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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 »

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Slit ScanI’m sure most of us are familiar with the scene in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey where Dave is flying through the stargate, but have you ever wondered how the filmmakers achieved that trippy effect? Well, today you can obtain this using animation or editing software, but the mechanical special effects technique is called “slit scan”, and John P. Hess from Filmmaker IQ walks us through how to achieve this effect digitally with After Effects, as well as physically with a camera, a mechanized slider, and LEGOs. More »

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AetutsPlus After Effects Network RenderingIf you don’t have the latest and greatest system (and even if you do), there is a great way that you can actually speed up your renders in Adobe After Effects. If you’ve got another computer system or two hanging around collecting dust, you can put those machines to good use by setting up Network Rendering in AE. Check out the tutorial below from Aetuts+ to get the full scoop and get your renders flying: More »

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The new versions of Adobe’s creative apps are now live on Creative Cloud, including video-relevant apps like Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Photoshop CC, SpeedGrade CC, Audition CC, and more. If you haven’t yet taken the plunge and switched to Adobe’s new subscription-based service, they’re adding a 40% discount to entice you (which brings the $50/month subscription for the entire suite down to $30/month). Here are videos spotlighting new features for every updated video program: More »

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Dual AMD FirePro GPUs Apple New Mac ProWhile on the surface it might seem like Apple is making a huge mistake not at least offering NVIDIA on their new system, it looks look those dual AMD workstation FirePro GPUs have a few tricks up their sleeve, especially as it relates to OpenCL support on both Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve 10 and Adobe’s new CC software suite. Both are major players right now in the video space, and there will be some serious hardware acceleration thanks to these processors. More »

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Rian Jonhson’s newest film Looper has gotten a bit of coverage on NoFilmSchool, from the availability of the script, to Johnson’s original sizzle reel, to his interesting in-theater commentary track. While the actual title sequence for the film is a bit different, Antonio Cerra from CRR_NTN and Aetuts+ has taken inspiration from one of the trailers for the film and produced an After Effects tutorial so you can create your very own logo complete with lens flares. Click through to check it out. More »

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Hollywood films often use tools that regular users can’t easily afford. A good example of that is with a movie that Shane Hurlbut shot, Act of Valor, filmed on the Canon 5D Mark II. The post-production of that film involved a software suite called Dark Energy that is often used with restoring film prints, but in this case they used it to clean up DSLR footage and get rid of compression artifacts and noise, as well as add realistic grain. Well not too long ago, Cinnafilm, the company behind Dark Energy, introduced a Windows plugin for Adobe After Effects. Until Friday, March 15th, the plugin, which is normally $400, is down to just $150. Click through to learn more about it. More »

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We recently featured several practical but effective techniques for creating the (by now) famous Matrix-esque ‘bullet-time’ effect — accomplished, in more than one case, by using an evenly spaced array of GoPros and some post-processing elbow grease. Clearly, the availability and portability of such cameras is catching on beyond conventional ‘action cam’ uses, and inspiring creatives of nearly any budget to create shots only A-budget Hollywood productions used to be able to pull off. GoPros make sense for such arrays, because they are forgivingly frameable (and decently affordable as far as rentals go). Now, another project has demonstrated what’s possible with these simple but adaptable cameras — in this case, built into a rig that can also be handheld. More »

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If you thought Video Copilot’s Adobe After Effects plug-in Element 3D couldn’t get any better, then check out the new features the free 1.5 update is sporting: support for importing animated 3D sequences, real-time glow, new particle ordering and repeating options, ambient occlusion improvements, layer grid mode, and more. Feast your eyes on Andrew Kramer’s video below for a complete tour of what’s new in Element 3D: More »

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Learning a new piece of software can be a daunting task, especially when that software may be nothing like any program you’ve used before. Even if you’re an expert, getting a well-rounded walk-through of a suite of programs can make you better and more efficient — and you might even learn a thing or two. For a limited time, you can get a complete set of training videos for the entire Adobe CS6 suite for only $100. Click through to learn more and check out some sample lessons. More »

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Videos that give insight into how something is made or constructed are absolutely fascinating to me, and I’ve spent countless hours pouring through many that would probably put the average person to sleep. That’s why when I came across Deep Green Sea’s The Art of Making – which details professionals who work with their hands — I couldn’t help but be impressed by the skill involved. Click through to check out the three videos they’ve made so far in the series. More »

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This past summer I wrote about the release and initial tutorials for Video Copilot’s awesome Adobe After Effects plug-in, Element 3D. Andrew Kramer has been slowly but surely releasing new tutorials for the plug-in that show off more aspects of its functionality and practical applications in After Effects projects. His three latest Element 3D tutorials delve into image based lighting, using video clips as textures to create screen animations, and making a field of random rocks as a part of a set extension. As an extra bonus, I’ve included some tutorials for the free open-source 3D modeling and animation program Blender, to get you started making your own objects for Element 3D. More »

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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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When one of my roommates moved to LA to pursue a full-time screenwriting career, I used the following criteria to choose a new roommate: “which among our applicants is the most talented filmmaker?” Instead of shooting stills of my Brooklyn apartment I had shot a walkthrough video on my RED (it was sitting on my desk so it was actually easier than taking a bunch of photos, but… most overkill apartment video ever!) and so there were a lot of people to choose from. Paul Trillo, it turned out, had seen me speak at the Vimeo festival and I had backed his Kickstarter campaign, even though we’d never met, so the choice was easy. Paul moved in and promptly shot this lovely music video on his Canon 7D: 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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Speaking of CinemaDNG, its creator, Adobe, has been very lukewarm in terms of support for the format. Photoshop and After Effects have always had compatibility since they can use the Camera RAW plugin, but Premiere has only had experimental support since CS 5.5. Now they have announced that they are pulling support for the CS 5.5 plugin. A recent post simply stated that the CinemaDNG initiative would be discontinued and no longer hosted on Adobe Labs. That statement has since been updated, but click through for the full explanation about what this really means for users of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the future of the format on Adobe’s software. More »