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Boris FX
Boris Continuum Complete 10: A Winner For Every Creative

Boris Continuum Complete 10: A Winner For Every Creative

Walter Biscardi has been a Boris FX customer since 1995, and he calls Continuum Complete 10 a winner that belongs in every post creative's toolbox. With filters that nobody else has, customizable presets galore, multiple host support for one price, the watershed Title Studio, and the integrated power of mocha's Academy Award-winning tracking built into every filter, forget the cliche of Continuum Complete being a Swiss army knife, says Walter. Now, it's more like a cannon! Join Walter for some of the details on why you need this amazing package yourself.

Review, Editorial
Walter Biscardi
Apple FCPX Techniques
Apple FCPX 10.2 First Look: Worth the Wait!

Apple FCPX 10.2 First Look: Worth the Wait!

After the usual rabid anticipation, Apple released FCPX 10.2 with a wide range of new features that should excite any pro: new and improved keyframable masks, Library level Smart Collections, improved keyframing performance, 4-Up Scope viewer, the ability to save effects applied to clips.

Feature
Charlie Austin
Boris FX
Boris FX Acquires Imagineer, Building VFX Development Dynamo

Boris FX Acquires Imagineer, Building VFX Development Dynamo

Boris FX, makers of VFX plug-ins and integrated workflow solutions including Boris Continuum Complete, have signed an agreement to acquire Imagineer Systems, makers of mocha Pro. The two will combine for a tremendous reach in the editing, motion graphics, and VFX communities, and have already begun work on joint projects and technologies.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FOUR: Texture Text with Shatter

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-THREE: Extruding Text in HitFilm

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-TWO: BCC Extruded Text

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

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 48: Advanced Marquee Techniques

Learn Media Composer Lesson 48: Advanced Marquee Techniques
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Advanced Marquee Techniques Part FIVE: In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about applying textures to your text, he shows you why seamlessly tileable elements are the way to go, and even how to manipulate your textures, once they have been applied. Finally, he wraps things up by showing you how easy it is to apply textures to any element you have created inside of Marquee. If you've started creating 3D text inside of Marquee, this lesson is a must!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
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.

Review
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Boris FX
From Business Card to 3D Extruded Logo with Boris RED

From Business Card to 3D Extruded Logo with Boris RED
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If your client is asking for a 3D extruded logo animation in his video and all he has for company graphics is his business card, then you'd better dig deep into your toolbox. And you'd better find a copy of Boris RED in it because you will need RED's Vector Trace tool to get this tough job done.

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

Particle World Transitions: Part 2
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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
Rob Mize
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Matthew Tompkins
Freeform Pro
FreeForm Pro: Setting new standards in After Effects for 3D Compositing & Visual Effects

FreeForm Pro: Setting new standards in After Effects for 3D Compositing & Visual Effects

"FreeForm Pro runs in its own proprietary 3D engine, and it is most definitely 3D," says Tudor "Ted" Jelescu. "FreeForm Pro uses Adaptive Tessellation, true 3D displacement, Reflection Mapping, and Renders Depth Maps for use with other plug-ins, like Trapcode's Particular and Frischluft's 'Lenscare'". Read for more information and Tudor's first-hand experience with this amazing product powered by Mettle.

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

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 4: Repousse
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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!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
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
Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 2: The Shatter Method

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 2: The Shatter Method
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 1: The Duplication Method

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 1: The Duplication Method
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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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Trapcode
Creating a 3d Winter Scene with Photoshop and Particular

Creating a 3d Winter Scene with Photoshop and Particular
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In this video tutorial, Michael Park spreads a little Holiday cheer by creating a stylized Winter scene, complete with true 3d text and a forest of trees. Along the way, Mike will demonstrate how to create 3d text inside of Photoshop, and then import and integrate and animate that text in After Effects. Unlike other methods utilizing only After Effects, this method creates true 3d extruded text using Photoshop's 3d capabilities inside of After Effects. In addition, Mike will show how to populate and custom color an entire forest with Particular in a manner of minutes. The only thing you need to bring is the hot chocolate.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Boris FX
3D Camera Tracking Info and BCC 3D Extruded Text

3D Camera Tracking Info and BCC 3D Extruded Text
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In this Boris webinar excerpt, Boris FX Product Manager Dirk de Jong illustrates how to bring external 3D camera tracking info into Adobe After Effects and then position and animate Boris Continuum Complete Extruded 3D Text to match the background footage.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Dirk de Jong
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 4

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 4
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Blender 3D Tutorials: In Episode 4 of the Blender Survival Guide, host Paolo Ciccone expands on the subject started last week, and works on making the 3D text look better by learning how to use additional fonts, how to create new materials and how to take advantage of optimized Ambient Occlusion. These are all fairly dense topics but, as usual, Paolo gives you the condensed version of them so that you can start appreciating the features without being clobbered by the details.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 3

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 3
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Blender 3D Tutorials: In this episode of the Survival Guide, host Paolo Ciccone shares how to create 3D text in Blender. We also discover how to use the 3D cursor, how to move, scale and rotate objects in the 3D space, how to position the camera to frame the shot, how to place lights and finally how to do a quick test render. This is a rich tutorial, filled with essential information and great real-life skills that you can put to work right away.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
After Effects Exporter for Blender

After Effects Exporter for Blender
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This tutorial introduces and demonstrates the new After Effects Exporter (AEE) for Blender, a program that exports Blender animations to After Effects for easy post work. The AEE integrates perfectly inside Blender 2.49 and is capable of exporting camera information, mesh reference points, 3D text reference points, planes, lights and rendered footage. All with one click of the mouse.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Boris FX
Boris Continuum Complete 3D Objects in Apple Motion

