro Basics NINETEEN: Changing Properties of Clips

This tutorial looks at previewing clips in your Explorer and Project Media panels, changing the properties of single and multiple clips, finding, navigating and selecting events in your timeline, splitting events, temporarily un-grouping clips and creating 'J' and 'L' cuts.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY: Auto Ripple & Toolbar Options Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWENTY: Auto Ripple & Toolbar Options

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to customize your toolbar to add or remove buttons to make your editing simpler and then goes on to explains what 'Auto Ripple' is and shows some of the dangers of using it but also how useful and powerful it can be when editing in your timeline.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics SEVENTEEN: 4-Point Edits Sony Vegas Pro Basics SEVENTEEN: 4-Point Edits

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains what a 4-point edit is and how simple it is to apply within Sony Vegas Pro through the Trimmer window and the Timeline panel. 4-Point edits are great when you need to speed-up or slow-down a clip to fit in a specific space to match audio or other key timing requirements of your video.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics EIGHTEEN: The Importance of Markers Sony Vegas Pro Basics EIGHTEEN: The Importance of Markers

Markers are an important tool in the arsenal of a video editor to mark edit as well as to make notes, pass on notes to other editors and organise your projects. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis will show how to apply, make notes with, navigate and move markers in your projects.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTEEN: Customize Keyboard Shortcuts Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTEEN: Customize Keyboard Shortcuts

If you want to become a fast and efficient editor, you need to learn your keyboard shortcuts and in this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows you where to find your keyboard shortcuts, how to customise them and then introduces us to some helpful/essential shortcuts to get us started.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics SIXTEEN: The Trimmer Window Sony Vegas Pro Basics SIXTEEN: The Trimmer Window

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces us to the Trimmer window and has a quick look at the preferences to make better use of the Trimmer window. Andrew shows how to very quickly select portions of your media clips to drop on the timeline to create a 'rough cut' ready for fine editing and explains what a 3-point edit is.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTEEN: Track Headers Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTEEN: Track Headers

In this tutorial, we start to look at the various options, buttons and sliders in the track headers. While some of these items will require tutorials all of their own this tutorial gives a quick and helpful overview of all that the headers (both video and audio) can do.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FOURTEEN: .veg Project File Options Sony Vegas Pro Basics FOURTEEN: .veg Project File Options

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to open .veg project files both as timeline events and as complete projects, how to preview multiple takes as a single event in your timeline and how to bring in just the video or audio portion of a clip to your timeline.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics ELEVEN: Timeline Event/Clip Features Sony Vegas Pro Basics ELEVEN: Timeline Event/Clip Features

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the options for Events or clips in the timeline which include detailed fade and crossfade options, video opacity and audio gain as well as mentioning Event Pan/Crop and Event FX - both of which will be covered in much greater detail later in the series.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWELVE: Timeline Navigation Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWELVE: Timeline Navigation

In this tutorial, Andrew shows some options to navigate frame perfectly in the timeline for both the cursor and for regions. Andrew also shows how to customise the timecode readout panel and how to play back your timeline forwards and backwards at variable speeds with your mouse.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics NINE: Preview, Overlay & Snapshot Sony Vegas Pro Basics NINE: Preview, Overlay & Snapshot

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis takes you through the various icons at the top of the video preview monitor including adding effects (Note: any effects added here will be to the whole of your video - and not individual events), split screen modes, overlay modes, snapshots and preview options - valuable information!

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics TEN: Timeline Events & Creating Tracks Sony Vegas Pro Basics TEN: Timeline Events & Creating Tracks

In this tutorial, Andrew briefly goes through adding events to your timeline, as well as creating new tracks and making sure that selected events go to the right track. Andrew also introduces a few important navigation keyboard shortcuts.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics ONE: Introduction Sony Vegas Pro Basics ONE: Introduction

In this introductory tutorial to the new Sony Vegas Pro Basics series on Creative COW, Andrew Devis talks about purchasing options for Sony Vegas Pro and the advantages of using Creative COW to view and download the tutorials as well as to access world-leading forums for Sony Vegas Pro.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWO: The User Interface Sony Vegas Pro Basics TWO: The User Interface

In this overview tutorial, Andrew Devis goes over the User Interface (UI) of Sony Vegas Pro, showing how to customise the UI, save new UI layouts (called workspaces) as well as showing how to add events to the timeline, trim them and create simple transitions very quickly.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THREE: Create, Save, Organize Projects Sony Vegas Pro Basics THREE: Create, Save, Organize Projects

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to organise your media assets on your hard drive and what to do when Sony Vegas Pro can't find an asset because it has been moved. Andrew also goes on to show how to open new empty projects and save your project - which is not the same as 'exporting' your projects which would be the final process to create your final video file (covered later on in this series).

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FOUR: Media Bins and Importing Assets Sony Vegas Pro Basics FOUR: Media Bins and Importing Assets

In this tutorial, we look at how to import and organise assets inside our projects and how to use and create a custom bin structure so we can easily find our assets when we begin editing.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIVE: Tagging Media Assets into Bins Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIVE: Tagging Media Assets into Bins

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates a quick and efficient way of organising your assets using 'tags'. The importance of an organised Project Media Panel can't be overstated especially when dealing with longer or more complex projects. 'Tags' are an excellent way to quickly get multiple assets into well-named Bins where they will be easy to find, search and use.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics SIX: Smart Bins/Searching Your Assets Sony Vegas Pro Basics SIX: Smart Bins/Searching Your Assets

In this tutorial, we look in detail at the Smart Bin advanced search function inside of Sony Vegas Pro, whereby we can find clips based on things like their name, tags, comments and a host of other options. We look at how to make a Smart Bin permanent and how it updates and constantly searches for any new or changed clips that may be added to your project as dynamic Bins - which is again an excellent way to quickly and efficiently organise your assets.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics SEVEN: Capturing HDV Footage Sony Vegas Pro Basics SEVEN: Capturing HDV Footage

In this tutorial, Andrew demonstrates how to capture footage to your hard drive from an HDV camera using a Firewire or i.link cable.

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Sony Vegas Pro Basics EIGHT: Project Settings Sony Vegas Pro Basics EIGHT: Project Settings

In this tutorial, Andrew shows how to get to and change your project settings in Sony Vegas Pro. Andrew also talks about interlaced and progressive footage as well as frame rate and fields for NTSC (US & Japan) and PAL (UK, Europe etc) as well as some other useful options.

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Adobe Premiere Pro basics
Premiere Pro Techniques: 110 Preset & Custom Lumetri Looks Premiere Pro Techniques: 110 Preset & Custom Lumetri Looks

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through a new option that will be coming with the next release of Adobe Premiere Pro called Lumetri Looks - which gives you the option to apply .Look files created in Adobe SpeedGrade directly to your footage in Premiere Pro. While this option at first glance seems to only offer the ability to apply presets already created, there is also a way in which you can create your own grades in SpeedGrade, save them as .Look files and then apply those custom grades to your footage or to an adjustment layer in Premiere Pro CS_Next. In this tutorial, Andrew shows the new option and how it may be used with SpeedGrade CS_Next to create, save and apply your own custom looks.

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HitFilm 2 Ultimate - Coming to a MAC Near You HitFilm 2 Ultimate - Coming to a MAC Near You

HitFilm have just launched a KickStarter to bring their 3D compositing, visual effects and video editing software to Mac. Andrew Devis looks at the software package for Creative COW.

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Premiere Pro Techniques: 109 Timeline Panel Change in CC Premiere Pro Techniques: 109 Timeline Panel Change in CC

In this short tutorial for Premiere Pro's new CC version, Andrew Devis goes over some of the changes and improvements to the timeline panel for the next version of Premiere Pro so that you can get up and running with it quickly and smoothly.

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RE:Match Non-matching Cameras in Premiere Pro RE:Match Non-matching Cameras in Premiere Pro

In this tutorial Andrew Devis demonstrates a relatively new plug-in by RE:Vision Effects called RE:Match and how it can very quickly and accurately deal with the very common problem of non-matching cameras in Premiere Pro. A typical approach to dealing with say a white balance issue would be to apply the fast color corrector and use the white balance picker, but this can be very hit and miss, while RE:Match deals with the whole image using another image or clip as the reference to match too. This very powerful effect can save a great deal of time for an everyday problem and so earn its cost back very quickly as well as giving excellent and fast results. There is another tutorial showing how this effect works in After Effects as there is a slightly different way the two applications deal with reference images.

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Adobe After Effects
AE - RE:MATCH Non-matching Cameras in After Effects AE - RE:MATCH Non-matching Cameras in After Effects

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates a relatively new plug-in by RE:Vision Effects called RE:Match and how it can very quickly and accurately deal with the very common problem of non-matching cameras in After Effects. A typical approach to dealing with say a white balance issue would be to apply Color Finesse 3 and work with that which can be a slightly convoluted process, while RE:Match deals with the whole thing in a couple of clicks! This very powerful effect can save a great deal of time for an everyday problem and so earn its cost back very quickly as well as giving excellent and fast results. There is another tutorial showing how this effect works in Premiere Pro as there is a slightly different way the two applications deal with reference images.

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CC: 108 Multi-Cam Synched by Audio Premiere Pro CC: 108 Multi-Cam Synched by Audio

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis looks at the next version of Premiere Pro and shows how it can now automatically synchronise footage in a bin by various options including timecode and AUDIO! Andrew uses multiple clips and allows Premiere Pro to synchronise these clips using audio and shows us in real time how long this process takes based on a 48 min talk and 11 clips! Andrew also goes on to show some of the changes that have taken place in the headers for video and audio tracks as well as a change in how to make multi-cam edits in the up-coming next version of Premiere Pro - valuable information for anyone working with multiple cameras.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation

In the first part of this two part AE Basics Extra tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to show how to create a butterfly wing with text. The purpose of these tutorials is to give additional hints and tips for text animation in After Effects. Items covered in this tutorial include, using the pen tool, paths, copying mask paths to shape layers, text along a path and path option, 3D layers, animation of a wing, loopOut expression and viewing your composition in a different viewer. In the second part of this tutorial Andrew will go on to complete the animated butterfly in 3D and show how to have it fly around your screen.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation Part TWO AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation Part TWO

In the second part of this two part AE Basics Extra tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to build the butterfly in After Effects and then shows how to keep it 3D as it is formed. Items covered in this tutorial include custom views, 3D and collapse transforms to keep items working in 3D once pre-composed, duplication and flipping layers, vertical type, text formatting, and complex animations with motion sketch. These tutorials will be valuable for anyone learning and developing text animation skills in After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics Extras: Caterpillar Text Animation AE Basics Extras: Caterpillar Text Animation

In this AE Basics Extra tutorial, Andrew Devis shows some more text animation techniques by animating 'Caterpillar' text in After Effects. Andrew shows how to shape your text so that it curves from large to small to create a 'tail' for the text and then he shows how to set up and animate the path that the text will use. Andrew then goes on to lock the text to the animated path and continues by adding additional animators to give body movement to the animated text. This is a helpful tutorial for anyone wanting to learn to use a wider range of options for text animation in After Effects. Andrew will be following up with a similar but different tutorial looking at creating a flying butterfly text!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 1: Finding the Beat IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 1: Finding the Beat

This tutorial is both a follow-on tutorial to Andrew's previous tutorials on IK controllers in After Effects and a helpful stand-alone tutorial showing how to define a beat range to use as a guide to animation in After Effects. To start with Andrew shows how to use a simple expression to deal with a potential problem of controllers scaling your objects. Then Andrew shows how to find and download sample music which can be used to base your animation on. He goes on to discuss the difficulty of matching frame rates with audio sample rate and then shows how to get a reasonably close 'loop' in both After Effects and especially in Audition.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects Techniques
IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 2: The Walk Cycle IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 2: The Walk Cycle

In this second tutorial on animating an IK character Andrew Devis shows us how to create and refine a walk cycle with our IK controlled character such that it walks in time with the music we had set up in the previous tutorial.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation

Standard character animation in After Effects uses a process called 'Forward Kinematics' in that we animate down a linked chain - for example, upper arm linked to forearm linked to hand. To get animation we need to move the items down the chain one at a time. Inverse Kinematics creates a link back up the chain such that moving the hand would also move the forearm and the upper arm without breaking that link. This is a simpler and easier to control form of animation often used in 3D programs such as C4D and 3ds max etc. and allows us to control the animation for the complete chain through a single controller.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation PT 2 AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation PT 2

Standard character animation in After Effects uses a process called 'Forward Kinematics' in that we animate down a linked chain - for example, upper arm linked to forearm linked to hand. To get animation we need to move the items down the chain one at a time. Inverse Kinematics creates a link back up the chain such that moving the hand would also move the forearm and the upper arm without breaking that link. This is a simpler and easier way to control animation and is often used in 3D programs such as C4D and 3ds max etc. and allows us to control the animation for the complete chain through a single controller.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
An Old Dog, Learning New Tricks An Old Dog, Learning New Tricks

You'll be surprised at how late Andrew Devis started with After Effects, but he's thrilled to be constantly learning new tricks. The excitement he finds in turning that knowledge into tutorials has clearly been reciprocated, as he has become one of the web's most popular trainers.

