I recently finished up two compositing projects. In both cases, I was asked to replace the screens in the videos. The videos are below with a description of my process for each. Continue reading
Right now there are an increasing number of tools to use photos to aid the 3D design process. ReCap360 and 123D Catch fom Autodesk are two popular options, along with PhotoModeler and the late ImageModeler from Realviz. Most modern matchmoving software can also create point clouds from photos. Continue reading
Superpose is a plugin from Keller Software for The Foundry’s NUKE and Adobe After Effects that automatically cleans up backgrounds and removes unwanted foreground objects. It does this by statistically analyzing each pixel and recreating the background behind moving objects in an image sequence or video clip. It is not meant to create a perfect, end result but can create very good results. Continue reading
Perhaps you’ve seen in the media recently about a meteor appearing over Oklahoma City. Or maybe you noticed the story on Reddit? These videos have been revealed to be part of a campaign by Digital-Tutors to promote their training courses. They have also created a FREE After Effects training course to show how they accomplished the effects.
So check out DT’s original post on the fake meteor below, watch the videos, and perhaps leave a comment below.
Imagineer Systems, makers of popular planar tracking software mocha, have released a new training video with product specialist Mary
Poplin, comparing mocha with the new Adobe Mask Tracker. The Mask Tracker works by drawing a mask and then telling After Effects to track the area within the mask. Mary discusses many of the pitfalls and limitations in the new Mask Tracker; however, it is also pointed out that the tool works adequately for tracking some objects, mainly rigid surfaces.
My personal conclusion is that the Mask Tracker is a quick-and-dirty, yet inflexible, tool for simple planar tracking tasks with limited movement. Despite its limitations, however, this may be a tool with yet unrealized potential and one that Adobe may develop further.
I have finished a tutorial on how to upsample images in Adobe Photoshop CC with the new ‘Preserve Details’ feature. Upsampling is the process of mathematically interpolating new pixels to enlarge images based on the pixels surrounding them. If this video helps you, be sure to leave a comment below.
This is the first in my series of tutorials on the new Adobe Creative Cloud software released last month. Shake Reduction is an awesome new tool that allows photographs that were previously useless because of camera shake-induced blur to be restored with minimal artifacts. If you have Photoshop CC or even if you’re just interested in the program, check it out below. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment letting me know what you think.