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Just the tip: Linking CC Particle World to 3D Null
By: Graham Quince on Nov 9, 2019 at 5:40:23 pm

Here's a quick tutorial to help you make the most of AE's built-in particle system. CC Particle World works in 3D space, but it’s coordinate system is different the rest of After Effects. Use the expressions below to solve that problem by adding them to the Producer settings. ...

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Just the tip: Hologram / Projector beams in After Effects without plugins
By: Graham Quince on Nov 2, 2019 at 4:07:33 pm

There's loads of "how to make a hologram" AE tutorials on YouTube, but they all seem to miss out the beams from the projector. This mini-tutorial shows you how to use CC Radial Blurs and Expressions to achieve responsive, changing beams of light. ...

Expression

3D Hexagon Animation in AE | After Effects Tutorial
By: Najib Khayati on Nov 1, 2019 at 10:32:46 pm

Learn how to Create a 3D Hexagon Animation in After Effects using Stardust | Stardust Tutorial series for VFX & Motion Graphics | ...

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Just the Tip (a new set of mini-tutorials for After Effects) - Rolling a ball using Expressions
By: Graham Quince on Oct 12, 2019 at 3:39:27 pm

I'm currently prepping a much larger series of tutorials, but to take a break from those, I've also be creating a series of short tutorials for the things I go back to again and again - but not so frequently that I have them memorised. I find myself searching the internet (and the Cow of course) for these tips, but then often have to wade through a 30 minute tutorial - just to find that one thing... that one trick. Well, these mini-tuts are built for that purpose. I hope you find them useful. ...

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3D Outline Logo Animation in AE | After Effect Tutorial
By: Najib Khayati on Oct 10, 2019 at 8:20:29 pm

Learn how to Create a 3D Outline Logo Animation in After Effects without any third party plugins | Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | ...

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Create 3D Coffee Beans Logo Reveal in Adobe After Effects
By: Najib Khayati on Oct 1, 2019 at 6:44:00 pm

learn How to Create 3D Coffee Beans Logo Reveal in Adobe After Effects using Stardust | Stardust Tutorial series for VFX & Motion Graphics | ...

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3D Plexus Styles Effects in Adobe After Effects
By: Najib Khayati on Sep 20, 2019 at 9:19:46 pm

learn How to Create 3D Plexus Styles Effects in Adobe After Effects using Stardust | Stardust Tutorial series for VFX & Motion Graphics | ...

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3D laser Scan Animation in After Effects
By: Najib Khayati on Sep 7, 2019 at 10:59:52 pm

learn How to 3D laser Scan Animation in Adobe After Effects using Stardust | Stardust Tutorial series for VFX & Motion Graphics | ...

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Procedural Animated Typeface in After Effects | No Plugins
By: Najib Khayati on Sep 7, 2019 at 10:58:36 pm

Learn how to Create a Procedural Animated Typeface in After Effects without any third party plugins | Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | ...

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Makin' the Sun using Video Copilot Orb
By: Graham Quince on Aug 24, 2019 at 8:14:25 pm

Here's a tutorial for creating a 3D Sun in After Effects using Video Copilot's excellent free Orb plugin.  The video starts builds on an earlier Andrew Kramer tutorial for creating a solar surface, but then applies the textures to VC Orb and adds a corona or halo and uses particles and another Video Copilot plugin Saber (also free) to add solar flares. ...

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Makin’ Pluto: using Cinema4D Lite to create a double planet system with a shared atmosphere
By: Graham Quince on Aug 16, 2019 at 7:31:19 pm

Here’s the last in my solar system tutorial series. This video uses After Effects CC and Cinema4D Lite to create both Pluto and its moon Charon, then use a Loft object and circular splines to create a shared atmosphere linking the two bodies. ...

Planet

Blackmagic Design Announced WHAT?
By: Creative COW on Aug 9, 2019 at 8:59:13 am

As if this wasn't already the hottest summer on record, Blackmagic Design's Grant Petty rolled out some blazing news across a wide range of the company's product lines. ...


