Motionworks Video Tutorials for Adobe After Effects (by John Dickinson)

Tutorial & e-learning. April 16, 2011 by artbon.

Motionworks Video Tutorials for Adobe After Effects (by John Dickinson)
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Based in Sydney Australia, John Dickinson is a cutting-edge motion graphics artist who is in demand. As Senior Broadcast Designer at Foxtel, ambassador and presenter for Adobe Australia and demo artist for Zaxwerks and Red Giant Software, John delivers highly creative yet commercially relevant motion graphics solutions.
With Motionworks, John combines 12 years of industry experience with a proven teaching ability to provide high quality learning resources that encourage and challenge participants to break through to new levels of excellence and impact in their work.

01. After Effects + 3D Invigorator: 3D Video Wall
In this written tutorial learn how to create a 3D video wall in After Effects using Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator.

02. After Effects: Interface Navigation
This tutorial was created to introduce the unified interface new in Adobe After Effects 7.0, but it’s still useful if you are using After Effects CS3 or CS4.

03. After Effects + 3D Flag: Tattered Flag
In this written tutorial learn how to use After Effects and Zaxwerks 3D Flag take a clean sharp Illustrator file and turn it into a weathered and tattered US flag. Of course you canreplace the US flag with the flag of your choice.

04. After Effects + Photoshop: Handwritten Text
The look where text seemingly writes itself onto the screen is popular and there are many different ways of approaching it. In this written tutorial learn how to create precise handwritten text in After Effects by preparing the text in Photoshop first.

05. Getting Started with Instant HD
This tutorial covers the basics of using Red Giant Software’s Instant HD plug-in. Instant HD up-converts DV video into a variety of HD video formats. You can choose from a list of preset resolutions to make it easy to integrate DV video into your next High Definitionproduction.

06. Getting Started with Magic Bullet Looks
This tutorial covers the basics of using Red Giant Software’s Magic Bullet Looks plug-in for Adobe After Effects. This is an easy to use yet powerful piece of software that is well worth the money if you do any kind of color grading.

07. Final Cut Pro: Using Trapcode Shine and 3D Stroke
In this tutorial I demonstrates how to use Final Cut Pro to create this motion graphics animation, using Trapcode products combined with various Final Cut Pro settings. Yes, it was a little strange creating this in Final Cut Pro but overall I’d say it was a good experience. Even if you don’t use FCP you might find it useful.

08. After Effects and ProAnimator: Reflection Maps
In this tutorial we look at how to add flare to your graphics by creating the effect of “light” moving across your Zaxwerks ProAnimator or 3D Invigorator objects inside After Effects. In fact it’s not light at all but an animated reflection map.

09. After Effects and ProAnimator: Importer
You may have been wondering what the ProAnimator Importer plug-in that ships with ProAnimator actually does. It’s actually a great creative tool, allowing you to harness the fast and powerful ProAnimator animation features and apply them to your After Effects 3D layers. Theeyeball image is by Martin Walls (

10. Getting Started with Knoll Light Factory
This tutorial covers everything you need to know to get started with Knoll Light Factory,one of the must-have Adobe After Effects plug-ins in any motionographer’s toolbox.

11. After Effects: Creative Background Design
In this free introductory video tutorial from the Creative Background Design in After Effects series, your host John Dickinson demonstrates how to make a simple, seamlessly looping Fractal Noise background and variations. John uses innovative techniques and explains several shortcuts that will help your workflow.

12. Getting Started with Magic Bullet Frames
In this tutorial you’ll learn the basic workflow for using Magic Bullet Frames. Formerly part of the Magic Bullet Suite, this plug-in for Adobe After Effects that allows you to create highquality progressive frames from interlaced footage. Other effects include Opticals for beautiful film-like cross dissolves and fades to black or white and De-artifactor.

13. Photoshop: Grungy Text
In this tutorial you’ll learn a simple technique using grungy brushes in Adobe Photoshop to make some grungy text. If you like this you may like the on-demand e-seminar where I discuss thisand other techniques used to create the graphics for a Saw 4 promo.

14. Getting Started with Radium Glow
In this tutorial you’ll learn the basic work flow for Red Giant Software’s Radium Glow plug-in. This was the first time I’d used the effect and have been pretty impressed with the results;you have a lot of control over exactly how and where the glow appears on your footage.

15. Getting Started with Text Anarchy – Part 1
Text Anarchy is a particle generator specifically for text that allows you to create some pretty detailed text-based looks very quickly. In this tutorial you’ll learn the basics of using two of the key effects: Text Matrix and Text Grid.

16. Getting Started with Text Anarchy – Part 2
Text Anarchy includes the GridSquares and GridLines effects, previously part of Digital Anarchy’s Geomancy. In this tutorial you’ll learn the basics of using these surprisingly useful particle effects.

17. After Effects CS4 New Features: Part 1
In this video tutorial series we’ll take a look at all of the great new features in Adobe After Effects CS4 plus many smaller updates and tweaks that you’ll probably never find in the manual. Part 1 includes the welcome screen, general interface enhancements and the new searchfeatures.

18. After Effects CS4 New Features: Part 2
Complex projects with many nested comps have always been a challenge to navigate, but the new Composition Navigator and Composition Mini-flowchart make it so easy you’ll wonder how you worked without them. In part 2 we take a look at the key techniques for using these new features.

19. After Effects CS4 New Features: Part 3
Up until CS4 the only way to work with true 3D objects in After Effects was to use a plug-in such as Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator. Now thanks to Live Photoshop 3D, 3D objects can be imported directly without the need for a plug-in. As you’ll see in this tutorial, it’s still early days but certainly gives an idea of the direction in which After Effects is heading.

