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The Creative COW After Effects Tutorials Podcast is filled with tips, tricks, tutorials and workflow enhancements that will expand your knowledge of and creativity in Adobe After Effects.
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Post Etiquette 4: Keep Calm and Carry On by walter biscardi
(00:01:57) -- 4/3/2014
Working under pressure is sometimes unavoidable in video production. Don't lose your cool!

Post Etiquette 3: Attitude? Yep I Have One by walter biscardi
(00:02:39) -- 4/1/2014
The way you interact with your client can help create a better environment for collaboration.

Post Etiquette 2: Engage Your Client by walter biscardi
(00:01:31) -- 4/1/2014
Don't turn your back on your client! Instead, create an ideal environment for collaboration.

Post Etiquette 1: Clean Your Room! by walter biscardi
(00:01:41) -- 3/30/2014
Mom always said clean your room! Walter Biscardi, Jr explains why a clean edit suite still matters - especially when clients pay a visit.

Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood VFX - Michael Bay Look by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:12:14) -- 9/6/2013
In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe breaks down how to create the cool lens filter effect that Michael Bay uses in almost all of his movies. Although in most cases this effect is created in-camera, there are reasons you would want to do the effect in post.

Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood Visual Effects - AvP TWO by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:16:04) -- 8/21/2013
In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe builds on lesson one by showing you how to break down a title treatment and animate it on the screen.

Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood Visual Effects - AvP ONE by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:16:18) -- 8/21/2013
In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe creates a Hollywood-style effect to simulate the end tag of a big budget trailer. The techniques in this lesson can be transferred over to creating bumpers and endtags for television, as well as elements for DVD, etc.

Advanced AECC Techniques: FIVE - Advanced Paths by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:17:22) -- 8/9/2013
In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe takes you through paths right from the most basic, all the way up to advanced Motion Sketching. Although technically not a path, the advanced Motion Sketching part of the lesson will really help add realism to your work.

Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART TWO by Andrew Devis
(00:13:56) -- 7/14/2013
In this second part of a two-part tutorial on character animation lip-sync techniques, Andrew Devis shows how to build a simple rig to speed up your animation. Building on the basics of the first tutorial Andrew goes on to show how to set up the rig.

Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART ONE by Andrew Devis
(00:07:24) -- 7/14/2013
In the first part of this two-part tutorial, Andrew Devis shows the basics of a character animation lip-sync technique in After Effects that uses time remapping to select which mouth shape to use at any time.

Advanced AECC Techniques: TWO - Chroma Key by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:10:37) -- 6/26/2013
In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you why using the standard AE keyer in AE CC is the wrong choice. Keylight should be your only tool for every chroma key situation you run into. It's powerful enough to key through sheer clothing and easy to use.

Creative Fireworks in Adobe After Effects by Rob Mize
(00:16:29) -- 5/17/2013
Rob Mize shares his techniques for using After Effects to create a variety of fireworks displays. All you need is CC Particle World, a few expressions and a reason to celebrate and you can light up your world with dazzling pyrotechnic effects.

AE - RE:MATCH Non-matching Cameras in After Effects by Andrew Devis
(00:10:09) -- 4/13/2013
In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates a relatively new plug-in by RE:Vision Effects called RE:Match and how it can very quickly and accurately deal with the very common problem of non-matching cameras in After Effects.

AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation Part TWO by Andrew Devis
(00:12:19) -- 3/28/2013
In the second part of this two part AE Basics Extra tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to build the butterfly in After Effects and then shows how to keep it 3D as it is formed.

AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation by Andrew Devis
(00:15:56) -- 3/20/2013
In the first part of this two part AE Basics Extra tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to show how to create a butterfly wing with text.

IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 2: The Walk Cycle by Andrew Devis
(00:20:53) -- 3/15/2013
In this second tutorial on animating an IK character Andrew Devis shows us how to create and refine a walk cycle with our IK controlled character such that it walks in time with the music we had set up in the previous tutorial.

IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 1: Finding the Beat by Andrew Devis
(00:13:06) -- 3/15/2013
This tutorial is both a follow-on tutorial to Andrew's previous tutorials on IK controllers in After Effects and a helpful stand-alone tutorial showing how to define a beat range to use as a guide to animation in After Effects.

AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation PT 2 by Andrew Devis
(00:13:14) -- 2/20/2013
Standard character animation in After Effects uses a process called 'Forward Kinematics' in that we animate down a linked chain - for example, upper arm linked to forearm linked to hand. This lesson continues the previous on Inverse Kinematics.

AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation by Andrew Devis
(00:13:53) -- 2/20/2013
Standard character animation in After Effects uses a process called 'Forward Kinematics' in that we animate down a linked chain - for example, upper arm linked to forearm linked to hand.

Creating Reflections in After Effects WITHOUT Plug-ins! by Steve Lidrbauch
(00:16:00) -- 2/15/2013
In this tutorial, Steve will show you how to give your text or logos the appearance of having reflections that interact movement! And you can do all of this in After Effects without using any plug-ins!

AE Basics 65: Expression Controllers PART TWO by Andrew Devis
(00:11:15) -- 1/30/2013
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 65: In this second follow-on tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to demonstrate how to apply a color Expression Controller to one part of the production.

AE Basics Extras: More Repetition PART TWO by Andrew Devis
(00:10:55) -- 1/23/2013
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. In this second 'Extra' tutorial in the AE Basics series, Andrew Devis shows how to create shapes from text, how to rotate that shape into a circle, and more.

AE Basics Extras: More Repeater PART ONE by Andrew Devis
(00:12:28) -- 1/23/2013
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Having recently completed a training course, Andrew Devis was asked about some more advanced uses for the repeater tool when working with shape layers in After Effects.

AE Basics 64: Expression Controllers PART ONE by Andrew Devis
(00:14:29) -- 1/23/2013
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 64: Expression Controllers are a way to simplify the animation controls for a given composition.

The After Effects 3D Cube by Rob Mize
(00:14:25) -- 1/17/2013
Rob Mize demonstrates the building of a 3D cube that can be animated in 3D space. Rob also shows how to pre-compose layers to quickly customize the cube with graphics, video, text or all of the above.

AE Basics 63: Persistent Disc Cache (CS6 & Above) by Andrew Devis
(00:09:37) -- 1/2/2013
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 63: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains a significant 'under the hood' improvement in CS6 which reduces the need for 'Pre-rendering' and makes After Effects much faster.

HP New Dimensions : Creative COW Magazine by Creative COW
12/27/2012
Explore workflows for stereoscopic 3D moviemaking, episodic TV, color grading, large-scale motion graphics and more, with first-person success stories using HP workstations.

AE Basics 62: Export 8 - Understanding Pre-render by Andrew Devis
(00:09:22) -- 12/26/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 62: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains what Pre-rendering is and why it would be useful in your projects.

AE Basics 61: Export 7 Media Encoder 3 - Watch Folders by Andrew Devis
(00:05:43) -- 12/19/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 61: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to create and use watch folders.

AE Basics 60: Export 6 Media Encoder 2 - Preset Groups by Andrew Devis
(00:06:40) -- 12/12/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 60: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to create preset groups and how to modify and save a custom preset.

After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 3 by Andrew Devis
(00:07:37) -- 12/11/2012
In the last part of this three part advanced text animation tutorial, Andrew Devis concludes by showing how to select the already selected text and animate each word separately such that they can be moved into any order.

After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 2 by Andrew Devis
(00:05:09) -- 12/11/2012
In the second part of this three part advanced text animation tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how once the 'Dictionary' preset has been applied we can then create a separate 'exclusion' group to fade the remaining unselected paragraph text.

After Effects: Using & Customising the Dictionary Preset 1 by Andrew Devis
(00:09:14) -- 12/11/2012
In the first part of this three part advanced text animation tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to apply and use the 'Dictionary' preset to a paragraph of text and then customise the word selection to match the words we want to use.

Audio Basics - Understanding Sample Rate by Andrew Devis
(00:09:27) -- 12/11/2012
In this occasional series on audio basics by Andrew Devis, Andrew explains what audio samples are and how they can effect the accuracy of you recording.

AE Basics 59: Export 5 - Media Encoder ONE by Andrew Devis
(00:11:12) -- 12/5/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 59: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of AE, Andrew Devis starts to show how to use the newly redesigned for CS6 Media Encoder for final output options.

AE More Than Transitions: FOUR Jitter & Animation by Andrew Devis
(00:11:48) -- 11/28/2012
In this last of four tutorials on the 'Card Wipe' effect, Andrew Devis explains the 'jitter' options in the effect and goes through some simple scenarios for animating this powerful effect as well as showing how he created the intro to the tutorial.

AE More Than Transitions: THREE Parameters Part TWO by Andrew Devis
(00:12:09) -- 11/28/2012
In this third of 4 tutorials on the 'Card Wipe' effect, Andrew Devis goes through the various camera, lighting and materials parameters for this effect looking at using the in-built camera, a comp camera and the corner pin option.

AE More Than Transitions: TWO Parameters Part ONE by Andrew Devis
(00:11:52) -- 11/28/2012
In this second of four tutorials on the 'Card Wipe' effect, Andrew Devis goes through many of the parameters for the effect showing how to customise the effect for your own use. Andrew also touches on using gradients in your comp to drive the effect.

AE More Than Transitions: ONE Setting Up the Comp by Andrew Devis
(00:11:07) -- 11/28/2012
In this first of four tutorials on the 'Card Wipe' effect, Andrew Devis shows how to set up a composition with multiple images to use in the effect.

AE Basics 58: Export 4 - Output Modules by Andrew Devis
(00:13:10) -- 11/28/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 58: This tutorial looks at getting your production out of After Effects.

AE Basics 57: Export 3 - Render Settings by Andrew Devis
(00:06:54) -- 11/21/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 57: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis goes through the render settings dialogue box.

AE Basics 56: Export 2 - Setting Up For Export by Andrew Devis
(00:05:54) -- 11/14/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 56: In this tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to set up your composition for export.

AE Basics 55: Export 1 - Dynamic Link by Andrew Devis
(00:12:43) -- 11/7/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 55: In this first tutorial looking at getting your production out of After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to use Dynamic Link to get your AE composition into Premiere Pro.

Adobe's After Effects CS6 - Difference Mattes by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:09:50) -- 10/17/2012
In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you a great, and highly underused tool inside of Adobe's After Effects, and that is the Difference Matte.

The After Effects Man of Flame by Rob Mize
(00:15:11) -- 10/8/2012
Rob Mize demonstrates how to turn your actors (and other images) into a raging blaze of living flame.

Using Paths in After Effects by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:18:17) -- 9/26/2012
In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you four different ways to use paths/masks in After Effects. Not only does he cover the basics of Path Text, but he also shows you how to animated an element on a path.

3D Camera Tracking in After Effects Part TWO by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:12:20) -- 9/25/2012
In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you, much like in the first tutorial, the ins and outs of the 3D Camera Tracker effect, but in this tutorial, he's using footage shot with an iPhone, as well as the underutilized Rotobrush tool.

3D Camera Tracking in After Effects Part ONE by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:16:44) -- 9/24/2012
In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you - much like a lot of tutorials have - how great the After Effects 3D Camera Tracker is, but he takes his tutorial two steps further by adding a keyable object into the scene that interacts with text.

You Ask, I Answer: Adjusting AE Templates To Make Them Loop by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:15:15) -- 9/22/2012
In this tutorial, a viewer asks how she can take a stock AE template that has room for 10-16 pictures, and duplicate precomps inside of her project, to essentially make a comp that could be loopable forever.

Converting Graphics to Shapes in After Effects CS6 by Richard Harrington
(00:05:37) -- 8/21/2012
Adobe After Effects CS6 offers new workflows for vector graphics. Explore these new features with Rich Harrington, including converting vector files to shape layers so that they're automatically included in AE project files.

Camera Tracking & 3D Text Extrusion in Adobe After Effects by Richard Harrington
(00:07:23) -- 8/21/2012
Adobe After Effects CS6 can apply its new 3D Camera Tracker to extruded 3D Text of course. Rich Harrington will show you how to use these tools, while also highlighting new 3D features including the new Ray-traced 3D engine and advanced lighting options.

