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Apr
2014

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By Tony LaTorre

After Effects Plugin Review: Un-Precompose

On 30, Apr 2014 | No Comments | In Plugins, Reviews | By Tony LaTorre

We all know about precomposing, it’s one of the most useful tools in After Effects. But have you ever had the need to do the reverse, to un-precompose a composition in your timeline, bringing the layers it contains into your current comp?
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Feb
2014

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After Effects Script Review: CopyMask2Layer

On 17, Feb 2014 | No Comments | In After Effects, Reviews, Scripts, Software | By Tony LaTorre

A lot of After Effects scripts are pretty mundane, but that’s ok. They improve simple things you do a thousand times a day but because of that they can make a big difference. They’re not easily marketable differences, which I suspect is why their functionality has not been included in After Effects, but they fill critical holes in the software.

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Jun
2013

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Illustrator Plugin Review: WidthScribe

On 26, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In Adobe Illustrator, Reviews | By Tony LaTorre

Continuing on from last week’s investigation of Illustrator plugins from Astute Graphics, today I’m looking at WidthScribe. WidthScribe is an enhancement to the variable width stroke technology that was introduced in Illustrator CS5, and that I wrote about a few weeks ago. Read more…

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Jun
2013

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Illustrator Plugin Review: VectorScribe

On 19, Jun 2013 | In Adobe Illustrator, Reviews | By Tony LaTorre

With all the posts I’ve recently written about Adobe Illustrator and logos and such, readers of this blog might be surprised to know that the program I do most of my work in is Adobe After Effects, and I promise I’ll get to that eventually, but for some reason Illustrator has been more in my life lately. Apparently I’m not the only one, because I went to my monthly motion graphics (DMA/LA) meeting last night, and what do they have but a demo on a plugin for…Illustrator. And then a presentation on character design from an Illustrator. So maybe there’s something in the air right now. Read more…

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Mar
2013

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Review of “Filmmaking with the iPad & iPhone”

On 02, Mar 2013 | No Comments | In Reviews | By Tony LaTorre

 

cover of the book "Filmmaking with the iPad and iPhone"

The name of the book “Filmmaking with the iPad & iPhone” by Taz Goldstein might cause many, even seasoned professionals, to think this is a book about shooting footage with the iPad/iPhone. After all, what gets covered in the press these days is the miraculous feat of filming a movie on a phone (parts of the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” were shot on the iPhone). To be sure, shooting is one part of the book, but this is a manual on how to use the iPad/iPhone through every stage of the process of making a film, from conceiving a screenplay, to pitching the project, prepping the shoot, filming, postproduction, all the way to posting your finished masterpiece to the web. Of course, you don’t have to do it all on an iOS device, (although Goldstein proves that you can if you want), but what’s great is you can pick and choose which pieces will work for you and use just those.

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