After Effects Tutorials
Music is all around us. Whether it be as part of a creative or corporate project, you’ll ultimately have to end up animating something to music in your career as a motion designer. Learning how to create an audio waveform visualization will set you apart from the rest of the crowd and give more…June 28, 2013
In this hot, fresh, new tutorial, we will cover three different techniques for creating 3d titles in different versions of Adobe After Effects. Before the dawn of time, when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, amazing plugins like Element 3d and Trapcode Mir simply did not exist. Motion designers had to resort to more primitive…May 26, 2013
In this tutorial, we will also cover the use of shape layers, expressions, and animation presets in Adobe After Effects. Learn how to create intriguing, random animations with shape layers and ABSOLUTELY NO KEYFRAMES! Animating shape layers in After Effects is easier than you might think, and a technique which is very under-utilized. Combining…February 3, 2013
In this tutorial, you will learn how to animate fractals in After Effects with minimal key-framing by using wiggle expressions. You will also learn how to link animation properties to music by using a plugin from Red Giant called Trapcode Sound Keys. No plug-ins are required for this tutorial, LSD and 70’s style bellbottom…December 27, 2012
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If you’ve been following Video Copilot recently, you most certainly have already heard about the ground-breaking Open GL rendering plugin called Element 3d. VC just recently released a completely free “Future City” pack, with submissions being sent in from all over the world.December 19, 2013
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- By Dakota Wixom on December 24, 2013Read more
Today’s render is a music visualization of “Can’t Kill Us” from The Glitch Mob’s upcoming album “Love Death Immortality”. The render was created by using Trapcode Sound Keys to scale different shape layers based on the audio waveform. I then added a kaleidoscope effect and shifted colors over time using CC Color Offset.
- By Dakota Wixom on December 15, 2013Read more
This render was creating in Cinema 4d using Vray Bridge and a greenish glass material. The animation was inspired by Beeple’s masterpiece Transparent Machines, and while simply a mere reflection of Beeple’s glory, I only had a single day to work on this animation.
- By Dakota Wixom on November 30, 2013Read more
Since I’ve been living and working in Hoboken, NJ, sometimes I want to look at anything besides New York City. Can you guess which one this is? The image was created using vector blurs, lightning effects and a color overlay.
- By Dakota Wixom on November 24, 2013Read more
This is where it all begins. I recently stumbled across Beeple’s daily challenge posts and was inspired. The idea is to post at least one creative render every single day, regardless of how horrible or unfinished it may be. I would like to begin my own daily challenge to see how far I can…
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