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Red Giant Complete Now Available + Special Upgrade Pricing

Red Giant Complete gives you the complete set of tools from Red Giant at an affordable price. With an annual subscription to Red Giant Complete you’ll have access to all of our most up-to-date tools while saving thousands of dollars over traditional perpetual licensing.

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Total if purchased separately: $3,495

Red Giant Complete: $599/YEAR

Upgrade Now for 50% Off Red Giant Complete – Limited Time Only

For those with current Red Giant licenses for any product suite, or an active subscription to Universe, Red Giant is offering a special upgrade to Red Giant Complete for just $299 – that’s 50% off the first year of Red Giant Complete*.

Students and teachers who own any Red Giant Suite or have an active subscription to Universe, Red Giant is offering a special upgrade to Red Giant Complete for just $149.

Upgrade Offer Ends February 2, 2020

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After Effects

Just the Tip: New AE Tutorial Series

ShiveringCactus has some quick new videos in their Just the Tip series. These videos teache Expressions and more in After Effects. Be sure to subscribe to their channel to keep on top of their latest releases.

Just the tip: Linking CC Particle World to a 3D Null in After Effects

First, the tutorial. Below, I’ll paste the expressions:

Position X:
x=thisComp.layer(“Null 1”).transform.position[0]-thisComp.width/2;

Position Y:
y=thisComp.layer(“Null 1”).transform.position[1]-thisComp.height/2;

Position Z:
z=thisComp.layer(“Null 1”).transform.position[2];

Just the tip: Using expressions to roll a ball or sphere in After Effects

He explains that in this tutorial, an expression is used to calculate how much a circle or image should rotate. To clarify, this is established by its horizontal position. If you want to roll 3D objects, his expression gives that option.


2D Layer

CC Sphere in one dimension:
diameter=effect(“CC Sphere”)(“Radius”)

CC Sphere coming towards camera:
diameter=effect(“CC Sphere”)(“Radius”)

Project file

At the moment he has 3 tutorials out in the Just the Tip series. It looks like he’s doing about 1 per month. Great stuff!

More Expressions Tutorials

School of Motion MographCreate a Mograph Style Effect in After Effects featuring Expressions

Joey from School of Motion walks you through how to make a spinning mograph animation. It’s reminiscent of something that could be made in Cinema 4D. This tutorial utilizes a lot of expressions so get ready to learn! If you’re a student, register for an account at the School of Motion, and then, download the project files.

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Visualizing Music and Animating to Audio in After Effects: Tutorials and Plug-ins

Animating to the beat can be a tedious job if you do it by hand. Luckily, there’s no need to do it by hand! There are plug-ins to help you with the task. We’ve also got a couple of tutorials that show you some other techniques. In fact, they include free files, such as scripts and templates.

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3 Free Scripts for After Effects

Today it’s Freebie Friday so we’re featuring 3 Free Scripts for After Effects that we know you will find to be useful additions to your toolbox.

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After Effects

News: Silhouette, Boris FX, iZotope, FabFilter Win Engineering Emmy Awards

The Engineering Emmy’s have been announced. Boris FX walks away with 2 for Sapphire and Mocha Pro; Silhouette, now also part of Boris FX, snagged an award, as well as iZotope for RX 7 and FabFilter for Pro-Q3.

The Television Academy today announced the recipients of the 71st Engineering Emmy Awards honoring an individual, company or organization for developments in broadcast technology. Kirsten Vangsness, star of the critically acclaimed CBS drama Criminal Minds, returns to host the awards for the fourth consecutive year on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the JW Marriott Hotel, Los Angeles, at L.A. LIVE.

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Engineering Emmys

Presented to an individual, company or organization for engineering developments that considerably improve existing methods or innovations that materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television.

Boris FX Sapphire

Sapphire’s inception came from the synergistic coupling of two MIT graduates, Karl Sims and Gary Oberbrunner, who developed a suite of visual effects plug-ins that rapidly gained popularity in an array of media including documentaries, news, reality, and scripted television and features. Sapphire features a highly intuitive user interface allowing graphic artists, compositors, VFX editors and picture editors to easily access looks as diverse as the grunged-up main titles in A Series of Unfortunate Events to the glitzy laser flash in Dancing with the Stars. As a result of its reliability, seamless integration on the most popular production platforms and ease of use, Sapphire is now used extensively in the television marketplace.

