Category Archives: After Effects

Adobe After Effects on Metal

If you saw the entire WWDC 2015 presentation, you probably heard that Adobe is committed to bringing Metal to all of its applications.  What does that mean for After Effects users? It means speed, dammit, SPEED!

Apple says that the new Metal API will offer up 8X the rendering speed, which is great. I just hope it doesn’t also mean I will need to get a Mac Pro to do it, as I’m kinda poor right now. Still, if this works seamlessly on my iMac, then a lot of the post work I’ve been doing on the Major Spoilers Video YouTube channel is going to be a breeze.

I’ll find out more, and see exactly how well it performs when everything is released.

MAXON announces Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite R16 for Adobe After Effects CC

Press Release

MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today announced MAXON Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite Release 16, now available in the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC (2014.1) . The upgrades symbolize the ongoing strategic relationship between MAXON and Adobe to deliver improved integration and performance between MAXON’s powerful 3D application, Cinema 4D, and Adobe’s industry-leading software. The new updates to the Cineware workflow, available in the Fall release of After Effects CC 2014, are designed to optimize performance and enhance creative capabilities.

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TUTORIAL: Keying in Adobe After Effects CS6

I do a show called The Want List that requires a bunch of keying in Adobe After Effects. In this video I walk you through my process of going from Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to Adobe After Effects CS6 and back again, and along the way demonstrate how I use Keylight to key out the green screen background.

Adobe After Effects CS6 Walk Through

Adobe After Effects CS6 has a number of new features. Included in this walk-through/demo, are the new caching features, the 3D Camera Tracker, and Advanced 3D Render engine that allows the user to extrude text.

I was up late last night recording this, and there are a few times I totally say one word, when I mean another… duhr.

Make sure you watch this full size at 1080p!

TUTORIAL: Tracking a Trophy with Mocha for After Effects

This is a live in-class tutorial/demonstration of how to use Mocha for AE to track the front of a trophy, and then replace it with a new faceplate for an interstitial for an awards program.

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Enter The Mercury Men

I can’t wait until this web series if finally released; what a great looking mix of sci-fi and pulp noir.  Plus there are all those After Effects effects.

Edward Borman, a lowly government office drone, finds himself trapped, when the deadly Mercury Men seize his office building as a staging ground for their nefarious plot. Aided by a daring aerospace engineer from a mysterious organization known as “The League,” Edward must stop the invaders and their doomsday device, the Gravity Engine.

More at the Mercury Men website.

Adobe Reveals Creative Suite 3 Production Premium

Adobe released the information on the all new line of products, which I will call the CS3 line. It is all very sweet and totally rocks. There is a grand unveiling this afternoon at 3:30 PM EDT at the launch website. The complete press release follows. Be on the look out for new tutorials and review in the coming weeks.

Cross Platform Suite Integrates Video Editing, Audio, Effects, Graphics and Multimedia Tools

Adobe Systems Incorporated announced Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium software, a complete integrated post-production solution. Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium offers unprecedented levels of integration across major new releases of its video, audio and web software, including Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, Adobe Encore CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, and Adobe Soundbooth CS3. Now post-production and rich media professionals have a complete, cross-platform, integrated workflow that enables them to create and deliver visually innovative projects for film, broadcast, web, DVD, and mobile devices.

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Adobe Goes Cross Platform

Adobe Production Studio available on Mac and Windows

Today Adobe Systems announced the next release of Adobe Production Studio would be going cross platform for all applications. Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator have been available on the Macintosh platform for years, but now Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Encore and Adobe Soundbooth will be making the migration as well.

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DV Rebel’s Guide Delayed – AGAIN

Yet another message from Amazon today to inform me the DV Rebel’s Guide I had spoken about yesterday has been delayed … AGAIN! Pre-orders for this book happened way back in May of 2006, and at this rate, it will be May 2007 before the book finally arrives. I’m not going to blame Stu for the delay in delivery, but rather his publisher Peachpit Press.

I know fans are becoming more and more rabid about getting their hands on the book. I’m sure it will be a valuable resource, but the longer the delays, the worse the backlash on Stu will be.

Note to Peachpit: Release the book already!

DV Rebel’s Guide

dvcover.jpgI’ve been PATIENTLY waiting for Stu Maschwitz’s DV Rebel’s Guide book to come out (originally scheduled to be released in October 2006). Looks like it is finally getting closer as Amazon now has it showing up at my door sometime between now and January 8th. For those of you who can’t wait, the Guide now has its own website.

Currently, there is a breakdown of the Table of Contents, a sample of both The Last Birthday, and the Rebel Color Corrector (now Red Giant’s Colorista), and a discussion of Squibs.

Here’s hoping the book does arrive on time (this time) and isn’t held off by Peachpit any longer. I’m really looking forward to seeing what valuable insight Stu has to offer that hasn’t been talked about in hundreds of other books with similar topics.
via Rebel’s Guide (link)