Expressions for Premiere Pro editors

Expressions for Premiere Pro editors

Angie’s new course, After Effects expressions for Premiere Pro editors is available now. You can watch the Welcome movie here.

Expressions is an advanced feature of After Effects that many editors shy away from. The perception is that you need to be good at scripting to be able to use them, but this isn’t the case. Some basic expressions are easy to apply using simple point-and-click methods.

Many of these basic expressions are easy to use and can be really useful to editors for adding randomness to animation or effect settings or for linking properties together to synchronize animated elements or colors in an integrated design, even making effects react to music.

After Effects Expressions for Premiere Pro editors is a creative real-world, project-based workshop. In this workshop, editors will take a basic Premiere Pro edit and bring it to life using After Effects expressions and dynamic link. Each stage of the project is dealt with in separate sections and concepts are broken down into manageable chunks within each section. This workshop will take a fairly standard edit for an online video ad, and it will add animation, cohesive design, and pizzazz to make it really stand out.

Topics include randomizing effect properties to create camera shake effects, linking color and light properties to audio, creating disco light effects, synchronizing color and other design elements to update automatically, and looping keyframes to create a lightning strike effect. You’ll also find out about some nasty gotchas to avoid while working with expressions. So, what are you waiting for? Jump in and get started with After Effects Expressions for Premiere Pro Editors.

3D fire in After Effects

3D fire in After Effects

Creating 3D fire in After Effects

3D Fire in After Effects

If your budget doesn’t stretch to pricey plug-in filters you can use the native effects to create fantastic 3D fire in After Effects. Read my article in Digital Arts about how to achieve this. The tutorial features a step-by-step guide that’s easy to follow.

After Effects includes built-in particle filters you can use in your projects. Although they are not as powerful as some of the specialist 3D particle filters (like Trapcode’s amazing Particular plug-in), you can use them to achieve fairly convincing animations of natural phenomena such as fire, smoke, rain and dust.

All you need is patience and a natural affinity for tweaking sliders. In this tutorial, Angie Taylor shows you how to create fire, smoke effects and 3D rocks, all using After Effects’ built-in 3D particle filters, to create part of the title sequence for animation, Hellwoman, a spoof of the movie Hellboy.

Visit the Digital Arts website to get free access to this tutorial.

Swimming pool design wins gold

  • December 10, 2015
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Decking design wins gold!

Home Counties pick up the award

This winter, Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs took the gold medal for a swimming pool installation that was co-built with EH Treecare Ltd and designer Angie Taylor

Home Counties entered the awards. In this picture the design wins gold award in the Domestic Above-Ground Pool category at the third European Pool & Spa Awards. Hosted by the European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations (EUSA), the award had stiff competition from across the continent.

Craig Trusson (pictured, far left), who co-owns Home Counties with his wife, Gil, was ecstatic to receive such a high honor. “We are thrilled with our European win,” he gushed. “To be highlighted in the EUSA awards alongside such strong competition across Europe is a significant acknowledgement for our company and our entire team.”

The winning installation was eligible for the award having previously taken the gold at the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards.

© Angie Taylor 2015 - Award-winning  pool design with views over the English Channel across Brighton

The clean lines and natural tones integrate with the surrounding environment, helping to make this Endless Pool installation a gold-standard winner! Designed by Angie Taylor and Ed Haunton of EH Treecare Ltd. The pool was installed by Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs. The decking and pool cladding was built by EH Treecare Ltd. The installation won gold at the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards, and now has taken the gold again at the European Pool & Spa Awards.

© Angie Taylor 2015 - A swimmer in the award-winning Endless Pool installed by Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs
This Performance Endless Pool was featured at the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final London before being purchased for one family’s swimming and recreation. The Perfomance model boasts a larger, smoother, and (at top speed) faster current than the Original Endless Pool. Its compact frame makes it more affordable to heat … even in Brighton!

EUSA represents over 3,000 swimming pool and spa companies across Europe; a panel of top industry professionals from EUSA’s membership juried the awards, which were handed out in Barcelona earlier this month. The organization was founded in 2006 to promote unity among the members of the wet leisure industry across Europe.

One-to-one training in Brighton

One-to-one training in Brighton

Bespoke, one-to-one training courses

After Effects expert and motion graphic designer, Angie Taylor runs bespoke one-to-one training courses at her studio, the Creative Cabin, near Brighton, UK. Courses include;

All course are customised, one-to-one training courses, tailored to suit each individual’s needs.

