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Adobe After Effects: Generating Random Motion

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Scripting or Expressions

In this tutorial, Dan Ebberts demonstrates a method of generating motion that is random in both time and space and allows you to quickly assemble a composition with a pleasantly fluid, chaotic movement.

TAGS: random, time, space, position, color

Adobe After Effects: Adjustment Layers – Alter multiple layers at once

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Compositing or Layering

Ever have a complex composition in After Effects and want to make an adjustment to multiple layers? Unless you know about Adjustment Layers, you will be spending a lot of time applying the same effect to multiple layers. With an adjustment layer, any effects applied to that layer affect all layers below it in the Timeline stacking order. So if you want to make half of the screen black and white or even apply a color effect to multiple layers at one time, an adjustment layer is the way to go.

TAGS: change, modify, mutiple

Apple Final Cut Pro: Great Titles with the DV Codec

Chapter: Titling

Topic: Quality

A heavily illustrated article showing how to avoid major problems caused by video interlacing and the DV codec to produce the best possible titles.

TAGS: “serif, font, legal color,”

Adobe After Effects: Free Turkey Give Away, or It's raining Turkeys

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Particles

My fondest Thanksgiving memory is of Les Nessman and the rest of the WKRP crew throwing turkeys out of a helicopter as part of their big Turkey give away campaign. Too bad they didn?t know turkeys couldn?t fly. Here?s a fun (and safe) way of recreating that scene.


Apple Logic: Logical Progression: Part 2 – MIDI Madness

Chapter: Music

Topic: Tips and Techniques

In this tutorial Computer Music is looking to get some music happening on the MIDI side of things: recording and editing MIDI along with some tricks that can give a creative upper hand. Recording MIDI in Logic is simple, but there are a few different ways in which you can go about it.


The Ultimate Depth-of-Field Skinny

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: Focus and Depth of Field

Arguably, more has been written about Depth of Field (DoF) on the DV Info Net Coomunity than any other discussion topic. This is my attempt to provide the ultimate discourse and treatment of the subject.

TAGS: Hyperfocal, Depth of Field, Far, limit, near

Autodesk Cleaner: Cleaner Direct – Uploading and encoding

Chapter: Distribution

Topic: Encoding Software

In addition to the many improvements discreet has made to cleaner 6, one of the nice new features is the ability to have cleaner automatically upload your streaming file after it has been encoded.

TAGS: watch folder, upload, automate

Adobe Photoshop: The Photoshop Paint Engine, Part 3: Creating custom brushes with size, angle and roundness dynamics

Chapter: Paint, Draw and Design

Topic: Controls and Interfaces

By now you know that Adobe Photoshop isn’t just for image manipulation anymore. Far more than any other release of Photoshop to date, version 7.0 offers artists and designers functional tools for using the program as a painting application, for emulating “natural media” and for designing some pretty far-out brushes for creating original works of art.


Maxon Cinema 4D: Getting the Rat to Walk: HyperHurbs modelling and creation of a walk cycle

Chapter: 3D Modelling and Animation

Topic: Animation and Inverse Kinematics

In this tutorial, Sven Hauth demonstrates creating a more complex character with Cinema 4D XL 6.1 or above, a kind of a rat on two legs. He starts with the modeling process, then creates a bone skeleton and finally animates a simple walkcycle. Basic knowledge of C4D is helpful.

TAGS: inverse, kenematic, cycle, character, animation

Adobe Premiere: Create a Mist Effect

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Effects

This video demonstrates creating a mist effect using the quicktime cloud filter and transform.

TAGS: cloud