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Tricky Dick with the Hand Buzzer

To be able to use the buzzer in the handshake trick on your After Effect friends, you’re going to want to learn to use wiggle expressions. After Effects allows the use of expressions to hand code a variety of effects, of which the wiggle expression is very easy to apply and commonly used. It allows … Continue reading “Tricky Dick with the Hand Buzzer”

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Updates on your project assets and animation plans

I thought I’d share another project possibility care of CT Major alumni Leeza Walkes. She created this wonderful remix animation during her motion graphics class in 2011. The project uses a short scene from the film Punch Drunk Love and it is re-envisioned with her characters and backgrounds. I was inspired by this incredible work … Continue reading “Updates on your project assets and animation plans”

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emoji slot machine

This is a quiz which asks you to make a precomp using an array of emoji, which you will then animate in a composition. Make sure your array has at least five emoji. Bonus points if you build a complete slot machine graphic!   with a little wiggle And a lot more…

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Make Me a Bird

Pick a bird from this NY Public Library Digital Collection. Download the full resolution TIFF file and create a transparent asset using the pen tool.

Upload that transparent asset to a post as a PNG. You must include the link to the original image, l…

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What do you want to make now?

So for next week I’d like you to write a post about how you’d like to spend the remaining six weeks in this class. You’ve knowledge of some very concrete motion graphics skills at this point, but your level of ability to use them probably varies quite a bit. There are new skills we can … Continue reading “What do you want to make now?”

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Knock, knock your grades are coming…

To date Below is a list of the work that could have been completed by today’s class. Quizes PS – Pen Tool PS – Hit the Target AE – Bounce the ball AE – Sneagator AE – Motion Tracking AE – Masking Homework/Project Work Posts Movie Poster Asset Creation Movie Poster GIF Draft 1 with … Continue reading “Knock, knock your grades are coming…”

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Masking Quiz – Something else in the fridge

Use this moment from The Secret Life of Pets and place something between the turkey and the milk in the fridge. Consider using one of an array of emojis as they’re high quality transparent PNG files. Bonus points if you can have the item darken to black with the opening and closing of the refrigerator … Continue reading “Masking Quiz – Something else in the fridge”

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Masking the Emoji

Here’s today’s simple tutorial for how to use masking of video in After Effects. Also consider learning to use the Rotobrush. Have a look at Maria Sanchez’s final post about her project which combines the pen tool image masks and the rotobrush. Also look at the post from last semester in which we covered masking … Continue reading “Masking the Emoji”

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Daniel Motion Track ON, Motion Track OFF

This week’s quiz asks you to motion track the head of this karate kid on a boat. Then add an emoji that follows the motion track. Create a GIF and upload.  

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GET OFF OF ME!!!!

This week we look at the motion tracking tool so that you can create null objects which follow a set of contrasting pixels frame-by-frame in a video. Then text can be created and parented to the null object which allows you to have text follow a character like this. Or mask the head like this: For … Continue reading “GET OFF OF ME!!!!”