If you sitting there bored thinking that you’ve seen everything there is to see, we have a special treat for you! Turn your cell phones off and buckle up… because you have a few hours worth of content ahead of you with Topher’s round up of 41 tuts from around the web.
41 Amazing Tutorials From Around The Interwebz
GSG – How to Align 3D Layers Perfectly
Nick Campbell is back with more of a quick tip than a full on tutorial outlining how he aligns his layers in 3d space to make things such as cubes, and shows you how to get rid of those annoying seams on the corners that always seem so impossible to eliminate.
Video Copilot 3d Light Casting
Of course Andrew Kramer has a little something in here. Learn how to create an energy ball type light source that casts light onto the ground of footage using some 3d layer tricker. Also use some reverse motion tracking to track your energy ball into some moving shots if that is an issue.
You probably heard about this cheap little plugin that hit the scene last week. It is a pixel bender plugin that lets you use UV maps rendered out of a 3d program, and apply textures to that UV map directly within After Effects. You can also use Normal Maps as well to get some really killer results.
Maltaannon’s Bitweiser Light
This is the early stages of another pixel bender plugin… it seems when Maltaannon gets going, he just doesn’t stop. This plugin lets you take 8 bit footage and actually turn it into true 32 bit imagery. Although this “Light” version doesn’t have any settings, and it only works on overexposed areas converting them to superbright pixel in 32bpc mode, if it proves useful enough he will dedicate some more time to producing the full plugin. Leave him some feedback!
Maltaannon – Spot Focus
The next few from Maltaannon are to teach you how to recreate some effects seen in Magic Bullet looks. This one teaches you how to animate your focus area, change it’s width and softness and save it as a preset for later use.
Maltaannon – Tilt Shift
I had a tutorial a while back on creating the “toy” tilt shift look, but this tutorial from Malty uses it more as a photography effect other than a visual effects look. This is also known as a Swing Tilt effect.
Maltaannon – ChromAbberation
In the last Pixel Bender plugin from Maltaannon, in this list at least, he shows you how to split the RGB Channels to produce true chromatic abberation.
Maltaannon – Shutter Streak
Like Malty says, it is kind of hard to explain how Shutter Streak works, basically it adds a classy, yet streaky look to your footage to make it look unique, and can work for shots sometimes, if you are dealing with dream sequences or slo-mo shots.
PVC – Migrate From FCP to AE Seamlessly and Free!
Usually you need Automatic Duck for something like this, but not anymore! Richard Harrington over at Pro Video Coalition has a script that lets you export XML documents out of FCP so that you can import them into your After Effects as compositions. This is great news for you Final Cut users that don’t have the luxury of having Adobe’s Dynamic Link.
Rob Birnholz – Auto Orienting Layers to AE Camera
Rob Birnholz has a Advanced AE Camera Training that just came available this month, and to get people pumped for it, he has released chapter 12 – Auto Orienting Layers for everyone to check out, completely free.
ProJuice.org – Though Bubbles
This is an interesting little technique that I am sure you could find some uses for… using masking, motion tracking, and shadows Nick creates a thought bubble that floats alongside the actor’s head showing what he is thinking.
ProJuice.org – Witness Protection
Nick shows you 3 different ways using After Effects as well as Final Cut Pro to make those witness protetion type of distortions and hiding effects you see on shows like Cops or 20/20 to make it so you don’t see the person who is talking.
ProJuice.org – Rock Lighting
Learn how to create a fake lighting rig using Knoll Light Factory to composite behind some green screen, keyed out, rocking out guitarists.
Motionworks AE Effects A-Z: Add Grain
John Dickinson has put together a team of some top tutorial teachers on the interwebz to come together and run through every effect that ships with After Effects. So strap in, because the first in the series is hosted by John himself, you will be covering Add Grain, and you probably never knew there was so much to it.
Motionworks AE Effects A-Z: Advanced Lightning
Eran Stern is up next covering Advanced Lightning and all the settings that it has, teaching you how you can composite them over some stormy looking water footage.
Motionworks AE Effects A-Z: Alpha Levels
I am up next covering Alpha Levels, and almost obsolete effect in After Effects, but an effect nonetheless. You can get similar results with the Levels effect, and setting the the Channel to “Alpha”.
Eran Stern & Artbeats – Energy Drink Part 1
This tutorial is going to require Photoshop Extended because you will be designing a 3d can, and then bringing that into After Effects for compositing with some stock footage of some water. Also learn how to add a reflection in the water of the can.
Eran Stern & Creative Cow – Marker Leaks
From the After Effects podcast over at the Creative Cow, Marker Leaks covers Eran’s custom effect which is designed to trigger actions using layer markers inside of After Effects compositions.
Topher Welsh & VideoHive – Seamless Backgrounds
I run into issues sometimes when I am animating in 3d space, but have a ground plane that needs to move along with the camera. Well you can’t import huge images and get frame buffer errors, so I will show you how to transform the images by mirroring them to get seamless background planes.
