Zaxwerks ProAnimator

A friend of mine just released a new training series for After Effects and the plug-in Zaxwerks ProAnimator called “Making it Look Great”.

The author, John Dickinson is a real life broadcast designer with more than a training background. When he’s not fighting kangaroos, he produces commercial and promos for a major station in Australia. Needless to say he does quality work and I recommend his series if you’re using Zaxwerks or are interested in this 3D plug-in down the line.

Watch his Promo Video
Product Page

While I’m on the subject of plugging products for friends… Another talented guy, Harry J. Frank has a superb series on Expressions. So if you want to learn more about using them in After Effects this is a great and in-depth series. I think he’s working on another series that should be out soon, so keep your eyes open. Check Harry’s Expression Training Series.

Of course if Video Copilot has a new product out, I’ll probably forget I know either of these guys because you know me I’ll sell the shirt off my back

Fahd Syed
October 19th, 2007 @ 7:27 pm
Cool, fahd like
October 19th, 2007 @ 7:40 pm
looks awesome!
October 19th, 2007 @ 7:41 pm
Woah, very nice!
Miguel Carrera
October 19th, 2007 @ 7:59 pm
Hahah, in the demo, when he says about the evolution of the fractal noise I actually thought he was talking about VC's EvoluitioN and I was like =O... hahaha
October 19th, 2007 @ 9:01 pm
Hey AK,
It's available on DVD as well from Zaxwerks:
Thanks, JD
October 19th, 2007 @ 10:04 pm
I like you more!!
October 19th, 2007 @ 10:11 pm
that looks pretty sick!!!
October 19th, 2007 @ 10:15 pm
Thats awesome! Its always good to hear another Aussie
October 19th, 2007 @ 11:14 pm
I just finished watching the entire program, and if you use Pro Animator with AE, you'll find this series invaluable. John presents shortcuts, hidden gems, and great design tips when working between the two programs.

Download the quicktime files from for $47 and watch it now.
October 20th, 2007 @ 12:44 am
Wow, looks good, I'll have to see if I can spot which station he works for.
In different news, I'll buy that shirt for $10.
October 20th, 2007 @ 1:29 am
Hmmm. Evolution, or Andrew's shirt? I only have money for one or the other.......
October 20th, 2007 @ 1:36 am
Are you going to post only great stuf from other people or do you going to make something your self?

haha just kidding.

This is handy always Nice spot.

October 20th, 2007 @ 2:15 am
How much is the Postage for the shirt?
October 20th, 2007 @ 2:50 am
great info,thx!
October 20th, 2007 @ 3:44 am
Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!

Nice work Mr.Dickenson...

*are the prices in AUS$ or Amero??? ;)
October 20th, 2007 @ 4:16 am
Hey Andrew!
I love your site n tutorials!
you sure helped me alot! =)

I recently encountered a question
and this kinda got my confused...
It is posted on
altho it is explained in there
but I still dont get the point
here is the link

If you can make a tutorial about this pixel ratio issue
in AE, that would be awesome!
cuz Im sure lots ppl need this knowledge to make
their video looks better

again! Thx Andrew!
Marc Biorklund
October 20th, 2007 @ 6:07 am
Looks really nice :)
Moca MX
October 20th, 2007 @ 7:38 am
WOW this looks very very good
great job
October 20th, 2007 @ 7:58 am
Is there any other way to get this DVD or as an download to germany without paying by credit card or paypal?
October 20th, 2007 @ 8:01 am
Well as long as your shirt doesn't have any sweat stains from all the intensive labor you but into all this great stuff, I might be interested.

I'm gonna check out that expressions tutorial.
October 20th, 2007 @ 8:54 am
Sweet, Andrew, this site has become such an inspiration for my demo for the link
October 20th, 2007 @ 12:32 pm
JOHN/AK is zaxworks a separate program or just a plugin for AE that u can download and install? very impressive...possible xmas present from ma and pa to me this year???? :)
Matt in MO.
October 20th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm
Wow... so many things to buy and no money to get it!!!! Oh the agnony!
October 20th, 2007 @ 2:21 pm
Hi Bones,
ProAnimator is a standalone product and a plug-in for After Effects bundled together. It doesn't ship with After Effects.

Hi Malte, you'd have to contact Toolfarm and ask them about payment methods. You can email them at
Marc Biorklund
October 20th, 2007 @ 3:32 pm
I have look around on his site, it's look like you could do some very cool stuff with Zaxwerks ProAnimator. Have a look at the user reels in the gallery:

Congrats John and Thanks for the sharing Andrew.
October 20th, 2007 @ 3:56 pm
Hi Marc,
The Zaxwerks 3D products are targetted at fast and professional looking 3D title and logo animation - that's what they do best. For deeper 3D features you would use C4D, Maya, Max etc. But as far as fast logo/3D text turn-around goes nothing can touch ProAnimator.
October 20th, 2007 @ 4:14 pm
Looks very impressive, I'll have to check it out later.

Nice work John.


October 20th, 2007 @ 11:16 pm
Wow, that looks wicked!
October 21st, 2007 @ 7:17 am
Cool products -- I'm always looking for some good training!!

Jhey- why don't you try the adobe forums? Register and post your problems there.
October 21st, 2007 @ 10:17 am
Holy Schiznit!!
October 22nd, 2007 @ 6:04 am
Just brought Zaxwerks Proanimator and this looks great. I will possibly be getting this.
Bob Newill
October 23rd, 2007 @ 12:27 pm
You can get Pro Animator right now for 50% off from Digital Juice. Yeah, I know... But 50% off is 50% off. :-)
October 25th, 2007 @ 6:45 pm
Thanks for the info. Just order his dvd. Can't wait to work on this one :)
October 26th, 2007 @ 6:30 pm
John/AK - Thanks for the link to John's training DVD. Looks awesome. I am going to buy it next week some time. Cant wait to check it out.
October 30th, 2007 @ 8:48 am
Dear John Dickinson
i bay this product its amazing i like it , i m doing staff with your tips now, its very cool what you do with flare and light even what you do in zaxwerkpro its relay amazing
i buy the product and i feel free with every cent i but
thanks a lot keep going
husam elkhraz
November 2nd, 2007 @ 3:55 pm
Hey lordofmax,
Glad you like the training. Keep an eye on for more.

November 28th, 2007 @ 2:38 pm
This is awsome, need more 3d zaxworks tutorials!
November 28th, 2010 @ 10:18 am
Video isn't up anymore, but that image looks fantastic!
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