Cast some light on your subject

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25 Grayscale MasksThe 4K Dappled Light Toolkit is a collection of footage and After Effects projects that brings the organic motion of wind-blown tree shadows to any video or animation timeline. I created this collection because I needed subtle yet immersive background animations for title screens on a project I was working on. My experience is that too many motion backgrounds steal attention away from static foreground elements like titles. Unfortunately, static background images can be too quiet. The Dappled Light animations fill this gap perfectly. These clips are so generic; they can be used for any subject. If you use backgrounds, you will love them! If you like to tweak, mix and match, etc, the After Effects files give you all the versatility you need. Click here to see a demo.PreMade Motion BackgroundsThe 4K Dappled Light Toolkit contains imagery from real trees casting real shadows on a flat white surface. We picked days when there was a breeze blowing so that there would be motion in the shadows. The surface was filmed with a RED Epic camera at 5K resolution. The footage was then corrected to remove any perspective caused by offset camera angles. Then, these “shadow” animations were made seamless and color-corrected to create grayscale, full contrast masks. Twenty-five of these masks are provided as-is in the Toolkit.25 Static Textures

The next step was to composite marble, wood and fabric textures with the shadow animations, which created realistic dappled light on the textures. After Effects was used for this compositing. The resulting images have a light/shadow combination that is organic and immersive. Since the shadows were taken from reality there is an inherent sense of high production value. These ready-to-use backgrounds are provided in 4K and HD sizes in the Toolkit.

In addition, the Toolkit contains the above After Effects projects, static textures, extra metallic treatments and erosion masks. The After Effects projects have compositions that allow your titles to be cast with the same shadows as the backgrounds, along with surface treatments for the title lettering.

Seamless Looping Brushed Metal

The 4K Dappled Light Toolkit has a retail value of $799. However, for a limited time it is available at for $399. The 4K Dappled Light Toolkit is also available FREE to any subscribers at from February 16th to March 31st.

Click here to see a demo.
Click here to see Eran Stern’s Dappled Light Tutorial.


Mind Trip – Part 2 Tutorial

An After Effects Video Tutorial

by Eran Stern* (

In the final piece of this 2-part video tutorial, Eran reveals the secrets found in a woman’s mind! Learn how to use radial blur, caustics, glow, and other tricks in After Effects to reveal a dream-like scene…Watch Video Tutorial Here.

Revealing the secrets found

Revealing the secrets found

Mind Trip – Part 1 Tutorial

An After Effects Video Tutorial

by Eran Stern* (

Join Eran Stern as he delves into the mind of a woman. Be warned, it’s not for the faint-of-heart! Follow along as he creates a tunnel vision effect by applying a few After Effects tricks such as time…Watch Video Tutorial Here.

Eran delves into the mind of a woman.

Eran delves into the mind of a woman.


Motion Tracking, After Effects, and CINEMA 4D Lite

The workflow to add 3D objects into your already-shot footage.

by Chris and Trish Meyer (Crish Designs)

After Effects features a 3D Camera Tracker that examines already-shot footage and attempts to reverse-engineer where the camera was during the shot, creating a 3D camera to match. This allows you to add new objects in 3D space that match the movement and perspective of the underlying footage.

After Effects has a limited 3D implementation of its own that allows you to add text and shapes, but the real fun comes when you can add a fully rendered 3D model of an object into the scene. There are several… Read Full Tutorial here.

Clip FCL220 used in tutorial. Download for free here:

Clip FCL220 used in tutorial for download free here.

FootageHub Producer, Francois Areseneault releases all new footage

From boats in quiet harbors to oil rigs on the prairie, from the Coliseum in Rome and the pyramids of Egypt to a modern building under construction, sites (and sights) are global. Motorcycles race on a snow-covered track, hot air balloons take flight, low-flying bombers dump fire retardant. Shots of people in action: skateboarders, Motocross and mountain bike racers, rodeo clowns and cowboys, fishermen on a sandy beach, and others.

Nature shots include a full moon floating in the night sky, an eagle soaring against the clouds, beef cattle roaming on a Western ranch, gulls and seals on the beach. Wherever you look in this Francois Arseneault new release, possibilities are endless.

