It seems there is a lot of interest in the new CS4 so I’ve been spending some time making demos for a few of the new features. I’ll post some stuff when I get a chance, I’ve been working on several new projects including a new DVD planned for November and the second part of the Meteor series. Until then…
So I’m a couple days late or so but I’m sure you’ve heard the news about CS4. Seems there are some solid features added and some great integration with flash and PS which will help a lot of people. Check out the Adobe product page for specifics.
Here are blogs to check as well.
Admittedly I haven’t reached the depths of every new CS3 feature but Adobe maintains the core functions of the application so that even our very first tutorial can be followed with the newer versions. One thing I heard is that CS4 should work better with larger projects and I hope that is true.
If you look at the big picture, After Effects 6.5 has enough capability to create things that would stop time and newer versions regard this as well. After effects is a compositing application and it is up to us to build amazing things. No new feature is going to do that for us…
Of course all of our products work with future versions of After Effects if you plan on upgrading now or in the future.
For those without a 3D program who are interested in following along in just After Effects, I’ve uploaded the Street Explosion footage with the project download. You can find that on the tutorial landing page.
If anyone would like to kindly contribute a PDF tutorial for creating some street destruction in another 3D program like Cinema 4D or Blender, I’d be happy to post them here for everyone to learn from and thank you endlessly. Even the basic steps would be nice to get people in the right direction. I’d do it myself but I have to finish this sandwich and it’s been waiting a long time already.
FYI: The 3D tracking tutorial set will be out this month.
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I was reading a few comments today referring to the recent Meteor tutorial. A few people kept quoting me
“I’ll hit the letter SIX”
It was a mystery until I realized SIX is a number! What was I thinking
In this new tutorial we will be creating 3d Debris and compositing in After Effects with smoke trails and dust.
This 2-part series is over 45 minutes long and absolutely FREE. So be sure to check out our great products, they are sure to give you an edge!
Here is a short excerpt from one of the upcoming tutorials on The Meteor.
(The first set will be out this weekend!)
The message is:
Even non-3D folks will benefit from understanding the work flow between AE and a 3D program even if you are primarily a compositor or dictionary salesman! It’s WIN-WIN.
I wanted to try and created some cool energy in After Effects without special plug-ins that looked 3D… Here is a pretty cool AE project file that I came up with for electric energy using fractal noise and turbulent displacement. It’s simple enough but has some complex layering. Have fun with it!
As promised here is a link! It was created at Full HD 1920×1080 using a combination of tools such as After Effects, 3D Max and Particular. Another interesting note, is that J.J. Abrams wrote the music for this piece as well.
Here is some revealing information on the recent Meteor Project. Including info on the camera and work flow.
For those of you pointing out “mistakes”, Pff, we only had an $80 Million budget… What do you expect? We blew half of it on those vintage eyeglasses.
UPDATE: Hang on a moment we are redistributing some data! Too many people!
The Meteor mini-movie is now online! All 82 seconds of it!
TRIVIA: What was the original film title?
One of the top secret projects I worked on recently was the intro for the new FOX show Fringe. It premieres tonight at 8/7c.
It’s funny because the intro has not been published or aired yet, but some people have guessed I was somehow involved… I WAS involved, just not in any of the great advertisements that Fox created to promote the show.
I was honored to be able to work on the project and with producer J.J. Abrams. Not only is he a great guy but you may be surprised to know that he is a fellow After Effects user too Pretty cool.
Be sure to check it out!
PS, no spoilers or any of that stuff please.
On Wednesday September 10th, I’ll be releasing our mini-movie. More like a worthless excuse to use visual effects, oh well I finished the VFX and now all that is left is soundtrack and audio mixing. The release date for the tutorials has not been set but they will be released very soon in 2 waves, the first set and then the second set. On Wednesday you will see the 2 shots I am referring to and what you can expect to learn. It’s pretty serious stuff!
We’ve produced a mini-film to demonstrate the VFX shots covered in the new training series. There are basically 2 shots in the film we will be working on from start to finish. The first will be demonstrate compositing your 3D animation in After Effects without 3D tracking, similar to the set extensions tutorial but more advanced. The other shot will cover matchmoving 3D animation for AE compositing. Both shots are pretty exciting and cover a wide range of information and tricks. This is not a Short-Cuts tutorial
Admin Note: I don’t like to bring this up but as a community we need to remember to maintain the atmosphere with regards to some comments on the blog. There will be times, like this past month when I may have projects that take me outside of Video Copilot but this is just an opportunity for me to bring back new information and knowledge. I want people to see the great individuals that visit here and feel excited to participate. Remember to relax, be patient and you WILL learn cool stuff. And please, no need to apologize, this is just a reminder. I want to keep us on the right track!
Besides it’s partially my fault for putting up these riveting teasers The truth is, sometimes a screen shot is all I have…
It was an average afternoon. Tino sat curb-side playing his favorite card game when suddenly everything changed. He was running for his life. Could this be the end? Could this be the beginning of the most awesome free training series ever? We’ll see soon…
Trivia: What is the difference between a meteor and a meteorite?
Katie helping set up in the backyard
Big weekend! My wife and I celebrated our daughter’s first birthday and we had the friends and family over. Lots of fun. Katie is now 1 year old today and I’ll try to post a picture of the little angel when I get back in.
I got a lot of work done on the tutorials yesterday and today I’ll be out with the family but be ready this week for some fun and exciting stuff. I might even teach something cool.
I may even be able to show you a little of what I’ve been working on. Who knows… Have fun today and enjoy life!