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Adobe After Effects: Dressing up a Scene with Shadows

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Compositing Tips or Shortcuts

Bill O’Neil has learned a lot from his gaffers over his years of live action shooting. Simply putting a tree branch in front of a light can create interesting and beautiful shadows on an otherwise plain wall. The trade name for this light obstruction material is cucoloris or ?cookies?. These same practical techniques can be applied in the After Effects 3D world. All we need are lights, obstruction layers (cucoloris) and surfaces to shadow. This tutorial is broken into two parts that highlight two examples of dressing up a scene with shadows. This is part 1.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/oneil_bill/shadows/index.html

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Adobe Flash: Custom Easing Tool

Chapter: Distribution

Topic: Interactive

Creative COW Leader Lee Brimelow shows you how to use this free Flash extension to create silky smooth animations. Stop spending hours trying to make realistic elastic or bounce animations and let this tool do the work for you.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/brimelow_lee/customeasingtool/custom_easing_tool.html

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Steinberg Cubase: Play Order Editing in Cubase SX: 3 Powerful arranging tool for quick and easy setups of multiple alternatives

Chapter: Music

Topic: Composing for Film or Video

One of the strengths of digital recording is the ability to copy and paste audio clips, rearranging to your heart’s content without any loss of quality. The usual way of doing this is to define the in and out points of a section, select it, copy it, and then paste it in the desired location. This works fine — until you want to move around a number of sections, or create several different arrangements and compare them. At

http://www.digitalpostproduction.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=34187&afterinter=true

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Adobe Photoshop: Painting with Depth in Adobe Photoshop: Part 2 – Using lighting, range and contour options to affect the appearance of depth

Chapter: Paint, Draw and Design

Topic: Design Techniques

As we saw in our last tutorial on Adobe Photoshop , it’s entirely feasible to paint with depth using the program’s built-in paint engine combined with layer styles. But there’s more to it than simply applying a Bevel and Emboss layer style and painting away. All of the settings of your layer style can affect the appearance of depth in your brush strokes when you’re trying to create thick, wet, chunky or other impasto-like effects .

http://www.digitalproducer.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=34199

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New Features in Flash 8 Professional: Part 2 – Fruity (Yet Unassuming) Blends

Chapter: Distribution

Topic: Interactive

Fresh off of our riveting foray into the exciting world of Flash 8’s filters, it’s now time to turn our collective attention to another new feature: blends. That’s right ? they’re not just for Photoshop and After Effects anymore. As you’d probably expect, Flash ‘s new blend modes open up some powerful live compositing options, but there just may be a surprise or two hidden in all the blend-y goodness as well. So let’s dive right in, shall we?†

http://www.creativemac.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=34170

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Adobe Photoshop: Painting with Depth in Adobe Photoshop: Part 1 – Basic use of contours in painting

Chapter: Paint, Draw and Design

Topic: Design Techniques

One of the limitations of Photoshop ‘s paint engine is that it doesn’t allow you to paint with depth. In dedicated paint programs, like Synthetik Studio Artist and Corel Painter (among others), there are various options for creating impasto-like effects , adding chunkiness to a paint stroke, bump mapping, texture mapping and the like. Not so in Photoshop . But there are other ways to add depth to your brushes.

http://www.audiovideoproducer.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=34093

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Adobe Flash: First Look: Macromedia Fireworks 8

Chapter: Distribution

Topic: Interactive

Earlier this week we saw the announcement of Macromedia’s Studio 8, which introduced new versions of Flash , Dreamweaver, Contribute and FlashPaper, as well as an update to the raster, vector and interactive Web graphics creation program known as Fireworks. The new version of Fireworks sports probably the fewest enhancements of any of the version 8 Studio applications, but it is, nevertheless, still a crucial tool for many Web designers and graphics professionals out there.

http://www.macdesignpro.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=34080

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Shared File Systems: Foundations for Digital Post Production

Chapter: Video and Computer Technology

Topic: Drives, RAIDs and Storage

Comparative Review of ADIC StorNext, Avid Unity, and SGI CXFS

http://www.digitalpostproduction.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=34146

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How To: Create your own ILM for (almost) nothing

Chapter: Video and Computer Technology

Topic: Software and Tools

In a former life I was a filmmaker. It just so happened I was still a technology geek, so the best part of the film, for me, were the effects (and the story, natch). Up until a few years ago it would cost you tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to do things that today might cost a few hundred bucks. Gotta love Moore’s Law. What I want to show you is a bunch of free (or cheap) software that will give you many of the tools used by special effects houses. As usual, you will have to know how to use these tools? no griping about interfaces or workflow. Remember what Yoda said, “”Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.””

http://www.downloadsquad.com/2005/08/16/how-to-create-your-own-ilm-for-almost-nothing/

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Adobe After Effects: Synchronizing Video to Audio with Layer Markers and Expression Sets

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Scripting or Expressions

A while back, Dan Ebberts made an article talking about synchronizing animation to audio using layer markers.† It was really cool and easy to setup.† Make a comp add the expression to an attribute and just click away on the * key on the num pad to sync video to audio. In this article, Joel Hooton wanted to see how many different useful sets of expressions he could develop that make use of this great feature.† We’ll also see how they are used together to make more complex outputs.

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/hooton_joel/synch_video_to_audio/index.html

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