Using The New 3D Camera Tracker in After Effects CS6 by Richard Harrington
(00:06:25) -- 8/21/2012
Adobe After Effects CS6 has a camera tracker that can add a new dimension to your compositing. Rich Harrington shows you the best approaches to AE's new 3D Camera Tracker for a variety of techniques including object placement and relighting a scene.

Using the Performance Cache in After Effects CS6 by Richard Harrington
(00:04:52) -- 8/19/2012
In this episode, you will learn how the Performance Cache feature works in Adode After Effects CS6. Rich Harrington teaches you how to maximize this option to its capacity to experience faster previews, less re-rendering, and great performance.

Using Adobe Prelude to Organize Footage by Richard Harrington
(00:07:07) -- 8/18/2012
In this episode Rich Harrington will show you how to organize your footage using Adobe Prelude CS6. You will also learn how to import footage, set it to copy to a new destination, and have it transcode media to another format.

AE Basics 54: Motion Tracking Part 2 by Andrew Devis
(00:08:55) -- 7/25/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 54: In this second part tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to demonstrate how to use the point tracker in Adobe After Effects.

AE Basics 53: Motion Tracking Part 1 by Andrew Devis
(00:10:11) -- 7/18/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 53: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to demonstrate how to use the point tracker in Adobe After Effects.

AE CS6 - NLE Roundtripping by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:11:54) -- 7/17/2012
In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows editors how to properly take a project from their NLE to Adobe's After Effects.

AE Basics 52: Paint 6 Spot & Blemish Removal by Andrew Devis
(00:09:17) -- 7/11/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 52: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use and animate the clone stamp tool in Adobe After Effects to remove spots or blemishes from your video.

You Ask, I Answer: Why are my renders so big? by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:09:53) -- 6/27/2012
In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewer's e-mail, and talks about how to properly compress your After Effects renders so they will playback properly in any application that you might need them.

Customize Text in After Effects by Rob Mize
(00:18:03) -- 6/18/2012
Rob Mize demonstrates a number of techniques to create your own unique text with After Effects. Learn how particles, masks and combinations of effects can be used to create and animate an unlimited library of text customizations.

State Sets for 3ds max 2013, Photoshop & After Effects by Michael Hurwicz
(00:12:52) -- 6/14/2012
Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz provides an introduction to State Sets, a new feature in Autodesk 3ds max 2013 that revolutionizes interoperability with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects.

AE Basics 51: Paint 5 Panel Options Part FOUR: PATHS by Andrew Devis
(00:05:56) -- 6/13/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 51: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create, copy and paste different paths into a paint path.

AE Basics 50: Paint 4 Panel Options Part THREE: Timeline by Andrew Devis
6/6/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 50: In this tutorial Andrew Devis goes through the various timeline options for paint paths in After Effects.

AE CS6 - Pro Import After Effects by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:10:29) -- 5/30/2012
In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you the newly integrated Automatic Duck Pro Import into After Effects CS6.

AE Basics 49: Paint Panel Options Part TWO by Andrew Devis
(00:05:04) -- 5/30/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 49: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to go through some of the options in the Paint Panel.

AE Basics 48: Paint Panel Options Part ONE by Andrew Devis
(00:05:37) -- 5/23/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 48: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through some of the options in the Paint Panel including a look at opacity, flow, blend modes and channels.

Creating an After Effects Sunrise by Rob Mize
(00:25:41) -- 5/18/2012
Rob Mize shows how to create the effect of a sunrise using only After Effects and a background graphic.

AE Basics 47: Creating and Customizing Brushes by Andrew Devis
(00:06:09) -- 5/16/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 47: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through some of the options for paint in After Effects and especially how to create, customize, save and delete brushes.

AE Basics 46: Mask Feather Tool (CS6 & above) by Andrew Devis
(00:12:13) -- 5/9/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 46: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the long awaited and new to CS6 'Mask Feather' tool.

AE Basics 45: Additional Range Selectors by Andrew Devis
(00:05:41) -- 5/2/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 45: In this (more advanced) tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create and use a range selector within another range selector all within one animator for a single text layer.

What's new in After Effects CS6: Shapes from Vector Layers by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:11:53) -- 4/30/2012
In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how, using the great new "Create Shapes from Vector Layers" command in After Effects CS6, you can create 3D extruded client logos in minutes.

AE Basics 44: Shaping Text And Advanced Options by Andrew Devis
(00:06:05) -- 4/25/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 44: In this (more advanced) tutorial, Andrew Devis shows the options to change the way text moves through its range.

Create a Rotating Counter TWO: Adding & Adjusting a Bounce by Andrew Devis
(00:11:21) -- 4/19/2012
In the second part of this 2 part tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to animate the rotation of this group of layers.

AE Basics 43: Text Animators Part FOUR - Per-character 3D by Andrew Devis
(00:08:55) -- 4/18/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 43: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues demonstrating some of the text animators available in the timeline.

Create a Rotating Counter ONE: Positioning 3D Layers by Andrew Devis
(00:16:34) -- 4/17/2012
In the first part of this 2 part tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create and place layers in 3d space such that they can be rotated as a single group to be used for a rotating counter.

Introducing After Effects CS6 - Extruded Text and Shapes by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:17:04) -- 4/12/2012
In this introductory tutorial to the new 3D capabilities of After Effects CS6, Kevin P McAuliffe shows the basics of how to extrude text and shapes inside of After Effects CS6.

Adobe After Effects: Compositing Actors in Virtual 3D Sets by Rob Mize
(00:12:52) -- 4/12/2012
Rob Mize follows up his Creating Virtual 3D Sets tutorial with this demonstration of how to composite real-life actors into these 3 dimensional environments.

AE Basics 42: Text Animators Part THREE - Tracking & more by Andrew Devis
(00:07:35) -- 4/11/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 42: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues demonstrating some of the text animators available in the timeline, concentrating upon the tracking, character and blur options.

AE Basics 41: Text Animators Part TWO - Fill & Stroke by Andrew Devis
(00:06:11) -- 4/4/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 41: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis continues demonstrating some of the text animators available in the timeline, concentrating upon the fill and stoke options.

The Vampire Diaries : Creative COW Magazine by Creative COW
3/31/2012
Nancy Forner ACE, one of the editors of the popular CW series The Vampire Diaries, takes readers inside the show's editing choices, pacing and style. Also featured, is Yuri Neyman ASC and his exploration of the roots of cinematography in art.

AE Basics 40: Text Animators Part ONE by Andrew Devis
(00:06:12) -- 3/28/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 40: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis begins to demonstrate some of the text animators available in the timeline, concentrating upon the 'transform' type of effects.

FreeForm Pro and Aqua Pack: Basic introductory series Part 3 by Tudor 'Ted' Jelescu
(00:18:18) -- 3/27/2012
Part 3 of the basic introductory series describes a water replacement technique using one of the projects from the Aqua Pack enhancement pack for FreeForm Pro.

AE Basics 39: Text Range Selectors Part TWO by Andrew Devis
(00:06:50) -- 3/23/2012
In this second tutorial explaining text range selectors in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to add an additional range selector to our already animated text.

AE Basics 38: Text Range Selectors Part ONE by Andrew Devis
(00:06:32) -- 3/21/2012
Range selectors in After Effects enable many text animation functions that would be quite complex to achieve through the normal 'stop-watch' approach to animation.

FreeForm Pro and Aqua Pack: Basic introductory series Part 2 by Tudor 'Ted' Jelescu
(00:19:03) -- 3/20/2012
The second tutorial from the series describes techniques for manipulating the depth map and texture map that can be used for a logo reveal.

Panning Large Scenes Using Target Layers in 3D by Andrew Devis
(00:15:26) -- 3/16/2012
In this follow-on tutorial to his short series on working in 3D space, Andrew Devis shows how to use this simple technique to quickly and accurately pan around large layers/compositions to zoom in to the exact point required each time.

FreeForm Pro and Aqua Pack - Basic introductory series. Part 1 by Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
(00:16:36) -- 3/13/2012
Introductory series (first in a set of three) for simulation of large bodies of water, water environments and water replacement in After Effects using FreeForm Pro from Mettle and the Aqua Pack enhancement pack.

Working in 3D Part 3: Simple & Fast Camera Animation Technique by Andrew Devis
(00:08:03) -- 3/9/2012
In this third tutorial (of 4) on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis demonstrates a simple camera animation technique which ensures that your camera will always animate toward your layers in 3D space no matter where you've placed them.

Working in 3D Part 2: Setting up a Static 3D Particle System by Andrew Devis
(00:10:43) -- 3/9/2012
In this second tutorial in a set of 4 on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to set up a 3D particle system so that all the particles are static for the whole of the composition.

Working in 3D Part 1: Setting up a 3D Scene by Andrew Devis
(00:11:50) -- 3/9/2012
In this first tutorial in a set of 4 on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to set up your layers in 3D space and how to view all the layers without ruining your camera view.

Working in 3D Part 4: Finessing Camera Animation by Andrew Devis
(00:11:59) -- 3/9/2012
In this final tutorial in a set of four on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis builds on the quick and simple camera animation technique demonstrated in the previous tutorial.

AE Basics 37: Animating Source Text by Andrew Devis
(00:04:35) -- 2/29/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 37: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to show how to do basic source text animation in the timeline.

Importing 3D models into Adobe's After Effects by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:08:26) -- 2/27/2012
Most people think that the only way to work with real extruded 3D elements or 3D models inside of After Effects, is by purchasing a 3rd-Party Plug-in. Well, that's just not the case.

AE Basics 36: Pimping Your Text with Layer Styles by Andrew Devis
(00:07:14) -- 2/22/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 36: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how you can take ordinary looking text and with very little effort use some simple light-weight effects to make it look outstanding.

AE Basics 35: The Character Panel by Andrew Devis
(00:09:54) -- 2/15/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 35: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows all the options in the character panel and how to use them to create good looking text.

Create Powerful Messaging with Lights and Particles by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:20:59) -- 2/9/2012
In this video tutorial, Kevin P. McAuliffe creates an end page for a commercial focused on tennis rackets.

Particular Basic Training Session FOUR: Sticky Snow by Mike Park
(00:16:30) -- 2/8/2012
In this fourth tutorial in the Particular Basic training series, Michael Park answers a user's forum question on how to accumulate particles on 2d footage using Particular.

AE Basics 34: Font Selection and Faux Options by Andrew Devis
(00:04:01) -- 2/8/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 34: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to quickly select and change your font selection and modify its look and feel with the Faux options in the character panel.

AE Basics 33: Options for Creating Text by Andrew Devis
(00:06:44) -- 2/1/2012
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 33: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to look at text creation and animation in After Effects starting with the different ways to create text in the composition panel.

Virtual 3D Sets with After Effects by Rob Mize
(00:22:15) -- 1/24/2012
Rob Mize demonstrates techniques for creating a virtual set in 3D space. He shows how you can build sophisticated, detailed environments, where your actors appear to interact with their 3 dimensional surroundings.

Lite Bite for After Effects: The Tilt Shift Effect by Martin Ainsworth
(00:05:16) -- 1/23/2012
In this tutorial, Martin Ainsworth will demonstrate the "Tilt Shift" effect also known as "Toy Town Look" using Abobe After Effect. This simple yet very power technique can add an extra dimension to an opening introduction.

Create a Realistic 3D End Tag in Adobe After Effects by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:11:21) -- 1/17/2012
In this Boris video tutorial, Kevin P. McAuliffe creates an end tag with Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE's new Stage Light effect. BCC Stage Light lets you create volumetric lighting from any light that you add to your After Effects composition.

Lite Bite for After Effects: How do I use 8 or 16 bpc effects on 16 or 32 pbc projects? by Andrew Devis
(00:02:56) -- 1/17/2012
"Lite Bites" are short no-frills tutorials giving quick answers for busy people. In this next AE Lite Bite tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use 8 or 16 bpc effects safely on 16 or 32 bpc projects.

