After Effects World Conference

Where VFX, Motion Graphics and creativity connect

After Effects World Conference

Never before has an After Effects user conference of this magnitude been available. Until now. Uniquely designed with the needs of motion graphics & visual effects professionals in mind, as well as professional editors new to After Effects, it’s your opportunity to amp up your software aptitude, build professional connections and freely engage in creative exploration.

Discount Code

Special 10% discount for all Angie Taylor subscribers and customers. Use the customer code ANGIEAEW near the end of the registration process to redeem. Contact Event Manager Jack Reilly for further information.

What you get

Three and a half days, and over 40 cutting-edge training sessions to build your efficiency and elevate your creativity using this sophisticated software.  You’ll interact directly and learn first-hand from iconic After Effects trainers and users.

After Effects World Conference will also bring attendees into the heart of the Adobe brain trust. On Friday, all of our speakers and attendees will depart the hotel to spend the day at the Adobe offices! Once there, attendees will be treated to panel discussions, a mini expo, workshops with the founders and designers of After Effects, and a special keynote presentation.

After Effects is the industry standard for motion graphics and visual effects. It’s a feature-rich program, and now, even includes a new 3D pipeline with Cinema 4D. After Effects allows users to create something truly great. Join us at After Effects World Conference and learn how.

Software Training Courses with Lynda.com

You can now access most of my software training courses with Lynda.com. This link will take you to my author page where you can find out more about the courses I have on offer. Here’s a free taster of the kind of things I teach in my tutorials.

Using the Stroke effect

View this entire Kinetic Typography Techniques with After Effects course and more in the lynda.com library.

I recorded these courses with video2brain and they are now part of the Lynda.com library. If you prefer to buy individual courses then you still can for a limited time in my tutorials store.

Of course a Lynda.com subscription gives you access to the entire library of training by me and other authors including Trish and Chris Meyer, Rob Garrott, Deke McKlelland and more.

Free seven-day trial

lynda.com online training tutorials

I’m giving away a free 7-day trial subscription. If you have a quiet week, sign up here and pack as much training in as you can to get real value from this offer. Once you’ve benefitted from a week’s training I’m sure you’ll see the benefit of a full-time, no-holes-barred subscription!

If you subscribe now you’ll soon get access to my latest course which is coming soon. “Up and Running with Cinema 4D Lite” is a complete 2-day course in Cinema 4D Lite, aimed at After Effects users who have little knowledge of 3D applications. It will help you make the most of this free software that was bundled as part of After Effects CC.

After Effects Twitter Tips

Here’s my latest collection of After Effects Twitter Tips from my archive. Learn all sorts of useful tips and tricks in bite sized portions. Make sure to Follow me on Twitter to get these tips regularly as well as other goodies I like to share.

Twitter Tips

After Effects tip – To make a one node camera point at a layer, select the layer, then with the unified camera tool selected, hit the F key
AFTER EFFECTS TIP | Copy & Paste any mask shape into a position property to make layer move along the path. Click on property name to select
AFTER EFFECTS TIP | Give Adobe your feedback | Report Feature Requests & bugs here; http://t.co/s7f1NOPs @AdobeAE #AfterEffects
AFTER EFFECTS TIP | To stretch or squash an animation – select all keyframes – hold Alt key & drag first or last Keyframe in selected group
After Effects Tip | Video tutorial – Use the Stroke effect on Illustrator paths to make handwriting animate on screen http://t.co/0E6UHcKOsr
After Effects Tip of the day! How to make a layer follow a path copied from Adobe Illustrator artwork. http://fb.me/CEapjgCw
After Effects tip; add new Refine Matte effect to ANY matte in AE to refine edges or add motion blur. Not just for Rotobrush! Fabulous tool!
After Effects tip; Animating characters, use expression pickwhip 2 link body parts 2 cntrl layer. Expression control effect 4 each movement.
After Effects Tip; How to make a layer follow a path copied from Adobe Illustrator artwork; http://bit.ly/f8tP4w
After Effects tip; Lay down markers in time with audio by previewing the audio and hitting * on number pad when you want markers to appear.
After Effects tip; to edit the path of an effect’s positional property (e.g. Particles) got to Layer panel & choose effect in target menu.
After Effects tip; To use more than one layer as matte without precomping. Add multiple copies of Sett Matte effect to layer needing matted.
After Effects Tip: @butlerm_com Try combining transfer modes, use more than one layer with a different mode and opacity value on each! 🙂
After Effects tip: Add keyframes for hidden Transform properties by selecting layers & hitting alt & property letter (eg alt-p for position)
After Effects tip: Applied a preset & wanna find out how it’s made? Select layers then double-hit the U key to expose adjusted properties.
After Effects tip: Make 3D layers turn to face camera as it moves. Select layers, go to Layer>Transform>Auto Orient. choose Towards Camera
AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Right-click on a property value to open Edit Value dialog. Here u can access different measurement units & adjust ranges.
AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Rotate , scale, skew or move all layers by adding the Transform effect to Adjustment layer – keyframe to animate them
After Effects tip: Scaled a layer down, nested the comp, then scaled it up? Click Collapse Transformations switch to fix resolution issues.
AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Travis Wade presents his After Effects: Copy and Paste Shortcuts on Motionworks; http://t.co/nP2yA1nJ
After Effects tip! Make layer automatically turn to follow direction of path – select layer, go to Layer > Auto Orient. Choose ‘Along Path’

