This package includes three pre-rendered 3D comps with a glass/chrome monitor design, plus text screens, lower third and a bump out. This is a great mini package for sports, news and more.
AE comps include 3D camera and light locators for additional effects that you might want to add. Or, use it as is!
Layered AE / Cinema files are not included to keep the file size down. Please inquire via email if you’d like to be able to customize your template using the source files.
I just wanted to post a quick update that I am doing well. I’ve gone through my surgery and I am recovering nicely.
In the mean time, I have much planned for graymachine in 2014. The ball is rolling, the gears are turning, the flux capacitor is… fluxing.
Thank you all, once again, for your support.
At the last NAB, my friend Eran Stern pulled me aside and asked me if I was interested in speaking at some sort of After Effects world conference. “Of course!” Our industry could definitely use this. Months later, they managed to pull it off with some amazing courses and teachers.
Needing a couple topics to draw from, I decided to use some recent projects that I learned a LOT from. Specifically, I am talking some all of the recent Red Giant films of which I’ve been lucky to be a part.
I don’t have time to go through them all, but I wanted to go through some breakdowns of Tempo and Spy vs Guy. You can see these films and more at the Red Giant Youtube Channel. These two films represent a contrasting style of VFX. Tempo is a lot of guns, explosions, gun shots, etc.. whereas Spy vs Guy was more painting, removal, and high end 3D placement.
My second session is called “Mastering Trapcode Particular, Form and MIR”. As I apparently wrote at one point:
“These products have a lot of similarities and differences that make them unique. This class will start with the commonalities that unite them, giving you a big picture understanding of the deep concepts surrounding them. From there, you will see each one in action, showcasing how they solve specific problems and how to harness the individual strengths of each one.” Hey, that sounds pretty good.
Anyway, I hope to see you there! Many of my close friends and colleagues will be teaching there, too.. like Michele Yamazaki, Eran Stern, John Dickinson, Lloyd Alvarez, Brian Maffit, Mark Christiansen, Matt Silverman, Angie Taylor, Todd Kopriva, Steve Forde and so many more.
First off.. you guys are simply amazing. I asked for help and I received more help than I ever dreamed of, from all over the world. As I Tweeted this morning…
The support and generosity of this community is amazing. It’s overwhelming. I want to give you all a big hug. Thank you all.
Yes. Thank you all for the support, comments, donations.. WOW! I can’t thank you enough. This shows what a phenomenal community we have. And when someone falls off their horse, there are people there to help them back up. So, here is the first of my gifts back to the community. (Well, this was posted on mograph.net but not, here..)
This expression series is getting a little bit old. There’s a lot of overlap now with it and many free lessons that have appeared around the Internet (ironically, probably inspired from these tutorials.) However, 9 times out of 10, when I see an expression question on a forum somewhere, it’s generally answered in this series.
P.S. Thanks to graphixshare.com for holding on to an image of it for me. For 2004, That was hot design back then, hoooboy.
So, anyway. Please download it and enjoy. It’s the least I can do for such incredible support. There will be more to come.
For almost 10 years, I’ve been doing all these presets, tutorials, demos.. not to mention countless hours of tutorials and more forum posts than I’d like to admit. Rarely have I ever asked for much in return. I’ve always felt that giving has its way of giving back.
About a month ago, my wife and I discussed with a nice Portland Doctor how a fairly common procedure done to about 1 out of 125 boys in the late 70s starts to break down and cause problems in men around the age of 38. I made it to 39. I can’t leave it the way it is. I need to have it corrected.
So, now I need surgery. Actually, I need two surgeries. These surgeries will require me to see a specialist out of state, stay there for a couple weeks, and then head home. While I am out, my family will quite likely need a hired hand to help with our 2 boys while my spouse starts a new teaching job.
How can you help? Well, I am not happy or proud to have say this, but these surgeries will cost well beyond my ability to pay for them, even after insurance. Our budget is stretched thin enough as it is. Not to mention the flights and cost of living out of state for a couple weeks. It sucks. I wish I had another way out of this, but I don’t. I don’t have $50,000 lying around. People will want their money soon, and as much as I throw at them, they always want more. I’ve reached a breaking point and don’t know where else to turn.
So, if you have something to spare, please consider helping out my family defer these costs. I will forever be in your debt.
Then I’ve got a URL for you: redgiant.com/learnparticular
I produced 6 tutorials that cover just about everything in Trapcode Particular (be sure to click the scroll arrow to reveal the other lessons.)
Also coming soon: learnform!
A few weeks ago I posted something about life and blogs and things being tough. To my surprise, many of you actually read the details and chimed in with support. You guys and gals are amazingly awesome. High fives to all of you! It really means a lot to me that people out there care and have concern, aside from coming for the free tutorials.
Sometimes I forget that I have a “blog”. Occasionally someone will mention my “blog” to me and I’ll have to think for a second. Oh yeah.. graymachine. Yeah, I have a blog!
But, obviously I don’t post much to it any more. That’s kind of a shame. I could make excuses about life, kids, work, owning a home, moving, etc… but really, it’s just a priority that I’ve pushed to the bottom. Why?
You can look around the community and see folks that have similar sites, but stuck with them and went a lot further, friends of mine like Andrew Kramer or Nick Campbell. I could have stuck with graymachine through thick and thin, made more products and tutorials and pushed myself further. But I didn’t. So, it’s time to come to grips with that.
And to be honest, there’s been a lot of difficult things I’ve been dealing with lately, so it would be great to get it all off my chest. Maybe some of you have dealt with similar things or similar challenges, and we can tackle it together. I know this has always been a site about motion graphics, visual effects, software, etc.. but it’s also about being a successful person that does all this stuff. We can’t be successful if we are dragging baggage around.
So, if you come back on occasion, you can read about challenges, self defeat and achieving success in spite of the crappy cards you may have been given in the poker game of life.
OK! It’s been fun everyone. Rather than supporting this feature, it’s officially become obsolete as it is now built into Element 1.6. So rather than use this preset, please just get yourself updated and it will work more seamlessly with your workflow.
Like many people, I am really digging Element 3D from VideoCopilot. I really believe that this new wave of OpenCL development is the future of After Effects. Element 3D and Trapcode MIR have ushered in a new phase of “instant feedback” which for ages, has been something just out of reach for us animators.
Anyway, the point is… there’s one feature of Element 3D that bugs me. Or, I should say, a lacking feature. I prefer to animate in the comp window with handles, like with a Null object. This is actually a feature on another product, 3D Invigorator. Each object group has a pop-up menu where you can select a 3D layer, and have the 3D object track that layer exactly. So, I made it do just with that expressions and saved the preset out. And then saved it back to version CS5 and made it universal for all languages.
Plus, I’ve included another preset that I made for Lux/Knoll Light Factory/Optical Flares that controls light intensity based on its angle to the camera.
A quick experimental study using Trapcode Form 2 exploring some of the new features. All of the OBJs you see here are included with Form 2.
Music: Song of Mourning by Celestial Aeon Project