Lite Bite for After Effects: How do I animate Text on a Path? by Andrew Devis
(00:03:08) -- 1/10/2012
"Lite Bites" are short no-frills tutorials giving quick answers for busy people. In this next AE Lite Bite tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to quickly and easily animate text on a path.

You Ask....I Answer: Masking vs Track Matting Part 2: Adobe After Effects by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:09:29) -- 1/9/2012
In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe takes a look at doing the same viewer requested track matting technique he showed in Motion 5, but the time he demonstrates the technique inside of Adobe After Effects.

AE Lite Bite: How do I create a simple Light Wrap? by Andrew Devis
(00:03:39) -- 1/2/2012
"Lite Bites" are short no-frills tutorials giving quick answers for busy people.

Douglas Trumbull : Creative COW Magazine by Creative COW
12/30/2011
Douglas Trumbull looks forward; The Dog Days of 3D; David Boyd ASC talks about "The Walking Dead"; Cinema Verite with the Sony PMW-F3; Walter Biscardi looks at Avid, Apple and Adobe; Stephen Menick plans for a DSLR shoot.

Particular Basic Training Session THREE: The 3D Starfield by Mike Park
(00:19:05) -- 12/30/2011
In this third installment of the Particular Basic Training series, Michael Park will show how to use Particular to create a realistic 3d star field for all of your animation needs.

AE Basics 32: Creating a Motion Background with Shapes Layers by Andrew Devis
(00:16:27) -- 12/30/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 32

AE Basics 31: Brainstorm & Shape Layers by Andrew Devis
(00:07:07) -- 12/28/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 31: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates the "Brainstorm" function with shape layers.

Film Fading to Black : Creative COW Magazine by Creative COW
12/22/2011
Within the last year, ARRI, Panavision and Aaton have all ceased production of their film cameras to focus exclusively on the design and manufacture of digital cameras. Somewhere in the world, right now, someone is holding the last movie film camera ever

Using the Scribble & Stroke Effects by Andrew Devis
(00:14:36) -- 12/22/2011
The "Scribble" and the "Stroke" effects are often overlooked due to the fact that it isn't immediately obvious how they work as they won't work unless applied in a very particular way.

HP Supplemental Edition : Creative COW Magazine by Creative COW
12/21/2011
Creative COW Magazine Special Edition, 'Free Your Mind: How Mac Users are Using the HPZ800 For Power and Profit.'

AE Basics 30: The Write-on Effect by Andrew Devis
(00:14:59) -- 12/21/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 30: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates the "Write-on" Effect in After Effects.

Create an American Idol-style 3D Volumetric Lighting Effect by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:12:26) -- 12/20/2011
Kevin P. McAuliffe uses BCC 8 AE's new Stage Light filter to create a 3D volumetric lighting effect with a watermark similar to what you might see on "American Idol" or "The X Factor".

AE Basics 29: Shape Layers Part 13 - Creating a True Spiral Using Illustrator Paths by Andrew Devis
(00:07:05) -- 12/19/2011
Lesson 29: In this thirteenth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis looks at the problem of creating and animating a true spiral in After Effects and how it can be done by using paths copied from Illustrator.

Character Design and Animation in AE: Part Two by Rob Mize
(00:16:44) -- 12/13/2011
In part 2, Rob Mize presents the After Effects work flow he uses to bring to life the character created in part 1. By keyframing shape paths, Rob demonstrates how we can not only animate the character's features, but her speech as well.

Character Design and Animation in AE: Part One by Rob Mize
(00:15:26) -- 12/2/2011
Rob Mize demonstrates the process of designing, creating and animating a character entirely in After Effects. Part 1 focuses on the design and creation of the character using nothing more than AE shapes.

AE Basics 28: Shape Layers Part 12 - The Zig Zag Operand by Andrew Devis
(00:02:50) -- 11/30/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 28: In the twelfth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis explains the Zig Zag operand.

AE Basics 27: Shape Layers Part 11 - Wiggle Transform by Andrew Devis
(00:04:11) -- 11/25/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 27: In the eleventh tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis demonstrates the Wiggle Transform operand.

AE Basics 26: Shape Layers Part 10 - Twist & Wiggle Paths by Andrew Devis
11/23/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 26: In the tenth tutorial looking specifically at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis demonstrates the Twist & Wiggle Paths operands.

AE Basics 25: Shape Layers Part 9 - Trim Paths by Andrew Devis
(00:05:03) -- 11/18/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 25: In the ninth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis surveys the Trim Paths operand.

AE Basics 24: Shape Layers Part 8 - Round Corner & Stroke by Andrew Devis
(00:03:23) -- 11/16/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 24: In the eighth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis investigates the Round Corners operand and how to add an additional Stroke to your shape.

Flying Paint - Simulating liquids with AE particles Part 3 by Matthew Tompkins
(00:13:48) -- 11/14/2011
In this final part of the "Simulating Liquids with AE Particles" tutorial, I demonstrate the Time Remapping function within After Effects to help further slow down the animation. This will allow for further cosmetic touches.

Flying Paint - Simulating liquids with AE particles Part 1 by Matthew Tompkins
(00:20:13) -- 11/11/2011
Exploring CC Particle World and CC Vector blur and setting up the initial simulation of liquid particles within After Effects.

Flying Paint - Simulating liquids with AE particles Part 2 by Matthew Tompkins
(00:16:15) -- 11/11/2011
Exploring CC Particle World and CC Vector blur and setting up the initial simulation of liquid particles within After Effects.

AE Basics 23: Shape Layers Part 7 - The Repeater Operand by Andrew Devis
(00:08:44) -- 11/11/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 23: In the seventh tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis takes us through the powerful "Repeater" operand.

AE Basics 22: Shape Layers Part 6 - Pucker & Bloat by Andrew Devis
(00:02:16) -- 11/9/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 22: In the sixth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis guides new users through the Pucker & Bloat operand.

The Beauty of AE Shapes: Top 10 Features Countdown by Rob Mize
(00:23:51) -- 11/7/2011
Rob Mize offers his Top 10 Countdown of the features that make AE shapes such a versatile compositing tool. Rob highlights the functionality of these features and demonstrates just how practical shapes can be in your production efforts.

AE Basics 21: Shape Layers Part 5 - Offset Paths by Andrew Devis
(00:03:06) -- 11/4/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 21: In the fifth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis looks at the Offset Paths function.

AE Basics 20: Shape Layers Part 4 - Merge Paths by Andrew Devis
(00:04:23) -- 11/2/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 20: In the fourth tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis starts to look at the operands or FX that can be applied to shape layers in After Effects.

Ghost of Goodnight Lane : Creative COW Magazine by Creative COW
10/31/2011
This issue features articles from Kevin Blank; the COW's visit to IBC in Amsterdam; filming 'Ghost of Goodnight Lane'; a look at HBO's digital future; Douglas Trumbull; and a moving tribute to Steve Jobs.

Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE Part 3: Creating & Linking Shapes to Tracks by Andrew Devis
(00:13:24) -- 10/28/2011
In this third and final tutorial on Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE, Andrew Devis shows how to draw the final shapes needed to rotoscope the person and also how to add a feather to specific points in the matte created.

Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE Part 2: Tracking & Adjusting Tracks by Andrew Devis
(00:19:16) -- 10/28/2011
In this second of three tutorials on Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE, Andrew Devis looks at tracking elements on different planes and then adjusting those tracks with a couple of different methods.

Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE Part 1: Tools to create and export shapes by Andrew Devis
(00:22:04) -- 10/28/2011
In this first of 3 tutorials on Rotoscoping with Mocha for AE, Andrew Devis introduces the tools needed to work quickly and efficiently in Mocha to create shapes and output those shapes to AE.

Twixtor - Working with Edits in Sony Vegas by Lori Freitag
(00:06:52) -- 10/28/2011
This Tutorial explains when it is appropriate to use VideoFX and when to use MediaFX for Twixtor and how to deal with different re-timing scenarios such as Speeding up, slowing down and fit-to-fill.

In The Loop - A Killer Expression by Matthew Tompkins
(00:12:23) -- 10/27/2011
A detailed explanation and demonstration of the uses of the loop expression in After Effects.

AE Basics 18: Shape Layers Part 3 - Text & The Pen Tool by Andrew Devis
(00:11:05) -- 10/26/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 19: In the third tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to use both the Text tool and the Pen tool to create shapes in After Effects.

Creating & Using Masks in After Effects by Andrew Devis
(00:14:27) -- 10/25/2011
This tutorial was made as a direct request from a former user of Final Cut Pro who wanted to know how to mask in an efficient way in After Effects.

Advanced Workflow Tips and Tricks - Element Replacement by Matthew Tompkins
(00:02:52) -- 10/20/2011
Introducing two essential workflow keyboard shortcuts enabling the After Effect's user to quickly replace layer items or elements with another whilst also retaining and inheriting all of its keyframes, effects and transform data.

The Beauty of Shapes: Vector Art by Rob Mize
(00:19:31) -- 10/19/2011
Rob Mize demonstrates how to use shapes to change low resolution raster art into sharp, clean, high quality vector images. This is a quick and easy technique to improve the appearance and versatility of your logos and other graphic images.

AE Basics 18: Shape Layers Part 2 - Gradients & Properties by Andrew Devis
(00:13:14) -- 10/19/2011
AE Basics: A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 18: In the second tutorial looking at Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis starts to look a little more in depth at some of the fill and stroke options for shapes layers.

Particular Basic Training Session TWO: The Stargate Wormhole by Mike Park
(00:36:44) -- 10/18/2011
In this second Particular basic training tutorial, Michael Park will demonstrate how to recreate a portion of the wormhole sequence from the movie "Stargate" using Trapcode Particular and Adobe After Effects.

RGB Split Effect in After Effects by Sean Mullen
(00:09:20) -- 10/17/2011
In this tutorial, Designer Sean Mullen shows us how to create the well-known RGB split effect in After Effects without the use of any third party plugins.

Particular Basic Training 01 - The Fountain by Mike Park
(00:25:27) -- 10/13/2011
In this tutorial, Michael Park will teach some basic skills for using Trapcode Particular by creating jets of water using particles to enhance a still image of a fountain.

AE Basics 17: Shape Layers Part 1 by Andrew Devis
(00:10:47) -- 10/12/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 17: In this first tutorial on Shape Layers in After Effects, Andrew Devis starts by showing the difference between masks created on a layer and shape layers.

Easily Create Stereo Animations in After Effects by Sean Mullen
(00:09:33) -- 10/10/2011
How to Create Stereoscopic animations in After Effects using the Rampant Stereo Suite from the Creative COW Master Tools.

Creating Fire Using CC Particle World by
(00:26:20) -- 10/9/2011
In this video tutorial with Steve Lidrbauch, you will learn how to build fire using just the built-in tools inside of After Effects, using CC Particle World, Turbulent Displace, Colorama, luma & alpha channels, and more.

AE Basics 16: Parenting by Andrew Devis
(00:14:00) -- 10/5/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 16: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces parenting in After Effects and shows how complex animations can be created with very few keyframes by using parenting.

Creating the AE Cosmos: The Atom, Part 2 by Rob Mize
(00:21:02) -- 10/4/2011
In Part 2 of creating the atom, Rob Mize shows how to use expressions and a null to consolidate and unify control of the separate particle layers' cameras. Rob uses the layer's stretch to adjust the speed of the electrons orbiting the nucleus.

Creating the AE Cosmos: The Atom, Part 1 by Rob Mize
(00:21:04) -- 10/3/2011
In this edition of Creating the AE Cosmos, Rob Mize turns his attentions to the quantum universe. Rob demonstrates how to create a dynamic 3D model of an atom using only nulls, expressions and CC Particle World.

Creating a Run Cycle in After Effects Part 1 by Andrew Devis
(00:11:38) -- 9/30/2011
In the first part of this two part tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the basic things that you will need to have in mind when creating a run (or walk) cycle for a character you may be animating in After Effects.

Creating a Run Cycle in After Effects Part 2 by Andrew Devis
(00:09:12) -- 9/30/2011
In the second part of this two part tutorial on creating a basic run cycle (or walk cycle) in After Effects, Andrew Devis continues where he left off in the first tutorial.

