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Turning After Effects CC Particle World Into a 3D Galaxy

Turning After Effects CC Particle World Into a 3D Galaxy

Want to create an epic space scene with only the tools built into Adobe After Effects? Starting with After Effects' native CC Particle World, Graham Quince shows how to create a spectacular 3D spiral galaxy using null objects, 3D layers, and expressions to define where CC Particle World adds particles in (After Effects) space.

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Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
3D Dance Show in After Effects

3D Dance Show in After Effects

When Ari Grunzeweig needed to create a dynamic promo, he turned to a remarkable combination of keyed footage, particles, and the dynamic 3D compositing and cameras in Adobe After Effects to build a virtual world exploding with dance and light. Take a look to see how to build your own 3D world in After Effects.

Tutorial, Feature
Ari Grunzeweig
Adobe After Effects
Perfect Chroma Keys from Bad Green Screens in After Effects

Perfect Chroma Keys from Bad Green Screens in After Effects

High-quality green screen footage is a luxury that many of us will never have. Your quest for perfect chroma keys from awful green screen footage is nearing its happy conclusion as Bracer Jack shows you exactly how to achieve success using only the tools built into Adobe After Effects.

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Bracer Jack
Adobe After Effects
Introducing Rotoscoping With mocha for Adobe After Effects

Introducing Rotoscoping With mocha for Adobe After Effects

Imagineer's mocha is Academy Award-winning technology for rotoscoping and motion tracking that's ideal for use with Adobe After Effects. Visual effects artist and editor Ruan Lotter shows some of the keys to unlocking this exceptionally powerful tool.

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Ruan Lotter
Adobe After Effects
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
Adobe After Effects
Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood VFX - Michael Bay Look

Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood VFX - Michael Bay Look
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe breaks down how to create the cool lens filter effect that Michael Bay uses in almost all of his movies. Although in most cases this effect is created "in-camera", there are reasons you would want to do the effect in post. Once you see how to create this effect, it will become a "go-to" effect you can keep in your back pocket for those clients whose footage needs that extra boost!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood Visual Effects - AvP TWO

Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood Visual Effects - AvP TWO
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe builds on lesson one by not only showing you how to break down a title treatment and animate it on the screen, but also how to use the Adobe Bridge to your advantage to take animations that might take you minutes or hours to create, and be able to drop them on in seconds.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood Visual Effects - AvP ONE

Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood Visual Effects - AvP ONE
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe creates a Hollywood-style effect to simulate the end tag of a big budget trailer. The techniques in this lesson can be transferred over to creating bumpers and endtags for television, as well as elements for DVD and Blu-ray releases.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Advanced AECC Techniques: FIVE - Advanced Paths

Advanced AECC Techniques: FIVE - Advanced Paths
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe takes you through paths right from the most basic, all the way up to advanced Motion Sketching. Although technically not a path, the advanced Motion Sketching part of the lesson will really help add realism to your work, and take it to the next level.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Advanced AECC Techniques: FOUR - 2.5D Text

Advanced AECC Techniques: FOUR - 2.5D Text
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to create a 2.5D text. Why would you want to do this? Cinema 4D Lite can be a big learning curve for most, and the built in extrusion feature of After Effects can take a long time to process. This technique that Kevin will demonstrate creates awesome looking "almost 3D" text, with lightning quick render times.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
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
Advanced AECC Techniques: THREE - Realistic Composites

Advanced AECC Techniques: THREE - Realistic Composites
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to create a realistic composite using Mocha AE and Keylight. This tutorial shows you how not to overthink things when compositing. Keep it simple, straightforward, and don't be afraid to throw in a little flair at the end.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Advanced AECC Techniques: TWO - Chroma Key

Advanced AECC Techniques: TWO - Chroma Key
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you why using the standard AE keyer in AE CC is the wrong choice. Keylight should be your only tool for every chroma key situation you run into. Not only is it powerful enough to key through sheer clothing, but it's also super simple to use.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
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
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
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
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 62: Export 8 - Understanding Pre-render

AE Basics 62: Export 8 - Understanding Pre-render
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 62: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains what Pre-rendering is and why it would be useful in your projects as well as what to look for when pre-rendering to ensure you don't have problems later in your production.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
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