Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Phonotrope Analog Techniques Tips

Learn how to create looping animations using analog elements that can be filmed with a camera and then refined in programs like After Effects. The “phonotrope” technique shown in this course uses the rotations of a record player to create the illusion of motion. Owen Lowery provides instructions on creating paper animation loops by hand, then going back and forth from the computer to plan and execute a more advanced animation using After Effects and Photoshop.

You’ll get hands on and color, cut, paste, and draw and, along the way, learn about the logistics of player speeds, frames, video capture, and lighting. In the final chapter, you’ll get tips and inspiration for taking your phonotrope to the next level with transparency and mixed media.

Topics include:

  • Introducing the phonotrope
  • Understanding frame and speed settings
  • Experimenting with drawing and play dough
  • Using Illustrator and Photoshop to plan a phonotrope guide
  • Preparing After Effects for a phonotrope animation
  • Shooting, lighting, and editing animation footage

Fix Film It in Post

Whenever you hear “don’t worry—we’ll fix it in post,” a red light should go off in your head. Those who say it on set often don’t solve the problems; the burden will fall on you, the editor. Luckily, many issues can be solved at the post-production stage, and this course teaches you how. Premiere Pro guru Eran Stern touches on topics such as white balance, relighting, flicker and banding problems, shaky footage, cosmetic skin issues, video noise, color matching, and even common audio problems. The techniques shown rely on collaboration with After Effects as well as third-party plugins that augment Premiere Pro.

Topics include:

  • Fixing white balance problems
  • Stabilizing shaky shots
  • Fixing bad pixels
  • Handling noise, grain, and banding
  • Minimizing flicker and exposure issues
  • Removing camera flashes
  • Fixing skin problems
  • Relighting a shot
  • Performing lens corrections
  • Fixing audio in post
Skill LevelIntermediate
2h 25m



Integrating Type into Video

Discover new ways to combine text and video in After Effects and create more visually stunning scenes. This course, the second volume of Eran Stern’s Integrating Type into Video series, features four unique type treatments that integrate text directly with the action on screen. Watch and learn how to explode text, create liquid text, map text to moving objects, and animate type in Z space.

Along the way, Eran demos a handful of advanced techniques, from tracking, rotoscoping, and particles to distortion and camera effects. After watching this course, you’ll be able to create impressive promos, trailers, and openers that will stand out from the rest.

Topics include:

  • Dandelion type: exploding text into dozens of seeds
  • Time remapping
  • Tracking text
  • Rotoscoping with Roto Brush
  • Floating type: creating a liquid text simulation
  • Designing with shape layers
  • Creating water effects with caustics
  • Perspective type: attaching type to moving guitar neck
  • Planner tracking with mocha AE
  • Pasting tracing data
  • Matching focus
  • Hot spot type: adding motion graphics to a runner’s steps
  • Camera tracking
  • Adding titles
  • Creating a pulse effect