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In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for Keying

I put up the second installment on my chroma keying series at Toolfarm last night. It’s about preparing your greenscreen footage for keying.  If your greenscreen footage didn’t turn out as perfectly as you had hoped, I talk about some things that you can do to fix problems and not create new ones.

In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for Keying

See part 1 in this series:
In Depth: Keying: Introduction & Frequently Asked Questions about Shooting Greenscreen

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What if Adobe did NOTHING else in After Effects during 2014 other than make it faster?

Steve Forde of Adobe asks about updates in 2014 about if Adobe spent their development time on After Effects making it much, much faster, without requiring users to upgrade to faster equipment. He’s talking about not needing to upgrade CPU, GPU, hard drives, computer, etc.

Read Steve’s post on the After Effects blog. The comments are very interesting too.

What do you think?

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Free: Future City Pack from Andrew Kramer and Crew!

Build your own City of the Future with this fantastic set of 3D models that were created and contributed by fans of Video Copilot. This City Pack requires Element 3D V1.6 or higher.

Download it for free at Video Copilot

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Tutorials: The Ray-traced 3D Renderer in After Effects

Rich Young at AE Portal put together a series of tutorials on the Ray-traced 3D Renderer. Read the article here.  To expand on Rich’s articles, here are a couple of tutorials from Adobe TV.

This reminded me of an article I wrote in August 2013 titled In Depth: Optimizing After Effects for the Best Performance. Here are a few things you need to know.

  1. The Ray-traced 3D Renderer was introduced in After Effects CS6.  If you’re using an older version of AE, this article is not pertinent to you. See
    After Effects CS6 (11.0.2) update: bug fixes and added GPUs for ray-traced 3D renderer
  2. To use GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer you will need CUDA on specific graphics cards. More on Graphics Card (CUDA, OpenGL)
  3. You have to have CUDA enabled. See How To Enable GPU CUDA in Adobe CS6 for Mac

Introduction to Ray-traced 3D

Brian Maffitt gives an introduction to Ray-traced 3D. Learn how to activate it and about the 3D layers it adds and the many options that are available in those layers.

Ray-Traced 3D in After Effects

London, England based digital artist and animator, Birgitta Hosea, shows the powerful Ray-traced 3D engine in After Effects, including how vector shapes and text can quickly be extruded in 3D. She also demonstrates the new materials options for translucency, refraction and reflection.