A map reveals to the traveller all the possible paths they can take to get from point A to point B. Compositing video clips in Adobe After Effects is no different; there are many paths one can travel to achieve their end goal. Green screens and rotoscoping have their place, but most often, a track matte is the shortest route to the final destination.
As a motion graphics package, Adobe After Effects is known for its power in combining and compositing disparate images into one cohesive piece of video. One aspect of After Effects that eludes many users is its ability to create 3D animations.
Low budget projects call for low cost solutions. Before referring cheapskate clients to an uncle with a camcorder, take a look at a few free tools which, with little else, can produce some professional results.
Dell today announced updates to their flagship 15-inch mobile workstation, the Dell Precision M3800. The M3800 aims to give video editors and creative pros the thinnest, lightest and most powerful laptop on the market, a position often held by Apple’s MacBook series.
Stock asset giant, VideoBlocks, today officially launched VideoBlocks Marketplace, a premium pay-per-clip tier to augment their existing subscription based offering. Because they love content creators, they’re letting them keep everything they earn.
Adobe this week released updates for their suite of video applications. The 2014.2 update includes Premiere Pro CC, Media Encoder CC, After Effects CC, SpeedGrade CC, Prelude CC, Audition CC, and Story CC. Each update includes enhancements and even tighter integration between complementary applications.
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.
Red Giant’s part-free, part-subscription plug-in offering, Universe, has grown once again, with version 1.3 adding 13 new tools - including six free ones - for a grand total of 81 effects and transitions.
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.
Rampant Design Tools this week released Monster Toolkit, the latest in a long line of dynamic drag and drop visual effects kits and tools. The toolkit contains scores of horror elements designed to help filmmakers release their inner George Romero.