If you’d more details about course content and availability please continue reading or Contact Angie to ask for more information.

Read reviews from people who have benefited from Angie’s training on the Creative Cabin website. Angie has worked with a wide range of people including graphic designers, editors, film-makers, artists, illustrators and photographers. Previous clients include; BBC, JCDecaux, Modern Toss, Sky Creative, ITV, Cartoon Network, The Post People, European Parliament, JCDecaux, BBH London, Adobe, Skype, Axa Healthcare and Barton Willmore.

Be trained by a working designer and author

Angie Taylor - Adobe Software TrainerAngie is a motion graphic designer with over thirty years experience, working in the film and television industry. She has written several books, articles and video training courses about creative software applications and motion graphic design.

When the Cabin is not being used for training Angie creates motion graphic and animation projects from the Cabin for her own clients who she works for on a freelance basis. You can see examples of Angie’s work here.

Angie is also a published author with five books published on the subjects of Adobe After Effects and motion graphic design. She is also an author of training courses at Lynda.com.

Angie’s unique style of software training is delivered on a one-to-one basis and courses are customised for each individual client.

Work on real world projects

Anyone can follow step-by-step tutorials but we don’t believe that this “watch and follow” technique is the best approach for learning software – it doesn’t cultivate confidence. Our aim is to get you to a stage where you use the software intuitively.

Angie designs bespoke one-to-one training courses to cover more specific or unusual requirements for those who prefer to concentrate only on specific features of the application?

All levels of experience are catered for. You can choose from pre-designed training courses that cover all levels of user from beginners to advanced power-users.

Problem solving

The best way to master any software application is to go through a process of problem-solving on your own projects. Together, you and your trainer will work out the best approach to get the results you want from the software.

We can provide purpose-built training files to teach you certain concepts and techniques but we can also work on your own projects if you’re happy to bring them along.

Angie Taylor is your trainer, she loves nothing better than helping her clients figure out the techniques they need to achieve their design goals. She believes in building your knowledge and confidence by showing you inspiring examples and encouraging you to work out the best methods to adopt. You can see examples of Angie’s training here on the Videos page.

What makes one-to-one training different?

There’s only you and Angie in the Cabin so you get her complete attention for the entire course – unlike corporate training courses where you often have to share the training with several other delegates.

Go at your own speed

With a one-to-one training course at the Creative Cabin you can explore the software at your own speed while Angie guides you and suggests best practices with the software.

Work on meaningful projects and files

Angie provides well-designed, structured training exercises for you to follow that will get you up to speed in no time. If you prefer you can bring along your own projects so you and Angie can work on those together.

Solve problems and come up with solutions

Problem-solving and coming up with new ideas is Angie’s speciality – she loves to suggest ways to improve and refine your workflow to get the very best from your software.

 Make your one-to-one training a vacation

Located near BrightonThe Creative Cabin is situated in an idyllic spot near Brighton in the UK with panoramic views accross the English Channel.

All training packages include accommodation in the private, comfortable self-contained studio apartment – this is yours for the duration of your stay. Kick back and relax when you’re not training, enjoy some home-cooked food while watching movies on the HDTV or playing Playstation games. The more adventurous guests may want to take a trip into the centre of Brighton to unwind in style.

Accommodation

Designers and Artists can rent the Cabin for as little as £99.95 per night. It is a completely self-contained studio apartment with sleeping area, shower room, kitchen and work area. Find out more about the facilities here.

If you’re interested in booking the cabin accommodation, training or a package that includes both, please book here.

Book training at Creative Cabin

Book training at Creative Cabin

Angie TaylorAuthor and designer, Angie Taylor delivers custom, one-to-one Adobe software training courses at Creative Cabin near Brighton and London. Please use the Contact page to contact Angie for more details about course content and availability. To see examples of Angie’s training you can watch free video tutorials here.

Creative Cabin - Residential Software TrainingCreative Cabin is a completely self-contained studio apartment with amazing sea views.

It’s the perfect escape for artists, authors, designers or musicians wishing to retreat from their daily routines and responsibilities.

Getting away to an inspirational space like this can enliven creative development and focus attention.

Angie offers very reasonable prices for customised, one-to-one training courses, tailored to suit each individual’s needs.

To find out more check out the other tabs on this page or visit the Creative Cabin website.

