Wednesday, June 30, 2004

VFX HQ : Visual Effects Headquarters

VFX HQ : Visual Effects Headquarters goes in depth on the effects in movies like Titanic, Starship Troopers, Star Wars and Flubber (man, I forgot all about that film!)

Friday, June 25, 2004

Art of Roto

Colin Sharp from Toolfarm sent me this great read - Art of Roto by Matt Silverman, developer of AE plug-in Color Theory . This is an indepth article on the history of rotoscoping - from Popeye to Snow White - and a summary of roto tools and programs, including lots of screen shots.

There's a tip in the article: Red Giant software offers a Commotion to AE roto import plug-in.

Share the Love

I've been meaning to do something like this for a while - AE Enhancers. AE Users can share scripts, tutorials, and more in a forum interface. It's just getting started, but I know with your help, you can really make it a great archive of AE stuff.

So, what are you bringing to the party?

Beam Me Up, Stephen!

Mr. Schleicher does it again with his new tutorial, Beam Me Up.

Adobe Photoshop Style Layer Effects: Series #12

Okay, It's not After Effects, but it's Free and it looks like fun. Adobe Photoshop Style Layer Effects: Series #12.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Quicktime Resource

Matt Schirado, from the West Michigan After Effects User Group, sent me an excellent link about Quicktime. Loads of information on comparing Quicktime Codecs - the pros and cons of delivery codecs, authoring codecs and legacy codecs. I'm bookmarking this one!

Thursday, June 17, 2004

After Effects 6.5 Tryout

This came from MacOSXDownloads.com: "Continues to set new standards in motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, DVD, and the Web. Offering unmatched integration with Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Encore DVD, Adobe Audition, Photoshop CS, and Illustrator CS software, After Effects gives you the speed, precision, and power to be visually innovative as you meet production challenges and deliver quality results."

Yeah, we knew that! If you don't have it, give it a whirl.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Free Symbol Signs

AIGA has a set of 50 symbol signs available free of charge. They are in GIF and EPS format. They include restroom symbols, airport symbols, hotel info, baggage... great resource!

AnimationMentor.com

This looks pretty interesting. That little character reminds me of that toenail fungus commerical though, which makes me want to puke when I see it peel up the nail.

AnimationMentor.com looks pretty cool though - learn animation techniques from home, or work, or Starbucks. Just don't learn to animate toenail fungus. Please.

Movies for Music Film Contest

Does the RIAA make you fume? Yes, me too. They say that the artists are the ones losing money because of filesharing, but in reality, it's the Big Five Record Labels. This contest is designed to "show people how the music industry really works, and convince them that now is the time to make things change."

First prize is a Zvue handheld video player. Honorable mentions get t-shirts. I love t-shirts.

BBC to Open the Floodgates

I've been following this for a while. The BBC is going to make 3 minute clips of it's nature content available for free beginning this fall. That means anyone can download them and use them in their own work. They're planning to use the Creative Commons license which is an American flexible copyright license for digital content. It's going to be difficult for them to clear all of the footage because some includes copyrighted music.

I can't wait to see how this turns out.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Superfast Running and other tutorials

Ken Lawton has some tutorials that explain some Star Wars effects, cloning and more. They're for AE 5.5.

Renderfarm Tips

I don't know if you read Slashdot, but someone posted info on Render Farming that I know some of you will find useful.

A friend from our user group, Demian, has been testing render farming over the internet, kind of how SETI@home works.

Do any of you have any tips for render farming? If so, please post them to the comments. We'd love to hear them.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Cineme 2004

CINEME, the Chicago International Film Festival is giving mucho dinero this year - $25,000 IN CASH AWARDS, exclusive nightly parties, prizes, musical guests, award-winning speakers and premieres. What are you waiting for! Send 'em your work!

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Trapcode Particular Tutorial

Ko Maruyama at Digital Producer has published part 2 of the Trapcode Particular tutorial about setting up 3D lights for Particle Emission.

This plug-in rocks, just like all the other Trapcode plug-ins. I can't say enough great things about them, plus, they're affordable. I would recommend downloading the demo of Particular. Their introductory low price of $199 expires TODAY!, June 10. Makes a spectacular Father's Day gift.

Huge List of Digital Media Links

I just did a browse through, but this is one heck of a big list of sites that actually sound worthwhile to visit!

Blue Screen Tutorial

Here is a well explained technique for blue screening with After Effects or Premier. I hadn't heard of Spoono.com before but I'm definitely going to go through the site a bit.

The site has tutorials for Photoshop, Flash, 3D Studio Max and other software too, and the site has a design that is very pleasing to the eye. You know, on the next makeover of the FreeMart, I may do something more like they've done with their home page.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

New Tutorial: Weather Map

An AE FreeMart exclusive tutorial - Make a weather map with nasty precipitation. In May, we drowned in rain, so that must've been my inspiration. This tutorial is for intermediate level users. The project files are AE 6 files and use Fractal Noise, Colorama and Set Channel. This one is lots of fun! Much better than the monsoons.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Useful Things Adds CHOPs plus AE 6.5 Compatibility

Profound Effects has announce the availability of Useful Things 1.6. This unique effects plug-in now offers nearly limitless CHOPs (channel operations) potential and compatibility with After Effects version 6.5. Updates to more than 50 existing effects, enhanced stability, and new blend modes round out this new version.

If you haven't tried Useful Things, it's wonderful. Think of all of the things that you wished you could do with AE... well, Useful Things (and Useful Assistants, their other plug-in) will probably allow you to do it.

Friday, June 04, 2004

Prime time for Digital Trove's PRIME

PRIME is 26 new plug-ins for After Effects. (They have the Edge Warp filter - the same sort of effect used on the gmunk stuff, which I love).Vertigo and Tech Grid look pretty darn useful, as do the others. They are running a special through July 2004, $100 off the regular $299 price. Not a bad price for so many goodies!