Many photographers quickly move on from umbrellas, because they can seem very hard to control and a bit unwieldy. However, umbrellas can be surprisingly versatile, and this great video will show you five ways to use them in your photos.
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Most of the fully loaded video editing solutions at the consumer end of the market these days come with some pretty good color correction and color grading tools.
However the problem with all of them is that they are tools and their effectiveness is closely tied to the ability of the person using those tools.
Now before we go any further I… Read more…
With the holidays over and us in that strange time after Christmas but before the new year, we often find ourselves both stir crazy and broke. With this video from The Creative Contrast, they teach us how to solve that by cheaply creating our own collapsible V-Flats.
Recently in the world of After Effects, there’s news on Adobes updates, ProRes, Google Earth Studio, The Year in Review, animation, classes, and more. There’s lots more happening though! It’s still hard to know if this approach to news is still useful, but here it is.
The Keyframes conference, organized by Future Media Concepts, is planned for February 25 – 27 2019 in Orlando, FL. There will be the many of current usual suspects as speakers, and a side trip to Universal Studios. FMC is also planning on After Effects World again, in August 2019 in Seattle, with details still to follow.
The biggest chunk of news can be found in This Year in MoGraph: 2018 from School of Motion, Joey Korenman hosts animator Ryan Summers in a 3+hour podcast that also transcribed. It’s a wide-ranging one-of-a-kind discussion of trends, with lots of links to products and people mentioned. Here’s few highlights and comments:
After Effects is getting better, serving several niches, with scripting
and specific scripts and master properties getting special attention. And Adobe ProRes.
Advice on looking at others’ work, as well as positioning oneself for success
Discussion of new plug-ins, updates, and the avalanche of AE scripts
Algo, an automatic animation tool in development for end-users, runs After Effects in the cloud shows what’s possible
One way or another the real time revolution may finally arrive: a common feature request for 20 years is After Effect leveraging gaming/GPU platforms
DUIK, the free character animation script for AE, had a big upgrade
There’s more podcasts and Patreon-supported resources, opening possibilities
Discovering that UX designers use AE, but possibilities are open
I haven’t been at NAB for a long time and not sure what the booth babe percentage is presently. Apparently, there was new kind of party at NAB, but they come and go as needed.
No foul, but is it puberty or “feeling your oats”?
Founder Justin Cone stepped down from Motionographer
Trends and artist asides pop up throughout
Attitude and networking are important but need not make one feel sleazy [or part of religious cults in the style of Seth Godin or Tony Robbins]
In Peaks All the Way Up, Joe Clay of Workbench.TV says that after the “puberty” articles written by @SchoolOfMotion and its response by @aembury (noted here when they appeared) that it was time to write about his personal experience and views of this industry. Yes, it’s not all lollipops, chroma hoops, and EasyEase.
Retweeted earlier, this news made a splash: Google Earth meets After Effects = Google Earth Studio! It’s browser-based tech that can export to After Effects. That’s something in itself! Be sure to check out best practices and tutorials, and fast experiments by Aharon Rabinowitz of Red Giant Software, which has recently nicely updated their stable of After Effects plug-ins.
Someone asked: “Are there any plug-ins or scripts which will allow me to retarget entire groups of assets? It is absurd that after three years the Importer/JPG is still not functioning properly.” For background, Roei Tzoref dutifully documented this bug in the Adobe forums in 2017 in After Effects 2017 won’t batch replace.
An answer has come in the form of a script by Plug-in Everything, File Hunter.
There’s a ton of glitch tutorials out there, and some advice on making glitchy beats music, like 5 steps to make awesome GLITCH BEATS by Andrew Huang. The After Effects tutorial underneath from Georgiiou in 2014 has 1.82 millions views!
Please note that these roundups are for quick review and comparison. There is almost always vital information from the originating authors at the links provided — and often free presets, projects, or stock footage too. @aerich