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What is the Best Computer for Adobe After Effects?

What is the best computer for Adobe After Effects? I have just upgraded my computer and I decided to make a video and a proper post on what to look out for when choosing the components for your new machine.

Resources for Film Makers

I often get asked what software, cameras, lenses and other equipment I use to create my visual effects and short films. To answer all of those questions I have created a number of pages to list out all of the resources that I personally use for my own film projects and explain why I love to use them.

Audio Elite by CreatingFilm – Royalty Free Music Pack Review

The Audio Elite Music pack contains 250+ cinematic songs across 13 categories and makes an excellent resource for any film maker looking for high quality scores.

50k Subs Giveaway! Win a Digital Copy of Action Essentials 2 by Video Copilot!

Surfaced Studio has reached 50,000 subscribers on YouTube! In celebration of this epic milestone I am giving away a free digital copy of Action Essentials 2 by Video Copilot!

Premiere Pro CC 2014 – Hot New Features

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 – Hot 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!

Common 3D Camera Tracker Problems in Adobe After Effects

The 3D Camera Tracker in Adobe After Effects is a powerful tool that allows you to place visual elements in the 3D space of your scene. However, when tracking your footage you may encounter a number of common problems and this tutorial will take you through these common issues and show you why they occur and how you can resolve them.

Day to Night Conversion – Adding City Lights

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.

How To Export Your Videos From After Effects

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.

Render Order In Adobe After Effects

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!