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Adobe After Effects
Creative Fireworks in Adobe After Effects Creative Fireworks in Adobe After Effects

Rob Mize shares his techniques for using After Effects to create a variety of fireworks displays. All you need is CC Particle World, a few expressions and a reason to celebrate and you can light up your world with dazzling pyrotechnic effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Prisoner To My Passion Prisoner To My Passion

"I don't know if it's addiction or adoration, but one way or the other, I'm hooked on her," says Creative COW's Rob Mize. "The signs are all there: the obsession with After Effects, the inability to function without After Effects there next to me on my laptop, waiting to be clicked. And the torment of each moment spent suffering any separation from my cherished compositor. Is it any wonder that I, a once innocent naïf in an analog world, now find myself enraptured by this non-linear, digital Delilah?"

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Adobe After Effects basics
The After Effects 3D Cube The After Effects 3D Cube

Rob Mize demonstrates the building of a 3D cube that can be animated in 3D space. Rob also shows how to pre-compose layers to quickly customize the cube with graphics, video, text or all of the above. All you need is the desire to build and manipulate 3D objects in 3D space.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
The After Effects Virtual Scrapbook The After Effects Virtual Scrapbook

Rob Mize presents the After Effects Virtual Scrapbook... a novel technique for introducing pictures, graphics and video into your productions. This tutorial uses various shapes, integrated with other elements, to create animated objects. You will learn to use parenting to control multiple objects in After Effect’s 3D space for more dynamic motion graphics. There are a lot of useful techniques to discover in this relatively simple animation.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
The After Effects Man of Flame The After Effects Man of Flame

Rob Mize demonstrates how to turn your actors (and other images) into a raging blaze of living flame. Combining CC Particle World with a number of other effects and some animated masks, you'll be able to fire up your productions without any 3rd party plug-ins... "Flame on!"

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Customize Text in After Effects Customize Text in After Effects

Rob Mize demonstrates a number of techniques to create your own unique text with After Effects. Learn how particles, masks and combinations of effects can be used to create and animate an unlimited library of text customizations... all without 3rd party plugs-ins.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Creating an After Effects Sunrise Creating an After Effects Sunrise

Rob Mize shows how to create the effect of a sunrise using only After Effects and a background graphic. This project employs techniques using masks, solids, shapes and effects that can be useful for a variety of projects. Whether creating this effect or some other, After Effects is a great way to start the day.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects: Compositing Actors in Virtual 3D Sets Adobe After Effects: Compositing Actors in Virtual 3D Sets

Rob Mize follows up his Creating Virtual 3D Sets tutorial with this demonstration of how to composite real-life actors into these 3 dimensional environments. Learn how to create an effective sense of interaction between your actors and their virtual environment using only your green screened footage and AE's 3D capabilities.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Virtual 3D Sets with After Effects Virtual 3D Sets with After Effects

Rob Mize demonstrates techniques for creating a virtual set in 3D space. He shows how you can build sophisticated, detailed environments, where your actors appear to interact with their 3 dimensional surroundings. Build the set of your dreams using nothing more than After Effects, a few textures and your creativity.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects Techniques
Character Design and Animation in AE: Part Two Character Design and Animation in AE: Part Two

In part 2, Rob Mize presents the After Effects work flow he uses to bring to life the character created in part 1. By keyframing shape paths, Rob demonstrates how we can not only animate the character's features, but her speech as well.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Character Design and Animation in AE: Part One Character Design and Animation in AE: Part One

Rob Mize demonstrates the process of designing, creating and animating a character entirely in After Effects. Part 1 focuses on the design and creation of the character using nothing more than AE shapes.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects Techniques
The Beauty of AE Shapes: Top 10 Features Countdown The Beauty of AE Shapes: Top 10 Features Countdown

Rob Mize offers his Top 10 Countdown of the features that make AE shapes such a versatile compositing tool. Rob highlights the functionality of these features and demonstrates just how practical shapes can be in your production efforts.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
The Beauty of AE Shapes: Vector Art The Beauty of AE Shapes: Vector Art

Rob Mize demonstrates how to use shapes to change low resolution raster art into sharp, clean, high quality vector images. This is a quick and easy technique to improve the appearance and versatility of your logos and other graphic images; and all you need is After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: The Atom, Part 1 Creating the AE Cosmos: The Atom, Part 1

In this edition of Creating the AE Cosmos, Rob Mize turns his attentions to the quantum universe. Rob demonstrates how to create a dynamic 3D model of an atom using only nulls, expressions and CC Particle World. Part 2 of this tutorial will focus on refining the motion and control of the atom.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: The Atom, Part 2 Creating the AE Cosmos: The Atom, Part 2

