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After Effects Quick Tip - Set First Vertex

After Effects Quick Tip - Set First Vertex
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Have you ever wanted to change the point where an animated mask starts, or where something animating along a path begins? Don't settle for where After Effects wants to start it, tell it where to start by setting the first vertex.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
After Effects Quick Tip - The Brainstorm Tool

After Effects Quick Tip - The Brainstorm Tool
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Have you ever been stuck coming up with an idea when working in After Effects? Ever had a picky producer, who has no idea what they want? Brainstorm is the perfect tool to use, to help get your creativity flowing, no matter what the situation.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects Quick Tip - Re-Positioning Made Easy

Adobe After Effects Quick Tip - Re-Positioning Made Easy
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Don't waste time trying to adjust the parameters of your keyframes in Adobe After Effects when a client wants to make a change. These types of changes should be quick and easy...and they are.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Quick Tip - After Effects - After Effects Mathematics

Quick Tip - After Effects - After Effects Mathematics
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Do you wish there was an easy way to make quick mathematical adjustments to your parameter values inside of After Effects (i.e. - increase your scale by 3.78 times)? Well, believe it or not, there is. This Quick Tip will show you another great way to speed up your AE workflow.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Shatter-Mation in After Effects

Shatter-Mation in After Effects
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Rob Mize introduces "Shatter-Mation", the use of AE's Shatter Effect to animate text, logos and other shapes. Rob demonstrates how the Shatter Effect's Force and Physics parameters can be adjusted to precisely control objects in 3D space for a wide variety of effects and transitions within Adobe After Effects.

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Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects Quick Tip - Cleaning up messy projects

Adobe After Effects Quick Tip - Cleaning up messy projects
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Nothing is worse than trying to work in an After Effects project that's an absolute mess. In this AE Quick Tip, you will see how simple it is to clean up a project to make it easier to work in, or archive.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Particle World Transitions: Part 2

Particle World Transitions: Part 2
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Rob Mize further develops the techniques demonstrated in Part 1 of this tutorial. He applies the Particle World Text to Sand effect to 3D text created using the Shatter Effect, and composites that onto a background. He then reverses the effect, changing sand into an onscreen character who finally, blows away as dust in the wind.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects Quick Tip - Auto-Creating Compositions

Adobe After Effects Quick Tip - Auto-Creating Compositions
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When working in Adobe After Effects, you can get footage from just about anywhere, and in most cases, you don't have the time to figure out what the client gave you, as in most cases, they don't even know. This quick tip will show you how to match your composition to a clip in your project to get you animating in AE in no time flat.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
3D Sci-Fi Metallic Typography

3D Sci-Fi Metallic Typography
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Create a cool 3D sci-fi textured type look in Adobe After Effects with Matthew Tompkins, using the Fractal Noise, Texturize and Roughen Edges effects along with Expressions, Luma Mattes, Motion Blur and pseudo 3D Camera techniques.

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Matthew Tompkins
Adobe After Effects
Particle World Transitions: Part 1

Particle World Transitions: Part 1
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Rob Mize demonstrates how to use Particle World in After Effects to transition text, logos and other images into a variety of particle effects, including sand, dust, smoke, fire...even a melting effect.

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Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Creating Pseudo Effects for After Effects

Creating Pseudo Effects for After Effects
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In this podcast, Jesse Toula shows the advantages to using Pseudo Effects, will walk through creating one from scratch in an .XML file, and assist you in making your own presets more organized and professional looking.

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Jesse Toula
Adobe After Effects
3D tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro: Part 1

3D tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro: Part 1
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Part 1 of this tutorial series on 3D tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro explores the ability of the new FreeForm Pro plugin to create organic looking 3d tunnels in AE. Whether used for a scifi shot, a medical animated illustration or another fx shot, the tunnels created using FreeForm Pro give you the ability to move around them on the outside and fly inside.

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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 4: Repousse

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 4: Repousse
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In this final tutorial on extruding 3D text & shapes in After Effects, Andrew Devis has a look at using Repousse from Photoshop as a way of creating quite detailed 3D text. While having some serious drawbacks, if all you have is the Production Premium or Master Suite then this technique can certainly produce high quality results. However, if shadows are required this may just drive you mad!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Create an After Effects Tornado

Create an After Effects Tornado
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Rob Mize demonstrates how to create a tornado in After Effects and control all aspects of its appearance and movement. It's all done with Particle World so there are no 3rd party plug-ins required.

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Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 3: Zaxwerks & 3D Applications

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 3: Zaxwerks & 3D Applications
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In this third tutorial on extruding 3D text and shapes in After Effects, Andrew Devis looks at a plug-in specifically designed for the task by Zaxwerks.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Out of the Rabbit Hole - Text Transitions

Out of the Rabbit Hole - Text Transitions
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Learn tips about working in 3D, using cameras, expressions, and the graph editor - all while making a unique Carroll-esque motion graphic title sequence.

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Grant Swanson
Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 2: The Shatter Method

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 2: The Shatter Method
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In this second tutorial on extruding 3D text and shapes in After Effects, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to use the shatter effect to create some stylish and fast rendering 3D text and shapes. In addition to this, Andrew also shows how to apply and animate textures to the extruded items as well as how to create shadows from your creation.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 1: The Duplication Method

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 1: The Duplication Method
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Extruding 3D text and shapes can be done in a number of different ways in After Effects using either native tools or 3rd party plug-ins. In this first tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the duplication method which uses numerous layers of the same item to create the illusion of depth. Andrew shows the simple expression to use to make the job quick and easy as well as showing how to change the source layer to animate shapes.

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Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Part 2: Scripting For After Effects

Part 2: Scripting For After Effects
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In this tutorial, Jesse Toula will walk you through the basics of creating scripts for After Effects. Part 2 focuses on the After Effects specific concepts as we go through the creation of a simple script. After going through this tutorial, you sill have a solid foundation on which to further your knowledge of scripts and how they can help speed up and improve your work-flow.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Jesse Toula
Adobe After Effects
Sketching with After Effects

Sketching with After Effects
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Rob Mize shows how to use After Effects to create the effect of sketching images onto the screen. Created from your video or other images, the sketch can then animate as rolling footage. This is a fun and versatile effect that requires no 3rd party plug-ins.

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Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Part 1: Scripting for After Effects

Part 1: Scripting for After Effects
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In this tutorial, Jesse Toula will walk you through the basics to scripting for After Effects. Part 1 will go over the basic JavaScript concepts that will be needed to create your first script. This tutorial will not turn you into an expert, but it will give you a starting point and a basic understanding of the capabilities of scripts and how they can help improve your work-flow.

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Jesse Toula
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
Adobe After Effects
Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 1

Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 1
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In this video tutorial, Rob Mize shows how to use After Effects to create masks and simple expressions to generate and animate Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Area Graphs and Pie Charts in 3D space. This tutorial is part one of a two-part series.

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Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Photoshop and AE: Converting Frame Rates

Photoshop and AE: Converting Frame Rates
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In this Photoshop and AE tutorial Richard Harrington explores 'Retiming Footage' and how you can convert frame rates easily using advanced frame blending controls inside of After Effects.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe After Effects
Animating a Camera 3: Controllers & Point of View

Animating a Camera 3: Controllers & Point of View
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In his third tutorial on animating cameras in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to build a controller layer to simplify the process of animating the camera rig and what happens when you have the right settings but the wrong layer order. Lastly, Andrew shows how to use the controller layer itself as a way of changing and animating the point of view of the whole camera rig.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
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