After Effects News 2018 October #3

Recently in the world of After Effects, there’s been continued shop talk, and discussion of AE CC 2019, master properties, waves, noise, VR, tools, training, space, dynamic range, and more.   Brian Behm, who built a game show with Adobe Character Animator, is hosting Mochat tonight. He’s “looking forward to talking with the AE team about a release that’s got some exceptionally cool things in it. I’ve been digging the puppet tool updates.” Chats are on Tuesday night at 9pm eastern, 6pm pacific; search for #mochat or go to http://tchat.io/rooms/mochat   Anticipating the current popularity of career talk
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Movavi Provides a User-friendly Interface and Experience for Video Editing Beginners

In the beginning, the team at Movavi was small only consisting of three people. That was important for us though, as it allowed us to develop our products step by step. It wasn’t long before we realized we could create a tool that would make it easy for anyone to turn pictures and raw footage into complete movies. Thus, the Movavi Video Editor was born. There are plenty of programs out there that are designed for professional video editors, but amateurs have a limited number of options. It’s why we designed a user-friendly interface for newcomers to video editing and
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Going Mobile with Your Grip Package

Perhaps when you hear “mobile” and “grip” together, you tend to think of a one, three or five-ton grip truck. That is usually how grip arrives, right?  Well, what about when you need to get grip to a location that doesn’t have the option of renting that one or three or five-ton truck? You’re not going to be carrying your one-ton truck on a plane or into the desert or onto a mountain range. For this reason, having quality grip has often been out of reach for many documentary filmmakers.  You may not find clamps, stands, and frames
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Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography

Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography There are no rules for perfect composition, said photographer Arnold Newman. There are infinite ways to frame a shot, adds Raymond Thi. His website, Geometric Shots, will help you to break free from rules. I sat down yesterday to watch, again, “The Great Budapest Hotel” of Wes Anderson, and the experience dictated that I followed the 104 minutes “funtastic” vision with this article, which I had promised myself to write, a long time ago. In fact, the notes for this article have been lingering in a folder inside my computer since 2015, when I wrote one article, “From Kubrick
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
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Solutions to Resolve Part 3: Unexpected clipping when grading

Articles in this series:

Unexpected clipping in DaVinci Resolve and how to avoid it!

One of the great features of Resolve is that it works in 32bit float. This means that it can cope with a virtually limitless dynamic range, and, most importantly, it will conserve that range however much you raise or
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Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?

Anthem One: is this the LED light to rule them all? Presented as a groundbreaking LED technology, Anthem One has a new Strobe battery that will allow its Light Cards to last 500% longer than a xenon flash bulb. There is also a mobile battery for video. Announced as “twice as bright, half the weight, one-third the size and 2,000 times the lifespan… for one-fourth the cost of any HMI 400W system”, Anthem One, an “LED Lighting For Film, Photography & Much More!” , made it to Kickstarter early in 2018, only to be cancelled by the project creator in February 2018, despite the fact that during the first two
Anthem One: is this the LED light to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
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Above-the-fold podcast subscription banners

In Apple’s recent podcast best practices, the company recommends having our podcast subscription banners above the fold on the show’s website. In this article, I’ll clarify this —now anachronistic — term, why Apple’s suggestion makes most sense for consumption on mobile devices, and three different ways to accomplish it for WordPress sites, one free and two paid.

What is above-the-fold?

