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Signal

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Greyscale Gorilla has released Signal for Cinema 4D which allows you to create procedural animation quickly and easily without using the timeline.

Shooter Suite 12.5

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Red Giant Software has released Shooter Suite 12.5 which now includes Denoiser 2 and Instant HD 4K.

Motion Poems

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Gentleman Scholar created this beautiful spot featuring striking, hand painted imagery for the Motion Poem Foundation.

WinC4D

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Maxon has announced WinC4D, a new competition website, and are kicking off the competitions with a chance to win Cinema 4D Broadcast Edition.

Mocha Pro 4

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Imagineer Systems has released Mocha Pro 4 including such features as stereoscopic 3D workflow and Premiere Pro support.

Motion

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Motion adds customisable expressions to After Effects layers for a range of different animation looks.

UberNumber

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Formatting text for dynamically generated numbers in After Effects just got a whole lot easier thanks to QubaHQ.

After Effects’ 3D Future

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In today’s #Mochat discussion about new features in After Effects Creative Cloud 2014 on Twitter, Adobe’s Todd Kopriva was asked about the future of ray-traced 3D in After Effects

SRobotz

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France-based Collectif HOTU shared this fun spot about what happens when 5 Russian guys find a robot.

Creative Cloud 2014

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Creative Cloud 2014 includes new features and enhancements in all the major applications including After Effects.

Transform 1.2

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Greyscale Gorilla has released a new update to Transform. Transform makes building and destroying layers in Cinema 4D easy.

Background Design With Primitive Shapes

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Harry Frank shows how to use very simple shapes in Cinema 4D to create an awesome looking background. Then composite the render in After Effects with finishing touches including glows and fake reflections.

Ae Experiment 14

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After Effects Experiment 14 is based on Shape Layers. Take a look at what I created and then try your own experiment.

Ouroboros

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Ouroboros is a new After Effects preset that allows you to create multiple trimmed Shape Layer strokes on one path.

Rampant Studio Flares

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Rampant Design has released Studio Flares, containing 531 Clips of 2K, 4K and 5K real organic flare stock footage shot on the Red EPIC camera system.

Memory Stream

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Memory Stream by artists Peter Clark, Daniel Uribe and Yeojin Shin incorporates a variety of digital and analog techniques, with stunning results.

BCC Grunge

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Learn the basics of the Boris Continuum Complete 9 Grunge effect, and see how I used it and other BCC effects to create a grungy neon look.

Save Me

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Both Cinema 4D and After Effects were used in the production of this beautifully executed music video by French design house SuperBien.

Color Suite Update

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Red Giant Color Suite 11.1.1 has shipped. This is a free maintenance release for all current users.

Supply & Demand

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Cyril Izarn and Pat Grivet created this terrific spot explaining the concept of supply & demand to students of Phoenix University.

Traveling Lights

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Traveling lights is minimalist and beautiful, and once again demonstrates what is possible using the standard After Effects tools.

The Trip

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Brazil based Antonio Vicentini created this quirky animation of a bus going on a psychedelic trip, using Adobe After Effects and Flash.

Ripped Paper

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Learn how to use standard After Effects tools, including Turbulent Noise and Turbulent Displace, to create a textured and ripped paper look.

Misadventure In Time

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UK based illustrator and animator Lee Daniels’ new short “Misadventures In Time” is fun and smartly animated using Adobe After Effects.

Red Giant Universe

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Universe is a continuously expanding library of plugins for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Motion and is a bold new direction for Red Giant.

Particular Blood

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After Effects and Trapcode Particular were used to create this thick, dripping blood preset.

Frosty Window

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Learn how to combine stock footage with default Adobe After Effects tools to create a realistic frosty window.

Ae Experiment 12

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With a focus on CC Griddler, this experiment also uses Curves, CC Composite, Levels and the Gradient Ramp effect for colour.

Sparkle Rays

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An ethereal After Effects background using a shape layer, Turbulent Noise, Optical Flares, Particular and Starglow.

Split Screen Looks

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For this project I explored split screen looks in After Effects. It can be a tricky look to use and not look retro.

Ae Experiment 11

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Watercolour on paper is a popular motion graphics style, so for Experiment 11 we’re concentrating on watercolour looks made entirely from effects.

C4D Experiment 4

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For Experiment 4 I used the Explosion Deformer with a Fracture Object, Random Effector, Spline Effector and the Multi Shader.

