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Industry news, info, and opinions

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The 2015 Roadmap for the Dojo

As 2014 comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect upon myself, my goals, and the growth of the Dojo at it’s current point in time. This year has been a huge year for me, both personally, academically, and professionally. I relocated to Austin, Texas and surrounded myself with a lot of very business […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • December 22, 2014
After Effects Blog Motion Graphics Visual Effects

Compression Preview Plugin Review for After Effects

Compression Preview is a plugin for Adobe After Effects that allows you to preview your compression settings live in your compositions before committing to them at render. It’s a fast and easy way to check whether your compression settings will give you an output that’s acceptable, saving you lots of time and hassle. Let’s take […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • December 4, 2014
After Effects Blog

Kuler 5: Automation

The next Kuler 5 is here, and I’m excited to announce the theme and prize for this contest! We’ve had awesome submissions in the past two Kuler 5’s, and I can’t wait to see what you all come up with this time around. The theme is “Automation”, so think crazy super computers, robots, Skynet, and other […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • November 5, 2014
After Effects Blog Motion Graphics

Nodes 2 by Yanobox Review

Nodes 2 by Yanobox is the plugin you want to use if you want to create connection-based motion graphics, whether complex grid based animations or morphing networks of particles. The plugin has been used to create high-end screen graphics for movies like The Avengers, Planet of the Apes, and Ender’s Game. The new version of […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • October 23, 2014
After Effects Blog Inspiration

After Effects Workspaces: Share Your Layout & Tools

We often see people sharing their physical workspaces with intricate desk setups, fancy RAID systems, cool LEDs, and whatnot, but what about our digital workspaces? Zack Lovatt on Twitter thought it’d be fantastic to start a post where we could all share our After Effects workspaces and some details about them, so I decided to […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • October 2, 2014
After Effects Blog

Kuler 5: Slice It Up

Since the relaunch of Kuler 5 last month, we’ve had a fantastic response with tons of awesome submissions. In light of the success, I’ve decided to kick it up a notch with this next Kuler 5. The theme this time is: “Slice It Up”, so get your ninja slicing, watermelon dicing, crazy shanking ideas ready! […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • September 24, 2014
After Effects Blog Freebies

Anicons: Customizable Icon Library for After Effects + Free Sample Pack

Anicons is a fully customizable and animated icon library for Adobe After Effects developed by Sebas and Clim. Basically, it’s a fully rigged graphical icon library that’s linked with expressions and pseudo effect controls, allowing you to easily animate and adjust icon parameters very easily. Anicons was in development for over a year, and I […]


by VinhSon Nguyen • September 12, 2014