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How to Remove Noise from Grainy Footage in After Effects CC 2018

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 with the latest noise reduction effect in After Effects CC 2018. How to Denoise Video in After ...

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VFX Artists Cringe At Their Old Videos | VFX React Ep 2

The crew at ActionVFX creates incredible pieces of content that bring value to everyone in the industry day in and day out, but what were they producing as kids just dabbling in effects?In the first episode, we reacted to Luke and Clayton's old masterpieces, and up next we have Zac's (Lead Product Designer) and Rodolphe's (CEO) old videos! You are in for a laugh, so watch the video below as we...

Where to Learn VFX Online: 3 Academies Worth Checking Out

Whether you’re interested in starting a career in visual effects, or you’ve been in the field for some time, it’s never a bad idea to sharpen your resume with VFX training. We’ve looked at some great schools to earn a degree in VFX, but depending on your situation, it might be a good idea to pursue an online certification instead. Here are three cutting-edge academies ...

Ask An Artist: Ep 010 - "How Do Balance Content Creation And Growing As An Artist?" With Niko Pueringer From Corridor

In episode 10 of Ask An Artist, Luke talks with Niko Pueringer of Corridor Digital. Niko and their team has done a really great job in recent years with the growing popularity of their "VFX React" YouTube series, as well as developing a massive worldwide audience.In this discussion, they dive into the art of storytelling and the history of Corridor Digital. This episode is packed with valuable insight! Ask An Artist: Ep 010 - "How Do Balance Content Creatio...

Ask An Artist: Season 2, Ep 18 - How To Maintain Artistic Integrity with Clinton Jones

A lot of artists spend a lot of energy on stuff that doesn't bring them closer to their goals. They are trying to please publishers or fans or clients or their ego. The reality is that we should all be trying to please ourselves by working on things that fill us with passion. In this episode, Luke welcomes Clinton Jones, a VFX artist known for his work on Cardboard Warfare, video game cinematics, and even Corridor Digital. They discuss the different roadblocks that artists face along with ho...

How to Become a Better VFX Compositor Through Photography

Honing a craft oftentimes feels like a linear endeavor. You put the blinders on, and smash the same shortcut each and every day with twenty tabs open on your second or third monitor. The Foundry’s documentation, School of Motion, ActionVFX — this constant pursuit of growth, knowledge, and resources is paramount to strengthening your skill set as a compositor....

Five Free Tools for Your VFX Workflow

As budgets get smaller and deadlines get tighter, it’s crucial to know where you can cut corners. Often-times, there are aspects of our workflow which could be updated in the most cost-effective way possible: free stuff! In the world of software, plug-ins, and downloads, free has come back in style through open-source tools with transparent creators and bustling communities. Though it belongs ...

Three Practical Uses for Noise — The Swiss Army Knife of VFX

You know what it is and you’ve used it before: noise. Though fundamentally simple, it’s one of the most versatile tools in visual effects. Once you put it to the test, you begin to see its value!  The beauty of noise as it’s used in VFX is how it defies the traditional definition. Merriam Webster definitions for the word throw out terms like “unwanted”, “unpleasant”, and “meaningless”, but in true effects wizard fashion, we make it have meaning!  ...

Become A Marvel Superhero In Four Amazing Tutorials

Since the Star Wars pop culture explosion, no film franchise has made as big an impact on Hollywood and Visual Effects as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A truly industry changing feat, the nearly two dozen films have followed a consistent thread through not only narrative development, but technolo...