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Walter Soyka On Boris Continuum Complete 9 NLE & AE Plug-ins

Walter Soyka On Boris Continuum Complete 9 NLE & AE Plug-ins

Creative COW's Walter Soyka has been using the Boris Continuum Complete plug-ins for years, and now takes a look at BCC 9. His conclusion: it's exactly what a plug-in set should be, adding power and creative options, saving time, and a strong value. Available for every major NLE, After Effects, and Resolve, you'll want to take a look at Walter's experience yourself.

Review, Feature
Walter Soyka
Adobe After Effects Techniques
After Effects: Animated Guitar Strings with Plexus

After Effects: Animated Guitar Strings with Plexus
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Using Rowbyte Plexus (the 3D particle system plugin for Adobe After Effects) and Trapcode SoundKeys in After Effects, Gardy Raymond demonstrates how to create animated guitar strings that distort in time with the music.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Gardner Raymond
Adobe After Effects
Pushing AE - And Myself

Pushing AE - And Myself

Bill O'Neil helps celebrate 20 years of Adobe After Effects with his story. Bill reveals his secret, "I learned how to use AE by making promises to my clients I didn't know I could keep."

Editorial, Feature
Bill O'Neil
Lightwave
Creating A Ghost Train: A Visual Display for Preston Hall

Creating A Ghost Train: A Visual Display for Preston Hall

Pollen Studio creates a ghost train audio/visual display for prestigious Preston Hall Museum in Northern England, an eerie effect that smashes out of a bookshelf within a museum room. The 3D elements blend perfectly with the actors in period costume who portray passengers on the doomed train.

Feature
Tom Sefton
Trapcode
Particular Basic Training Session FOUR: Sticky Snow

Particular Basic Training Session FOUR: Sticky Snow
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In this fourth tutorial in the Particular Basic training series, Michael Park answers a user's forum question on how to accumulate particles on 2d footage using Particular. He will demonstrate a very handy technique to create an interactive layer perfectly tailored to the background elements and then have particles accumulate on those surfaces. As always, the project file is available for free download to reverse engineer or simply try out.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Trapcode
Particular Basic Training Session THREE: The 3D Starfield

Particular Basic Training Session THREE: The 3D Starfield
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In this third installment of the Particular Basic Training series, Michael Park will show how to use Particular to create a realistic 3d star field for all of your animation needs. Along the way, he will use and explore some features of Particular including motion blue, high dynamic range, and the physics time factor. As always, the project is available for free download.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Trapcode
Particular Basic Training Session TWO: The Stargate Wormhole

Particular Basic Training Session TWO: The Stargate Wormhole
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In this second Particular basic training tutorial, Michael Park will demonstrate how to recreate a portion of the wormhole sequence from the movie "Stargate" using Trapcode Particular and Adobe After Effects. Along the way, he will discuss some of the nuances of the wind and gravity forces available to use inside Particular as well as in in-depth discussion of the use and limitations of the built-in motion blur and a workaround using auxiliary particles.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Trapcode
Particular Basic Training Session ONE: The Fountain

Particular Basic Training Session ONE: The Fountain
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In this tutorial, Michael Park will teach some basic skills for using Trapcode Particular by creating jets of water using particles to enhance a still image of a fountain. In doing so, he will explain some critical features of Particular and new features of Particular 2.0 while using some built-in effects to pull the scene together.

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

Creating the AE Cosmos: Galaxies
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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
Rob Mize
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
Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 2

Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 2
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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
Rob Mize
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
Trapcode
Trapcode Particular: Fall Transition Effect

Trapcode Particular: Fall Transition Effect
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In this tutorial, Michael Park will demonstrate how to create a festive fall transition using some leaf textures along with Trapcode Particular. He will show how the new capabilities of Particular 2.0, including true 3d rotation and dynamic interaction with lights, can make a simple linear wipe interesting and unique. He also gets to show off his three beautiful daughters.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Trapcode
Text to Sand using Particular