Feature, People / Interview
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 65: Expression Controllers PART TWO AE Basics 65: Expression Controllers PART TWO

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 65: In this second follow-on tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to demonstrate how to apply a color Expression Controller to one part of the production and then how to quickly apply it to other parts of the same composition. He then goes on to show how to separate out parameters to two different control points of one Expression Controller finishing by controlling parts from different areas of the shape layer as you would in a composition which has multiple layers.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics Extras: More Repetition PART ONE AE Basics Extras: More Repetition PART ONE

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Having recently completed a training course, Andrew Devis was asked about some more advanced uses for the repeater tool when working with shape layers in After Effects. Andrew has produced 2 'Extra' tutorials to go with his earlier tutorial on the repeater. In this first 'Extra' tutorial, he shows how to create a simple man with shapes, repeat him across screen and then down screen with a couple of repeating options to create different looks and then how to scale the whole animation on the screen to give space for additional motion graphics work. In the next tutorial, he will show how to create shapes from text, how to rotate that shape into a circle and then how to move the circle into a line and how to create other very interesting looks with the use of the repeater tool.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics Extras: More Repetition PART TWO AE Basics Extras: More Repetition PART TWO

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. In this second 'Extra' tutorial in the AE Basics series, Andrew Devis shows how to create shapes from text, how to rotate that shape into a circle, how to move the circle into a line and finally how to create other very interesting looks with the use of the repeater tool - including how to create spirals, make the shapes seem to come out at you from the screen and how to move and control these exciting options, all within the one layer.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 64: Expression Controllers PART ONE AE Basics 64: Expression Controllers PART ONE

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 64: Expression Controllers are a way to simplify the animation controls for a given composition. Although some people are initially worried by the idea of using Expressions, using and controlling Expression Controllers is both easy and effective - especially so when dealing with complex animations. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to use Expression Controllers in Adobe After Effects. Andrew starts by showing how to control a single parameter with one type of controller and then goes on to show how to separate two parameters with an array while applying an Expression Controller to one of those two separated controllers.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 63: Persistent Disc Cache (CS6 & Above) AE Basics 63: Persistent Disc Cache (CS6 & Above)

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 63: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains a significant 'under the hood' improvement in CS6 which reduces the need for 'Pre-rendering' and makes the operation of After Effects much faster. These improvements are called the 'Global Performance Cache' and the 'Persistent Disc Cache'. Andrew explains how these operate, options to use background rendering and the work-flow savings this offers.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 62: Export 8 - Understanding Pre-render AE Basics 62: Export 8 - Understanding Pre-render

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 62: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains what Pre-rendering is and why it would be useful in your projects as well as what to look for when pre-rendering to ensure you don't have problems later in your production.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 90 Export 5: Media Encoder 2 Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 90 Export 5: Media Encoder 2

In this second tutorial on Media Encoder, Andrew Devis shows how to create preset groups for customers to ensure that you always export the same file types and minimize the risk of choosing the wrong presets when outputting multiple different sequences. Andrew also shows how to customize a preset to meet specific needs such as different frame rates or frame sizes etc and save that preset and add it to a preset group for the customer you created it for. Andrew then shows how to quickly select a smaller portion of the sequence so that you can test your output settings on a much smaller section of the sequence you want to export.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 86 Export 1: Dynamic Link Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 86 Export 1: Dynamic Link

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to get a sequence from Premiere Pro into either Encore or After Effects using the 'dynamic link' function. Dynamically linking a sequence to either Encore or After Effects will mean that any changes made to the sequence in Premiere Pro will be automatically updated in the program it is linked to (Encore or After Effects). Andrew demonstrates both a simple 'drag and drop' as well as a menu driven approach to setting up dynamic link.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 87 Export 2: Export Settings Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 87 Export 2: Export Settings

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts by talking about the 'Send to SpeedGrade' option and then moves on to discuss the selection settings (left hand side) in the Export Settings dialogue box.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 88 Export 3: Export Settings 2 Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 88 Export 3: Export Settings 2

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through and explains many of the options on the right hand side of the Export Settings dialogue box.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 89 Export 4: Media Encoder 1 Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 89 Export 4: Media Encoder 1

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the Media Encoder to render out several different versions of a Premiere Pro sequence using easy to find and select presets. Andrew shows how to add sequences without even having to have Premiere Pro open and then change the preset to another one of your choice and add extra outputs to suit your customers' needs.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 91 Export 6: Media Encoder 3 Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 91 Export 6: Media Encoder 3

In this third tutorial on Media Encoder, Andrew Devis shows how to create and use 'Watch Folders' which are folders linked inside of Media Encoder which 'watch' for any footage item that is dropped into them and then encodes that footage item to any other output type of your choice. Andrew shows how to create and set up your watch folders as well as explaining some of the limitations of watch folders as they presently work.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 92 Time 1: Clip Speed/Duration Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 92 Time 1: Clip Speed/Duration

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows another of the time options inside of Premiere Pro (having previously shown the rate-stretch tool in an earlier tutorial). Starting with the Speed/Duration option Andrew goes through the various ways to apply it and the advantages and limitations that it has.

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 93 Time 2: Time Remapping Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 93 Time 2: Time Remapping

Time remapping is hands-down the most powerful time changing effect in Premiere Pro and also great fun to work with once you know how to use it. In this tutorial Andrew Devis shows how to vary the time of a clip, how to ease that change, how to ease into a hold keyframe and then ease back out again. He then goes on to show how to make the whole clip carry on to play backwards and how to ease the change between playing one direction and the next.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 94 Time 3: Posterize Time Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 94 Time 3: Posterize Time

The 'Posterize Time' effect can be used to set a frame rate for a piece of footage or a nested sequence. However, in this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use it as a special effect to create dramatic looks for your footage or to give the impression that the footage was taken on an older camera which worked at a different (usually lower) frame rate. (Note: Although it is possible to animate this effect, it can cause unpredictable results and so any keyframes created will be hold key frames giving instant transitions rather than gradual changes).

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 95 Time 4: Playing with Echoes Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 95 Time 4: Playing with Echoes

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the Echo effect and goes through its settings showing how to get the best out of this powerful effect. Andrew also talks a little about filming with the aim of using the Echo effect on the final product.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 96 Time 5: 'Burn-in' Timecode Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 96 Time 5: 'Burn-in' Timecode

The timecode effect is often used to generate lower quality versions of footage with timecode 'burnt in' so that producers can give exact times for specific edits and selections. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the 'Timecode' effect to generate timecode for a sequence and to show both media and clip timecodes for a piece of footage in the sequence.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 97 Track Matte Key Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 97 Track Matte Key

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the Track Matte Key effect to pixel out a face to keep a character anonymous. Andrew also shows how to use the circle effect with fast blur to create a soft matte to use with the Track Matte Key effect.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 98 Ultra Key Part 1 Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 98 Ultra Key Part 1

The Ultra Key in Premiere Pro is a way of quickly and efficiently 'Green/Blue Screening' or 'Chroma Keying' footage elements shot against a colored background. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows a slightly more advanced way to set up to use the Ultra Key in Premiere Pro which involves matting out areas of the footage that either have items to be removed or have nothing but the chroma color in them (i.e. no action in those areas). Andrew goes through the process of creating a matte that just has the item to be keyed while keeping a good soft edge to the footage by using other effects in Premiere Pro. He then creates the final matted piece and applies the Ultra Key and goes on to shows how to adjust that matte after the Ultra Key has been applied.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 99 Ultra Key Part 2 Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 99 Ultra Key Part 2

The Ultra Key in Premiere Pro is a way of quickly and efficiently 'Green/Blue Screening' or 'Chroma Keying' footage elements shot against a colored background. In this second tutorial, Andrew Devis goes on to show how to use the Ultra Key settings and how you can use presets to help understand how certain parameters work. Andrew goes on to show how to deal with edge issues and then how to use another effects to simulate a 'light wrap' effect which brings the color of the background into the edge/alpha channel of the keyed object. Andrew finishes by showing how to deal with parts of the matte that have become semi-transparent during the keying process.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 100 Creative Black & White Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 100 Creative Black & White

Although there are some obvious ways to create black and white footage in Premiere Pro, the usual approaches can often leave a lot to be desired in terms of creativity and artistic influence. So, in this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use an little known effect to make stunning and creative black and white productions in Premiere Pro which can add a great deal to the artistic credibility of your work.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 101 Exposure & Lighting Effects Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 101 Exposure & Lighting Effects

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through an under-used effect in Premiere Pro which can be a real shot-saver by giving you the option to completely re-light a scene with multiple lights if needed. In this tutorial, Andrew shows how to use the effect to create a volumetric lighting effect for one shot and then to save a shot which suffers from being taken in a very bright environment and lastly a shot what has issues with being too dark in places. As well as being able to re-light a shot this effect also offers an exposure control which although somewhat linked to an ambient light is still a very useful feature to have in Premiere Pro.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 102 Video Transitions Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 102 Video Transitions

Video Transitions vs Video Effects Transitions: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains the difference between 'video transitions' and the 'video transitions' category in 'video effects'. Andrew shows how the two work and some of the advantages of using the 'video effects' as opposed to the transitions to create more organic transitions.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 103 Analyze Content: Find Faces Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 103 Analyze Content: Find Faces

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to use the 'Find Faces' function in Premiere Pro which can be a useful function to search/filter in the project panel to display only clips showing people. Although a useful function, it does take a while to analyze the clips, so it isn't always a fast solution.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 104 Speech Analysis Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 104 Speech Analysis

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the Speech Analysis function inside of Premiere Pro. Andrew starts by showing how to find and download speech modules for languages other than English US and then goes on to analyze two clips, one with stylized English and one with normal English to show how well Premiere Pro copes. Andrew also shows how you would attach an Adobe Story Script for greater accuracy and also how to use some of the tools to change text once created and then how Premiere Pro is frame perfect for each spoken word in the Source monitor.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 105 Warp Stabilizer Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 105 Warp Stabilizer

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the 'Warp Stabilizer' effect in Premiere Pro. This powerful effect can be used to stabilize hand help or shaky footage so that the end result will be smooth motion or even no motion for the clip it is applied to. While being very powerful, the warp stabilizer works best with a good CUDA graphics card so that clips can be played back with the effect applied without the need to render the clips to see updates to any changes made.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 106 Multi-Camera Work-flow Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 106 Multi-Camera Work-flow

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the new and improved multi-camera work-flow in Premiere Pro CS6, which includes the option to use as many cameras as your system can cope with! Andrew shows how to use three clips in this tutorial, how to set them up with a synchronizing point and then how to trim footage back into the multi-camera sequence if the synchronizing points weren't in a good place. He then shows how to change between cameras and how to modify the edits created.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 107 Rolling Shutter Repair Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 107 Rolling Shutter Repair

In this final tutorial in this Premiere Pro Basics (CS6 & above) series, Andrew Devis shows how to use the Rolling Shutter Repair effects which deals with the problem of footage from a camera phone or a DSLR (CMOS sensors) which look wobbly or jelly-like when panned quickly. The obvious solution is to avoid fast pans with this type of camera, if possible. However, sometimes you have no choice and then need to clean up the end result to stop your audience from feeling sea-sick! The Rolling Shutter Repair is a very powerful tool to deal with this issue and make sure your footage looks more like you originally intended it to look.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 61: Export 7 Media Encoder 3 - Watch Folders AE Basics 61: Export 7 Media Encoder 3 - Watch Folders

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 61: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to create and use watch folders.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 60: Export 6 Media Encoder 2 - Preset Groups AE Basics 60: Export 6 Media Encoder 2 - Preset Groups

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 60: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to create preset groups and how to modify and save a custom preset.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Audition, Soundbooth
Audio Basics - Understanding Sample Rate Audio Basics - Understanding Sample Rate

In this occasional series on audio basics by Andrew Devis, Andrew explains what audio samples are and how they can effect the accuracy of you recording. Although Andrew uses Adobe Audition CS6, the information given in this tutorial is valid for any digital audio recording software packed. Andrew also shows how to create new audio files in Audition and how to specify the sample rate and then how to create tones.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Audition, Soundbooth
Audio Basics - Understanding Bit Depth Audio Basics - Understanding Bit Depth

In this second tutorial in his occasional series on audio basics, Andrew Devis explains what bit depth is and how the right choice of bit depth can effect the accuracy of your recording. Although Andrew uses Adobe Audition CS6 the information given in this tutorial is valid for any digital audio recording software package.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 1 After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 1

In the first part of this three part advanced text animation tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to apply and use the 'Dictionary' preset to a paragraph of text and then customise the word selection to match the words we want to use. Andrew shows how to select the words, modify the original text, change the text colour and begin to show what this preset can do as part of a bigger animation where this preset is used to include words which will eventually be individually animated to create a coherent sentence when extracted from the paragraph. In the second tutorial Andrew will show how to create an exclusion group such that the other text can be faded into the background and the final tutorial will show how to animate the selected remaining words into place.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 2 After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 2

In the second part of this three part advanced text animation tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how once the 'Dictionary' preset has been applied we can then create a separate 'exclusion' group to fade the remaining unselected paragraph text such that the focus remains on the selected text only - all on a single text layer! The final part of this series will show how to select each of the originally selected words such that they can be independently animated to form a coherent sentence.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 3 After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 3

In the last part of this three part advanced text animation tutorial, Andrew Devis concludes by showing how to select the already selected text and animate each word separately such that they can be moved into any order and position to create a coherent sentence from the original body of paragraph text. Andrew also shows how to deal with potential animation problems should you accidentally move the word before setting the stop-watch as well as reminding us of the standard options to help finesse our animation.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 59: Export 5 - Media Encoder ONE AE Basics 59: Export 5 - Media Encoder ONE

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 59: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis starts to show how to use the newly redesigned for CS6 Media Encoder for final output options.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 58: Export 4 - Output Modules AE Basics 58: Export 4 - Output Modules

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 58: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis goes through the output module settings dialogue box and explains what options to use and how to export multiple formats.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
AE More Than Transitions: ONE Setting Up the Comp AE More Than Transitions: ONE Setting Up the Comp

In this first of four tutorials on the 'Card Wipe' effect, Andrew Devis shows how to set up a composition with multiple images to use in the effect. Andrew touches on how to replace one item with another item while inheriting the changes of the original item.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
AE More Than Transitions: TWO Parameters Part ONE AE More Than Transitions: TWO Parameters Part ONE

In this second of four tutorials on the 'Card Wipe' effect, Andrew Devis goes through many of the parameters for the effect showing how to customise the effect for your own use. Andrew also touches on using gradients in your comp to drive the effect.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
AE More Than Transitions: THREE Parameters TWO AE More Than Transitions: THREE Parameters TWO

In this third of four tutorials on the 'Card Wipe' effect, Andrew Devis goes through the various camera, lighting and materials parameters for this effect looking at using the in-built camera, a comp camera and the corner pin option.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
AE More Than Transitions: FOUR Jitter & Animation AE More Than Transitions: FOUR Jitter & Animation

In this last of four tutorials on the 'Card Wipe' effect, Andrew Devis explains the 'jitter' options in the effect and goes through some simple scenarios for animating this powerful effect as well as showing how he created the intro to the tutorial.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 57: Export 3 - Render Settings AE Basics 57: Export 3 - Render Settings

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 57: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis goes through the render settings dialogue box and explains why you would choose to export through After Effects and how to save a template of your choices.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 56: Export 2 - Setting Up For Export AE Basics 56: Export 2 - Setting Up For Export

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 56: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to set up your composition for export and how to determine where it will output and how to use default file names.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 55: Export 1 - Dynamic Link AE Basics 55: Export 1 - Dynamic Link

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 55: In this first tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to use Dynamic Link to get your After Effects composition into Premiere Pro. Andrew shows the various methods to dynamically link a composition as well as going through some of the potential problems you may encounter.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 79 Audio 9: Automation Modes Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 79 Audio 9: Automation Modes

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the 'Automation Modes' for animating audio volumes in Premiere Pro. Andrew explains the different options available as well as showing how to thin out keyframes and change the timing of the 'Touch' automation mode. This is an essential tutorial for anyone working with the spoken word and music as it will save a great deal of time with simple but effective audio animation.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 80 Audio 10 Stereo to Dual Mono Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 80 Audio 10 Stereo to Dual Mono

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis deals with one of the most common problems when dealing with audio in Premiere Pro - how do you change a stereo clip into a dual mono clip? Andrew will show how to change your preferences so that any imported clip will be seen as being dual mono in Premiere Pro as well as how to change a clip that is already imported into your project. Please note that it is not easy to change a clip AFTER it has been put in the timeline. However, Andrew goes on to show one option for muting one channel of a stereo pair in your timeline which can in some cases be helpful.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 81 Audio 11: Audition Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 81 Audio 11: Audition

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use Adobe Audition to separate the 2 channels of a clip already in the timeline so that they become 2 mono tracks. Although this is a potential work-flow for this problem of separating stereo to dual mono, it is not the best way of dealing with it and should only be done when there isn't really the option to go back and start with the clips from scratch once again.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 82 Audio 12: Audition Tips Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 82 Audio 12: Audition Tips

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows some work-flows for processing audio from Premiere Pro in Adobe Audition. First, Andrew shows how to use powerful but simple EQ tools and then how to make sure that the volume is maximized whilst not going into 'the red'. Andrew then goes on to show how to match the volume of multiple clips with an automated function in Premiere Pro.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 83 Audio 13: Gain Options Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 83 Audio 13: Gain Options

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the right-click gain options for audio waveforms in Premiere Pro. These often overlooked options are very powerful when used to either maintain the relationship between clip volumes or break that relationship such that the volume of each of the clips in amplified to the maximum. Understanding these options will give you some quick and powerful tools for dealing with problem audio in your projects. Note: Gain should be sorted out before changes to volume for best results.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 84 Audio 14: Audio Samples Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 84 Audio 14: Audio Samples

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis talks about the difference between frames and audio samples in video and shows how you can work with audio samples to deal with things like lip-sync problems with video shot at some distance from the original speaker.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 85 Audio 15: The Submix Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 85 Audio 15: The Submix

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to create and use submixes in Adobe Premiere Pro. Andrew shows how to create a submix from both the timeline and the audio mixer panels and the how to route channels either fully through a submix or proportionally to get a more controlled result.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 76 Audio 6: The Audio Mixer Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 76 Audio 6: The Audio Mixer

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the audio mixer in Premiere Pro CS6 detailing all the functions and as well as talking about dB and showing the various display options.