AfterEffects Tip | Isolate a property group from the Effect Control Panel in Timeline by double-clicking Property Group name in ECW

#AfterEffects TINY TIPS: Do you have trouble with slow render speeds? Here’s a video workshop by Todd Kopriva to help: http://t.co/Y45ucGEl
#AfterEffects TINY TIPS: Do you have trouble with slow render speeds? Here’s a video workshop by Todd Kopriva to… http://t.co/2fL7wE8l
#AfterEffects Tip – Scale layers in comp without messing up composition – Select layers – Go to File > Scripts > Scale Selected Layers
#AfterEffects Tip | @Doguib7 Create a Shape Layer, use Offset Paths & Trim Paths from Shape Layer ‘s “Add” menu to animate paths – lotsofun!
#AfterEffects Tip | Animate property randomly – Alt-click Stopwatch to add expression. Type Wiggle(10,50) to change value 10 p/sec within 50
#AfterEffects Tip | Audio file plays at different speed than recorded? Check that RAM preview settings match the frame rate of the audio.
#AfterEffects TIP | Custom Shape layers – 1 Layer > New Shape Layer 2 Draw path with pen 3 Select path property – paste custom path @Doguib7
#AfterEffects Tip | Drag comps directly to Adobe Media Encoder to render in background. Allows you to continue working on other comps in AE
#AfterEffects Tip | Loop Footage – select clip, go to Interpret Footage > Main > Other Options > Choose how many time you want to loop 🙂
#AfterEffects Tip | Quickly deselect selected items by hitting F2. On Mac make sure to use Fn key to override system shortcuts.
#AfterEffects Tip | Replace layer in Timeline with footage from Project panel (retaining fx + KFs) – Select both, hit Cmmd+Alt+/ Ctrl+Alt+/
#AFTEREFFECTS TIP | Rubbish at animating? Don’t worry! Use the Motion Sketch panel to record mouse or pen motion & apply it to your layer 🙂
#AfterEffects Tip | Video Tutorial – how to make your own “Old Film” effect using Turbulent Noise; http://t.co/IOn0bHVPuU @AdobeAE #Mograph
#AfterEffects Tip | Video tutorial – Use the Stroke effect on Illustrator paths to make handwriting animate on screen http://t.co/APabrfE9FT
#AFTEREFFECTS Tip 41: RT @i2cblog: In Project panel, search ‘unused’ or ‘missing’ to see what’s not used in any comp or source is missing
#AfterEffects tip; Moving project to other machine or archiving? File > Collect Files gathers all source footage & project maintaining links
#AfterEffects tip; Scale layers or comps without messing up composition. Go to File > Scripts > Demo palette. Use Scale Layers
#AfterEffects Tip; Use Premiere Pro to cut footage, add simple animation to layers in real time. Dynamic Link portions to AE for finessing
#AfterEffects Tip: @Franckmax If you want to do that, just Toggle hold the keyframe first, then right-click and choose “Easy Ease Out/In” 🙂
#AfterEffects tip: @jamesboorman To make the particles stay “alive” for longer, adjust the Lifespan property.
#AfterEffects Tip: @MarkToddWagon No need for Alt,  Page Up & Down on their own works. Home & End key to move to 1st & last frames of comp.
#AfterEffects Tip: 3D layers have Material Options to control shadows. Cast Shadows & Accept Shadows can be switched on or off per layer.
#AFTEREFFECTS tip: Animate Source Text property 2 make words change over time in text layer. Font & character panel attributes also animated
#AfterEffects tip: Convert Text to Shape layers (Layer > Create shapes from Text) – Add cool Shape properties to get creative! Endless Fun!
#aftereffects tip: Create a keyframe for a property on selected layers by holding alt key & tapping property shortcut. P for Position etc
#AfterEffects Tip: Even out animation speed – select Keyframes in timeline (except 1st & last KF). Right-click & choose “Rove Across Time”
