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By Chris Meyer | Wednesday, April 02, 2014
In preparation for the 2014 NAB Show, Adobe has begun previewing new features slated for the next release of their video applications. I’ve had a chance to work with the upcoming version of After Effects CC, and I’m working on a new chapter for our After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates course to demonstrate them. In the meantime, I wanted to tell you about some of the goodies planned for this release.
Adobe Premiere Pro integration
A main focus of Adobe’s upcoming releases is to strengthen the integration between After Effects and Premiere Pro, making it easier for a Premiere editor to tap into AE’s power. To that end, Adobe is introducing Live Text Templates, allowing you to create a composition (or chain of compositions) that includes text layers; lock the layers you don’t want the editor touching (e.g., the title of a show); and leave the layers you do want them to edit unlocked (such as a name in a lower third). You can then designate the project and this comp as a Template in Composition Settings.
By Chris Meyer | Friday, March 28, 2014
We’d all love to work on big-budget video productions where we could shoot any footage we wanted, but in reality many jobs are on small budgets and tight schedules. You may not have the time to get the lighting setup just right, or you have to make do with someone else’s B-roll, or what if you really should have used a tripod or a stabilization rig with that handheld shot? Regardless, your client is expecting you to spin their straw into gold—without hurting the schedule or budget.
We’ve been there, too. That’s why we’ve developed a set of quick-and-easy techniques to enhance the production value of already-shot footage, and distilled them into our latest course, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: Enhancing Production Value. These techniques—from tinting footage to change the mood or unify a series of unrelated shots, adding a filmic glow, and simple white balancing to compositing lighting effects shot on black, stabilizing handheld shots, and even changing lighting in already-shot scenes— take only a few minutes to learn and execute, with results ranging from subtle to dramatic.
By Chris Meyer | Tuesday, March 25, 2014
In December, Adobe released another incremental update to its video software, including After Effects CC. As a motion graphics artist, there were a couple of major updates to After Effects features that caught my eye. As a result, I updated my lynda.com After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates course with a new chapter that covers these features. Here’s my quick take on them.
By Justin Seeley | Thursday, January 16, 2014
Adobe Creative Cloud members will have a nice surprise waiting for them when they fire up their computers today as Adobe is pushing a big round of updates to both InDesign and Illustrator CC. Below are a few of my favorite new features in these two products, and why I think they’ll be a big deal for creative professionals going forward. (If you’re also interested in recent updates to Photoshop CC, be sure to check out Deke McClelland’s Photoshop Creative Cloud Updates, Chris Orwig’s course Photoshop for Photographers Creative Cloud Updates, and Ryan Kittleson’s blog post on Photoshop’s new 3D printing features.)
Illustrator gets the biggest update today with the addition of features like Live Corners, revamped shape manipulation, and a brand-new Pencil tool. Users who previously found Illustrator’s drawing tools cumbersome or difficult to use now have a whole new way to work and create shapes within Illustrator.
By Ryan Kittleson | Thursday, January 16, 2014
3D printing is a lot like bacon: Everyone’s talking about it these days—and it’s popping up in places you wouldn’t expect. The latest news is that Adobe Photoshop CC’s new release includes 3D printing tools.
I’m creating an upcoming course on these new features for lynda.com. As I started researching them, I was admittedly skeptical. Having worked with more advanced 3D software like Maya (check out my lynda.com course on modeling for 3D printing with Maya), I thought Photoshop’s previous 3D tools felt rather bolted-on. So it was with cautious optimism that I looked into Adobe’s plans. What I found was pleasantly surprising—including some features that have been lacking in more specialized 3D printing software.
By Chris Meyer | Friday, November 15, 2013
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Adobe recently released a nice update to After Effects for Creative Cloud subscribers. Todd Kopriva of Adobe has provided an exhaustive list of what’s new in his blog. I’ve also added to my After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates course on lynda.com to demonstrate my favorites among the new features, including:
By Chris Meyer | Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Leading up to the annual IBC trade show in Amsterdam, Adobe has announced major updates to the Creative Cloud versions of its video software, including Premiere Pro and After Effects. As a longtime After Effects user, I’m particularly excited about some of the updates appearing in this next version.
The new Rigid Mask Tracker.
One of the most interesting new features is a Rigid Mask Tracker. Users have long been asking for a way to connect AE’s motion tracker to mask points for easier masking of moving footage. To date, we’ve been working around this by using solutions like the Tracker2Mask script from Aescripts.com, or the combination of mocha and its “shapes” as track mattes (demonstrated in Chapter 3 of my course After Effects CS5 New Creative Techniques). In the next version of After Effects, when selecting an existing mask, the Tracker panel will track the region of the frame defined by the mask’s shape and transform that shape over time as the object moves from frame to frame. As suggested by the name, the object you’re tracking must maintain roughly the same shape—such as a window or poster as opposed to a person running— although it can change scale and perspective over time. And since the result is a normal animated mask path, you can edit the mask’s points after the fact.
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