Warm Bodies

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Learn how Adobe Illustrator, After Effects and Cinema 4D were used to create a promo for Warm Bodies.

Drifting Smoke

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This useful After Effects preset uses duplicate Turbulent Noise effects animated using the Time expression to create fast drifting smoke.

Ae Experiment 10

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Trapcode Form is one of my favourite plug-ins for all kinds of organic and abstract looks. Here I focussed on the Quick Map settings.

Ae Experiment 9

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Experiment 9 combines the Circle effect with CC Griddler, CC Mr Mercury, CC Color Offset, Brush Strokes for painterly flower look.

C4D Experiment 3

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For this Experiment 3 we’re going to jump out of MoGraph and into the Deformer category, starting with the Displacer deformer.

Ae Experiment 8

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Mir is powerful, fun to use and fast as hell, making it really easy to experiment with. I couldn’t stop at just one.

Ae Experiment 7

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Turbulent Noise is one of the most versatile effects in After Effects. Using it again recently to create the human iris reminded me that it’s an important effect to know.

Ae Experiment 6

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If you’ve been keeping up with all the experiments well done! For Experiment 6 we’re using Advanced Lightning.

C4D Experiment 1

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We’re going to kick start the Cinema 4D assignments by exploring the MoGraph menu, beginning with the MoGraph Extrude Deformer.

Ae Experiment 4

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Fractal is one of those effects that gathers dust at the bottom of the effects draw because no one really knows what to do with it!

Ae Experiment 3

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For Experiment 3 we are going to stick with After Effects’ Generate category, this time focussing on Cell Pattern, CC Glue Gun and CC Light Rays.

Ae Experiment 2

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With Radio Waves it’s possible to create some really beautiful looks, so dig deep and see what you can come up with.

Adobe Creative Cloud?

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The announcement that future versions of most Adobe products are only available via subscription has been greeted with mixed feelings.

Ae Experiment 1

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For Experiment 1 we’re going to ease into the experiments by keeping the brief more open and using After Effects’ entire Stylize category.

Learn and Earn?

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Should every project be built starting with a blank screen? Can you focus on being a technician and still survive in business?

Oscar Month

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Learn how I used Cinema 4D and After Effects with some help from Greyscale Gorilla, to create a glamorous Oscar look.

Model a Mask

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In this sample lesson from Making It Look Great 10, host Rob Redman demonstrates how to subpolygon model a mask.

The Courier

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Learn how I used Cinema 4D and After Effects with help from Greyscale Gorilla in this Courier promo breakdown.

Smokey Rays

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A moody, volumetric rays background based on the After Effects Fractal Noise and Optics Compensation effects.

Total Recall

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Learn how I used Cinema 4D and After Effects, with help from Greyscale Gorilla and Motion Designer’s Toolkit in this Total Recall promo breakdown.

Model a Net

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In this sample lesson from Making It Look Great 10, host Rob Redman demonstrates how to model a dynamic net.

Shadows, Swords & Snow

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This set of quick-turnaround graphics all have a similar look and feel and were created using Cinema 4D, After Effects and various plug-ins.

Snapping to Whole Pixels

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After Effects sub-pixel interpolation is helpful most of the time but can be a problem when working with layers that you want to remain sharp.

OSX Workspaces

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Learn how to use Mac OSX Mission Control and Workspaces to save time and streamline your workflow.

Hulk Walkthrough

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In this webinar for Boris FX, I breakdown the Hulk animation created using After Effects and Boris Continuum Complete 8.

Angie Taylor

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Motion artist, trainer, presenter and author Angie Taylor chats about her background, her books and training products.

Element 3D Titles

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Video Copilot Element 3D comes in extremely handy for quick titles and full frame supers. Check out these text-based looks.

Time Travellers

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Here’s a stills breakdown of the Time Travellers title graphic, created using After Effects with Element 3D.

Difference Matte

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Learn tricks for creating a clean plate using Photoshop’s Smart Object settings, then use that plate with Difference Matte in After Effects.

Moneyball Jumbtron

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Learn how I used After Effects with GenArts Sapphire and Noise Industries FX Factory Pro to create a Moneyball trailer style jumbotron look.

CC Page Turn

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Guest host Adam Everett Miller demonstrates the basics of CC Page Turn. Check out Adam’s full length tutorial on AeTuts.

Alien Meteor Storm

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Learn how I used After Effects with Trapcode Particular to create an alien meteor storm reminiscent of the film The Darkest Hour.