20. After Effects CS4 New Features: Part 4
CS4 introduces us to 3 new effects: Cartoon, Bilateral Blur and Turbulent Noise. Bilateral Blur and Turbulent Noise are very similar to the existing Smart Blur and Fractal Noise effects. In this tutorial, we’ll take a quick look at these new effects and see what makes them different.

21. After Effects CS4 New Features: Part 5
After Effects CS4 includes numerous less obvious features that are great general time savers. In this tutorial, we’ll take a quick look at the new 4:3 inside 16:9 safe guides, Separate Dimensions, Centre in View, Flip Horizontal and Vertical, Shape Layer’s new Wiggle Transform and more.

22. Bond Classic Bond
In this recorded e-seminar I walk through the techniques used in Adobe After Effects and Adobe Illustrator to create the silhouette look used in the award winning Bond Classic Bond teaser. Topics include working with green screen, preparing footage for clean vectorization and batch vectorization of sequences using Illustrator and Bridge.

23. Getting Started with Primatte Keyer Pro
Primatte Keyer is a popular and powerful keying plug-in that has been used in numerous high profile motion pictures. This video tutorial walks you through the basics of using Primatte Keyer Pro in Final Cut Pro but is also suitable for After Effects, Motion and Avid users.

24. Photoshop and Illustrator for After Effects
This 1 hour recorded e-seminar covers some basic techniques, some little-known techniques and plenty of handy workflow tips for using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator with Adobe After Effects. Click the thumbnail to view full size images.

25. After Effects: Grungy Text 1
In this short tutorial learn how to use After Effects’ Fast Blur, Turbulent Displace, Roughen Edges, Texturize, Displacement Map and Gradient Wipe effects to give text a grungy look.

26. The Dancing Can – Part 1
In 2008 I did a series of roadshows for Adobe where I presented a neat little animation of a dancing can. In this series of tutorials I’ll walk you step-by-step through various After Effects techniques for creating this spot. This section deals with Puppet Pin tool basics and how to use the cool motion sketch feature to animate to music.

27. The Dancing Can – Part 2
In part 2 of this series learn how to use After Effects Shape Layers, Fractal Noise and Grid effects to create background elements, then animate them using the Convert Audio toKeyframes feature.

28. The Dancing Can – Part 3
In part 3 of this series learn how to use After Effects Shape Layers to add dynamic and organic, self-animating elements to the background.

29. The Dancing Can – Part 4
In the final part of this series learn how to use After Effects’ Color Link effect to integrate the can into the background, work with various Layer Styles, create a 3D text animation and add other finishing touches.

30. After Effects: The Dark Knight
In this 30 minute tutorial you’ll learn techniques and workflow used in Adobe After Effects and Illustrator to create the dramatic effect of the Batman icon shattering apart revealing a bright light source behind. Plug-ins used include Knoll Light Factory, Trapcode Particular and Shine. Thanks to Ko Maruyama and Jonas Hummelstrand for creative input.

31. After Effects: Looking Through Lights
In this 3.5 minute video tip learn how you can look through a camera linked to a light and see exactly what the light is pointing at, making lighting your After Effects scene easier and more intuitive.

32. After Effects: Paste at the current time
In this 4 minute video tip learn about precomposing, versioning and the must-know shortcut for copying and pasting. No more pasting layers the hard way.

33. After Effects: Leave Color
In this 2 minute video tip, check out how to use After Effects’ Leave Color effect to create the look where you footage is made black and white, leaving only a single color, made popular by the film Pleasantville.

34. After Effects: Modifying a Preset
In this video tip (no sound) you’ll see how I made the background in the TNA spot. Simple stuff but a good reminder not to forget about the presets that ship with Adobe After Effects and how you can save time by modifying them for your own purposes.

35. After Effects: Copying a Mask to a Shape Layer
The simple act of copying and pasting an existing mask onto a Shape Layer in After Effects CS3 can be tricky and frustrating. The key is to only select the Mask Path parameter before copying and only the Path parameter when pasting.

36. ProAnimator: Reversing an Animation
In this video tip (no sound) learn how to select all segments on a layer and reverse an object animation in ProAnimator. This technique is also for Camera animations but at present there is a bug that prevents it, although you can try dragging the poses manually.

37. After Effects: Looping a Precomp
Beginners often ask how to loop layers in After Effects. While looping a footage layer can be done using the Interpret Footage option, looping an unrendered comp takes a little more work but is still easy. In this video tip (no sound) learn how to use expressions to loop a precomp.

38. Introduction to After Effects
In this recorded e-seminar I’ll show you how to build a simple yet dynamic type-based animation. Topics include working with Illustrator files, setting up simple relationships using expressions, per-character 3D type, setting up 3D layers, creative use of shape layers, Brainstorm, modifying and saving a preset.

39. Saw 4
In this recorded e-seminar I walk through various techniques used in Adobe After Effects and Photoshop for creating the grungy, dark look of Saw 4. Topics include sourcing and combining stock images, using Photoshop brushes to give text a grunge look and create blood splatter, color grading and lighting.

40. Enchanted
In this recorded e-seminar you’ll see the techniques used in Adobe After Effects and Photoshop to create promo graphics for the film “Enchanted”. Topics include creating gold text in Photoshop using Layer Styles, using custom emitters in Particular, creating a light sweep and enhancing the sweep with Shine and color grading.

41. Fox Classics Image Spot
In this recorded e-seminar you’ll see some of the techniques and workflow I used to create the award winning Fox Classics image spot. Topics include creative color grading, rotoscoping, creative lighting and camera techniques.

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