AE Basics 15: Motion Paths Part 3 - Masks & Paths by Andrew Devis
(00:10:16) -- 9/28/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 15: In this third and final tutorial on motion paths, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to use masks and paths created in other applications or in other ways in After Effects.

Wiggling a Single Dimension by Andrew Devis
(00:08:36) -- 9/22/2011
In this short tutorial, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to 'wiggle' a single dimension with the wiggle expression.

Multi-layer Keying in After Effects Part 4 - Creating Variable Width Edge Feather With Mocha For AE by Andrew Devis
(00:12:22) -- 9/22/2011
In this tutorial (which is included as the last part of his series on multi-layer keying) Andrew Devis demonstrated a really nice feature in Mocha for AE (a free program that ships with After Effects).

Multi-layer Keying in After Effects Part 3 - Dealing with Edge Issues by Andrew Devis
(00:16:59) -- 9/21/2011
In this third tutorial in a set of four on basic multi-layered keying in Adobe After Effects using Keylight 1.2, Andrew Devis shows how to deal with a specific problem that can occur with some keyed footage.

AE Basics 14: Motion Paths Part 2 - Additional Tools by Andrew Devis
(00:08:04) -- 9/21/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for After Effects. Lesson 14: In this tutorial on motion paths, Andrew Devis introduces a couple of useful panels for automatic creation of motion paths and automatic smoothing of keyframes to give a better result.

Multi-layer Keying in After Effects Part 2 - Dealing with Multiple Light Spill Issues by Andrew Devis
(00:07:50) -- 9/20/2011
In the second of 4 tutorials on basic multi-layered keying in Adobe After Effects using Keylight 1.2, Andrew Devis shows how to deal with light spill issues on separate parts of the keyed footage.

Multi-layer Keying in After Effects Part 1 - Pulling a Basic Key by Andrew Devis
(00:18:54) -- 9/19/2011
In this first of 4 tutorials on basic multi-layer keying in Adobe After Effects using Keylight 1.2, Andrew Devis starts by showing how and explaining why you might need a garbage matte for most keying work.

Creating the AE Cosmos: Comets, Meteors & Asteroids by Rob Mize
(00:22:40) -- 9/15/2011
Rob Mize continues his demonstration of cosmic creation with the addition of comets, meteors and asteroids to the AE cosmos. Just like the real universe, they're all made with particles; no third party plug-ins required.

AE Basics 13: Motion Paths Part 1 - Basics by Andrew Devis
(00:08:36) -- 9/14/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 13: Andrew explains the basics of motion paths and how to modify them for use in your animations, along with some hints and tips to get the best results with little effort.

After Effects From The Ground Up - Chapter 1 Lesson 6: Putting Everything Together by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:20:03) -- 9/7/2011
In the last lesson in Chapter 1, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to apply everything you've learned up to date to create a lower third in After Effects, and then goes through how to render the file out, so it's ready to include in your show.

AE Basics 12: Animation 2 - Easing Keyframes by Andrew Devis
(00:13:40) -- 9/7/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 12: In this second tutorial on the process of animation in After Effects, Andrew Devis explains how to make your animations look far better.

Camera Mapping in After Effects by Andrew Devis
(00:21:19) -- 9/3/2011
In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to create parallax with a single item. Parallax is when items in a image appear to move in different ways to other parts of the same image.

AE Basics 11: Animation 1 - Creating Keyframes by Andrew Devis
(00:14:58) -- 8/31/2011
A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 11: In this tutorial to the process of animation in After Effects, Andrew Devis explains and demonstrates how to animate a property in After Effects using Keyframes and interpolation.

AE Basics 10: Transforms - Fixed Effects by Andrew Devis
(00:10:52) -- 8/24/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 10: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to select, understand and use the 'transforms' or 'Fixed Effects' that are automatically added to every layer in your composition.

The Best of Free - Video Copilot's Reflect by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:04:45) -- 8/22/2011
In the next "Best of Free" tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe looks at a great free plug-in for Adobe's After Effects for both Mac and WIndows that will help you create reflections on your work in seconds, as opposed to minutes.

Creating the AE Cosmos: Galaxies by Rob Mize
(00:31:28) -- 8/22/2011
Rob Mize continues his cosmic creation with the addition of a 3D galaxy. This tutorial also demonstrates the dynamics of the creative process by showing how parameters are adjusted to "tweak" the image to the desired result.

Premiere Pro: Matching Cameras & Composit Elements in After Effects & Using That Information in PP by Andrew Devis
(00:19:22) -- 8/22/2011
In this colour correction tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the tools in After Effects both to get excellent colour matching results in After Effects and also to provide information that can be copied into Premiere Pro.

AE Basics 9: Fitting Items and Creating Solids by Andrew Devis
(00:15:12) -- 8/17/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 9: In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to fit assets to the size of your composition as well as showing the possible dangers of choosing the wrong option.

AE Basics 8: Timeline Basics 3 - Work-area & layer short-cuts by Andrew Devis
(00:09:37) -- 8/10/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects: Lesson 8 -- In this next tutorial, Andrew Devis shows some of the short-cuts in the layers part of the timeline.

Adobe After Effects Quick Tip - Placeholders by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:02:15) -- 8/7/2011
In this Quick Tip, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you that you don't need to worry about having every element you need to create your After Effects composition right from the start.

After Effects From The Ground Up - Chapter 1 Lesson 5: Text by Kevin P. McAuliffe
(00:14:31) -- 8/5/2011
In many cases, the first time someone new to Motion Graphics opens Adobe's After Effects, it's to do something with text, and although it might be simple to put letters on the screen, you always find yourself needing to do more.

After Effects From The Ground Up - Chapter 1 Lesson 4: Masking by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:21:00) -- 8/3/2011
Another After Effects fundamental is Masking, but masking is something that in most training is quickly covered, and only shows you the absolute basics, and leaves you not only wanting, but needing more direction.

AE Basics 7: Timeline Basics 2 by Andrew Devis
(00:09:00) -- 8/3/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 7 Part 2: In the second part of this seventh tutorial, Andrew Devis continues to go through all the 'bells & whistles' or buttons in the timeline panel.

AE Basics 7: Timeline Basics 1 by Andrew Devis
(00:09:53) -- 7/27/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 7 Part 1: In the first part of this seventh tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to go through all the 'bells & whistles' or buttons in the timeline panel.

Photoshop and AE: Layer Comps by Richard Harrington
(00:08:30) -- 7/27/2011
In this episode of Video Adrenaline for Photoshop and After Effects, Richard Harrington explores layer comps in Adobe Photo and then shows how easy it is to spit out multiple versions of your file to bring into Adobe After Effects.

Creating the AE Cosmos: The Sun by Rob Mize
(00:23:54) -- 7/22/2011
Rob Mize shows how to create a dynamic 3D sun in 3D space using only CC Particle World. He then demonstrates the versatility of this effect by adjusting the parameters to animate the sun into a supernova explosion.

After Effects Quick Tip - Set First Vertex by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:01:57) -- 7/21/2011
Have you ever wanted to change the point where an animated mask starts, or where something animating along a path begins? Don't settle for where After Effects wants to start it, tell it where to start by setting the first vertex.

AE Basics 6: Previewing Your Work by Andrew Devis
(00:10:36) -- 7/20/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 6: In this sixth tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through the options for previewing your compositions in After Effects.

AE Basics 5: Naming & Organising by Andrew Devis
(00:08:12) -- 7/13/2011
AE Basics -- A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 5: In this fifth tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to name items in your project panel, timeline and effects control panel.

After Effects Quick Tip - Brainstorm by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:03:16) -- 7/9/2011
Have you ever been stuck coming up with an idea when working in After Effects? Ever had a picky producer, who has no idea what they want? Brainstorm is the perfect tool to use, to help get your creativity flowing, no matter what the situation.

AE Basics 4: Importing Photoshop Documents (PSDs) by Andrew Devis
(00:11:25) -- 7/6/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects. Lesson 4: In this fourth tutorial, Andrew Devis goes over the options After Effects gives you for importing Photoshop documents.

AE Basics 3: Creating Compositions by Andrew Devis
(00:10:12) -- 6/29/2011
In this third tutorial from the AE Basics series, Andrew Devis shows how to create compositions in After Effects. Compositions are the 'boxes' in which you work with your assets.

AE Basics 2: Importing Assets by Andrew Devis
(00:05:55) -- 6/22/2011
AE Basics - A Creative COW series for new users of Adobe After Effects - in this second tutorial Andrew Devis looks at how to get your assets in to After Effects with a variety of useful methods from direct import to browsing in Adobe Bridge.

Adobe After Effects Quick Tip - Re-Positioning Made Easy by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:01:48) -- 6/17/2011
Don't waste time trying to adjust the parameters of your keyframes when a client wants to make a change. These types of changes should be quick and easy...and they are.

AE Basics 1: Workspaces by Andrew Devis
(00:09:19) -- 6/15/2011
In this first tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces After Effects workspaces - how to modify, save, reset and delete them - as well as showing how to move panels around to create a custom workspace just the way you want it!

Quick Tip - After Effects - After Effects Mathematics by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:01:44) -- 6/15/2011
Do you wish there was an easy way to make quick mathematical adjustments to your parameter values inside of After Effects (i.e. - increase your scale by 3.78 times)? Well, believe it or not, there is.

Shatter-Mation in After Effects by Rob Mize
(00:25:07) -- 6/8/2011
Rob Mize introduces "Shatter-Mation", the use of AE's Shatter Effect to animate text, logos and other shapes.

After Effects From The Ground Up Chapter 1 Lesson 3 by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:17:21) -- 5/30/2011
In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe introduces the most important concept when using After Effects. Keyframing.

Creative COW Master Series: Automating Photoshop with Richard Harrington by Richard Harrington
(00:30) -- 5/26/2011
The Creative COW Master Series is pleased to introduce internationally known trainer, Richard Harrington as your guide into the powerful world of automating Photoshop.

AE From The Ground Up - Chapter 1 Lesson 2 by Kevin P McAuliffe
(14:35) -- 5/25/2011
In this second lesson of a complete training series for Adobe's After Effects, we look at working with clips in your composition, as well as learning about clip based effects, and how you will build on these 'basic' effects into more complex animations.

Adobe After Effects Quick Tip - Cleaning up messy projects by Kevin P McAuliffe
(02:27) -- 5/23/2011
Nothing is worse than trying to work in an After Effects project that's an absolute mess. In this Quick Tip, you will see how simple it is to clean up a project to make it easier to work in, or archive.

Freeform Pro Gener8tor by Ben Griggs
(20:17) -- 5/19/2011
In this tutorial we'll take a look at the generator functions in Freeform Pro and do things that could never be done in After Effects before. At the end, you can take the finished project file and make totally original in a few clicks.

Particle World Transitions: Part 2 by Rob Mize
(30:28) -- 5/17/2011
Rob Mize further develops the techniques demonstrated in Part 1 of this tutorial. He applies the Particle World Text to Sand effect to 3D text created using the Shatter Effect, and composites that onto a background.

Quick Tip - After Effects - Auto-Creating Compositions by Kevin P McAuliffe
(01:50) -- 5/15/2011
When working in Adobe's After Effects, you can get footage from just about anywhere, and in most cases, you don't have the time to figure out what the client gave you, as in most cases, they don't even know.

3D Sci-Fi Metallic Typography by Matthew Tompkins
(10:20) -- 5/11/2011
Create a cool 3D sci-fi textured type look in Adobe After Effects with Matthew Tompkins, using the Fractal Noise, Texturize and Roughen Edges effects along with Expressions, Luma Mattes, Motion Blur and pseudo 3D Camera techniques.

Adobe After Effects Quick Tip - Importing Image Sequences by Kevin P McAuliffe
(02:33) -- 5/10/2011
Importing is a way of life for After Effects users, but sometimes we end up taking the long road without even realizing it. In this Quick Tip, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to handle image sequences so they are easier to work with in your AE projects.