Text to Sand using Particular
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In this video tutorial, Michael Park demonstrates how to use Trapcode Particular to turn text into sand. During the process, he will show both how to make the text blow away like find dust into the wind, or drop onto a floor layer like heavier sand. This tutorial was made in order to answer a question posted on the Trapcode forum requesting assistance in creating this effect using Particular.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Trapcode
Underwater Bullet Trails with Trapcode Particular

Underwater Bullet Trails with Trapcode Particular
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Using After Effects and Trapcode Particular, Michael Park demonstrates how to take a simple picture of a bullet, and step-by-step, create an underwater environment with lead flying everywhere. Along the way, various aspects of Particular will be explored and explained.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Motion Graphics
A Non-Linear Career

A Non-Linear Career

An FX veteran's unexpected, non-linear career path, from puppetry to painting, to ILM and beyond, offers insights into the art and business of film creativity - and a killer reel.

Feature, People / Interview
Tony Hudson
Trapcode
Trapcode Suite Reviewed

Trapcode Suite Reviewed

In this article, CreativeCOW's Jim Harvey takes a look at Trapcode Suite from Red Giant Software--nine plug-ins that will get a workout in any studio.

Review
Jim Harvey
Trapcode
Creating a Waterfall

Creating a Waterfall
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Michael Park demonstrates how to create a waterfall using After Effects and Trapcode Particular. This tutorial is in response to a couple of posts on the Trapcode Forum of CreativeCOW.net looking for this type of effect. This tutorial uses Particular 2.0, but the work flow and settings should work equally will with previous versions of Particular.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Adobe After Effects
Blowing Flowers

Blowing Flowers
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In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader, Eran Stern demonstrates how to create flower trails using Trapcode Particular in this special holiday episode. You'll also work with the light emitter and use 3D layer to obscure particles.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
Digits Man RevisitedDigits Man Revisited
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern will show you a different technique to create the Running Numbers Effect using Trapcode Form plug-in.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
More Of The Same Thing - Part 5More Of The Same Thing - Part 5
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern shows you how to duplicate elements in After Effects using Trapcode Echospace plug-in.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Adobe After Effects
Behind the Scenes from Behind Oasis

Behind the Scenes from Behind Oasis

When one of the world's biggest rock and roll bands, Oasis, celebrated a career's worth of achievement, the film playing behind Rock-n-Roll Star was created by Creative COW author Nel Johnson and the team at Studio Skylab. Learn the After Effects techniques that helped them complete the project under a ridiculous deadline, while wowing Oasis and a worldwide audience. As Nel puts it, "We locked ourselves away, cranked up the music, and went nuts." In this Creative COW Magazine Extra, we take a closer look at the story, starting with the creation of the film's unique look.

Feature
Nel Johnson
Adobe After Effects
Promo Breakdown - Part 1Promo Breakdown - Part 1
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern takes you behind the scenes and show you how he created the background animation for his DVD Promo using Trapcode 3D Stroke and Shine.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Trapcode
Creating Advanced Glitter using Expressions with Trapcode Particular

Creating Advanced Glitter using Expressions with Trapcode Particular
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader, Michael Park, demonstrates another, more advanced method for creating shimmering glitter particles using Trapcodes Particular. The main advancement is the implementation of 3d rotation of the glitter particles, as well as using expressions to convert the rotation of the particles in all 3 axis to drive a greyscale map, which in turn is used to color the particle using colorama and create the shimmer effect when the particles face the camera.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Trapcode
Creating Shimmering Glitter using Trapcode Particular

Creating Shimmering Glitter using Trapcode Particular
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader, Michael Park, demonstrates how to simulate shimmering glitter particles using fractal noise, colorama effect and Trapcodes Particular plugin.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Boris FX
Boris Continuum Complete AVX 5: Unleash Your Avid!Boris Continuum Complete AVX 5: Unleash Your Avid!

