Pixel Clouds in the Distance

Fantastic news! I am close to releasing my Point Cloud tool plugin for After Effects. This effect will allow you to displace your 2D pixels into 3D space and it reacts to the 3D camera like a 3D layer. What can this do for you? It can help you visualize your composites better, where to place your cards in terms of position and scale. Plus there are lots of other uses to discover! Take a look at movie to see what I mean.

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Bake Parent Transform AE

It’s time to move out of the parent’s basement, to cut the umbilical cord, to leave the nest. When you’ve got parent layers driving the position, scale or rotation of a child layer, it can be somewhat problematic to get the same motion once the layer is unparented. This is especially true if the parent layer’s rotation is animated. Ideally, just leave the layer parented.┬áTry “baking” the parent transform into the unparented layer.

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Lillies in a Virtual Field

Fooling around with a few techniques. I spent about an hour on this animation using a photo to create a particle based lilly field. It’s an interesting style. Probably more for graphics and non-figurative motion work. I originally was trying for a conceptual music video feel. The kaleido is a probably a little ridiculous but the glow is marvelous. Not finished and so not successful but you’ve got to try something different everyday.

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Duplicate with Connections AE


Make a copy of a layer and link all its properties to the original using expressions. This is useful for instances in which you need to duplicate an animated layer but you don’t want to spend all your time copying and pasting keyframes just to update it. For example, you may want to have a camera in a nested comp duplicating the movement and properties of a camera in a main comp. Note: using expressions can be taxing on the cpu so turn off the ones you don’t need.

Duplicate with Connections

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