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After Effects Auto-Orient Expression

We recently had a project using motion paths where we wanted to auto-orient an object (an arrowhead) as it moved along in the direction of the path. After Effects has a Layer/Transform/Auto-Orient… command that allows you to do this. However, … Continue reading

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Compositing animated objects from 3dsMax in After Effects

Getting object data from various 3d packages into After Effects for compositing has always been a little mystical, especially in 3dsMax. I never really have took the time to find a simple reliable method but found one today. The method … Continue reading

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AEPDX Meeting Wed, Feb. 10th @ Webtrends

Monthly Portland After Effects group meeting at the Webtrends building on Wednesday, February 10th. I’ll be missing it because of a schedule conflict but if you’re in the area you should try and make it. Damon Wubben will speaking and … Continue reading

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Apple iPad: No Flash support

With the Apple iPad finally unveiled the trend of deprecating Flash in favor of HTML5 continues. How will this affect the Flash community as a whole? That remains to be seen. In the meantime, I think it’s time to see … Continue reading

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Plugin Sale!

Digieffects sale – 50% off sale on the Camera Mapper plugin for After Effects. Regular price is $79, sale price is $39. Good until Friday.

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AEPDX: 2nd meeting featuring Monovich

Second AEPDX meeting went down on Wednesday at Webtrends. Stephen Fitzgerald aka monovich showed us two projects from the Cut & Paste contest in PDX and NYC. Really cool to see someone else’s workflow. He gave some cool tips on … Continue reading

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AEPDX Inaugural Meeting

First meeting of the Portland After Effects user group where keynote speaker Nando Costa from Bent Image Labs went over production of the Modest Mouse music video “The Whale Song.” The group meeting had a great turnout at PopArt’s offices … Continue reading

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The Most Common Element

It’s the most widely used font and the go-to weapon of a designer’s typography arsenal. You see it literally everywhere; although non-designers are likely oblivious to this. It is venerated by the design community for it’s modern clean lines and … Continue reading

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Project Cold mention in Smashing Magazine

Got a mention for the Coors Light: Project Cold site I did in papervision3d on the ezine Smashing Magazine. Project Cold made it into their “impressive Papervision3D” list of sites. The Project Cold site appears just shy of halfway down … Continue reading

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Project Cold FWA Site of the Day!

The Coors Light Project Cold site that I did has won FWA Site of the Day for July 4th! How appropriate on one of the biggest beer days of the year. I’ll be adding updates to that site for a … Continue reading

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