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LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial Part TWO with New Feature

LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial Part TWO with New Feature
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LightGrid Script creator Brian Charles demonstrates his newly modified After Effects script for rigging lights in grids and circles. The modified script with the new feature, which adds the ability to enable individual light colors through a checkbox in the effect control panel, is available as a free download in the Project Files folder.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Brian Charles
Adobe After Effects
Green Screen Billboard Compositing

Green Screen Billboard Compositing

This After Effects tutorial demonstrates how to simulate augmented reality centered around a city billboard by compositing green screen footage and editing it into the scene.

Tutorial
Ari Grunzeweig
Adobe After Effects
After Effects Handwriting Tutorial

After Effects Handwriting Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to create an animation of a marker writing out a logo or a few words, followed by a slick reveal to an actual logo.

Tutorial
Ari Grunzeweig
Adobe After Effects
LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial

LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial
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LightGrid Script creator Brian Charles demonstrates his After Effects script for rigging lights in grids and circles. The script is available as a free download in the Project Files folder.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Brian Charles
Art of the Edit
Post Production: Pixel vs. DPI for Graphics

Post Production: Pixel vs. DPI for Graphics
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In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter explains why pixel size matters over dpi when you create graphics for video.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
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
Art of the Edit
Post Etiquette 4: Keep Calm and Carry On

Post Etiquette 4: Keep Calm and Carry On
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Working under pressure is sometimes unavoidable in video production. Don't lose your cool!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Art of the Edit
Post Etiquette 3: Attitude? Yep I Have One

Post Etiquette 3: Attitude? Yep I Have One
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The way you interact with your client can help create a better environment for collaboration.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Art of the Edit
Post Etiquette 2: Engage Your Client

Post Etiquette 2: Engage Your Client
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Don't turn your back on your client! Instead, create an ideal environment for collaboration.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Art of the Edit
Post Etiquette 1: Clean Your Room!

Post Etiquette 1: Clean Your Room!
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Mom always said clean your room! Walter Biscardi, Jr explains why a clean edit suite still matters - especially when clients pay a visit.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART TWO

Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART TWO
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In this second part of a two-part tutorial on character animation lip-sync techniques, Andrew Devis shows how to build a simple rig to speed up your animation. Building on the basics of the first tutorial Andrew goes on to show how to set up the rig and arrange it so that you can drag a box over a text representation of the mouth shape that you want and have it animate in your timeline. Andrew uses both a slider and a layer to demonstrate this technique and to try and make it as clear as possible, however, it is also possible to skip the slider and just use the layer position - have a play and see how you can improvise this technique for your own work.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART ONE

Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART ONE
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In the first part of this two-part tutorial, Andrew Devis shows the basics of a character animation lip-sync technique in After Effects that uses time remapping to select which mouth shape to use at any time. While a good basic method to achieve the goal however, it requires the animator to remember what frame number any particular mouth shape is located on and so in the following tutorial Andrew carries on to show how to create a simple rig which makes the whole process far easier for the animator with good visual feedback.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Creative Fireworks in Adobe After Effects

Creative Fireworks in Adobe After Effects
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Rob Mize shares his techniques for using After Effects to create a variety of fireworks displays. All you need is CC Particle World, a few expressions and a reason to celebrate and you can light up your world with dazzling pyrotechnic effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
AE - RE:MATCH Non-matching Cameras in After Effects

AE - RE:MATCH Non-matching Cameras in After Effects
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates a relatively new plug-in by RE:Vision Effects called RE:Match and how it can very quickly and accurately deal with the very common problem of non-matching cameras in After Effects. A typical approach to dealing with say a white balance issue would be to apply Color Finesse 3 and work with that which can be a slightly convoluted process, while RE:Match deals with the whole thing in a couple of clicks! This very powerful effect can save a great deal of time for an everyday problem and so earn its cost back very quickly as well as giving excellent and fast results. There is another tutorial showing how this effect works in Premiere Pro as there is a slightly different way the two applications deal with reference images.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation Part TWO

AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation Part TWO
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In the second part of this two part AE Basics Extra tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to build the butterfly in After Effects and then shows how to keep it 3D as it is formed. Items covered in this tutorial include custom views, 3D and collapse transforms to keep items working in 3D once pre-composed, duplication and flipping layers, vertical type, text formatting, and complex animations with motion sketch. These tutorials will be valuable for anyone learning and developing text animation skills in After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation

AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation
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In the first part of this two part AE Basics Extra tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to show how to create a butterfly wing with text. The purpose of these tutorials is to give additional hints and tips for text animation in After Effects. Items covered in this tutorial include, using the pen tool, paths, copying mask paths to shape layers, text along a path and path option, 3D layers, animation of a wing, loopOut expression and viewing your composition in a different viewer. In the second part of this tutorial Andrew will go on to complete the animated butterfly in 3D and show how to have it fly around your screen.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics Extras: Caterpillar Text Animation

AE Basics Extras: Caterpillar Text Animation
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In this AE Basics Extra tutorial, Andrew Devis shows some more text animation techniques by animating 'Caterpillar' text in After Effects. Andrew shows how to shape your text so that it curves from large to small to create a 'tail' for the text and then he shows how to set up and animate the path that the text will use. Andrew then goes on to lock the text to the animated path and continues by adding additional animators to give body movement to the animated text. This is a helpful tutorial for anyone wanting to learn to use a wider range of options for text animation in After Effects. Andrew will be following up with a similar but different tutorial looking at creating a flying butterfly text!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects Techniques
IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 2: The Walk Cycle

IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 2: The Walk Cycle
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In this second tutorial on animating an IK character Andrew Devis shows us how to create and refine a walk cycle with our IK controlled character such that it walks in time with the music we had set up in the previous tutorial.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 1: Finding the Beat

IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 1: Finding the Beat
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This tutorial is both a follow-on tutorial to Andrew's previous tutorials on IK controllers in After Effects and a helpful stand-alone tutorial showing how to define a beat range to use as a guide to animation in After Effects. To start with Andrew shows how to use a simple expression to deal with a potential problem of controllers scaling your objects. Then Andrew shows how to find and download sample music which can be used to base your animation on. He goes on to discuss the difficulty of matching frame rates with audio sample rate and then shows how to get a reasonably close 'loop' in both After Effects and especially in Audition.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation PT 2

AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation PT 2
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Standard character animation in After Effects uses a process called 'Forward Kinematics' in that we animate down a linked chain - for example, upper arm linked to forearm linked to hand. To get animation we need to move the items down the chain one at a time. Inverse Kinematics creates a link back up the chain such that moving the hand would also move the forearm and the upper arm without breaking that link. This is a simpler and easier way to control animation and is often used in 3D programs such as C4D and 3ds max etc. and allows us to control the animation for the complete chain through a single controller.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation

AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation
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Standard character animation in After Effects uses a process called 'Forward Kinematics' in that we animate down a linked chain - for example, upper arm linked to forearm linked to hand. To get animation we need to move the items down the chain one at a time. Inverse Kinematics creates a link back up the chain such that moving the hand would also move the forearm and the upper arm without breaking that link. This is a simpler and easier to control form of animation often used in 3D programs such as C4D and 3ds max etc. and allows us to control the animation for the complete chain through a single controller.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Creating Reflections in After Effects WITHOUT Plug-ins!

Creating Reflections in After Effects WITHOUT Plug-ins!
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In this tutorial, Steve will show you how to give your text or logos the appearance of having reflections that interact movement! And you can do all of this in After Effects without using any plug-ins!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Steve Lidrbauch
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics Extras: More Repetition PART TWO

AE Basics Extras: More Repetition PART TWO
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. In this second 'Extra' tutorial in the AE Basics series, Andrew Devis shows how to create shapes from text, how to rotate that shape into a circle, how to move the circle into a line and finally how to create other very interesting looks with the use of the repeater tool - including how to create spirals, make the shapes seem to come out at you from the screen and how to move and control these exciting options, all within the one layer.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics 64: Expression Controllers PART ONE

AE Basics 64: Expression Controllers PART ONE
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 64: Expression Controllers are a way to simplify the animation controls for a given composition. Although some people are initially worried by the idea of using Expressions, using and controlling Expression Controllers is both easy and effective - especially so when dealing with complex animations. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to use Expression Controllers in Adobe After Effects. Andrew starts by showing how to control a single parameter with one type of controller and then goes on to show how to separate two parameters with an array while applying an Expression Controller to one of those two separated controllers.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 63: Persistent Disc Cache (CS6 & Above)

AE Basics 63: Persistent Disc Cache (CS6 & Above)
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 63: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains a significant 'under the hood' improvement in CS6 which reduces the need for 'Pre-rendering' and makes the operation of After Effects much faster. These improvements are called the 'Global Performance Cache' and the 'Persistent Disc Cache'. Andrew explains how these operate, options to use background rendering and the work-flow savings this offers.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
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