In this special episode of Unplugged, I chat with Zax Dow of Zaxwerks about After Effects CS6 and what the introduction of the 3D ray-traced features means to Zaxwerks flagship products 3D Invigorator and ProAnimator. Use the code motionworks for a 20% discount on full Zaxwerks products.
Zaxwerks is one of the veteran After Effects plug-in developers, with the 3D Invigorator range of 3D title and logo plug-ins as popular as ever. In this interview with Zax Dow we discuss the origins of Zaxwerks, the ProAnimator and new 3D Serpentine plug-in. Zax also touches on new features in the upcoming ProAnimator 5 and reveals how Zaxwerks [Read more]
Video Copilot Element 3D has come in extremely handy over the past few weeks for some quick packshots and full frame supers. All of these are text-based looks and I’m yet to play with the in-depth particle settings, but so far am impressed with Element 3D. [Read more]
Recently on Twitter I asked followers which After Effects plug-ins they own but no longer used. I received some interesting responses and thought it would be worthwhile opening up the forum here on Motionworks. Are there plug-ins in your toolkit that have fallen out of favour, perhaps you used to love them but the “look” is old? Maybe another plug-in or application has taken it’s place? Are there plug-ins you’ve purchased but not even used!? Personally I have found fewer reasons to fire up Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator, with Cinema 4D taking it’s place in my tool kit; and effects like 3D Stroke, which was once all the rage, are gathering dust. How about you?
Armored is based on graphics from the trailer. The font is TransRobitica, extruded and textured in Cinema 4D using a brushed metal texture. Genarts Sapphire was used for the flare. The background is a stock texture displaced in Cinema 4D. [Read more]
In this extended tutorial learn how to identify the field order of footage and interpret it collectly; create a realistic Jumbotron-style look using CC Ball Action, Glow, Levels and Curves; turn the jumbotron into a 3D column mounted on grungy wire mesh using Zaxwerks 3D Layer Warps; and fine tune the look by adding animated arrows plus a touch of Trapcode Shine and Magic Bullet Looks. Grab some metal textures from Mayang.com. Watch Tutorial
Generally, when creating a boxing promo, we are given between two and five days. This project was different, or at least appeared to be different at first. My colleague Brett Morris and I, were given two weeks to design and produce a promo for the upcoming Green V Jones Jr fight here in Sydney. However, after the first two days of work the deadline was cut [Read more]002.jpg003.jpg004.jpg005.jpg006.jpg
In this recorded webinar, learn how to create a stylish and moody, Sopranos-style 3D text look. Main tools covered include Adobe After Effects and Zaxwerks ProAnimator. Check out Making It Look Great for more Zaxwerks workflow training. Watch Tutorial | Download Project