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 77 Audio 7: Recording Audio Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 77 Audio 7: Recording Audio

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to record audio directly into Premiere Pro, having a closer look at the preferences as well as discussing some of the issues that can be had with distortion and low signal to noise ratios when recording.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 78 Audio 8 Clip Audio Animation Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 78 Audio 8 Clip Audio Animation

In this tutorial Andrew Devis shows how to manually keyframe changes to the volume of specific clips in your timeline. This method can be useful for problems that don't respond well to automation but is not ideal for changing the volume over a whole production.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 73 Audio 3: Clips & Tracks Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 73 Audio 3: Clips & Tracks

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains the differences between controlling clip and track audio in Premiere Pro - showing how to select each type and the options that are available.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 74 Audio 4: Clip & Track FX Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 74 Audio 4: Clip & Track FX

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to apply FX to clips and separately to whole tracks which is a very different process and there are some important things that you need to know so that you can find the effects and then how to modify them. Andrew also shows how to use the EQ FX.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 75 Audio 5: Some Audio FX Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 75 Audio 5: Some Audio FX

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis briefly goes through some audio FX that may prove useful in your work. This is not an in-depth tutorial but simply points out some of the more useful or powerful audio FX inside Premiere Pro.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 70 Color 23: Adjustment Layers Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 70 Color 23: Adjustment Layers

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the new 'Adjustment Layer' feature added in CS6 and how it can be used to affect not just the whole of a clip but specific areas as well.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 71 Audio 1: Track Types Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 71 Audio 1: Track Types

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes over the various types of audio tracks available in Première Pro including a look at the new 'Standard Track' as well as multi-channel masters and 'Adaptive Tracks'.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 72 Audio 2: 5.1 Audio Channel Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 72 Audio 2: 5.1 Audio Channel

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to set up a 5.1 surround sound sequence and then how to map audio channels in the audio mixer in Premiere Pro.

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Adobe After Effects
mocha Pro v3 - A Process of Guided Evolution mocha Pro v3 - A Process of Guided Evolution

In April 2012, Imagineer Systems announced a major point release of their VFX toolbox product mocha Pro v3. In this review, Andrew Devis looks at all the changes and improvements to mocha Pro and how those changes impact the work-flow of VFX artists to save them time and frustration. Andrew gives a brief overview of the mocha product range, explains the processes at the heart of mocha and then gives more detailed analysis of the many changes that have come into mocha for this release and how they enhance the usability and value of the product for any VFX artist or studio.

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AE Basics 54: Motion Tracking Part 2 AE Basics 54: Motion Tracking Part 2

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 54: In this second part tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to demonstrate how to use the point tracker in Adobe After Effects. Andrew completes a slightly difficult track and shows how to adjust the track point and how to use the various tools to make sure your track is successful. Andrew finishes by showing how to link a text object to the track point to give a good organic end result.

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AE Basics 53: Motion Tracking Part 1 AE Basics 53: Motion Tracking Part 1

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 53: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to demonstrate how to use the point tracker in Adobe After Effects. Andrew shows how to set up the tracker and talks through some of the considerations that need to be taken into account to help get as good a track as possible.

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AE Basics 52: Paint 6 Spot & Blemish Removal AE Basics 52: Paint 6 Spot & Blemish Removal

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 52: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use and animate the clone stamp tool in Adobe After Effects to remove spots or blemishes from your video. Although a simple technique, this approach can produce good results quickly helping to keep your talent and your client happy!

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Premiere Pro CS6: 68 Color 21: Blend Modes 2: Lens Flare Premiere Pro CS6: 68 Color 21: Blend Modes 2: Lens Flare

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts off by showing how to add and change a 'Lens Flare' and then how to use a colored gradient to colorize your footage for added interest. Andrew then goes on to show how to use the 'Cell Pattern' effect as a way to add gentle movement below an image to create more interest - because the eye is drawn to movement.

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Premiere Pro CS6: 69 Color 22 The Filmic Blend Technique Premiere Pro CS6: 69 Color 22 The Filmic Blend Technique

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the filmic blend technique that helps to make video look more like film thus making your final production look much richer. This technique is a must for wedding videotographers.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 63 Color 16 Levels Effect Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 63 Color 16 Levels Effect

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows that there is a levels effect in Premiere Pro which you may have used if you are a Photoshop or After Effects user. However, the levels effect in Premiere Pro can be both hard to find and hard to use, and according to Andrew, should not be your first port of call for brightness & contrast adjustments. That said, Andrew demonstrates how to use the level effect in Premiere Pro as well as showing its short-comings.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 64: Color 17: Day for Night Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 64: Color 17: Day for Night

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows a simple method for using footage shot during the day to make a it look like the shot was filmed in the early morning or late evening. Andrew uses a couple of effects to colorize the shot and change its contrast.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 65 Color 18: Leave Color Effect Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 65 Color 18: Leave Color Effect

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the 'Leave Color' effect as well as a simple compositing technique to be able to focus on just the item needing to be shown without having to worry about similar colors in other parts of your shot. While the 'Leave Color' effect is powerful, it is also a simple approach which may or may not work for you depending on the footage you are working with. If you are not getting the results you want with the 'Leave Color' effect, then you may wish to use the secondary color correction techniques shown in previous tutorials to obtain a similar and slightly more controllable result.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 66 Color 19: Change to Color Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 66 Color 19: Change to Color

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the 'Change to Color' effect while also showing the importance of masking out the area of the footage that you wish to effect. Once again, the same effect can be had by using secondary color correction in the three way color corrector and once a mask has been created the hue can then be changed. The advantage of the three way version is a greater degree of control while the advantage of the 'Change to Color' effect is speed and ease of use.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 67 Color 20: Blend Modes 1 Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 67 Color 20: Blend Modes 1

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts by showing how to animate an effect from the 'generate' category of effects and then shows how to use 'blend modes' to blend a reasonably flat piece of footage with the animated effect below to give a little more life or interest to the shot.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 60 Color 13: Luma Curve Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 60 Color 13: Luma Curve

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the Luma Curve to achieve very similar results to the Luma Corrector. Both these effects will produce good results for both brightness & contrast although it could be said that the Luma Curve will give some better visual feedback for those who like visual feedback for what they are doing.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 61 Color 14 RGB Curves 1 Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 61 Color 14 RGB Curves 1

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains the difference between Luma Curve and RGB Curves and shows how to use the RGB Curves to increase the brightness & contrast of a show while also affecting the color channels. In the next tutorial Andrew will show how the RGB Curves effect can be used to colorize a shot.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 62 Color 15 RGB Curves 2 Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 62 Color 15 RGB Curves 2

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to demonstrate the RGB Curves effect showing how it can be used to colorize a shot and quickly change the 'temperature' of a shot. Andrew shows how this effect can be a little hard to control and how multiple points are needed to control the curve and limit the pixels being affected if a specific pixel range needs to be worked on.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 57 Color 11: Vignettes 2 Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 57 Color 11: Vignettes 2

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows another method for creating a custom shaped vignette. This approach uses several effects on a layer of black video to allow you to mask the black video to a custom shape to fit the exact area you wish to add a vignette to.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 58 Importing Image Sequences Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 58 Importing Image Sequences

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to import an image sequence into Premiere Pro and also how to help Premiere get the interpretation of the image sequence correct. Particularly with non-square pixel images Premiere will make assumptions that mean the footage will not display properly. Andrew shows how to help Premiere get the interpretation correct, assuming of course that you know what the original frame rate and pixel aspect ratio should be!

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 59 Color 12: Luma Corrector Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 59 Color 12: Luma Corrector

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the Luma Corrector to change the brightness and contrast of your shot without flattening the shot. The temptation is to use the 'Brightness & Contrast' effect in Premiere Pro which is a very old effect and shouldn't really be used as it tends to squash or reduce the luma range of a shot thus lowing its quality over all. The Luma Corrector is a much more powerful tool and will work with the shot to improve it and increase the luma range giving you much more control.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 54 Color EIGHT: Color Corrector Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 54 Color EIGHT: Color Corrector

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates the newly redesigned for CS6 Three Way Color Corrector showing it's functionality (with the exclusion of Secondary Color Correction which will be covered in the next tutorial). Andrew shows how to change highlight, midtone and shadow pixels and even how to customize which pixel are included in each range.

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Premiere Pro CS6: 55 Color 9 Secondary Color Correction Premiere Pro CS6: 55 Color 9 Secondary Color Correction

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the tools in the secondary color corrector to perform some secondary color correction on an over saturated item in the shot. Andrew shows how to create and view a mask that is specific to the color of the item in question and then how to finesse that mask with the various tools in the secondary color correction section. Secondary color correction is an option in quite a few color tools in Premiere Pro, so learning how to use this tool will prove very useful to your editing and color correction and color grading work-flow.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 56 Color TEN Vignettes ONE Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 56 Color TEN Vignettes ONE

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows one method of how to create a vignette in on your sequence to darken down distracting areas of the footage so that you can concentrate your audience on the action and not on distracting elements away from the action. This technique is good for well centered footage but not so good if you have action at the side of the screen.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 53 Color SEVEN: Skin Tones Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 53 Color SEVEN: Skin Tones

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to select just a small section of your shot so you can evaluate just that area with the vectorscope. He then goes on to show how to use a second instance of the Fast Color Corrector in conjunction with the vectorscope to change the hue of the shot so that the final color is more real-life.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 51 Color FIVE: Color Cast Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 51 Color FIVE: Color Cast

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to deal with color problems on a shot by introducing some tools within the fast color corrector - specifically looking at the issue of white balance and color cast.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 52 Color SIX: Output Levels Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 52 Color SIX: Output Levels

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains the level sliders in the 'Fast Color Corrector,' which help us to set up the contrast of a shot as well as change the brightness of a shot. This way of dealing with brightness and contrast is significantly better than using the 'Brightness & Contrast,' effect which tends to crush your luminance ranges and so degrade your shot. Andrew explains both the input and output sliders and show what a difference they can make to a poorly lit shot.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 49 Color THREE  The Vectorscope Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 49 Color THREE The Vectorscope

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces the vectorscope and explains what information it gives and how to select specific parts of a shot to see if the color is within legal (broadcast-able) limits.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 50 Color FOUR RGB Parade Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 50 Color FOUR RGB Parade

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces the RGB Parade and explains how it can give us information to quickly see how well balanced a shot is and what problems there may be.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 51: Paint 5 Panel Options Part FOUR: PATHS AE Basics 51: Paint 5 Panel Options Part FOUR: PATHS

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 51: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create, copy and paste different paths into a paint path and then move the new animated paint path in 3D space to create some interesting and powerful looks.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 47 Color ONE: Color Correction Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 47 Color ONE: Color Correction

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts by explaining the difference between Color Correction and Color Grading, and then goes on to show the reference monitor, the Color Correction workspace and how to find the various scopes available in Premiere Pro CS6.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 48 Color TWO: Color Waveform Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 48 Color TWO: Color Waveform

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces the YC Waveform graph, showing how to select it and explaining what information it gives. Andrew also briefly discusses the IRE 7.5 setup and also shows the difference between NTSC and PAL measurement as well as how PAL mV are shown differently in Premiere Pro (incorrectly) compared to After Effects (correctly).

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 44 Picture in Picture Presets Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 44 Picture in Picture Presets

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to show how to animate various fixed effects in Premiere Pro and then goes on to show how to apply and modify 'Picture in Picture' (PiPs) presets to your clips.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 45 Corner Pin Effect Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 45 Corner Pin Effect

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the corner pin effect to replace a sign which is in perspective with a Photoshop image using the corner pin effect. Andrew also shows how to nest multiple layers such that Premier Pro sees them as a single laying meaning that they can be animated with a single set of motion controls. Lastly, Andrew also show how to smooth the animation by changing the keyframe type to a keyframe that gives a much smoother and more professional animation.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 46 The Pen Tool Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 46 The Pen Tool

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to animate in the timeline with the pen tool. Andrew shows how to select different fixed effects in the timeline and shows how they can be animated as well as discussing the potential problems of using this method.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 50: Paint 4 Panel Options Part THREE: Timeline AE Basics 50: Paint 4 Panel Options Part THREE: Timeline

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 50: In this tutorial Andrew Devis goes through the various timeline options for paint paths in After Effects.

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Adobe Premiere Pro basics
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 41: Project Management Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 41: Project Management

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts be going over resetting your workspace to the default CS6 workspace if your project was created in a previous version of Premiere Pro. Andrew then goes on to show how to remove unused footage from your project and then how to create both trimmed and copied versions of your final project either to move to another machine or for archiving.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 42 Fixed Effects Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 42 Fixed Effects

Fixed effects are the basis of all animation in Premiere Pro. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to introduce these fixed effects which include Position, Scale, Rotation, Opacity and Anchor Point (as well as Anti-Flicker). Andrew explains how to use each of these controls using a previously created title of an arrow. In a future tutorial, Andrew will show how to animate each of these properties in Premiere Pro.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 43 Animating Fixed Effects Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 43 Animating Fixed Effects

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to show how to set up animation for a property. As well as setting property values in the 'effect controls' panel, these properties can be animated and, in the case of the animated position property, can even have the path they follow adjusted with handles to create interesting and stylized looks.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 39 Titles 7: Crawling Titles Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 39 Titles 7: Crawling Titles

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create and finesse professional looking crawling titles that typically scroll along the bottom of your screen as in a news feed. There are several things that it really helps to know when creating crawling titles to save time and which are covered in this tutorial.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 40 Titles 8: Creating an Arrow Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 40 Titles 8: Creating an Arrow

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create a simple but effective arrow with the title design window. Although there are other alternatives to adding arrows to a sequence such as creating an arrow in another program and importing it into Premiere Pro, using a title can be a quick solution when short of time. Andrew will show how to animate assets such as the arrow in a future tutorial.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 37 Titles 5: Text on Paths Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 37 Titles 5: Text on Paths

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create paths or splines in the title creation window (title designer) which can form the path for any text you create. As well as showing how to create text on a path, Andrew also demonstrates how to create and customize shapes that can be used as backgrounds to the text you create so that you can combine them together to make stunning lower (or upper) thirds (or whatever else you may wish to create).

