Apr 11, 2015

Adobe CC 2015 Update

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, although they have the dedicated grading application, SpeedGrade, this makes things a little easier for editors.

Media Encoder is rapidly growing into a powerful standalone application that's reduced my uses of AE's Render Queue. Almost everything I do comes out of Media Encoder.

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.