New Rubberball stock footage available now

Spread across a variety of geographical locations, this new footage from prolific FootageHub producer Rubberball focuses on people in action–all kinds of action, from a ballet class to guys pushing a stalled car to a couple sharing wine in a hot tub to a woman in a dentist’s chair, and much, much more; from fast-paced city life to rural solitude.

Interspersed among the extravaganza of life-style footage is a melange of evocative nature and animal shots, classic city skylines, and ’round-the-world landscapes as well as some clever, thought-provoking concept shots. Something to set the perfect mood for your next project is on tap here.

Stock Footage Inc Releases New Stock Footage

FootageHub producer Stock Footage Inc. captures the vibrant beauty of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s most exciting city. Waves lap the shorelines of Botafogo Bay and Ipanema Beach; the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer on Mount Corcovado spreads its arms above the cityscape and crowded favelas, Rio’s low-rent hillside residential areas; tourists ride the breath-taking gondolas on Sugarloaf Mountain.

If it’s Rio, it’s here! Dawn to sunset and night aerial shots provide memorable views of one of the Western Hemisphere’s most fascinating cities. Whether you are looking for a specific landmark to establish location in Rio or an image that simply conveys classic fun and beauty in a tropical setting, these new clips from Stock Footage Inc. are worth checking out!


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Driving Plates (5-9 angles)             Washington DC Aerials                   New York Aerials
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NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Eran Stern

Eran Stern:
Commercial artist, TV Post-Production designer and trainer






Q. What was the biggest surprise or unveiling of the show?
A. I guess it’s hard to ignore what ‘Blackmagic Design’ is doing to the industry. Each year coming up with dozens of new gear and improvements, some of it for free, is something quite unique even in this industry. I’m not sure what their higher purpose goal is, but the development speed of those guys is very impressive, and it looks like their tools are working as advertised. Not everything they offer is usable for my needs, but they pace and motivation is something we all can inspire from.

Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. I think it’s the new version of After Effects (13.5), which is going to be a milestone release, especially due the new way you can preview inside the software. Adobe has separated the render engine from the interface and then tied it back in, this means that now you can preview and work at the same time. Creating changes while the preview is still running, (and saying goodbye to the spinning beach ball) means that you can be much more artistic and get a lot out of the software – this is going to make more free time for me to spend with my loved ones (not the After Effects is not part of my loved ones, but you get the point).

Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. For me it was one moment before the show began, I was entering my first session (on Saturday morning) and the room was fully packed with people (in an 80 people room, we had almost 140 attendees) – My voice was shivering the first few minutes until I found my zone and went onto a smooth sailing. Later I found out that I made a new record for this Post|Production world conference, so I’m super proud for this achievement, I only hope my session was useful for all these attendees, but from the feedback I got at the end – it sure did.

Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. I think that the main thing is Ready Made Stuff. From stock footage, templates, plug-in and automated scripts to sound effects – these days you only need to choose. With this huge growing of pre-designed presets and great footage it’s easier than before to jump on the Mograph ship. Both NLE and Effects software became an operating systems and not just software, and the open architecture of software these days, allow many third-parties to write tools that are more that just an index search. For many users this is going to change the way they work, and I’m amazed by the selections and extra tools that I now have easy access to.

NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Alex Dow

Alex Dow_1Alex Dow:
Marketing Director





Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. I found that as far as software goes the newest innovation is an AE plug-in called Paint and Stick. It’s created by the AE Scripts guys and will be  released soon. It’s really crazy that you can paint on your 3D scene in real-time directly inside of After Effects.

As far as equipment goes, I was amazed by the new drone section. There was every type of drone you could think of. There were small ones that held go pros and big ones that held giant equipment. They even had a giant net flying zone to demo the drones in action.


Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?

Alex Dow showing how Zaxwerks ProAnimator with Rampant Effects

Alex Dow showing how Zaxwerks ProAnimator with Rampant Effects

A. My highlight was being able to demo at the Rampant Design booth.
I was able to show how Zaxwerks ProAnimator and  rampant effects work extremely well together.
We recorded the demo so it’ll be up online early next week.






Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. Of course, I saw a lot of drones so I expect that’s not going away anytime soon. I also saw a huge increase in the number  of hand-held cameras. This is going to make it a lot easier for individual artists to shoot their own footage, and make their  videos look as professional as the big studios.