CS6 3D Template

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This free After Effects project will give you some ideas when working with 3D ray traced scenes in After Effects CS6.

Peter McAuley

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Peter McAuley has been involved in the development of state-of-the-art graphics technology for print, video and film since the mid-1990s.

Plug-Out?

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Are there plug-ins in your toolkit that have fallen out of favour, perhaps you used to love them but the look got old?

Jesse Rosten

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Jesse Rosten is skilful yet modest, with a great eye, loads of heart and a passion for film and motion graphics.

Captain America Shield

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Learn techniques and workflow used to create a battle-scarred Captain America Shield using Cinema 4D, Photoshop and After Effects.

Chemistry by Pierre Magnol

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Motion graphic artist Pierre Magnol’s Chemistry comprises beautifully shot imagery with fine graphics. I asked Pierre to give us some insights into his approach.

Advanced Type Fade

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After Effects has a very powerful type engine for creating all kinds of dynamic type animations, but what if you want something a little more subtle?

Grungy Makeover

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Learn how to use one of the Digital Juice Toxic Type After Effect templates as a starting point for a grungy promo.

Cell Pattern

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Cell Pattern is handy for background creation and with a little experimentation you’ll be surprised what you can create!

Rob Redman

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In the past few years Rob Redman has blasted into recognition as a 3D artist and teacher through his website Pariah Studios.

The Warriors Way

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Learn how MovieType for Cinema 4D, After Effects, Sapphire, Key Correct and Optical Flares were used for sweeping title graphics.

Type Animation Tips

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The After Effects Type tool is amazingly powerful, and when you understand the basics it’s straightforward to create a wide range of styles.

CC Ball Action

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Guest host Adam Everett of Aetutsplus.com gives an in-depth breakdown of the After Effects CC Ball Action effect.

Spooky Hallway

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Learn how I used Vanishing Point in Photoshop to create a 3D hallway, then animate the After Effects camera up the hallway for dramatic effect.

Brush Strokes

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The After Effects Brush Strokes effect could easily be written off as a cheesy oil painting-style effect.

Freeze Frame Titles

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The look where a shot is freeze framed and graphics build around a cut-out element isn’t new, but surprisingly this was a first for me.

Pierre Magnol

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Motion artist Pierre Magnol produces consistently breathtaking graphics that most of us can only dream of.

Mini Breakdowns 2

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The Hurt Locker is a good example of taking a concept from a tutorial, in this case Andrew Kramer’s Animating a Still.

Sam Loya

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If Video Copilot is the most popular site on the planet for After Effects tutorials, then Sam Loya must be the most recognised tutorial talent.

Refine Edge

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Learn how to you can use Photoshop’s Refine Edge tool to take much of the hard work out of refining intricate selections.

Bezier Warp

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Learn how you can use Bezier Warp to make subtle adjustments to the position of elements in your scene.

Buddha Jones

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Buddha Jones is the design house behind countless trailers for a variety of films including Inglourious Basterds.

Easy Scripting

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Tim Clapham demonstrates a must-know and surprisingly simple technique for creating custom scripts in Cinema 4D.

Inglourious Basterds

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Learn how I used stock footage and some free grunge textures to recreate the blood splatter style used in the Inglourious Basterds trailer.

John Montgomery

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For the past 3 decades John Montgomery has lived his dream, honing his craft as a visual effects artist.

Phil Bates

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Artbeats is arguably the most recognised stock footage provider in the world today.

Red Silk

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A simple red silk-style banner created in After Effects using Trapcode Form.

Jumbotron Column

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Learn how to identify the field order of footage and interpret it collectedly, and create a realistic Jumbotron-style look.

Ross Shain

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Ross Shain shares his journey from art college to Avid to Imagineer Systems – makers of the powerful Mocha.

Jim Geduldick

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Jim Geduldick reveals how his passion for cinematography was born out of his love for skateboarding.

Bulge

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Guest host Eran Stern demonstrates the After Effects Bulge effect.

Harry Frank

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Harry Frank of Graymachine discusses how he went from button-pushing audio engineer to accomplished motion design artist,

Nick Campbell

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Nick Campbell has quickly established himself in the After Effects world, with his popular site Greyscale Gorilla.

Eran Stern

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Based in Israel, Eran Stern is well-known in the After Effects world, thanks largely to his tutorials and podcasts for Creative Cow.