Creating Project Templates with After Effects

Creating Project Templates with After Effects

I’m happy to announce that my new course, Creating Project Templates with After Effects is now online and ready for viewing. If you have a Lynda.com subscription you can watch the entire course for free. If you don’t then I have a special discount code to give you ten whole days of free viewing. Just send me a message via the Contact page get your free code.

Here’s an example movie from this course. This tutorial teaches you how to understand the five parameters for the wiggle expression. If you have no clue what I’m talking about then you may want to follow my course on After Effects Expressions first.

About this course

Mograph designers and artists are always looking for new templates—and they’re often willing to pay for them. Building template-based projects in After Effects is also a great way to earn extra income while improving your design skills.

In this course, you’ll create a working project template in After Effects and prepare it for sale. You’ll learn how to build the project from flexible shape layers and text layers, adding some effects along the way.

You’ll also find out how to set up the project to make it easy for other designers to make changes to the color, text, and animation, and customize the project to suit their needs. I’ll also shows the best ways to save and package template projects for web delivery or for submission to Adobe’s Creative Cloud Market.

Topics Include:

  • Coming up with project ideas
  • Planning projects
  • Building backgrounds
  • Creating graphical animated elements
  • Formatting text
  • Structuring the project with controller layers
  • Working with color
  • Optimizing projects
  • Making templates easy for others to use
  • Packaging your template project
  • Selling your projectDuration:
    2h 49m

NAB 2015 Presentations by Angie Taylor

Well, it’s that time of year again, NAB 2015 is just round the corner. It’s the event of the year for our industry. The who’s-who of the broadcast industry gather together in Las Vegas for this massive trade show, conference and countless parties. It’s a great opportunity to meet old friends, make new contacts, learn new techniques and see new products and technologies on show.

 Interview with That Studio

Come to the That Studio booth, in the Plugin Pavillion at 1.15 on Wednesday to partake in the audience. I’ll be interviewed by the lovely Kanen Flowers about my relatively new venture The Creative Cabin. I’ll also be giving away some free Creative Cabin products!

Sessions and Demo’s

This year I’ll have a varied schedule – speaking at the Post Production World Conference and also doing software demo’s on the trade show floor. If you want to learn my latest tips and techniques and see new content from up and coming video tutorials, there’s plenty to see.

RE:Vision Effects Inc.

Booth SL5807

113a0a1dddd380aa6fe1c7022ee0dc81I’m proud to say I’ll be working the trade show floor on behalf of RE:Vision Effects Inc. Who make Academy Award winning Plugins for After Effects, Autodesk Systems, Avid Systems, Final Cut Pro, Fusion, genQ, HitFilm, Natron, Nucoda, Nuke, Premiere Pro, Resolve, Scratch and Vegas Pro.

I’ll be showcasing all of their plugins, in particular my personal favourite RE:Flex that I used on the Chris Cunningham’s Rubber Johnny music video. You can find us at booth SL5807. I’ll be there Monday from 2-6, Tuesday from 3.30-6 and Wednesday from 9-1.

Boris FX

Booth SL4225

This year Boris FX will be teaming up with their friends at Imagineer Systems to present awesome new time-saving technologies and vfx tools jointly developed for the first-time by the Boris FX and the Imagineer teams. Swing by thebooth SL4225 on Tuesday the 14th April at 12pm midday to see my talk about creating 3D titles right inside After Effects. See how to us Boris FX 3D plug-ins with the built in 3D Camera Tracker inside After Effects to mimic famous movie titles.

Post Production World Conference

South Upper Hall

I’ll also be speaking at the Post Production World conference during the week. This premiere technical training program is produced by Future Media Concepts.  Click here to review the full schedule of this year’s Post|Production World offerings.

I have two sessions at this event this year;

Building After Effects Templates and Source Elements

Tue. April 14| 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | N252

Designers can make extra income by designing templates for other designers. Websites like Adobe Exchange and VideoHive make it easy to market and sell them. In this session Angie Taylor will share tips and techniques for building solid templates and source elements for After Effects and Premiere Pro. She’ll also share information about how to protect your content legally and make money from it online.

This session will feature workflows in After Effects, Premiere Pro and Illustrator.

By the end of this session, attendees will know how to….
• Design templates that are useful and practical
• Organize template projects so they are easy to use
• Create expression controllers for adjusting template elements
• Lock and hide and add notes to project elements
• Create accounts to market and sell templates
• Make additional income by selling products

Get More from Cinema 4D Lite & After Effects

Wed. April 15| 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM | N252

The Cineware plugin allows users to integrate Cinema 4D, 3D objects and scenes into your After Effects projects. Angie will look at the many creative ways this powerful software combination can work. You’ll pick up all the skills you need to feel confident with Cinema 4D Lite as well as see some inspiring ideas to drive you forward. The session will finish with Angie showing you how you can use classic camera moves from famous movies in your 3D scenes.

