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

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 3: Zaxwerks & 3D Applications
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Zaxwerks
Advanced Control of Invigorator Pro: Part Two

Advanced Control of Invigorator Pro: Part Two
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In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader, Serge Hamad in his new Invigorator-advanced-control tutorial series will show you this time how to use the Depth-Scale Parameter to create a 3D growing City-Block.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Zaxwerks
Advanced Control of Invigorator Pro: Part One

Advanced Control of Invigorator Pro: Part One
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Serge Hamad in his new Invigorator-advanced-control tutorial series will show you how to use the Center of a Set to precisely animate an object.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Zaxwerks
Controlling Zaxwerks ProAnimator Pivot-Point

Controlling Zaxwerks ProAnimator Pivot-Point
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Controlling ProAnimator's pivot point has always been a daunting task! In this video tutorial, Creative COW leader, Serge Hamad will share with you a simple but very effective trick to gain ABSOLUTE control over the Pivot-Point and consequently greatly enhance your ProAnimator animations.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Zaxwerks
Autumn Movies

Autumn Movies
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern designs a high impact motion graphics promo using Zaxwerks 3d serpentine plug-in.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Kurt Murphy looks at Zaxwerks Invigorator Training: Vol 1

Kurt Murphy looks at Zaxwerks Invigorator Training: Vol 1

Broadcast designer Kurt Murphy has been using After Effects since it went by the name of CoSA, but even then, Kurt found its one big drawback was the inability to create true 3D objects in 3D space. That is until Zaxwerks Invigorator came along. And now Zaxwerks Invigorator Training (Volume 1) by Serge Hamad is the perfect solution to get up to speed using this plug-in.

Review
Kurt Murphy
Zaxwerks
Creative Cow Master Series: Zaxwerks Invigorator Training with Serge Hamad

Creative Cow Master Series: Zaxwerks Invigorator Training with Serge Hamad

Need 3D modeling inside Adobe After Effects? Then you need this DVD! Creative COW Leader and Contributing Editor Serge Hamad shares his award-winning motion graphic expertise to unlock the power of the Zaxwerks Invigorator AE plug-in. Even if you've got no 3D modeling experience whatsoever, Serge will show you how easy it can be, and how great it can look. And even advanced AE and Zaxwerks users will find plenty of tips and tricks to work more effectively.

Feature
Serge Hamad
Zaxwerks
Understanding Custom Edges

Understanding Custom Edges
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Serge Hamad demonstrates everything you need to know about creating a Custom Edge in Zaxwerks Invigorator and ProAnimator.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
3D Layer Warp3D Layer Warp

In this tutorial, CreativeCOW leader and TV news guy, Jon Okerstrom takes a look at 3D Layer Warp -- one of two new tools from Zaxwerks called 3D Warps. Follow along as Jon creates a paper airplane and shows other fun things you can do with this great new tool.

Tutorial
Jon Okerstrom
Adobe After Effects
Raytracing in 3D Invigorator

Raytracing in 3D Invigorator

Imitation isn't just the sincerest form of flattery. When it comes to After Effects, building on shared techniques is a great way to push the envelope. Consider Andrew Kramer's recent tutorial on simulating raytraced reflections posted on the COW.Andrew's technique for simulating raytracing is really cool and it works for all sorts of things. Except for 3D. When Jon Okerstrom watched Andrew's tutorial, the first thing he thought of was Zaxwerks Invigorator and ProAnimator. Jon's tecnique follows. Download the demo and follow along.

Tutorial
Jon Okerstrom
Broadcast Design
InvigoMany Vol. 1 -- Sports Objects & More for Broadcast Designers

InvigoMany Vol. 1 -- Sports Objects & More for Broadcast Designers

In this article, Mark Harvey, longtime leader in Creative Cow and a noted broadcast designer/editor, gives readers a look at Invigomany, Vol. 1: Sports from Serge Hamad -- the newest release of the Creative Cow master tools.

Review
Mark Harvey
Zaxwerks
Confessions of a Zaxwerks Booth Buddy - NAB 2005

Confessions of a Zaxwerks Booth Buddy - NAB 2005

The following article by Creative COW leader Jon Okerstrom contains his impressions of NAB, from a newbie's perspective. Buried in the story are some tidbits about the upcoming release of ProAnimator 4 (really cool stuff!) and some other hints of things to come.