Aharon Rabinowitz

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Aharon Rabinowitz is widely recognized in the world of motion graphics but how much do you actually know about him?

Beam

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Learn about the After Effects Beam effect and two unusual ways it can be used.

Peder Norrby

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Peder Norrby is the mastermind behind Trapcode. A gentle genius with a passion for art, music and programming.

Robert Sharp

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Robert Sharp got into video in the early 1990′s as one of the early members of Terran Interactive – makers of Media Cleaner Pro. In 2007 Robert relaunched Digieffects - makers of Cinelook, and the more recent  Camera Mapper plug-in. In this frank and open discussion Robert talks about the early days with Terran, founding Toolfarm,

Andrew Kramer

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In just a few short years Video Copilot has skyrocketed to become the dominant force in visual fx and motion graphics online.

The Danger Of Discounting

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One of the most tempting marketing tactics in business is to offer a discount. It’s so easy to do, it generates excitement, lots of traffic and quick sales.

Arithmetic

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Guest host Harry Frank demystifies and offers ups some creative uses for the After Effects Arithmetic effect.

Brian Maffitt

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Brian Maffitt is co-founder of Total Training and a legend in the Adobe After Effects community.

Angle Control

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Guest host Maltaannon explains techniques for using the After Effects Angle Control effect with basic expressions.

Jerzy Drozda Jr

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Jerzy Drozda Jr, the quirky host of Maltaannon.com, is a talented motion graphics and visual effects artist based in Warsaw, Poland.

Zax Dow

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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.

Add Grain

Have you ever looked in the Adobe After Effects Effects menu and wondered what some effects are used for?

Sean Safreed

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Red Giant Software offers some of the most popular plug-ins on the planet including Magic Bullet Looks and the various Trapcode plug-ins.

Damages 2 Teaser

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Recently I posted a 3 part series on creating a shattering glass effect. This is the project that inspired that series.

Grungy Text Look

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Learn how to use After Effects Fast Blur, Turbulent Displace, Roughen Edges and other effects to give text a grungy look.

W Trip

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For this shot my client wanted to place a logo in the path of the actor and have it appear as if she trips over it.

The Vibrate Tag

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Learn how the vibrate tag can be used to add automatic animation and save time when working in Cinema 4D.

Heroes

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This project was created using a combination of Cinema 4D and After Effects with Zaxwerks ProAnimator and Knoll Light Factory.

Bond Classic Bond

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Learn the techniques used in After Effects and Illustrator to create the silhouette look used in the Bond Classic Bond teaser.

Snowflakes

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The Trapcode Particular snowflake background is based on a confetti background created by Peder Norrby from Trapcode.

K1 Promo

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This project is another good example of taking poor quality 4:3 vision, making it 16:9 and giving it some polish.

Psunami

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Psunami, originally designed by Brian Maffitt, was acquired by Digital Anarchy and then by Red Giant Software.

Saw 4

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Learn various After Effects and Photoshop techniques for creating the grungy, dark look of Saw 4.

ECG

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Here’s a handy Electrocardiogram created in After Effects using the Vegas effect.

Leave Color

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Learn how to use the After Effects Leave Color effect to create black and white footage with a single colour.

Light Streaks

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This light rays background, used in a boxing promo, was created using Fractal Noise, Directional blur and Trapcode Shine.

Explosions

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A while back Motionworks ran a challenge to see who could create the best explosion using After Effects and Trapcode Particular.

Binary Grid

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This uniform grid of random ones and zeros was created using Trapcode Particular and the After Effects Grid effect.

Sparks

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Here’s a simple sparks preset created using Trapcode Particular.

Spiral Text

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This After Effects project uses a simple index expression to offset the text layers and nulls.

Grungy Metal Type

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This grungy, metallic look was created using a combination of After Effects Roughen Edges and Fractal Noise.

Radial Pulse

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This Sci-Fi background uses a series of Shape Layer dots animated using the wiggle expression.

Particular Bars

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This background was created using Trapcode Particular. The basic straight bars can also be modified using the Wave Warp effect.

Wire

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This seamlessly looping After Effects background is based on the Cell Pattern effect and includes a number of adjustment layers.

Mirror Ball

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This seamlessly looping mirror ball uses CC Sphere, Fractal Noise, Grid, 4-Color Gradient and Trapcode Shine.

Vietnam War Month

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For this promo for Vietnam War Month on the History Channel, I wanted the look to be gritty but still maintain a sense of dignity.