The VFX Vlog - VFX and Film Making Tips & Tricks

Magic Bullet Looks Plugin for Color Correction and Grading – VFX Vlog 16

The two fundamental steps for taking your video from plain to cinematic are colour correction and colour grading. The Magic Bullet Looks plugin allows you to easily set up a colour processing pipeline to perform these steps with ease. It also comes with a large number of great preset looks that you can apply and tweak to your liking.

VFX Vlog 14 – How to Create Super Mario Bros Sound Effects

High quality audio is extremely important when it comes to creating visual effects. Therefore I tend to spend quite a bit of time in Steinberg Cubase layering and processing sound effects. In this VFX Vlog I show you how I created the Super Mario Bros sound effects for the short film Mario's Magic Mushroom.

VFX Vlog 13 – Adobe After Effects Motion Sketch Tutorial

Motion Sketch in Adobe After Effects allows you to hand animate the position of any element in your composition. Taking this functionality a little further, you can combine it with Null Objects and Expressions to gain full manual control over any effect parameter or layer property.

VFX Vlog 15 – HitFilm 2 Plugins Pack for Film Making and Visual Effects

The HitFilm 2 software package for video editing and VFX compositing comes with a large set of inbuilt effects and presets. The HitFilm 2 plugins pack makes 130 of these effects available to other applications like Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas and Final Cut.

VFX Vlog 12 – Converting Audio to Keyframes in After Effects

Learn how to create keyframes from audio in Adobe After Effects. This technique is very useful for syncing animation with your audio tracks or creating cool looking music visualisations. Combined with Null Objects you can use the volume of your audio to drive any effect parameter or layer property you want!

VFX Vlog 11 – Adobe Premiere and After Effects Integration

Adobe Premiere is a great tool for editing your projects and Adobe After Effects excels in adding visual effects onto your clips. In this vlog I discuss your options when it comes to Adobe Premiere and After Effects integration.

VFX Vlog 10 – What is your After Effects Skill Level?

In order to get the most out of my After Effects tutorials and the difficulty metre that I recently introduced, you will have to have a good idea of what skill level you are actually at. Here are a few guidelines and questions to test your skills!

VFX Vlog 9 – How To Find The Best After Effects Tutorials

Learning to create VFX with a complex tool like After Effects takes practice and time. I show you how to identify the tutorials that are most suited to your skill level and show you where best to get started.
VFX Vlog #8

VFX Vlog 8 – Using Visual Effects For Storytelling

Visual Effects are often (mis)used as storytelling tools. However, often you can achieve the same emotional impact without the additional post production work. It is important to be aware of when the use of VFX is most suitable and when to stick to alternative solutions.
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VFX Vlog 7 – Best After Effects Plugins and How To Remove An Object

In this VFX vlog I show you my favourite After Effects plugins. From Red Giant to Video Copilot, there are many tools that can greatly help you create amazing visual effects. In the second part of the vlog I show you how you can remove a moving object from your footage in Adobe After Effects.