Somebody leaked – so those of us who were previously under NDA can now talk about the Adobe CS4 apps. I’ve just posted a video at ProVideoCoalition to show one feature set I know people will be curious about – 3D models in Photoshop and After Effects.

I also have it in mind to talk about a MAJOR OEM agreement – Imagineer’s MochaAE now ships with After Effects, which is FANTASTIC news – planar tracking to augment a tired and slightly senile corner pin tracker – and my favorite little addition to After Effects, MiniFlow.

But for now I have to get back to it. Watch this space.

22 September 2008 | after effects, news | Comments Off on Adobe CS4 Embargo Lifted (and I posted a video)

This is so cool; my favorite productivity application, Things (as in Getting Things Done) now allows sync between the desktop app (still in beta) and the iPhone.

I was in the beta for the popular OmniFocus and then switched to Things when I found several, well, things about it I liked better. I found that I prefer the way it handles contexts vs. projects vs. what comes next

I may post a more formal review later, but for now, if you’ve been looking for a to-do app that syncs, check it out.

20 August 2008 | new technology | Comments Off on Things for iPhone, Mac

The book is being revised.

There at least one major change to this one which I’ll share as we get closer to publication.

Meanwhile – I take requests – if there are sections of the book you think could be clearer (I already have my picks – in particular Section I) or other topics you’d like to see covered, let me know.

Also, if you have work that you’re proud of and you’d like it immortalized in a popular publication, send me a still; there are all kinds of cinematic images I can put to use.

16 August 2008 | after effects, news, training | Comments Off on New Edition of AE Studio Techniques Underway

Lloyd Alvarez has updated his BG Renderer script for After Effects CS3, and it now resides in its own panel, ready for use at any time. As I also just noticed, this new version seamlessly allows you to overlap processes; even if one render is already underway, another one will open, which was not the case by default with the previous script. You can get it from Lloyd’s site, which also includes a movie showing how to install and use it and a link to buy Lloyd a beer for his efforts.

This plug-in has been in heavy rotation at my studio, where it allows an artist to render in the background, locally, while continuing to work, and without the need for a copy of Nucleo Pro or the ability to set up a command-line render (which is what BG Renderer is actually doing for you). On a multiprocessor machine, if you un-check Use Multiprocessing and leave the priority Low, you can render in the background, gradually, and continue to work. Or you can crank it up to full render power, damn the consequences.

As Michael Bay would say, “Awesome!”

21 July 2008 | after effects, news | Comments Off on Buy Lloyd a Beer

In case you haven’t checked out the new offerings at, the O-Week overview is available, and this week and next you can sign up and freely audit the first 2 classes of any of the amazing courses.

I’ll be helping out with a class called “After Effects Masters” (afx302) that will feature the amazing UI work of Mark Coleran. I’m psyched!

16 July 2008 | after effects, news | Comments Off on fxPhd July08 Term

Well, for some perhaps. I’ve been working and – news flash – sharing office space with Kontent Films and they were prominently featured in our local San Francisco Chronicle, with several pictures of Mr. Prep Shoot Post, Eric Escobar.

Prouda these guys.

9 June 2008 | news | 1 Comment


This is brilliant and fantastic resource if you’re telling a visual story with elements of authority in it (and how many stories don’t have that?).

The choices are in some cases provocative, and if you’re anything like me it’s the ones you wouldn’t have clearly identified as authority-driven that will particularly resonate. The way that the images are composed also supports the authoritarian feel – there is, for example, slot machine games for android, the eerie Kubrick symmetry everywhere (you know, like showed up in There Will Be Blood).

25 May 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

It’s over a month old but I missed it when it appeared on my birthday, and maybe you did too. This one is a keeper.

Brad Bird on Innovation

25 May 2008 | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Brad Bird on Innovation

What is this thing? Let’s hear a real-world tale or two – or email me.

I love the concept.

18 May 2008 | new technology | Comments Off on The Assistant Editor

I recently posted an open question about Apple’s intention with Pro Apps to ProVideoCoalition (where you can find me writing slightly more often than here) in light of their firm denial that they intend to sell them. My thesis is that any time a company with a firm policy of not responding to rumors responds to a rumor – something’s up.

Now comes speculation on this topic from that prime silicon valley speculator, Robert X. Cringely. He’s not always right, but he’s an insider reporting with certainty that Apple was talking to anyone and everyone at NAB who would buy Pro Apps.

So that Apple could buy Adobe.


2 May 2008 | punditry | Comments Off on Apple Pro Apps will not leave the Rumor Mill




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