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Adobe After Effects: Autumn Leaves – Creating a custom wipe transition with Adobe After Effects and Maxon Cinema 4D

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Transition Effect

By using Adobe After Effects, you can make all types of creative wipes for use in your favorite NLE. And, with the aid of Maxon Cinema 4D, you can add some 3D volume to your wipe shapes. We’ll take a look this week at one technique combining these two programs to produce the effect of 3D leaves blowing across the screen to transition between clips.

TAGS: transition, deform, leaf

Magnificent Mixing Tips Of The Rich And Famous

Chapter: Audio

Topic: Mixing and Balancing

Students and clients alike have asked me for my “secret” in mixing. In response to these inquiries, I?ve come up with 10 “Tips” to getting more than the ordinary mix. You could use any one of them to make your “ordinary” mix “special.” You could also use all ten and make your mix “totally awesome.” Part 2 links from the end of Part 1.


Adobe After Effects: On the Road to Delhi – Stroking and Roving in AE6.0

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Lines, Blocks or Swirls

Classic B-movies used all sorts of low budget conventions to get the hero from one exotic location to the next. Raiders of the Lost Ark paid homage to these classic movies and techniques by using the now classic animated line moving from country to country tracking the flight path of the plane the hero was traveling in. In this After Effects exercise, we’ll recreate that classic B-movie shot using modern day technology.

TAGS: follow line,

Apple DVD Studio Pro: How to change region codes in DVD Studio Pro

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Menus or Navigation

This document explains how to change DVD region codes in DVD Studio Pro.


Making DV Look Like Film – in Post: part 2

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Film Look

Film and video director Chris Atkins spent over a year on his latest 90 minute feature, Randall’s Flat, shooting on Digital Betacam. Only the slow-motion effects were shot on Super 16. The tape was then transferred to film. “Video does have the advantage for the low budget person that it is as cheap as chips. You don’t have to worry about the shoot ratio, and I’m a big one for how a shoot ratio can restrict creativity. I’ve seen films which had a 4:1 shoot ratio and the director’s saying ‘I wish I could have done that shot again but the producer wouldn’t let me’. At least with video you know what your costs are going to be. You can say ‘let’s just budget for a 40:1 shooting ratio and that’s £500,’ and that’s it.” With film he says stock is the biggest nightmare, while video may not look as good, they can pay people more. “On film shoots no one ever gets paid.”

TAGS: Film, look, transfer, transferring, film

Making DV Look Like Film: Part 1

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Film Look

It has been said that: “Video is what the eye sees and film is what the mind sees.” So, if you want gritty realism stay with video at 50 (or 60 NTSC) frames per second, but for that dreamy, other-world look, only film’s 24fps will do. It is not just the frame rate that means video doesn’t look like film, the colour, gamma, contrast range and grain are also different. So, if you want the film look, why even start with video? Not surprisingly, the main reason is money. It is a lot cheaper to shoot on video and then up-convert your production, giving it that film look, and perhaps even outputting to film. Whether you go for High Definition like George Lucas for the next instalment of Star Wars or can only afford a Canon XL1s, there are ways of getting the film look with video to suit your budget.

TAGS: camera, depth, field, filter, filters, lighting

Apple Final Cut Pro: Media Management in Final Cut Pro 4

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Clip and Media Management

Instead of just discussing the Media Manager and Make Offline features I thought it might be more complete to include discussion about a broader range of subjects for managing all the assets of a project, not just the media. This includes the new clip relationships/affiliations, search features, subclipping, syncing and merging, dupe frame detection, and batch export and how to combine different techniques for effective project management. Because so much is changing pretty fast, I’ve tried to be current throughout, including how these features are working with the latest update to this point, Final Cut Pro 4.0.1.

TAGS: “Fundamentals, managing clips, consoladate, copying and moving media”

Apple Final Cut Pro: Trimming with the Range Selection Tool in Final Cut Pro 4

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Trimming

This article focuses on using the range selection tool for a full range of useful trimming and copying scenarios. If you haven’t used it before, its the tool that changes the cursor into a crosshair, and is used for selecting a portion of a clip.

TAGS: “selecting, lift and ripple delete, bad audio”

Apple Final Cut Pro: Extracting Video from a DVD

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Capture, Digitize, Import

Importing video from DVD to Final Cut Pro


HD Delivery Codecs

Chapter: High Definition

Topic: Delivery

A funny thing happened on the way to the high-definition revolution. While we were waiting for consumers to snap up HD sets and D-VHS decks, inexpensive systems capable of HD playback-fast personal computers with high-resolution monitors-were sneaking in through the back door.