Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: The color balance effect By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins looks at how to change the actual color in footage, also known as color grading in the film industry. Chad uses the color balance effect in the effects and presets panel in After Effects to change the feel of a clip by adjusting its colors. He discusses a bit about color theory, discussing the color values of video, red, green, and blue. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Luminance Correction By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins looks at how to correct luminance, or brightness problems in your footage. He shows you the color corrections panel and discusses the auto levels and other auto effects, but also works in the levels effect, detailing the histogram which shows what is going on in your image, shadow areas, mid tones and highlights of the histogram. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Slowing down and speeding up video By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins covers the task of slowing down and speeding up video. He details how to slow down video footage and work with the stretch values in a clip, which expands the duration of the clip, or shortens the duration of the clip. He also works in the Time/Stretch dialog box, and the Time Warp effect as well. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Splitting a Layer By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins details how to split a layer, cutting a video clip or any layer to different pieces, which is especially helpful when using B-roll footage. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Splitting a Layer By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins details how to split a layer, cutting a video clip or any layer to different pieces, which is especially helpful when using B-roll footage. ...Read More »
Kevin McAuliffe's Top Five Favorite Products of 2009 By Kevin McAuliffe As many of my collegues have already written, 2009 was, how do I put this politely? Awful. The economy was (is) in the dumps and is on a slow road to recovery. That being said, 2009 was in fact a good year when it came to products being released by our favorite companies. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Applying video transitions By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins shows how to apply video transitions in After Effects, which is a bit more complicated than applying video transitions in a video editing application. He shows the transitions category in After EFfects, and details how most transitions work in After Effects, detailing the parameters and transition completion, wide angle, feathering the edge, and so on. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Applying video transitions By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins shows how to apply video transitions in After Effects, which is a bit more complicated than applying video transitions in a video editing application. He shows the transitions category in After EFfects, and details how most transitions work in After Effects, detailing the parameters and transition completion, wide angle, feathering the edge, and so on. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Replace footage already in the Timeline By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins details how to replace footage that you've already edited. He shows how to replace a clip with another clip, and the problem is he's already color corrected the footage and removed the green screen footage, and edited and trimmed the clip in the timeline. He then shows how to delete and replace a layer, and selects the footage that will be used to replace what is in the timeline. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Trimming video By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins covers trimming video before you add it to your composition. He shows how to trim video in the footage window, shows how to preview and trim the video in time. He shows how to set an in point and an out point. He also shows how to use the ripple insert edit button and the overlay edit button. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Trimming Layers By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins takes a look at the Trimming project and talks about video editing in After Effects. He shows how to start footage, trim footage, and how to trim the in point of a clip. He also shows how to move a video clip on the After Effects timeline, how to set a video to a layer marker, and how to bring two layers to the beginning of a project. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Video Concepts By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins shows how to create a brand new composition from scratch, and in so doing, will teach some of the essential concepts for working with video. He details the presets, how they are divided into categories, the difference between NTSC and PAL, and to ensure that you create your projects based on the broadcast standard where you will show your video. He also discusses how video must behave based on the settings. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Reading Timecode By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins details how to read and understand timecode. He shows the display of timecode and shows how to read the timecode, from left to right, hours, minutes, seconds, and frames. He shows how to advance in time as well, how to scrub the time display right or left, and how to go to a specific frame. ...Read More »
Trapcode's Particular 2 By Kevin McAuliffe As editors and motion graphic designers know, there are a lot (and I mean a lot) of plug-ins out there, and you often find the same type of plug-in across many different plug-in packages, and a very, very popular plug-in is the Particle Generator. Just about every plug-in package has one, and even After Effects itself ships with a few. ...Read More »
Toolfarm's Professional After Effects Camera Training By Ko Maruyama The 3D world in After Effects has always been a difficult composition space to navigate. Even if you are familiar with world navigation in a 3D application, working with the camera in After Effects may not behave the way you might expect. Like any application, there is a workflow which will make working with these tools easier to understand. Toolfarm's new training shows you how. ...Read More »
Complete Training for Boris Continuum Complete 4: Working with Basic Controls By James Rankin In this video, host James Rankin discusses the displacement map filter. He shows how to use the displacement map filter on a logo. He details how to use the layer menu choices, the map menu, and so on to create the displacement. ...Read More »
Complete Training for Boris Continuum Complete: Common parameters and suggested workflow By James Rankin Boris Continuum Complete 4 contains more than 160 filters that work directly in After Effects and Premiere Pro, BCC works in the effects control window using the standard After Effects Workflow. In this video, host James Rankin covers the common parameters and the suggested workflow for BCC in After Effects and Premiere Pro. ...Read More »
Class on Demand: Basic Training for After Effects 7: Creating the composition By Chris Vadnais In this video, host Chris Vadnais takes a look at Adobe After Effects 7, start putting together the elements to start creating the composition. He shows how to import the files for the project, putting together the composition complete with music, Photoshop files, and more. ...Read More »
Class on Demand: Basic Training for After Effects 7 By Chris Vadnais In this video, host Chris Vadnais takes a look at Adobe After Effects 7, giving an overview of the interface in this version, as well as some of the tools the program features, how to create a composition, safe areas, adding text to your composition, and more. ...Read More »
Final Cut Studio's Motion 4 By Kevin McAuliffe Star Wars Episode 1 and Apple's new Final Cut Studio have something in common, and that is the hype. Final Cut Studio has been hyped for more than a year, and every time someone blogged about its release coming up, nothing happened. Well, mid-way through July, Apple snuck Final Cut Studio (not called 3, just Final Cut Studio) onto its website, and needless to say, the tidal wave began. ...Read More »
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