Above is an example of a famous newspaper where only the above-the fold portion is visible on a stack at a kiosk.
Originally, the term above-the-fold referred to the top half of a traditional newspaper. It was the part of
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Cine Gear Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019

Cine Gear Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019 A strong attendance from 32 states across the U.S. and seven countries at the premiere of Cine Gear Expo Atlanta justifies that the event becomes annual. New dates will be announced soon. The Southeast’s Film and TV community showed its support of filmmaking art and technology with strong attendance at the premiere of Cine Gear Expo Atlanta. The event culminated several years of requests from vendors and crews who wanted to see the Hollywood-style event happen closer to home. For the organizers of the event, “the recent rise of production in Atlanta, and the rest of the south” justified
Cine Gear Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019
Cine Gear Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019
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Adobe Moving Stills: the tool to generate video from a single photograph

Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image Moving Stills enables any photograph to become an animated 3D image with a realistic effect of flying through the photo. It’s not wizardry, but a process with roots in experiments from 20 years ago. We’ve Cinemagraphs, Cliplets, Plotagraphs and other formats that introduce animation to photos, like the good old Animated GIF, but soon we may have Moving Stills, Adobe’s own solution to animate images. Revealed at Adobe MAX, along with many other technologies the company is exploring and developing – some of which might never see the light of day – Moving Stills managed to get the crowd
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
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Art of the Cut with double Oscar-winner, William Goldenberg

William Goldenberg, ACE, won Oscars for editing Zero Dark Thirty (with Dylan Tichenor, ACE) and for Argo. He received additional Oscar nominations and ACE Eddies for Seabiscuit, The Insider and The Imitation Game. His filmography also includes editing Concussion, Unbroken, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and National Treasure among many others. I’ve interviewed William twice before for AOTC: For Into the Night (2017) and Detroit (2017). For this interview, we discuss his work on director Paul Greengrass‘ Netflix film, 22 July, which is in limited theatrical release and is available now on Netflix. (This interview was transcribed with SpeedScriber.
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Recommended Media For The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Since Blackmagic Design’s brand new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is ending up into some people’s hands it’s time to talk about what media works with this 4K camera. This, of course, is an important item. Do not mess around with media. Do not go cheap. Do not go with something not listed here and then go running around saying the new Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is skipping frames. It is on you if you do not follow the approved media list. Plus, who wants to spend the time and effort put into a project just for your footage
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Pocket Camera
Pocket Camera
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After Effects News 2018 October #2

This time in the world of After Effects, version 16 has been released, with tracking and expressions and features tentatively discussed. And there’s been talk of transitions, volumetric lights, interfaces, lower thirds, and more. AECC2014icon.pngAdobe After Effects CC 2019 (version 16.0) is out, and AEP has an overview of the general release that’s updated with new Help links and 3rd-party explainers and tutorials in After Effects + Creative Cloud 2019. Adobe has an overview of all the announcements at the Adobe Max conference in Adobe Unleashes Wave of Imaging Innovation: Photoshop CC for the iPad, Project Aero, Project Gemini, Dimension CC 2.0
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JVC reveals affordable 31-inch UHD/4K DT-U series professional monitors

With a series of features, including a new zero latency image processing mode, ideal for lip sync monitoring, the first of the new monitors from JVC Professional Video will be available in November. Ideal for critical video applications in the studio and on location, the affordable JVC monitors feature 10-bit panels and 14-bit color processing to ensure high quality image processing and display. The DT-U31, previewed earlier this year at the 2018 NAB Show, offers UHD (3840×2160) resolution, while the DT-U31PRO offers full DCI 4K (4096×2160) native resolution. JVC reveals affordable 31-inch UHD/4K monitors for broadcast and live production Both monitors from JVC support HDR functions, including Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
JVC reveals affordable 31-inch UHD/4K monitors for broadcast and live production
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Learn VEGAS Pro 16 – 360 Video

360° video cameras have become more powerful in recent years, and talk about how the format is going to redefine audience expectations is as pervasive as ever. The ability to immerse viewers in a story is appealing to creative professionals at every level, but the logistics associated with creating a real virtual environment have often proved to be too much of a challenge for directors and editors. That’s just part of the reason that full 360° video support has been included with VEGAS Pro 16. 360º video productions can now be edited to meet the growing demands of the emerging VR Continue reading "Learn VEGAS Pro 16 – 360 Video"

Adobe releases Premiere Rush, the easy, cross-platform video editor that may not be made for you.

