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Adobe After Effects
Making a Tornado in After Effects using CC Particle World

Making a Tornado in After Effects using CC Particle World

Here's a quick tutorial showing how you can create a particle Twister in Adobe After Effects, using just the native plugins, mainly Cycore's CC Particle World with a bit of CC Vector Blur too.


Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
Scars, Tattoos & Digital Makeup: After Effects & Mocha Pro

Scars, Tattoos & Digital Makeup: After Effects & Mocha Pro

How do you add SCARS, TATTOOS or DIGITAL MAKEUP to a person's face? Learn how to use Mocha Pro's planar tracker and the Mesh Warp tool to insert a flat image/video on a (non flat) human face! Join VFX guru Tobias G from Surfaced Studio for a closer look!


Tobias G
RE:Vision Effects
Adobe Stock Motion Graphics Spotlight: Digital Juice

Adobe Stock Motion Graphics Spotlight: Digital Juice

Digital Juice has been a leading video resource for independent filmmakers and major television networks alike for over a decade. In collaboration with leading motion graphics designers, they have built an extensive collection of templates across multiple genres and styles.

Review
Dennis Radeke
Adobe After Effects
How to Keyframe a Wiggle in Adobe After Effects

How to Keyframe a Wiggle in Adobe After Effects

The Wiggle expression is really useful, but there are plenty of times when you want it to start, then fade down or vice versa.? This quick tutorial shows you a really simple way to control the Wiggle values using the Expression Controls effects.


Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
After Effects: Changing a Rounded Corner's Radius

After Effects: Changing a Rounded Corner's Radius

Here's a really short, mythbusting tip. Recieved wisdom is that when drawing a rounded rectangle mask, once you let go, you can't change the radius. Turns out you can!


Graham Quince
People in the News
Editor Phyllis Housen on Shaping Sundance Jury Prize Winning Drama CLEMENCY

Editor Phyllis Housen on Shaping Sundance Jury Prize Winning Drama CLEMENCY

Death row drama Clemency debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival (winning the US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize) and explores themes of the prison industrial complex through the eyes of warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) as the emotional weight of state executions begins to take its toll on her. Directed by Chinonye Chukwu, the film has created a renewed conversation around capital punishment, and editor Phyllis Housen worked alongside Chukwu to bring impact and realism to the story.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Adobe After Effects
Makin' Starfields: Create presets for 2D, 360 and 3D stars

Makin' Starfields: Create presets for 2D, 360 and 3D stars

In this tutorial, I take a look at generating stars in Adobe After Effects. We start with a simple 2D starfield, but then use Fractal Noise to add atmospheric distortion (twinkling) and then I show how to save this effect as a preset, so it becomes really easy to reuse. Next, I take a look at wrapping those 2D stars around the inside of a Sphere to create a 360 starfield.


Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
Makin' Interstellar-style Black Hole using CC Particle World

Makin' Interstellar-style Black Hole using CC Particle World

Graham Quince shows how to use Adobe After Effects and CC Particle World to make an Interstellar Black Hole.

Tutorial
Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
Makin' a Nebula by removing stars in Photoshop, then animating in After Effects

Makin' a Nebula by removing stars in Photoshop, then animating in After Effects

Makin' a Nebula by removing stars in Photoshop, then animating in After Effects


Graham Quince
Business & Career Building
Graduating into Uncertainty: Encouragement for 2020 Media Grads

Graduating into Uncertainty: Encouragement for 2020 Media Grads

So you’re graduating into a pandemic and a recessed economy. Hoo boy. As a Spring 2009 media program graduate, I have a feeling what’s going through your head right now and yeah, it’s not great is it? I’m sorry about this timing. It sucks.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview, Business
Kylee Peña
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: The Eye of Sauron

Apple Motion 5: The Eye of Sauron

It's not going to win an Academy Awards for visual effects, or so says longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell, but no matter how many of Simon's jaw-dropping extensions of what you thought was possible in Apple Motion you've already experienced, we still don't think you're ready for this: a fun series of tutorials that looks at creating the popular Eye of Sauron effect from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings saga using only the tools inside Apple Motion!


Simon Ubsdell
Adobe Creative Cloud
Turn Yourself Into a Cartoon Character for Your Next Video Call

Turn Yourself Into a Cartoon Character for Your Next Video Call

Virtual backgrounds from your favorite movies and Snapchat filters for Zoom and other web video conferencing platforms are played out, so now what? Have we got the answer for you! Adobe engineer Dan Ramirez takes you step by step through using Adobe Character Animator to turn yourself into a fully lip-synced real time animated cartoon character! You can either build characters yourself or start customizing from Adobe's libraries. It's fast, easy, and fun, with platform-specific instructions for both Mac and Windows.


Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Productions: New Collaboration and Productivity for Premiere Pro

Adobe Productions: New Collaboration and Productivity for Premiere Pro

When it was first announced at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020, the new Productions toolset for Adobe Premiere Pro looked like a dream come true for filmmakers and other visual storytellers who have been looking for next-generation collaboration, including cloud-enabled and remote-friendly workflows. Now that Productions is available starting April 14, Productions is revealed to be every bit as valuable for individual creators who want better organizational tools, greater security, and the ability to share assets including media files across projects with cross-project referencing.


Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
Bringing Homeland Home: Color Grading Season 8

Bringing Homeland Home: Color Grading Season 8

Keith Shaw of Keep Me Posted (a FotoKem company) has been the colorist for Showtime's Emmy-winning drama Homeland since its pilot episode in 2011. The show's eighth and final season brings the most extreme looks yet to a show shot in locations around the world, and where a scene that takes days to shoot unfolds in only minutes on screen. The challenge to create unified, consistent looks has never been steeper, but a rock-solid workflow from a global team is bringing the popular series home to a strong finish.


Karen Moltenbrey
Apple Motion
Apple Motion for Motion Graphics: Chasing Dots

Apple Motion for Motion Graphics: Chasing Dots

Thanks to longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell, you've already seen far more than you imagined from Apple Motion for titling, animation, and visual effects. Now get ready for...motion graphics? That's right, motion graphics in Apple Motion! In this clever tutorial ready made for your epidemiological explainer videos, Simon once again leads a master class in the depths of Motion's toolsets, including gradients, paths, cameras, and more.


Simon Ubsdell
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