Friday, August 2, 2013

Another Project using Avid Media Composer 7

Well I've kept Media Composer open to take advantage of the free 30 day trial. So far I haven't had any software updates, power outages or cpu crashes, so here's another project.
This is a decomposition of a scene from the Sci-Fi movie, Corella. It's actually an exercise in using different graphics, transitions and editing techniques in MC.
Everything goes well inside MC but when exporting the results at h264 high quality are very choppy. Which also led to realigning the audio to match the video. Music during demo is 'Piece for Disaffected Piano One' by Kevin MacLeod.

Importing 3D models in After Effects

You can import 3D models into After Effect using Photoshop.
The process is very quick. Kevin P McAuliffe at demostrates how at:

Though I still prefer using Element 3D to adjust textures and lighting, I could have spent more time in Lightwave and Photoshop to improve the PS model.
This is also my first editing project using Avid Media Composer 7. The opening animated title was created in MC7, as well as editing, transitions etc.
Doing animation and transition are quite easy, just takes a little time making sure you don't miss any steps.
I wanted to fix a few things in After Effects but needed to get the videos done in MC7 before my 30 day trial ended.
The music, "Villainous Treachery - Distressed" provided by Kevin McLeod at

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

This was an an exercise that I did creating a hand model. I thought it was a good excuse to venture into the seashell tool. The background edifices as well as the shell were all done with it using different settings.
In case you wanted to know, it's a Hand Crab.   

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Playing the Catching Game in the Rain

"Playing the Catching Game" video was a self imposed challenge: First, to do the lightning and explosion. Second, to to sync and combine two videos.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Seattle's 12th Man on the Moon

This took longer than expected. I needed to compensate for an older automatic camcorder, no green screen and no lights. I used two layers: one using the luma key to get rid of the outer edge and the other using the roto brush for the inner edge. Everything was composed in After Effects (a little in PS) while final editing and sound were done in Premier Pro. HD
I didn't put some shadows in, but you realize this isn't real, right?

Monday, March 19, 2012

CSS3 Styles

Every time I think I get something down in web design, then add something new, I seem to end back at square one.
Just new puzzles to solve. - And I like doing puzzles, especially when I figure them out.
Still working on why I can't get the padding to work on the AP divs and why I can't get the multiple images to show up.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

DVD Transitions

Again, I keep liking AE more and more. And again, there are too many choices to experiment with. I mainly used the scatterize effects.
It was good to get back to Encore. I needed the review.