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Happy Halloween! Collection of Spooky Tutorials

Posted about 1 month ago by Simon Day - Posted in Tutorials
Happy Halloween from AV3 Software!

To celebrate we've compiled a small collection of tutorials to satisfy your bloody needs. If you aren't dragged out to go trick or treating (hopefully with your children...not alone) then stay in and work on making some gruesome or scary vfx.

Burned Face

Create a burned face effect using After Effects and Photoshop, no plugins required for this one. You could go a step further and use this as a foundation to create a Dark Knight Two Face effect. No makeup required!

Demon Face Warp 

This tutorial is from no other than Andrew Kramer at Videocopilot, which I'm sure many of you are familiar with. Make a face warp into a scary demon. 

Ghost Effect

In this After Effects tutorial you can learn how to create an eery ghost effect. The shopping list is a bit extreme, but a similar effect could be acheived using lights you have around the house.

Demon Eyes 

This ones very short and simple to do, replace your human eyes with realistic "demon eyes". Much easier than tacky contact lenses and looks a whole lot better.

The Walking Dead Intro

Fans of The Walking Dead will enjoy following along with this one. Make an intro sequence in the Walking Dead style using still images and After Effects.Someone needs to make one for American Horror story, those intros are seriously creepy. 

Horror Photo Gallery

A cool photo gallery effect with gratuitous blood splatters. Awesome. 

Dark Energy

Not sure how Halloween appropriate this one is, but the tutorial creator labels it as "creepy", so I'll let you decide. Make a dark energy ball...thing. Looks cool so give it a go!

Flaming Face

A fairly simple yet impressive tutorial that shows you how to create a sinister flaming face on fire. You can apply this technique to do lots of other things so get creative with it!


That wraps up our favourite Halloween inspired After Effects tutorials. Hope you give them a go and show off your macabre creations

Posted by Simon Day
Tags: After Effects , Halloween , Tutorials ,

Element 3D v2 New Specular Model

Posted about 1 month ago by Simon Day - Posted in General


Element 3D v2 will be out some time in November. A fair amount of information regarding what the new version will contain is covered here.

Andrew Kramer recently revealed a new model that he is particularly excited about.

The new specular model takes advantage of the improved physical shader system that's coming in Element 3D v2, and features a natural light falloff  that helps create more realistic shaders. The specular can be made to be much smaller and sharp or large and diffused. Andrew notes that this may sound like a minor thing but insists that this small level of detail can make a large difference.

Take a look at the images below, and also the Element 3D v2 first look video if you haven't already seen it.

First look video:

Posted by Simon Day
Tags: After Effects , Video Copilot , Element 3D v2 ,

HitFilm 3 Pro Coming End of November. Available to Pre-order Now

Posted about 1 month ago by Simon Day - Posted in General

FXHome have announced HitFilm 3 Pro, the successor to HitFilm 2 Ultimate and HitFilm 2 Express.

Coming in late November, but available to pre-order now, HitFilm 3 Pro has an abundance of new features and enhancements over the previous version.

This powerful all in one tool is competitively priced, retailing for only $299 (get it from us for $284.05!) When you pre-order you receive a free copy of HitFilm 2 Ultimate to tide you over until the release in November. 

What's new in version 3?

● UPGRADED Particle simulator: New emitter types and 3D model textures

● NEW 3D camera projection: Turn images into photoreal 3D scenes 

● UPGRADED Atomic particles: Create atomic arrays from 3D models

● UPGRADED Tracked masks with mocha: Apply mocha tracked data to HitFilm masks

● NEW Pro denoiser: Based on the latest academic research

● NEW 20+ effects: Major new 2D effects

● NEW Grading tools: Curves have arrived

● UPGRADED 3D models: Higher fidelity & new rendering options


● NEW OpenFX & HitFilm Plugins: OpenFX plugins inside HitFilm & HitFilm Plugins inside your other software

● UPGRADED Editor: Full-sized trimmer

● NEW Performance & interface: Background proxying & UI redesign

● NEW Formats & pipeline: 16-bit OpenEXR in-to-out

Click here to view more details and system requirements for HitFilm 3 Pro


Posted by Simon Day
Tags: HitFilm , FXHome , HitFilm 3 Pro , Pre-order ,

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