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You Ask, I Answer: Why are my renders so big?

You Ask, I Answer: Why are my renders so big?
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewer's e-mail, and talks about how to properly compress your After Effects renders so they will playback properly in any application that you might need them.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Customize Text in After Effects

Customize Text in After Effects
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Rob Mize demonstrates a number of techniques to create your own unique text with After Effects. Learn how particles, masks and combinations of effects can be used to create and animate an unlimited library of text customizations... all without 3rd party plugs-ins.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
AE CS6 - Pro Import After Effects

AE CS6 - Pro Import After Effects
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you the newly integrated Automatic Duck Pro Import into After Effects CS6. Now called simply Pro Import After Effects, this fantastic tool will give you a bridge from Final Cut Pro 6/7, Motion or Media Composer/Symphony right into an AE composition. Once you see the simplicity of your workflow, you'll never go back.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Creating an After Effects Sunrise

Creating an After Effects Sunrise
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Rob Mize shows how to create the effect of a sunrise using only After Effects and a background graphic. This project employs techniques using masks, solids, shapes and effects that can be useful for a variety of projects. Whether creating this effect or some other, After Effects is a great way to start the day.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
What's new in After Effects CS6: Shapes from Vector Layers

What's new in After Effects CS6: Shapes from Vector Layers
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how, using the great new "Create Shapes from Vector Layers" command in After Effects CS6, you can create 3D extruded client logos in minutes, as opposed to having to wait hours for a 3D application to render it out.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
AE Basics 44: Shaping Text And Advanced Options

AE Basics 44: Shaping Text And Advanced Options
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AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 44: In this (more advanced) tutorial, Andrew Devis shows the options to change the way text moves through its range and explains how to change this from the default smooth animation to a much more 'digital' or abrupt instant change. Andrew then goes on to demonstrate more of the advanced options in the timeline to 'shape' your text so that it can have a more interesting or dramatic look allowing for the type of animation that would be very difficult to achieve otherwise.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Create a Rotating Counter TWO: Adding & Adjusting a Bounce

Create a Rotating Counter TWO: Adding & Adjusting a Bounce
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In the second part of this 2 part tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to animate the rotation of this group of layers as well as how use and adjust an expression that ships with After Effects to have the layers bounce in place as they stop which can give the sense of the counter having some real mechanical properties rather than just a linear of easy-ease keyframe approach.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Create a Rotating Counter ONE: Positioning 3D Layers

Create a Rotating Counter ONE: Positioning 3D Layers
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In the first part of this 2 part tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create and place layers in 3d space such that they can be rotated as a single group to be used for a rotating counter. Andrew shows how to create and place the layers using both the math function of AE as well as a handy and simple expression that places layers a fixed distance or rotation from the previous layer. He then goes on the show how to create and use a controller for the multiple layers so that they act as a single group. In the next tutorial, Andrew will show how to animate the rotation of this group of layers as well as how use and adjust an expression that ships with After Effects to have the layers bounce in place as they stop which can give the sense of the counter having some real mechanical properties rather than just a linear of easy-ease keyframe approach.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Introducing After Effects CS6 - Extruded Text and Shapes

Introducing After Effects CS6 - Extruded Text and Shapes
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In this introductory tutorial to the new 3D capabilities of After Effects CS6, Kevin P McAuliffe shows the basics of how to extrude text and shapes inside of After Effects CS6, and also shows how tight integration with Adobe's Illustrator will have you creating powerful client logos in minutes, instead of in separate 3D applications.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects: Compositing Actors in Virtual 3D Sets

Adobe After Effects: Compositing Actors in Virtual 3D Sets
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Rob Mize follows up his Creating Virtual 3D Sets tutorial with this demonstration of how to composite real-life actors into these 3 dimensional environments. Learn how to create an effective sense of interaction between your actors and their virtual environment using only your green screened footage and AE's 3D capabilities.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
FreeForm Pro and Aqua Pack: Basic introductory series Part 2

FreeForm Pro and Aqua Pack: Basic introductory series Part 2
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The second tutorial from the series describes techniques for manipulating the depth map and texture map that can be used for a logo reveal.

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Tudor 'Ted' Jelescu
Adobe After Effects
Panning Large Scenes Using Target Layers in 3D

Panning Large Scenes Using Target Layers in 3D
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In this follow-on tutorial to his short series on working in 3D space, Andrew Devis shows how to use this simple technique to quickly and accurately pan around large layers/compositions to zoom in to the exact point required each time. You'll use target layers to get the exact coordinates needed for accurate panning - simple but effective!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
FreeForm Pro and Aqua Pack: Basic introductory series Part 1

FreeForm Pro and Aqua Pack: Basic introductory series Part 1
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Introductory series (first in a set of three) for simulation of large bodies of water, water environments and water replacement in After Effects using FreeForm Pro from Mettle and the Aqua Pack enhancement pack.

