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Adobe Creative CloudDespite the controversy surrounding Adobe’s switch to a subscription-based model, its Creative Cloud line of products has seen several useful updates for users. For instance, Adobe has added native RED DRAGON & CinemaDNG RAW support via GPU acceleration, plus improved round-tripping with its color correction software SpeedGrade. This year at NAB, Adobe pushed forward with the addition of some newly native abilities, in addition to the dynamic linking its suite is already known for (i.e., no switch from PP to AE needed for certain effects, and vice-versa). Check below for our NAB 2014 interview with Adobe and a video recap of the newest iteration of CC features. More »

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Nodes 2There are many plugins out there for all sorts of post production platforms that make it possible to generate 3D models, creating amazing effects you wouldn’t be able to pull off otherwise. One such plugin is Yanobox’s Nodes, which has been used on major effects driven films, such as The Avengers, Planet of the Apesand Ender’s Game. Nodes fans may be happy to hear that version 2 of the powerful motion graphics plugin is now available. Continue on to find out all about Nodes 2, including its many features, tutorials on how to navigate it, which platforms it supports (it’s only for OSX unfortunately), and how much it’ll cost you. More »

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Creative CloudIn 2012, Adobe unveiled the future of their software distribution strategy. Despite some initial hiccups in public perception, Creative Cloud has since taken the video post production world by storm. In addition to the monthly fee structure, Creative Cloud offered another major benefit over the Creative Suite — the ability for Adobe to push out major software updates and new features with a previously unheard of regularity. Now that NAB (filmmaker Christmas) is finally rolling around for another year, Adobe is releasing their next round of major features for their video-centric software, and let’s just say that the future is bright. More »

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darkenergylogoblogthm-224x134We’ve talked about the Cinnafilm Dark Energy de-noising plugin on several occasions. Most notably, Dark Energy played a crucial role in the post-production workflow of Shane Hurlbut’s DLSR-shot film Act of Valor. The good people at Cinnafilm also ran a Kickstarter campaign to judge interest in porting the plugin over to the OFX platform (which would have made it compatible with Resolve, Nuke, Avid, and a host of other applications). Even though that campaign didn’t succeed, the Dark Energy AE plugin is still one of the most wildly popular noise reduction/grain emulation tools on the market today. The only problem for most of us is that we’re not made of money. Luckily for us, Cinnafilm permanently slashed the price yesterday in honor of Einstein’s birthday.
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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Photoshop Music Video - No Film SchoolA music video has been floating around the web for a while now, which shows a singer being “magically” transformed inside a fake image-editing program into a “more glamorous” version of herself. The “Nouveau Parfum” video from musician Boggie has produced countless conversations about the unrealistic image of women in the media, but many have been wondering, just how was it created? Co.Create sat down with the directors of the video to discuss what it took to make the video — which included four months of post-production. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video How to Remove an Unwanted Logo in After Effects - No Film SchoolYou’ve probably seen it or had to do it yourself before: blur out a logo that is being used without permission. If you’ve got a little time, you can head into After Effects and get a much nicer result than simply blurring it out — which is especially important if the video is supposed to have a polished look. The tutorial below will lead you through the process of tracking a logo, making it disappear, and then even putting in a brand new logo in its place. More »

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parallaxBack in November, we shared a great video tutorial by Joe Fellows that walked us through how to animate photos in After Effects by using the parallax 2.5D effect. Though the video received a warm response, there were a few questions raised, like how to stylize and texturize elements in the composition for example, which would in turn make the project look all the more profession and downright awesome. Fellows decided to make a follow-up tutorial that answers a few of those questions (some of which came right from NFS readers). Continue on to check out the video! More »

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3D renderIf you work a lot in visual effects you know that creating stunning 3D objects and environments in After Effects and similar VFX programs is no easy task. There are plenty of tutorials out there that break down processes step by step, but Charles Yeager of AE Tuts+ offers some tips on how to get the most out of your renders when using Video Copilot’s Element 3D After Effects plugin by simply changing a few render and output settings. Check out the tutorial after the jump. More »

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Hollywood Titles tutsNailing the opening title of your film is important for a number of reasons. Usually it’s the first thing your audience sees on-screen that introduces them to your story, which means that it has to capture its tone and prepare your viewers for what is about to unfold. They don’t necessarily have to be intricate undertakings (Lars von Trier’s simple opening title from Antichrist is probably one of my favorites), but if you want to learn techniques that will help you create something epic, Aetuts+ shares some tutorials that break down how to recreate the titles from some big Hollywood movies. More »

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Procedural Fire FXIf you’re a fan of The Hunger Games movies or if you’ve just got a touch of pyromania, this After Effects tutorial might be right up your alley. Inspired by the logo in the second installment of the series, Catching Fire, Michael Park walks us through creating a procedural fire effect in AE using Red Giant’s Trapcode Particular. Though there are quite a few steps to follow, the result is a beautifully stylized, sparkling blaze. Continue on to find out how to get started. More »

