This tutorial is designed for new After Effects users. I tried to include as many basic tips and tricks in order to get a good grasp of the overall ways of applying effects in After Effects. Today specifically we are going to be looking at the generate effects in After Effects. After watching this tutorial you will hopefully be able to several cool backgrounds or even short intros and be able to follow along more intermediate tutorials. I really hope this helps out! Here are the links mentioned in the video:
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a baby fresh noob, there are always nooks and crannies inside After Effects that have yet to be explored.
And what are inside those nooks and crannies? Faster, easy, and more efficient ways to get your work done! Lucky for you, me, and everyone we know, motion graphic designer Sergei Prokhnevskiy has made a tutorial showing us how to save a bunch of time in editing with 20 After Effects tricks, including utilizing the system color picker, reverse keyframes, and the mini-flowchart.
For those who’d like some organization and something to read as they follow along with the video, Premium Beat did you a solid by breaking each one down in text.
Do you know of any other time-saving shortcuts in After Effects? Let us know in the comments below.
I believe Internet is that biggest source for learning anything these days. There are millions of websites offering great tutorials and training based on individual’s interest. The biggest and the most important question that comes to a person’s mind willing to learn After Effects is – ‘How can I learn After Effects without spending thousands of dollars on some University courses‘. Well, there is no harm in joining a Vfx school but before that, consider this question – ‘Do you really need a Vfx school to learn After Effects‘. According to me, there are plenty of amazing websites that offers Online After Effects Tutorials. Some offers free tutorials and others are paid.
Use the CC Cleaner Tool to solve installation problems | CC, CS3-CS6
So– last month I had to download and install the trial version of Premiere and After Effects CC since thats what the client was using and they were handing their project off to me for completion. I downloaded the uncompleted project and finished it with no problems. Now, my trial is complete, yet that pesky reminder “Do you want to buy this Adobe Product” keeps popping up, AND the default is now for the Cloud version of my Adobe products to open rather than my tried and true CS version. (Yes– I know there’s an easy fix). On top of that– there’s the scattered harddrive space being taken up by the software, even if touching the cloud…
The Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) Cleaner Tool helps resolve installation problems for Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Creative Suite (CS3-CS6) applications. The tool removes installation records for prerelease installations of Creative Cloud or Creative Suite applications. It does not affect existing installations of previous versions of Creative Cloud or Creative Suite applications.
Test Gear 2.5 provides motion graphics artists and video editors with a variety of test instruments to make objective measurements of their visual and audio work, all from within Adobe After Effects CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5, CS6, or CC.
While the final measurement of any project is what it looks and sounds like, getting there has previously relied strictly on subjective viewing. Test Gear’s objective measurement tools make it easyto check video levels and color balance, choose colors, view channel values in detail, and view digital audio, all within After Effects and without the need to apply effects just to make a measurement.
Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope
Test Gear provides standard waveform monitor and vectorscope displays so that your work can be analyzed in the traditional manner without expensive outboard equipment.
The waveform monitor can be formatted to show an entire frame or two fields. Options also include luma, luma plus chroma, parade, RGB, YRGB, and overlay style displays. The display can be calibrated in IRE units or millivolts, as you prefer.
In After Effects projects using 32-bit mode, Test Gear will display values above 1.0 in the waveform monitor, making it easy to see highlights which exist and may be brought into range using an appropriate plug-in, such as Color Finesse.
The vectorscope can be calibrated for 75% or 100% bars, and can be zoomed (using your mouse scroll-wheel) for more precise examination of the important center portion of the display.
The vectorscope can also be set to display either Rec 601 or 709 calibration.
Gamut DisplayFor checking to ensure that your video meets your delivery specification and broadcast “legality” requirements, Test Gear provides a special purpose tool for looking at video levels. The Gamut display can show individual red, green, and blue channel levels, as well as luma and chroma levels at a glance.The Gamut display can be set to show either an easy-to-read bar graph, or a more detailed waveform-style display.
HistogramsNo longer do you need to apply an effect just to see a histogram display; Test Gear’s histograms are always available. View red, green, blue, and luma histograms at the same time, or select an individual channel for greater detail. You can also zoom in and out to see the full range of data.In After Effects projects using 32-bit mode, Test Gear will display values above 1.0 in the histogram, making it easy to see highlights which exist and may be brought into range using an appropriate plug-in, such as Color Finesse.
