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AE Toolbox 2: Cool Effects for Specific Shots
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Hi there. Whether you've gotten here through a generic site search or through this thread, welcome.

In this thread, you'll find some of the tutorials I've stumbled across on various sites that I have found to be, or hope to find to be, most useful for creating cool effects for specific shots. I hope they help you too!

Note: This thread is going to be more of a grab bag than most of the others in the Box O'Tutorials. It may not be as useful to those of you who want to learn the nuts and bolts of working in After Effects. If you really want to master a specific technique, you may learn about it here, but not in as much depth as in the other threads.

If, however, you already know how to use AE and want to learn a new trick or two, or if you're just dabbling to achieve that one shot your edit desperately needs, this may be the place for you. Good luck, and have fun!
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#2
That VHS Look by Tubes.

A lot of people have tried, with varying degrees of success, to clean up old VHS footage to make it look more like digital. But what if you want to do the reverse?

This tutorial by our own Tubes explores how to make digital footage look like an old videotape using MPEG Streamclip and Final Cut Pro. Tubes suggests this as an option for grindhouse edits, but I could also see this working for "TV" edits a la Tranzor, Predator Chronicles, the Twilight Zone Planet of the Apes edit, or Mollo or bionicbob's Star Trek edits.

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#3
How to Blend and Bend Time by Eran Stern. This tutorial uses two built-in After Effects plugins to simulate objects and people passing by a static and central point of focus over time (in this case, Eran Stern's face).

It's good for emphasizing the passage of time, as in a time travel or dream sequence, or to create a more emotional sense of the world passing someone by. In other words, it can work for shots that have a sci-fi or mystical/magical component or for more introspective shots with an indie film feel. I'm sure there are other uses too.

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#4
Creating Custom Shatter Maps by Jesse Toula, because let's face it -- sometimes you just want to break something. This is a great tutorial that teaches you how to go beyond the standard shape maps that come with After Effects when using the shatter effect.

While those standard shapes are great for what they do, they're pretty recognizable and, just like with any other presets, they work better as a base for an effect rather than a final effect. Unless you really need a brick wall to shatter, for example, you'd probably do better -- and come up with a cooler effect in the long run -- if you stay away from the standard brick map.

It's possible to make custom maps in Photoshop or similar programs, but this tutorial is particularly cool because it shows you the possibilities for creating custom maps without ever leaving After Effects. The tutorial covers a lot of ground in a very short time, including random shatter maps using fractal noise, placing logos within shatter maps (good for custom credits and "production companies," among other things), and using gradients to control the center of a shatter map. It also includes very brief but useful info about using virtual cameras in After Effects.

Note: The tutorial focuses on shattering a red solid, but it should work equally with other things too. The key is to have whatever you want to shatter in a single layer. Then apply the shatter effect to that layer, and make sure the shatter map is the layer below the affected layer. It should be possible to have a layer, or perhaps many layers, underneath both the affected layer and the shatter map layer; these background layers would then be revealed as the top layer shatters.

For some really complex compositing, it should also be possible to have multiple layers shatter at different times by using multiple shatter maps and then playing around with keyframes and/or positioning the layers along the master timeline in the work area.

In other words, this technique may be really simple, but it could lead to some pretty powerful and complex results.

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#5
Cool tutorial for all LOST faneditors. This one is by Seth Worley. He shows you how to create your own SMOKE MONSTER!
good for all those naked scenes in LOST. Now the tutorial is very advanced but you could do as i do which is follow along and start and stop.
Once you learn youll be able to do this:




Here's the TUTORIAL
[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="3"]"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'" - George Bernard Shaw.[/SIZE][/FONT]
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#6
Very cool, Jorge! I never really got into LOST, but this has a lot to offer just about anyone: color correction, masking, compositing, etc., etc. Thanks for posting this!
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#7
hebrides Wrote:Very cool, Jorge! I never really got into LOST, but this has a lot to offer just about anyone: color correction, masking, compositing, etc., etc. Thanks for posting this!
and for you, you gotta love what camera tracker can do for that price.
Tell me you're not excited? tell me, tell me, tell me.
[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="3"]"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'" - George Bernard Shaw.[/SIZE][/FONT]
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#8
Oh, I am...and I already got it ;-)
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#9
I knew I'd seen this before, but I'd forgotten where until now. Here's a tutorial that could work as a very cool companion to That VHS Look by Tubes.

It's Rewind Your Animation Like an Old VHS Tape by Jason Moore on ae.tutsplus.com. More screenshots to follow in a bit.

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#10
Here's a very cool tutorial by Ran Ben Avraham at ae.tutsplus.com called Grow From Young to Old in 2.5 Seconds .

He uses planar tracking, masking, and a still photo to turn a young woman into an old one. Could be very cool for a science fiction or fantasy edit (think Dave Bowman aging quickly in 2001 or a "beautiful" young witch turning out to be an ugly old one), or for a death scene kind of like Donovan's in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Even if you don't want to do the transition between the two, it could still be useful if you've got the exact footage you're looking for of a particular actor, but he's too young in the shot as-is to be put into your edit.

The effect in the preview isn't perfect, but if the footage were color-corrected and re-lit, I think it could be more than passable, at least in moderation. And if you are working with footage featuring the same actor at a younger age, working off a reference photo of the older actor's own lines/jowls/etc. could really help sell the shot.

Be sure to check out the comments, particularly one from CGTuts and AETuts contributor Chandan Kumar about how the effect could be made even better.


Note: this tutorial requires both AE and mocha, a planar tracker that comes bundled with AE CS4 and above. If you're still on CS3, you can download mocha from the Imagineer Systems website (for a fee).

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