#AfterEffects Tip: Found a camera move or lighting setup you like? Remember you can save them as Animation Presets to use in other comps.
#AfterEffects Tip: Give footage instant punch & contrast – duplicate layer – make top layer Overlay Blend mode – adjust Opacity to taste 🙂
#AfterEffects Tip: Have layers in comp that you don’t want to render? Select Layer, go to Layer > Guide Layer to create non-rendering layer.
#AfterEffects tip: Help with custom shatter maps. Re: Is this done with shatter effect? http://cr8v.co/wCe [Like it? http://bit.ly/lRPIGH ]
#aftereffects tip: Huge files? Slow render times? Select layer in Project, go 2 File > Create Proxy. Makes linked  low res version of file!
#AfterEffects tip: Jump back & forth between visible keyframes & layer markers by hitting J & K. Trouble remembering? Think JUMP KEYFRAMES!
#AfterEffects Tip: Learn Cinema 4D – soon – you won’t regret it! 🙂 @maxon3d @AdobeAE #Mograph @c4dtips
#AfterEffects Tip: Locate missing footage by typing ‘missing’ in2 search field in Project panel. Relink by double-clicking it & relocating
#AfterEffects Tip: Metric Kerning looks good on well-designed, classic fonts for broadcast – it includes a little more space than Optical
#AfterEffects tip: Painting in Layer panel. Go to View > New View. Place comp & layer panels side by side. Lock them for nice ETLAT workflow
#AfterEffects Tip: Pt 2. Select Camera, double-hit U key to expose adjusted properties, drag select them, drop into Effects & Presets panel
#aftereffects tip: Remember the shortcuts for properties with the word ‘STRAP’. (S)cale, Opaci(T)y, (R)otation, (A)nchor Point, (P)osition
#AfterEffects tip: Rendering more than one format? Select Render Item, go to Composition > Add Output Module to render once & format twice
#AfterEffects Tip: Rendering movie for web? Choose poster frame displayed in thumbnail – Go to Composition > Set Poster Time before render.
#AFTEREFFECTS Tip: Retime animation – select keyframes – hold Alt key & drag 1st or last keyframe. Keeps relative timing intact.
#AfterEffects Tip: RT @theangietaylor: Re: After Effects Key Light – Some Spilling Occuring – How Do I Get Rid of it? http://t.co/azVs5mxn
#AfterEffects Tip: RT @theangietaylor: Re: Moving Layers by n Pixels http://t.co/qtde4cIk
#AfterEffects Tip: Select a layer, double-hit U key to expose properties adjusted from default state. Great way to understand effect presets
#aftereffects tip: To auto-animate brush strokes as they’re drawn. Choose Paint tool & select ‘Write On’ in Duration Menu in Paint panel.
#AfterEffects Tip: To create a template project simply save the project with .aet instead of .aep. Prevents u from accidentally over-writing
#AfterEffects tip: To reduce the amount of motion blur in a comp go 2 Composition Settings > Advanced Tab & reduce the Shutter Angle value.
#AfterEffects tip: To use included scripts enable General > Preference to ‘Allow scripts . . .’ and then restart… http://fb.me/BQbXk95K
#AfterEffects Tip: Use Motion Sketch panel to capture motion from Wacom tablet & apply it to layers. Good way to record gestural animation.
#AfterEffects Tip: Use the  J & K keys to jump between visible keyframes
#AfterEffects Tip: Use the “continue” Loop expression 2 continue an existing animation, maintaining speed &… http://t.co/u21TqofD
#AfterEffects Tip: When overnight rendering, render out an image sequence, at least then if it crashes you can save frames already rendered.
#AfterEffects tips from @AngieTaylor – Software Tips & Tricks Newsletter – http://t.co/kEF6ry0p [Like it? http://t.co/IzVYju0W ]

After Effects World Conference

After Effects World Conference

Great News! I’ll be one of the speakers at the very first After Effects World conference. Never before has an After Effects World Conference of this magnitude been available — Until now.

