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 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.
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.
I have decided to take the VFX Vlog from my second YouTube channel over to Surfaced Studio. This will give me more opportunities to share After Effects tips & tricks with you, answer questions more easily and keep you up to date with what is happening!
When you get started learning VFX you need to find the tutorials best suited to your skill level. In this VFX vlog I show you where you can find the best tutorials on the internet. I also cover some common issues that people encounter when creating masks in Adobe After Effects.
Want free stock footage for your explosions? In this VFX Vlog I show you a few of my favourite websites to get free stock footage and take you through how to use them in Adobe After Effects. I also discuss some options available to you when you want to create some cool VFX!
When getting started with your own films and VFX, you may wonder what computer you need and what camera you should get. In this VFX Vlog I discuss some of the considerations when purchasing a computer and a camera. I also show you how to create natural lighting for explosions in Adobe After Effects.