After Effects

conSOLIDator by David Torno – ProVideo Coalition

VFX guru David Torno has finally completed his After Effects scripting pet project, conSOLIDator.  conSOLIDator does pretty much what it says. It consolidates the Solids and Nulls in your project files into as few as possible. Now you will have less Solids to look at in your Project Panel.

conSOLIDator – Free & Open Source

David started this little project back 2015 at the request of Harry Frank. However, life got in the way and it was put on the back burner for a while.  Then, Victoria Nece, Adobe Product Manager for Motion Graphics and Visual Effects, contacted him about a user request to consolidate nulls and solids.  So, he resurrected the scipt, completed it, and is now offering it to the After Effects community.

The script is free and even open source so you can see all the code.

David has more info about this handy script as well as download links and a tutorial on how it works, at ProVideo Coalition.

Happy conSOLIDating!

After Effects

Andrew Kramer: After Effects CC: Designing Futuristic Titles for FOX’s “Almost Human” | Adobe Creative Cloud

Designing Futuristic Titles for FOX’s “Almost Human” with Andrew Kramer

Andrew Kramer from talks about how he used Adobe After Effects to create some of the futuristic titles for the TV show “Almost Human” as well as title sequences for few other shows and movies.

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Advanced Matte with Set Matte Effect in After Effects

Set Matte Versus Track Matte

Set-Matte is a more versatile and “advanced” way to get the most out of working with mattes.

Mike Ridolfi from Mobox Graphics shows you how to use the built in Set-Matte effect inside After Effects to set mattes for multiple layers without relying on track mattes.  This makes for a slimmer project file when working with multiple mattes. He discusses the different types of mattes too; such as alpha matte, alpha inverted matte, luma matte, and luma inverted matte.

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Found via Lesterbanks.  Thanks for sharing.

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