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 38 Titles 6: Rolling Titles Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 38 Titles 6: Rolling Titles

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create and finesse professional looking rolling titles or 'credits' for your productions. There are several things that it really helps to know when creating rolling titles to save a lot of frustration and time which Andrew covers in this tutorial.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 33 Titles 1: Basic Titles Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 33 Titles 1: Basic Titles

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to show how to create and format titles in Premiere Pro - going over the basics of the title creation window and how to create point and area text.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 32 Audio Transitions Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 32 Audio Transitions

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis briefly goes through the 3 types of audio transitions in Premiere Pro - Exponential Fade, Constant Gain and Constant Power. Andrew will be covering audio in Premiere Pro in more detail in future tutorials.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 34 Titles 2: Formatting Titles Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 34 Titles 2: Formatting Titles

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through many of the formatting options that are available for your titles so that you can create exciting titles.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 35 Titles 3: Title Styles Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 35 Titles 3: Title Styles

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to save your current title as both a title style to instantly use on new titles as well as how to produce a new title which is based on the exact settings of your current title to ensure a coherent and consistent look between all the titles in your project.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 36 Titles 4: Exporting Titles Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 36 Titles 4: Exporting Titles

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to export a title so that it can be used in another version of Premiere Pro (demonstrated by importing into CS5.5). Andrew also shows how to save a title as a template so that it can be the starting point for other titles in future projects as well as going through the templates that are available for you to use and customize as needed. (Due to using an earlier version of CS6 Andrew demonstrates the title templates with CS5.5).

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 49: Paint 3 Panel Options Part TWO AE Basics 49: Paint 3 Panel Options Part TWO

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 49: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to go through some of the options in the Paint Panel - this time looking at the duration options for a particular brush stroke including the 'write-on' option. Andrew also starts to look at some of the powerful tools to finesse your paint work found in the timeline panel.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 31: Applying Transitions Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 31: Applying Transitions

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to apply and edit transitions as well as showing what happens when you don't have sufficient 'head' or 'tail' footage on one of your clips going into a transition. Andrew also shows how to view and dynamically edit a transition in the timeline whilst watching it play back.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 30 Transitions: What, Why, When Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 30 Transitions: What, Why, When

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis simply talks about when to use transitions and what message they may give to an audience.

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AE Basics 48: Paint 2: Panel Options: One AE Basics 48: Paint 2: Panel Options: One

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 48: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through some of the options in the Paint Panel including a look at opacity, flow, blend modes and channels.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 29 Naming Conventions Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 29 Naming Conventions

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis show how Premiere Pro deals with mismatches between sequences and footage and also a 'gotcha' about if and when you will get a warning from Premiere Pro (which depends on how you bring your footage into the Premiere sequence in the first place). Following this, Andrew talks briefly on the importance of a naming convention if you are going to be working on a longer project that may require you to back-track at some point or other and you wish to keep your auto-saves available for earlier version of the project.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 20 Trim Monitor Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 20 Trim Monitor

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates the 'Trim Monitor,' which up until CS6 had been the main way of quickly and simply rolling or trimming you edit points in the timeline. Although somewhat superseded by the new timeline editing features new to CS6, the Trim Monitor is still a quick and powerful way to finesse your edit points.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 21 Timeline Trimming Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 21 Timeline Trimming

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates one of the big new features for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 - dynamic timeline trimming of edit points. Andrew shows how to enter the trim mode, to change to different types of trim tool, how to use the keyboard to trim and enter specific amount for detailed trimming as well as how to be able to select all the trim points on multiple layers of video so that you can go through your timeline without having to select different video layers.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 22 JKL Trimming Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 22 JKL Trimming

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates a really useful feature in Premiere Pro CS6 - that of being able to trim your clips in the timeline using the J K & L playback functionality.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 23 Dynamic Trimming Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 23 Dynamic Trimming

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis looks at a couple of options that can help you to see your edits dynamically as you edit them. Andrew shows how to use and edit the 'Play Around' function as well as using the 'Loop' function so that the play-head will play a specified amount of time before and after it was placed allowing you to place it over (and edit) transitions on the fly.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 24 Un-Linking Tracks Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 24 Un-Linking Tracks

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to select just the audio or just the video portion of a clip so that they can be edited separately whilst still keeping the audio and video linked. Andrew also shows how to completely unlink the video and audio and how to re-link them again if needed. Lastly, Andrew demonstrates the 'Sync Lock' option which can be used to stop tracks in your timeline being 'cut' when you drop in insert edits on other tracks.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 25 Exporting Single Frames Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 25 Exporting Single Frames

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to quickly export a single image from either your source monitor or your program monitor and save them as any of a variety of image types to a destination of your choice to either use in your project or anywhere else such as printed documents of for DVD menus in Encore (which will require them to be re-saved as a PSD). After that, Andrew also shows how to quickly and accurately remove unwanted parts of your timeline such that it either leaves a gap in the timeline or the item is removed and the gap closed up.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 26 Three & Four Point Editing Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 26 Three & Four Point Editing

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates 3 & 4 point editing - a technique used a great deal in video editing. Three point editing forces clips to match a sequence in or out point whilst allowing the clip to remain the length it has been specified. Four point editing forces a clip to fit into a specified length in the timeline even if that means the clip must be sped up or slowed down.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 27 Replacing Footage Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 27 Replacing Footage

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to insert a clip at any point you want with the mouse and a modifier key and then goes on to show the various options to replace a piece of footage in your timeline with another piece of footage so that in and out points are respected in the timeline and even frames matched at a point of your choosing.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 28 Track Headers Options Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 28 Track Headers Options

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains all the options and icons in the track headers as well as going through some of the options for the clips in the timeline. Andrew then goes on to show how to bring just video or just audio to the timeline from a clip in the source monitor or the project panel.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 47: Paint 1 Creating and Customizing Brushes AE Basics 47: Paint 1 Creating and Customizing Brushes

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 47: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through some of the options for paint in After Effects and especially how to create, customize, save and delete brushes.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 17 Tools Part 2 Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 17 Tools Part 2

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to introduce some of the timeline editing tools in Premiere Pro looking at the 'Track Select' tool along with the 'Razor', 'Pen', 'Hand' and 'Zoom' tools.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 18 Tools Part 3: Rate Stretch Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 18 Tools Part 3: Rate Stretch

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates the 'Rate Stretch' tool as well as showing how to see if you are dropping any frames on your playback and how to turn on loop for your playback. The 'Rate Stretch' tool is a great way of fitting clips into your timeline that may be slightly too long or slightly too short for the gap you have for them. This tool will speed-up or slow-down the clip while not loosing any of the footage you include and can be used for speed changing effects.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 19 Tools Part 4 Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 19 Tools Part 4

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates 'nesting' sequences within new sequences as well as the 'snapping' function in the timeline and how to turn it off and on. He then goes on to show how the 'slip' and the 'slide' tools work to reveal and hide whichever bits of footage you wish to show in your media clips.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 15 Targeting Tracks Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 15 Targeting Tracks

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains the different ways of getting tracks onto the timeline either directly from the project panel or from the source monitor as well as showing how to target different tracks so that your assets go to separate video and audio tracks to media already in your timeline (there are differences for this between the project panel and source panel). Andrew also explains potential problems with setting 'in' and 'out' points if the wrong panel is selected and how to deal with those problems.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 16 Tools Part 1 Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 16 Tools Part 1

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces some of the timeline editing tools in Premiere Pro starting with the 'Trim' tool, the 'Ripple Edit' tool and then the 'Rolling Edit' tool

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 11 Importing PSDs Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 11 Importing PSDs

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the various options Premiere Pro gives you when importing Photoshop documents including importing with merged layers, selecting the layers you wish to use and importing a PSD as a sequence.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 12 Sub-Clips Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 12 Sub-Clips

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create sub-clips from the media in your project panel. Sub-clips are especially valuable when working with longer interviews where the editor needs to identify specific parts of the clip and extract them with useful names so that they can be dropped in the timeline at the right point later in the production.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 13 Timecode & Playhead Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 13 Timecode & Playhead

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains what timecode is and how to quickly navigate your playhead to precise positions by typing in exact times in whichever panel you're working in.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 14 Insert & Overlay Edits Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 14 Insert & Overlay Edits

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains first how to automate clips to your timeline so that they align with markers that you have already set in your sequence. He then goes on to explain the difference between 'Insert' and 'Overlay or Overwrite' edits using the appropriate keyboard short-cuts.

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AE Basics 46: Mask Feather Tool (CS6 & above) AE Basics 46: Mask Feather Tool (CS6 & above)

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 46: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the long awaited and new to CS6 'Mask Feather' tool. Andrew demonstrates all the options for this powerful tool including the basic functions, a practical example as well as how it could be used as a creative tool in After Effects.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 8 Preferences Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 8 Preferences

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through notable preferences in Adobe Premiere Pro.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 9 New Items Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 9 New Items

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through all the different synthetic footage items that can be created inside Premiere Pro from the 'New Items' icon in the project panel. Andrew also shows how to link media to offline footage items.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 10 Importing Assets Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 10 Importing Assets

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the different way to import assets into your project including a look at the basic functionality of the Media Browser (with more advanced functions covered in more detail in a future tutorial) and Adobe Bridge. Andrew also shows how to get items from the media browser to the source monitor and then how to get finessed items directly to the timeline with keyboard short-cuts.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 4 Playback Controls Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 4 Playback Controls

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes over the options for showing and hiding the various buttons inside the source and program monitors and how they can be customized as needed. Andrew also emphasizes and shows the important keyboard short-cuts for playing back your video and choosing and editing in and out points for the clips you want to use.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 5 Workspaces Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 5 Workspaces

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows what happens when you open a project saved in a previous version of Premiere Pro and how it changes the default workspace back to that of a previous version. He then goes on to show how to reset your workspace back to the default CS6 workspace. Andrew also shows how to customize your workspace, save a new workspace layout, delete a workspace and maximize panels both to include and exclude the showing of transport controls (to have a true full screen for say the source or program monitors).

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 6 Keyboard Short-cuts Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 6 Keyboard Short-cuts

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts by showing how to hide and show the preview area in the project panel to get to the default CS6 user interface layout. He then demonstrates how to select different keyboard short-cut options including short-cuts for CS5.5, Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro 7. Andrew then goes on to show how to change a short-cut as well as how to save your changed short-cuts to load back in when needed.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 7 Matched Sequences & Bins Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 7 Matched Sequences & Bins

In this video tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create a new sequence that exactly matches your footage followed by the options for managing assets in your project panel including how to create bins and how to navigate between bins. Andrew finishes off by showing how to automate your clips in the order you select them in your project panel directly to you timeline while respecting any in and out point selections you may have made while hover scrubbing in your project panel.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 1 Introduction Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 1 Introduction

In this first tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces his new series on Adobe Premiere Pro Basics (CS6 & above) with a look at the CS6 user interface (UI) and a comparison with the CS5.5 UI, along with a brief comment on what to look for when capturing your own footage.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 2 Opening PP CS6 Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 2 Opening PP CS6

In this second tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the process of creating a new project in Premiere Pro and explaining all the various options that you are presented with including those in the new project dialogue box and the new sequence dialogue box.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 3 Project Panel Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 3 Project Panel

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes over the excellent and productivity-focused changes that have been applied to the project panel, including looking at the new 'Hover Scrub' feature and how to temporarily enable and disable its function as well as how to select 'in' and 'out' points directly on the footage in the project panel rather than having to take it to the source monitor.

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AE Basics 45: Additional Range Selectors AE Basics 45: Additional Range Selectors

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 45: In this (more advanced) tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create and use a range selector within another range selector all within one animator for a single text layer. The use of multiple range selectors can add a great deal of interest and flare to your text. As this is once again a somewhat more advanced option within AE Andrew doesn't go into too much detail, simply showing how to add, modify and use a second range selector within one text animator.

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AE Basics 44: Shaping Text And Advanced Options AE Basics 44: Shaping Text And Advanced Options

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 44: In this (more advanced) tutorial, Andrew Devis shows the options to change the way text moves through its range and explains how to change this from the default smooth animation to a much more 'digital' or abrupt instant change. Andrew then goes on to demonstrate more of the advanced options in the timeline to 'shape' your text so that it can have a more interesting or dramatic look allowing for the type of animation that would be very difficult to achieve otherwise.

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Create a Rotating Counter TWO: Adding & Adjusting a Bounce Create a Rotating Counter TWO: Adding & Adjusting a Bounce

In the second part of this 2 part tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to animate the rotation of this group of layers as well as how use and adjust an expression that ships with After Effects to have the layers bounce in place as they stop which can give the sense of the counter having some real mechanical properties rather than just a linear of easy-ease keyframe approach.

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AE Basics 43: Text Animators Part FOUR - Per-character 3D AE Basics 43: Text Animators Part FOUR - Per-character 3D

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 43: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues demonstrating some of the text animators available in the timeline, concentrating upon the 'Enable Per-Character 3D' option and how to apply it and use it.

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Create a Rotating Counter ONE: Positioning 3D Layers Create a Rotating Counter ONE: Positioning 3D Layers

In the first part of this 2 part tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create and place layers in 3d space such that they can be rotated as a single group to be used for a rotating counter. Andrew shows how to create and place the layers using both the math function of AE as well as a handy and simple expression that places layers a fixed distance or rotation from the previous layer. He then goes on the show how to create and use a controller for the multiple layers so that they act as a single group. In the next tutorial, Andrew will show how to animate the rotation of this group of layers as well as how use and adjust an expression that ships with After Effects to have the layers bounce in place as they stop which can give the sense of the counter having some real mechanical properties rather than just a linear of easy-ease keyframe approach.

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Autodesk 3ds max & Di-O-Matic's Facial Studio Autodesk 3ds max & Di-O-Matic's Facial Studio

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how easy it is to create, add materials to, animate and lip-sync a head in Autodesk 3ds max using the plug-ins from Di-O-Matic called 'Facial Studio' and 'Voice-O-Matic'. Andrew goes through the basics of this plug-in just to show how easy and quick it is to use and how powerful it can be - not to mention just how much time it can save you!

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AE Basics 42: Text Animators Part THREE - Tracking & more AE Basics 42: Text Animators Part THREE - Tracking & more

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 42: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues demonstrating some of the text animators available in the timeline, concentrating upon the tracking, character and blur options.

