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BENDING LIGHT WITH BEZIER WARPBENDING LIGHT WITH BEZIER WARP

Bill O'Neil demonstrates the use of After Effects 5.5's Motion Blur with shutter angle and phase settings to create a 'smear' of color that will become one of the most useful clips in your digital spice rack

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Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
Using Vector Paint to create a color wall of splotchesUsing Vector Paint to create a color wall of splotches

In part one of this three part series, Bill O'Neil demonstrates using Vector Paint to create a color wall of splotches and paint blips that we will smear across the screen. Part two will be a description of Shutter Angle and Motion Blur. In part three, Bill will spice up his favorite effect with Bezier Warp to distort the light storm to conform to the scene.

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Bill O'Neil
Adobe After Effects
Using Post Render Actions to Pre-render elements and create proxies in AE 5.5

Using Post Render Actions to Pre-render elements and create proxies in AE 5.5

One of the best ways of speeding your work in AE is to use low- resolutions proxies to substitute your original footage. This will increase the speed while previewing or rendering your work tremendously, especially if you are working with 3D. A proxy can be a lower resolution still or movie and you can replace it by the original footage at any time just by clicking on the respective proxy button on your footage window. In this article, Serge Hamad explains the procedure while creating a 3d ride through a corridor.

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Serge Hamad
Adobe After Effects
Path Text: Advanced SettingsPath Text: Advanced Settings

With version 5.5 of After Effects, Adobe has included some new features in the path-text filter that can be quite cool SUCH AS THE ABILITY TO TREAT TEXT CHARACTERS AS INDIVIDUAL OBJECTS, BUT RETAIN THEIR CONNECTION TO A PATH. In this tutorial, Ben Unguren demonstrates how to use the filter to generate a dancing type-on effect.

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Ben Unguren
Adobe After Effects
Generating Random Motion with AE 5.5's ExpressionsGenerating Random Motion with AE 5.5's Expressions

In this tutorial, Dan Ebberts demonstrates a method of generating motion that is random in both time and space and allows you to quickly assemble a composition with a pleasantly fluid, chaotic movement.

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Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Using Projection Layers to create a gobos and projector type effectsUsing Projection Layers to create a gobos and projector type effects

Rick Gerard explains the use of the Light Transmission property added to Layer Material Options in After Effects 5.5. Basic and advanced techniques demonstrate only a few creative possibilities opened up by this exciting new feature.

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Rick Gerard
Adobe After Effects
Animating a Walk-Cycle Using Loop Expressions

Animating a Walk-Cycle Using Loop Expressions

With version 5.5 of After Effects, Adobe has included some new keyframe-looping expressions that can be very useful for cyclic animation and layer-looping. In this tutorial, Dan Ebberts walks us through the basics of how to set up and use these expressions and then we'll use one to loop a walk-cycle as you might do in a simple character animation.

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Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Liquid Lines

Liquid Lines

In this tutorial, Jim Tierney demonstrates using the GridLines filter in Geomancy to create some beautiful sweeping lines. This is something that would work really well as a background element or more as a foreground element if you're trying to communicate something like the flow of information.

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Jim Tierney
Adobe After Effects
Parenting and Expressions

Parenting and Expressions

Dan Ebberts demonstrates setting up an animation of a piston, crank, and wheel using parenting and expressions so that we only have to keyframe one of the pieces and the others follow along.

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Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Creating an Audio LED Meter

Creating an Audio LED Meter

In this Tutorial, Roland Kahlenberg demonstrates creating an 'as real as you want it to be' audio LED meter using Motion Math and Expressions. At the bottom of the page is a sample of its use in Roland's demo reel -- just to give you a 'real world' example.

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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Adobe After Effects
Fun With Track Mattes:

Fun With Track Mattes:

Learning to use track mattes can be a valuable weapon in your After Effects arsenal They're extremely versatile, and knowing how to use them can save you the time and expense of researching and buying yet another plug-in. A Creative Cow visitor wrote, 'I want to do a grid of small boxes that dissolve one row at a time, from bottom to top. What would be the fastest way to it?' A perfect opportunity to use track mattes! In this article, Dave LaRonde demonstrates the technique step by step.

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Dave LaRonde
Adobe After Effects
Understanding the use of square vs non-square pixels in AE

Understanding the use of square vs non-square pixels in AE

Rick Gerard gives a glimpse of the inner workings of Adobe After Effects and explains exactly how AE mixes square and rectangular pixels. Youll never worry again about how to interpret footage. DV, HD, Wide Screen and Film comps will be a walk in the park.