Topher Welsh & VideoHive – Changing Source Text
It’s always easier to have as little layers as you can muster in your compositions, here I will show you a little parameter that you may or may not know about called the Source Text parameter. Hold keyframing this lets you keyframe what the source text says, and I also show you how to conceal the change with some fancy motion blur.
Topher Welsh & VideoHive – Rendering Alpha Channels
A big question I am always answering in forums and email is how to render alpha channels with video. It is a pretty easy tip, but a lot of people overlook how to do it.
Topher Welsh & GoMediaZine – Learning the Basics of 2.5d Compositing
In my longest tutorial yet over at GoMediaZine.com, I will teach you the basics of creating a camera move in 3d space in a virtually 3d scene, but made up of only 2d layers.
Aharon Rabinowitz & RGTV – Score!
In this episode of Red Giant TV, actually Aharon and I released these on the same day, within an hour of each other, share some of the same points about changing source text, except his using some cool expressions to change the numerical text in the composition.
Graymachine – Creating a Crowd Scene with Particular 2
Harry is one of the leading Trapcode Particular artists in our industry, and knows Particular like the back of his hand… it’s no wonder a tutorial popped up this fast from him. This one deals with creating a huge crowd shot using some light wrap techniques and only five Crowd Control clips used as particles.
AE Apprentice – Motion Tracker and Stabilizer
Trish and Chris Meyer’s book the After Effects Apprentice is a huge hit, and like they promised every month they release a new tutorial from the book over at Pro Video Coalition. This one is based upon learning the basics of the motion tracker and stabilization tool inside of After Effects.
Layers Magazine – Extruded Text with AE
This tutorial teaches you how to create some Illustrator text and use the 3d functions inside of Illustrator to extrude and materialize the 3d objects. Then bring that into After Effects where you can utilize the full functionality of the 3d objects using the Photoshop Live 3d Import tools.
Artbeats – Light Wrap
Chris and Trish Meyer will walk you through the basics of light wraps and the reasoning behind them, and how they help your composites to look better.
Motion Graphics Lab – Glowing Lines with Fractal Noise
Learn how to create a flashy looking colorful glowing line effect, with some fractal noise and some movement from Dean Velez at MotionGraphicslab.com
Sneaky Fast AE Editing Tricks
Lee Stranahan has a video over on his Youtube channel on some tricks in After Effects to make your editing experience a little smoother, and save you a bit of time.
CGSwot.com – Map Morph
Learn how to create a morphing effect from scratch using fractal noise animations and learn how to create a map grid with and interactive animation.
CGSwot.com – The UFO Hoax
Use some reverse motion tracking to composite a fake ufo into your scene to make it look like it was actually shot all handheld-ish.
LFP Industries – 3d Glasses
Learn how to make your scenes compatible with those red and blue 3d glasses you got sitting at home!
LFP Industries – Rapid Cellular Regeneration
This Heroes themed tutorial plays on Claire Bennet’s ability to regenerate wounds. Levi shows you how to make gash heal over time using some textures, color correction, motion tracking and simple roto.
LFP Industries – Flying
Another Heroes tutorial, this one teaches you how to create Nathan’s flying effect with some basic roto work, video editing and position animations.
LFP Industries – Invisibility
Using some luma mattes, roto and displacement maps, recreate yet another Heroes themed effect from the episode “The Invisible Man”.
LFP Industries – Precognative Dreaming
Levi’s last Heroes themed tutorial is recreating Issac Mendes’ eye effect when he slips into his trance and begins to paint the future. Levi won’t teach you how to paint, just to make the eye effect.
MaxAfter.com – Particular Bounce
Shoaib Khan uses Trapcode Particular to emit a ton of soccerballs (footballs for those of you outta the States) and make them bounce in AE using Particular’s bounce option.
Being Studios – 3d Arrow With Particular
Learn how to make a simple 3d arrow using Trapcode Particular within After Effects
Carl Larsen & Creative Cow – File Management in After Effects
Learn how to archive a project with shared assets using the consolidate footage and collect Files commmands within After Effects. This helps you to stay organized when you have a massive amount of elements in your project.
CGTuts+ – C4D to AE
When it comes to motion graphics, exporting camera data from a 3D program to a 2D compositing program is one of the most important techniques you could know. In this tutorial, you will learn the basics behind getting Cinema 4D and After Effects to talk to one another, including using exporting tags, using the camera data in After Effects within 3D layers and effects, and how to set up and tweak your render for the best results.
Hollwood Camera Work’s Sample Clips
Hollywood Camera Work’s Visual Effects for Directors came out a few months ago, and it is a killer release. They have been kind enough to let you have 4 lessons for free though! “How to Place Tracking Markers”, “Crowd Replication”, “Receiving Shadows and Light”, and “How to Shoot for Planar Tracking” are the lessons the have available, and they also have sample footage for you to download so that you can practice the techniques on your own.