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AE Basics 41: Text Animators Part TWO - Fill & Stroke AE Basics 41: Text Animators Part TWO - Fill & Stroke

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 41: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues demonstrating some of the text animators available in the timeline, concentrating upon the fill and stoke options.

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AE Basics 40: Text Animators Part ONE AE Basics 40: Text Animators Part ONE

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 40: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis begins to demonstrate some of the text animators available in the timeline, concentrating upon the 'transform' type of effects. More to follow in future lessons.

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AE Basics 39: Text Range Selectors Part TWO AE Basics 39: Text Range Selectors Part TWO

In this second tutorial explaining text range selectors in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to add an additional range selector to our already animated text, which works in a completely separate way to the presently applied range selector and animation. The end result shows how different range selectors can work together for excellent results.

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AE Basics 38: Text Range Selectors Part ONE AE Basics 38: Text Range Selectors Part ONE

Range selectors in After Effects enable many text animation functions that would be quite complex to achieve through the normal 'stop-watch' approach to animation. Range selectors also give us the ability to animate the numerous functions within the character panel, which at first sight, appear not to be animate-able! In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces and explains the concept of range selectors showing how they work and how effects can be added to an existing range selector. Part 2 will show how additional range selectors can be created that work in an entirely different way to the original range selector that has been created.

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Panning Large Scenes Using Target Layers in 3D Panning Large Scenes Using Target Layers in 3D

In this follow-on tutorial to his short series on working in 3D space, Andrew Devis shows how to use this simple technique to quickly and accurately pan around large layers/compositions to zoom in to the exact point required each time. You'll use target layers to get the exact coordinates needed for accurate panning - simple but effective!

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Working in 3D Part 1: Setting up a 3D Scene Working in 3D Part 1: Setting up a 3D Scene

In this first tutorial in a set of 4 on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to set up your layers in 3D space and how to view all the layers without ruining your camera view. Andrew sets up 4 layers in 3D space, moving both their positions and rotations. In the next tutorial, Andrew will show how to set up a static 3D particle system which will enhance the 3D effect as the camera eventually animates through 3D space. In the last 2 tutorials, Andrew will show how to use a very quick and simple technique to animate the camera and then how to finesse the animation of that camera for excellent results.

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Working in 3D Part 2: Setting up a Static 3D Particle System Working in 3D Part 2: Setting up a Static 3D Particle System

In this second tutorial in a set of 4 on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to set up a 3D particle system so that all the particles are static for the whole of the composition. The reason why this is done is that as the camera passes the static particles, it helps to enhance or volumize the 3D space adding both interest and parallax into your scene. In the last 2 tutorials, Andrew will show how to set up a very quick and simple camera animation technique and then show how to finesse the animation of that camera for excellent results.

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Working in 3D Part 3: Simple & Fast Camera Animation Working in 3D Part 3: Simple & Fast Camera Animation

In this third tutorial in a set of four on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis demonstrates a very quick and simple camera animation technique which ensures that your camera will always animate toward your layers in 3D space no matter where you have placed them. In the last tutorial in this series, Andrew will show how to finesse that camera animation for excellent results.

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Working in 3D Part 4: Finessing Camera Animation Working in 3D Part 4: Finessing Camera Animation

In this final tutorial in a set of four on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis builds on the quick and simple camera animation technique demonstrated in the previous tutorial by showing how to finesse your camera animation with various techniques so that you can end up with a professional result very quickly and with very little effort.

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AE Basics 37: Animating Source Text AE Basics 37: Animating Source Text

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 37: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to show how to do basic source text animation in the timeline including changes in fonts and other parameters and how that text is then linked to the keyframes created so that it can be re-arranged as needed.

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AE Basics 36: Pimping Your Text with Layer Styles AE Basics 36: Pimping Your Text with Layer Styles

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 36: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how you can take ordinary looking text and with very little effort use some simple light-weight effects to make it look outstanding - which can make the difference between a low quality and high quality looking production.

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AE Basics 35: The Character Panel AE Basics 35: The Character Panel

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 35: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows all the options in the character panel and how to use them to create good looking text. Also included in this tutorial are some more hidden options that can make a big difference to the look and feel of your selected font.

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AE Basics 34: Font Selection and Faux Options AE Basics 34: Font Selection and Faux Options

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 34: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to quickly select and change your font selection and modify its look and feel with the Faux options in the character panel.

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AE Basics 33: Options for Creating Text AE Basics 33: Options for Creating Text

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 33: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to look at text creation and animation in After Effects starting with the different ways to create text in the composition panel.

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Lite Bite for AE: Using Lower BPC on Higher BPC Projects Lite Bite for AE: Using Lower BPC on Higher BPC Projects

"Lite Bites" are short no-frills tutorials giving quick answers for busy people. In this next AE Lite Bite tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use 8 or 16 bpc effects safely on 16 or 32 bpc projects.

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Lite Bite for After Effects: How To Animate Text on a Path Lite Bite for After Effects: How To Animate Text on a Path

"Lite Bites" are short no-frills tutorials giving quick answers for busy people. In this next AE Lite Bite tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to quickly and easily animate text on a path.

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Lite Bite for After Effects: A Simple Light Wrap Effect Lite Bite for After Effects: A Simple Light Wrap Effect

"Lite Bites" are short no-frills tutorials giving quick answers for busy people. In this first AE Lite Bite tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to make a quick 'light wrap' effect for a keyed item so that the edge or alpha channel of the keyed item includes some of the pixels from the background element so that it starts to look as if the two items really belong together.

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AE Basics 32: Creating Motion Backgrounds with Shapes Layers AE Basics 32: Creating Motion Backgrounds with Shapes Layers

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 32: In this tutorial Andrew Devis takes some of what has been learnt over the previous AE Basics tutorials on shape layers and puts them together to create a motion background for text. In this tutorial Andrew covers shape creation, shape duplication, working with multiple shape layers at a time, pre-composing multiple shape layers etc. Andrew also introduces "Adjustment Layers" to create a blurred vignette and to use as a color adjustment layer while showing how to move between comps to get the best possible look.

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AE Basics 31: The Brainstorm Function & Shape Layers AE Basics 31: The Brainstorm Function & Shape Layers

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 31: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates the "Brainstorm" function with shape layers. The "Brainstorm" function is a tool to give creative ideas based on your own selection of properties to be randomized for creative effect. As long as you select more than one property you can get a stream of creative ideas through Brainstorm that will fuel your imagination and help in the creative process.

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After Effects Tutorial: Using the Scribble & Stroke Effects After Effects Tutorial: Using the Scribble & Stroke Effects

The "Scribble" and the "Stroke" effects are often overlooked due to the fact that it isn't immediately obvious how they work as they won't work unless applied in a very particular way. In this in-depth tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to apply these effects and then goes through the many options in each effect which can make them very powerful and able to produce a surprisingly large variety of results.

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AE Basics 30: The Write-on Effect AE Basics 30: The Write-on Effect

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 30: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates the "Write-on" Effect in After Effects showing how it works and how paths created in After Effects and other programs can be used to create higher quality animations with the "Write-on" effects than might be produced by simply animating the various properties of the effect. Although not strictly one of the shape layer series, this tutorial does follow on from the previous tutorial looking at creating true spirals in After Effects.

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AE Basics 29: Shape Layers Part 13 - Create a True Spiral AE Basics 29: Shape Layers Part 13 - Create a True Spiral

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 29: In this thirteenth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis looks at the problem of creating and animating a true spiral in After Effects and how it can be done by using paths copied from Illustrator.

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AE Basics 28: Shape Layers Part 12 - The Zig Zag Operand AE Basics 28: Shape Layers Part 12 - The Zig Zag Operand

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 28: In the twelfth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis explains the Zig Zag operand.

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AE Basics 27: Shape Layers Part 11 - Wiggle Transform AE Basics 27: Shape Layers Part 11 - Wiggle Transform

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 27: In the eleventh tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis demonstrates the Wiggle Transform operand.

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AE Basics 26: Shape Layers Part 10 - Twist & Wiggle Paths AE Basics 26: Shape Layers Part 10 - Twist & Wiggle Paths

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 26: In the tenth tutorial looking specifically at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis demonstrates the Twist & Wiggle Paths operands.

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AE Basics 25: Shape Layers Part 9 - Trim Paths AE Basics 25: Shape Layers Part 9 - Trim Paths

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 25: In the ninth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis surveys the Trim Paths operand.

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AE Basics 24: Shape Layers Part 8 - Round Corner & Stroke AE Basics 24: Shape Layers Part 8 - Round Corner & Stroke

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 24: In the eighth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis investigates the Round Corners operand and how to add an additional Stroke to your shape.

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AE Basics 23: Shape Layers Part 7 - The Repeater Operand AE Basics 23: Shape Layers Part 7 - The Repeater Operand

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 23: In the seventh tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis takes us through the powerful "Repeater" operand.

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AE Basics 22: Shape Layers Part 6 - Pucker & Bloat AE Basics 22: Shape Layers Part 6 - Pucker & Bloat

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 22: In the sixth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis guides new users through the Pucker & Bloat operand.

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AE Basics 21: Shape Layers Part 5 - Offset Paths AE Basics 21: Shape Layers Part 5 - Offset Paths

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 21: In the fifth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis looks at the Offset Paths function.

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AE Basics 20: Shape Layers Part 4 - Merge Paths AE Basics 20: Shape Layers Part 4 - Merge Paths

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 20: In the fourth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis starts to look at the operands or FX that can be applied to shape layers in After Effects. Andrew starts by looking at the Merge Paths function.

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Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE Part 1: Create & Export Shapes Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE Part 1: Create & Export Shapes

In this first of 3 tutorials on Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE, Andrew Devis introduces the tools needed to work quickly and efficiently in Mocha to create shapes and output those shapes to AE. Andrew also discusses when and why at certain points it may be better to use masks in AE rather than shapes from Mocha. This is an introductory tutorial aimed at showing the basic functions of Mocha so that you can have more confidence when using this excellent product. In the second tutorial Andrew will go on to show how to do tracking in Mocha for AE and some of the issues that may arise with that. In the last tutorial Andrew goes on to show how to create the final shapes layers that represent the areas to be rotoscoped and then shows how to link and adjust those tracks and output the final shapes to After Effects.

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Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE Part 2: Track & Adjust Tracks Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE Part 2: Track & Adjust Tracks

In this second of 3 tutorials on Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE, Andrew Devis looks at tracking elements on different planes and then adjusting those tracks with a couple of different methods. Andrew also tracks one element which is squashing and stretching and so requires a different approach to adjusting the track than with an element that is staying about the same throughout the shot. In the final tutorial, Andrew will show how to create the shapes that will form the final rotoscope layers in After Effects and how to link those to the tracks that have been created for excellent results.

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Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE Part 3: Create & Link Shapes Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE Part 3: Create & Link Shapes

In this third and final tutorial on Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE, Andrew Devis shows how to draw the final shapes needed to rotoscope the person and also how to add a feather to specific points in the matte created. He then goes on to show how to link that matte to the tracking layers created in the previous tutorial to get excellent results. Andrew also briefly discusses the issues of ensuring that the mattes created work in a predictable way by making sure that they are not overlapping different planes of the image unless the movement is limited and can be controlled by the track layer without giving unwanted results. Lastly, Andrew shows how to move the shape data into After Effects and how easy it is to then produce a different background for the image thus giving it a new life.

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AE Basics 19: Shape Layers Part 3 - Text & The Pen Tool AE Basics 19: Shape Layers Part 3 - Text & The Pen Tool

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 19: In the third tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to use both the Text tool and the Pen tool to create shapes in After Effects. For the Text tool, Andrew demonstrates methods to animate the shapes created as well as how to group shapes so that although still all being able to be animated individually, they can also be animated together as a group. For the Pen tool Andrew shows how to use RotoBezier and how to create Bezier handles with each point created for better custom shape creation as well as how to break those handles when needed.

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Creating & Using Masks in After Effects Creating & Using Masks in After Effects

This tutorial was made as a direct request from a former user of Final Cut Pro who wanted to know how to mask in an efficient way in After Effects. Andrew demonstrates the tools to quickly create masks in After Effects along with the keyboard short cuts needed to make the process quick and efficient. Then, Andrew shows how to take the masks that have been created and use them on other layers so that only the masked areas are selected by using the exact same information as produced with the original mask. Note, this technique also respects any animation that may have been applied to the original mask while leaving the ability to change the mask's size, opacity and feathering as needed.

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AE Basics 18: Shape Layers Part 2 - Gradients & Properties AE Basics 18: Shape Layers Part 2 - Gradients & Properties

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 18: In the second tutorial on Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis starts to look a little more in depth at some of the fill and stroke options for shapes layers -- and in particular at how to create custom gradients. He also looks at the standard animation properties that come with shape layers helping us to create and animate complex and organic shapes very quickly.

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AE Basics 17: Shape Layers Part 1 AE Basics 17: Shape Layers Part 1

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 17: In this first tutorial on Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis starts by showing the difference between masks created on a layer and shape layers and then goes on to show how to create multiple shapes on a single layer and how to change their appearance and animate them independently to each other even though they are still on the same layer.

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AE Basics 16: Parenting AE Basics 16: Parenting

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 16: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces parenting in After Effects and shows how complex animations can be created with very few keyframes by using parenting. Andrew also shows how parenting can be used to follow an already animated layer as well as how to set up an animation to save a great deal of time.

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Creating a Run Cycle in After Effects Part 1 Creating a Run Cycle in After Effects Part 1

In the first part of this two part tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the basic things that you will need to have in mind when creating a run (or walk) cycle for a character you may be animating in After Effects. Andrew looks at ensuring that the cycle is fully looping and that a real sense of weight is given to the character with things like body movement, hip movement and ensuring that the feet appear to make real contact with the ground as the cycle moves through. The included project file is of the project completely un-animated which can be used to follow along as you watch the tutorial and to practice on as needed (CS5 and above only).

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Adobe After Effects
Creating a Run Cycle in After Effects Part 2 Creating a Run Cycle in After Effects Part 2

In the second part of this two part tutorial on creating a basic run cycle (or walk cycle) in After Effects, Andrew Devis continues where he left off in the first tutorial by showing how to use a simple expression to save a great deal of time and effort when key-framing you characters. Andrew demonstrates how this saves time and allows for easy and pain free adjustments of the keyframes. Andrew then goes on to show how to animate the running character to give the illusion that it is actually running through your scene in various ways.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 15: Motion Paths Part 3 - Masks & Paths AE Basics 15: Motion Paths Part 3 - Masks & Paths

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 15: In this third and final tutorial on motion paths, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to use masks and paths created in other applications or in other ways in After Effects to drive both the creation of items and the animation of items. Andrew also shows how to extend the default animation length so that it matches your composition, finishing with animating a lens flare through a picture with an open path created on that same layer.

