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The Foundry's Mischief By Ko Maruyama Here's my 4 minute review after a first look at the software. Seriously - in 2 minutes, you'll be comfortable with the software. Why? Because it just does one thing - sketching. This is what it was meant to do. And it is RIDICULOUSLY FAST. ...Read More »
Cinema 4D R16 Motion Tracker Run-Through By Stephen Schleicher CINEMA 4D Studio is the very best that MAXON has to offer for professional 3D artists. If you want to create advanced 3D graphics but need a helping hand to ensure you create jaw-dropping graphics quickly and easily, then this is the choice for you. In this tutorial Stephen Schleicher runs through the new Motion Tracker in Cinema 4D R16, and shows how you can track 3D objects into your shot without the need of an additional application. ...Read More »
A Smashing Way to Make Glass Props! By David Hague All the best movies have a car chase (think Bullitt and the French Connection) but they also should have a bullet smashing a window - or anything smashing a window really. If you need to break a window or some such thing in your next production don't risk cuts and lacerations. Do it this way! (With stuff from the kitchen larder) ...Read More »
The Complete Guide to Creating Photoshop Filters By Dave Nagel I realized some time ago that it's simply too difficult for new readers of our publications to go hunting through the tutorials archives here to find all of the parts to our Filter Factory tutorial series. To date there have been six parts--two specific tutorials on generating 3D effects, one on customizing the interface of completed filters and three general pieces on working with the Filter Factory's expressions, functions and operators to generate effects. To this we now add our seventh and final part and conclude the series. ...Read More »
Transitional Animation By Diana Weynand, James Alguire and RevUpTansmedia Final Cut Pro X provides a number of interesting ways to animate video elements in the Viewer and Timeline to provide complex visual effects. But do you know how to create quick and simple animations just by using transitions? The beauty of this technique is its simplicity. No complex motion paths to adjust, no messing about with untold keyframes, just add a transition and set the timing and you're off to the next project. ...Read More »
GPU Computing Gems Jade Edition By Wen-mei W. Hwu, Mark Harris and Michael Garland The NVIDIA Fermi GPU architecture introduces new instructions designed to facilitate basic, but important, parallel primitives on per-thread predicates, as well as instructions for manipulating and querying bits within a word. This chapter demonstrates the application of these instructions in the construction of efficient parallel algorithm primitives such as reductions, scans, and segmented scans of binary or Boolean data. ...Read More »
Understanding Video Compositing By Gary Rebholz One set of compositing controls remain largely unexplored and underutilized by perhaps most Vegas Pro editors. The composite mode options give you a wide range of control over the look of your project, but many people don't understand how they work. So in this article, we'll take a look at some examples that will help you understand how composite modes work and how you can use them to enhance your projects. ...Read More »
Updated: 300+ Free After Effects Tutorials Mega List After Effects has always been a popular topic for our writers and editors. We thought it would be helpful to list - with direct links to them on our After Effects Channel - the more than 300 different After Effects tutorials we have so far. In this list are After Effects training videos, After Effects hands on tutorials and techniques, and lots of After Effects Quick Tips. All professional quality, and all free! Enjoy! ...Read More »
Video-Based Review of GridIron Flow 2.0 Essentials By Pedro Ruiz Think of Flow 2.0 essentials as a visual Dropbox for media assets, with versioning and time tracking. Let's take a look at a project I have setup. ...Read More »
Creating Photo Slideshows for Online Use By WIKI Do you have a commercial Blog and would like to promote your product or service on it? Photos is more than words. Why not create a photo slideshow to make it more attractive? Below is a tutorial helps you to make a photo slideshow for sites or blogs. ...Read More »
Neo 3D Tutorial -- Muxing 2D CineForm clips for 3D By David Newman Cineform CTO and co-founder David Newman demonstrates a brief tutorial for those getting started with 3D. This explains how to take separate Left and Right eye CineForm AVI or MOVs and multiplex them into a single CineForm 3D clip. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Colorizing black and white objects By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins discusses how to colorize black and white objects, footage, and effects. He covers hue, saturation, and lightness. He applies tint to the footage to remap white to a color and black to another color. He also works with tri-tone, which enables you to map the midtones; color balance to colorize an object that has a lot of gray in an image. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: The color balance effect By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins looks at how to change the actual color in footage, also known as color grading in the film industry. Chad uses the color balance effect in the effects and presets panel in After Effects to change the feel of a clip by adjusting its colors. He discusses a bit about color theory, discussing the color values of video, red, green, and blue. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Luminance Correction By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins looks at how to correct luminance, or brightness problems in your footage. He shows you the color corrections panel and discusses the auto levels and other auto effects, but also works in the levels effect, detailing the histogram which shows what is going on in your image, shadow areas, mid tones and highlights of the histogram. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Slowing down and speeding up video By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins covers the task of slowing down and speeding up video. He details how to slow down video footage and work with the stretch values in a clip, which expands the duration of the clip, or shortens the duration of the clip. He also works in the Time/Stretch dialog box, and the Time Warp effect as well. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Splitting a Layer By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins details how to split a layer, cutting a video clip or any layer to different pieces, which is especially helpful when using B-roll footage. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Applying video transitions By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins shows how to apply video transitions in After Effects, which is a bit more complicated than applying video transitions in a video editing application. He shows the transitions category in After EFfects, and details how most transitions work in After Effects, detailing the parameters and transition completion, wide angle, feathering the edge, and so on. ...Read More »
Autodesk Maya 2009 New Features: How to create Animation layers By George Maestri In this clip, host George Maestri takes a look at how to create layers, and shows how to create an animation layer. He creates a layer that has the body of a character, and Creates Layer from Selected. He warns to be careful when you create a layer that you put exactly what you want to animate into those layers. In the clip, he shows how to set a key move it forward and drop the body. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Replace footage already in the Timeline By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins details how to replace footage that you've already edited. He shows how to replace a clip with another clip, and the problem is he's already color corrected the footage and removed the green screen footage, and edited and trimmed the clip in the timeline. He then shows how to delete and replace a layer, and selects the footage that will be used to replace what is in the timeline. ...Read More »
Autodesk Maya 2009 New Features: Animation layers By George Maestri In this clip, host George Maestri takes a look at animation layers, which allow you to place motion on multiple layers and then mix and switch between different types of motion, and also belnd motion together to create all kinds of different effects. ...Read More »
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