Emmy Award-winning editor Vivek Narayan takes a closer look at the latest version of Boris Continuum Complete, a comprehensive set of filters and effects for leading NLEs as well as After Effects. Although it works largely the same in all hosts, Vik digs deepest into BCC operating inside Avid. He finds that the 180 filters here more than give others a run for their money: it beats out some of the industry's favorites. See why he calls buying BCC AVX 5 a no-brainer.

Review
Vivek Narayan
particle Illusion
particleIllusion Logo Hold Technique

particleIllusion Logo Hold Technique
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz answers the common question: How do I make my logo stay up longer in particleIllusion? If youve ever had trouble making youre logo stay on screen when using a pIllusion emitter preset, this will show you how to do that in just a few simple steps.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Particle Playground on Fire

Particle Playground on Fire
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In this video tutorial you will learn how to generate fire and smoke particles from live action footage without using any keyframes or expressions.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Jerzy Drozda Jr
Adobe After Effects
Building a 3D World in After Effects

Building a 3D World in After Effects

When a project requires a photo-realistic 3D world, After Effects isnt usually the first program that comes to mind. Typically a 3D modeling/animation program is necessary to create virtual 3D worlds, but in this article CreativeCOW contributing editor Bill O'Neil demonstrates creating a 3D world for a TV spot he was hired to direct and post for the Big Ten Basketball Conference.

Tutorial
Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
Building Up Particles

Building Up Particles

This tutorial by animator James Lee demonstrates a building up of particles to simulate a disintegrating hot air balloon using Trapcode Particular and Adobe After Effects.

Tutorial
James Lee
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Custom Wave Form - Part 2

Creating a Custom Wave Form - Part 2
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to improve the look of the Customized waveform and talks about how to get real control of your audio keyframes with Trapcode Sound Keys.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects basics
Adobe After Effects 7 Interface

Adobe After Effects 7 Interface
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After Effects 7 has introduced us to a brand new unified interface. In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader, John Dickinson demonstrates how to navigate that interface.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
John Dickinson
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Glass Globe

Creating a Glass Globe

When broadcast designer Kurt Murphy received a glass globe as a gift, it inspired him to see if he could create one in After Effects. In this tutorial, Kurt demonstrates creating and animating a glass globe totally in After Effects using Solids and Effects. This project is totally self-contained, needing no outside footage, but you will need the production bundle to complete it. Also nice but not necessary is the Trapcode Starglow plug-in.

Tutorial
Kurt Murphy
Adobe After Effects
Creating Paper Ribbons and Confetti

Creating Paper Ribbons and Confetti

Often for festivals and celebrations, we are asked to create animations involving colorful ribbons and confetti. In this tutorial, Joe Chao creates the ribbons and confetti and then demonstrates a couple of ways to shoot them out of a cannon. This animation would be useful, not just for Christmas, but for any festival.

Tutorial
Joe Chao
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Logo Assembling Animation

Creating a Logo Assembling Animation

Joe Chao was once required to create an animation in which a flock of fireflies assemble into an insect shaped logo. In this tutorial, Joe demonstrates a quick method to duplicate the effect using Trapcode Particlular.

Tutorial
Joe Chao
Trapcode
Particular - Frequently Asked Effects

Particular - Frequently Asked Effects

Ever since Trapcode Particular was released one year ago, many people have developed a keen interest in this tool. However, even after this time many people find themselves confronted with problems. Regular questions on the Trapcode forum here at the COW clearly prove this. This tutorial is meant to explain some of the commonly asked questions and make your life easier by giving a few tips and tricks as well as some simple expressions.

Tutorial
Mylenium
Adobe After Effects
Cycore Effects HD 1.0 Review

Cycore Effects HD 1.0 Review

This article by Barend Onneweer investigates the improvements and new additions in Cycore Effects HD and tries to evaluate whether the new additions and improvements are worth the price. Although Cycore seems to aim for After Effects users at this point in time, the article might be of interest for Discreet Combustion users, too.

