Behind the Scenes: HUD

There have been a few questions about the lighting setup for the recent HUD Tutorial so I thought I would write a quick break down of our shoot. I didn’t have any actual set photos so I recreated it with a graph, complete with 1 eyeball.

Basic Setup:
The camera is setup at eye level inside a dark room to ensure the background stays black. A diffused, low-power light sits underneath the cam looking towards the subject’s face while another light points down from behind to illuminate small highlights. View Result

That’s about it. Oh and don’t forget to press record.

7 years ago

In this tutorial we will be creating a Futuristic Heads Up Display inspired by the film Iron Man. This 30 minute tutorial includes building self-animating components in 3D space and reactive lighting.

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Just a friendly reminder to check out our high quality DVD’s. We appreciate the support and we promise to keep making exciting new tutorials! Also a reminder that all of our products work with After Effects 6.5-CS4 for those planning on upgrading.

7 years ago
Free Pizza (aep)

Now that I have your attention, there is no pizza. I’m sorry. What I do have is an artistic text treatment created in After Effects. Just download the project and change the text in the “Edit TITLE” pre-comp to your favorite slogan and the “OUTPUT” comp will update with a stylized fire look.

It’s not photo realistic but it’s a fun, procedural treatment for making even boring stuff seem fun!

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PS, sorry no earlier AE versions, the time machine is in the shop.

7 years ago
Launch Imminent

Still finalizing some details for the tutorial but it should be online before Wednesday. I”d also take this opportunity to let you know I’ll be in New York for AENY on March 26th 2009. Check out for more info in the coming weeks. Should be tons of fun and I’d really love to meet some of you guys first hand. Girls too, don’t be shy

Aharon Rabinowitz is one of the guys heading up AENY along with Jim Geduldick and Dennis Radeke. You might check out Aharon’s new website at he has links to all his AE tutorials including the stuff he’s doing for Red Giant TV.

While I’m plugging friends websites, an old friend of mine, Cal Johnson sent me a nice training DVD for Adobe Premiere Pro and you know how much I love free stuff. If any Television manufactures are reading, please email me.

Anyways, the DVD covers Premiere Pro 2.0 but virtually all the tips and tricks apply to CS3 and CS4. What’s cool about the DVD is that he covers the ‘why’ you do things, not just ‘how’. I’m sure many of you are well-versed in Premiere but if you are looking for a good Premiere training, this might be a good option. Cal, you can thank me later buddy Here’s his site.

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7 years ago
Sequence Activated

I finally got around to reshooting Sam for the upcoming HUD Tutorial, now that all this Sure Target business is over. I’m polishing out a few details and I’ll be releasing the tutorial this week. Get your VCR’s ready, it’s going to be a good one. If you don’t have a VCR, don’t worry it’s not that good. No wait! It’s good.

7 years ago
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