Video Copilot – Smoke Trails
This is one of the first tutorials out showcasing Video Copilots new plugin, Optical Flares. This tutorial shows some cool uses for the plugin mixed up with Trapcode Particular.
Video Copilot – 3D Ball Dispersion
Using only built in plugins, and a handy sequencer script, create a cascading, awesome looking effect.
Video Copilot – Shatterize
Another tutorial using only the built in effects and the sequencer script, learn how to create a progressive shatter effect.
Video Copilot – 3D Ledge
Sam Loya is back on the Video Copilot scene, and now he is contemplating suicide. Well, not really, its just some awesome green screen, tracking, and 3d compositing going on.
Motionworks – Inglorious Basterds Blood Splatter
John Dickinson created this tutorial for Digital Juice TV based on the Inglorious Basterds promos seen out there. He manages to recreate the blood splatter effect pretty closely.
Motionworks – Roto Brush
John has this cool roto brush tutorial, days after CS5 is announced, showing how it works, and pretty much how amazing it is.
Motionworks – Adobe Media Encoder
Adobe Media Encoder has always been kinda… eh, at least for me. But the new CS5 Media Encoder is pretty robust.
Motionworks – Dynamic Link
Dynamic Link is back in CS5 and better than ever. John takes a look at using it in the Production Premium CS5 edition.
Brad Chmielewski – Using Caps Lock When Rendering In After Effects
Brad decides to put the old “caps lock makes you render faster” AE wive’s tale to rest and runs a sweet little experiment to see just exactly how well it works.
Artbeats & Steve Holmes – Firestarter
Using some fire and flame effects from Artbeats, Steve puts together a cool quick tutorial on some simple motion graphics elements.
Artbeats & Steve Holmes – What’s on the Menu?
Another Steve tutorial, this time a video one! Here he shows you how to take a cool clip and make a sweet looking looping HD DVD menu background.
Artbeats & Eran Stern – CLEFT
Eran shows us how to create some 3D text inside of After Effects, and then use stock footage on some sound effects to really sell the effect you are going for.
CGtuts+ – Create a Cool Smoking Text Effect using Fluid Mapping with Particle Flow and AE
Learn how to create some simple 3D text, and then using Particle Flow and FumeFX, create some convincing looking smoke, and composite all of that inside of AE.
CGtuts+ – Achieving Realism and Depth using Render Layers in Maya and AE
In this two parter, learn how to use the powerful render layers in Maya 2010 to prepare them for compositing, then bring everything into AE to composite them together for a realistic look with a custom depth of field.
CGtuts+ – Quick Tip – Exporting 3d Camera Data from Maya into After Effects
In this quick tip, learn how to take camera data from Maya and bring it into After Effects.
CGtuts+ – Create a Logo Dispersion Effect using Particle Flow and After Effects
Learn how to create a very simple particle dispersion effects using Particle Flow, then composite everything together in After Effects.
Amateur Media – Landscape in C4D and AE
Make the barren landscape and text of this tutorial in C4D, and then bring that into After Effects to tweak your depth of field for the perfect effect.
Comedy Titles in Cinema 4D and AE
Using some Optical Flares in compositing within AE, use some mograph-created C4D text and create the comedic titles open.
Natural & Unnatural Lighting with C4D AND AE
Learn the difference between natural and unnatural lighting while lighting your scene.
RGTV – Episode 37: Creating a Holographic Interface Effect
Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how he created some of the effects in the Holomatrix commercial, a new plugin from Red Giant Software.
RGTV – Episode 38: Creating a Music to Light Effect
Learn how to use Trapcode Particular 2 to create the sound to light effect seen in Heroes last season.
RGTV – Episode 39: Creating a 1980′s Retro Video Game Look
Using PlaneSpace, Particular, and Text Anarchy, Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create a vector style arcade game interface.
RGTV – Episode 40: Creating a Particular Shooters Effects
In this tutorial, Harry Frank shows you how to create a Shooters effect using Particular, and also uses some Illustrator and C4D for the final touches.
RGTV – Episode 41: Creating a Stitch Effect with Trapcode Particular
Michael Park from over at Creative Cow has this very math-intensive tutorial that might lose you, but stick with it, it has one hell of an outcome.
AEScripts.com – ArabicText
One of the new scripts from AEScripts is ArabicText, which lets you properly enter arabic text, which is a difficult task if you have ever tried to do it.
