Twitch Coming Next Month

For those of you that don’t know, we have been working on a new plugin for After Effect called Twitch. Currently we are at the end of our Beta Testing cycle and will be producing the promo video and information pages. We’d like to have it up for you in a little less than 2 weeks and we will be releasing it soon after. We will also be including tons of tutorials to show you every great new feature.

NEW TUTORIAL: Frosty Breath

Sam is back! In this tutorial we’ll create a cool atmosphere by adding a nice frosty breath.

Sit back and enjoy and don’t forget to chill out.

NEW TUTORIAL: Fancy Title Plate

In this tutorial we’ll create a fancy-schmancy title plate using one of our great products: Evolution. This title plate can be used for all kinds of things like bumpers and show opens.

Check out Evolution

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NEW TUTORIAL: Water Drops

In this tutorial create a cool effect of water droplets on the camera lens.

Audio in After Effects

A brief look at working with Audio in AE

Importing:
Audio files import just like other media types but the best format to use is WAV as opposed to MP3, which can be problematic. Audio files can be placed on the timeline just like other media files. There is also an audio switch that can be toggled on or off.

Previewing:

Essentially there are 2 ways to preview audio in AE, first you can play just the audio in a composition by hitting the PERIOD key on the number pad. This will begin playing the audio only, in realtime. The other alternative is using the RAM preview function by hitting the ZERO key. Be sure the audio switch is on in the Time Controls Panel. Also audio levels are displayed in the Audio panel while sound is being played. To render Audio just be sure to check the audio option in the OUTPUT Module from the render queue. Read More about this from Adobe

Viewing Audio

There are many tips for working with audio as well. To view an Audio Waveform, select an audio track and Press LL on the keyboard; one L will display the amplitude. You can also scrub the Audio by holding down CTRL and dragging the Current Time Indicator across time. More by Adobe

Audio Effects

After Effects has several audio Effects as well. For fading out audio, the Stereo Mixer filter is great because it uses a amplitude percentage rather than Decibel (db) value. There are also many effect that will use audio to generate a visual Waveform or Spectrum, these can be found in the effects generate category. More by Adobe

New Features in CS3
In AE CS3 Speed changes and Time Remapping, will also affect the speed of your audio. This allows you to Ramp both video and sound, unlike in previous versions.
More by Adobe

Tutorials with more info

Check out our Audio to Animation tutorial for more tips and tricks, as well as how to convert Audio to Keyframes. Watch Video

Our Audio Product

Almost forgot, our very own, Designer Sound Effects also includes several helpful audio mixing tutorials and designer sound elements. Be sure to check it out.

PS, I’m a little under the weather so my singing voice is a little off… tutorials will return soon.

Beware of the new QuickTime 7.4

There have been several reports of major After Effects issues after installing QuickTime 7.4

I’m going to hold off updating for now.

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1345330&tstart=0

There are other discussions about this issue on various forums as well.
Thanks David for the heads up.

Cold Breath

Here is an example of the soon to be released tutorial on creating cold breathing mist. I suppose car exhaust could also be simulated as well.

This should be a pretty easy tutorial but there are great possibilities too.

This month is pretty busy with product release around the corner and new site features but I’ll try to keep posting new content as we go.

Besides if you can put a dirty cardboard, crawling with bugs on Sam, then you’re on the right track.

Inspiring Compositing Work

I was emailed about this video but you can also find a nice read on http://motionographer.com/

New Tutorial Page Layout

Our tutorial page layout has been updated to display content more effectively and give you a better preview of the new and popular tutorials. More updates coming soon.

ANOTHER NEW TUTORIAL: 3D Eyeball


Another new tutorial in the same week! Holy Carp!

In this tutorial we’re going to create a flexible 3D eyeball that can look around a room and even read your mind. This makes it even easier to create more advanced eye effects.

Now, if you want to show your appreciation for all these free tutorials… check out our great DVDs including Evolution and Riot Gear.

NEW TUTORIAL: Eye Replacement

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to replace an eye and other advanced ways to manipulate the way we see eyes.

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New Site Features Coming Soon

In addition to the new header graphic, my team and I are working on adding several new features to the site including a new button! We’re also working on making the tutorial section more exciting with better thumbnails and graphics (no flash, don’t worry).

We are back finishing up the Special Edition Tutorial DVD with tons of new behind-the-scenes videos and features. But we are also working on releasing another new product next month…
ahh, what the heck, It’s TWITCH! (Release date TBA)

Plus, Part 1 of the Eye Replacement tutorial should be out on Monday or Tuesday with the part 2 later in the week.

As you can see we are very busy, just because we don’t post everyday doesn’t mean we’re not working hard. Keep up the patience and great content will continue to flow.

And some of you killed the sandpaper joke.
Let us never speak of it again.