Typesetting is an art that goes back for centuries and is most often associated with the printed page. Text isn’t the first subject to pop into your mind whenever video is mentioned, but one of the most common tasks you as a video editor will execute is the placement of type inside your videos.
The written word is still the primary vehicle of choice for mass communication. However, words are no longer bound to the printed page. Numerous forms of digital communication are dependent on typography. Video is no different. Image and sound are at the heart of video, but the explosive growth of motion graphics is still dependent on the centuries’ old art of typography.
Does your film need some pizzazz? Try a more creative opening title sequence! By understanding how title sequences have evolved over the years and examining some of the best title sequences in recent years, you'll find inspiration as well as a good understanding of why those sequences worked.
Effects powerhouse Video Copilot has released the second generation of their hugely popular Element 3D plug-in for After Effects. E3D V2 brings about sweeping changes to the plug-in, adding another level of realism and flexibility to 3D object and particle system rendering.
Purveyors of fast and friendly 3D software, Zaxwerks, just released their latest 3D creation, 3D Invigorator PRO 8. The latest Invigorator takes their proven After Effects plug-in through to the next level, with the biggest upgrade in it’s history.
Only a couple of months after announcing the purchase of eyeon, creators of Fusion visual effects and motion graphics software, Blackmagic Design has rolled out Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Studio. Best of all, Fusion 7 for Windows is free of charge and ready for download now. Fusion 7 Studio is priced at $995.
VFX software company, Red Giant, this week released an update to their Universe offering. Included in the update are a handful of new free and premium effects, native-style transitions for Premiere Pro CC and CC2014, and support for Sony Vegas.
The possibilities for creating animations with Adobe After Effects are pretty close to limitless. We can composite complex scenes, add thousands of lens flares to Star Trek footage, or create fun graphics without any live action footage whatsoever.