How to Use the New Responsive Design Feature in After Effects 2019

Quickly speed up your motion graphics workflow with new responsive design tools.

Adobe has introduced a handful of new tools in the 2019 version of After Effects, with one of the most powerful being the new Responsive Design - Time feature. This new function gives users tight control over the duration of animations when precomposing.

Below, let’s take a closer look at how to use this new feature.

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Learn Your Way Around Photoshop with These Keyboard Shortcuts

It's time to speed up your workflow in Adobe Photoshop. Working in the world of video post-production, I occasionally find myself using Adobe Photoshop. Sometimes it’s to retouch a photo for a documentary and other times it’s to create a thumbnail for Youtube. The problem is that I use Photoshop just enough to get by, never enough to master the shortcuts that make life easy. Each time, I find myself forgetting where the tools are, as well as how to navigate the interface and manipulate layers. Before I realize it, I've Continue reading "Learn Your Way Around Photoshop with These Keyboard Shortcuts"

Say Hello (and Get Upgraded) to Mocha Pro 2019

New, improved, and so 2019.

Mocha Pro version 6 is here, and it’s going by a new name: Mocha Pro 2019. Boris FX has decided to name the program by the year for good reason. Starting now, the company is promising to release updates on an annual basis (and not only for Mocha, but also Sapphire and Continuum, its other two flagship products).

Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming new Boris FX App Manager, a simple one-touch licensing and support utility for managing all your Boris applications and licenses via Continue reading "Say Hello (and Get Upgraded) to Mocha Pro 2019"

Here’s a Sneak Peek at Adobe After Effects CC v2019

Adobe's upcoming release of After Effects is packed with new features. While After Effects 2019 isn't scheduled for release until later this year, Adobe just unveiled all of the new features that will come with the new version. Let's have a closer look at what Adobe After Effects CC 2019 has to offer. Overhauled Essential Graphics Panel Motion graphic designers who create .mogrt files for Premiere Pro users have been especially annoyed with the lack of properties supported. This latest release now allows you Continue reading "Here’s a Sneak Peek at Adobe After Effects CC v2019"

How to Add a Timecode Stamp to Your Premiere Pro Exports

It’s time to make time for timecode.

Premiere Pro gives you a number of different ways to work with timecode. For example, you can throw the Timecode effect on individual clips to show source timecode, or even generate your own. Use timecode to quickly jump to a specific part of your sequence by simply typing a specific time in the timeline panel. Or create a custom timecode overlay for the Program Monitor, displaying timecode information from any or all tracks. Premiere even has a customizable Timecode panel.

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Watch: How to Make Your Own Compact Dimmers

Take control of your lighting with this cool DIY project. It's easy to spend a lot of money when you're investing in lighting equipment. There are, however, plenty of budget-friendly options. If you're willing to invest the time you can save a lot of money by building your own equipment. Bellow, we'll take a look at how to create a compact dimmer. If you already have the tools, these dimmers will run you less than $35. Parts Needed

Here’s How You Can Learn to Make a Movie (By Making a Movie)

This no-budget fantasy short teaches us that one man's trash is another man's spaceship. The Gapvoid is a short fantasy film that follows Black, an intergalactic smuggler who gets into trouble while delivering a very special order. Brazilian filmmaker Gio Vieira set three rules for himself when he ventured out to create the Gapvoid—make the film entirely on his own, use practical effects, and find music that's free of copyright. The idea was for Viera to force himself into a place where his creativity would flourish. Vieira used a variety Continue reading "Here’s How You Can Learn to Make a Movie (By Making a Movie)"

Take Your Typography to the Next Level with These 10 Plug-ins for After Effects

Up your graphics game with these add-ons.

Creating compelling motion graphics with text is one of the main uses of Adobe After Effects. While you can accomplish a lot with the default text tools if you wish to truly supercharge your AE experience, you'll want to check out some plug-ins.

What is a plug-in, you ask? Well, these cool little gadgets are essentially small software modules that “plug-in” to After Effects, giving the program added functionality. Below you’ll find a list of typography-related ones that will breathe new life into Continue reading "Take Your Typography to the Next Level with These 10 Plug-ins for After Effects"

Here’s How to Upload Long-Form Content to Instagram’s New IGTV Platform

It looks like vertical video is here to stay. Instagram just introduced IGTV, an all-new tool giving users the option to upload long-form vertical videos. IGTV is available within the standard Instagram app as well as its own standalone app for both iOS and Android. The good news? You can now upload videos easily via your desktop. Let’s take a closer look at the specifics. Getting Set up To upload a video you’ll first need to create an IGTV channel, which is quite easy. In fact, Instagram gives Continue reading "Here’s How to Upload Long-Form Content to Instagram’s New IGTV Platform"

Watch: 4 Ways ‘The Babadook’ Brilliantly Uses Classic Techniques to Create Suspense

Keep your audience on edge with these filmmaking techniques. There are a variety of different ways to build tension in a film. Learn how to properly introduce sound and visuals to an audience and you’ll have tight control over their attention. Let’s take a look at four techniques in particular from Jennifer Kent’s 2014 film Babadook that will keep viewers in anticipation of what’s coming next. A perfect introduction to the world of suspense, the film focuses on Amelia, a widow struggling to raise her unruly six-year-old son, Samuel. Grappling with Continue reading "Watch: 4 Ways ‘The Babadook’ Brilliantly Uses Classic Techniques to Create Suspense"

6 Steps to Recreating Popular Lower Third Designs in After Effects

Level up your lower thirds with these six techniques.

In this tutorial, I will go over the tools and tricks that go into creating some of the more popular lower third designs. In particular, I’m going to show you six different techniques (some basic and some more advanced) which you can use to create your own lower third graphic. Use each of these techniques individually or combine them to create a more complex design. Let’s take a closer look.

*Download the After Effects project file here.

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