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ActionVFX's Top 20 For 2020

ActionVFX's Top 20 For 2020

Read through this countdown of our top 20 blogs that are sure to bring value to your VFX journey.

At ActionVFX, our blog was formed based on the idea of providing value to the VFX and filmmaking community. As we start off the year, we want to give you our top 20 blogs heading into 2020! 

Without further ado, let's jump into the top posts for you to read in the new year. 

#20) 5 Habits Every Nuke Beginner Should Have

The Foundry’s Nuke is the complete compositing package. A node-based workflow, 3D toolsets, robust channel controls, and more make this a “big boy” program in every sense of the word. Nuke is an industry-standard in both film and commercial environments and one of the strongest freelance tools you can add to your arsenal as either a 2D generalist or a compositor.

If you want to begin your Nuke journey, then start with this blog. 

#19) How To Composite Ground Crack VFX Stock Footage | After Effects

VFX artists should always be on the hunt to learn something new, especially as our industry continuously evolves with new tips and techniques. After watching this tutorial, you'll be able to composite ground cracking scenes like a pro! ActionVFX Instructor Lendon Bracewell covers everything from a 3D camera track to compositing the background within the Ground Crack element.

#18) How To Shoot And Composite Vehicle Interiors With A Green Screen

Whether you’re shooting the interior of a car, airplane, or spaceship, compositing the interior against a believable background can create some truly epic VFX sequences. In this blog, we take a look at a few practical areas to consider during pre-production, production, and post-production to ensure your vehicle interior scenes are integrated as seamlessly as possible.

#17) 5 Explosive Fire Tutorials For After Effects

In this post, we’ll take a look at a few of our favorite fire tutorials from around the internet. If this post inspires your inner pyromaniac, check out our Fire Elements!

#16) How To Use OpenEXR Render Passes | After Effects

This After Effects tutorial will provide you with a few quick tips on how to provide the best detail when compositing with OpenEXR render passes. We're using our Ground Bursts elements in this tutorial, but these techniques will apply for all multi-channel OpenEXR files.

#15) How Blending Modes Work In After Effects

From creating cool double exposures to compositing VFX smoothly, blending modes are a great tool when working with multiple layers. Of course, different blending mode selections work better than others at accomplishing certain tasks. While you might have a couple of go-to blending modes, we’re going to take an in-depth look at some of the most popular ones out there.

#14) When Should I Use After Effects Roto Brush Tool

There are a lot of great rotoscope tools out there (one of our favorites being Mocha), but After Effects’ own Roto Brush tool has made some major strides in making the daunting task of rotoscoping a bit easier. Check out why in this blog post!

#13) 5 Incredible Compositing Tutorials For After Effects

You don’t have to be a Hollywood-level VFX artist to composite like a pro. All it takes is a little creativity and time in After Effects. In the following blog post, we’re going to take a look at 5 awesome compositing tutorials for After Effects.

#12) How To Create Scary Monster Visual Effects For Your Project

From renegade robots, aliens, and werewolves to ghosts, mutants, and colossal monsters, everybody loves creature VFX. In this blog, we’re going to show you several VFX tips for integrating monsters into your project.

#11) Top 5 Free Programs For VFX Artists And Creative People

To add the dreadful expense of purchasing said software to create that perfect explosion for a movie, paint a texture for a video game, or rig a creature for a SciFi shot, would seem to bring an unwanted downer to the already-challenging process. Which is why we have put together my list of the top 5 best programs for moviemakers, 3D artists, VFX specialist, or just a digital art enthusiast. Whatever the case may be, these programs are a must-have.

#10) How To Edit 360 Video For VR In Premiere Pro And After Effects

We’ve already broken down the essentials of how 360 video works, as well as how to shoot 360 video for virtual reality. Now we’re going to tackle the various workflows for editing the 360 video you captured, and also how to digitally create 360 video for VR from scratch.

#9) How To Burn Down A House Using Stock Footage In After Effects

Visual effects can make or break a film. It doesn't matter if your story is great, your budget is huge, and you've got Tom Hanks rocking the lead role. If your effects aren't good, nobody will believe your story. In this tutorial, Rodolphe walks us through the process he used to realistically burn down this house, using our Structure Fire Collection.

#8) 5 Ways To Repair Problematic Video With After Effects

Chances are you’ve probably had to deal with less-than-perfect footage at some point in your career. In this blog, we’re going to look at several common issues you may encounter when working with footage, as well as how to resolve the problems with After Effects.

#7) 9 Sites Every VFX Artist Should Know

It’s no secret, the VFX industry is one of the most competitive industries in the world. To be a VFX artist you have to stay at the top of your game and remain there. So, if you are looking to stay current on all of the latest industry trends and news, these sites are a great place to look.

#6) 5 Awesome Places To Learn VFX

The VFX industry is the most exciting artistic field in the world. From matte painting to compositing, VFX is an essential part of the modern film industry. However, if you’re new to the VFX world it can be intimidating to hop into the giant industry without a little guidance.

#5) 12 Tips On How To Render VFX Faster In After Effects And Premiere Pro

You’ve got a deadline to make, big plans tonight after work, and you don’t want to be stuck sitting around the office for hours waiting on frames to render. While we can’t guarantee to save your social life, we do have a dozen quick tips for speeding up your render times in After Effects and Premiere Pro, which should help you stress a bit less as you’re finishing up your VFX project!

#4) 5 Incredible Compositing Tutorials For Nuke

From chroma keying to advanced tracking and placement, compositing is all about marrying the creations of several artists into a final and cohesive work. At the forefront of this art form is The Foundry’s Nuke: an advanced and sophisticated node-based solution equipped for high-level Hollywood compositing. Though its complexity may be intimidating, it’s just another tool in the box. The best place to start? Free tutorials.

#3) How To Remove Noise From Grainy Footage In After Effects

So, you just finished a late-night shooting an awesome action sequence with your actors, and after dumping the footage, you make the horrible discovery that not only does your footage have noise...but it has a lot of noise. Before you call everyone back for a re-shoot, take a look at these great tips on fixing your video in post.

#2) How To Remove Black And White Backgrounds From Stock Footage

As you'd expect, we get asked a lot of questions concerning VFX Stock Footage on a daily basis. Some of these questions are very advanced, but most of them are things that we think are pretty basic. In an effort to better help our users, we created Stock Footage 101, a video segment to answer popular questions.

#1) ActionVFX's Top 5 Tutorials

Our company seeks to continually provide value to the VFX community through our blogs, social media, tutorials — you name it. While we have a massive amount of tutorials for you to watch over on our YouTube channel, we wanted to narrow down the list in today's blog to roundup our favorite tutorials so far!

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