Premiere Pro CC 2014 was released to the Adobe Creative Cloud on June 18. The latest version of this popular video editing software includes new features like Live Text Tempates, Master Clip Effects, Effect Masks and Tracking. In this post I show you some of my favourite new features!
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!
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!
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.
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.