Makin' Neptune: Using Cinema4D Lite to create a gas giant
By: Graham Quince on Aug 8, 2019 at 9:56:53 pm

In this tutorial, I'm tackling a different way to create a Gas Giant.  Instead of creating a texture map and applying it to sphere, I'm going to use Cinema4D Lite to create a visible light that looks almost solid. ...

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Procedural Liquid Bubbles FX in After Effects | No Plugins
By: Najib Khayati on Aug 3, 2019 at 3:45:04 am

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create Procedural Liquid Bubbles Effect in After Effects without any third party plugins ...

Liquid Animation

Procedural Animated Wave Background in After Effects
By: Najib Khayati on Aug 3, 2019 at 3:43:46 am

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create Procedural Animated Wave Background in After Effects without any third party plugins ...

Abstract Wave Animation

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Review & Commentary
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 1, 2019 at 7:33:07 pm

On Episode 356 of The Harold & Maudecast, co-hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review Quentin Tarantino's 9th film, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. ...

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Comic-Con 2019 Diaries - 50th Anniversary
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 1, 2019 at 7:31:54 pm

It's the 50th anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con ! Sarah and Jake go through the biggest announcements from SDCC50 and their favorite moments on Episode 355 of The Harold & Maudecast. ...

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Stranger Things S3 - Review
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 1, 2019 at 7:30:36 pm

On Episode 354 of the Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake dissect Stranger Things Season 3 (SPOILERS!). ...

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Makin' Uranus and using CC Particle World to add its rings
By: Graham Quince on Aug 1, 2019 at 4:00:11 pm

Here's the next part of the Makin' Planets tutorial series, this video looks at how to use After Effects and Video Copilot's free Orb plugin to create the planet, then use CC Particle World to add a ring. There's a slight problem with CC Particle World though, it doesn't allow for things to sit inside it, so the tutorial will use Expressions to create two rings and join them up. ...

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Makin' Saturn: Adding a 2.5D Ring
By: Graham Quince on Jul 26, 2019 at 4:18:21 pm

Here's what I thought would be a challenge, but turned out to be quite straight-forward, (I won't say easy). In this video, I use Video Copilot's Orb plugin to create Saturn with a texture map from Solar System Scope, then I use After Effect's built-in effects to create a ring and have the planet appear inside the ring (with a bit if help from expressions) ...

Video copilot

3D Glitch Logo Revealer in After Effects | No Plugins
By: Najib Khayati on Jul 24, 2019 at 6:22:51 pm

Motion Graphics Tutorial | Learn how to Create a 3D Glitch Logo Revealer in After Effects without any third party plugins ...

Logo Reveal

Floating Liquid Reflections Animation in After Effects | No Plugins
By: Najib Khayati on Jul 24, 2019 at 6:21:31 pm

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create Floating Liquid Reflections Animation in After Effects without any third party plugins ...

Liquid Water

Makin’ Jupiter: Animated Textures vs Procedural Clouds
By: Graham Quince on Jul 19, 2019 at 4:23:45 pm

Here’s a tutorial on how to create a texture for the largest planet in our solar system. I’ve actually take two approaches to creating The Gas Giant and in this video, I’ll show you how to both animate a static texture map and use Fractal Noise, Tint and Turbulent Displace effects to reproduce the look procedurally. ...

Video copilot

Makin’ Mars: Adding orbiting moons and having them cast shadows in Video Copilot Orb
By: Graham Quince on Jul 12, 2019 at 4:29:14 pm

Here’s the next instalment of Makin’ Planets. This time it’s Mars. In the tutorial, After creating Mars, I then create Phobos and link it’s orbit to Mars. Then using expressions and lights, I have it cast a shadow onto the surface of the red planet. ...