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Boris FX Mocha Pro

The Boris FX Mocha Pro planar motion tracking system is widely used to manipulate existing pictorial content; insert new backgrounds and foregrounds; “build” set extensions; overlay digital makeup for blood, wounds and aging; protect witness identities in news segments; blur and remove logos in reality programming; stabilize and improve shaky handheld footage; and generally enable “fix it in post” applications. Mocha’s robust planar tracker with its GPU acceleration, advanced roto with edge-snapping, 3D camera solver and stereo 360/VR support, provides accurate contextual tracking information even when there are no clearly defined points in the image. The ease of use and ability to exchange rotoscoping data with other image processing tools have resulted in widespread industry adoption of this essential software.

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Silhouette streamlines the laborious tasks of rotoscoping, keying and matting with their innovative portfolio of rotoscoping tools including texture-free tracking, inverse kinematics, granular manual editing tools, on-the-fly viewer stabilization and semi-automatic matte extraction. Silhouette artists seamlessly rotoscope blowing leaves, waving blades of grass, individual strands of hair and even falling snow. The core of Silhouette’s hybrid paint system lies in algorithms and data structures enabling the automatic recording of every raster paint stroke and brush setting to a journal of events that can be repeated on one or many frames with or without tracking data.

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iZotope RX 7

With its universal utilization on professional mixing stages both here and abroad, iZotope’s RX 7 is the gold standard for audio repair. Its revolutionary innovations in machine learning and advancements in noise reduction were previously thought impossible. To meet the difficult challenges requested by its users, iZotope added 22 additional noise-reduction modules and introduced machine learning capable of distinguishing between usable signals and noise in a user-friendly, highly intuitive interface that makes for an extremely efficient tool in situations where time is a critical component of the post-production process.

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FabFilter Pro-Q3

On a professional mixing stage, the FabFilter Pro-Q3 processes the broad range of frequencies lumped together in the home stereo tuner’s treble and bass controls into 24 frequency bands of dynamic EQ to create an audio problem-solving tool with surgical precision and sonic clarity. Additionally, the Pro-Q3 provides brick wall filters, per-band mid-side processing and support for immersive formats to handle any equalization task with ease and speed. The Pro-Q3 has become the preferred equalizer for mixing professionals around the world.

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After Effects Tutorial

Got Character? Part 2: Animating Characters in Adobe Character Animator and After Effects

We’ve covered animating characters recently, generally speaking, but there’s always more to talk about! The first part of our series, Got Character? Animating Characters Character Animator/After Effects has a lot of great content. Definitely, check it out.

Featured Image credit: Glen Carrie @glencarrie

Funny Characters Animation After Effects Tutorial

Motion Design School shows you how to animate characters on a roller coaster. There’s not a lot of “character animation” going on here, per se. There’s no rigging, no walk cycles, etc. This animates the whole scene. It reminds me a bit of Sponge Bob Square Pants for some reason. Fun stuff.

Okay Samurai Tutorials

Okay Samurai has super fun and useful tutorials for Adobe Character Animator. Here are a few recent ones. Be sure to check out the Okay Samurai YouTube Channel.

Advanced Rigging: Monster Camp (Adobe Character Animator Tutorial)

Download the free puppet “Sirr” and play along. In this tutorial, he animates a different arm structure than usual. Also, he applies paper texturing, uses a deep trigger system with marshmallows that catch on fire and burn and adds glowing highlights and shadows. Finally, he replays the pose system and creates a customized controls panel. There’s a lot here, indeed!

Basic Eye Rigging (Adobe Character Animator Tutorial)

Give personality to your characters by animating the eyes! Okay Samurai shows you some great tricks. Similarly, Download the assets here.

More about Character Animator

Adobe Character Style Transfer: FXGuide Deep Dive – Mike Seymour walks you through features in the 2019 release.

Animate Shape Layer Arms and Legs [EASY] – Adobe After Effects tutorial

Evan Abrahms shows you how to simply animate arms and legs that are, of course, made from shape layers.

Cat Washer After Effects Tutorial

Learn to animate a cat in a washing machine. Animate the tail, the washing machine, and the spinning effect in After Effects. Equally important, no animals were hurt in this tutorial.

Want more?

Check out the previous posts on topics such as character animation and rigging. Not to mention, walk cycles.