The History of Film and Video Editing

The History of Film and Video Editing

Learn about The History of Film and Video Editing in this great new course from Ashley Kennedy.

This course is an introduction to the history of film and video editing—including not only an in-depth look at more than a century of essential editing techniques, but also an interesting exploration of the tools and technology that have made editing possible.

Staff author Ashley Kennedy brings in real-world examples to explore each point in history—from the first unedited, rudimentary shots and the early days of shot combination to the birth of film language and the evolution of both mainstream and revolutionary film editing techniques through the 20th century and today. She uses this journey to demonstrate how techniques of the past have shaped cinema today.

NAB 2015 Presentations by Angie Taylor

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.

Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

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. 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!
Cinema 4D at IBC 2013

Cinema 4D at IBC 2013

See me demo Cinema 4D R14 and After Effects CC at IBC 2013 and also experience CINEMA 4D Release 15 Live!

From Sept. 13 – 17, 2013, exhibition hall 6, booth C19, RAI convention center, Amsterdam
I’ll be showing CINEMA 4D R14 and After effects CC integrations at the MAXON booth at IBC 2013.

I’m proud to be included in a list of internationally renowned experts who will also be appearing at the MAXON booth every day with very interesting presentations and demonstrations covering a wide range of topics. An agenda and information about the speakers can be found here.

I’ll be showing tips and techniques from my training workshop “Up and Running with Cinema 4D Lite” where she builds a robotic animation, inspired by Beeple and uses the After Effects Cineware plugin to perform post production tasks on isolated layers from the Cinema 4D scene.

Each day we will be giving away fantastic prizes with a total value of more than €10,000. The main prize is an NVIDIA Quadro K5000 high-end graphics card worth more than €2,300 and a commercial CINEMA 4D Broadcast license, which will be given away to one lucky winner*.

This is where you’ll find MAXON:

At this year’s IBC we’ll be in hall 6, booth C19

Here’s a map of the exhibition floor!

The MAXON speaker schedule:

An overview of the individual speakers, their topics and the entire schedule as a whole can be found here.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at IBC!

Breaking Bad and Southcliffe Presets

Free Presets

Everyone wants to recreate the looks made famous by hit TV shows like Breaking Bad and Southcliffe. I’m creating a set of these looks right now, using several third-party plug-ins for After Effects and Premiere Pro.

I’m giving away a couple of these presets here for registered members of Effect Café. Registration is free to download these and other goodies.

The preset illustrated in the picture above is named MethLab and is based upon the color treatments used in the hit TV series, Breaking Bad. This image is taken from “Breaking Bad Contest Video” (Extended, Non-Color Corrected) Written and Directed by Taylor Perkins

Here’s a before and after image for my Southcliffe preset, inspired by the recent UK crime drama of the same name. Hop on over to Effect Café to download these free presets today.

Software Training Courses with

You can now access most of my software training courses with 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 library.

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

Of course a 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 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.