In Part 2 of creating the atom, Rob Mize shows how to use expressions and a null to consolidate and unify control of the separate particle layers' cameras. Rob uses the layer's stretch to adjust the speed of the electrons orbiting the nucleus.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: Comets, Meteors & Asteroids Creating the AE Cosmos: Comets, Meteors & Asteroids

Rob Mize continues his demonstration of cosmic creation with the addition of comets, meteors and asteroids to the AE cosmos. Just like the real universe, they're all made with particles; no third party plug-ins required.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: Galaxies Creating the AE Cosmos: Galaxies

Rob Mize continues his cosmic creation with the addition of a 3D galaxy. This tutorial also demonstrates the dynamics of the creative process by showing how parameters are adjusted to "tweak" the image to the desired result. All you need is CC Particle World and your imagination; though a galaxy created with Trapcode Particular is included in the project files. Future tutorials will add additional entities to the AE Cosmos!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: The Sun Creating the AE Cosmos: The Sun

Rob Mize shows how to create a dynamic 3D sun in 3D space using only CC Particle World. He then demonstrates the versatility of this effect by adjusting the parameters to animate the sun into a supernova explosion. Look forward to more tutorials from Rob on creating other entities in the AE Cosmos!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Shatter-Mation in After Effects Shatter-Mation in After Effects

Rob Mize introduces "Shatter-Mation", the use of AE's Shatter Effect to animate text, logos and other shapes. Rob demonstrates how the Shatter Effect's Force and Physics parameters can be adjusted to precisely control objects in 3D space for a wide variety of effects and transitions within Adobe After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Particle World Transitions: Part 2 Particle World Transitions: Part 2

Rob Mize further develops the techniques demonstrated in Part 1 of this tutorial. He applies the Particle World Text to Sand effect to 3D text created using the Shatter Effect, and composites that onto a background. He then reverses the effect, changing sand into an onscreen character who finally, blows away as dust in the wind.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Particle World Transitions: Part 1 Particle World Transitions: Part 1

Rob Mize demonstrates how to use Particle World in After Effects to transition text, logos and other images into a variety of particle effects, including sand, dust, smoke, fire...even a melting effect.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Create an After Effects Tornado Create an After Effects Tornado

Rob Mize demonstrates how to create a tornado in After Effects and control all aspects of its appearance and movement. It's all done with Particle World so there are no 3rd party plug-ins required.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Sketching with After Effects Sketching with After Effects

Rob Mize shows how to use After Effects to create the effect of sketching images onto the screen. Created from your video or other images, the sketch can then animate as rolling footage. This is a fun and versatile effect that requires no 3rd party plug-ins.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 2 Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 2

In Part 2 of Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Rob Mize shows how to use particles (both Trapcode Particular and Particle World) to expand your creative options when generating and animating Bar Graphs, Line Graphs and Pie Charts in 3D space. This tutorial is part two of a two-part series.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 1 Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 1

In this video tutorial, Rob Mize shows how to use After Effects to create masks and simple expressions to generate and animate Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Area Graphs and Pie Charts in 3D space. This tutorial is part one of a two-part series.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Apple Final Cut Pro
Multiclip Editing in Final Cut Pro Multiclip Editing in Final Cut Pro

Rob Mize demonstrates the use of Final Cut Pro's Multiclip feature to cut or switch the cameras of a multicam shoot in real time. Rob also demonstrates techniques to synchronize the cameras prior to the edit, as well as how to revise and adjust the Multiclip camera selection decisions on the timeline.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Laser Writing in After Effects Laser Writing in After Effects

Write with lasers. Rob Mize uses After Effects to create a laser effect and controls it with motion paths created from shapes layers. The use of track mattes enables the laser to burn text, shapes and logos in backgrounds. No 3rd party plug-ins required.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Snow Globe in After Effects Creating a Snow Globe in After Effects

Here's a fun project just in time for the holidays. Rob Mize shows you how to use shapes and solids in After Effects to create your own custom snow globe that you customize with your own media. Use particles and fonts to create organic or ornamental snowflakes, all without the use of 3rd party plug-ins.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Create Customized Transitions Create Customized Transitions

In this AE video tutorial, Rob Mize uses After Effects to create a unique customized matte wipe for use in popular editing systems like Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and Avid. Rob uses After Effects' Puppet Tool to animate a bug graphic; then uses CC Particle World to duplicate and control the graphic for the transition.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Create a Waving Flag with After Effects Create a Waving Flag with After Effects

In this video tutorial, Rob Mize teaches how to use After Effects to create and customize your own flag designs, then animate them using displacement maps... all without the use of third party plug-ins.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Adobe After Effects
Create a Photo Carousel in After Effects Create a Photo Carousel in After Effects

In this AE video tutorial, Rob Mize teaches how to use a null object to control photos, video and text and rotate them on a virtual carousel in 3D space.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial


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