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.

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The 4K Dappled Light Toolkit has a retail value of $799. However, for a limited time it is available at artbeats.com for $399. The 4K Dappled Light Toolkit is also available FREE to any subscribers at www.artbeatsexpress.com 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* (sternfx.com)

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* (sternfx.com)

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.

 

NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Eran Stern

Eran Stern:
Commercial artist, TV Post-Production designer and trainer
(sternfx.com)

 

 

 

 

 

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 – and that’s a wrap

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NAB: an event where content creation, management, commerce, consumption, distribution and delivery rule; large social arena to meet friends (new and vintage); a site to buy and sell content; a venue where one can acquire valuable tools and techniques from industry experts.

While touted as a must-attend event, it’s not always possible to drop by one of the largest trade shows in our industry. From launching a new site, keeping busy with jobs (that’s a good excuse to have!), clients, and a myriad of other obligations, you sometimes have to forego where you want to be for where you need to be. With that in mind, we wanted to give you a little insight into what this year’s NAB was all about so we spoke with a few attendees, exhibitors, and speakers.

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

 

Larry Jordan: Producer, Director, Editor, Consultant and Trainer (larryjordan.com)
Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. The rush to higher resolutions is continuing, even for situations that don’t need it. Storage needs are increasing exponentially. Read all Larry’s comments:

 

 

 

Alex Dow

Alex Dow

 

Alex Dow: Marketing Director (zaxwerks.com/products/proanimator)
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. Read all Alex’s comments:

 

 

 

Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster

 

Jeff Foster: Author, Producer, VFX Artist/Compositor and Trainer (Pixelpainter.com)
Q. When asked various questions about the show, here’s what Jeff had to say.
A. LOL – I might be biased, but my answer to all those questions would be: Drones, drones, new drones, drones.

 

 

 

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Eran Stern

Eran Stern

 

Eran Stern: Commercial artist, TV Post-Production designer and trainer (sternfx.com)
Q. What was the biggest surprise 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. Read all Eran’s comments:

 

 

 

Ben Balser

Ben Balser

 

Ben Balser: Apple Certified Trainer (finalcutprox.guru/)
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Blackmagic tiny cameras and their new 5″ monitor. 4K seems to be getting everyone’s attention, although questions about its reality abound.

DRONES AND ROBOTICS! Tops here, and not just because I’m a drone specialist. This is the new tool for shooting creatively, and I know we’ll see it more and more as time goes on. What makes this different from “aerial shots” that came before, from helicopters and planes? “Intimacy!!!!!” My drones can get up close and personal with things from the air better than any manned aircraft is ever capable of. That makes the shots valuable creatively. Read all Ben’s comments:

 

Peter McAuley

Peter McAuley

 

Peter McAuley: Senior Product Manager (borisfx.com)
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. For us, the newest innovation at the show was the first public presentation of BCC 10, which is currently in beta. Included in the beta is integration of Mocha planar tracking and roto masking … this is being made available in every filter in the BCC 10 package. Very exciting news for our customers. That along with the first public showing of Mocha AVX … for the first time, the roto and tracking toolset of Mocha will be available as a plug-in for Avid Media Composer. Read all Peter’s comments:

 

 

Paul Babb: President/CEO (maxon.net)
Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. As you can probably imagine, I never got away from my booth or meetings to see anything around the show.
For us, the news was our outstanding group of motion graphics, vfx and viz artists sharing their creative approaches and production techniques streaming live from the show. You can see the list of guest artist presenters we hosted on C4DLive.com. Among our group were two Emmy Award and one Oscar winners, recent SXSW Award Winners, etc. We’ll be posting their recorded presentations there and on Cineversity.com in the next few weeks.

I’m a little jaded as far as what was hot and future trends. For me, what artists are producing with the tools is far more interesting than the “potential” new industry-changing tool or new number of pixels (4K, 8K, 16K, etc.). That’s why we feature artists in our booth rather than C4D itself.

 

Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock

 

Gary Adcock CEO/CTO
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Arri and Dolby Showing High Dynamic Range content, more color, longer tonal ranges allow for better filmmaking and consistent delivery. Read all Gary’s comments:

 

 

 


MarkSpencer

Mark Spencer: Author, Trainer (rippletraining.com)
The show was great. On Tuesday, Steve Martin and I presented in front of a packed house of over 1,000 people, interviewing the editor of Focus and demonstrating new features of , and showing off some of our products. I don’t think I can be of much help on your questions because the only time I spent on the show floor was to walk to and from one of my presentations that I made on the floor on Wednesday. Most of my time was spent teaching or giving presentations or preparing and I had very little time to explore the show.

 

Free After Effects Video Tutorial by Eran Stern “Sunset Model”

By Eran Stern, sternfx.com

Eran creates a teaser for an upcoming reality show using footage from the Rubberball, Glamour Key and Aqua Geo Graphic libraries on artbeats.com. He has incorporated plug ins from Mettle, GenArts and Red Giant Software, with some tricks in After Effects, to create this fun, fresh piece.
 

 
Watch the complete Sunset Model Video Tutorial and download the project files!

New Tutorial on the Web: Boris RED Transitions by Eran Stern

We wanted to share this new Boris RED tutorial by Eran Stern, featuring lots of Artbeats stock footage.

Extend your Premiere Pro transitions library by using Boris RED. In this tutorial Eran will show you a fast and easy way to apply those templates and share some valuable tips on using the Library Browser.

Watch Boris RED Transitions Tutorial on SternFX.com

Free Video Tutorial by Eran Stern “Breakout Coffee”

By Eran Stern, sternfx.com

Take a break and learn some valuable tips! This entertaining, yet highly useful tutorial by design guru Eran Stern utilizes Photoshop’s cloning tools and Mocha’s tracking to clone out unwanted text, add green screen footage of people, and replace objects.

Watch all 30 minutes of the Breakout Coffee Tutorial here

Free Video Tutorial by Eran Stern on High Dynamic Range Toning Effects

By Eran Stern, sternfx.com

Learn to mimic the high dynamic range toning effect in Premiere Pro. Using a few special techniques and blending mode, Eran will show how you can harness the effect of the Mercury Playback Engine on both nature landscape footage and portrait or people stock footage shots.

Watch the HDR Toning Tutorial here
 


 

Free New Video Tutorial by Eran Stern in Cinema 4D & After Effects

Watch as Motion Graphics Artist Eran Stern offers up terrific tips for integrating stock footage into your projects. In SportHD, you’ll learn how to actually make the footage become the message, using the displacement map effect. After Effects and Cinema 4D project files are included to help you complete the look yourself.
Watch SportHD Video Tutorial and download project files!