After Effects World Conference, Seattle, WA

Uniquely designed with the needs of motion graphics and visual effects professionals in mind, it’s your opportunity to amp up your software aptitudebuild professional connections and freely engage in creative explorationwww.AfterEffectsWorld.com

Trip To Adobe Headquarters

Attendees of this unique After Effects conference will visit Adobe headquarters in Seattle for a full day, meeting the developers & engineers of After Effects. We’ll have panel discussions, a mini expo, a special keynote presentation and collaborative workshops with the Adobe team, followed by a BBQ & networking — a perfect way to end the day.

Some of the Speakers

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For more information and registration visit www.AfterEffectsWorld.com.

Have a question?  LIVE CHAT NOW or call us toll free: 877-362-8724.

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Model and Animate with Cinema 4D Lite

Learn How to Model and Animate with Cinema 4D Lite

972201_10151933274893625_549304587_nHave you ever wanted to learn how to model and animate with Cinema 4D Lite? Want to take advantage of the great free application that’s now bundled with After Effects CC?

I’m just putting the finishing touches to my brand new course “Up and Running with Cinema 4D Lite”. I wanted to write a training course specifically aimed at After Effects users with little or no experience with 3D applications. It’s an accessible and comprehensive course that covers all aspects of this application.

Real World Projects

You’ll learn how to build models from primitive objects, link objects and animate them. I’ll show you how to light your scenes and animate cameras changing in time with music. You’ll create your own custom materials as well as utilizing the amazing free presets that come with Cinema 4D Lite.

All this is applied to a single project so you’ll be able to understand how each of the features can be used in conjunction with each other on real-world projects. Here’s a taster of what you’ll be creating.

Club Robot – Beeple Tribute from Angie Taylor on Vimeo.

You’ll also discover how to use Cinema 4D Lite alongside After Effects, taking advantage of the new Cineware plug-in. We’ll also explore some third party scripts and plug-ins that’ll help you along the way.

Subscribe Now

So, if you want to know how to make best use of this new software that’s arrived on your doorstep, sign up for Lynda.com and be one of the first to get the training when it’s released. If you want to try out a free trial to Lynda.com here’s a link for a week of free video training.

 

Cineware Proxy Special Offer

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A brand new tool for After Effects CC was released today. CINEWARE proxy automates the process of making useful proxy files from your Cineware layers to help speed up your workflow immensely.

How can it help me

Cineware is a great addition to After Effects CC but it doesn’t really take advantage of the great built-in proxy system that After Effects offers. Cineware proxy fixes all that by making a placeholder proxy of your 3D layers.

If you need to make changes or update your Cineware layer it’s a case of flicking a simple switch to go back to the live C4D file.

 What’s on offer?

I’m pleased to say I can offer my readers a healthy discount on this fantastic script today and tomorrow only ($59.99 instead of $79.99 regular price).

Add the brilliant Background Renderer to the bundle and save even more money. This essential script allows you to render faster in the background while you continue working on your After Effects projects. Used in conjunction with Cineware Proxy you’ll own a lean, mean rendering machine! Use the coupon code bgcine to save an additional 20% on BG Renderer Pro when you checkout.

CINEWARE proxy in 1 minute from Mathias Möhl on Vimeo.

See it used here

I used this amazing new script in conjunction with Background Render Pro to create this movie. “Club Robot” is my tribute to Beeple, as a thank you for all the great work he does. It was modelled and animated in Cinema 4D Lite. Compositing and Visual Effects were done with After Effects CC and Cineware.


Club Robot – Beeple Tribute from Angie Taylor on Vimeo.

This movie forms the basis of many of the tutorials from my forthcoming “Up and Running with Cinema 4D Lite” video training course which will be available soon at Lynda.com. It’s an entire two-day course in Cinema 4D Lite, aimed at After Effects users who may not be familiar with 3D software. It teaches modelling, animation, texturing, lighting, cameras and all other aspects of working with Cinema 4D Lite.

 

Interactive Software Training

Remote training in the comfort of your own desktop

For those who are not in the Brighton or London area, Angie provides interactive software training remotely via SkypeAdobe Connect, Google Hangout or Apple Messages.