Video copilot

Hyper RPG Powers its YouTube and Twitch Live Streaming Workflows with Blackmagic Design
By: Creative COW on Jul 8, 2019 at 7:11:08 am

Hyper RPG goes live five days a week during the afternoons, and its YouTube and Twitch channels attract more than 44 million unique viewers during these live streams, incorporating Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K, ATEM Television Studio HD and more...


Makin’ Earth - storms, labels and auroras
By: Graham Quince on Jul 5, 2019 at 7:34:44 pm

Here are three separate tutorials for adding extras to a 3D Earth using Video Copilot’s Orb. There’s no point in a tutorial in recreating Earth, as Andrew Kramer has already made an excellent tutorial covering that (which is also included below), so instead, I’ve focused on adding some extras: ...

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Cartoon Smoke FX Animation in AE | No Plugins
By: Najib Khayati on Jul 2, 2019 at 6:59:14 pm

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create Cartoon Smoke FX Animation in After Effects without any third party plugins...

Candle Smoke

Makin’ Planets - VideoCopilot Orb tutorials
By: Graham Quince on Jul 1, 2019 at 8:15:48 pm

I’ve launched a new tutorial series, Makin’ Planets, for After Effects. Each week I’m looking at different techniques to recreate one of our solar system’s planets using Video Copilot Orb. ...

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Abstract Painting Transitions in After Effects | No Plugins
By: Najib Khayati on Jun 25, 2019 at 10:08:17 am

Transitions in AE Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create an Abstract Painting Transitions in After Effects without any third party plugins .....

Transitions in After Effects

Floating Liquid Revealer Animation in After Effects
By: Najib Khayati on Jun 25, 2019 at 10:06:49 am

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create a Retro Outline Glitch Logo Animation in After Effects without any third party plugins...

Liquid

Ep 353: Summer 2019 Movies That Won't Suck + E3 & Deadwood: The Movie
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 19, 2019 at 5:29:50 pm

Episode 353 of The Harold & Maudecast features Sarah and Jake's guide to Summer 2019 Movies that won't suck (fingers crossed). We go through the list of what's dropping June, July and August and give our picks for ones to go see in the theaters. ...

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Apple Ending Support for Dozens of Codecs -- Including Yours?
By: Creative COW on Jun 13, 2019 at 12:04:28 pm

There's no such thing as an eternal codec, but recent news coming out of the Infinite Loop has archivists, animators, documentarians, and digital cinema creators reeling. Among the dozens of codecs that Apple will no longer support includes the venerable Animation codec, and JPEG2000, the heart of DCP, among many others. This discussion from the Creative COW forums is a reminder to best practices for digital format management that will touch virtually every artist working on Mac. Don't miss this!...


Ready for some fresh Mac & Cheese?
By: Creative COW on Jun 2, 2019 at 9:44:23 am

Ready for some fresh Mac & Cheese? Apple announces the return of the Cheese Grater form factor for Mac Pro, coming this fall. Folks are talking about it all over the COW, comparing notes, sharing rumors, and generally stirring the pot until the cheese is nice and smooth and piping hot. If you're looking for the latest news about what we know, what we hope, and more, start here!...


Retro Outline Glitch Logo Animation in AE | No Plugins
By: Najib Khayati on May 30, 2019 at 6:04:50 am

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create a Retro Outline Glitch Logo Animation in After Effects ...

After Effects

Create an LED Logo Animation in Adobe After Effects | NoPlugins
By: Najib Khayati on May 24, 2019 at 3:30:54 am

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create an LED Logo Animation in Adobe After Effects without any third party plugins .....

After Effects

Game of Thrones 805 "The Bells" and GLASS Reviews
By: Sarah Mason on May 21, 2019 at 3:32:37 pm

On Episode 351 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake dissect Game of Thrones, Ep 805, "The Bells". ...

game of thrones 805

Game of Thrones 806 - The Finale and John Wick 3 Review
By: Sarah Mason on May 21, 2019 at 3:29:13 pm

Episode 352 of The Harold & Maudecast: Ghost vs John Wick's Dog for the Throne ...

game of thrones finale

Game of Thrones 804 and Netflix Original "The Silence" Review
By: Sarah Mason on May 21, 2019 at 3:06:27 pm

On Episode 350 of The Harold & Maudecast, Game of Thrones Episode 804 "The Last of the Starks". ...

game of thrones 804 review

Particle Kaleidoscope in After Effects
By: Najib Khayati on May 11, 2019 at 11:34:06 pm

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create Particle Kaleidoscope in Adobe After Effects without any third party plugins...