AE From The Ground Up - Chapter 1 Lesson 1 by Kevin P McAuliffe
(16:23) -- 5/9/2011
In Chapter 1, we cover the basics of learning how to create a lower third, but also build a foundation for new users to advance their skills quickly to move onto more intermediate projects.

Particle World Transitions: Part 1 by Rob Mize
(31:04) -- 5/2/2011
Rob Mize demonstrates how to use Particle World in After Effects to transition text, logos and other images into a variety of particle effects, including sand, dust, smoke, fire...even a melting effect.

3D tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro: Part 2 by Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
(16:37) -- 4/29/2011
Part 2 of the 3d Tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro describes a second technique for creating a straight tunnel, with more of a tech look, inspired by the movie Tron. Part 3 coming soon.

Creating Pseudo Effects for After Effects by Jesse Toula
(29:35) -- 4/6/2011
In this podcast, Jesse Toula shows the advantages to using Pseudo Effects, will walk through creating one from scratch in an .XML file, and assist you in making your own presets more organized and professional looking.

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 4: Repousse by Andrew Devis
(23:32) -- 4/4/2011
In this final tutorial on extruding 3D text & shapes in After Effects, Andrew Devis has a look at using Repousse from Photoshop as a way of creating quite detailed 3D text.

3D tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro: Part 1 by Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
(17:36) -- 4/4/2011
Part 1 of this tutorial series on 3D tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro explores the ability of the new FreeForm Pro plugin to create organic looking 3d tunnels in AE.

Create an After Effects Tornado by Rob Mize
(29:39) -- 3/30/2011
Rob Mize demonstrates how to create a tornado in After Effects and control all aspects of its appearance and movement. It's all done with Particle World so there are no 3rd party plug-ins required.

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 3: Zaxwerks & 3D Applications by Andrew Devis
(18:03) -- 3/28/2011
In this third tutorial on extruding 3D text and shapes in After Effects, Andrew Devis looks at a plug-in specifically designed for the task by Zaxwerks.

Out of the Rabbit Hole - Text Transitions by Grant Swanson
(22:36) -- 3/23/2011
Learn tips about working in 3D, using cameras, expressions, and the graph editor - all while making a unique Carroll-esque motion graphic title sequence.

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 2: The Shatter Method by Andrew Devis
(20:48) -- 3/21/2011
In this second tutorial on extruding 3D text and shapes in After Effects, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to use the shatter effect to create some stylish and fast rendering 3D text and shapes.

Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 1: The Duplication Method by Andrew Devis
(17:52) -- 3/14/2011
Extruding 3D text and shapes can be done in a number of different ways in After Effects using either native tools or 3rd party plug-ins.

Stylizing Footage with Advanced Blending by Richard Harrington
(05:41) -- 3/9/2011
In this tutorial Richard Harrington shows how to create footage effects using advanced blending options inside of Adobe Photoshop. The PSD is exported to After Effects where additional editing and compositing is done.

Part 2: Scripting For After Effects by Jesse Toula
(33:42) -- 3/7/2011
In this tutorial, Jesse Toula will walk you through the basics of creating scripts for After Effects. Part 2 focuses on the After Effects specific concepts as we go through the creation of a simple script.

Sketching with After Effects by Rob Mize
(18:27) -- 3/4/2011
Rob Mize shows how to use After Effects to create the effect of sketching images onto the screen. Created from your video or other images, the sketch can then animate as rolling footage.

Part 1: Scripting for After Effects by Jesse Toula
(25:06) -- 3/3/2011
In this tutorial, Jesse Toula will walk you through the basics to scripting for After Effects. Part 1 will go over the basic JavaScript concepts that will be needed to create your first script.

Adjusting Depth of Field by Richard Harrington
(07:11) -- 3/2/2011
In this podcast Richard Harrington shows how to modify the depth of field blurring inside of a clip. Richard uses Photoshop to create a luma matte and After Effects to apply the Lens Blur Filter.

Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 2 by Rob Mize
(27:10) -- 2/25/2011
In Part 2 of Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Rob Mize shows how to use particles (both Trapcode Particular and Particle World) to expand your creative options when generating and animating Bar Graphs, Line Graphs and Pie Charts in 3D space.

Using Gradient Wipes by Richard Harrington
(05:56) -- 2/23/2011
In this podcast Richard Harrington uses Photoshop to create custom gradient wipe transitions to be used with the Gradient Wipe Transition Effect inside of Adobe After Effects.

Exploring 3D Mesh Objects by Richard Harrington
(06:32) -- 2/16/2011
In this podcast Richard Harrington shows how to create your own 3D Objects in Photoshop and then import them into After Effects as true 3D Models.

Making a 3D Set by Richard Harrington
(09:17) -- 2/9/2011
In this podcast Richard Harrington makes a quick 3D Set out of a single photo. Richard uses Photoshop to create multiple planes from the image and After Effects to finish the 3D environment.

Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 1 by Rob Mize
(00:28:58) -- 2/3/2011
In this video tutorial, Rob Mize shows how to use After Effects to create masks and simple expressions to generate and animate Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Area Graphs and Pie Charts in 3D space.

5th Anniversary Issue : Creative COW Magazine by Creative COW
2/2/2011
In the Fifth Anniversary Issue of Creative COW Magazine, we look at some of the people, stories, techniques, processes and workflows that took Creative COW Magazine from a fledgling publication to an industry leader in five short years.

Animating with the Puppet Tool by Richard Harrington
(10:20) -- 2/2/2011
In this video tutorial podcast Richard Harrington shows a quick technique used to animate and selectively warp an image inside of Adobe After Effect. Richard uses masking and refine edges to prepare the animation inside Photoshop.

Converting Frame Rates by Richard Harrington
(05:03) -- 1/26/2011
In this AE podcast Richard Harrington explores 'Retiming Footage' and how you can convert frame rates easily using advanced frame blending controls inside of After Effects.

Distressed Text by Richard Harrington
(08:05) -- 1/19/2011
In this podcast Richard Harrington shows a technique for distressing text using a photo layer as a texture map. Richard starts the project in Photoshop and finishes working with the layers in After Effects for the final touches.

Animating a Camera 3: Controllers & Point of View by Andrew Devis
(13:39) -- 1/19/2011
Andrew Devis shows how to build a controller layer to simplify the process of animating the camera rig and what happens when you have the right settings but the wrong layer order.

Animating a Camera 2: Simple Rig by Andrew Devis
(11:06) -- 1/18/2011
In this second tutorial podcast on animating cameras in After Effects, Andrew Devis explains how to create a simple camera rig, and why it is important to get the order of the layers correct to achieve predictable results.

Animating a Camera 1: Camera Difficulties by Andrew Devis
(16:37) -- 1/17/2011
In this podcast, Andrew Devis explains some of the behaviors and problems that are common to camera animation and then shows how to do a simple one dimensional animation, while pointing out why that solution cannot be used for more than one dimension.

Waveform Monitors in After Effects by Andrew Devis
(12:20) -- 1/16/2011
In this AE podcast Andrew Devis introduces us to the Luma Waveform Monitor and how it can be used to correct a shot and stay within safe limits.

Creating a Film Look by Richard Harrington
(07:04) -- 1/12/2011
In this PS podcast Richard Harrington uses Adobe Photoshop Extended CS5 to work with footage files and create a film look. Richard uses smart filters, masking, grains and a vinette to create the final look. After Effects is used to batch render the comp.

The Vectorscope in After Effects by Andrew Devis
(14:26) -- 1/8/2011
In this AE tutorial podcast Andrew Devis shows how to find, set-up and use the vectorscope in AE to look at whole images as well as specific regions of interest.

Secondary Color Correction with Lab Color Mode by Richard Harrington
(08:23) -- 1/3/2011
In this podcast Richard Harrington shows how to use Lab Color in Photoshop Extended CS5 to do some secondary color correction. Richard then imports the PSD into After Effects to do some additional compositing.

Dynamic Link for the AE Workflow by Andrew Devis
(14:27) -- 12/31/2010
In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains the basics of dynamic link and then show you how to create a new PP sequence that is the same size as your AE composition.

Laser Writing in After Effects by Rob Mize
(22:32) -- 12/30/2010
Write with lasers. Rob Mize uses After Effects to create a laser effect and controls it with motion paths created from shapes layers. The use of track mattes enables the laser to burn text, shapes and logos in backgrounds. No 3rd party plug-ins required.

Secondary Color Correction in After Effects by Andrew Devis
(10:12) -- 12/13/2010
In this second color correction tutorial Andrew Devis will show you how to apply the very powerful tool of secondary color correction using the free Synthetic Aperture plug-in 'Color Finesse' that ships with Adobe After Effects CS3, CS4 and CS5.

Primary Color Correction in After Effects by Andrew Devis
(19:22) -- 12/9/2010
In this video tutorial podcast, Andrew Devis will show you how to access and use top quality color correction tools within Adobe After Effects by using the free Synthetic Aperture plug-in 'Color Finesse' which ships with After Effects CS3, CS4 and CS5.

Separating Elements using Mocha 2 Tracking by Andrew Devis
(24:48) -- 12/8/2010
In this AE video tutorial podcast Andrew Devis will show you how to separate out different elements in your footage using Mocha 2 tracking that now comes with After Effects CS5.

Creating a 3d Winter Scene with Photoshop and Particular by Michael Park
(18:45) -- 12/7/2010
In this video tutorial podcast, Michael Park spreads a little Holiday cheer by creating a stylized Winter scene, complete with true 3d text and a forest of trees. Michael uses Trapcode Particular, Photoshop and Adobe After Effects, project files included.

Gravity in After Effects by Jesse Toula
(31:10) -- 12/2/2010
Expressions in After Effects can be used to save you from doing a ton of animation by hand. In this video tutorial, learn to use some simple math functions and expressions to create a bouncing effect in After Effects.

Creating a Snow Globe in After Effects by Rob Mize
(23:09) -- 11/23/2010
Rob Mize shows you how to use shapes and solids in After Effects to create your own custom snow globe that you customize with your own media. Use particles and fonts to create organic or ornamental snowflakes, all without the use of 3rd party plug-ins.

Custom Shatter Maps by Jesse Toula
(14:08) -- 11/23/2010
Custom shatter maps are not talked about very often, but they can be very useful in creating some unique effects. In this video tutorial, I will take you through what a shatter map should look like, and how to use it to control your shatter.

Trapcode Particular: Fall Transition Effect by Michael Park
(17:04) -- 11/23/2010
In this tutorial, Michael Park will demonstrate how to create a festive fall transition using some leaf textures along with Trapcode Particular.

The AE Color Space by Andrew Devis
(12:11) -- 11/23/2010
In this After Effects video tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how this works and shows how to set up a colour profile for your project; and then how to embed it into your output so that you can be sure all your hard work will be properly represented...

Create Customized Transitions by Rob Mize
(22:08) -- 11/19/2010
In this AE video tutorial, Rob Mize uses After Effects to create a unique customized matte wipe for use in popular editing systems like Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and Avid. Rob uses After Effects' Puppet Tool to animate a bug graphic...

Basic Color Correction by Nathan Walters
(05:24) -- 11/1/2010
Color Correction is a great tool to enhance the style of your shots. These easy techniques can make a huge difference in your result, so make color correction a necessity in each of your projects. This video tutorial teaches color correction in AE...

Creating the Harry Potter Lumos Effect by Michael Park
(17:59) -- 10/14/2010
In this video tutorial, Michael Park will demonstrate how to recreate the famous Lumos spell effect as seen in the Harry Potter films, using only the built in capabilities of After Effects.

Using Audio To Control Effects - 2 - The More Elegant Approach! by Andrew Devis
(09:22) -- 10/13/2010
The word 'elegant' in a tutorial title? This follow-on tutorial to the previous one, which gave a more 'workmanlike' approach to controlling effects and parameters with audio, shows how to keep things well organised, with all your controllers...

Using Audio To Control Effects - 1 - The Workmanlike Approach by Andrew Devis
(09:47) -- 10/13/2010
This is the first of 2 tutorials which do the same thing but with slightly different methods. This version is the both slightly simpler and quicker, and is ideal if you are only controlling a couple of items with your audio.