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Adobe After Effects
Multi-layer Keying in After Effects Part 4: Edge Feather Multi-layer Keying in After Effects Part 4: Edge Feather

In this tutorial (which is included as the last part of his series on multi-layer keying) Andrew Devis demonstrates a really nice feature in Mocha for AE (a free program that ships with After Effects) which allows you to create a mask or matte with variable edge feather such that some parts of the mask can be created with very thin feathers (or even no feather at all) while other parts can maintain as wide a feather as needed for your production. Andrew also shows an option for a paid-for plug-in for After Effects that can achieve the same thing natively inside of After Effects and could be very useful for those who do a great deal of mask creation.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 14: Motion Paths Part 2 - Additional Tools AE Basics 14: Motion Paths Part 2 - Additional Tools

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 14: In this second tutorial on motion paths, Andrew Devis introduces a couple of useful panels for automatic creation of motion paths and automatic smoothing of keyframes to give a better result. These two panels can be used together to create and then smooth keyframes in a motion path simply and quickly to save both time and effort!

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Adobe After Effects
Multi-layer Keying in After Effects Part 3: Edge Issues Multi-layer Keying in After Effects Part 3: Edge Issues

In this third tutorial in a set of four on basic multi-layered keying in Adobe After Effects using Keylight 1.2, Andrew Devis shows how to deal with a specific problem that can occur with some keyed footage, namely that of strong lines appearing on some edges of the keyed footage. In this tutorial, Andrew shows how to select the areas with problems while still maintaining a good over all matte through the use of other layers.

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Adobe After Effects
Wiggling a Single Dimension Wiggling a Single Dimension

In this short tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to 'wiggle' a single dimension with the wiggle expression. This is particularly useful for any type of animation that require a random type of movement in one axis only so as to save excessive keyframing of the scene.

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Adobe After Effects
Multi-layer Keying in After Effects Part 2: Light Spill Multi-layer Keying in After Effects Part 2: Light Spill

In the second of 4 tutorials on basic multi-layered keying in Adobe After Effects using Keylight 1.2, Andrew Devis shows how to deal with light spill issues on separate parts of the keyed footage. Sometimes when you pull a key you have problems with light spill that cannot be resolved with a single key. In this tutorial, Andrew shows how to start to create multiple keys and layer them on top of each other for excellent results.

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Adobe After Effects
Multi-layer Keying in After Effects Part 1: Basic Keying Multi-layer Keying in After Effects Part 1: Basic Keying

In this first of 4 tutorials on basic multi-layer keying in Adobe After Effects using Keylight 1.2, Andrew Devis starts by showing how and explaining why you might need a garbage matte for most keying work and what considerations are important for such a matte. Andrew then goes on to show how to pull a basic key and then modify that key to ensure that you don't over-smooth your end results, finally viewing the keyed footage with a bright image behind to test the key.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 13: Motion Paths Part 1 - The Basics AE Basics 13: Motion Paths Part 1 - The Basics

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 13: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains the basics of motion paths and how to modify them for use in your animations, along with some hints and tips to get the best results with as little effort as possible. Andrew also shows how to change the default viewing of points and handles on a motion path so that they can more easily be selected and manipulated and how to ensure that your animated item auto-orients along the path for excellent results.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 12: Animation 2 - Easing Keyframes AE Basics 12: Animation 2 - Easing Keyframes

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 12: In this second tutorial on the process of animation in After Effects, Andrew Devis explains how to make your animations look far better through the process of adding the appearance of weight to your assets. This is done through a change to your keyframes called 'easing,' which causes the keyframes to change their default behaviour to give much more realistic and real world animation. As well as showing how to add easing to your animation, Andrew also introduces the graph editor to show how to change the values of eased keyframes.

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Adobe After Effects
Camera Mapping in After Effects Camera Mapping in After Effects

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create parallax with a single item. Parallax is when items in a image appear to move in different ways to other parts of the same image. For example, the foreground items in view appear to move at a different speed or perspective to the background items in that same view. This can also be used to create the illusion of depth as different parts of an image can be projected to appear in different planes to other items. By using camera mapping we can project the image or footage onto screens we have set up which are at angles such that some items in our image or shot are at a different perspective to other items. This means that when we add a camera move into our scene parallax is achieved as the screens move in a different perspective to each other. Although a little tricky to set up at first, once used a few times this effect can really bring flat images to life and give a real sense of depth to your work.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 11: Animation 1 - Creating Keyframes AE Basics 11: Animation 1 - Creating Keyframes

AE Basics: A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 11: In this introductory tutorial to the process of animation in After Effects, Andrew Devis explains and demonstrates how to animate a property in After Effects using Keyframes and interpolation.

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Autodesk 3ds Max
Create & Control Simple Eyes in 3ds Max: 4 - Manipulators Create & Control Simple Eyes in 3ds Max: 4 - Manipulators

In the fourth and final part of his tutorial series on creating and controlling simple eyes in 3ds Max, Andrew Devis shows how to use manipulators to control the upper and lower eyelids of the eyes we have created. To do this, Andrew demonstrates how to use wire parameters to link specific manipulators to more than one object such that the eye lids of both eyes are controlled by one set of manipulators to ensure that they are synchronised. In addition, Andrew also shows how to lock transforms to limit possible mistakes while animating.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 10: Transforms - Fixed Effects AE Basics 10: Transforms - Fixed Effects

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 10: In this next tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to select, understand and use the 'transforms' or 'Fixed Effects' that are automatically added to every layer in your composition.

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Autodesk 3ds Max
Create & Control Simple Eyes in 3ds Max: 3-Control the Eyes Create & Control Simple Eyes in 3ds Max: 3-Control the Eyes

In the third part of his first 3ds Max tutorial series for Creative Cow, Andrew Devis continues with the project by showing how to control both eyes with one controller. He demonstrates two methods to do this including one method that uses a object created and repositioned in the scene using constraints and with added depth for better visual feedback and selection. Andrew also demonstrates how to reset the transforms of the repositioned item so that it can be moved.

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro: Matching Cameras & Composit Elements in AE Premiere Pro: Matching Cameras & Composit Elements in AE

In this colour correction tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the tools in After Effects both to get excellent colour matching result in After Effects and also to provide information that can be copied into Premiere Pro to more quickly and intuitively achieve better colour matching in Premiere Pro than can easily be achieved with the present set of tool in Premiere Pro (recorded with CS5.5). Andrew shows how to use both the right tool and specific colour channel views to visually match the channels to achieve the best results quickly and effectively. Use this to match footage from different cameras as well as matching elements to be composited into your composition so that they look as if they really belong together.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 9: Fitting Items and Creating Solids AE Basics 9: Fitting Items and Creating Solids

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 9: In this next tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to fit assets to the size of your composition as well as showing the possible dangers of choosing the wrong option. Andrew then goes on to show how to create solid layers, a 'bed-rock' part of After Effects compositing, and the various options that are available when creating solid layers - and especially the colour selection choices.

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Autodesk 3ds Max
Create & Control Simple Eyes in 3ds Max: 2 - Create Controls Create & Control Simple Eyes in 3ds Max: 2 - Create Controls

In the second part of his first 3ds Max tutorial series for Creative Cow, Andrew Devis continues with the project by showing how to create point helpers to control the movement of the eyeball. In this lesson, Andrew covers issues such as using different layers to place mesh and controllers on, creating copies of items and, importantly, learning to use constraints to constrain the movement of an item.

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro: Matching Cameras Premiere Pro: Matching Cameras

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows one approach to matching footage from different cameras. Sometimes, as editors, we receive footage from our clients that is from different cameras which may not have been set up in the same way. This can lead to a jarring effect when viewing the footage back as you switch between cameras which can distract your audience - a very big foe-par! But, matching cameras can be a difficult and frustrating process. While the solution Andrew demonstrates isn't instantaneous and will require time to master, once mastered, it will enable you to quickly and effectively solve problems to (at the very least) ensure your audience isn't distracted when you switch cameras.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 8: Timeline Basics 3 - Work-area & layer shortcuts AE Basics 8: Timeline Basics 3 - Work-area & layer shortcuts

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects: Lesson 8 Part 3: In this next tutorial, Andrew Devis shows some of the short-cuts in the layers part of the timeline, including how to quickly modify your work-area bar, snap the play-head to the in and out points of your layers and then snap the layer in and out points to the play-head! Andrew also shows how to use keyboard short-cuts to move up and down your layers and then also how to move layers up and down your layer stack! Lots of useful short-cuts to get you working quickly and efficiently in Adobe After Effects. Although an 'AE Basics' tutorial, the short-cuts demonstrated in this tutorial are useful for all users of AE looking to speed up their work-flow in After Effects.

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Autodesk 3ds Max
Create & Control Simple Eyes in 3ds Max: 1 - Create the Eyes Create & Control Simple Eyes in 3ds Max: 1 - Create the Eyes

In this first 3ds Max tutorial in his new series, Andrew Devis shows how to create simple eyes in 3ds Max and then create the controllers needed to animate them simply and quickly. In this first part Andrew shows how to create a simple eye, make simple materials for the eye, how to apply those materials to specific parts of the eye and then how to create a simple solution for eye lids.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 7: Timeline Basics Part 2 AE Basics 7: Timeline Basics Part 2

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 7 Part 2: In the second part of this seventh tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to go through all the 'bells & whistles' or buttons in the timeline panel. Continuing from where he left off in the previous tutorial, Andrew finishes off explaining what each of the buttons does along with a tip on changing the speed of a clip in the timeline giving great visual feedback.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 7: Timeline Basics 1 AE Basics 7: Timeline Basics 1

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 7 Part 1: In the first part of this seventh tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to go through all the 'bells & whistles' or buttons in the timeline panel. Andrew shows how to find all the various buttons available and starts to explain what each one is and what it does.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 6: Previewing Your Work AE Basics 6: Previewing Your Work

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 6: In this sixth tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the options for previewing your compositions in After Effects. Andrew shows how to listen to audio layers as well as how to set up the RAM previewing options while giving some keyboard short-cuts for navigating your timeline. He also shows how to set a layer marker while listening back to some audio to give you a visual point to synchronise your other layers.

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro: Sweetening Audio with Parametric EQ Premiere Pro: Sweetening Audio with Parametric EQ

In this advanced Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the parametric equaliser in Premiere Pro and for CS5.5 in Audition and for CS4/5 in Soundbooth. The parametric eq is a simply and effective way to affect a whole series of frequencies in you audio to quickly and efficiently sweeten (or un-sweeten depending on what you want to do) your audio. However, the work-flow for CS5.5 and above and CS5/4 (and probably CS3) are different and so the tutorial starts with the work-flow for PP/Audition CS5.5 and above and then at 13:30 onwards looks at the work-flow for CS4/5 and Soundbooth including showing how to balance the volume level. Andrew also shows how to apply parametric eq directly in Premiere Pro even though this is a much less efficient way of applying the effect.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 5: Naming & Organising AE Basics 5: Naming & Organising

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 5: In this fifth tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to name items in your project panel, timeline and effects control panel and then goes on to show how to organise your assets in your project panel so that the items are easy to find and your project will be simple to understand.

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro: Capturing & Batch Capturing from miniDV tape Premiere Pro: Capturing & Batch Capturing from miniDV tape

In this tutorial for Premiere Pro, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to capture footage from miniDV tape from a camera connected to a computer via a firewire or iLink connection. Andrew covers the options to record straight from the camera, using the in to out button and how to batch capture logged clips.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 4: Importing Photoshop Documents (PSDs) AE Basics 4: Importing Photoshop Documents (PSDs)

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 4: In this fourth tutorial, Andrew Devis goes over the options After Effects gives you for importing Photoshop documents. When you try and import a Photoshop document, After Effects gives you a dialogue box with several options. Andrew looks at those options so that you get exactly what you want from your Photoshop document when you bring it into After Effects.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 3: Creating Compositions in Adobe After Effects AE Basics 3: Creating Compositions in Adobe After Effects

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 3: In this third tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create compositions in After Effects. Compositions are the 'boxes' in which you work with your assets. Andrew shows how to create compositions from presets as well as how to instantly create a composition that exactly matches the footage you are using.

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Applying Audio FX in Adobe Premiere Pro Applying Audio FX in Adobe Premiere Pro

Believe it or not, there's a lot more to applying audio FX in Adobe Premiere Pro than at first glance may seem the case. For example, you can apply audio FX both to single clips AND to a whole track - which can save you a great deal of time and effort IF you know how to do it! In this short video tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to apply audio FX both to clips and to tracks as well as go through some of the basic settings to get you started - including Pre and Post fader options and presets.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 2: Importing Assets in Adobe After Effects AE Basics 2: Importing Assets in Adobe After Effects

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 2: In this second tutorial Andrew Devis looks at how to get your assets in to After Effects with a variety of useful methods from direct import to browsing in Adobe Bridge.

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Understanding Transform Effects in Premiere Pro: Part 2 Understanding Transform Effects in Premiere Pro: Part 2

In this follow-on tutorial to understanding transforms in Adobe Premiere Pro, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to animate those transforms to achieve PiPs.

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Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 1: Workspaces in Adobe After Effects AE Basics 1: Workspaces in Adobe After Effects

AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 1: In this first tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces After Effects workspaces - how to modify, save, reset and delete them - as well as showing how to move panels around to create a custom workspace just the way you want it!

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Understanding Transform Effects in Premiere Pro: Part 1 Understanding Transform Effects in Premiere Pro: Part 1

Transforms are effects that are automatically applied to any asset you place in your timeline. Knowing what your transforms are and how to change them will give you a series of tools to improve your presentation and make a more dynamic product. For example, knowing how to re-scale a picture or change the opacity or position of an item to get better results. In this first tutorial on transforms, Andrew Devis shows how to find your transforms and how to manipulate them both as hot-text and with handles in the program monitor. The second part to this tutorial will show how to animate transforms to get Picture in Picture results.

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Understanding Automation Modes in Premiere Pro Understanding Automation Modes in Premiere Pro

Automation modes are an important part of the audio work-flow in Premiere Pro, saving a great deal of time and effort fading music over speech and automating the volume levels/changes of each of the tracks to get the best results with the least amount of work. In this in-depth tutorial, Andrew Devis firstly demonstrates the clip-based key-framing approach and then goes on to explain and demonstrate how to use the track-based automation modes, showing the difference between each of the modes and the essential preferences and options available to you. This tutorial should work with all the latest versions of PP including CS3, 4, 5 and 5.5.

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Adobe Audition, Soundbooth
Audio Problems: Balancing Speech Levels Audio Problems: Balancing Speech Levels

Have you ever had to deal with audio levels from your talent which are all over the place? One moment they are almost shouting and the next nearly whispering and you are nearly pulling your hair out trying to get the levels to a point where they can be heard and used in your final production? Well, this tutorial is for you! A brand new tool in Audition CS5.5 makes balancing speech audio levels a piece of cake, saving you hours of work and worry. In this tutorial Andrew Devis will go through the work-flow from Premiere Pro to Audition and show how to apply this new effect and work with the settings. This is going to be one of those little effects that you wondered how you ever coped without! This tutorial is for the Production Premium or Master Suite CS5.5 or later.

