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Filmmaking often comes down to problem-solving, though not that every task we face is necessarily problematic. I think we arrive at many solutions by way of new, situation-specific techniques that are built by a combination of the techniques we already know. When it comes to digital effects, it can help to possess a variety of techniques in our experiential arsenal. Who knows, perhaps having learned a basic tool within a software will help time-budget an effect, or maybe even save some money? In this vein, we’re happy to bring you this After Effects tutorial from AE.Tuts+ — in it, Axel Sorenson explains how to reshape one subject’s face into another, without the use of (paid) third party plug-ins. His example uses stills, but remember, in AE, anything you can think, you can track! More »

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Okay, so my title’s a little unfair: Adobe’s new “collaborative workflow platform” may not work literally everywhere, but it will work anywhere there’s WiFi or an ethernet hook-up. Whether you’re a long-time Adobe advocate or a latter-day convert to Premiere Pro, Adobe Anywhere could be making your life just that much easier down the line, especially if you’ve ever manually had to manage media over the internet and across several parties. Click through for details. More »

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You’d think with my fundraising campaign going down to the wire that I’d be too busy to find and post helpful content here on NoFilmSchool. But no! I want to help you and I hope you’ll help me in return! Here’s a five-part tutorial from Richard Harrington on a DSLR-based workflow in Adobe Creative Suite. This is not super advanced, nor is it riveting stuff, but hey — it’s a screencast. And if you’re new to the Adobe’s Creative Suite or if you’re switching from another NLE — perhaps because CS5.5 is still 50% off for Final Cut Pro or Avid editors? — this is a nice “getting started” overview of working with DSLR footage in Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, and Audition: More »

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Garret Smith has posted a number of tutorials exploring different methods of text animation in Adobe After Effects. Before we go any further, however, check out Ian Albinson’s SXSW presentation, “A Brief History of Title Design,” which is a great compendium of visually striking titles from over the years: More »

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Since switching to Premiere Pro, my editing workflow has been to lock picture in Premiere and then finish in After Effects. To date I’ve been using a workflow similar to the one I’d use when editing in Final Cut Pro, which was to import a final sequence into After Effects (either as an XML or by using Premiere Pro as an intermediary), and apply color correction, titling, and other effects in AE. While this approach gives a very high quality output, a problem rears its head if you want to make changes to the edit after “locking” picture. So what’s the best workflow between Premiere and After Effects? More »

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Since we’re on the topic of backyard effects with that Russian Transformers clip, let’s take a look at the technique of integrating 3D objects with live action footage. The technique of placing a 3D object into a previously filmed scene (known as matchmoving) requires sophisticated camera tracking generally reserved for high-end effects packages, but Aetuts+ has a tutorial for doing it with a free After Effects plugin called Voodoo Camera Tracker. I’ve only done 2D tracking myself (to erase people and other background elements in The West Side), but if you’re interested in integrating your own 3D transformers (or something more original, perhaps?) into a live scene, here’s a tutorial for you: More »

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Adobe After Effects is an incredibly deep compositing program that often flusters first-time users with its myriad panels and switches. It’s not the most intuitive program, and as such I don’t recommend taking the approach I did: banging my head against the wall until it made sense. Instead, why not take advantage of two hours of free training from Video Copilot? This video series came out a while ago (circa CS3), but 99% of it still applies to CS5. More »