Create a Waving Flag with After Effects by Rob Mize
(18:39) -- 10/12/2010
In this video tutorial, Rob Mize teaches how to use After Effects to create and customize your own flag designs, then animate them using displacement maps...all without the use of third party plug-ins.

Hidden Templates & Powerful Expressions by Andrew Devis
(09:37) -- 10/12/2010
This video tutorial shows how to find and apply the hidden templates in After Effects so that you can kick-start your work with a full project ready to edit. AND, you will learn how to apply the hidden Expressions in After Effects to your own layers...

Kick-start your projects with AE presets by Andrew Devis
(09:55) -- 10/12/2010
In my experience, many AE users don't know how to view, apply and edit the free presets that ship with AE to kick-start their projects and save time. In this video tutorial you will learn how to quickly find and apply presets to get that professional...

Faking Slow Motion Video with Still Images - 2 by Mathew Fuller
(16:26) -- 10/12/2010
In Part 2 of this video tutorial series Mathew Fuller brings the prepared image into After FX to add motion.

Faking Slow Motion Video with Still Images - 1 by Mathew Fuller
(07:40) -- 10/12/2010
In Part 1 of this video tutorial series Mathew Fuller prepares the still image for motion. Mathew first splits up the image into the necessary layers and then finishes up by painting in the areas left behind.

3D from 2D Image Using Displacement Maps by Tudor Jelescu
(22:35) -- 10/12/2010
In this video tutorial Tudor "Ted" Jelescu shows how to create 3D / 2.5D movement from a 2D image using displacement maps in Adobe After Effects. He uses similar techniques as Mathew Fuller's "Advanced 2.5D Animation in AE" tutorial to pull depth from 2D.

Create a Photo Carousel in After Effects by Rob Mize
(21:23) -- 10/12/2010
In this AE video tutorial, Rob Mize teaches how to use a null object to control photos, video and text and rotate them on a virtual carousel in 3D space.

Wiggle Transform & Text in AE by Andrew Devis
(08:20) -- 10/12/2010
The wiggle transform effect in Adobe After Effects is not very intuitive to say the least, and powerful though it is, it doesn't work on text! In this tutorial I show you how to use the powerful wiggle transform effect and then, how to use it...

Advanced 2.5D Animation in AE by mathew fuller
(14:36) -- 9/14/2010
In this AE video tutorial, Mathew Fuller covers some advanced techniques for extracting depth from 2D still images to create 2.5D moving graphics inside After Effects.

EQ Animation using AE Expressions by Matthew Tompkins
(15:01) -- 9/7/2010
In this video tutorial Matt Tompkins gives some great tips on how to create and animate a rack of Graphic Equalizer bars using solely expressions in Adobe After Effects.

Parenting Possibilities in AE by mathew fuller
(10:35) -- 8/31/2010
In this After Effects tutorial COW author Mathew Fuller covers cascading parenting for layout and animation, as well as parenting of 3D layers.

Anamorphic Lens Flare by Grant Swanson
(06:34) -- 8/19/2010
In this AE podcast, Grant Swanson demonstrates how to create anamorphic lens flares using only effects that are native to Adobe After Effects.

Underwater Bullet Trails by Michael Park
(24:24) -- 8/12/2010
In this video tutorial, Michael Park demonstrates how to take a simple picture of a bullet, After Effects, and Trapcode Particular, and, step-by-step, create an underwater environment with lead flying everywhere...

Lens Flare in AE and Premultiplication Explained by Ben Rollason
(14:37) -- 4/29/2010
In this After Effects podcast tutorial, Ben Rollason teaches Creative COW members not only the easy steps to giving a lens flare an alpha channel for exporting, but also explains what premultiplication means.

Subtract and Divide Blending Modes in AE CS4 by Ben Rollason
(07:44) -- 4/29/2010
In this AE podcast, Ben Rollason demonstrates how to do subtract and divide blending modes in Adobe After Effects CS4 and below.

After Effects CS5: Rotobrush by Richard Harrington
(04:16) -- 4/15/2010
In this AE podcast, Richard Harrington explains how to make rotoscoping easy with the new rotobrush in After Effects CS5.

After Effects CS5: Working with 64-Bit by Richard Harrington
(03:56) -- 4/14/2010
In this AE podcast, Richard Harrington shows you how to utilize the 64-bit enhancements in After Effects CS5.

After Effects CS5: Color Finesse by Richard Harrington
(03:26) -- 4/13/2010
In this video tutorial podcast, Richard Harrington shows you how to color grade in After Effects CS5 using new features inside the Color Finesse plug-in.

After Effects CS5: Black and White Adjustment by Richard Harrington
(03:50) -- 4/12/2010
In this video tutorial podcast, Richard Harrington shows you how to use the brand new black and white adjustment in After Effects CS5.

Jack of All Trades, Master of Expressions by Eran Stern
(18:01) -- 12/18/2009
In this After Effects tutorial podcast, Eran shows how to create a jumpy and squishy animation using the power of expressions.

The Pen Tool by Eran Stern
(11:57) -- 11/16/2009
Useful tips for working with the pen tool, controlling masks and rotoscoping with After Effects.

The Pusher by Eran Stern
(24:28) -- 10/23/2009
Create a watery liquid push effect using the Wave World and the Caustics effects, and color correct the shot using the bundled Color Finesse plug-in.

Color Link by Eran Stern
(13:54) -- 8/28/2009
Create a colorful disco tunnel using shape layers and matching the look to a video footage using the color link effect.

Markers Leaks by Eran Stern
(30:06) -- 7/24/2009
In this AE Podcast, Eran Stern gives an introduction to custom effects which trigger actions using layer markers inside of Adobe After Effects.

File Management in After Effects by Carl Larsen
(09:46) -- 7/17/2009
In this video tutorial, Creative COW contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to archive a project with shared assets using the consolidate footage and collect Files commands.

Promo Breakdown by Eran Stern
(35:05) -- 6/26/2009
Discussion about the graphic development process for the DVD promo plus the methods I've used to design it using Boris Continuum Complete 6.

AE Quicktips #8: Camera Raw Sequences by Carl Larsen
(06:29) -- 6/13/2009
In this video tutorial, Creative COW contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to import a .jpeg or .tiff sequence into Adobe After Effects with Adobe Camera Raw development settings applied.

Paint Strokes Morph by Eran Stern
(17:13) -- 5/29/2009
Use paint strokes brushes to automatically morph between path shapes.

Simulating Whip Pans by Carl Larsen
(08:38) -- 5/15/2009
In this video tutorial, Creative COW contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to create a whip pan (swish pan) effect using Adobe After Effect’s built in tools.

Child Tracking Part 2 by Carl Larsen
(14:36) -- 4/17/2009
In this video tutorial, Creative COW contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to use the track a child expression to create an interesting title sequence in Adobe After Effects.

Child Tracking Part 1 by Carl Larsen
(12:56) -- 4/3/2009
In this After Effects tutorial podcast, Creative COW contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to track the position of a parented layer using expressions in Adobe After Effects.

Adjustment Lights by Eran Stern
(06:58) -- 3/20/2009
In this After Effects tutorial podcast, Eran Stern will show you how to control the scattering of light in a composition using adjustment light.

Sci-Fi Classics - Part 2 by Eran Stern
(22:37) -- 3/13/2009
In this After Effects tutorial podcast, Eran Stern takes the next step in the science fiction classic and finalizes the promo by projecting graphics in space from a flying saucer.

Sci-Fi Classics - Part 1 by Eran Stern
(14:38) -- 3/6/2009
In this After Effects tutorial podcast, Eran Stern shows you the first step to create a retro design title animation for a fictional sci-fi movie.

Removing Chromatic Aberration by Carl Larsen
(06:43) -- 2/27/2009
In this AE podcast tutorial, Creative COW contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to remove chromatic aberration from your footage using Adobe After Effects. If you are wondering what chromatic aberration is, don't worry he explains that too...

Basic 2.5D Rig Removal by Carl Larsen
(10:28) -- 2/6/2009
In this tutorial, Creative COW contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to approach a 2.5D rig removal shot using Photoshop, After Effects and the Mocha AE tracker.

After Effects Text Tricks - Part 2 by Eran Stern
(08:35) -- 1/30/2009
In this Adobe After Effects tutorial podcast, Eran Stern explains how to design a Counting Circle Animation with the After Effects Text Tool.

After Effects Text Tricks - Part 1 by Eran Stern
(09:56) -- 1/23/2009
In this After Effects tutorial podcast, Eran Stern reveals the first text trick in his series and shows how to design an audio waves animation with the After Effects Text Tool.

The Vehicle Rig by Carl Larsen
(07:48) -- 1/2/2009
In this tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Carl Larsen shows you how to build an expression-based vehicle rig that automatically calculates the rotation of its wheels based on the movement of the vehicle chassis.

Creating The 007 Intro by Mike Park
(00:34:31) -- 12/21/2008
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Michael Park shows you how to achieve that classic introduction to all of the James Bond films using only basic After Effects plugins.

The Droste Effect by Carl Larsen
(10:23) -- 12/12/2008
In this video tutorial podcast, Carl Larsen shows you how to use the Pixel Bender Toolkit to create a recursive image set in Adobe After Effects CS4.

Analyzing Motion by Carl Larsen
(10:57) -- 11/28/2008
In this After Effects video tutorial podcast, Carl Larsen will show you how to use offset tracking to analyze the motion of an object over time.

Simple Morph by Eran Stern
(10:36) -- 11/21/2008
In this After Effects video tutorial podcast, Eran Stern will show you how to create a simple morph effect using time remapping and pixel motion.

Laser Eyes by Eran Stern
(15:30) -- 11/7/2008
In this video tutorial, Eran Stern will show you how to create a fiery iris animation which has laser beams shooting from a girl's eyes.

Digits Man Revisited by Eran Stern
(17:45) -- 10/3/2008
In this video tutorial, Eran Stern will show you a different technique to create the Running Numbers Effect using Trapcode Form plug-in.

The Bourne Flashback: Creating a Flashback Look by Aharon Rabinowitz
(09:52) -- 9/26/2008
In this tutorial Podcast Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create the flashback look as seen in the film The Bourne Ultimatum with some extra touches and hints.

Creating a Looping Particle System by Aharon Rabinowitz
(11:15) -- 9/19/2008
In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz (Along with the help of his daughter Noa) shows you how to create a looping particle system in After Effects.

More Of The Same Thing - Part 5 by Eran Stern
(08:11) -- 9/12/2008
In this video tutorial, Eran Stern shows you how to duplicate elements in After Effects using Trapcode Echospace plug-in.

More Of The Same Thing - Part 4 by Eran Stern
(11:46) -- 9/5/2008
In this video tutorial, Eran Stern shows you how to duplicate elements in After Effects using the Clone Stamp Tool.

More Of The Same Thing - Part 3 by Eran Stern
(15:07) -- 8/29/2008
In this video tutorial, Eran Stern shows you how to duplicate elements in After Effects using the CC RepeTile Effect.

More Of The Same Thing - Part 2 by Eran Stern
(06:44) -- 8/22/2008
In this video tutorial, Eran Stern shows you how a neat way to duplicate elements in After Effects using the Puppet Tool.

More Of The Same Thing - Part 1 by Eran Stern
(08:09) -- 8/15/2008
In this video tutorial, Eran Stern shows you how to duplicate elements in After Effects using the Shape Tool's Repeater function.

Shape Layer Tips #3 - Trim Paths by Aharon Rabinowitz
(06:34) -- 8/8/2008
In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to use shape layers to easily create that Old School look where a red dashed line animates over a map to indicate travel destinations.

Creating the Jumbotron Look by Aharon Rabinowitz
(11:49) -- 8/1/2008
It's game time baby! In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create the look of a giant monitor, such as the kind you might see at a stadium or concert.

Promo Breakdown - Part 2 by Eran Stern
(17:53) -- 7/25/2008
In this video tutorial, Eran Stern continue to show you how he designed the 3D Titles for his DVD Promo using Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro and how the final composite was made.

