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Adobe After Effects: Electrocardiogram

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Simulating Displays

Adapt to other types of medical or scientific instruments. Ayato’s tutorials are very advanced. Because English is his second language you really need to know After Effects moderately well to follow all the steps. Some additional plug-ins are needed, but most are available in demonstration form.

http://www.ayatoweb.com/ae_tips_e/ae08_e.html

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Autodesk 3D Studio Max: Using .rla/.prf files: A Reference Guide to using them in Combustion

Chapter: Workflow

Topic: RLA and RPF

3D Max users always ask about using their *.rla/ *.rpf files created with 3dmax in combustion…. One of the absolute best things about Combustion is that it has some great Operators (effects) that can automatically read and use various channels included in the .rpf rendered file, such as Z depth, Material ID, Object ID, UV coordinates, etc. The fast and easy ones to use are G Buffer (Z depth) effect.

http://www.fxguide.com/fxtips-111.html

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Autodesk Combustion: Using .rla/.prf files: A Reference Guide to using them in Combustion

Chapter: Workflow

Topic: RLA and RPF

3D Max users always ask about using their *.rla/ *.rpf files created with 3dmax in combustion…. One of the absolute best things about Combustion is that it has some great Operators (effects) that can automatically read and use various channels included in the .rpf rendered file, such as Z depth, Material ID, Object ID, UV coordinates, etc. The fast and easy ones to use are G Buffer (Z depth) effect.

http://www.fxguide.com/fxtips-111.html

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Adobe After Effects: Precomposing in After Effects – The Use, Strategy and Power of Precomposing

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Nesting or Precomposing

Bryan Preston explores the process of precomposing in Adobe After Effects. He looks at the use, strategy and inner workings of precomps in After Effects. He also adds some secrets he’s learned in using precomps to manage both files and projects more efficiently. This is an article that is well worth reading to understand why, when and where and how to use precomps in your own AE projects.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/preston_bryan/precomp/index.html

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Autodesk Combustion: How to Optimize the Combustion RAM Player

Chapter: Video and Computer Technology

Topic: Computer Hardware

A lot of people question why they don’t get real-time RAM Playback, despite fast CPU speeds and high amounts of RAM. The reality is that real-time RAM Playback can be dependent on not only your computer CPU speed and graphics card, but also your preference setting.

http://www.fxguide.com/fxtips-104.html

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Autodesk Combustion: Combustion: Plug-ins hints

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Filters and Plug-ins

What plug-ins are compatible with Discreet combustion? And Where does one put them?

http://www.fxguide.com/fxtips-105.html

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Autodesk Combustion: Quick setting of Layers in 3D Space

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: 3D Space for Compositing

If you are working in combustio with 3D with multiple layers, there is a simple way you can make sure that your layers don’t interfere or intersect each other in Z depth:

http://www.fxguide.com/fxtips-108.html

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Autodesk Combustion: Quick settings for new Lights/shadows

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Compositing Tips or Shortcuts

Remember that lighting only applies to 3D composites and not 2D or paint in combustion.

http://www.fxguide.com/fxtips-109.html

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Breaks in Timecode

Chapter: Video and Computer Technology

Topic: Timecode

But breaks in time code can cause a number of problems in post production. Professional shooters are very careful to preserve proper TC, since it is essential for batch capture, EDL export, and later recreation of programs for reediting.

http://www.greatdv.com/video/brokentc.htm

TAGS: Timecode, TC, discontinuous, continuous, linear, vitc,

SmartSound SonicFire Pro: Great Music made easy with SonicFire Pro – real easy

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Music and Dialog

In this article, Ron Lindeboom shows why SmartSound’s Sonicfire Pro is a video content creator’s dream tool. If you have a studio filled with MIDI equipment, you write your own stuff or you love to build loops layer upon layer upon layer for hours … then SFP is probably not for you. But if you need great audio and you need it now — and most importantly, you need it to fit your exact edit requirements — then Sonicfire Pro is well worth exploring. Ron concludes that this is one tool that he refuses to be without.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/lindeboom_ron/sonicfire_pro/index.html

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