In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern designs a high impact motion graphics promo using Zaxwerks 3d serpentine plug-in.
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Adobe After Effects
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.
|3D 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.
Controlling Zaxwerks ProAnimator Pivot-Point
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.
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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.
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.
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Apple Final Cut Pro X
Apple Motion 5: Awesome Glass Title Effect for FCPX
"Create this frosted glass title effect for use in FCP X and amaze your friends," says longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell. "Nothing hugely fancy but a set of standard tricks you should find useful." Along the way, you'll work with clones, grouping, blurs, masking, levels, rigs, the Cellular generator, Glass Distortion, and the Extrude filter, along the typical plethora of Apple Motion workflow tweaks to provide maximum finesse with minimal effort. From there, you'll see how to add the title effect to FCPX, where you can customize and reuse to your heart's content.