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Tutorials: Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator Flare Controls + Freebie

Zaxwerks has put out a series of 4 videos on the Flare Controls in Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator 7. All 4 parts, plus a freebie Flares pack are below!

Flare Controls Part 1

Zax Dow of Zaxwerks explains how to apply flares and customize flare controls in 3D ProAnimator 7.

Flare Controls Part 2

Zax shows users how to set up multiple flares. He explains the tinting controls and the Flare Editor, to modify individual the light fixtures, allowing each flare can have an individual look.

Flare Controls Part 3

Zax goes in depth into the Flare Editor, explaining how to customize each flare and also showing some cool things you can do with glow elements.

Flare Controls Part 4

Zax continues his walk through of the Flare Editor, focusing on customizing Spike Elements.

Learn more about Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator

If you missed it, Zax had a Holiday Freebie Flares Pack that you can still download.

Download this cool freebie from Zaxwerks
Requires v7.0.1 of ProAnimator or 3D Invigorator.

Here’s a video about how to use the freebie.

After Effects Premiere Pro Preset

Freebie: Lower Thirds and Titling Resources

Lower Thirds and Titling Resources

In Design Your Own Broadcast Lower Thirds at AEtuts+, Stefan Surmabojov uses simple built-in tools like masks, gradients, shadows and bevels in After Effects to create a broadcast quality lower third design.

Click here to view resources on AEtuts+

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Premiere Pro Preset

Freebie: The Pancake Timeline Workspace for Premiere Pro CC and CS6


Vashi Nedomansky says “This is a technique I use for dramatically speeding up my initial rough cut. With tighter schedules and deadlines kicking on your door…every little bit helps.”

He stacks two timelines on top of each other so that he can now access an entire reel of selects in whatever order is desired. He can instantly drop them into the active timeline below. The image above has 24 hours of footage, the limit of Adobe Premiere Pro CC, in the timeline, and all the footage is instantly accessable.

He explains:

To accomplish this layout…first open both timelines by clicking on them in the Project Panel. Drag the Selects timeline tab and hover over the top quarter of the Master timeline. Once it turns a purple color, release the tab and you’re in Pancake Land!

It makes a lot of sense to me to work this way, especially if you have screen real estate to spare. He calls this a template but I’d say that it’s more of a workspace layout. We’ll compromise and call it both.


After Effects Preset Tutorial

Freebie: Free Boris Continuum Presets: Broadcast Templates, Webinar Replay

Exclusively available to BCC 8 customers, John Dickinson of Motionworks (and host of last month’s webinar) has designed Broadcast Template Presets using BCC 8’s new filter BCC Stage Light and BCC Particle Array 3D. Plus, watch the webinar!

Free Broadcast Templates

Editors and broadcast designers, arm yourself with 14 new templates that’ll impress while also shaving hours off your work time.

Download the free presets today!

Miss the webinar, Creation of Movie Trailer Graphics with John Dickinson?? Here is the replay.