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Adobe After Effects April 2017 New Features

Adobe After Effects April 2017 New Features

The April 2017 release of Adobe After Effects (version 14.2) is packed with new features, and Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio is here to show you the latest and greatest. Highlights include the Essential Graphics panel and Motion Graphics templates (with Adobe Premiere Pro integration), the addition of Lumetri Scopes and Color Correction effects, new effects organization, the Camera Shake Deblur filter and more.

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Tobias Gleissenberger
Adobe After Effects
Stabilize & Smooth: mocha 5 Plug-in for Adobe & Avid

Stabilize & Smooth: mocha 5 Plug-in for Adobe & Avid

Imagineer Systems and Boris FX product specialist Mary Poplin shows you how to stabilize with the new mocha Pro 5 plug-in inside of Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. This tutorial covers artistic stabilization, such as smoothing out camera movements or stabilizing around moving objects, completely locking down shots, and automatically replacing edge fill on planar backgrounds.

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Mary Poplin
Adobe After Effects
AE More Than Transitions: THREE Parameters TWO

AE More Than Transitions: THREE Parameters TWO
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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.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
3D CAMERA TRACKER

3D CAMERA TRACKER
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Adobe After Effects CS6 has a camera tracker that can add a new dimension to your compositing. Rich Harrington shows you the best approaches to AE's new 3D Camera Tracker for a variety of techniques including object placement and completely relighting a scene.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe After Effects
CAMERA TRACKING & 3D TEXT EXTRUSION

CAMERA TRACKING & 3D TEXT EXTRUSION
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Adobe After Effects CS6 can apply its new 3D Camera Tracker to extruded 3D Text of course. Rich Harrington will also show you how to use these tools, while also highlighting new 3D features including the new Ray-traced 3D engine and advanced lighting options.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe After Effects
Working in 3D Part 4: Finessing Camera Animation

Working in 3D Part 4: Finessing Camera Animation
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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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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Working in 3D Part 3: Simple & Fast Camera Animation

Working in 3D Part 3: Simple & Fast Camera Animation
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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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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Working in 3D Part 2: Setting up a Static 3D Particle System

Working in 3D Part 2: Setting up a Static 3D Particle System
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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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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Working in 3D Part 1: Setting up a 3D Scene

Working in 3D Part 1: Setting up a 3D Scene
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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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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Camera Mapping in After Effects

Camera Mapping in After Effects
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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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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
3D Sci-Fi Metallic Typography

3D Sci-Fi Metallic Typography
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Create a cool 3D sci-fi textured type look in Adobe After Effects with Matthew Tompkins, using the Fractal Noise, Texturize and Roughen Edges effects along with Expressions, Luma Mattes, Motion Blur and pseudo 3D Camera techniques.

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

Animating a Camera 3: Controllers & Point of View
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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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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Animating a Camera 2: Simple Rig

Animating a Camera 2: Simple Rig
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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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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Animating a Camera 1: Camera Difficulties

Animating a Camera 1: Camera Difficulties
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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).

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
3D from 2D Image Using Displacement Maps

3D from 2D Image Using Displacement Maps
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In this video tutorial Tudor "Ted" Jelescu shows how to create 3D / 2.5D movement from a 2D image using displacement maps in Adobe After Effects. He uses similar techniques as Mathew Fuller's "Advanced 2.5D Animation in AE" tutorial to pull depth from 2D images. Tudor uses FreeForm and displacement maps to be able to have a different camera move, one that rotates around the subject.

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Tudor Jelescu
Adobe After Effects
Using BCC6 Text Jitter in AE

Using BCC6 Text Jitter in AE
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This video tutorial from Dirk de Jong gives you an in-depth look at the Jitter feature of Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE's Extruded Text filter. Basic functionality of the Jitter feature is explained and demonstrated. Then, the Jitter feature is shown in the context of a more developed effect involving audio and After Effects Camera and Lights.

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Dirk de Jong
Adobe After Effects
AE Quicktips #8: Camera Raw Sequences

AE Quicktips #8: Camera Raw Sequences
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In this video tutorial, Creative COW contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to import a .jpeg or .tiff sequence into Adobe After Effects with Adobe Camera Raw development settings applied.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Building a Cube World: Part 4Building a Cube World: Part 4
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Carl Larsen shows you how to track a lens flare onto a 360 degree camera-aware environment using Trapcode Horizon.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Building a Cube World: Part 3Building a Cube World: Part 3
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Carl Larsen shows you how to track a lens flare onto the surface of a 360 degree camera-aware environment without the use of a third-party plug-in.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Building a Cube World: Part 1Building a Cube World: Part 1
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Carl Larsen shows you how to create a 360 degree camera-aware environment in After Effects without the use of third-party plug-ins.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Shotgun Blast using 3ds Max and AE: Part 2

Creating a Shotgun Blast using 3ds Max and AE: Part 2
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In part two of his shotgun tutorial, Michael Park will demonstrate how to incorporate the 3d footage together with 2d footage in After effects and use different filters to create the distortion surrounding the blast from the barrel of the shotgun and the air distortion trailing the individual shotgun pellets as they race towards the camera. He will also cover some time remapping techniques to add some more interest to your shot.