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What’s covered?

This kind of training is perfect for those who have encountered problems that they can’t resolve on their own. You can ask Angie any questions regarding how to do something with the software and she’ll find a solution for you and demonstrate to you how to solve it.

Subjects covered include all aspects of Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Maxon Cinema 4D. You can email Angie questions beforehand so that she can prepare materials suitable for your particular needs. She will share any necessary materials with you so you can follow along or you can have Angie work on your own projects.

How Does it work?

This involves sitting at your own computer while Angie Shares her screen with you to show you her tips and techniques and answer your questions. You can follow her steps as you watch and ask questions, just like you can in a regular training course. It’s easy to set up. all you need to do is to contact Angie with your requirements and then she’ll help you with the rest.

What does it cost?

For individuals, the cost of this bespoke one-to-one software training is $74.95 per hour (Bookings of 5 hours or more are charged at $45.95 per hour). Setting up is free, you won’t be charged till the training begins.

How do I pay?

Payment is made before the session and can be done via your own Paypal account or by direct Bank transfer.

Remote Training for Groups

Angie can also provide training for groups via Skype, Google Hangouts or Adobe Connect.  In a classroom situation, this can be done via a TV that can display Skype. Angie can help you set this up.

Alternatively, people can access the training at their own desktops using Adobe Connect. This is ideal for training groups who include people in different locations or situations where a single training room is not available. The cost for group training is a flat rate of $99.95 per hour.

Custom 1-2-1 Training in Brighton

Custom 1-2-1 Training in Brighton

Become an expert in Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator or Maxon’s Cinema 4D with Angie Taylor’s custom 1-2-1 Training Brighton or London.

Creative Cabin - Residential Software TrainingAngie provides training in her own studio, The Creative Cabin which sits in in a beautiful location, over-looking the sea, near Brighton. If you prefer Angie can come to you and provide customised software training at your own desk.

Learn how to create visually stunning animation, motion graphics and visual effects using professional post-production techniques.

Find Out More or Book a course here!

Training from an experienced industry expert

Angie Taylor’s After Effects Training courses are like no other – not just simply software training – you’ll receive creative, real-world, professional training by an industry professional with over twenty years experience in the broadcast industry.

Angie has trained designers at the top companies in the UK, including; BBC, Sky, Channel 5, ITV, Microsoft and MTV. Individuals or groups can have bespoke training or consultancy provided at their own place of work -working on real-world projects. Alternatively pre-designed training courses  can be delivered at a training centre in Brighton or London.

Angie works regularly as an industry expert and consultant for software companies including Adobe, Apple, Maxon & Wacom. She regularly speaks at seminars, conferences and trade shows. She is also a trainer for Lynda.com and video2brian.com and has five books published on Motion Graphic Design, After Effects and Illustrator.

Testimonials

Nico Jones, Lead Motion Graphics Artist, Big Button

“My professional life as a Motion Graphics Artist can be divided neatly into two parts – before and after Angie Taylor.  Within one training session she had solved a number of issues that had troubled me for over a year, shone a clear light on some bad habits, and opened doors to countless techniques I hadn’t even considered.  Three years on my output is virtually unrecognizable from my early work;  I’d hate to see what I’d be producing had I not had the good fortune to be able to learn from Angie’s near-outrageous levels of technical and creative expertise.  In addition, her post-training support has helped me out of many a tight spot.

I think having a good ‘mentor’ is something that is under-appreciated in today’s age of impersonal video tutorials, useful though they are.  Interacting with someone who can not only answer your questions but inspire you, will allow anyone to improve faster than they may have thought possible. I believe a session, or simply a conversation with Angie Taylor will certainly be enough to convince you of this.”

Ernesto Rogata, Senior Video Editor, BSkyB

When I became an Adobe trainer myself I realized even more thoroughly how excellent a teacher Angie is. She is always perfectly prepared and happy to answer any questions, provide training material, exercises and useful links; perhaps even more importantly a day of training with Angie does not end then: she is always willing to follow-up and to keep in touch; to help further with detailed emails, by sending files, checking projects and solving specific technical issues.

It’s been a pleasure and an honor to meet and work with Angie, who is a lovely person as well as a brilliant professional in her field.”

Chris Cunningham, Director of music videos, commercials & video art

“Of all the After Effects books I looked at whilst trying to learn it,
I found Angie’s was the most user friendly and creative.”

