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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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David LewandowskiA week ago, director and film school dropout Ryan Lightbourn shared his experience of striking out on his own as a filmmaker, solidifying for so many of us that nothing stands in the way of our cinematic aspirations. Now, director and VFX artist David Lewandowski gives a similar account to the web series Half Cut Tea, explaining how he, a mostly self-taught artist, can go on and create visual effects for Tron: Legacy, music videos, and bizarrely brilliant viral videos without the aid of a 4-year film degree. Check out the video after the jump. More »

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Trekkie or not I’m betting that at least once after a hard days work, returning home to an empty fridge you’ve pondered ‘why the hell hasn’t someone invented those Star Trek food replicators yet?’ You may want to hold that thought the next time it crops up, at least until you’ve seen Andreas Wannerstedt’s science test gone wrong short Consumed: More »

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We’ve already seen a little bit of what is possible in the After Effects plugin Trapcode, but now we’ve got a short called EXODUS from Magnus Östergren that was commissioned by Peder Norrby, the founder of Trapcode, to specifically show off what Trapcode Mir (a part of the whole suite) was capable of. Click through to check out the short: More »

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2012 saw effects plugin company Red Giant blur the line between advertisement and compelling short film with Plot Device and Tempo. But as good as both those shorts were, if I’m honest, the demonstrations which really raise my excitement levels are those that are developed in bedrooms with a mighty staff of one. Cue 21 year old Russian motion artist Philipp Pavlov, whose ‘visual experiment’ Trapcode Planet does a pretty good sales job of highlighting some of the capabilities of Red Giant’s Stockholm plugin suite partner Trapcode: More »

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One of the great features in Adobe After Effects CS6 is its built-in 3D camera tracker, which helps realistically integrate CG elements into footage that have a fair amount of camera or subject movement. But what if you want to do a 3D match move shot, and you can’t afford a copy of After Effects? Not a problem. Andrew Price of Blender Guru has a great hour-long video to get you started with 3D tracking and compositing CG elements in the free open source 3D program, Blender: More »

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Mocha is an advanced motion-tracking plugin for Adobe After Effects that is conveniently bundled with AE for free. I’ve done most of my motion tracking in After Effects using its native tracking abilities, but Mocha offers more advanced controls. So here’s a tutorial of how to use Mocha — in this case, to properly track a wall in a moving shot, and to add some graffiti in post to said wall. This is an excerpt of a After Effects training course at Lynda.com by Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer: More »