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The Art of Animation & Motion Graphics

So PBS did an episode over the Art of Animation & Motion Graphics as part of their Off Book series and some of my work was featured in the segment! I’ve also been getting a ton of questions in regards to what “animation” or “motion graphics” was for the Element contest, this video should really […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • August 23, 2012

Starting and Managing a Music & Sound Library

To kickstart this audio series here at the Dojo, we’re going to start with creating and managing music/sound libraries. If you work with any sort of video, you definitely need to have a music/sound library. By creating one, you are easily able to archive and organize all the audio you’ve used (and even audios you […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • August 23, 2012

Giveaway: $500 Worth of Premiumbeat Music

The awesome folks at is sponsoring a insane giveaway, offering $500 worth of royalty free music tracks from their libraries to one lucky winner to kick off the audio series that will be coming to the Dojo this week. Giveaway Has Ended is a curated royalty free music website that provides high-quality royalty […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • August 22, 2012

Contest: Win Video Copilot’s Element 3D

So many of you guys requested it, so here it is: You can get a chance to win Video Copilot’s Element 3D plugin! I’m very excited to finally kick this off after much demand, it’s also pretty cool that Premiumbeat is pitching in some sweet assets for this contest. This Contest is Officially Over! View Results […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • August 21, 2012

It’s Time to Secure Yourself Online

So we’ve all seen the downfall of security measures put in place by large corporations and websites such as Sony,, LinkedIn, Blizzard, and many other sites lately. An ex-Gizmodo writer’s online life was brought to it’s knees because of Amazon and Apple Support. To sum it all up, a lot of online crap is […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • August 10, 2012
After Effects Blog Inspiration

Pouring Roses with Trapcode Mir

Here’s a quick animation I did using primarily the new Trapcode Mir plugin from Trapcode. When I had the chance to beta test Mir I did share with you guys a few still frames, but this is actually my first time popping out something with a bit of motion.   The goal was to create […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • August 7, 2012
After Effects Blog

A Character Animator’s Dream: Auto Lip-Sync (Win a Free Copy with More Prizes!)

If you do any kind of character animation or any type of work that requires a speaking mouth, you know how difficult it is to not only create a great looking mouth, but to animate and sync it up with the narration. Behold, a new and amazing script from Mathias Möhl that will automate this […]

by VinhSon Nguyen • July 23, 2012