The internet (or at least the video editing and creation side of the internet) is in a rush over Adobe’s release of Premiere Rush, their new video creation tool that allows for fast and easy video content creation. It’s an entirely new tool built with content creators in mind in that it’s optimized for speed and simplicity, two of the most important things when you need to get the content you created online fast. I just used some variation on the word creation five times in that opening paragraph above. Talking about Project Rush on Twitter a few months
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Blackmagic Design Resolve 15.1.2 Update Released

As many URSA Mini Pro shooters continue to shoot with the recently released BlackmagicRAW Blackmagic Design decided to release an update with DaVinci Resolve 15.1.2 improving performance with CUDA enabled graphics cards, case sensitive drive volumes, remote grading, clip stabilization, Resolve FX, Blackmagic RAW, Fairlight audio, IMF and more. In addition, DaVinci Resolve 15.1.2 includes general performance and stability updates. DaVinci Resolve 15.1.2 is available now as a free download from http://bmd.link/ukzjU9. Resolve

DaVinci Resolve 15.1.2 Updates

Kodak Cinema Tools, a film calculator for Android and iOS smartphones

Kodak Cinema Tools, a film calculator for smartphones Whether you need to calculate depth of field, how much film you’ve left for a sequence or check the meaning of a term, the free app from Kodak takes the guesswork out of the equation! Film is not dead. Mission: Impossible – Fallout  was shot in Kodak 35mm film by DP Rob Hardy, and so was Steve McQueen’s Widows. DP Kit Fraser also used Kodak 35mm film for Possum, and for The White Crow, DP Mike Eley BSC used chiefly Super 16mm, to evoke the spirit-of-the-age. These and many other motion pictures justify that Kodak keeps their app Kodak Cinema
Kodak Cinema Tools, a film calculator for smartphones
Kodak Cinema Tools, a film calculator for smartphones
Kodak Cinema Tools, a film calculator for smartphones
Kodak Cinema Tools, a film calculator for smartphones
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Teradek and Singular show dynamic graphic overlays at NAB New York

Teradek and Singular show dynamic graphic overlays at NAB New York Creating interactive live graphics quickly and easily is the promise coming from Teradek and Singular. Teradek is demonstrating the result of their association at NAB New York. Teradek brings dynamic graphic overlays to the cloud with Singular, creating the conditions for live streamers around the world to have access to the same capabilities of professional broadcast solutions without the expense or complexity. Developed by industry experts, Singular aims to allow anyone to create interactive live graphics quickly and easily, and the new partnership and the integration into Core Teradek’s cloud-based management and production platform, means live streamers will be
Teradek and Singular show dynamic graphic overlays at NAB New York
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Up and running with Apple Motion…in 20 minutes

For a lot of editors, After Effects is overkill but the rudimentary motion graphics tools in their NLE of choice just don’t cut it. Apple’s Motion fits nicely in between the two extremes, but its alien workflow catches many a digital artist off-guard. Well, moviola.com comes to the rescue again with its “Apple Motion Survival Guide.” The completely free guide takes you through the fundamental principles of Apple Motion in a little over 20 minutes. How much can you learn in that amount of time? Well, that’s the great thing about Motion: while the UX may be a
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Radeon Pro WX 8200: best workstation graphics performance for under $1000

Radeon Pro WX 8200: best graphics performance for under $1000 Created for real-time visualization, VR and photorealistic rendering, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 offers users the best workstation graphics performance for under $1000. $999, to be exact! The price is set to attract attention. It’s just one dollar short of $1000, but that’s part of the marketing strategy. More accessible than the competition and even other Radeon solutions for workstations, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 aims to seduce those dreaming about having access to a high end professional solution… at a more human price. Obviously, price is not everything, so the Radeon Pro WX 8200 graphics card finally made available
Radeon Pro WX 8200: best graphics performance for under $1000
Radeon Pro WX 8200: best graphics performance for under $1000
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