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Real World Footage Effects (iPod)

Artbeats has recruited design expert Steve Holmes of Energi Design to bring you bi-weekly video tutuorials which show you quick tips for using stock footage in your projects in innovative ways. Whether you're a novice wanting step-by-step instruction, or a veteran just looking to expand your creative possibilities, these tips, presented in After Effects, will help bring your projects to the next level. This version is for the iPod and Apple TV, a full resolution version is also available.

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Episode 15 - Mirror, Mirror: Creating Reflections

Using the Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Pro plug-in, turn a simple rotating 3D logo into a fiery, reflective metallic icon, surrounded by color, particles and flame, with perfect reflections both in the logo and in the fake 2D floor in After Effects itself.


18 May 2009

Rank #1

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Episode 14 - Breathe, Deer: Adding Layers of footage

Use the full 4K resolution of an Artbeats RED footage clip of a deer in a forest, to create the effect of a zoom lens finding and focusing on the animal. Add in thick, falling snow, adjust the temperature from spring to winter, and add the effect of the deer's breath being visible in the cold air, and see how you can turn a simple effect into a complex scene.


4 May 2009

Rank #2

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Episode 13 - A Call To Arms: Adding Smoke Effects

Working on the final plate of the title animation for a World War II video game, see how to enhance two simple Photoshop images by combining them with some unique smoke clips. Learn techniques such as mask integration, mask expansion, layer blending, keying effects, 3D camera animation, expression creation and control with sliders, and camera depth of field.


20 Apr 2009

Rank #3

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Episode 12 - Four Candles, One Legend: Layering and Keying Footage

See how to maximize an investment in one Artbeats HD flame clip to create 4 individual 3D candles to transform a basic, static scene. Learn as Steve reveals cool studio techniques such as Photoshop layer usage, flame keying, parenting, error correction, flickering 3D lights and shadows, and camera depth of field.


6 Apr 2009

Rank #4

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Episode 11 - In the Eye of the Storm: Creating 3D Rain

Learn secrets of movie special effects as Steve takes you through turning a beautiful Artbeats HD aerial clip into a cold nighttime storm with torrential rain and lightning. Learn how to color adjust clips with a handful of effects for maximum control, then use cool techniques to turn two-dimensional rain clips into truly 3D rain.


23 Mar 2009

Rank #5

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Episode 10 - There's No Fire Without Smoke: Creating Smoke Effects

Enhance a 3D scene, previously animated in episode 9 with fire and lighting effects. Learn how to use some very cool tricks and expressions to create a realistic, volumetric 3D smoke effect using a single HD clip of swirling smoke from Artbeats.


9 Mar 2009

Rank #6

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Episode 9 - There's No Smoke Without Fire: Masking & Lighting Techniques

See how to enhance a basic 3D scene in After Effects with a single HD fire clip from Artbeats, some neat masking techniques, and some very unique lighting effects with expressions, setting a hallway alight with flames, flickering lights and shadows.


23 Feb 2009

Rank #7

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Episode 8 - Type In Distress: Using Transparency & Distortion

Use several high-definition clips from the Artbeats library to both affect transparency and frantically distort typography, for an HD show promo. Set over the top of a truly stunning clip shot on the RED One camera, the finished piece is both haunting and beautiful.


9 Feb 2009

Rank #8

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Episode 7 - Slasher Movie Week: Using Layer Effects

Create a truly unique and stunning promo for a slasher movie week using high-definition clips from Artbeats Ultra Motion and Mayhem collections. With time-remapping, layer blending and keying techniques, along with some truly remarkable Layer Effects usage, the finished result really does grab your attention!


26 Jan 2009

Rank #9

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Episode 6 - Ten Pin Explosion: Using Slow Motion

Use high-definition clips from Artbeats Ultra Motion and ReelFire collections to make this incredible title sequence. Mixing 3D, keying and brilliant time-remapping techniques, learn how these clips can change the entire look and energy of a motion graphics piece!


12 Jan 2009

Rank #10