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44 Kickin' AE Tutorials

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Wow... there was a lot to cover this past month... Motionworks really stepped up and Video Copilot's Blog Show packed full of tips and tricks, along with all the newcomers to the tutorial scene these guys are going to make sure you don't get any work done today!

  • Video Copilot - Submerged

    Andrew is back with tutorial number #96, in which you create that effect where you are going underground, like on that show Cities Of The Underground on History Channel. This uses camera mapping techniques and lots of textures to create and awesome looking camera move through the earth.

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  • Video Copilot Tip: Mask Transition

    In this quick little tip in Andrew's Vlog he shows you how create a really quick transition that follows someone that walks past the camera, and gives you a wipe into the next shot in your comp. Tip starts at 1:22.

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  • Video Copilot Tip: Paint a Punch

    Another tip from Andrew in the next Vlog features Sam Loya, a guy we haven't seen in a while. In this tip, the choreography for a fight scene slips a little bit, and you can see there is no impact with the punch. Learn how to use the Clone Stamp tool in AE to fix this. Tip starts at 3:08.

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  • Video Copilot Optical Flares Preview

    This isn't much of a tutorial, rather than a preview of what is to come. Andrew has been giving us some glimpses of the new Optical Flares plugin from Video Copilot. The first preview is a video dedicated to it, and the second starts at 10:50

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  • Graymachine's Favorite 5 Expressions

    Again, not much of a tutorial but Harry Frank, the master of expressions, had some time to write us his favorite five expressions, explain them, and also provide them as a download.

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  • Creative Cow & Eran Stern - The Pusher

    Eran uses the Wave World, Caustics, and Color Finesse to create an effect that is similar to one of the abilities from "Push", kind of like making the space around you act like rippling water.

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  • Creative Cow & Gyorfi Szilard - Shortcuts Part 2

    This is the second part to last month's Shortcuts Part 1 tutorial over at the COW where Gyorfi gives you some navigation tips to utilize a better workflow.

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  • Multi-Camera Synchronization

    This is a really simple technique that teaches you how to make a timecode counter, so that if you are on a multi-camera shoot, everyone points their cameras to the comp on a laptop to sync them up in post.

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  • Introduction to Programmatic Animations in AE

    Here is a huge set of videos from MAX 2009 of Michael Coleman, the product manager of After Effects teaching you how to use javascript-based expressions to increase your workflow.

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  • How to Remove Banding Artifacts in AE

    Nick Campbell takes you through some handy technique to keep you videos from coming out with banding when rendering or compressing, and also some background information on why this happens.

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  • How To Export Your Scene From C4D to AE Full Version

    A bit back, I featured Nick's tutorial he hosted on Maxon for the release of C4D R11.5 on how to bring scenes into AE from C4D. Nick has the full version on his site now, with a ton of handy tips that weren't in the previous version.

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  • Motionworks - Rotoscoping Fields

    John Dickinson has a ton of tutorials this month, this one deals in working with rotoscoping interlaced footage, and the troubles you may encounter when doing so.

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  • Motionworks - Motion Sketch

    A little known function in After Effects, at least to me is Motion Sketch. John shows you were to find this panel, and how to utilize it in your workflow.

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  • Motionworks - A Workflow With Soundkeys

    Learn how John used Trapcode Soundkeys to control the look and feel of a boxing promo for Foxtel in this e-seminar for Adobe.

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  • Motionworks - Explosive TV Promo Graphics

    John shows us how he takes rendered 3d text from C4D and brings that into AE, adds motion blur, and composites it all together to make some killer looking promos for the release of Fast and Furious on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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  • Motionworks - Simplify Your Workflow

    John demonstrates some simple techniques to speed up your workflow with a few expressions and the Source Text parameter.

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  • Motionworks - AE and ProAnimator

    Another e-seminar that John hosted the other day showed you a new workflow with ProAnimator inside of AE to make a Sopranos-style 3d text look.

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  • Motionworks Effects A-Z: Maltaannon - Audio Spectrum

    In the A-Z Effects rundown, Maltaannon covers the Audio Spectrum effect and shows you a few uses and what the parameters do.

