Here’s a short tutorial and giveaway of a digital (and physical) asset I use to help me composite greenscreened actors and CGI elements into a physical scene. This tutorial covers using the reference cards in Adobe After Effects, Video Copilot Element 3D and the included Lumetri Color, Camera Lens Blur and Match Grain effects.
I demonstrate how to composite the free Star Wars BB-8 model from VC’s Star Pack into a regular shot.
Here's a giveaway for anyone interested in trying to do a screen replacement for their iPad, iPhone, Tablet or phone.
After a lot of trial and error, I've created these two images which makes it much easier to track your screen using After Effects and Boris Mocha. The video has a brief tutorial showing how to use the included Boris FX Mocha plugin for After Effects CC.
By special request, here's an extra Makin' Planets tutorial, where I don't use Video Copilot's free Orb plugin to make a planet but instead use Element 3D to add an atmosphere. Most of the time, Orb is the best approach for planet making, but if you need to add other 3D objects, you might want to use Element for your globe. And Element doesn't come with a "add atmosphere" setting. This tutorial shows you how to create a material that behaves like an atmosphere.
Here's a quick tutorial to help you make the most of AE's built-in particle system. CC Particle World works in 3D space, but it’s coordinate system is different the rest of After Effects. Use the expressions below to solve that problem by adding them to the Producer settings.
There's loads of "how to make a hologram" AE tutorials on YouTube, but they all seem to miss out the beams from the projector. This mini-tutorial shows you how to use CC Radial Blurs and Expressions to achieve responsive, changing beams of light.
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I'm currently prepping a much larger series of tutorials, but to take a break from those, I've also be creating a series of short tutorials for the things I go back to again and again - but not so frequently that I have them memorised. I find myself searching the internet (and the Cow of course) for these tips, but then often have to wade through a 30 minute tutorial - just to find that one thing... that one trick. Well, these mini-tuts are built for that purpose. I hope you find them useful.
This tutorial uses an expression to calculate how much a circle / image should rotate based on its horizontal position. I've then adapted the expression slightly to help you roll 3D objects too.
CC Sphere in one dimension:
CC Sphere coming towards camera:
Here's a tutorial for creating a 3D Sun in After Effects using Video Copilot's excellent free Orb plugin. The video starts builds on an earlier Andrew Kramer tutorial for creating a solar surface, but then applies the textures to VC Orb and adds a corona or halo and uses particles and another Video Copilot plugin Saber (also free) to add solar flares.
(I uploaded this video a little while ago, so apologies if you've seen it already, but I realised I hadn't blogged about it.)
Here’s the last in my solar system tutorial series. This video uses After Effects CC and Cinema4D Lite to create both Pluto and its moon Charon, then use a Loft object and circular splines to create a shared atmosphere linking the two bodies.
In this tutorial, I'm tackling a different way to create a Gas Giant. Instead of creating a texture map and applying it to sphere, I'm going to use Cinema4D Lite to create a visible light that looks almost solid.
I will be using Video Copilot's free Orb plugin as well to create the edge atmosphere and the planet's shadow.
Here's the next part of the Makin' Planets tutorial series, this video looks at how to use After Effects and Video Copilot's free Orb plugin to create the planet, then use CC Particle World to add a ring. There's a slight problem with CC Particle World though, it doesn't allow for things to sit inside it, so the tutorial will use Expressions to create two rings and join them up.