AE Portal News
Rich Young runs the AE Portal News website, which is one of the first sites I check in the morning (aside from AEtuts+ of course). There is always some kind of motion/vfx and tutorial news, usually multiple times per day.
In the last month or so, CG Sutra has gone from an updated-once-a-month blog to a multiple entry per day site. This brings news from the VFX and 3D world as well as some cool After Effects news and reposting of interesting articles from around the web.
Motion Graphics Exchange
More of a tutorial, expression and script aggregator, Motion Graphics Exchange reposts a bunch of handy little tools for you to reference for your projects in one easy to navigate site.
Who doesn't know Nick Campbell? He has so many projects going on right now, but another one of my personal favorites, and overall favorite personalities in the motion world... Nick integrate a lot of motion design with After Effects and Cinema 4D.
John Dickinson has been around for a long time, and if you haven't seen him on Motionworks, you might recognize some of his shows like Unplugged, or The Business of Design... or perhaps you might have seen his webinars on Adobe.com. His site has tons of tutorials as well as inspiration, and training products available for purchase.
Toolfarm is primarily interested in posting news about plugins and software that they resell, but you can always seem to find some inspiration, or tutorials that deal in those plugins as well.
One of the most well known sites in the industry, the Creative COW has everything... news, articles, events, tutorials, forums, and tons more! There are one of the most comprehensive sites on the net when it comes the post production world.
This is a great site that posts a new video or snippet every day for you to gain a little inspiration. They are a relatively new site, so make sure that you keep an eye on this one.
Another one of the more popular inspiration websites is Motionographer, who is really plugged in to when a studio has a new reel, who makes what, and usually gives a little information about the pieces they post.
This is an interesting site that I found a couple of nights ago. They don't just deal with video, but also showcase sites, graphics, and the like. They have a very simple format that labels the tabs as either "cool video" or "cool site" and then links you to its respective location.
The VideoHive Tumblog
A lot of what VideoHive posts is featured files and authors, but you can get a load of inspiration from those, but they also repost articles from around the web to spread the word. Kind of like Twitter on steroids.
Video Copilot's blog doesn't get updated as much as we would like, but their forums continue to be a huge resource to use if you are stuck with a project, or to see some new WIP's, finished projects or user made tutorials. There is always something new to learn from any of the threads on the site.
Brad Chmielewski is a very talented designer at Daily Planet in Chicago and hosts a few tutorials on his site, but moreover he posts some news breifs, interesting videos and has his Type Tuesday every week.
Now AEScripts.com doesn't get UPDATED every day... that would be a LOT of scripts. But, it is worth checking every single day to make sure that you are up to date and getting the newew goodies as soon as they are released.
The Motion Exchange
Harry Frank of Graymachine created the first ever Motion Design-based social network on NING.com. You can find reels, works, spots, and some interesting discussions about the industry.
Different than all the entries on this list, mograph.net is a forum based board that you can search for jobs, view showcased videos, reels, and participate in discussions about anything mograph based.
Stash DVD Magazine
If you don't feel like buying each magazine, you can check the feed in which individuals can submit their own works for being published onto their blog. There are some real cream of the crop pieces in this blog.
Pro Video Coalition
The Pro Video Coalition is a network of blogs ranging from field production to post and everything in between. New cameras, training, plugins, and news gets reported to this network daily, and with at least 30 writers for these blogs, you are bound to get something awesome every day.
Studio Daily is a network like PVC ranging from the field production, cameras, studio, and post production. They have about thirty different categories and the main blog site is updated every day with the new articles from across the network.
Artbeats Daily Free Clip
Who doesn't love free stock footage? Artbeats gives away a clip per day along with their occasional tutorials popping up here and there on the site as well.
How could I not complete the list without sticking my own site in here? VisualFXtuts.com, if you haven't checked it out provides roundups of tutorials every now and then, but moreover we provide inspiration, contests, giveaways, coupon codes, and much more on a daily basis.
We all have a collection of sites that we check often, maybe once or twice a week, but there are some out there that you should be checking every day for inspiration, tutorials, giveaways, and news in the Motion and VFX world. This week I round up some of the sites that post more frequently and are worth checking out!
If you have any sites that you think are worth checking on a daily basis, let us know in the comments below!
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