Back from New York

Alright, I Just got back last night from the After Effects New York meeting. The room was jammed packed and everyone seemed very enthusiastic. My usual audience consists of a microphone and cold root beer. Admittedly, I was a little nervous at first but everyone was very friendly and I had a great time up there. It was also nice to meet so many of you and I appreciate everyone stopping by.

I don’t have any photos or videos to show other than the proof from above but in the future I will be making a few tutorials about some of the techniques demonstrated. For now, we should have another After Effects tutorial this week and I can settle back in to California time.

If anyone has pictures from the meeting, please email them over, my wife would love to see how ridiculous I looked

CG Shadows

Here is a sample of what’s coming up on Video Copilot. The idea is to make your CG objects cast shadows in the real world. The first image shows a Text Layer in AE casting a shadow on the street using a transparent solid layer. The second example is a 3D object with a matte/shadow material on a floor plane. This material allows only the shadow to render on the object so you are able composite in a live action scene.

After Effects New York this Thursday

The free AENY meeting is around the corner and I’m still not sure what I’ll be presenting but I’m sure it will be exciting or at the very least you will get your money’s worth. I’ll be joined by Aharon Rabinowitz, Jim Geduldick and Adobe’s Dennis Radeke, so I’m sure it will be plenty of fun.

Now I just have to pack some shorts, squeeze out half of my toothpaste and find a ride to the airport.

The information about the meeting is can be found at the AENY website.

3D Vines in Cinema 4D

Christopher at Lightning Rod Studios in Wisconsin was nice enough to put together a write up tutorial for Cinema 4D users on the latest 3D vines Tutorial.

 

Download Written Tutorial

 

Thanks Christopher!

NEW TUTORIAL: 3D Vines

In this tutorial I’ll show you how we created the 3D vines from our Twitch Promo video. We will be using 3D Studio Max and finishing in After Effects. This may not the most advanced tutorial but it certainly isn’t for beginners.

I’d also like to remind you that our new Plug-In for After Effects is available now so if you have been thinking about some of our products, now is the time. Be sure to check out our new Bundles as well.

Click here for more information

Things I’ve Learned…

Years back, I was working for a studio on a very complicated shot. The supervisor explained what was needed and provided the source material. After a moment of reluctance I was suddenly hit with a rather impressive solution.

The supervisor was still standing over me and I began to explain my brilliant solution. Then while in the middle of divulging this master plan, he interrupted and asked “So you’re all set?” I replied “Yeah, no problem”, and then he said “Great!” as he walked away.

I wanted to explain to him my incredible solution and further impress upon him that I was a valuable member of the team. But he didn’t want to hear it; he wanted to see the shot finished.

The following morning after dailies, he casually told me “Nice job with your shot.” as we all walked to our posts. There was no congratulatory announcement or trophy at my station, just a friendly “nice-job” in passing. If they only knew what I went through.

Then later, I was asked to come back on another project so I guess they liked the work after all, despite the lack of my creative explanations.

I learned that supervisors don’t really care how you get your work done; they just want to see it completed. They have other things to do just like you so don’t worry that your hard-work will go unnoticed because it won’t.

Soon you’ll be known as the guy that gets things done, and that is like the MVP of VFX.

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Twitch Now Available!

UPDATE: Things on the server seem to be going good now. Download speeds are looking good. Remember if you need help downloading, just email us at support. Thanks!


Our long awaited plug-in Twitch, is now available.

I tell you what, those last few hours of work really get you. This project was a real team effort and I want to thank everyone on my team for their outstanding work day in and day out.

And of course, we wouldn’t be able to do these kind of amazing projects without the support and encouragement from this great community, so thanks again!

Coming to After Effects New York

Just wanted to let everyone know that I’ll be in New York this March 27, 2008 for the monthly AE meeting. I have a presentation planned and hopefully I can meet some of you at the meeting as well. Should be a lot of fun with our friend Aharon Rabinowitz too, so please come on down if you can.

On a side note:
Here is a higher resolution version of the Twitch Plug-in promo for those interested.
Watch Video Here

I also want to thank my friend Jacob Rowan for inviting Sam and I to the Clippers Basketball game last night; never sat so close before. Did I mention front row seats The coach actually called on me to play in the game, but my knee was acting up so I played anyways. True story.

Twitch

Twitch Promo Coming…

I know, I know. Twitch is finally done. But the promo video isn’t quite finished. This is one of the toughest parts for us and so we are trying some new things and being creative. We’re also staying up late, eating fruit snacks and drinking lots of sodas so hopefully we wont die. Long story short, we were still finalizing a couple of features and wanted to make sure everything was done before we tell you about it in the new promo…

Be prepared to see it on Wednesday or perhaps sooner with an official release date not too far away.