Review
Barend Onneweer
Adobe After Effects
Creating Liquid LIght by David Zandnerg

Creating Liquid LIght by David Zandnerg

In this tutorial, David Zandnerg creates a 'Liquid Light' background element using some basic knowledge about Trapcode 3D Stroke & Shine and Turbulent Displace from Adobe. The important thing to remember is that this tutorial is flexible, so change it as you like to whatever works for you in terms of shape, color and size. Also keep in mind that the tutorial is designed to give you some idea of the simplicity of After Effects for creating abstract art or to just have fun.

Tutorial
David Zandnerg
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 a Nebula: Part One of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Creating a Nebula: Part One 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 invoved in re-creating his "Golden COW." In part one, we create the nebula. You'll need Image Lounge from Red Giant Software. If you don't have it, download the demo.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
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.

Tutorial
John Starr Dewar
Adobe Photoshop
Jim Harvey reviews Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks by Scott Kelby

Jim Harvey reviews Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks by Scott Kelby

Jim Harvey takes a look at Down & Dirty Tricks by Scott Kelby published by New Riders. Read why Jim says, ''...if you are looking for an easy to understand book, with tutorials that won't take you all night to complete, then the Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks book should find its way to your library.''

Review
Jim Harvey
Adobe After Effects
Creating Snow with Particle Playground

Creating Snow with Particle Playground

When Shane Oborn first started using AE, the plugin that intrigued me the most (next to Trapcode's Shine) was AE's Production Bundle plugin called Particle Playground. After inquiring about it some on the Cow, Shane received awesome feedback from the community, and in particular from Rick Gerard. This pushed him to learn some interesting things about Particle Playground, and this tutorial is a result of just a couple of the things he has learned so far. Shane suspects that with PP being so open-ended, there will be many tutorials to come that will highlight its abilities. His hope is that this tutorial can help you take one little step further in your discovery of PP's wonders.

Tutorial
Shane Oborn
Adobe After Effects
Total Trainings Whats New in After Effects 5

Total Trainings Whats New in After Effects 5

CreativeCOW leader, Mike Gondek examines a training series called Total Training After Effects 5.5 by Brian Maffitt & Steve Holmes.

Review
Mike Gondek
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
Light Storm EffectLight Storm Effect

Bill O'Neil demonstrates the use of After Effects 5.5's Motion Blur with shutter angle and phase settings to create a 'smear' of color that will become one of the most useful clips in your digital spice rack. This tutorial also uses AE 5.5's Vector Paint, Bezier Warp, Transfer Modes and Trapcode's Shine to create this very cool effect.

Tutorial
Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
Motion Blur with Shutter Angle and Phase SettingsMotion Blur with Shutter Angle and Phase Settings

Bill O'Neil demonstrates the use of After Effects 5.5's Motion Blur with shutter angle and phase settings to create a 'smear' of color that will become one of the most useful clips in your digital spice rack

Tutorial
Bill O'Neil
Trapcode
Dave LaRonde takes a look at Trapcode Shine

Dave LaRonde takes a look at Trapcode Shine

When Trapcode first introduced its Shine plugin, early practitioners marveled at its speed. Sure, Shine may be fast on a G4 or a Pentium IV machine, but what about a humble Powermac 9600/233? What if you're still using OS 8.6? What if you only have AE 4.1? How good is it working within those constraints? Dave LaRonde shares his experiences with using Trapcode Shine.

Review
Dave LaRonde
Adobe After Effects
Trapcode Shine: Write it with Light

Trapcode Shine: Write it with Light

Mark Simpson has written this tutorial in response to the many requests for info on a sample movie he posted in the Trapcode Forum using Shine in After Effects. This tutorial was done in AE4.1 using Filters from the Cult Effects Collection and the new Trapcode Plug-in Shine. Here's the rundown of how Mark creates the effect.

Tutorial
Mark Simpson
Adobe After Effects
Shine Video Wall in AE 5

Shine Video Wall in AE 5

In this tutorial, Jayse will show you how to use some of the cool new 3D features of After Effects 5 as well as using the new plug-in called Shine to liven up the scene.

Tutorial
Jayse Hansen
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