Creating the intro for the UW Varsity Band show 2017

As a Motion Graphics artist / Grantor producer for Wisconsin Public Television, theres times I’m asked to create animations for different shows, or projects.  In the past I got to work on the Eau Claire Jazz Fest 2016, and WI LIFE, and even helped develop the on screen graphics for Here & Now.

Back In April I got the chance to put together the opening graphics for the UW Varsity Band show.  The video of my time-lapse work as well as some specifics is below

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AFTER EFFECTS PROFESSIONAL TRAINING lesson 12- Edit this, Look at that

Edit this, Look at that- After effects procedural technique.

Learn the process of procedural compositions in after effects. Using this guide you will learn how to edit one asset while viewing the end result in real time.

Topics covered in this lesson:

0:15 What is ETLAT?
2:40 Locking Compositions
3:10 Separating Composition Windows
4:50 Always preview this view
7:25 Making changes in real time
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VFX timelapse of commercial

Last Month I was fortunate enough to work on some VFX shots for a local company- Flip 11.  My tasks were to:

  1. Create “a perfect storm” of clouds coming in
  2. Sky replace the footage
  3. Track and Match Move the clouds
  4. Roto out the people in the scenes
  5. add additional rain elements if possible
  6. Screen replacements
  7. Add ight flare effects to sell the brightness and contrast of the hot blistering day.
  8. Composite in more steam/smoke
  9. track the car hood and match move the steam and smoke.
  10. Deliver within 48 hours.

I used mostly particular to create the cloud animation in layers. I was lucky enough to have lots of stprm clouds immediately after picking up the footage to use as reference material.

Particualr was great but also VERY resource intensive. Im running a majority of my work on a 8 core i7 with 2gb of video ram and had a hard time getting the particles to preview.

I additionally used several stock photos and even an instance or two of video co pilots “real Clouds” pack from like 10 years ago! (never throw away old stock).

For the tracking most of it was dove with the tracker but due to crossing the area of tracking I had to manually track the horizon point.  I had to blow out the scene just to see the horizon.

Additionally I had a few people crossing the scene that needed roto and one main one with curly hair that made things a bit challenging.

The sky was no where near a clean mattable color so I hade to rely on extract and a few passes to seperate the backgrounds.

In the second scene alot of that just wasnt possible and I had to layer a few masks in the trees so i could better Sell the trees withanother foreground layer of it.  Each scene didnt really have a horizon track point so I had to pick any feature that I could make work. A tree branch, some mounttain etc.

once the clouds were created in several layers and animations I pumped each one out as its onw alpha matte and recomposited them into all the scenes. So i eneded up creating about 8 layered weather systems and reused those.

Screen replacements were done with Mocha. I love using screen replacements with mocha. Its quick and its easy and it works!

The lense flares were creates with video co pilots Optical flares, and each exported as a tintable matte. Most were used at a very low opacity just to give a little extra bump.

Why I’m breaking up with Vimeo

It’s not me, It’s you.

Why I’m breaking up with Vimeo.

It wasn’t long ago that there were a lot of different choices when it came to hosting and sharing video online. It seemed like there was a new video sharing service popping up every so often and one by one they all disappeared leaving really only two for me to choose from- YoutTube and Vimeo.

It’s hard to find someone that isn’t familiar with YouTube. A service that originally started as an eBay competitor that now has “YouTube” stars making 6 figures and a viable distribution/streaming/entertainment/ educational platform. Everyone knows about YouTube/ everyone can use YouTube, and it’s very popular. Which were all great reasons to NOT use YouTube, and instead use Vimeo.

So hold on, I thought this was a break up letter, where did things go wrong?

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3D logos from 2D images using Element 3D

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Free tutorials, Professional Training.

In this free tutorial learn how to take 2d logos and drawing and turn them into animated 3D objects using After Effects and Video Copilots Element3D.

In this example we are using After effects 2015 and Element3D v.2

Topics included in this tutorial include:

Importing Raster/Vector graphics
How Element extrudes paths
Creating mask data
Working with path resolution

Auto Tracing path information
Working and adjusting masks

Using Adobe Illustrator path data with element
Path resolutions using Illustrator
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If you are looking for more formal instruction on video production topics or software I am available for private instruction through my website at http://www.StanislawRobertLuberda.com

There you can find all my tutorials, gear review as well as classes available including but not limited to: Adobe Premiere Pro, Final cut Pro, Apple Motion, Adobe After Effects, Element 3D, Keynote, PowerPoint, DaVinci resolve, DSLR boot camp, and many more.

Element 3D text and Background tutorial for After Effects

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Free tutorials, Professional Training.

In this tutorial you will learn how to use text layers and Video copilot element 3D to make 3D text layers with a background, apply Materials and Bevels, and animate it using a camera.

If you are looking for more formal instruction on video production topics or software I am available for private instruction through my website at http://www.StanislawRobertLuberda.com
There you can find all my tutorials, gear review as well as classes available including but not limited to: Adobe Premiere Pro, Final cut Pro, Apple Motion, Adobe After Effects, Element 3D, Keynote, PowerPoint, Davinci resolve, DSLR boot camp, and many more.