VFX Vlog 1 - After Effects Tutorials, Film Making Tips & Tricks

User avatarJuly 19, 2013 by Surfaced Studio

I have finally started my long planned VFX vlog, where I will try to help you with common questions and problems that you might be having with After Effects, Cinema 4D, Adobe Premiere or 3dsMax.

VFX Vlog #1 - VFX & Film Making Tips & Tricks & QA

When I decided to start this VFX vlog series, I had 2 goals in mind:

  1. Answer common questions and solve common problems when creating films or making visual effects
  2. Cover some more general film making/VFX related topics
  3. Answer common questions relating to film making and VFX (After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Cinema 4D, 3dsMax)

    I get a large amount of questions on my
    YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter.

    There are a lot of common problems that people encounter when working on film projects and especially when starting to learn Adobe After Effects and I will try to gather a few of them together in each vlog episode and answer them in person.

    Problems like

    • I am trying to create a mask but it keeps creating a shape layer instead
    • I've added a few layers of video, but I can't see my footage
    • I cannot import my footage into After Effects
    • and many more will be covered

      Talk about more general topics that can help you improve your film projects

      When making films and creating visual effects there are a lot of techniques, theories and skills that you can use to improve your workflow and produce better quality results.

      I will talk about more general topics like

      • Filming with VFX in mind
      • Editing Techniques (Cut on action, 180 degree rule, the impact of different angles)
      • How to get the most out of online After Effects tutorials
      • and others that I think are important to becoming a good film maker or visual effects artist.

        I am no expert by any means, but I feel I've acquired a few fragments of knowledge that I'd love to share with all of you

        Leave me questions!

        I am planning the next VFX vlog so if you want your questions answered in person: leave them below!

        Note that any tutorial requests will still go on my normal list as this vlog isn't going to be tutorials, but rather answer problems you have with the tutorials or in general with using After Effects, Premiere, Cinema 4D or 3dsMax

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        User avatar
        shid pro
        5 Years Ago
        July 19, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

        Hi, teacher am really having problems in exporting movies from after effect as mp4's or avi. thanks

        User avatar
        Surfaced Studio@ shid pro
        5 Years Ago
        July 19, 2013 @ 15:46 am

        Hi, what exactly is the problem you are having? Are you struggling with configuring the export for mp4 or avi or are you getting errors when trying to export in those formats?

        User avatar
        Madara Uchiha
        5 Years Ago
        July 25, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

        Hello tobias,

        In this video :

        how did only the person make it appear like they are submerged in the ground, I can understand that a plane was inserted at the middle , my question is how did the part below the plane was made invisible? and I am using 3ds max. Thanks in advance

        User avatar
        Surfaced Studio@ Madara Uchiha
        5 Years Ago
        August 2, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

        You need to assign a special material to the plane that you use to define the ground and ensure that it's 'Alpha Contribution' is set to -1. That way, anything that appears behind the plane will become invisible when you render it out

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