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352 Free Letterbox Templates for Video Editing (8K, 4K, HD & More)

Easily give your videos the cinematic cropping they deserve with these free high-res letterbox templates for video editing.

Despite having the ability to export footage in virtually any resolution, filmmakers and video producers are still limited to showing their work on screens with a very specific aspect ratios. Because of this, you need to export your footage with letterboxes if you want to view your footage in an aspect ratio that’s different than 16:9.

What Are Letterbox Templates?

Simply put, letterboxes are small bars that can be applied to your footage to give them an irregular aspect ratio while still retaining their 16:9 size. Letterboxes can be used to crop footage shot in 16:9 to a more cinematic 2.35:1. They can also be a great tool for pre-visualizing how your video will be cropped on an irregularly sized screen.

In the past if you wanted to drop letterboxes into your project, you had to either download a limited free template or create your own. These options aren’t ideal — so we created a future-proof pack full of letterbox templates for virtually every format in the world.

What’s in the Free Letterbox Template Pack?

Our free pack of 352 letterbox templates includes templates for every popular video resolution in the world, including:

  • HD 720
  • HD 1080
  • 2K
  • 2.5K
  • 3K
  • 3K HD
  • 4K
  • 4K UHD
  • 5K
  • 6K
  • 8K

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MIT: Algorithms for Computer Animation

Course Description

“Animation is a compelling and effective form of expression; it engages viewers and makes difficult concepts easier to grasp. Today’s animation industry creates films, special effects, and games with stunning visual detail and quality. This graduate class will investigate the algorithms that make these animations possible: keyframing, inverse kinematics, physical simulation, optimization, optimal control, motion capture, and data-driven methods. Our study will also reveal the shortcomings of these sophisticated tools. The students will propose improvements and explore new methods for computer animation in semester-long research projects. The course should appeal to both students with general interest in computer graphics and students interested in new applications of machine learning, robotics, biomechanics, physics, applied mathematics and scientific computing.” – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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TOONZ GOES OPEN SOURCE!

“Digital Video, the makers of TOONZ, and DWANGO, a Japanese publisher, announced today they have signed an agreement for  the acquisition by Dwango of Toonz, an animation software which was independently developed by Digital Video (Rome, Italy).   

Digital Video and Dwango agreed to close the deal under the condition Dwango will publish and develop an Open Source platform based on Toonz (OpenToonz).  Effective Saturday March 26, the TOONZ Studio Ghibli Version will be made available to the animation community as a free download.” – Toonz Premium Animation Software

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OpenToonz will include features developed by Studio Ghibli (*Toonz Ghibli Edition) which has been a long time Toonz user. Through OpenToonz, Dwango will create a platform that will aim to have  research labs and the animated film industry actively cooperating with each other.

Studio Ghibli’s animation software is going open sourceThe software used to animate Studio Ghibli films and Futurama is going open source.And soon you can download it: http://www.toonzpremium.com/#!news/aawrs

Posted by The Daily Dot on Monday, March 21, 2016

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After Effects Hidden Gems!

“Adobe After Effects has been developed continuously for over 20 years now, meaning there are a lot of potentially useful tricks, shortcuts, and features hiding in there that you might not be aware of. Chris and Trish Meyer have used After Effects since version 1.0, making them the perfect duo to unearth these gems, polish them off, and share them with you. But this isn’t some trivia contest; these are features you can put to work to save you time and learn more about what this deep motion graphics and visual effects program can do. Features that have been lurking for years will be intermixed with new ones introduced in the latest releases. Come back each week to discover another hidden gem.

Topics include:

  • Setting the vertex point
  • Creating swarms of object
  • Replacing layers without losing effects and animation
  • Simplifying projects
  • Hiding layers
  • And more…”

Chris and Trish Meyer

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