Wednesday, March 31, 2004

patchmaker - Motion Tracker for AE

Patchmaker is a new motion tracking and stabilizing tool that can be used with After Effects. There is a free demo and lots of samples of the tool. It's PC only and I'm not sure about a future Mac version. The site is also available in Russian!

Friday, March 19, 2004

Trendwatch says every little thing gonna be alright

Here's a couple of highlights: One in three studios see hiring more employees as key to new business in 2004. 69% of mid-size studios/facilities expect business in 2004 to be excellent.

Read more about the report here.

Just in Time for the Final 4!

At the request of an AE FreeMart visitor with an excellent memory, I dug this tutorial from the archives. It's a 3D basketball that bounces realistically across the screen. It was made for AE 4.1 production bundle, but still works with newer versions of AE. You must have Final Effects Sphere, as well.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Media Motion Ball

Going to NAB and looking for a good time? The Media Motion Ball is the event you must not miss. "Monday April 19th at the Stardust Casino and Hotel, Las Vegas will see the biggest annual event for AE-List and IMUG members from around the globe. This event is brought to you by the International Media Users Group and the AE-List - totally independent, non-profit and volunteer organizations."

The food is fantastic and plentiful (included in the ticket), there's a live band, the company is great and the prizes second to none.

Monday, March 15, 2004

Bouncing LED Levels Tutorial

Use the cool new text tool in AE 6 and a specialized (free) font to create nifty bouncing audio levels, also known as a LED Spectrum Analyzer, in a brushed metal interface, a la iTunes. This is an AE FreeMart exclusive tutorial.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Please welcome our new advertiser

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And it is incredible! Just check out their gallery, I'm sure you've seen a lot of work done with Cinema 4D. It has been used by Sony, Fox Television, Disney, NBC, CBS, HBO, The Travel Channel, Warner Bros. Television, and many more.

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New Plug-in: Misfire

I just got the scoop from my Ace Reporter, Matt Schirado, who tells me that Red Giant has announced Misfire. It's a new plug-in for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Premiere Pro which offers 14 different film characteristics, including popular tools like grain, splotches, and scratches, as well as projection artifacts like flicker and gate weave. When I find out more, I'll post it.

Unmult is back! And for AE 6!

Knoll Unmult is a plug-in that people are always emailing me about and now this well-loved plug-in is available for AE 6, from Red Giant Software. Hip hip hurray!

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Alien Fire Effects

Mac Design Online shows you how to use the strobe to create realistic fire reflectiong on a rendered 3D character. This is an exercise in compositing.

While you're there, check out some of the older tutorials and downloads they have available.

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Creative Hotlist

Search Creative Hotlist for jobs or internships in the design field, and find out what qualifications you'll need to get your dream job.

Need answers about a career in graphic design?

Check out and learn about creating a portfolio, resume essentials, job interviews, typography, plus some software tutorials and forums. A great resource!

Boris Intros Continuum Complete 3

Coming soon to a computer near you... Boris Continuum Complete 3 gives you over 160 filters include advanced keying, matting, compositing, image processing, distortion, temporal effects and motion tracking. These filters provide the creative freedom to animate your graphical elements or video at any speed, acceleration, or position you want. Yeah, baby!

Monday, March 01, 2004

Major renovation to the AE Store

The latest and greatest has been added to the AE store. You can get a lot more than just AE goodies, too. We're now selling hardware, other graphics programs, jog shuttles and boat loads more through Toolfarm. Check it out!

The books section is not yet complete, but I'm working on it. The AE Books page is going.

When you buy your goods through the AE FreeMart, you not only get a good deal but support this here web site. Now, doesn't that make you feel all warm and fuzzy!