After Effects

A Year in Review
By: Mike Cohen on May 3, 2019 at 9:06:02 pm

Getting a new phone is a great way to reset the clock on life and then use the photo gallery to remember events after some time has passed. About 1 year ago my phone died while on a trip. Somehow I managed to find my way back to the airport and home again, and a few days later I had a shiny new Android in my hands. ...


Stark vs. Stark - Game of Thrones "The Battle of Winterfell" and Avengers: Endgame Reviews (Yes there are Spoilers)
By: Sarah Mason on May 1, 2019 at 2:41:55 am

On Episode 349 of The Harold & Maudecast, Stark vs. Stark! The Battle of Winterfell, the most expensive ($15m) and time consuming (55 nights to shoot) TV episode ever produced, finally aired on HBO. And the end of the MCU master blueprint containing 21 movies over 10 years finally had its theatrical release, becoming the highest grossing opening weekend movie of all time. ...

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Captain America: The First Avenger (Revisited)
By: Creative COW on Apr 26, 2019 at 9:00:59 am

This 2011 article by Debra Kaufman was the first time we'd ever seen a single story that looked at the work of all of the effects houses that worked on a motion picture, laying out precisely what they did. Visual effects have grown up considerably in the years since then, but Debra's story still holds up, as indeed does Captain America: The First Avenger itself, and its vfx work. While this chapter of the Steve Rogers story is (apparently?) turning its final page, we only have one prediction to make: that this will continue to be one of the most...


Game of Thrones Ep 802 "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" review & commentary
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:11:49 pm

You may not be able to unsee Arya disrobing for Gendry, but you can listen to our commentary on Game of Thrones, Ep 802! ...

game of thrones 802

Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere - Review & Commentary
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:10:47 pm

On Episode 347 of The Harold & Maudecast, We Talk Thrones is back! Sarah and Jake review Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere from Jon and Daenary's first real date on dragons to a waterfall, Arya's many reunions, Sansa's sense and sensibility over Jon's choices and food supplies, Cersei really really wanted elephants, Bran's staredown with Jaime and every detail in between! ...

game of thrones 801

Shazam Review
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:09:46 pm

On Episode 346 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review the film, Shazam, now in theaters. ...

shazam review

The Highwaymen Review
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:08:50 pm

On Episode 345 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake review the Netflix original film, THE HIGHWAYMEN, starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson. ...

the highwaymen review

Triple Frontier Review
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:07:41 pm

On Episode 344 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe talk Netflix domination and review the Netflix original TRIPLE FRONTIER starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, and Charlie Hunnam. ...

triple frontier review

EP 343: ENDGAME EVERYTHING
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:06:48 pm

On The Harold & Maudecast Episode 343: ENDGAME EVERYTHING, Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe talk end of eras -- With HBO's Game of Thrones final season beginning April 14th and Marvel's decade long assembly of Avengers assembling for the last time in INFINITY WAR: ENDGAME April 27th, and with The Walking Dead's continuing ratings spiral, we are coming to the end of an epic era for genre fiction screen. ...

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Ep 342: Netflix Originals Reviews: Velvet Buzzsaw, Hold the Dark, Polar
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:05:19 pm

On Episode 342 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake review three Netflix Original films, VELVET BUZZSAW, HOLD THE DARK and POLAR. ...

Velvet Buzzsaw

Particle Transition in After Effects | No Plugins Required
By: Najib Khayati on Apr 22, 2019 at 10:24:26 pm

Transitions in AE Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create Particle Transition in After Effects without any third party plugins...

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