By the end of this session, attendees will know how too…
• Build models from primitive objects Cinema 4D Lite
• Apply and modify materials in Cinema 4D Lite
• Animate properties in Cinema 4D Lite
• Make use of free content in Cinema 4D Lite
• Incorporate your 3D objects into After Effects
• Recreate classic camera moves with the After Effects 3D Camera Tracker

Conference: Post|Production World

Registration Package: A Post|Production World registration or SMART Pass will get you into these sessions. Please check here for registration prices.

 I hope to see some of you there. I am quite short-sighted so often don’t recognise people from a distance so please make sure to come and say hello if you see me.

Cinema 4D Lite Tutorials

Cinema 4D Lite Tutorials

Cinema 4D Lite Tutorials from

Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects

with Angie Taylor

Intimidated by 3D modeling packages? Dip a toe in the water with CINEMA 4D (C4D) Lite, a slimmed down version of CINEMA 4D included with After Effects CC. Motion graphics designer Angie Taylor shows you how to build a complete sequence in C4D Lite, progressing from initial object modeling, to animation, lighting, camera rigging, texturing, and final render. Plus, learn to animate text, create random movement with wiggle expressions, track cameras in live-action footage to add new 3D elements, and light your scene. Angie also round-trips the project files to After Effects for visual effects and color correction. With over 100 videos, this course allows you to explore almost every aspect of 3D motion graphics creation, within this accessible introductory tool.

Topics include:

  • What is CINEMA 4D Lite?
  • Understanding the CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects CC workflow
  • Editing primitive objects
  • Spline modeling with NURBS
  • Animating with keyframes
  • Using Xpresso to link properties
  • Importing music and soundtracks
  • Creating and animating cameras
  • Working with text
  • Scripting
  • Creating and applying materials and textures
  • 3D camera tracking
  • Compositing layers
  • Lighting with visible lights and ambient occlusion
  • Adding visual effects in After Effects
  • Rendering in After Effects and the Adobe Media Encoder

What is CINEMA 4D Lite?

Using the Picture Viewer in CINEMA 4D

Linking body parts using object hierarchy

Adding surface detail with a Relief object

Understanding coordinates

Understanding rotation

Keyframe interpolation

Creating multiple cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite

Creating a wiggle expression

Casting shadows on layers in CINEWARE

Multipass compositing explained

Layer styles

Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

  • July 21, 2014
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The Elgato Thunderbolt Dock really is a desk-changer! It’s not often I write blog posts about hardware but this little gadget has eased my worklife considerably over the past few weeks and I’d like to sing it’s praises, perhaps it can help ease yours too.

It’s a simple, elegant little box that allows you to connect multiple devices to your laptop or desktop computer via one Thunderbolt cable. Simply connect your chosen machine to the back of the box using the supplied Thunderbolt cable.

thunderbolt-dock-device-back

 

The back has HDMI for connecting your external monitor. I use this to connect my NEC MultiSync PA271WB 27 inch LCD and get the full 2560 x 1440 resolution display fed from my humble 15″ Macbook Pro.

It also adds an extremely useful Gigabit ethernet port to my MBP so I don’t have to rely on wireless for networking – this is invaluable for me as I live in an area where we still have ADSL broadband – frustratingly slow and unreliable.

thunderbolt-thunderboltdock-plentyofpower

There are also other thunderbolt ports and a couplf of USB ports on the back fro connecting other devices. The box has power too so can be used to charge up your iPod or iPhone as well as powering bus-powered devices such as hard drives. There’s also a free utility that, when installed, provides your Mac support for high-powered USB.

At the front end is another USB port and Stereo audio in and out ports. These are useful for conference calls but I can alos use these to do some quick screen captures for my tutorials. Just attach a decent pair of headphones and my Countryman mic and I’m off! If I need more control over my audio its easy to connect my USB Pre 2.

Sometimes the simple things are the best and this little unassuming box is really the best. Previously I had a spaghetti-pile of cables running from the desk to my Macbook Pro. Each time I went there I had to plug and unplug various peripherals. Now my life is simpler and uncluttered, just one simple elegant cable is all I need. I’m a happy geek!