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Adobe After Effects: Creating a News Open: Part 8 – Basic Text, Path Text and Finishing the Arc Reflection

Chapter: Titling

Topic: Path Animation

Join noted broadcast designer Kurt Murphy as he continues his exploration of the process of re-creating the on-air identity of a local broadcast affiliate in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. At the end of the animation, Kurt Murphy adds the titling for each heading (Local News, Morning News, etc.) using Basic Text. In this lesson, Kurt shows you some tricks to using Basic Text and follows with Path Text. And then… Finishes with the Arc Reflection. This is the completion of the series.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/murphy_kurt/basic_text/index.html

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Adobe After Effects: Techniques: 3-D Grid Screens

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: 3D Space for Compositing

In this tutorial, Jayse will show you how to take Illustrator artwork and import it into After Effects 5. For the final touches, he will show you how to use DigiEffects Schematic Grid to enhance transparent ‘scoreboard’ screen.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/hansen_jaysen/grid/index.html

TAGS: art, draw, import, enhance

Adobe Illustrator: Morphing with Adobe Illustrator and After Effects

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Warping or Morphing

Rick Gerard, a frequent visitor and contributor in the Creative COW After Effects Community explores some methods of morphing text using new features in Adobe Illustrator 9.0. Morph? Can I morph shapes in AE? Sure you can. It’s easy if you have Illustrator. The blend tool in Illustrator will ‘morph’ one shape into another. A new feature in Illustrator 9.0 called release to layers makes it a snap to create a sequence of frames in AE.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/gerard_rick/morph/index.html

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Adobe After Effects: Morphing with Adobe Illustrator and After Effects

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Warping or Morphing

Rick Gerard, a frequent visitor and contributor in the Creative COW After Effects Community explores some methods of morphing text using new features in Adobe Illustrator 9.0. Morph? Can I morph shapes in AE? Sure you can. It’s easy if you have Illustrator. The blend tool in Illustrator will ‘morph’ one shape into another. A new feature in Illustrator 9.0 called release to layers makes it a snap to create a sequence of frames in AE.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/gerard_rick/morph/index.html

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How to make better VHS Dubs

Chapter: Distribution

Topic: Replication and Distribution

10 Tips for better dubs from DV movies. Doug Graham sees the question ‘how can I make better VHS dubs from my DV movies?’ so often that he’s put together a comprehensive response.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/graham_doug/vhs_dubs/index.html

TAGS: direct, one-off, signal, enhancer, S-VHS, professional, cables

Boris Continuum Complete: Playing with Fire in Boris FX 6 Creating a Bonanza-style transition from within your NLE

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Fire, Flame or Smoke

What I’d like to do here is show you how to add fire to a transition using Burnt Film, another new filter in Boris FX 6 by way of Continuum. It will be a combination of traditional compositing and filtering elements with transition and DVE elements as well, an approach Boris FX 6 was designed for

http://www.creativemac.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=6283

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Sony Vegas: Lights, Camera, Action (actually, Lights, Masks and Motion)

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Lighting

In this tutorial, Gary Gowman will demonstrate adding light sweeps to your titles, graphics and logos in Vegas Video. Light Sweeps will draw the viewer?s attention to the area and it will sometimes help the two dimensional television appear a little more three dimensional by simulating a distant light source. Also, try to apply this effect to moving video as it flies around the screen to make it appear as if a light source fell on it for a short time.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/gowman_gary/light_demo/index.html

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Sony Vegas: Love those Velocity Envelopes

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Transitions

Everyone has seen TV shows, like 20/20 and Dateline. They usually employ sophisticated types of transitions to bring graphics and titles on and off the screen. Such as a video scene that slows down to a freeze frame, becomes darker and goes out of focus as a graphic flies in over it. In this tutorial, Gary Gowman will show you how to quickly produce one of these compositions by using Vegas Video from Sony Pictures Digital.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/gowman_gary/velocity_envelopes/index.html

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The Frame Movie Mode on the Canon XL1

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: Progressive Scan

In the past 11 years I have been doing research on getting video to have the same frame rate feel as 30 and 24fps film. In the end of October I heard about a feature that was on the XL1 that was going to allow the capture of 30 full frames a second. A bell went off in my head, if Canon was about to do what I was suspecting they were going to do this might be one hell of a feature. I have been able to film around 30 minutes of material in the frame movie mode indoors and out, in all kinds of lighting conditions. The feature worked great.

http://www.dvinfo.net/canon/articles/article1.htm

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Sharp Shooting

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: Shooting Basics

Good technique rather than expensive technology is the key to impressive video production. Here’s a basic guide to the things you need to know to get started.

http://simplydv.co.uk/tech/camskill1.html

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