April 17, 2014

AE Easter eggs + hunt for a plabt egg

People are sometimes surprised discovering Easter Eggs in After Effects -- apparent oddities in the interface. Some of these have been around for a very long time... 

Take part in a new hunt at PVC in Easter eggs in After Effects: a new hunt.

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April 4, 2014

Behind the Scenes of ‘Adobe and the Frog’

Film Riot and Adobe have a slick little web ad for the new Creative Cloud NAB 2014 reveal. It was edited in Premiere CC, with the CG character rendered in After Effects CC using Element 3D, and color graded using Magic Bullet Looks.

Details at Pro Video Coalition.

April 2, 2014

Sneak peeks of CC Next for NAB

Adobe revealed new features in the video apps in Creative Cloud and will showcase these next versions at the NAB 2014 show in Las Vegas next week (schedule). Highlights of the reveal features, additional details, videos, and links to product pages, team blogs, and 3rd-party previews are at PVC:

Creative Cloud NAB 2014 Reveal: Sneak peeks of what's coming



March 31, 2014

Halftone techniques for After Effects at PVC

A halftone is an image or printing technique that "simulates continuous tone through the use of dots varying either in size, in shape or in spacing." In the Illustrator and Photoshop worlds, there's long lists of halftone filters, swatches, and compositing techniques used for printing and newsprint, comic, retro, and other effects. But the fun of After Effects is animation, and some techniques may not be immediately apparent without built-in filters.

There's something new and some things old in Halftone techniques for After Effects at Pro Video Coalition.

If you've never used the Color Halftone effect in Photoshop, check out how a gradient is effected by the filter in Creating Synthetic Backgrounds in Photoshop:

March 21, 2014

Chromatic aberration roundup at PVC


A few years ago there was a spate of interest in chromatic aberration -- fixing footage containing the color fringing, but mostly creating it for motion graphics and VFX realism. Now, Quba Michalski has a new tutorial & preset (and donate button) in Chromatic Aberration Rig

Read the rest in Chromatic aberration: creation and fixes with After Effects at Pro Video Coalition.

March 18, 2014

Long shadows: adding dimension to flat design



The trend toward flat design hit big in 2013 with Windows 8 ("Metro"), iOS7, and website and logo redesigns by Google and others. As part of a general move away from skeuomorphism, Adobe application design elements “flattened out” after CS5. Flat and thin may be in, partly due to hi-res screens, but a missing dimension of "long shadows" added to flat elements became popular too.
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Read the rest at Pro Video Coalition in Long shadows: adding body to flat design in After Effects.

March 7, 2014

The Outer Limits - Original O.B.I.T.

Vaguely reminiscent  of E.M. Forster's The Machine Stops of 1909, but with an alien-NSA angle, here's "Original O.B.I.T.", a 50-year old episode of The Outer Limits. Conrad Hall was the DP.



"...A crucial turning point comes when one is able to acknowledge that modern technics, much more than politics as conventionally understood, now legislates the conditions of human existence. New technologies are institutionalized structures within an existing constitution that gives shape to a new polity, the technopolis in which we do increasingly live. 

For the most part, this constitution still evolves with little public scrutiny or debate. Shielded by the conviction that technology is neutral and tool-like, a whole new order is built — piecemeal, step by step, with the parts and pieces linked together in novel ways, without the slightest public awareness or opportunity to dispute the character of the changes underway. It is somnambulism (rather than determinism) that characterizes technological politics — on the left, right, and center equally."

from Autonomous Technology by Langdon Winner