72 VFX & Film Making Blog Posts

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After Effects CC 2014, released on June 18 to the Adobe Creative Cloud, is the latest version of the popular visual effects compositing software. The new version contains a large amount of new features like effect masks, advance keying and live text templates. In this post I give you an overview of the hottest new features!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
In my recent After Effects Fireworks Compositing tutorial I left out how I added the lights into the building windows in the background of the scene. Adding lights to a day to night conversion can add a great amount of realism to your shot and in this tutorial I will show you how to do that.
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!
The final step of creating visual effects in Adobe After Effects is to export your composition. In this tutorial I will take you through the export process and show you how to configure the options for format, compression, resolution, audio and more.
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.
It is important to understand the order in which Adobe After Effects renders out the layers in a composition and the order in which is applies different masks and effects. This tutorial will clear up a number of common confusions when creating your visual effects!
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.
One of the more common tasks when creating VFX is removing elements from your shots. In this small tutorial I show you how to remove a moving objects from your footage with Adobe After Effects.
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.
Learn how to loop a video clip using Adobe After Effects. This tutorial covers a number of different options available to you and it's good to know them all so you can choose the one most suitable to your situation.
For a while now I have been on the Adobe Creative Cloud. In this VFX vlog I discuss the benefits of Adobe CC and I answer one of the most common questions when working with clips in After Effects: how do I loop my footage?
The Rotobrush Tool in Adobe After Effects is an excellent feature that helps you to easily separate your foreground and background elements in cases where you did not use a green screen. This tutorial will cover the basic operation and the different options of the Rotobrush Tool.
All too often do people accept a badly shot scene with the comment 'we will fix it in post'. in this VFX vlog I discuss why this attitude will usually get you into deep trouble and I show you how I like to organise my files when working with After Effects and Premiere Pro.
We all hate boring tutorials and therefore Surfaced Studio offers high quallity VFX and film making tutorials with a humorous twist. We like to call it 'edutainment' and try to capture what Surfaced Studio is all about in this brand new YouTube trailer!

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