Get the Latest BuZZ Each Week

Autodesk Combustion: How to Reset Combustion to Normal

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Controls and Interfaces

If you experience unusal, inconsitent behavior, try this….

http://www.fxguide.com/fxtips-198.html

TAGS:

Eyeon Digital Fusion: Fusion Shiny Text

Chapter: Titling

Topic: Visual Style

Shiny text with a liquid-like reflection or refraction.

http://www.cmivfx.com/i/mov/FusionshinyTextSmall.mov

TAGS: matte, track, travel, image, text

Adobe After Effects: RPF and RLA explored Part 3: Text Depth – Basics of using Invigorator in After Effects

Chapter: Workflow

Topic: RLA and RPF

In the first two portions of our project exercise, we created a rain of 3D pills in NewTek’s LightWave 3D, saved that animation out as a series of RPF files that we then brought into After Effects to add some post Depth of Field and fog work using AE?s 3D effects. Toward the end of the exercise, we added the company text using the Text Tool. To add even more depth to the logo, we don’t have to go back to LightWave, but can create text with depth using Invigorator.

http://www.mindspring.com/~schleicher/htm/tutorialsaftereffects.html

TAGS: depth

Apple DVD Studio Pro: Subtitle Buttons over Video

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Subtitles and captioning

Creating an Easter Egg with DVD Studio Pro 2

http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/subpictures_easter_egg.html

TAGS: “Chapter, button highlight, key color”

Adobe After Effects: Warp Starfield

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Reproducing TV or Film Effects

While the great brains of physics will argue that a starfield seen from the perspective a superluminal traveller will not smear into little spectral streaks, the effects is ubiquitous enough in contemporary science-fiction and fantasy works that it has become a kind of visual staple. So, science be damned — the following tutorial illustrates a simple way to quickly apply the rainbow-streak effect to your moving starfields.

http://mfdh.ca/technique/warp-stars/

TAGS:

Adobe Illustrator: 3D Effects in Illustrator CS, Part 4: Using lighting and transparency to create a glass effect

Chapter: Paint, Draw and Design

Topic: Faking 3D in 2D Stills

This week we’re going to take what we’ve learned from previous installments and combine that with transparency, lighting and faux environment/reflection mapping to create something of a glass effect–specifically a wine glass, though the technique can be applied to any sort of transparent object.

http://aecnewsroom.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=23334

TAGS:

Adobe After Effects: Let's Put some Lipstick on This Pig, Part 2: Adding a tad more spice to the stew

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Simulating Displays

Last time we left off just as things were starting to get interesting, as we had added faux scanlines, a hotspot, and a nice bulge effect to our fan-tabulous screenshot of the Library of Congress site. The whole idea, of course, is to inject a little va-va-voom into the traditionally boring subject of screenshots in a video, so let’s continue on and finish prettying this sucker up.

http://siggraphnews.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=23013

TAGS:

Adobe Photoshop: Let's Put some Lipstick on This Pig, Part 2: Adding a tad more spice to the stew

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Simulating Displays

Last time we left off just as things were starting to get interesting, as we had added faux scanlines, a hotspot, and a nice bulge effect to our fan-tabulous screenshot of the Library of Congress site. The whole idea, of course, is to inject a little va-va-voom into the traditionally boring subject of screenshots in a video, so let’s continue on and finish prettying this sucker up.

http://siggraphnews.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=23013

TAGS:

Apple Final Cut Pro: Film Look for Video revisited with Joe's Filters and Final Cut Pro 4

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Film Look

I have always found the look of unprocessed video slightly unpleasant; this has probably something to do with being an avid cinema goer and a user of film for more years then I care to mention. Film has warmth to it, richly saturated colours, the shadows glow with fine detail and there is smoothness to the motion.

http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/film_look_revisited.html

TAGS: Joe’s Filters, color, gamma, saturation, field blend

Newtek Lightwave: RPF and RLA explored Part 1: LightWave to After Effects

Chapter: Workflow

Topic: RLA and RPF

It is no surprise when I say 3D animation is everywhere. Nearly every show, commercial, and movie you see has some type of 3D work in it. While processor speeds have increased our productivity, those speeds also cause us to want to do more, which just so happens to increase render times. One of the more render intensive aspects of 3D animation is applying Depth of Field. This greatly increases render times and if done wrong guarantees you?ll be going back to re-render again. What would be better is to take a single frame (or series of frames) and apply DOF in a compositing application. In order to do this, you need to save it in a RPF or RLA format. In the first of this three part tutorial, we?ll create an animation in NewTek?s LightWave 3D (v. 7.5) so we can then take those frames into After Effects for 3D depth work (part 2), and even add some 3D text using Invigorator (part 3).

http://www.creativemac.com/2004/01_jan/tutorials/lw2ae1.htm

TAGS: depth,