The Journey

The Journey

If the checkout clerk at Best Buy had told me when I bought my first video camera five years ago that one day I would be creating motion graphics content, video effects and promotional videos for businesses I would have laughed, said “yeah ok” and walked away. I was there because I had heard of this neat little waterproof camera called the “GoPro” and wanted one because I had recently learned to scuba dive. I wanted to capture some of…

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Get the Film Look: After Effects Cinematography

Get the Film Look: After Effects Cinematography

We teamed up with Kris Truini once again to bring you another video exploring techniques for achieving fantastic cinematic results with your footage. Leave a comment below to let us know what you think. Plugins featured in the video: Trapcode Shine Magic Bullet Looks Denoiser III Trapcode Particular You can also visit Kris at his channel here Thanks for watching!

A View on Post Production Workflows from an Expert in the Field

A View on Post Production Workflows from an Expert in the Field

In the world of post production pipelines and training, Simon Walker is someone you want to sit down with and mine for information. Which is exactly what AV3 has done in this lengthy interview with the UK-based Adobe Certified Master Trainer, who also gets in and advises on video editing and grading solutions and still takes time to be ‘on the box’ to check out the latest advancements in industry software. We find out everything from how Simon got into…

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Get inspired with ZBrush artist Sven Rabe

Get inspired with ZBrush artist Sven Rabe

Every now and then a great piece of content or artwork makes the rounds on the Internet and inspires others to keep creating. That’s especially the case with personal works in the Pixologic ZBrush community, and one artist whose CR-2 pilot model was recently widely shared was Munich-based Sven Rabe, a lead modeler and senior 3D artist at studio LIGA01. AV3 checked in with Sven to find out more about how he uses ZBrush and for some tips and tricks…

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Tracer Fire with Red Giant Trapcode Particular

Tracer Fire with Red Giant Trapcode Particular

In this video we partner with Scott Newman from IndependentVFX to look at creating tracer fire in Adobe After Effects using Red Giant Trapcode Particular. The following plugins used in the video are all available from AV3 Sofware at a discount: Trapcode Particular Primatte Keyer Element 3D Optical Flares We hope you enjoyed the video!

VIDEO: Get the Film Look with Magic Bullet Suite

VIDEO: Get the Film Look with Magic Bullet Suite

We teamed up with Kris Truini to demonstrate how to get the most out of Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Suite for professional, cinematic color grading. All of Red Giant’s plugins are available at AV3 Software for 5% off the RRP: The following were featured in this video: Magic Bullet Suite Denoiser Magic Bullet Film Magic Bullet Looks Mojo Colorista Be sure to also check out more of Kris at his channel

What’s the likelihood of another VFX ’upset’ at the next Oscars?

What’s the likelihood of another VFX ’upset’ at the next Oscars?

When Ex Machina made the final five nominees for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars last year – and won – many people were shocked and surprised. Not because of the quality of the work. The VFX by Double Negative and MILK VFX were seamless and outstanding. It was, instead, because the other films nominated were perhaps classic examples of ‘effects films’. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Mad Max: Fury Road. The Revenant. The Martian. Arguably, each of these nominees contained…

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NEW VIDEO: Create a Star Wars X-Wing in After Effects

NEW VIDEO: Create a Star Wars X-Wing in After Effects

Check out our brand new video where Luke Hardisty guides you through the process of quickly creating a fleet of X-Wing fighters gliding over the ocean with a mountainous landscape in the background Download the Video Copilot FREE Star Wars model pack for Element 3D All plugins used in the video are available to buy from AV3 Software: Element 3D GenArts Sapphire Frischluft Lenscare Optical Flares  

An Interview with VFX Legion: Using mocha Pro on the hit show How to Get Away with Murder

An Interview with VFX Legion: Using mocha Pro on the hit show How to Get Away with Murder

VFX Legion is a visual effects studio offering something very different to most – it operates remotely with a global team, which provides a new kind of flexibility to many productions. Artists at VFX Legion have worked on many projects, including recently on the film Hardcore Henry and on the TV show’s The Catch and How To Get Away with Murder. For roto, paint and tracking work, VFX Legion is a big user of Mocha Pro, one of AV3’s key…

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The Future of VFX: 5 Major Trends Happening Right Now – By Ian Failes

The Future of VFX: 5 Major Trends Happening Right Now – By Ian Failes

​Identifying trends in visual effects is fraught with danger. Technology is constantly changing, as are the VFX location hotspots. Right now, a truly worldwide visual effects industry exists, propelled in part by an explosion in comic book and sci-fi films, animated features, virtual reality and TV visual effects. Here’s a look at 5 current trends that are shaping the future of VFX – from returning to practical roots to new technology and creative innovations. 1. The push for VFX as creative partner Filmmaking…

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