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Michael Park
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Shotgun Blast using 3ds Max and AE: Part 1

Creating a Shotgun Blast using 3ds Max and AE: Part 1
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Many people are interested in creating and incorporating 3d generated footage into live action. In this 2 part tutorial, Michael Park will demonstrate how to create a shotgun blast at the camera using 3d rendered particles and distortion trails along with some 2d footage to create a convincing effect. In part 1 of this tutorial, we will create the 3d shotgun pellet geometry and material, as well as the distortion trails to be later used in the after effects composition.

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Michael Park
Adobe After Effects
Weather Replacement in AE CS3: Part 2

Weather Replacement in AE CS3: Part 2
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz continues his weather replacement tutorial, and shows you how to add rain to your shot, as well as drops of water on the camera. Also, 3D compositing and color correction are covered.

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Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
A Quick Tip for Creating an AnimationA Quick Tip for Creating an Animation
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In this quick tip for after effects users, CreativeCOW contributing editor, Bob Thompson creates a complex looking animation using only a camera, 3d layer, null object, and some duplicated layers. In only minutes, you can get an animated look with only one layer to worry about to control the motion. Its a quick fix to let you spend more time on other facets of your project workflow.

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Bob Thompson
Adobe After Effects
Cool 3D Room

Cool 3D Room
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In this video tutorial from Creative COW you will learn how to create a 3D room entirely in Adobe After Effects. Where once it was thought this could only be done using a 3D program like 3ds Max, it can now be done completely in AE.

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Andrew Kramer
Adobe After Effects
Tube Camera Effect using After Effects 6.5 Without Third Party Plug-insTube Camera Effect using After Effects 6.5 Without Third Party Plug-ins

Call it his love for everything old, or nostalgia or whatever, but G. Allen Stewart loved how the old color tube cameras handled light and color. He loved how the images seemed to be 'scan-lined', the blacks were crushed and noisy, so G. Allen Stewart went on a quest for the perfect plug-in to create that effect. He was never satisfied with the result, so here's his recipe for his ''make like 1970's TV effect.''

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G. Allen Stewart
Adobe After Effects
3D Compositing

3D Compositing
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In this video tutorial, Andrew Kramer demonstrates 3D Compositing in After Effects 6.5. Youll create 3D Camera Depth of Field, Move Layers in 3D Space and Animate the Camera, adding Effects.

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Andrew Kramer
Adobe After Effects
SynthEyes 3-D Camera Tracker

SynthEyes 3-D Camera Tracker

If your are unfamiliar with 3D camera tracking software, SynthEyes 3-D Camera Tracker is a tool which will analyze moving 2D video footage by tracking points of reference frame by frame. From this, it can reproduce an accurate 3D camera which matches the properties and movement of the real-world camera you used to shoot the sequence. In this review/tutorial, Karl Holt gives us an indepth look along with a lot of tips for using the software.

Review, Tutorial
Karl Holt
Adobe After Effects
Using Depth of Field to Create Flythroughs

Using Depth of Field to Create Flythroughs

Depth of field refers to the distance from camera where things will be in focus.This tutorial from Bill O'Neil offers tips for assembling 2D flat objects in 3D space with the most realism using depth of field in After Effects.

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Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
Flying through a tunnel in After Effects

Flying through a tunnel in After Effects

Flying through a tunnel can be useful for everything from 'wormholes' in sci-fi movies like 'Contact' to the transcontinental phone line in '3 colours red', or even the optic nerve of Edward Norton in 'Fight Club'. To create a Hollywood-level tunnel effect requires a true 3D application, with sophisticated modeling, rendering and 3D camera interaction however, in this tutorial, Chris Zwar mocks up a quick & dirty 2D imitation with the 'Polar Coordinates' filter in After Effects.

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Chris Zwar
Adobe After Effects
How To Use Light Spill for Better Composites Without Plug-ins

How To Use Light Spill for Better Composites Without Plug-ins

The key to a good composite is successful integration into the background image. Sometimes you may have a very bright background or be keying from a DV camera, which nearly always results in imperfections because of the choke or screen blur effects that are necessary to achieve good edges. Light wrap, or light spill, is a very handy in these situations. In this tutorial, John Starr Dewar demonstrates an easy way to achieve light spill with a little bit of pre-composing.

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John Starr Dewar
Adobe After Effects
John Fischer demonstrates Building a 3D Grid/Video Screen in After Effects

John Fischer demonstrates Building a 3D Grid/Video Screen in After Effects

John Fischer created a much more in-depth version of a combination of tutorials done by www.ayatoweb.com in response to several inquiries in the AE forum at Creativecow. This is a fairly time-intensive tutorial, but the end results are worth it! When you're done you should know much more about track mattes, and some basic 3D camera moves. Hopefully, it will also give you some new ideas to play around with. Enjoy!

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John Fischer
Adobe After Effects
Faking An Iris: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sphere!

Faking An Iris: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sphere!

Rick Gerard explores some methods of simulating a camera lens. In this tutorial, Rick uses the Boris Sphere Plug-In for After Effects.

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Rick Gerard
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