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!

https://youtu.be/Zp1aPgLx4RQ

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.

2014 Epic Storms and Tornadoes from Artbeats

Years ago I met Phil Bates, CEO of Artbeats, one of the most recognized stock footage library companies, to discuss the work he was doing with time-lapse photography that created many of the companies most used and recognized clips. It was interesting getting his take on what can sometimes be a very tedious job of shooting stock footage for sale. This summer Phil spent time driving around the Midwest chasing storms for the company’s new collection. While he didn’t make it as far west as Hays, Kansas. Phil did capture some epic storms, supercells and probably more tornadoes than he cares to remember.

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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!

TRAILER: Side by Side

When I was but a young man, I always wanted to shoot film – real film, the kind that breathes life into the image it is capturing.  Budget and location proved to me very quickly that once my days of 8mm shooting were done, that video would have to take its place.  Since then, I’ve been a video guy, but with the introduction of the CineAlta, the realization that film was a dead medium for modern motion pictures became clear.  George Lucas cemented it when he shot Star Wars Episodes 1-3.  Today, with the Canon 5D and others, that prospect of creating stories that have nearly the same dynamics as film, and that are being shown in movie theaters, is once again something within reach to everyone.

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How to do an awesome product review (and anger the company at the same time)

So I’ve been working on some ways to get back into reviews, but instead of text based, I want to do them as video shorts.  Of course that means one has to figure out how to make the video interesting and not a boring rundown of features someone can read off the back of a product brochure.  Jonathan Yi had the same idea when he got his hands on a new Canon EOS C300, but his humor didn’t sit well with the company.

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VIDEO: Mobius

If you are still wondering what the new Canon EOS c300 is capable of doing, check out Vincent Laforet’s Mobius in glorious 1080p.

This is truly an outstanding piece of work by Mr. Laforet. And the camera has the ability to capture stunning images (with very little noise) with very little light. For a run and gun, low budget, and documentary filmmakers who don’t want to carry around a lot of lighting equipment, this camera looks awesome.