In addition to the graphical histogram display, Test Gear also displays the minimum, maximum, peak and mean values in numerical form. The mean is also graphically represented, so you can quickly spot overall color casts.
Color PickerChoose colors using Test Gear’s color picker window using RGB, HLS, HSB, web-color, and grayscale pickers. Colors that would exceed video broadcast limits are flagged and can be legalized with a single click.
Color Swatch BooksColor swatch books keep collections of related colors always available for use in After Effects. To use a color from the swatch book, use After Effects’ eyedropper tool or right-click on the swatch book entry and choose to set text and paint colors into After Effects’ tools.Use one of the built-in swatch books, create your own—keeping handy all the colors you’ve previously chosen—or load an existing swatch book in Photoshop swatch book (.aco) or Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase) format. Test Gear automatically makes available swatch books from Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (if installed).
Test Gear will even create a custom palette for you based on the current frame’s image colors, making it easy to develop harmonious colors based on existing content.
Image Slice DisplayTest Gear’s image slice display lets you define an arbitrary slice through the image data and examine the red, green, blue, luma, and alpha levels up close. Far more revealing than a point-sampling tool, it’s ideal for checking edge values when pulling mattes from blue- and greenscreen material. You can also use it for examining color subsampling issues, edge sharpness, and other levels changes that are difficult to visualize with any other tool. Examine all channels at once, or view each channel individually.
Audio Waveform DisplayTest Gear’s audio waveform display makes it easy to see your audio and check levels and spot cues. Optional level warnings flag audio as it approaches 0 dbFS, to help you avoid digital clipping.You can zoom in on a single frame, or display the audio from multiple frames.
Audio Phase DisplayCheck the phase of your two-channel audio using both XY and stereo-image displays. This display helps prevent phase-reversal problems that could cause playback problems later.
Audio Spectrum AnalyzerThe audio spectrum analyzer shows you the frequency content of your audio signal. Use it to check for pitch problems or locate audio cues.
Who doesn’t love free stuff? Check out this round-up of free light leaks, templates, tools, presets, film grain and more to add some shine to your everyday editing tasks.
Free stuff is one of the great benefits of the Internet – loads of great contributors willing to share their expertise and generosity with anyone who wants it. As a way of maximizing that generosity and getting you some great free stuff, here’s a quick roundup of some of the best free elements for video editors and motion designers!
Final Cut Pro X Free Stuff Master List
Thanks to all of the developers and trainers who provide free FCPX stuff.
Enjoy this freebie from David Torno – “Disorganized project files have bugged me for the longest time. Everyone has dealt with it at one point or another.”
Your co-worker is unorganized and brings assets into a project haphazardly, a client supplies you with a jumbled mess of a project as a starting point, an outside artist passes off their half done work over to you to finish, etc… While not everyone is messy with their projects, there is a large amount of disorganized users out there that could benefit from learning a little bit of organizational respect, for all our sakes. Awhile back I had developed a script just for these people, actually for myself because of those people. I figured I would share it, for free, with all of you as it can be a very helpful tool. “Organize Project Assets” is an After Effects scripts I built to do a foundational cleanup of a project. It helps get it in at the very least a starting point to where you can better hunt for what you need. It’s not super fancy, but it does put things in their place, literally. Precomps in a precomp folder, solids in a solid folder, and all footage into folders based on their file extension type. So all jpg’s go into a jpg folder, wav’s into an wav folder and so forth. Now if I can only write a script to translate their lack of naming conventions. Maybe someday I will be able to read minds, just maybe.
This is a standard script and has no dockable panel or interface. Just place this script in your After Effects “Scripts” folder, NOT the “ScriptUIPanels” folder. If you are an ft-Toolbar user, you can easily add a button and assign this script for quick access to launch it. The script should be compatible with CS3 or newer. I have only tested it on CS6, so if you encounter an issue, please feel free to let me know in the comments below.
Now that Adobe has made Photoshop CC the linchpin of its Creative Cloud subscription strategy, photo enthusiasts are more than ever seeking alternatives to the engine that has driven the modern image-editing industry for more than 20 years.
