Zax Dow

In this special episode of Unplugged I chat with Zax Dow about the introduction of the 3D ray-traced features in After Effects means to Zaxwerks flagship products 3D Invigorator and ProAnimator.

https://vimeo.com/88314082

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  3D Serpentine plug-in. Zax also touches on new features in the upcoming ProAnimator 5 and reveals how Zaxwerks played a part in Star Wars!

 

Discuss
  1. Rob
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    big fan of your unplugged series (and the entire site,of course) thanks for the good info

  2. Jorge
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    Great plug-in!! thx a lot!

  3. John Stanowski
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    I hope they fix the ProAnimator interface in version 5. It’s nasty right now.
    John, you are in HYPERDRIVE lately. This site is the best!

    • John Dickinson
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      Thanks John. The good news is ProAnimator 5 has a new unified interface. Actually the Motion version of 4 already has this interface, which is much more user friendly.

  4. illd
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    Zax seems really to be a cool guy! Can ´t wait to see the new Version…

  5. Mr T.
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    Realy enjoyed it. thx

  6. Benjamin Eshagpoor
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    Thanks, John for this!! Zax is a wealth of information. I think I saw him once at a motion graphics forum out here in Los Angeles giving a demonstration of 3D Flag when it first came out. His demonstration was so great and informative that I went to Zaxwerks.com that night and bought 3D Flag.

    Can’t wait for the new version of ProAnimator. Although, I have been trying to use Cinema 4D more and more, so we’ll see!

  7. James S Welling
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    I am a simple man so I was well chuffed that doing shapes etc will be able to be done within Invigorator 5 when it comes out!

    Can you ask Zax when you interview him next time, what are the differences are between Invigorator and Animator?

    I would like to do logos like the CNBC ones.

    Which do I use!?

    I am having so many problems installing After Effects CS4! Can’t wait to get to grips with invigorator for my intro scenes!

    Cheers

    James
    news@transportradio.co.uk

    PS Get Zax to come to the UK!

  8. Ron
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    I’ve been using Zax’s products since the beginning, and he is a GENUIS!

    PS John- how about tracking down Kai Krause for an “unplugged” interview?

  9. James S Welling
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    Could you possibly do a quick comparison tutorial in video form of how quicker it is to create a lower third using the stand alone version of ProAnimator V Invigorator Pro? The lower third being a 3D chrome outer edge with a seethrough inner section where the title would go? Also, could you do the same with creating a 3D logo such as the ESPN logo etc?
    James S Welling
    news@transportradio.co.uk

    • John Dickinson
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      James that’s easy, ProAnimator would be fastest for both these animations.

  10. James S Welling
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    Anybody know anyone or anywhere where I can find somebody who has done a graphic intro simular to that of Jason Hirsch’s NBC-KUSA HD sequence or something simular using only the stand alone version of ProAnimator software? Please cheer me up! Because After Effects CS4 is refusing to install on my computer, so I don’t really want to do this option.
    James
    news@transportradio.co.uk

    • John Dickinson
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      James you won’t be able to get the kind of look that Jason creates using ProAnimator or Invigorate alone, you’ll need After Effects as well.

  11. Dave
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    I wish they would update their Flag product to make seamless looping more easily done. Or at least a video tutorial on doing it with the current version. Zax has hinted at how to do it in numerous CC posts, but never responded to requests for a tutorial.

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Dave, yes it’s not easy to loop the flags. Zaxwerks has only recently set up a Tutorial page so perhaps the looping flag could be on there sometime soon. I’ll send this comment to Zax. Best, JD

  12. Zax Dow
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    Thanks everyone for the kind responses.

    Yes the interface of Invigorator/ProAnimator will be changed in version 5. You’ll be able to adjust it more to your working style and it’ll have room for many more features.

    Good comment about the looping flag tutorial. We’ll take this opportunity to bump up the priority on it. The only method at this point of creating a loop isn’t perfect but it’s good for many situations.

    • John Dickinson
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      Great to hear Zax, thanks.

  13. tendest
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    Thanks,JD.
    I really learned a lot from the interview.

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Tendest, it’s great to hear what the ambassadors of our industry have to say isn’t it! Best, John.

  14. Kobi
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    Is it just me or does the Zaxwerks website need a serious facelift?

    Other then that, pro animator is a great product.
    Thanks for a great interview John.

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Kobi, I’m not a fan of the site design but the products are great ;o) Best, John.

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