Digital Video / After Effects Abuser Group

After Effects Abuser Group - Pushing Pixels Beyond . . .

Digital Video / After Effects Abuser Group Tuesday, June 26, 2012



So many great effects in After Effects CS 6 we're diving into a couple of them:

• 3D Tracking and why you need it now (Hint: It's simply better!)

• Reflective Text - Bring some excitement into your titles by creating beautiful 3D Text with reflections using this new Ray Trace feature.

Bonnie Erdrich, co-manager, taking a chapter from effects guru Chris Meyers' tutorial on, will show the new extruded text effect with reflective surfaces mirroring the environment that surrounds it.

You can expect to come away with a solid grasp on creating visually enhanced reflected surfaces and real 3D text for your Video presentations.

CS6 3D Tracking and why you need it now

2D tracking has been a bit hit or miss. Lots of hand tweaking to achieve good results on difficult footage. With CS6 3D Tracking Adobe has opened the door to putting graphics or 3D objects into your scenes in a simplified way. It seems pretty complicated at first glance, but be not intimidated oh pixel warriors, we shall prevail.

Terry Syndergaard wiil demonstrate using some challenging footage from the movie "Inception" — sweeping helicopter shot, buildings crashing into the sea.

"But how can I use this?" you might ask.

Have footage with unwanted elements? Exposed cabling? A dead animal? Instead of laboriously cloning it out, you might want to consider compositing a decorative vase of flowers to cover the situation. Bear in mind the need to match light direction when choosing the object or picture.

Best used on moving camera shots, dolly shots, walking shots where parallax aids After Effects in solving for the camera position, the new 3D Tracker is great on 2D as well.

Adobe Raffle

We will be raffling off the famed Adobe software package worth up to $2100 (any bundle except Master Collection) Must have attended one prior meeting to be eligible (we warned you!)


The Digital Video / After Effects Abuser Group has presentations on video editing and special effects software, including, but not limited to, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe After Effects. Terry Syndergaard is the Manager, Bonnie Erdrich, co-manager. Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The fee for non-OCMMA members is $10, or $5 for students.

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  • Dolores J.

    I'm still holding my breath as I hope to one day win some Adobe Software in one of the various raffles I am entered in - hahaha. CS6 has lots of new stuff - cool.

    July 3, 2012

  • FLB

    super great!!! It couldn't be any better for me!!

    June 27, 2012

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