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Adobe Encore DVD
Adobe Encore Basics 9: Creating Slide-shows Part 3 Adobe Encore Basics 9: Creating Slide-shows Part 3

Putting it all together! In this final installment in the Getting Going with Encore -- Creating Slide-Shows' series, Andrew Devis shows how to create a second slide-show and 'wire-up' your final project ready for Disc or Web DVD production.

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Adobe Encore DVD
Adobe Encore Basics 8: Creating Slide-shows Part 2 Adobe Encore Basics 8: Creating Slide-shows Part 2

This is one for photography enthusiasts and anyone who wants to add stills to their DVD/Blu-ray and Web DVD productions - a MUST for wedding videotographers! Learn how to use Adobe Encore to produce a DVD of all your wonderful pictures while taking advantage of the powerful features that quickly and simply add transitions, pan & zoom etc., to give that professional edge to your work and in so doing setting it apart from the rest. In this next installment in the 'Getting Going with Encore' series, Andrew Devis continues to show how to create powerful slide-shows by adding audio under your slides, making the slide-show fit the length of the audio file you have, as well as showing how to make custom settings for individual slides.

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Adobe Encore DVD
Adobe Encore Basics 7: Creating Slide-shows Part 1 Adobe Encore Basics 7: Creating Slide-shows Part 1

This is one for photography enthusiast and anyone who wants to add stills to their DVD/Blu-ray and Web DVD productions - a MUST for wedding videotographers! Learn how to use Adobe Encore to produce a DVD of all your wonderful pictures while taking advantage of the powerful features that quickly and simply add transitions, pan & zoom etc., to give that professional edge to your work and in so doing setting it apart from the rest. In this first part of 'Creating Slide-Shows with Adobe Encore', Andrew Devis demonstrates how to bring your pictures into Encore, how to add them to a slide-show and how to quickly and easily animate and crop your images for excellent results with very little work!

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Adobe Encore DVD
Adobe Encore Basics 6: Creating Motion Menus Adobe Encore Basics 6: Creating Motion Menus

In this tutorial on getting started with Adobe Encore, Andrew Devis demonstrates the important option of bringing in a video for your menu and bringing in a suitable audio soundtrack for your menu. Although a fairly simple process, there are a couple of things that you need to know so that you don't end up pulling your hair out because you didn't realise a button needed to be pushed!

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Adobe Encore DVD
Adobe Encore Basics 5: Creating a Web DVD Adobe Encore Basics 5: Creating a Web DVD

So, you've made your DVD or Blu-ray but have also noticed that there is a 'Flash' option from the drop-down. In this fifth tutorial in the 'getting started with Adobe Encore' series, Andrew Devis shows how to set this up so that you can create a menu driven web-based DVD based on your original project. Not only is this great as a way of producing on-line samples for your customers, menu based Flash content can also be a great way to create simple and quick knowledge based games for you website.

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Adobe Encore DVD
Adobe Encore Basics 4: Checking & Building our Project Adobe Encore Basics 4: Checking & Building our Project

In part four of his tutorial series on getting going with Adobe Encore, Andrew Devis demonstrates the tools within Encore to check and preview your project, as well as going through the setting needed to create (or build) a disc.

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Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 4: Repousse Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 4: Repousse

In this final tutorial on extruding 3D text & shapes in After Effects, Andrew Devis has a look at using Repousse from Photoshop as a way of creating quite detailed 3D text. While having some serious drawbacks, if all you have is the Production Premium or Master Suite then this technique can certainly produce high quality results. However, if shadows are required this may just drive you mad!

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Adobe Encore DVD
Adobe Encore Basics 3: Buttons & Wiring up our Project Adobe Encore Basics 3: Buttons & Wiring up our Project

In his third tutorial on getting started with Adobe Encore, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to select different types of buttons, how to add them to your menu and then how to wire up the buttons to create your project. Andrew demonstrates this using the flowchart window, which is a simple and intuitive way of editing your project, giving powerful and clear visual feedback.

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Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 3: Zaxwerks & 3D Applications Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 3: Zaxwerks & 3D Applications

In this third tutorial on extruding 3D text and shapes in After Effects, Andrew Devis looks at a plug-in specifically designed for the task by Zaxwerks.

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Adobe Encore DVD
Adobe Encore Basics 2: Creating Menus Adobe Encore Basics 2: Creating Menus

In this second tutorial on Adobe Encore, Andrew Devis shows how to create both a standard menu from templates that ship with Encore as well as how to create a menu background based on your own image from a sequence in Premiere Pro.

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Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 2: The Shatter Method Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 2: The Shatter Method

In this second tutorial on extruding 3D text and shapes in After Effects, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to use the shatter effect to create some stylish and fast rendering 3D text and shapes. In addition to this, Andrew also shows how to apply and animate textures to the extruded items as well as how to create shadows from your creation.

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Adobe Encore DVD
Adobe Encore Basics 1: Getting Sequences into Encore Adobe Encore Basics 1: Getting Sequences into Encore

Encore is Adobe's very powerful DVD and Blu-ray production software and ships with Premiere Pro and is capable of producing Hollywood standard DVDs. In this series of tutorials, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to get started with Encore so that you can produce high quality DVDs that reflect your work. In this first tutorial Andrew shows how to get your sequences into Encore ready to link up for DVD/Blu-Ray/Web DVD creation

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Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 1: The Duplication Method Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 1: The Duplication Method

Extruding 3D text and shapes can be done in a number of different ways in After Effects using either native tools or 3rd party plug-ins. In this first tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the duplication method which uses numerous layers of the same item to create the illusion of depth. Andrew shows the simple expression to use to make the job quick and easy as well as showing how to change the source layer to animate shapes.

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Adobe Premiere Pro basics
Learning the Tools 5: The Trim Monitor Learning the Tools 5: The Trim Monitor

In this Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates an invaluable and somewhat hidden tool in Premiere Pro which can speed up your editing significantly through the use of keyboard short-cuts to quickly and efficiently navigate your edit points and trim or edit them with great feedback and control. Although this tool can be used with the mouse, it really comes into its own when used with the keyboard, and so save you a great deal of time and effort.

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Color Correction 6: The Filmic Blend Technique Color Correction 6: The Filmic Blend Technique

In this follow-on tutorial to Color Correction 5: Blend Modes, Andrew Devis demonstrates a technique that uses blend modes to help make video look a little more like film and so set your work apart. For almost no effort you can get some great results on individual clips, sequences or even whole projects.

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Color Correction 5: Blend Modes Color Correction 5: Blend Modes

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces the 'Blend Modes' available in Premiere Pro and shows how to use them with black video and color mattes as an alternative color correction technique which can give subtly different looks to your work.

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Adobe Premiere Pro basics
Learning the Tools 4: The Slip & Slide Tools Learning the Tools 4: The Slip & Slide Tools

In this Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates how the slip and slide tools work, and gives a quick hint on how to remember which is which!

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Adobe Premiere Pro basics
Learning the Tools 3: The Razor & Rate Stretch Tools Learning the Tools 3: The Razor & Rate Stretch Tools

The rate stretch tool is probably the most fun tool in the Premiere Pro toolbox and can be used in both subtle and obvious ways to play with the timing of your clips - while the razor tool should always be used sparingly and only when no other option will work. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates how these tools work to both speed-up parts of a clip as well as slow-down parts of another clip. Andrew also shows how to affect multiple clips in one go and where the rate stretch tool can keep all the details of a precious clip and make sure it fits in that slightly wrong sized gap you have for it!

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Audio Recording 2: Recording Narration Audio Recording 2: Recording Narration

In this second audio recording tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to do the actual recording in Premiere Pro, including how to target tracks, mute tracks, solo tracks with some recording tips; as well as giving us a rendition of 'The Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll! Is this a first for Creative COW?

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Audio Recording 1: Setting Up to Record Narration Audio Recording 1: Setting Up to Record Narration

In this PP video tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to set up Premiere Pro for audio recording, while looking at the options and explaining why they are important.

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Adobe After Effects
Animating a Camera 3: Controllers & Point of View Animating a Camera 3: Controllers & Point of View

In his third tutorial on animating cameras in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to build a controller layer to simplify the process of animating the camera rig and what happens when you have the right settings but the wrong layer order. Lastly, Andrew shows how to use the controller layer itself as a way of changing and animating the point of view of the whole camera rig.

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Changing Audio From Stereo to Dual Mono Changing Audio From Stereo to Dual Mono

Sometimes when you record you use different microphones on each audio channel of your camera. But, when you get into Premiere Pro, you find that you have one stereo channel and not two mono channels and so you can't edit them as you would like! So how can you change a single stereo channel into two mono channels? In this quick tip tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to make that change into two mono channels or even two 5.1 channels, as well as how to change a mono track into a stereo track and how to use the preferences to make it automatic if you have lots of clips changing from one thing to another.Changing

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Adding and Removing Tracks Adding and Removing Tracks

In this Premiere Pro quick tip tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how easy it is to create new audio (stereo, mono and 5.1) and video tracks in your timeline with almost no effort at all.

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Adobe After Effects
Animating a Camera 2: Simple Rig Animating a Camera 2: Simple Rig

In this second tutorial on animating cameras in After Effects, Andrew Devis explains how to create a simple camera rig, and why it is important to get the order of the layers correct to achieve predictable results.

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Adobe After Effects
Animating a Camera 1: Camera Difficulties Animating a Camera 1: Camera Difficulties

Cameras are notoriously difficult to get to grips with in After Effects. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains some of the behaviors and problems that are common to camera animation and then shows how to do a simple one dimensional animation, while pointing out why that solution cannot be used for more than one dimension (x,y or z rotation).

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Waveform Monitors in After Effects Waveform Monitors in After Effects

When we correct footage with just our eyes, how do we know that the decisions we make are correct and that we have remained within broadcast safe limits? That is where the waveform monitors help by giving clear empirical data on our footage so that the choices we make aren't just based on what we see. In this AE tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces us to the Luma Waveform Monitor and how it can be used to correct a shot and stay within safe limits.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
YC Waveform Graph in Premiere Pro YC Waveform Graph in Premiere Pro

The YC Waveform graph in Premiere Pro gives us a graphical display of the Luminance (brightness) and Chrominance (color) of our footage and is an essential tool for correcting and improving the look of our image by giving us empirical data about the changes we make rather than just relying on our eyes. In this short tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces the YC Waveform graph and shows how to use it as a reference for brightness adjustment of a shot.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Interpreting Footage in Premiere Pro Interpreting Footage in Premiere Pro

Sometimes you bring in footage to your project panel to add to a sequence and it just looks wrong! This is because Premiere Pro has interpreted the footage - or made assumptions about the footage - which aren't correct. So how do you tell PP to interpret the footage properly? In this tutorial Andrew Devis shows how to use the 'Interpret Footage' function in PP and then how to use the correctly interpreted footage in a sequence that matches that footage. NOTE: The Interpret Footage function works in previous versions but the the new comp function demonstrated is for CS5 and above.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro basics
Learning the Tools 2: The Rolling Edit Tool Learning the Tools 2: The Rolling Edit Tool

The rolling edit tool allows you to change to place of a transition without changing the length of the overall production, as long as there is sufficient head or tail footage with your clips. In this Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the rolling edit tool with standard clips and how it really comes into its own when editing multi-cam sequences.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
The Vectorscope in Premiere Pro The Vectorscope in Premiere Pro

The vectorscope provides graphical information on the colors in your footage and is an excellent way of checking your footage to find out if it is within broadcast safe limits or if additional work needs to be done. In this Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to find the vectorscope in PP, how to interpret the information it gives and how to use regions of interest to check out specific parts of your footage to get a more detailed understanding of its chrominance levels and how any changes you make affect your footage.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
The Vectorscope in After Effects The Vectorscope in After Effects

The vectorscope is a powerful tool to help users get a graphical representation of the chrominance values of their footage instead of just having to rely on their eyes because - as we all know - our eyes don't always tell us the whole truth when it comes to dealing with color! Because the vectorscope is somewhat hidden in AE, it is sometimes overlooked, so in this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to find, set-up and use the vectorscope in AE to look at whole images as well as specific regions of interest.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
The 'Default Scale to Frame Size' Preference Option The 'Default Scale to Frame Size' Preference Option

The 'Default Scale to Frame Size' preference can cause some confusion as it is not always obvious how it works, and how it affects footage in your project. In this brief Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis explains what effect the preference has on your footage and why things may not always seem to act in the way you think they should when this preference is or isn't selected.

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Creating a Custom Sequence 2: The Magic Bullet Creating a Custom Sequence 2: The Magic Bullet

In the second part of this Premiere Pro CS5+ tutorial series Andrew Devis shows how to create a new sequence which will exactly match your footage even if you have no idea what size, frame rate or pixel aspect ratio (PAR) it may be. With the use of a single drag and drop action a new sequence that matches your footage precisely can be created.

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Adobe Premiere Pro basics
Learning the Tools 1: Trim & Ripple Edit Learning the Tools 1: Trim & Ripple Edit

In this first tutorial on the Premiere Pro tools, Andrew Devis will demonstrate how to use the trim and ripple edit tools, and how to use keyboard short-cuts/modifiers to save time when selecting and using the tools.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Creating a Custom Sequence 1: Using the Numbers Creating a Custom Sequence 1: Using the Numbers

At some point in your video editing career, someone will come to you with footage that is non-standard in some way or other and ask you to deal with it! In this simple tutorial Andrew Devis shows how to create sequences that don't rely on the standard presets that ship with Premiere Pro so that you can deal with that non-standard footage quickly and simply without pulling all your hair out first!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Custom Workspaces in Premiere Pro Custom Workspaces in Premiere Pro

Have you ever wanted to have one panel in another place on your screen? Or maybe move your tools from the top to the bottom? In this Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to customise your workspace to meet your own specific requirements and then how to save that workspace so that you can recall it quickly and simply, to use whenever you need. Learn how to create multiple different workspaces for all the different tasks you undertake in Premiere Pro so that editing becomes ever more intuitive. NB: This is particularly invaluable when more than one person uses your machine and you want to re-set the workspace to your own exacting standards after 'they' have messed it up ;o) ...