Please contact Angie Directly using her contact page to find out more.

New Features in next version of After Effects

Product manager Steve Forde said today in his Adobe Blog about the new features in next version of After Effects After Effects;

“with what’s coming to the next version of After Effects – we set a new standard I don’t know that we can match again – EVER”

Announced today is the astounding next version of After Effects, along with the other professional video and audio applications such as Premiere Pro and Audition.

I’ve had my hands on the next version of After Effects and I’m hooked, I’m sure you will be too. Here’s a run down on my favourite features and improvements.


CINEMA 4D Lite


The inclusion of a lite version of CINEMA 4D application with After Effects is a fabulous thing. Now everyone can learn and use this amazing 3D application.

Cinema 4D Lite

Although this is essentially a pared down version of the software it’s by no means limited for new users and it’s feature set is on a par with CINEMA 4D Prime R14 which normally retails for $995 so you are getting a lot of new 3D bang for your buck!


Live 3D pipeline between CINEMA 4D and After Effects


C4D files can now be imported directly into After Effects. Just import them like any other file and drop them into your comps without the need to render.

You can also create new Cinema 4D files directly from within After Effects by choosing
File > New > MAXON CINEMA 4D File. The Edit Original command can also be used on a selected C4D file to edit it in C4D and see it automatically update back in After Effects. Popular 3D formats such as OBJ, FBX, and Alembic are all supported and can now be integrated into your After Effects scene.

The background CineRender renderer takes care of business in terms of getting those pixels made. There are several choices for render modes. The Software render allows you to work quickly and displays your scene with the current viewport settings in C4D while the Standard render modes allow you to see detail that can be customised from the Cinema 4D Render Settings like anti-aliasing and reflections. There are also options for redisplaying scenes in wireframe mode to quickly check animation.

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With the Cineware plugin you can extract 3D data such as cameras, lights and nulls from Cinema 4D so you can match up new elements into the scene. Cinema 4D layers are also supported, making it easy to treat different elements of the scene individually.

To top it all off you can also work with individual passes by selecting the Multipass options. These can include standard Multipasses like Reflection, Caustics and Shadows which can be tweaked and perfected in post. A depth matte can be combined with the Lens Blur filter in After Effects to adjust depth of field effects.

External Compositing and regular Compositing tags can be used to isolate individual objects by the way of Object Buffers (Mattes). It really is a flexible solution to what once was a complex and time-consuming workflow. Huge speed boost will be achieved from this massive new feature.

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You can also modify a .c4d file to include the camera data from After Effects. This is especially useful for transferring camera data created by the 3D Camera Tracker effect.

I’m currently recording a four hour video workshop. This will be aimed at After Effects users who want to get into Cinema 4D but find 3D apps challenging. It will cover the entire After Effects and Cinema 4D workflow as well as getting you comfortable with Cinema 4D so that you love it just as much as already love AE.

Meanwhile, my good friend, John Dickinson has a great overview video of the new Cinema 4D Lite and the Cineware plugin here on Motionworks.

After Effects: Cineware & Cinema 4D Lite from Motionworks on Vimeo.


Refine Edge tool, Roto Brush & Refine Edge effect & Refine Soft Matte effect


The Refine Edge tool allows you to improve an existing matte by creating semi-transparent areas for the fine detail commonly found at the edge of a matte. A typical example of where this is useful is in keying out hair.

Inspired by, and giving a nod to, the Refine Edge feature in Photoshop, the Refine Edge tool is also integrated in the Roto Brush & Refine Edge effect. To use Refine Edge you must already have an alpha channel defined for the layer. This could be created by Rotobrush, masking or by a keying effect.

Roto Brush & the Refine Edge effect only affect areas defined by the Refine Edge strokes. These strokes can vary in terms of width and can be confined to specific areas of the matte.

The new Refine Soft Matte effect is also excellent at edge refinement. Refine Soft Matte effect applies identical edge refinements as the Refine Edge tool but applies it to an entire matte.

These’s a new overview movie, outlining this feature here by Matthias Mohl.


Warp Stabilizer VFX, improvements to the Warp Stabilizer effect


I’m most excited by the fact that you can now also reverse any stabilization created with the Warp Stabilizer. This makes it doubly-useful. So for example you can remove camera movement, making it easier to apply an effect or remove an element from a shot. Then you can reintroduce the camera movement to the shot, making it seem as though your modifications existed when the footage was shot – brilliant!

