What have I been up to?

I was just responding to a few comment about what I’ve been up to and so I thought I would make a post about it as well to demystify my life… or something like it.

Here are some of my responses below.


4 years ago
FX Console Utility Graphics
Our new workflow utility now has some graphics! Introducing FX Console our new plug-in for After Effects that has been slowly developed over time as my personal utility to improve my workflow. It offers a variety of small features that make a big difference for people who spend a lot of time working in After Effects! Right now […]
New Show and New workflow Plug-in!
Some cool news to announce! We have just finished recording a horrifying new blog show with a frightening theme! But more on that next week! Another exciting development is a a new workflow plug-in for After Effects! Coming this week! Now, this plug-in doesn’t make light sabers or energy fx, it might not even change your […]
Atmospheric Re-Entry!
Here is a preview of an animation i’m working on. Playing around with Element 3D and Saber to create the fiery streaks! This past week has been super productive, finishing VFX for Intercept, doing daily renders and preparing for another DMALA meeting in Los Angeles on October 18th. Going to be a blast! Circuit City #Element3D […]
Circuit City
Making circuits! After trying to create something large, I thought I should try to make something small! I started by taking a circuitry texture and placing it on a plane in Element 3D. I used the texture in the Glossiness channel and the reflection channel to give the pathways a metalic look. Next I built the […]
Element 3D: Feature #26

UPDATE: Now Available

As we count down the days until the release of Element 3D on July 10th, I thought it would be fun to share some of the impressive new features that we have built into the plug-in. I know I have been cryptic about the details of the plug-in but that is because I wanted to save the big surprises for launch!

We think the 3D text extrusion system not only fun to play with but it’s unlike anything you’ve ever used before. It’s fast, and easy to use but this is just one of the many cool new features! Stay tuned for many more reasons to check out Element 3D on launch day.

There was a version of the this plug-in that we were almost ready to release last October, it was very impressive and we think it would have been one the most advanced 3D plug-in available for After Effects. Now here we are 9 months later and we hope you understand all the extra hard work!

4 years ago
Element 3D Release Date!

UPDATE: Now Available

Our 3D object based plug-in for Adobe After effects known as Element 3D has an official release date! You know that little plug-in we’ve been working on that let’s you use real 3D objects as particles… well it’s finally ready for release!

Available here: JULY 10, 2012

I’ll be showing you everything there is to know about this plug-in and we hope you’ll see why it has taken so much hard work and more importantly, we hope you can see the amazing possibilities!

Some Technical Features: (tutorials and demonstrations coming soon)

  • Supports 3D Objects in 2 formats (OBJ and native C4D files)
  • Powerful particle based animation system.
  • Easily Extrude and Bevel Text and Mask shapes! Wait til you see how it works!
  • Powerful Custom User Interface. Surprise!
  • Compatible with After Effects CS3 and above (we built our own Open GL Render Engine!)

Creative Features list in the works! Thank you for your patience, we are truly excited!!

Price you ask? It will be announced soon!

4 years ago
Planet Matte Paintings

The matte painting challenge is going well. Today I’m going to start looking through all of the matte paintings and find a few to use for the different shots in the sequence. Once we have a few that work, I’ll start comping in the background and finishing the rest of the shots. Keep up the great work, I think we’ll definitely do more of these in the future! Maybe the next one will be a matte painting in the future… Yes!!

Keep going, the challenge ends June 15th!

4 years ago
Video Copilot Website Update!

Today we updated our website with a slightly new look and layout. Our goal was to focus the content of the site and make it easy to see the stuff you want. We are also releasing a few products this year and we spent some time rebuilding our customer download system to make downloading products faster and easier. The new account system keeps track of your products so you can download anytime, anywhere. News about those products will be forthcoming soon but we need to get all the systems in place first. Stand by as we tweak the site and get the bugs out.

My favorite change is probably the wider blog space so the images and video can really stand out!

4 years ago