New Tutorial: Energy

In this new tutorial we will be creating some powerful energy using the AE built-in particle system. With a little work and some patience you might be able to create something this cool.

The project file contains the tutorial files as well as my original comp at HD resolution for anyone that wants to see exactly what I did.

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Waste more time

Little more time killing

Storyboards Equal Success

When I’m working on motion graphics for a commercial or a promo video for some cool products, I always make a storyboard. Let me see.. quick Google search here ya go.

Storyboards don’t have to be extremely-detailed but when you are pitching an idea to a client, it helps. The most important thing is to understand where the animation is and to solve technical problems before you run into them. I like to draw arrows and show the movement of the camera and action which helps save time in After Effects because I know what I’m trying to do. Then I can focus on being creative. Also when working with others they know what to expect and it’s easier to collaborate.

Storyboard Motives:

  • Present your idea, high-quality stuff may get you THE job
  • Plan your animation before starting to keep you on track
  • Solve technical problems, rather than waiting til you hit one
  • Save time if the concept is rejected…

I’ve been busy all week working on some projects, I can’t really talk about it but… I’m almost done, and that’s good news.

Matchmoving Primer

What is 3D tracking? Well, before I get into the subject of 3D tracking (or matchmoving), I thought I would share this link as a primer until I get to it. So many great things on the horizon… only so many hours in the day to play golf.

Computer Arts Article

3D Text in 2D!

There are several interesting ways to create “3D” text in After Effects just search for 3D text in After Effects and you will find some crafty solutions. Of course a dedicated 3D program is better but not everyone has access to one.

With all of these creative methods, somehow the aesthetics of the imagery was traded for that fact that it was 3D. In this soon to be Shortcuts Episode I’ll take a look at creating 3D looking text in After Effects that is only 2 dimensional but has many possibilities. The moral being… no matter which method you use, don’t forget to make it look cool too, that is the most important thing. Unless you are in a contest for worst video ever; in which case you can disregard.

Fix QuickTime Gamma Shift

Using mp4 or h.264 when compressing through QuickTime can make the final video look washed out. This is a common problem that seemed to have no solution… until now. The gamma shift can actually be fixed inside QuickTime Pro without re-compressing your video by simply changing a few settings.

Scrimski at CGtalk.com posted a good walk-through. Thanks!

SOLUTION: After rendering into a QuickTime/h.264 file, open it up in QuickTime and select “Show Movie Properties.” Highlight the video track then click on the “Visual Settings” tab. Towards the bottom left you should see “Transparency” with a drop-down box next to it. Select “Blend” from the menu then move the “Transparency Level” slider to 100%. Choose “Straight Alpha” from the same drop-down and close the properties window and finally “Save.”

See the difference on our Promos:
Download and follow the steps for yourself.

The Bullet

Twitch

Evolution

In a few weeks many videos will be updated to the correct gamma but I though I would pass along this great tip.

Feel the Energy!

I’m happy to say I spent part of my Father’s Day designing some energy inside of After Effects without using Particular and only the built-in tools.

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This effect is easily scalable for creating small energy fields for a single human arriving from the future or a very large army of robots in disguise. I should be recording a tutorial very soon, so keep an eye out for it.

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Been Busy… for good reason

Well, it’s been quiet around here… a little too quiet if you know what I mean. On July 20th, a little after Video Copilot’s 3 year anniversary, a new version of the website will be launched. Some new features, a new layout and better integration are just some of the new things we have been working on. I’ll keep you posted and now that I have the main design work done you should see a little more going on around here in the mean time. Maybe a new tutorial even…

Car Hit Footage Now Available


I’ve uploaded the footage and sound FX for the latest Car Hit Tutorial. Of course, I encourage everyone to go out and film your own scene, it’s a lot of fun. Of course, you do it without a greenscreen, you just have to do more rotoscoping around the entire person. I’ve done plenty of rotoscoping in my day and I decided to use the green.

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T-Shirt Winners Pending

We are still contacting the winners, the results should be in soon. We will announce the winners and the reasons we chose them very soon.

NEW TUTORIAL: Advanced Car Hit

In this new tutorial you will learn the compositing tricks behind this car hit scene including simulated vehicle damage, keying tricks, fun rotoscoping and even the puppet tool. Be sure to stay tuned for a pointless video I made at the end

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Project file and footage will be online tomorrow.

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First Look: Car Hit Tutorial