Promo Breakdown - Part 1 by Eran Stern
(14:05) -- 7/18/2008
In this video tutorial, Eran Stern takes you behind the scenes and show you how he created the background animation for his DVD Promo using Trapcode 3D Stroke and Shine.

Changing Shortcuts with After Effects by Aharon Rabinowitz
(06:06) -- 7/11/2008
In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to be an AE road warrior by changing the keyboard shortcuts to account for missing keys on a laptop - such as the Ram Preview key or the Audio Preview key.

AE Quicktips #6: Remove Color Matting by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:29) -- 7/4/2008
In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz adds to the concepts he covered in his tutorial Straight Vs. Premultiplied.

Crime and Chaos - Part 2 by Eran Stern
(09:15) -- 6/27/2008
In this video tutorial, Eran Stern will show you how to project text on the floor using light transmission feature in After Effects.

Crime and Chaos - Part 1 by Eran Stern
(10:42) -- 6/20/2008
In this After Effects video tutorial, Eran Stern shows you a how to build a 3D scene using Photoshop CS3 Vanishing Point and re-light it inside After Effects.

Shape tips 2: Creating Complex Shapes by Aharon Rabinowitz
(06:27) -- 6/13/2008
In this After Effects podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to combine several shapes to make a complex shape.

A Walk In The Park by Eran Stern
(17:52) -- 6/6/2008
In this video tutorial, Eran Stern shows you a how to track objects that are moving out of frame using expressions and AE motion tracker.

AE Quicktips # 5: Perspective Offset by Aharon Rabinowitz
(04:45) -- 5/30/2008
In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a cool tip for adding depth to your Fractal Noise animations.

Shape Layer Tips #1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(02:12) -- 5/23/2008
In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to move beyond the Basic shape tools to create your own custom shapes.

Tornado Text - Part 2 by Eran Stern
(11:53) -- 5/16/2008
In this tutorial podcast, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern enhances the 3D ribbon text composition by adding a ripple effect to the floor plus a flock of fireflies that dance around the scene.

Tornado Text - Part 1 by Eran Stern
(11:00) -- 5/9/2008
In this tutorial podcast, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern shows you a very cool way to create 3D ribbon text animation using After Effects CS3 Text tool.

AE Quick Tips #4: Copy Expression Only by Aharon Rabinowitz
(03:00) -- 5/1/2008
In this tutorial podcast, CreativeCow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a menu item for speeding up the process of copying expressions to other layers, without typing or altering the current values.

AE Quick Tips #3: Show Waveform by Aharon Rabinowitz
(03:22) -- 4/25/2008
In this tutorial podcast, CreativeCow leader Aharon Rabinowitz returns to the subject of Audio (Workflow tips #8) and shares a tip for working with audio waveforms that he got from an AE user via email.

AE Quick Tips #2: Preserve Transparency by Aharon Rabinowitz
(02:46) -- 4/17/2008
In this tutorial podcast, CreativeCow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you an often-missed feature in AE that can help you when trying to create transparency in an image by using the layers below as the source of that transparency.

AE Quick Tips #1: Grow Bounds by Aharon Rabinowitz
(03:36) -- 4/11/2008
In this tutorial podcast, CreativeCow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a an often-missed tool that can help you out in a pinch, by expanding the boundaries of your footage.

Afterista - Part 2 by Eran Stern
(14:00) -- 4/3/2008
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern continues to animate the vector shapes using After Effects and finalizing the design for our Telenovela opener.

Afterista - Part 1 by Eran Stern
(10:38) -- 3/28/2008
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern demonstrates a cool way of designing a text title for a Telenovela soap opera opener using Illustrator open type font.

An Introduction to Shape Layers by Aharon Rabinowitz
(09:57) -- 3/21/2008
In this Podcast Tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz introduces you to Shape Layers, one of the most powerful features in Adobe After Effects CS3.

Invisible Cape by Eran Stern
(11:26) -- 3/14/2008
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern with the help of his brother Yuval will show you a simple method to create the famous invisible look inspired from the movie "The Predator"

After Effects Text Tips #3 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(04:53) -- 3/7/2008
(Correcting and easing your After Effects text animations) In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz explores a few ways to correct some common problems experienced when creating text animators.

After Effects Text Tips #2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(08:22) -- 2/29/2008
In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz explores creating Text animators, and talks about why you might animate properties together or separately.

Digits Man - Part 2 by Eran Stern
(12:11) -- 2/22/2008
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern will continue to finesse the design of the Digits Man promo. Learn how to create a subtle background using the Shape Tool and spice it further with additional effects and Text animations.

Digits Man - Part 1 by Eran Stern
(08:48) -- 2/15/2008
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern will show you a cool technique for filling an image of a human head with animated numbers using After Effects CS3's Text tool.

Using the Echo Effect with Animated Layers by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:55) -- 2/8/2008
In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shares some tips and tricks for working with the Echo effect.

Blend and Bend Time by Eran Stern
(10:53) -- 2/1/2008
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern demonstrates how you can create the illusion of time bending with a special focus on the correct way of using the CC Time Blend FX.

Creating a Hologram Look in After Effects by Aharon Rabinowitz
(14:33) -- 1/25/2008
In this 2 year anniversary episode of the AE podcast, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz returns to one of his earliest tutorials, "Creating TV Look," and shows how it can be used to create the look of a Hologram as seen in science fiction movies.

Smoking letters in AE CS3 by Eran Stern
(08:51) -- 1/18/2008
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow contributing editor Eran Stern demonstrates a quick, easy way to make a smoky title effect.

Creating a Skybox by Maltaannon (Jerzy Drozda Jr.)
(07:11) -- 1/11/2008
In this week's podcast Creative Cow Leader Jerzy Drozda shows you how to create a Skybox, the illusion of distant or even infinite 3D surroundings - in this case, a star field.

Weather Replacement - Part 3 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(14:51) -- 1/1/2008
In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz finishes his series on weather replacement and shows you how to add realistic lightning to the shot.

Weather Replacement - Part 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(12:13) -- 12/18/2007
In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz continues his weather replacement tutorial, and shows you how to add rain to your shot, as well as drops of water on the camera. Also, 3D compositing and color correction are covered.

Weather Replacement - Part 1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(09:22) -- 12/10/2007
In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to change the weather from a sunny day at the beach to a very cloudy day, with a chance of showers. You'll learn techniques is color correction and compositing.

Using Brainstorm in AE CS3 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(11:14) -- 11/30/2007
In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how get the most out of Brainstorm, a new feature in AE CS3 that lets you visualize randomized layer properties and effects.

Light Writing - Part 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(09:57) -- 11/26/2007
In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to improve the look of the light writing effect covered in part 1, adding intense points of light and other improvement ideas.

Light Writing - Part 1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(15:57) -- 11/6/2007
In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to use AE to simulate the popular light writing effect seen in recent Sprint commercials.

Watermark Removal by Maltaannon (Jerzy Drozda Jr.)
(05:38) -- 10/23/2007
In this tutorial podcast, Maltaannon (Jerzy Drozda Jr.) shows you how to remove overlayed text or graphics from and video and restore original pixels.

After Effects CS3: Vanishing Point by Aharon Rabinowitz
(13:27) -- 9/21/2007
In this tutorial podcast, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to use Photoshop CS3's Vanishing Point tool to convert a flat 2D image into a 3D object in After Effects CS3.

An Introduction to Video Compression by Aharon Rabinowitz
(08:11) -- 9/11/2007
This is Chapter 1 of the New Creative Cow Master Series DVD, Internet Killed the Video Star. Aharon Rabinowitz shows what you need to make your video look best in Flash, on the web, or in podcasts.

Per-Character 3D Text by Aharon Rabinowitz
(07:34) -- 8/31/2007
In this tutorial podcast, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz introduces you to the new Per-Character 3D Text animation feature in After Effects CS3.

Photoshop Layer Styles in AE CS3 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(08:27) -- 8/24/2007
In this tutorial podcast, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz introduces you to Photoshop Layer Styles in After Effects, a new feature in AE CS3.

Creating 3D Extruded Text by Aharon Rabinowitz
(12:12) -- 8/17/2007
In this tutorial podcast, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you several popular techniques and tools for creating 3D extruded text in After Effects.

Working with Adobe Clip Notes - Part 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(06:09) -- 8/7/2007
In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to perform collaborative commenting with Adobe Clip Notes. He'll show you how using Clip Notes can save you from stress, and how to import Clip Notes into AE.

Working with Adobe Clip Notes - Part 1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(09:23) -- 8/1/2007
In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to export your video as Adobe Clip Notes. Part 1 will show you how to prepare and export your AE composition so your notes appear in a PDF document alongside the video.

Using the Puppet Tool with Particle Effects by Aharon Rabinowitz
(09:32) -- 7/20/2007
In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to simulate airflow over an object by using the After Effects CS3 puppet tools with a particle system.

Creating an Odometer - Part 3 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(12:25) -- 7/13/2007
In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz finishes up the odometer project by giving it a 3D look. Also, for those who skipped part 2 or that just don't want to write expressions, this tutorial also comes with some effects presets that will let you automate your odometer within seconds.

Creating an Odometer - Part 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz, Dan Ebberts
(13:18) -- 7/6/2007
In this podcast tutorial, with the guidance of the COW's expression guru Dan Ebberts, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to set up an automate odometer effect. If you've been wanting to dig deeper into expressions, then this is the tutorial for you.

Creating an Odometer - Part 1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(08:11) -- 7/5/2007
In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to set up a basic odometer, ready for manual keyframed animation. If you've been wanting to create an odometer or slot machine display, this tutorial will get you on your way.

Creating A Freeze Frame by Aharon Rabinowitz
(09:58) -- 6/15/2007
In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a simple technique for quickly creating freeze frames in After Effects, and explains some basic concepts of time remapping.

AE Workflow Tips #8: Working with Audio by Aharon Rabinowitz
(07:21) -- 5/14/2007
In this podcast tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shares helpful hints about working with audio, including avoiding a major pitfall, as well as better methods of timing video to an audio track.

Working with Null Objects in AE by Aharon Rabinowitz
(06:30) -- 4/27/2007
In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how working with Null objects lets you get better control of your animation. He also shares a technique for using nulls to make 3D camera motion easier.

Creating a Heart Monitor in AE by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:45) -- 3/30/2007
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to build your own EKG Machine in the Comfort of Your Own Home (or Office). (Flatline not included)

Creating a Magnifying Glass Effect in AE by Aharon Rabinowitz
(07:21) -- 3/16/2007
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a technique for creating a magnifying glass in After Effects.

Working With the Scribble Effect - Part 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(08:27) -- 3/2/2007
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to use Auto-Trace and Illustrator to create complex scribble animation in AE.

Working With the Scribble Effect - Part 1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(06:47) -- 2/23/2007
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create Scribble-like animation with shapes and text in After Effects.

Ramping Up With Adobe After Effects by Aharon Rabinowitz
(06:09) -- 2/16/2007
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create simple and complex multicolored gradient ramps in AE.

After Effects Expression Controls - 3 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(09:54) -- 2/9/2007
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz takes a look at some advanced uses of expression controls, and shows you how you can make your expression more dynamic.

After Effects Expression Controls - 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(09:14) -- 2/2/2007
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz explores most of the expression controls, showing you how they can be used to enhance your projects and save time.

After Effects Expression Controls - 1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(07:52) -- 1/26/2007
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz introduces you to expression controls, a series of effects designed only for use with After Effects expressions.

Creating 3D Moving Titles by Andrew Kramer
(14:53) -- 1/25/2007
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Andrew Kramer shows you how to build a moving 3D title screen in After Effects. Part of the Serious FX Podcast.

After Effects Text Tips #1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(10:25) -- 1/19/2007
In this podcast, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shares tips on working with Photoshop and Illustrator Text, as well as a few other text-related hints.

After Effects Expressions Tips #1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(08:00) -- 1/12/2007
In this podcast, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you some basic expression principles and shares a very useful expression that can be used to convert one set of values to another.

After Effects Workflow Tips #7 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:02) -- 1/5/2007
In this podcast, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shares tips on the many uses of importing After Effects projects, and how you can recover corrupt AE files.

