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After Effects Abuser Group - Pushing Pixels Beyond . . .

Getting Your Sea Legs With After Effects 3D Camera Moves

DV-After Effects Abuser Group - Tuesday February 26

Welcome aboard, mates!
We're in uncharted waters here, and "Thar' be Dragons!"

Well, that's how Terry Syndergaard felt when trying to master the 3D camera in After Effects, but with some online tutorial assistance from Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot fame, he's been wading into it with both guns blazing! 

The desired effect: Making your still pictures come to life, adding production value to your film, and thereby being able to charge more for your work, as well as lift you above the mere mortals in the multimedia crowd. To be clear, we're talking about 3D as in illusion of dimension and parallax, simulating camera-shot video, and not 3D as in wearing glasses to watch Avatar.

Terry has done the hard work for you wading through the quagmire of supposed tutorials out there, and narrowed it down to the best from Andrew Kramer, Andrew Devis at Creative Cow, and an ingenious tip from Trish Meyers (Crish / allowing camera handle control better than any of the recommended methods. 

Terry Tips:
As you may know, before you can create your 3D moves in After Effects, you must first prepare your images in Photoshop. Terry will show you some great tips that he’s discovered along the way: 
• Photoshop Quick Select + Lasso extraction for layering which is key to the success of this technique.
• A quick method of softening edges with Refine Edge (no cut-out look!)
• Numbering scheme (bottom to top) to ensure After Effects orders correctly - and it quickly solves a vexing and nasty problem where a proxy suddenly shows the wrong layer. 

Next - Importing into After Effects, Learn how to:
• Create and use Proxies not only for speed but so you can create video for both small screen devices and 2K feature movie resolution.
• Make your Photoshop layers 3D 
• Set up a camera so that the layers will automatically adjust to your positions 
• Parent layers to easily control several layers at once 
• Create depth for more interest by dragging in the 2 View mode
• Keyframe your photos to give the 3D motion picture effect, bringing your photos to life. 

In addition to our own demonstration, we will be showing this effect in scenes from the movie, "The Kid Stays in the Picture" for inspiration and example.
It is not only great instruction, but also the entertaining story of Robert Evans, head of Paramount 
Pictures, and Ali MacGraw, and the making of "Love Story," the box office smash. 
We will have a raffle for two lucky attendees to win the DVD. Go behind the scenes with Robert Evans in creating “The Godfather” - and how Coppola didn't want to direct it (and got fired four times) - as well as the game-changing hits "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown."

This will also be an Adobe Connect Session for those who cannot attend.
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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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  • Philip C.

    Thanks to Terry for putting so much work for the fun presentation.
    The 9+ minute special effect clip is great.

    March 1, 2013

  • Trevor

    Yes, a big thank you to Terry and Jeff. The lesson was insightful and the Adobe Connect Session worked like a charm!

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • Bonnie E.

    Terry did a great job. He had prepared for a while, taking on the daunting task of picking out the best tutorials to create his own from scratch. It was our first Adobe Connect Session and Jeff Gomes did a superb job of making everything work for our online friends. Thanks to all who attended, you made it fun!

    February 27, 2013

  • FLB

    great, learned some new things.

    February 27, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Terry's demonstration of 3D from stills using After Effects was very useful and got some impressive results. Good turnout! Good interaction!

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • Trevor

    Going to try the Adobe Connect option this time out.

    February 26, 2013

  • Tim A.

    Won't be able to make it, have to take the wife to the airport :-( Guess ill catch you next month.

    February 26, 2013

  • Hannah


    February 21, 2013

  • FLB

    looks delicious, can't wait to take a bite out of that......


    February 20, 2013

  • Terry S.

    Ahah! Curious? That's good....... I was a bit late getting this written up - trying to solve all the "Gotchas" beforehand.

    February 20, 2013

  • FLB

    what is on the agenda???


    February 20, 2013

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