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Adobe After Effects: Get your Gears On: Creating cogs in After Effects

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Simulation

This tutorial from Chris Zwar is a bit of a one trick pony, but it’s a trick that’s worth knowing. Cogs and gears are nice looking design elements and are popular in all sorts of backgrounds. If you do a search on the internet, it’s easy to find a range of techniques for creating cogs in Photoshop and Illustrator, and Illustrator even comes with a few included.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/zwar_chris/cogs1/index.html

TAGS: text, font, effect

The Importance of Digital Color Correction

Chapter: Color Correction

Topic: Creative

Paulo de Andrade is an accomplished video effects artist whose work includes 19 years in broadcast television where he has worked on major international series and films. In this article, Paulo looks at the importance of digital color correction and explores some of the ways that he uses to create visual magic in his own work. As the founder of MacProNet.com, a site dedicated to Macintosh media professionals, Paulo focuses on tools like Final Cut Pro and Discreet Combustion in this article.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/de_andrade_paulo/color_correction/index.html

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Adobe After Effects: Morphing in After Effects (Using the Reshape Filter)

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Warping or Morphing

Morphing is a distinctive effect that is best known from the movie “Terminator 2” as well as the Michael Jackson music video “Black and White”. In this tutorial, Chris Zwar demonstrates simple morphs with the Reshape filter in Adobe After Effects 5.5 — which is a Production Bundle only effect found under the “Distort” menu. (Intermediate to Advanced)

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

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Sony Acid: Compose your own Music Scores with Acid

Chapter: Music

Topic: Composing for Film or Video

In this article, Jeffrey P. Fisher gives some pointers on how to create your own music scores with Sonic Foundry’s [now Sony] ACID.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/fisher_jeffrey/acid/index.html

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Apple Soundtrack: Compose your own Music Scores with Acid

Chapter: Music

Topic: Composing for Film or Video

In this article, Jeffrey P. Fisher gives some pointers on how to create your own music scores with ACID. Although written for Sony Acid many of the principles will apply to Soundtrack.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/fisher_jeffrey/acid/index.html

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Adobe After Effects: Build your own 3D Particle Generators using After Effects 5.5

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Particles

In this tutorial, Dan Ebberts explores how you can use expressions in After Effects 5.5 to build a fairly sophisticated 3D particle generator. Our particles will respond to initial velocity, gravity, wind, drag, and much more. Using this particle generator, we’ll look at how you might create explosions, smoke, a fire blast, falling snow, and even a liquid-like flow. We’ll explore how to make each particle re-usable, which will allow us to simulate fountain-like particle streams. This one is quite advanced.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/ebberts_dan/particle_gen/index.html

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Apple Final Cut Pro: Non-linear editing for Newcomers

Chapter: Video and Computer Technology

Topic: Video Basics

If you’re completely new to editing on a computer then this might serve as a crash course. I have assumed that you have some familiarity with computers. From a PAL-based writer.

http://www.sadwelkar.com/nonlinear1.htm

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Apple Final Cut Pro: Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Interface

If you’re an Avid editor who needs to work on FCP, here’s a guide to Final Cut Pro. From a PAL-based writer.

http://www.sadwelkar.com/AvidFCP.htm

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Basic Computer Terminology

Chapter: Video and Computer Technology

Topic: Operating System Issues

This document clarifies most common computer terms (especially Mac) related to this stuff.

http://www.zerocut.com/tech/c_terms.html

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How do I edit film projects on video or computer? A discussion of relevent issues.

Chapter: 24P Film or Video

Topic: Editing 24P Source

Over the past year or so, a number of producers and directors have sent me email asking how to edit a film project on video. That is, they want to shoot film, edit the film on video or a computer, do sound design in video or on a computer, and then have the final product end up on film again.

http://filmmaker.com/contentid-3.html

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