People / Interview
Jon Okerstrom
Adobe After Effects
Creating the Egg: Part 5 of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Creating the Egg: Part 5 of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Many of you have seen Serge Hamad's various animations in the After Effects forum at CreativeCOW. In this 5-part tutorial, Serge demonstrates the steps involved in re-creating his "Golden COW." In this tutorial you will be creating the egg. This is the final step in this animation.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Building the Cage: Part 4 of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Building the Cage: Part 4 of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Many of you have seen Serge Hamad's various animations in the After Effects forum at CreativeCOW. In this 5-part tutorial, Serge demonstrates the steps involved in re-creating his "Golden COW." In this tutorial you will be creating the cage around the planet. You will need 3D Stroke from Trapcode as well as Invigorator Pro or Classic for this one. Note that with Invigorator Classic you won't be able to open the provided AEP though. The emphasis in this tutorial is on the use of the transparency mapping technique.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Creating Planets & Auras: Part Two of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Creating Planets & Auras: Part Two of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Many of you have seen Serge Hamads various animations in the After Effects forum at CreativeCOW. In this 5-part tutorial, Serge demonstrates the steps involved in re-creating his Golden COW. In part two, we create the Aura and the Planet. Youll need Image Lounge and Knolls Light Factory from Red Giant Software and Zaxwerks Invigorator. If you dont have these plug-ins, download the demos to follow along.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Transparency Maps & Custom Edges in Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro AE

Transparency Maps & Custom Edges in Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro AE

Invigorator is known around the world as the king of ''flying logo'' animations. No one does it better or faster. But Invigorator is capable of a lot more than that. A question posed by a user in the COW's Invigorator forum proves the point. The challenge: how to create a 3D crown. The solution: Use a custom edge and a transparency map. Jon Okerstrom shows you how in this project. Download the files and follow along. You'll need Zaxwerk's Invigorator.

Tutorial
Jon Okerstrom
Adobe After Effects
Moving Layer Masks on Glass

Moving Layer Masks on Glass

Kurt Murphy demonstrates the technique of moving layer masks on 2 sides of a glass cross in Zaxwerks Invigorator. This tutorial assumes that you have some previous exposure to the plug-in. If you don't have the plug-in, download the demo so that you can follow along. Kurt also completes the project by using the Write On to Reveal a 'handwritten script", Trapcode Shine and Lens Flare.

Tutorial
Kurt Murphy
Adobe After Effects
Layer Mapping in Invigorator

Layer Mapping in Invigorator

Serge Hamad demonstrates the technique of layer mapping in Zaxwerks Invigorator. This tutorial assumes that you have some previous exposure to the plug-in. If you don't have the plug-in, download the demo so that you can follow along. Serge uses the Pro Version, but you can accomplish the technique with the Classic Version as well.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Layer Cycling in Invigorator Pro for After Effects

Layer Cycling in Invigorator Pro for After Effects

In this tutorial, Jon Okerstrom uses Adobe Illustrator and Invigorator Pro AE to demonstrate how Invigorator Pro AE can accomplish a 3D write-on effect.

Tutorial
Jon Okerstrom
Zaxwerks
Creating Lord of the COW Ring with Zaxwerk's Invigorator

Creating Lord of the COW Ring with Zaxwerk's Invigorator

Serge Hamad uses Zaxwerks Invigorator to create 'Lord of the COW Ring' in response to a question in the Zaxwerks COW. Everyone wanted to know how to recreate the ring in that much talked about movie, 'Lord of the Ring.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Motion Graphics
Preparing a News Open: Logo Touches

Preparing a News Open: Logo Touches

Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he continues his exploration of the process of re-creating the on-air identity of a local broadcast affiliate in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. In part seven of the series, Kurt adds a few touches to the logo - a blur, a lens flare, a drop shadow - little touches added to fine tune the look.

Tutorial
Kurt Murphy
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Andrew Devis (1)
Serge Hamad (10)
Mark Harvey (1)
Kurt Murphy (3)
Jon Okerstrom (5)
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