After Effects

Exterminator Liberation: Theater Style Animations Using Compositor’s Toolkit 2

Compositor’s Toolkit – Apple Motion & After Effects Training, hosted by Kevin P. McAuliffe, Pro Editing @ Home

In this tutorial learn to create a really cool theater style animation reminiscent of a big budget block buster film. Instructions are provided for both After Effects and Apple Motion. While the final look is impressive, no visual effects other than drop shadows are used thanks to the power and versatility of Compositor’s Toolkit.

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After Effects

Secret Santa: BCC 3D Spinning Snowflake Tutorial & Project Files


Today Michele Yamazaki from Toolfarm shares a tutorial and project for creating a gorgeous 3D spinning snow flake completely in After Effects and use Boris Continuum Complete 6.0. 3D Objects is the focus here – an amazing new set of plug-ins in v6.0. The project files are AE CS4.

Boris Continuum Complete was used on this one, so if you don’t own the plug-ins, you can download a free 14 day unwatermarked file here. If you love Continuum Complete as much as we do, buy it here.

I created a quick walk through of the template so you can see how to replace the images with your own photos, or even video, if you are so inclined. The video was captured and edited very quickly and easily in Telestream ScreenFlow, which is fantastic. Try a free demo here.

After Effects

Introducing Knoll Light Factory 3D (Beta)

A Free Set of Tools for Knoll Light Factory Pro

Introducing Knoll 3D Flare (Beta), a new free set of tools that allows you to easily create Knoll Lens Flares in After Effects 3D space. This add-on for
Knoll Light Factory Pro 2.5 in After Effects includes fantastic features like Edge flare-ups, color linking, Z-depth intensity, and full 3D obscuration.


  • 3D Camera Aware: Link a lens flares to a 3D Light’s XYZ position.
  • Z-Depth: Distance of flare from camera effects flare’s intensity.
  • Color Linking: Light color effects flare color.
  • Intensity Linking: Light intensity effects flare’s intensity.
  • Multiple Lights: Apply to every light in your comp.
  • World Scale: Control the amount of flare scaling relative to a light’s distance from the camera
  • Edge Flareup: As flares near the edge of the comp they automatically brighten and flareup replicating natural lens phenomena.
  • Full 3D Obscuration: All 3D layers in your composition can be used to obscure the flare. As the 3D light travels behind a layer, the flare dims and goes out.
  • Full RGB Obscuration: As the flare passes behind one or many semi-transparent layers, it mixes the layer colors into the flare.

System Requirements: Adobe After Effects (CS3, CS4) + Knoll Light Factory Pro 2.5

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Reasons to Buy Knoll Light Factory

  • Used in movies such as Avatar, Transformers 1 & 2, The Day After Tomorrow, the Star Trek series, and Dreamgirls.
  • Designed by Academy Award-winner John Knoll, visual FX supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic.
  • GPU acceleration delivers blistering render speeds.
After Effects

Rainforest Rescue Video Competition with Coremelt Plugins!

CoreMelt is asking for submissions of existing or new work created using CoreMelt plugins. During this period we will donate 10 percent of our gross sales to Rainforest Rescue with a minimum donation of $7000. Winners will be chosen on Feb 10th 2009. The Grand Prize winner will be chosen randomly from the five best entrants in each category of entrant. There are over $25,000 worth of prizes in the contest.

Read all about the contest and the Rainforest Rescue here.