AEScripts.com – True Comp Duplicator
This handy script is useful, because not only will it duplicate your comp, but its entire hierarchy as well as subcomps.
AEScripts.com – Layer Marker Batch Editor
This script allows you to batch edit all the layer marker attributes on all the selected layers.
AEScripts.com – LCDeffect
This is a pretty straightforward script, what it does is allows you to get the look of and LCD screen in one click.
AEScripts.com – Skydome
Another very handy script to have in the toolbox, Skydome create a 3D camera aware environment for your AE compositions.
AEScripts.com – Arrange Project Items Into Folders
With a little pre-planning with naming images, run this script and it will arrange project items into folders based on a matching prefix.
AEScripts.com – ProjectInfoListExporter
If you have a lot of elements and need a nice list of what your project consists of, run this, and it will export a document listing of your AE project assets.
AEScripts.com – TextReverser
Very simple. It just reverses text. Pretty plain and simple… oh yeah and handy!
MaxAfter.com – Motion Graphic Design
This is a very broad tutorial on just some basics of composition, graphic design and whatnot inside of After Effects.
Creative Cow – Lens Flare in AE and Premultiplication Explained
Learn how to give a lens flare an alpha channel in After Effects.
Creative Cow – Subtract and Divide Blending Modes in AE
Learn how to subtract and divide blending modes in AE. This is able to be done in CS5 natively, but not CS4 and below, so you need this workaround.
Creative Cow – After Effects CS5: Rotobrush
Yet another look at one of the all star features in After Effects CS4 from Richard Harrington.
Greyscale Gorilla – How to Make the Discovery Channel Rebrand Cube Transition Effect with C4D and AE
Nick Campbell goes into some in depth coverage on how to create Royale’s awesome transition effects seen on the Discovery Channel’s promo pieces.
Greyscale Gorilla – Reflective and Refractive Glass Block in C4D and AE
Learn all about reflection and refraction of glass materials for inside of C4D, and then bring that into AE for some final compositing.
Greyscale Gorilla – Fun With Precomping in After Effects
This is a cool tutorial that uses like, one little set of keyframes and a TON of precomping to make a really cool looking animation.
Greyscale Gorilla – How to Make a Simple Spin Logo Animation with C4D and AE
Learn how to create this interesting spin animation in C4D, and then finish up in AE with some glow, curves, blurs and level adjustments to get a desired look.
Greyscale Gorilla – How to Make the 2010 Winter Olympics Ice Cube Event Bumpers
If you saw the Ice Cube bumpers at the Winter Olympics, Nick recreates that in C4D and composites the scene together in After Effects.
Greyscale Gorilla – How to Make a Cascading Text Animation
Learn how to create this cool looking effect where different colors and textures cascade up and down an object. Like always, composite it all together in After Effects at the end.
Justin Young – Better Particle Control
Check out Justin’s tutorial with some handy little tips on having some better control over your particle emissions.
Justin Young – Collect and Reduce in AE
Learn some organizational techniques to apply to your projects inside of After Effects to work more efficiently.
Brad Zimmerman – Vintage Film Grain
Brad from Church Media Design has this quick tutorial on how to create some vintage film grain on your videos.
CG Swot – Canyon Dusk Matte Painting in AE
Dave Scotland walks us through the steps to create this great scene such as distributing layers in 3D Space and adding color correction and lighting effects to make everything work together correctly.
CG Swot – Cloudy Moonlit Night in AE
Learn how to make this scene from scratch inside of After Effects using Particular, and some other effects.
CG Swot – Designing and Compositing a HUD
With Iron Man releasing today, of course there was something with HUD in it. Learn how to create this effect with Dave Scotland in this five part tutorial.
CG Swot – Day-Night Earth Globe
Learn how to build this scene with a little help from 3ds Max to create a falloff material, and otherwise build everything in AE.
CG Swot – Composition is Everything
Learn the basics of composition for when it comes to laying stuff out, or compositing large scenes inside of 3D and After Effects.
Eran Stern – Look Ma, No Wires
Learn how to create the look of flying people without having to rig up expensive wires and cranes and just do it on green screen.
Wow, it really has been a while… What with NAB, and all the other crazyness going on in the After Effects world, I seemed to have forgotten about one of the most popular article subjects on this website… the tuts from elsewhere!
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