Apr 11, 2015

Adobe CC Update - April 2015

And it's awesome! Adobe are hard at work making their CC applications the best they can be and are probably gunning for the high-end industry, but they still have some ways to go.
At NAB, Adobe announced a new update coming, and uploaded a bunch of videos to their channel demonstrating the new features, including this nice summary:

I'm particularly impressed by the new Character animation tools and the live playback in AE. Face-tracking is also cool, but I probably won't use that very often, much like the mobile applications. Color Tools in Premiere was a long over-due update, but they do have the dedicated SpeedGrade.
Media Encoder is growing into a powerful standalone application that's reduced my uses of AE's Render Queue.

Let's take a closer look at some interesting new features:

Mar 14, 2015

Feb 5, 2015

AE | Build a Monuments Timeline with Shape Layers and Expressions

Hopefully this has had enough time to load

We'll look at how to build a never ending timeline (or scale) that you can move around to any amount without hitting the edges using Expressions and a built-in effect, how to create the counting time, fast and easy method to extract the monuments and some tips on positioning comps while animating.

Jan 6, 2015

Compositing a Screen with Cinema4D and After Effects

Cinema 4D and After Effects do a pretty good job of working together. In this tutorial, we'll look at using tags, render settings and multipass to composite a screen onto a TV with a bunch of stuff in front of it.

Grab the project file and let's get started.

Nov 10, 2014

GUIDE: Installing the Cinema 4D Importer for After Effects

The C4D Importer is a plugin for AE that allows After Effects to open .AEC compositing files exported from Cinema4D. They help AE find the rendered files, imports them for you and creates a comp with cameras and lights, animation and all.
They are extremely useful for advanced compositing, but before After Effects can read these files, you need to "install" it.