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Dynamic Link for the AE Workflow Dynamic Link for the AE Workflow

Dynamic link allows you to use the power of Premiere Pro in After Effects, but is often misunderstood and consequently under-used. In this tutorial Andrew Devis explains the basics of dynamic link and then show you how to create a new PP sequence that is the same size as your AE composition and then how to import a PP sequence into AE to use as any other footage item without having to render it out first from PP. Andrew also demonstrates how to use and update Photoshop and Illustrator documents in AE using the 'reload footage' option. Please note the following: Dynamic Link between PP and AE only works with the Production Premium and the Master Suites. IT DOES NOT WORK ON STAND-ALONE PRODUCTS!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Using Workspaces in Premiere Pro Using Workspaces in Premiere Pro

In this brief tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces some of the 'built-in' workspaces available in Premiere Pro to make your task of editing quicker and more efficient by giving you all the panels you need with the most effective layout in one simple action, rather than having to search for the panels and play around with the layout of Premiere Pro to get the feel you're looking for.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Understanding Nesting: A Key to Efficient Editing Understanding Nesting: A Key to Efficient Editing

Without nesting, timelines can quickly become unmanageable and impossible to navigate. When timelines are broken up into chunks that reflect the main elements of your story, you can keep control of your production while making quick, realistic editing decisions based on the elements you have in each of your sequences. By using nesting you can quickly and easily build the final product and still have fast and efficient access to all editing decisions. Nesting is an essential part of editing and incredibly valuable for that final color wash to give mood and substance to your production. In this Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to use nesting, and how to think about your projects so that they can be edited in the most efficient way.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Editing Source Footage with FX Already Applied Editing Source Footage with FX Already Applied

Is there a simple way to add FX to your source footage and then use the source panel to select in and out point and add the affected footage to your timeline rather than adding the footage and having to apply the FX after the fact? Answer: Yes! This Premiere Pro quick tip video tutorial could save you a lot of time.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Subclips: What? Why? How? Subclips: What? Why? How?

Subclips are essential when you need to organise a long piece of footage into smaller, more manageable chunks so that you can keep track of your project. In this Adobe Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis explains what subclips are, why you may want to use them and how to create and edit them.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Creating, Saving & Applying Presets Creating, Saving & Applying Presets

In this brief Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis shows you how to create, save and apply your own presets to the clips in your timeline. Presets are a collection of effects that have been customised for your specific requirements and can be recalled and used at any time once you have saved them. This is particularly useful when you need to apply a series of effects to different clips in your project. All the effects can be saved into one preset with the correct settings applied and then this same preset can be applied to each clip rather than applying and modifying all the effects for every clip thus saving you a great deal of time and effort.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Color Correction 4: Secondary Colour Correction Color Correction 4: Secondary Colour Correction

In this Premiere Pro video tutorial, Andrew Devis will show you how to apply color correction to a much more specific area. Starting with an explanation of the three-way color corrector, Andrew will then go on to show how to use the secondary colour correction function to specify a color range and reduce the saturation of that specific range rather than the whole shot. Whilst being a more advanced technique, secondary color correction can make all the difference to a shot when something just doesn't look right or stands out much more than it should

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Color Correction 3: Vignette Techniques Color Correction 3: Vignette Techniques

Vignettes help to focus the action and keep the audience looking where you want them to look. You can make them as obvious or as subtle as you like and once you know what they are and how to use them you will see them being used everywhere. In this short Premiere Pro tutorial Andrew Devis demonstrates two different vignette approaches in Premiere Pro to keep your audiences attention on the action rather than on the background.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Color Correction 2: Primary Colour Correction Color Correction 2: Primary Colour Correction

The fast color corrector is one of the main (and fastest to render) color correction tools in Premiere Pro's arsenal of color tools and an essential tool for all video editors to master. In this tutorial Andrew Devis will show you how to remove a color cast from a video clip manually and with automated tool. Andrew will then show you how to use the automated levels controls to get the right contrast balance for your clip.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Secondary Color Correction in After Effects Secondary Color Correction in After Effects

Saving the Shot! In this second color correction tutorial Andrew Devis will show you how to apply the very powerful tool of secondary color correction using the free Synthetic Aperture plug-in 'Color Finesse' that ships with Adobe After Effects CS3, CS4 and CS5. Once applied Andrew will show you how to use layers within After Effects to ensure that the correction only happens in the area of main concern so that other areas with a similar color can be left untouched.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Color Correction 1: Brightness & Contrast Color Correction 1: Brightness & Contrast

The temptation is always to choose the easiest tool in the box when sometimes another tool will do an much better job! In this Premiere Pro tutorial Andrew Devis will show you how to avoid using the dreaded brightness & contrast tool and damaging your shot in the process! Andrew will show you the correct tool to choose so that the full dynamic range is preserved and your shot looks great when you need to brighten it or change the contrast.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Primary Color Correction in After Effects Primary Color Correction in After Effects

Saving the Shot! In the first part of this video tutorial series, Andrew Devis will show you how to access and use top quality color correction tools within Adobe After Effects by using the free Synthetic Aperture plug-in 'Color Finesse' which ships with After Effects CS3, CS4 and CS5. Andrew will start by dealing with a color cast problem with the hue offset wheels and then move on to use some automated tools to achieve an even better result. Once we have corrected the shot, we will then add a vignette to concentrate the viewers attention on the action and not on the background! The follow-on tutorial will look at the important tool of secondary color correction.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Separating Elements using Mocha 2 Tracking Separating Elements using Mocha 2 Tracking

In this video tutorial Andrew Devis will show you how to separate out different elements in your footage to layers so that you can apply color correction or effects in completely different ways on each layer for that unique look you're looking for. Firstly, Andrew will show you how hard it is to separate elements natively using AE native tracker and then how easy it is to do using Mocha 2 tracking for AE.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Motion Graphics
Neat Video: Removing Noise and Grain from your Footage Neat Video: Removing Noise and Grain from your Footage

In this video tutorial you will learn how to use the Neat Video plug-in for multiple applications. Although demonstrated in After Effects, the work-flow is essentially the same for all these applications: After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Nuke, Fusion, Vegas Pro, etc. This powerful but simple to use plug-in can clean up noisy footage by applying a sophisticated and advanced algorithm to work out what's noise and what's details in your footage and then remove just the noise. This is done by profiling the noise properties in an area of a video frame without visible features. Once the noise has been profiled, Neat Video is guided by this profile to reduce and eliminate noise while not touching the video details. Although mostly automatic, Neat Video still leaves you with total control over the amount of filtering you apply and even offers optional sharpening (without sharpening the noise) should you wish it.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Dynamic Link for the Premiere Pro Workflow Dynamic Link for the Premiere Pro Workflow

Dynamic link allows you to use the power of After Effects in Premiere Pro, but it is something that many people do not understand and so it is under-used. However, with dynamic link you can bring the power of motion graphics to your titles in PP with hardly any effort at all. In this tutorial Andrew Devis will explain the basics of dynamic link and then show you how to start a new AE composition in PP and use powerful motion graphic templates to animate your text. He then covers how to replace an item in your sequence with a new AE composition (i.e. a title) and lastly, how to use dynamic link to take the whole thing into Encore ready to make your DVD - all without rendering. However, please note the following: Dynamic Link only works with the Production Premium and the Master Suites. IT DOES NOT WORK ON STAND-ALONE PRODUCTS!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
The AE Color Space The AE Color Space

You spend a lot of time making sure your project looks just right, but if you don't embed a colour profile into your final output, then you have no control over how that precious project will look on other machines and devices! In this After Effects video tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how this works and shows how to set up a colour profile for your project; and then how to embed it into your output so that you can be sure all your hard work will be properly represented on other devices.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Project Panel: Importing Footage Project Panel: Importing Footage

Adobe has expended a lot of effort to ensure that we can find, view, preview, edit in and out points and import footage straight into our project panel bins with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this Premiere Pro video tutorial Andrew Devis outlines the various options for importing assets, including looking at both Adobe Bridge and the Media Browser - both of which can save you a lot of time!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Archiving Your Projects: The Project Manager Archiving Your Projects: The Project Manager

Archiving is really important as you can be sure that at some point either a customer will come back and ask for some footage from an old project or you will find you need to get a hold of some footage and you don't know where it is! However, good archiving of old material will help make this a far less painful experience. In this Premiere Pro video tutorial Andrew Devis outlines how to use the Project Manager to create both trimmed and full archived projects ready with all your footage to put on an external hard drive and save for when that day comes.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Project Panel: Preferences & Bin Structures Project Panel: Preferences & Bin Structures

In this Adobe Premiere Pro video tutorial Andrew Devis looks at some of the preferences that affect items in your project panel and show you some of the issues with preferences and imported footage. Andrew also will show how to create a bin (or folder) structure that works for you projects and some of the options to open and use bins to speed up the process of adding items to the right bin quickly!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Project Panel: New Items & Templates Project Panel: New Items & Templates

In this Adobe Premiere Pro video tutorial, Andrew Devis shows all the different types of assets that can be created from the Project Panel and how to use them. He also looks at the seemingly hidden templates available to use directly in Premiere Pro to give your productions an even more professional look.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Project Panel: Organizing, Automating and Searching Project Panel: Organizing, Automating and Searching

The Project Panel in Adobe Premiere Pro is much more powerful and useful than many people realize. In this series of tutorials, Andrew Devis will show how to use the many features in the project panel to increase the efficiency of your workflow - starting with: Organising footage items, Automating them to a sequence as well as showing the very powerful Search options available.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Audition, Soundbooth
Free Music & Sound FX in Soundbooth Free Music & Sound FX in Soundbooth

There is quite a lot of free music and sound fx in Adobe Soundbooth, but are often difficult to locate. In this video tutorial, I will show how to find and use the free music and sound fx in both CS4 & CS5 (as well as giving a sneak look at Sonicfire Pro 5 - my music creation software of choice).

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Unlinking Audio & Video and J & L Cuts Unlinking Audio & Video and J & L Cuts

How do you un-link audio and video so that you can separately edit the video to the audio and the audio to the video? Can you un-link them and yet still maintain a relationship between them? Can you re-link them after you've edited them? What are 'J' and 'L' cuts and how do you make them? Learn the answers to these and more in this Adobe Premiere Pro video tutorial.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
How to use Sync Lock & Target Tracks How to use Sync Lock & Target Tracks

When inserting new clips into your timeline from the source panel, often the new clips don't go where you want them to go. They may also interfere with other clips already in your timeline. In this Premiere Pro video tutorial you will learn how to make certain new clips go exactly where you want them to go, and how to ensure they don't cut-up or interfere with clips already in your timeline.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Using Audio To Control Effects Part 1: The Workman Approach Using Audio To Control Effects Part 1: The Workman Approach

The Workmanlike Approach - This is the first of 2 After Effects tutorials which do the same thing but with slightly different methods. This version is the both slightly simpler and quicker method, and is ideal if you are only controlling a couple of items with your audio. Version 2 shows how to keep all the controllers on a single layer and is better suited for more complex projects with many layers, which need good organisation. You will probably find it useful to watch this tutorial first if you are not experienced in using audio and expressions.

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Adobe After Effects
Using Audio To Control Effects Part 2: The Elegant Approach Using Audio To Control Effects Part 2: The Elegant Approach

The More Elegant Approach - This follow-on AE tutorial to the previous one, which gave a more 'workmanlike' approach to controlling effects and parameters with audio, shows how to keep things well organised, with all your controllers on a single layer so they are easier to find in your project. The same effects are achieved but this approach is slightly more complex with the aim of keeping your project better organised.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Using Markers To Pace Your Editing Using Markers To Pace Your Editing

In this short Premiere Pro video tutorial, you will learn the principle of using the beat of your soundtrack to pace your editing to produce either a safe or an uneasy feeling with your production. You will learn how to apply markers and how to use those markers to guide your cuts in the timeline.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Understanding the 'Source Panel' tools Understanding the 'Source Panel' tools

Understanding the Source Panel is essential for a smooth and professional editing work-flow. In this video tutorial you will learn about the key features of the source panel, how to edit your clips to select just the parts you want to use, and which keyboard short-cuts to use for maximum speed when editing.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Hidden Templates & Powerful Expressions Hidden Templates & Powerful Expressions

This video tutorial shows how to find and apply the hidden templates in After Effects so that you can kick-start your work with a full project ready to edit. AND, you will learn how to apply the hidden Expressions in After Effects to your own layers to give them professional looking animations without having to know any expressions yourself!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Kick-start your projects with AE presets Kick-start your projects with AE presets

In my experience, many AE users don't know how to view, apply and edit the free presets that ship with AE to kick-start their projects and save time. In this video tutorial you will learn how to quickly find and apply presets to get that professional look you're after.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Audio Editing Basics for Premiere Pro & Soundbooth Audio Editing Basics for Premiere Pro & Soundbooth

Good audio is a very important part of great video. In this tutorial, learn how to edit your audio in Premiere Pro and Soundbooth. You will learn how to use keyframes to adjust individual parts of your audio and then how to adjust the audio of whole clips in Soundbooth. See also the upcoming video on balancing or matching the audio of multiple clips for a more professional production.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Balancing Audio Levels for Multiple Clips Balancing Audio Levels for Multiple Clips

You have lots of clips in your timeline which are all different volumes. How do you quickly match the volume of all the clips so that they are all matched? This quick tutorial will show you the tricks to know in Premiere Pro and Soundbooth to get the job done!

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Adobe Premiere Pro
Using & Creating Title Templates Using & Creating Title Templates

Premiere Pro has quite a few title templates that we can use and modify to quickly create professional looking titles. In this short tutorial Andrew will show you how to find and modify the standard templates, and then how to turn your own title creations into templates that you can use across all your projects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Spicing up your Titles in Premiere Pro Spicing up your Titles in Premiere Pro

In this video tutorial Andrew Devis teaches how to format your text, add shapes and generally make your titles more interesting in Premiere Pro.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Title Style Shortcuts Title Style Shortcuts

You've created a title which you like, now you need to be able to create other titles that look and feel the same. How do you do that? And, what if you create a style that you then want to use in other projects? How do you save your style so it can be used elsewhere? Find out about the "New Title Based on Current Title" button, title styles and other tricks in this short Premiere Pro video tutorial.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Audition, Soundbooth
Safe Editing in Adobe Soundbooth Safe Editing in Adobe Soundbooth

Audio editing is full of peril if you don't take care. But Adobe has now given us the wonderful Snapshot function which can save copies of our files in various different states so that if we make a real mess of things we can always get back to a version before the errors - even if we have saved the file and exited Soundbooth! This tutorial shows how to use the snapshot and history panel to save losing something really important!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Pan & Zoom + Corner Pin in Premiere Pro Pan & Zoom + Corner Pin in Premiere Pro

In this Adobe Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis shows you how to pan and zoom in Premiere Pro like a professional, with proper key-frame interpolation so that everything is smooth. He will also show how to use the corner pin effect to put a separate image on to the footage you pan and zoom so that it remains really high quality even when zoomed in really close.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro basics
Premiere Pro Starting Splash Screens Premiere Pro Starting Splash Screens

For first time users of Adobe Premiere Pro, the series of splash screens that it throws at you when you open it can be quite daunting! How do you know you made the right selections? This short tutorial is all about understanding these screens so you make the right choices!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe Premiere Pro
Rolling Titles in Adobe Premiere Pro Rolling Titles in Adobe Premiere Pro

There are some special tricks that once you know will make your scrolling credits easy to make and look really professional. In this tutorial I show the tricks and hints for rolling credits.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Wiggle Transform & Text in AE Wiggle Transform & Text in AE

The wiggle transform effect in Adobe After Effects is not very intuitive to say the least, and powerful though it is, it doesn't work on text! In this tutorial I show you how to use the powerful wiggle transform effect and then, even better, how to use it on text so that you can have exciting wiggling, self-animating text! Enjoy!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial


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