The new Objective options for using Warp Stabilizer VFX also allow you to use the effect for compositing a new layer into a scene containing camera movement. Simply run the warp stabilizer on one layer and apply the data to another layer. the composited layer will  appear naturally in the shot as if it has always been there.

The Preserve Scale option in Warp Stabilizer VFX effec doesn’t get confused by point-of-view shots like the previous one did in CS6. It will no longer attempt to correct for movement of the camera by changing the scale when you enable the Preserve Scale option. Underlying tracking points can now be revealed and if necessary, deleted, making it easier to select portions of the track you want to keep.

These’s a new overview movie, outlining this feature here by Matthias Mohl.


Improvements to the 3D Camera Tracker effect


The Auto-delete Points Across Time feature in 3D Camera Tracker and Warp Stabilizer VFX effect allow you to delete corresponding track points when you delete track points in the Composition panel. This means you no longer have to delete the track points on a frame-by-frame basis, saving loads of time.

You can also now define a ground plane and origin in a scene using tracking points and the Camera Tracker target. This makes it a whole lot easier to define fixed points in the tracked scene and avoid errors.

These’s a new overview movie, outlining this feature here by Matthias Mohl.


Snapping to layer features, including anchor points and masks


Snapping is one of those unglamorous features that will seem irrelevant to some people but will simply improve all After Effects users lives immeasurably. Basically, layers will now snap to each other when they are placed in close proximity to each other. Edges, Anchor Points, Corners can be used as snap points. It also works with Masks to vertices and points can be snapped to make sure they are perfectly lined up. It works in 3D as well as 2D so finding the centre of a 3D object is now a whole lot easier.


Pixel Motion Blur effect


The new Pixel Motion Blur effect analyzes your video footage and creates a “fake” motion blur. It uses the same motion vector estimation as the Timewarp effect, and is great for adding realistic motion blur to anything that is animated and rendered elsewhere, then composited in After Effects. Of course this can include files that originated in Cinema 4D.


  • For illustrations, videos and more information about these top new features, check out the the “After Effects Preview” PDF document available here.
  • The Adobe website features videos from all the product managers as well as screenshots of the apps.
  • My good friends and mentors, Chris and Trish Meyer have a fantastic definitive article covering the new features of After Effects
  • If you’re keen to get hold of these new features as soon as they are available, Adobe are offering an NAB Show special to save 40% off Creative Cloud (valid till19th April 2013). Sadly this promotion is available through the US store only.

After Effects and Cinema 4D

After Effects and Cinema 4D

Angie Taylor in the Adobe Theatre at BVEI’ll be presenting After Effects and Cinema 4D in the Adobe Theater at Broadcast Video Expo 2013 in London between the 26th and 28th of February.

Here are links to some of my Tutorials that cover working with After Effects and Cinema 4D. I’ll be expanding on these at the event.

Preparing Cinema 4D projects for After Effects

Compositing C4D Multipass Renders in After EffectsOnce again Adobe will bring its comprehensive suite of creative tools and services to the BVE audience in its dedicated Adobe Theatre on the show floor. The Adobe Theatre timetable can be found at www.bvexpo.com/adobe

Adobe’s experts will be on hand to discuss the advances that have been made in broadcast and production technology with Adobe’s comprehensive suite of tools and services for video content delivery, including Creative Cloud which makes it easier and more affordable to access all of Adobe’s production related tools. The theatre will also present demonstrations of After Effects and Premiere Pro.

In addition, a selection of Adobe’s hardware and software partners feature on the agenda. Maxon will be showing the slick interop between After Effects and Cinema 4D; EVS will talk about its advanced integration between Premiere Pro and EVS servers for fast-turnaround production; Dalet has created the Xtend panel module for Premiere Pro; Dell underpins Adobe’s software with its high performance T- and M- series desktop and mobile workstations; and NVIDIA powers high end capabilities using the latest Kepler technology on Quadro and Tesla graphics hardware.

Adobe will also be on Stand L16 where visitors can take a look at product demonstrations and participate in a prize draw to win a year’s subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Full details of BVE’s entire seminar program can be found here, together with up-to-the-minute news about all aspects of the show. Information is also available across social media on twitter.com/bvexpo, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. Visitors can also download the BVE 2013 App at www.bvexpo.com/app

Register for free entry here