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Tudor
Adobe After Effects
Working in 3D Part 4: Finessing Camera Animation

Working in 3D Part 4: Finessing Camera Animation
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In this final tutorial in a set of four on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis builds on the quick and simple camera animation technique demonstrated in the previous tutorial by showing how to finesse your camera animation with various techniques so that you can end up with a professional result very quickly and with very little effort.

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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
Adobe After Effects
Working in 3D Part 2: Setting up a Static 3D Particle System

Working in 3D Part 2: Setting up a Static 3D Particle System
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In this second tutorial in a set of 4 on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to set up a 3D particle system so that all the particles are static for the whole of the composition. The reason why this is done is that as the camera passes the static particles, it helps to enhance or volumize the 3D space adding both interest and parallax into your scene. In the last 2 tutorials, Andrew will show how to set up a very quick and simple camera animation technique and then show how to finesse the animation of that camera for excellent results.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Working in 3D Part 1: Setting up a 3D Scene

Working in 3D Part 1: Setting up a 3D Scene
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In this first tutorial in a set of 4 on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to set up your layers in 3D space and how to view all the layers without ruining your camera view. Andrew sets up 4 layers in 3D space, moving both their positions and rotations. In the next tutorial, Andrew will show how to set up a static 3D particle system which will enhance the 3D effect as the camera eventually animates through 3D space. In the last 2 tutorials, Andrew will show how to use a very quick and simple technique to animate the camera and then how to finesse the animation of that camera for excellent results.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Importing 3D models into Adobe's After Effects

Importing 3D models into Adobe's After Effects
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Most people think that the only way to work with real extruded 3D elements or 3D models inside of After Effects, is by purchasing a 3rd-Party Plug-in. Well, that's just not the case. In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe show's you how, with a little help from Adobe's Photoshop, you can import and work with .3DS models inside of Adobe's After Effects, and have the model be effected by the 3D cameras in your compositions.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Virtual 3D Sets with After Effects

Virtual 3D Sets with After Effects
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Rob Mize demonstrates techniques for creating a virtual set in 3D space. He shows how you can build sophisticated, detailed environments, where your actors appear to interact with their 3 dimensional surroundings. Build the set of your dreams using nothing more than After Effects, a few textures and your creativity.

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Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Lite Bite for After Effects: The Tilt Shift Effect

Lite Bite for After Effects: The Tilt Shift Effect
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In this tutorial, Martin Ainsworth will demonstrate the "Tilt Shift" effect also known as "Toy Town Look" using Abobe After Effect. This simple yet very power technique can add an extra dimension to an opening introduction.

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Martin Ainsworth
Adobe After Effects
Lite Bite for AE: Using Lower BPC on Higher BPC Projects

Lite Bite for AE: Using Lower BPC on Higher BPC Projects
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"Lite Bites" are short no-frills tutorials giving quick answers for busy people. In this next AE Lite Bite tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use 8 or 16 bpc effects safely on 16 or 32 bpc projects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Lite Bite for After Effects: How To Animate Text on a Path

Lite Bite for After Effects: How To Animate Text on a Path
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"Lite Bites" are short no-frills tutorials giving quick answers for busy people. In this next AE Lite Bite tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to quickly and easily animate text on a path.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
You Ask, I Answer: Masking vs Track Matting Part 2: Adobe AE

You Ask, I Answer: Masking vs Track Matting Part 2: Adobe AE
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In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe takes a look at doing the same viewer requested track matting technique he showed in Motion 5, but the time he demonstrates the technique inside of Adobe After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Lite Bite for After Effects: A Simple Light Wrap Effect

Lite Bite for After Effects: A Simple Light Wrap Effect
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"Lite Bites" are short no-frills tutorials giving quick answers for busy people. In this first AE Lite Bite tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to make a quick 'light wrap' effect for a keyed item so that the edge or alpha channel of the keyed item includes some of the pixels from the background element so that it starts to look as if the two items really belong together.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
After Effects Tutorial: Using the Scribble & Stroke Effects

After Effects Tutorial: Using the Scribble & Stroke Effects
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The "Scribble" and the "Stroke" effects are often overlooked due to the fact that it isn't immediately obvious how they work as they won't work unless applied in a very particular way. In this in-depth tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to apply these effects and then goes through the many options in each effect which can make them very powerful and able to produce a surprisingly large variety of results.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
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