NEW TUTORIAL: 3D Ledge

In this exciting new tutorial we will be keying, tracking, roto-scoping, exporting, integrating, color correcting and a lot more. This 47 minutes tutorial starts out in After Effects and covers generating the 3D building in 3D Max & Cinema 4D. No match-moving or 3D tracking required everything is done with the 2D tracker in AE. I’ve even included the 3D building for everyone to use.

You can even skip the 3D programs and build a sweet building in After Effects alone with the 3D City Tutorial.

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You can even add some of your own lens flares with our 3D Lens Flare Plug-in Optical Flares!

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5 years ago
Cool Sci-Fi Short Film

You know what I like more than a Sci-Fi short film?

One that uses Optical Flares & Action Essentials 2! Well, now that I have exploited the filmmakers to plug some of our sweet products, I WOULD like to say that this short, not only has some great effects and visuals but it also zings some of my favorite movies.

I really liked the locations and atmosphere of the futuristic world. You can really see the hard work and passion that went into this, plus they pulled it off for only 5K bucks. And now I’m sharing it with everyone here on Video Copilot!

We should all go out and make cool films!

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5 years ago
Mr. Time Freeze

Here are a couple awesome “time-freeze” scenes from last year that are a blast to watch! I figure they are using every trick in the book from wire-removal to 3d models and probably much more. The main idea is to shoot the scene while everyone is standing still and move the camera around them. In contrast, The Matrix bullet-time effect was shot with hundreds of cameras, all firing around the same moment.

I know the show Hero’s has some cool freeze-time effects as well as the explosion from Swordfish, do you remember some others?

Now, if you really want to be inspired check out this Mega Video!

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5 years ago
After Effects CS5 is here

So the news has been out for some time and I’ve been getting emails about my thoughts on the new version so i figured now would be a good time to chime in. Now, I will point out that I do not get paid or asked to say anything but as always, I accept free TVs and Lakers playoff tickets.

Cool New Features:

http://www.adobe.com/products/aftereffects/

AE CS5 is jet-packed with new features and workflow improvements that may seem a bit techy and possibly boring when compared to my feature request which was a 3D jet-pack generator but it seems to have been overlooked. What IS great about many of the new features is that they simplify some of the dirty work in after effects, like rotoscoping so that you CAN be more creative.

The Mocha integration is one of my favorite new features that allows Mocha-tracked masked to be imported to AE with refinement control. Mocha is a great planar tracking tool (included) for tracking moving elements for compositing. This feature may sound “boring” but you can do things like facial de-aging for blemish removals with perfectly tracked masks, and maybe even create an obscuration masks for adding jet-packs to0!

The new Roto Brush tool also looks...

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5 years ago
Great Animated Short

I just stumbled upon this great short film created by 2 talented artists.

Some people might say, “It looks great, especially since 2 people did it with no budget.” I say it looks “Great”, Period. The music and sound effects are also perfect. I’ve been out of town this week and the hasty sprinting and frolicking made me miss my 2.5 year old just a bit.

The animation of the eyes is just brilliant, anyone with young kids knows the familiar scanning and investigative stare.

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5 years ago
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