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Rick Gerard
Adobe After Effects
Layer Cycling in Invigorator Pro for After Effects

Layer Cycling in Invigorator Pro for After Effects

In this tutorial, Jon Okerstrom uses Adobe Illustrator and Invigorator Pro AE to demonstrate how Invigorator Pro AE can accomplish a 3D write-on effect.

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Jon Okerstrom
Adobe After Effects
Using GridSquares to Create Running Circles

Using GridSquares to Create Running Circles

Gridsquares is probably the best of the Geomancy filters to start off with. It's the most like a traditional particle system, and in fact, the only real difference is the use of the grid to control how the particles behave. In this tutorial, Jim Tierney explains the different parameters and helps take the 'fear' out of working with particle systems. You'll need Digital Anarchy's Geomancy filter for this.

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Jim Tierney
Adobe After Effects
De-Interlacing the COW

De-Interlacing the COW

Barend Onneweer describes the how, what and why of several methods of de-interlacing video-footage using Adobe After Effects.

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Barend Onneweer
Adobe After Effects
Revealing a Logo with a Sweeping Beam of Light

Revealing a Logo with a Sweeping Beam of Light

Mark Simpson uses The Foundry Tinderbox plug-in T_Beam filter to sweep a narrow beam across a logo, eventually widening the beam to reveal the entire logo.

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Mark Simpson
Adobe After Effects
Sand Dune Effects with Digital Anarchy's Psunami

Sand Dune Effects with Digital Anarchy's Psunami

In this tutorial, Jim Tierney demonstrates a 'non-water' use for Digital Anarchy's newly acquired Psunami plug-in. Follow along and learn how to create your own 'Dune' world.

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Jim Tierney
Adobe After Effects
Trapcode Shine: Write it with Light

Trapcode Shine: Write it with Light

Mark Simpson has written this tutorial in response to the many requests for info on a sample movie he posted in the Trapcode Forum using Shine in After Effects. This tutorial was done in AE4.1 using Filters from the Cult Effects Collection and the new Trapcode Plug-in Shine. Here's the rundown of how Mark creates the effect.

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Mark Simpson
Adobe After Effects
Caustics: Dropping the Cow into A Pool of Water

Caustics: Dropping the Cow into A Pool of Water

In this tutorial, Jim Tierney creates the effect of an object dropping into water, using the Caustics and WaveWorld filters in Adobe After Effects.

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Jim Tierney
Adobe After Effects
Smoke Effect

Smoke Effect

Alan Hamill demonstrates the use of Particle Playground to simulate rising smoke.

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Alan Hamill
Adobe After Effects
Creating an Invisible Man

Creating an Invisible Man

Alan Hamill demonstrates using some keying techniques and the Displacement Map Effect to simulate a transparent, yet textured dancing man. You'll need the Production Bundle for this one.

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Alan Hamill
Adobe After Effects
Blowing Smoke Using Digital Anarchy's Geomancy

Blowing Smoke Using Digital Anarchy's Geomancy

The HairLines filter in Geomancy was originally designed to simulate streams of liquid. It does this very well, but that organic type of motion lends itself to other effects, such as smoke. In this tutorial, Jim Tierney demonstrates how to get some slightly stylized, but realistically moving, smoke. This useful for cigarettes, smoldering fires, or the occasionaly disintergrating gerbil. However, this tutorial will focus on the streams of smoke, and won't be getting into the finer points of spontaneously combusting rodents. This tutorial will work with either the release or demo version of Hairlines.

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Jim Tierney
Adobe After Effects
Creating Surreal Clouds without Plug-ins

Creating Surreal Clouds without Plug-ins

In this tutorial, Jayse will show you another way of creating moving clouds using Adobe After Effects 5 without needing extra plug-ins. If you are unfamiliar with simple 3d in After Effects 5, you may want to read the After Effects 5.0 manual before continuing with this tutorial.

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Jayse Hansen
Adobe After Effects
3D Schematic Grid -- from Illustrator to After Effects

3D Schematic Grid -- from Illustrator to After Effects

In this tutorial, Jayse will show you how to take Illustrator artwork and import it into After Effects 5. For the final touches, he will show you how to use DigiEffects Schematic Grid to enhance transparent 'scoreboard' screen.

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Jayse Hansen
Adobe After Effects
Adding Z-Depth to your Logo Using AE5 PB

Adding Z-Depth to your Logo Using AE5 PB

Ever wanted to extrude a logo in After Effects but on a tight budget and always looking to tinker about? Read on as Roland Kahlenberg demonstrates a cool way to introduce some z-depth to our objects in AE 5.0 Production Bundle.

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Roland Kahlenberg
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