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  • Motionworks Effects A-Z: John Dickinson - Beam

    Not many people use the Beam effect, but hopefully after this tutorial you can find a few uses for it.

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  • Motionworks Effects A-Z: Topher Welsh - The Bevel Effects

    2 in 1! I demonstrate the differences between Bevel Edges and Bevel Alpha, and how you can use them in your workflow efficiently.

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  • CGtuts+ & Chris Martin - Create an Amazing Liquid Apple Effect

    Using RealFlow, Cinema 4D, and After Effects, Chris Martin takes you through three different tutorials to create this awesome looking liquid apple simulation.

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  • CGtuts+ & Amilcar De Carvalho - Create a Cool Looking Molecule Effect in Maya and AE

    Modeling the molecule object in Maya, bring that into After Effects, create a camera movement and set up a particle system to finish it all off.

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  • RGTV Ep.31 Chad Perkins - Creating an Old-School Sci-Fi TV Opening

    Chad Perkins does a lot of After Effects training on Lynda.com, and now in his first Red Giant TV episode, he teaches you how to make an awesome looking Twilight Zone show open with Trapcode 3D Stroke, Echospace and some other Trapcode plugins.

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  • RGTV Ep. 32 Chan Bonanno - Feature Film Title Treatment

    Chan Bonanno teaches you how to recreate the title treatment he made for the movie "Dreamgirls" using Trapcode Particular and Knoll Light Factory.

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  • After Effects Apprentice - Render Queue

    In the monthly tutorials from Chris and Trish Meyer from their book After Effects Apprentice, they teach you how to use the Render Queue thoroughly within After Effects.

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  • Big Mike Design - Spider Web Animation

    Learn how to use Illustrator and After Effects to create a spider web that animates and catches text that flies into it.

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  • Garus Booth - CC Cylinder Effect

    There aren't many tutorials that deal with CC Cylinder, and this one takes an intermediate look into utilizing it to create some cool effects mixed with 3d renders.

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  • Garus Booth - Trapcode 3D Stroke

    In this tutorial you can go from story boards to the final AE composition using 3d Stroke to achieve a killer result.

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  • Hologram Preset Tutorial

    This has been a long time coming tutorial from Chad Castleberry using his hologram preset on some footage in After Effects.

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  • Superperson Opening Titles

    This is an updated version of Chad Castelberry's Superperson video that was hosted on Youtube back in the day. This is an effect similar to the title effects in Superman or The Last Starfighter.

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  • Creating Smoke/Fog in AE

    This effect's tutorial has been made a few times, but there are a ton of different ways to do it. This way uses CC Particle World to create fog on some existing footage.

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  • ProJuice.org - Virtual Backgrounds

    Nick and Arlo from ProJuice.org show you how to take some green screen footage of Arlo, and create some curved screen backgrounds.

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  • VideoHive and Topher Welsh - Paint Panel Explained

    In this tutorial, I show you what the options actually are inside the Paint Panel in After Effects, how they work, and what exactly they do.

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  • VideoHive and Topher Welsh - Forcing Motion Blur

    With some help from John Dickinson, we outline thrree different ways to force motion blur onto your layers using either AE's built in motion blur, CC Force Motion Blur or the Timewarp effect.

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  • CGPOV.com My Fave Things Part 2 - Max2AE

    Chad Smashley outlines his favorite things on his blog CGPOV.com and he shows how to setup and use the plugin for 3ds Max, Max2AE.

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  • AEScripts - AudioToMarkers

    Lloyd Alvarez's newest script, AudioToMarkers will add markers, split a layer or add a new text layer with incrementing numbers based on audio intensity. Make sure you hit the Demo Video button for the tutorial.

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  • AEScripts - SpellCheck

    This is perhaps the script I have been waiting for my whole AE career. Kind of obvious how it works... it spell check s things for you in your comp. Hit the Demo Video button for all the details on how to use this script.

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  • AEScripts - Chameleon

    This is an awesome script from Mathias Möhl that assists you to browse through color themes obtained from Adobe Kuler.

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  • Zola Media - Flame Vortex

    In Zola Media's first tutorial they show you how to create what they call a "Flame Vortex" effect, like those seen in video games. Check out the tutorial for a preview of the effect.

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