Boris Continuum Complete 3D Objects in Apple Motion
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This video tutorial from Dirk de Jong shows Boris Continuum Complete 6 FxPlug's Extruded Text filter running in Apple Motion to demonstrate how BCC 3D Objects can integrate into a Motion 3D scene by making use of Motion's 3D camera.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Dirk de Jong
Apple Motion
Creating a 3D Text Fly In

Creating a 3D Text Fly In
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In this video tutorial series, Creative Cow leader Zak Peric demonstrates creating a 3D text fly in using Apple Motion.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Zak Peric
Boris FX
Boris Continuum Complete 6 for Adobe After Effects

Boris Continuum Complete 6 for Adobe After Effects

In this article, CreativeCOW leader Brendan Coots takes a look at Boris Continuum Complete 6--plug-ins for Adobe After Effects.

Review
Brendan Coots
Boris FX
Warp, Deform, and Explode 3D Extruded Text with BCC6 AE

Warp, Deform, and Explode 3D Extruded Text with BCC6 AE
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In this Boris FX video tutorial we show you how to employ the power of vertex shaders to warp, deform and even explode 3D extruded text using Adobe After Effects and the new 3D Objects from Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Dirk de Jong
Boris FX
Create Extruded Text with Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE

Create Extruded Text with Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE
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This new video tutorial shows you the basics of using BCC Extruded Text in Adobe After Effects. BCC Extruded Text belongs to the 3D Objects category of filters which is new to Boris Continuum Complete 6. These stunning OpenGL-based filters use vertex and pixel shaders that enable the generation of animated 3D shatter, bulge, bend, taper, twist, ripple, and wave effects. You can also create reflection or texture maps for the generated 3D text - from any image or video clip in the AE timeline.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paul Ezzy
Adobe After Effects
New AE DVDs for the Cow Master Series. Save Now!New AE DVDs for the Cow Master Series. Save Now!

The 3 newest DVDs in the Creative Cow Master Series, training even artists can afford. Learn secrets of advanced rotoscoping and compositing, real-world motion graphics that you can start using right away, and the CS3 tutorials you need to take your work to the next level from true masters from the craft.

Feature
Cowdog
Adobe After Effects
Tornado Text, part 2

Tornado Text, part 2
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern enhances the 3D ribbon text composition by adding a ripple effect to the floor plus a flock of fireflies that dance around the scene.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Tornado Text, part 1

Tornado Text, part 1
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern shows you a very cool way to create 3D ribbon text animation using After Effects CS3 Text tool.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects basics
Per-Character 3D Text

Per-Character 3D Text
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz introduces you to the new Per-Character 3D Text animation feature in After Effects CS3.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Creating 3D Extruded Text

Creating 3D Extruded Text
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In this video tutorial, Creative COW leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you several popular techniques and tools for creating 3D extruded text in After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
CE Shape ExtruderCE Shape Extruder
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In this video tutorial, Jerzy Drozda Jr (aka Maltaannon) demonstrates how you can extrude any vector based layer to give it a real 3D look inside After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Jerzy Drozda Jr
Apple Motion
Making 3D TextMaking 3D Text

When Motion3 was released and after the initial excitement had died down, it became obvious that there were a few features that hadn't made the release. One of the first to be highlighted by the many forum posts was the lack of 3D text. In this short tutorial, CreativeCOW leader, Peter Wiggins gives you some help in building 3D text in Motion.

Tutorial
Peter Wiggins
Adobe After Effects
Creating 3D Text

Creating 3D Text

In this video tutorial, animator Traylor Woodall demonstrates how to create 3D text or logos in Adobe After Effects without 3rd party plug-ins.

Tutorial
Traylor Woodall
Cinema 4D
Cinema 4D 9.6 and MoGraph

Cinema 4D 9.6 and MoGraph

In this article, Mylenium is taking a long hard look at Cinema 4D and the new MoGraph module. When Maxon revealed it at NAB this year, everybody was excited and we are trying to find out, if it lives up to people's expectations.

Review
Mylenium
Adobe After Effects
Creating 3D Ribbon Text

Creating 3D Ribbon Text
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In this tutorial Dave Langley demonstrates how to create a 3D ribbon of text that flows smoothly around curves up and down slopes moving around and interacting with other elements using only core tools in After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
David Langley
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
Boris FX
Boris RED 2.1

Boris RED 2.1

Those of you who know editor and fx artist, Mark Harvey, know that hes a big fan of Boris Red. Hes used the program for a number of years and has co-hosted the Boris FX forum at Creativecow since day one along with Philip Hodgetts. So when he heard that Borisfx and Philip had joined forces to create a long awaited training DVD for Boris RED, Mark jumped at the chance to take a look at it. Heres his report.

Review
Mark Harvey
Autodesk 3ds Max
3-d cloud text effect

3-d cloud text effect

In this tutorial, Morteza Yousefi demonstrates how to create a 3-d cloud text effect using Discreet's 3ds Max. Beginner to intermediate.

Tutorial
Morteza Yousefi
Adobe After Effects
After Effects West Conference Report

After Effects West Conference Report

In Pasadena, theres a gathering of many of the best and the brightest in the world of After Effects. Its the After Effects West conference which is the first ever power users conference dedicated to AE. Its an amazing gathering and the ideas and techniques being discussed are nothing short of breathtaking. Was it worth going? Well, lets just say: Whens After Effects East?

Review, Editorial
Ron Lindeboom
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