Subscriptions to Photoshop via Creative Cloud cost $50 per month and are popular with a certain segment of Adobe users, mostly the cadre of commercial artists, graphic designers, Web developers, and photographers who use multiple apps for high-end professional work.
To sweeten the deal for photographers, Adobe is now offering a special photo-oriented subscription package targeted to previous users that includes Photoshop and Lightroom for $10 per month (based on a year’s commitment), until December
31. A similar offer targeting everyone else, regardless of past Photoshop ownership, runs until December 2. The upshot is that for photographers who considered $50 a month excessive for purchasing programs they will not use, there’s a less expensive option available until the end of the year.
But a subscription is still a subscription. And even some Creative Cloud cheerleaders may now be pausing to reconsider this path, especially in light of recent issues with Adobe security. That, added to general consumer opposition to subscription software, may play a role in an accelerated quest for a Photoshop alternative.
Even when Photoshop was available as a perpetual license, the $699 standard edition price tag was steep, as was the $350 upgrade price, though a hefty portion of enthusiasts were willing to fork over that amount for the best image editor money could buy. Adobe continues to sell Photoshop CS6, the last per-subscription version.
We poked around and found nine good prospects that would be suitable for most amateurs and photo enthusiasts. Some of those alternatives, not surprisingly, come from Adobe itself, while others emerge from familiar vendors like Apple and Corel, as well as more recent players in the software marketplace. Note that prices can vary, and those below are the latest from the vendor’s websites.
A simple post-production workflow tool that delivers your entire timeline to After Effects or batch exports selected clips as Quicktime movies or Nuke files. Free and open source.
ClipExporter is a free workflow and export tool for Final Cut Pro X.
ClipExporter opens exported Final Cut Pro X projects (fcpxml) and exports each clip as a Quicktime (reference) movie, Nuke file or Syntheyes importable file. It also exports whole timelines (or just parts of it) to After Effects by translating all edits and many parameters. All clips can be extended by a certain number of handle frames. ClipExporter keeps your post-production workflow organized by creating a shot based folder structure with customizable subfolders.
Exports raw video clips as Quicktime reference or self-contained movies. These files can be opened in other applications like Mocha, Motion, PFTrack etc.
Exports Nuke files. All in-/out-frames and timeline positions match your exported Final Cut Pro X project.
Export for Syntheyes. A custom file format is created for import in Syntheyes. Therefore an importer sizzle-script is required, which can be downloaded >>here.
Supports roles for selective export of a single clip or a group of clips.
Adds handle frames (optionally). Extends each clip length by a given number of frames.
Creates a shot based folder structure with naming conventions and custom subfolders.
Sorts all generated files into predefined subfolders.
Saves disc space by referring to the original source media. No files are copied.
ClipExporter does not export timelines as a whole as Quicktime Reference movies (just like FCP 7 did)!
Retimed clips are only supported for After Effects export. Please “unretime” all clips before export. ClipExporter warns you, if re-timed clips were found in your project.
Effects, translations, animations and every other Final Cut Pro X related modification on a clip will be discarded (Nuke and Quicktime only).
Video-clips with unsupported or odd fps (frames per second) values could cause inaccurate timing results. We encountered such problems while using unconverted iPhone videos that were shot with the built-in camera app.
Event-XMLs are not supported.
Tip: Be aware that Adobe applications by default write XMP metadata to the source media files on import. This modifies your files and therefore FCP X occasionally looses it´s connection to the media files. We recommend to disable writing XMP data in After Effects: Preferences->Media & Disk Cache->Write XMP…
Ever find yourself firing up an office program like Microsoft Word during an After Effects session just so you can preview the text you’re working with rendered in all the different fonts you have installed? If so, then you might find the new FontList Plus script sold by aescripts + aeplugins exceptionally useful. It gives you a dockable AE font panel where fonts can be browsed quickly right in the AE interface, using your choice of sample text and type size. Once you’ve found the font you want to use, just select that font, which automatically copies its name to the clipboard, allowing you to paste it into the stock AE character panel.
FontList Plus is compatible with After Effects CS5 and later, and sells for $29.99. Just a tiny enhancement, but if you do a lot of type design in After Effects, it’s worth a look.