Animating a TV Turning On and Off by Aharon Rabinowitz
(08:48) -- 12/22/2006
In this 1-year anniversary podcast, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz revisits one of his first AE tutorials (The Old TV Look) and shows you how to animate the TV turning on and off.

AE Blending Mode Tips #1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(03:56) -- 12/15/2006
In this podcast, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shares some hints for working with layer blending modes in After Effects.

Animating a Signature on Screen - 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(08:24) -- 12/8/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz revisits his earlier podcast on animating a signature and shows you how to add a pen writing the signature in After Effects 3D

After Effects Workflow Tips #6 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(03:27) -- 12/1/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how dragging and dropping can speed up importing footage, rendering video, and exporting files.

Nesting and Pre-Composing - Part 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:34) -- 11/24/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz explains when and why you would want to nest compositions and pre-compose layers in After Effects.

Nesting and Pre-Composing - Part 1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(03:14) -- 11/17/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz explains the basics of nesting and pre-composing compositions in After Effects.

Effecting the AE Fractal Noise Effect by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:46) -- 11/10/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz examines how to be more creative by combining different effects with AE's Fractal Noise.

AE Boomerang Effect, Part 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(04:48) -- 11/3/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz explores another instance of the boomerang effect and its causes, as well as several solutions for preventing it.

AE Boomerang Effect, Part 1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(03:20) -- 10/27/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to handle the annoying (and sometimes crippling) boomerang effect, in which a layer moves randomly between two spatial keyframes that are exactly the same.

Looping AE's Fractal Noise Effect by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:31) -- 10/20/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz show you how to create seamlessly looping fractal background animations by using AE's Fractal Noise effect.

After Effects Workflow Tips #5 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(04:25) -- 10/13/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to locate missing footage and other elements in your After Effects project.

Force Motion Blur by Aharon Rabinowitz
(07:17) -- 10/6/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to add a motion blur to effects that don't support this feature. Also covered is adding blur to video footage that has been sped up, and an introduction to CyCore's updated Effects - CyCore FX HD.

GridIron Nucleo Pro Introduction and Review by Aharon Rabinowitz
(11:05) -- 9/28/2006
In this podcast, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz explores GridIron Software's Nucleo Pro, a new plug-in that speeds up AE renders and previews and helps users improve their workflow.

After Effects Workflow Tips #4 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(03:29) -- 9/22/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz discusses methods of renaming layers, compostions, footage and effects. Also discussed are a couple of hidden buttons in AE that will make life a little easier.

Animating a Signature on Screen by Aharon Rabinowitz
(09:14) -- 9/15/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to animate a signature appearing on screen, and a few tricks to make it look more realistic.

Creating 3D Reflections in AE by Andrew Kramer
(19:55) -- 9/8/2006
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Andrew Kramer shows you how to create 3D reflections in After Effects.

After Effects Workflow Tips #3 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(02:22) -- 9/1/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz dicusses the "Open Editor" command and how it can help you streamline your workflow. Also covered is preparation for getting this command to work for you with all image, video and audio formats.

The Very, Very Basics of Fractal Noise by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:27) -- 8/25/2006
In the tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz introduces you to the Fractal Noise Effect, and shows you how to create the animated backgrounds seen in the opening of the Creative Cow AE Podcast.

Common After Effects Gotchas #1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(03:58) -- 8/18/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz discusses one of the most common AE mistakes - Importing image sequences at the wrong frame rate - along with the effects and solutions.

After Effects 7 and ParticleIllusion3 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:45) -- 8/10/2006
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to get position data from After Effects 7 into particleIllusion. Also, using the same method, you can get data from After Effects 7 into older versions of AE.

Creating a Custom Wave Form - Part 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(06:01) -- 7/21/2006
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to improve the look of the Cutomized waveform and talks about how to get real control of your audio keyframes with Trapcode Sound Keys.

Creating a Custom Wave Form - Part 1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(06:25) -- 7/14/2006
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create a customized, sound-reactive waveform using a stroke, a distortion effect, and an expression.

AE Workflow Tips #2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:17) -- 7/7/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shares some rendering workflow tips to help you avoid a crash and render a little faster, and discusses an important plug-in for speeding up your renders and previews.

Straight vs. Premultiplied by Aharon Rabinowitz
(06:10) -- 6/23/2006
In this Video Tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz helps you understand the practical differences between Straight and Premultiplied video when working with After Effects alone, as well as between AE and other programs.

AE Workflow Tips #1: AE Duplication by Aharon Rabinowitz
(06:39) -- 6/16/2006
In this Video Tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz helps you improve your workflow through the use of duplication in After Effects. Topics covered include duplicating layers, render settings, overwriting renders, and creating videotape containing both RGB and Alpha transparency information for archiving.

Creating a Flock of Birds in AE, Part 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(09:44) -- 6/9/2006
In part 2 of this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create and animate a flock of birds from the original bird.

Creating a Flock of Birds in AE, Part 1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(07:52) -- 6/2/2006
In part 1 of this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to animate a bird in AE 3D. In part 2, it will join a flock of birds.

Horror Text Part 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:18) -- 5/26/2006
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to make the horror text from part 1 run down the wall slightly, as if bleeding.

Horror Text Part 1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:41) -- 5/19/2006
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to make "Horror Movie" style text appear on a wall.

After Effects at NAB 2006 Special Report by Aharon Rabinowitz
(01:04:45) -- 5/8/2006
In this special report, Aharon Rabinowitz takes a look at some of the most useful things at NAB for After Effects users.

Multi-Machine Rendering with After Effects by Aharon Rabinowitz
(14:19) -- 4/21/2006
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to render a project on several computers at once, without the use of the After Effects Render Engine.

Super Tight Junk Mattes by Aharon Rabinowitz
(10:35) -- 4/14/2006
In this video podcast, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shares a method of quickly and automatically creating extremely precise junk mattes/garbage masks for use in the keying process.

Basic Color Keying Techniques by Andrew Kramer
(10:15) -- 4/7/2006
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Andrew Kramer shows you the basics of green-screening using keylight. This is a sample of the training found in Andrew's Creative Cow Master Series DVD: "Serious Effects & Compositing - Advanced Techniques for After Effects 7," available soon.

Keeping Your Speed Constant in AE by Aharon Rabinowitz
(09:51) -- 3/31/2006
In this video podcast, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz discusses creating smooth spatial animation with no variation in speed using Roving Keyframes.

Fixing Scaling Issues, Part 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(06:03) -- 3/24/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to ease the values of Exponential Scale to create a smooth end to your layer's scale animation.

Converting Video to Cartoon - Part 3 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(14:50) -- 3/17/2006
In this 3-part tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz explains the process of converting video to cartoon by using only After Effects and Adobe Illustrator CS2. Topics covered: Importing an image sequence, Using layer blending/transfer modes, Motion Tracking, Hold Keyframes, changing and forcing frame rates.

Converting Video to Cartoon - Part 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(19:57) -- 3/15/2006
In this 3-part tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz explains the process of converting video to cartoon by using only After Effects and Adobe Illustrator CS2. Topics covered: Altering Illustrator Scripts, preparing presets and color palettes with Live Trace, and Batch Processing using Bridge.

Converting Video to Cartoon - Part 1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(14:31) -- 3/13/2006
In this 3-part tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz explains the process of converting video to cartoon by using only After Effects and Adobe Illustrator CS2. Topics covered: Dealing with interlaced footage, Basic Color and Image Correction, Creative Outlines, and Rendering an Image Sequence.

Fixing Scaling Issues, Part 1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:51) -- 3/10/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz introduces you to Exponential scale, a keyframe assistant used to counter the issues that occur when scaling from very high values.

Creating an Outline around an Actor by Aharon Rabinowitz
(02:50) -- 3/3/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create the popular effect in which a colored stroke is placed around a keyed or rotoscoped subject.

Creating and Enhancing Text Wipe On Effects in After Effects by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:33) -- 2/24/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a simple method of creating text wipe-on effects, and ways to enhance them with an updated look.

Displacement Mapping Part 3 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(11:39) -- 2/17/2006
In part 3 of this 3-part series on Displacement Mapping, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz covers displacement of Text, which follows slightly different rules than normal footage. You'll also be introduced to the concept of displacing time, which follows some of the same principles covered in the first 2 tutorials.

Broadcast-Safe Colors in After Effects by Aharon Rabinowitz
(05:23) -- 2/15/2006
In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a simple method of ensuring Broadcast-Safe Colors in your final output.

Per-Character Text Blur by Andrew Kramer
(06:26) -- 2/14/2006
In this podcast, Creative Cow leader Andrew Kramer shows you how to use the "Per-Character Text Blur" effect, a new feature in After Effects 7.

Displacement Mapping Part 2 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(06:42) -- 2/10/2006
In part 2 of this 3-part series on Displacement Mapping, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz covers the problems that arise while working with displacement mapping in After Effects. These solutions and workarounds will help you avoid the pitfalls often faced by animators using these effects.

Film Flash Tutorial by Aharon Rabinowitz
(06:48) -- 2/8/2006
In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create the coveted Film Flash transition in After Effects, without the use of any 3rd-party plug-ins.

Displacement Mapping Part 1 by Aharon Rabinowitz
(10:19) -- 2/3/2006
In part 1 of this 3-part series on Displacement Mapping, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz covers the basics of using this effect in both After Effects 6.5 and 7. This highly detailed tutorial will get you started on distorting your footage with displacement maps.

Importing a Motion Path by Aharon Rabinowitz
(03:58) -- 2/3/2006
In this brief video tutorial, Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a simple way to create masks and motion paths in After Effects using Illustrator and Photoshop path shapes.

Scaling a Motion Path by Aharon Rabinowitz
(08:29) -- 2/3/2006
In this tutorial Aharon Rabinowitz shows you the secret to scaling a motion path in After Effects. If you've ever created motion in after effects that you needed to confine to a smaller area, but also needed to keep the exact same shape, this lesson will show you how you can easily do just that, through the use of After Effects layer masks.

Effectively Using AE Z-Scale by Aharon Rabinowitz
(04:21) -- 2/2/2006
To most After Effects users, the Z-scale property on a 3D layer seems like a useless feature. However, in this video tutorial, the secrets of effectively using Z-scale are unlocked, through the use of Anchor Points, Parenting, and Nested Compositions.

After Effects 7 Navigation Tips by John Dickinson
(05:36) -- 2/2/2006
After Effects 7 has introduced us to a brand new unified interface. In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader, John Dickinson demonstrates how to navigate that interface.

An In-Depth Look at After Effects 7 by Aharon Rabinowitz with Steve Kilisky
(1:18:08) -- 1/17/2006
Adobe After Effects senior product manager, Steve Kilisky, joins Creative Cow's Aharon Rabinowitz for an in-depth exploration of the new After Effects 7. Steve and Aharon dig deep into this latest version of AE and uncover many of the newest functions that are sure to make this version the most respected in the tool's long and venerated history.

Creating the Old TV Signal Look by Aharon Rabinowitz
(14:19) -- 12/28/2005
In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader Aharon Rabinowitz demonstrates a quick and easy way of creating that 'old tv look' -- complete with scan lines, interference and much more using Adobe After Effects without the use of expensive plug-ins.

Final Delivery by Aharon Rabinowitz
(12:02) -- 12/28/2005
Aharon Rabinowitz discusses the process and pitfalls of final delivery of a project. Topics covered include: Project Specifications, Hardware and software specifications, Safe Areas, Compression formats and software, and issues with various DVD media.

Work Better in After Effects by Aharon Rabinowitz
(07:21) -- 12/21/2005
Aharon Rabinowitz discusses streamlining your After Effects workflow with organizational techniques that will help you work faster and better within an animation group or on your own.

Lip-Syncing in After Effects by Aharon Rabinowitz
(13:42) -- 12/21/2005
In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader Aharon Rabinowitz shares some animation techniques for character lip-syncing in Adobe After Effects. This is not just the simple method of using open- and closed-mouths -- rather, Aharon covers the more advanced use of phonemes, which are the different mouth shapes formed by a person when making various sounds in a spoken language.

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