NEW TUTORIAL: 3D Crater Part 03

In this tutorial we will be using After Effects to composite 3D and 2D elements. We’ll also be adding some grunge and smoke to our final composite.

Note: Project file will be coming soon

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8 years ago
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I spent part of this week playing around with some different ideas and concepts for future tutorials or breakdowns. The first example uses some interesting camera animation techniques as well as Particle world for the fog. It was all created with standard AE tools.

If you download the second video and make sure QuickTime is set to loop it should play seamlessly. Kind of an interesting idea for making fluid videos that play through forever. The camera move is a bit wild but I don’t even know what that stuff is…

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PLUG-INS
Grain Works

Film grain is a necessary part of visual effects and used commonly in motion graphics to add a more natural look. After Effects has great tools for adding film grain that are based on real 35mm film stock. The only problem is that it renders very slow! There is an alternative plug-in called noise that creates nice random but somewhat sparatic grain that can look a bit ‘digital’. The add grain is a much more fluid formula. Only problem is that it renders very SLOW!

What I like to do is create a grain video loop that I can place on top of my video with the overlay transfer mode. Similar to our free fast film grain preset found here, except the quality of the grain is much better.

Quick Tip:
When matching grain of CG elements with Live Action footage it is sometimes hard to see grain detail in dark areas for accurate matching. What you can apply a temporary adjustment layer to the top of your comp and add the equalize filter. This makes it easier to see the grain frequency more clearly. Yay!

Steps:

  1. Create a new comp that is 150 frames
  2. Apply Add Grain and adjust the settings to your taste
  3. Render the video out to quickTime PhotoJPG
  4. Import to AE and set the loop to 10 in the...
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8 years ago
NEW TUTORIAL: 3D Crater Part 02

In this tutorial we will be using 3D max to build a 3D crater and learn a variety of useful techniques.

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8 years ago
Friendly Reminder

I just want to encourage everyone who visits here to watch ALL of the tutorials here. Even if you think you don’t want to learn about light sabers or slideshows, there is some great information in each tutorial that can be used in various creative ways. Plus 1 or 2 decent jokes… OK, there are no good jokes but some great tips! … OK, good tips. But still.

For example:
Tutorial 62 (Colorful Universe) includes a free 3D orbit preset that can be used to animate a 3D carousel of icons or pictures.

Tutorial 12 (Elegant Slideshows) teaches you to offset layers equally; this can be used to offset several muzzle flashes for a machines gun or possibly a nail-gun.

Tutorial 67 (Advanced Car Hit) can be used to create an Advanced Bus Hit. Think about it.

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8 years ago