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After Effects Blog

Element 3D First Impressions & Animation Experiment

So I just got my hands on Video Copilot’s new Element 3D plugin and it’s simply amazing! Render times are extremely fast, objects are very customizable, and the plugin has a lot of undiscovered potential. Check out this quick 5 second render I did using Element. It’s fairly simple, but after today, expect some more […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • July 11, 2012
After Effects Blog

Upcoming Cinema 4D & After Effects Tutorial

Here’s a sneak peak at a tutorial I’m whipping up soon. The tutorial will be my first ever Cinema 4D tutorial, so things may be a little uneasy until I get used to saying all the different panels and object names. Because this is my first Cinema 4D tutorial, it’s going to be pretty basic […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • July 2, 2012
After Effects Blog

ReelSmart Motion Blur vs CC Force Motion Blur

Who Performs Faster? So in the making of the Bourne Legacy trailer title tutorial, I used and demonstrated CC Force Motion Blur, a pretty simple effect to add some manual or post motion blur. After using RE:Vision Effects’ ReelSmart Motion Blur for so long, I forgot how agonizingly slow previewing and rendering CC Force Motion Blur […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • June 10, 2012
Blog Products

Free Light Leaks Pack

Free Light Leaks Ever need some quick and easy light leaks for your projects? Here’s 16 light leaks I’m giving away for free in my Light Leaks Pack! It’s the least I could do to give back to the awesome supportive community I have here at the Dojo. The pack contains 15, full 1080p HD […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • June 4, 2012
After Effects Blog

Building iPhones with After Effects

Hey folks, it has been awhile since my last tutorial update here so I wanted to give you guys a heads up on what’s coming! Ever see those awesome and beautiful iPhone renders used in commercials these days? Yeah, they’re probably created using a 3D application, but we’re going to take a look at how […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • May 30, 2012
After Effects Blog

Trapcode Mir Renders

So as some of you may know, Peder Norrby, founder of Trapcode, announced and demoed an upcoming new Trapcode plugin called Mir and showed it off at NAB 2012. It’s polygon based with awesome GPU acceleration! I had the honor to beta test this baby and wanted to show off some of the amazing things […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • May 24, 2012
After Effects Blog Inspiration

Nothing but Cubes

So I was browsing around and saw Nick Cambell’s 5 Second Project, this time it was “Nothing but Cubes”. Interestingly enough, I love animations with primitive objects but never had the time to experiment much with such simple shapes. Well what the heck, it’s only 5 seconds. This animation took about 30 minutes and  I’m sure […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • April 30, 2012