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After Effects Color Key maskingIf you’re interested in incorporating special effects in your films, chances are you’re going to work with green screen, stock video, and After Effects to create your composites. In a recent tutorial, Andrew Trice shows us how to use all three in order to composite using keying, as well as utilizing techniques, like motion tracking, linear color keying, and tritone color correction in After Effects. Continue on to find out how Trice got away with setting off an explosion a block away from the Adobe offices in San Francisco. More »

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Still MotionOne of the post-production techniques I’ve yearned to know more about was animating still photos. We’ve seen this used in countless film intro sequences, and now motion graphics artist and director Joe Fellows shows us how to achieve this 3D effect in After Effects. By separating the background, mid, and foreground, you can animate your photos creating a parallax effect that will turn your simple 2D still images into moving 3D storytelling devices. Check out the tutorial after the jump. More »

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Pixelated GraphicsThis is a safe place — we can all admit that at one time or another in our childhood, we wished we lived in a video game. (If we’re really honest, we’d admit that desire hasn’t subsided in our adulthood.) Evan Abrams shares a helpful tutorial that walks us through how to create and animate health bars and apply a “16-bit looking” mosaic effect make them look like our favorite vintage games. Continue on to check it out. More »

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ParallaxWhen I first started dabbling in After Effects and Flash several years ago, the first videos I made were simple animations (think cave drawings.) Not really knowing anything about layers or expressions made for interesting results when I tried to achieve the parallax effect — the illusion that objects move more quickly or slowly depending on how far away they are. Mikey Borup shares a tutorial that makes parallax scrolling a little bit easier. Continue on to watch the video: More »

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anamorphicThe anamorphic look is highly desired by many filmmakers for many reasons, including unique lens flares and bokehs. We posted an article a week ago on shooting anamorphic, and one thing some of you might’ve noticed is that anamorphic adapters and lenses can be expensive. So, if you find yourself in a bind financially, but are still wanting your images to resemble the aesthetic that anamorphic provides, Vashi Nedomansky of VashiVisuals is offering his After Effects plugin, VashiMorphic40, for the low, low price of free. Continue on for more details. More »

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Digital ZombiesIf you’re making a zombie flick, but you don’t have a talented makeup artist, but you do have a talented digital effects artist who can composite the bloody, rotten, festering features of the undead, then maybe it’d be a good idea to go digital with your characters’ zombification. A recent tutorial by Ryan Connolly of Film Riot shows us how to use a handful of digital tools, such as After Effects, Mocha, and MonsterFX Undead, to create a believable, decaying, and altogether disgusting zombie for your film. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Edit Blackmagic CinemaDNG & Magic Lantern RAW Natively in Premiere with GingerHDR Plugin - nofilmschoolI’ve been talking a lot about offline/online workflows lately — how they have, in principle, been used for ages, and still play today, tape or no tape. Such a post production process allows less fortunate folks (such as myself) to work with footage like Blackmagic Camera CinemaDNG and Magic Lantern RAW on hard-pressed machines. But what if your computer can handle the media, and you’re sick of waiting through long post processes for CDNG? Ginger HDR may be the solution for you. The plugin allows native editing of CinemaDNG, and now, even ML .RAW files directly, in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. One user has also devised a work-around for developing CDNG with the powerful Adobe Camera RAW interface, after native Premiere editing. Check it all out below. More »

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If you were on the fence about switching over to Adobe’s subscription-based service through Creative Cloud, maybe their hefty 40% discount for upgraders will seal the deal for you. With the discount, the regular $50/month subscription fee for the entire suite goes down to $30/month for existing CS customers, but since this special offer only lasts until August 31st, you’d better act fast. Check out what Adobe CC has to offer after the jump. More »

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Aetuts_Preview_Clients_ChatYou’ve just exported a video for your client showcasing their product/service/event, and let’s face it — this video is genius. It may be the best video about a product/service/event that’s ever been made! But a few seconds in, your client questions your lower third motif, and BAM you throw up a tightlipped virtual fisticuffs, flinging out every reason imaginable why your version of the video is perfect. To help us keep up the best working relationships, Adam Everett Miller of Aetuts+ breaks down, in a fun video tutorial, the top five things to keep in mind when dealing with clients.  More »

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Jeff Foster AE WorkfshopBeen wanting dip your toes into After Effects, but been too shy? Well here’s your chance. Visual effects veteran Jeff Foster brings us a free live workshop via creativeLIVE this August 12th-13th, exploring the basics behind the Creative Cloud iteration of AE. Interested? Hit the jump for more details. More »