Command+Edit Podcast

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After Effects & You : Cmd+Edit 023

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Command Edit Podcast episode 23 talks about After Effects and using it as part of the post-production workflow for vfx

Every editor nowadays appears to be expected to have a basic understanding of After Effects. It is the new Photoshop, in that clients assume that you are able to use AE to achieve certain effects for their videos, whether it be removing logos, adding motion graphics or more advanced compositing.

In this episode we cover some ways that After Effects should be a part of your everyday workflow:

  • Do you currently use AE for your workflow? Here are some suggestions for how it can be a big part of your toolkit.
  • Should you use After Effects or Nuke or Fusion? There are differences between layer-based and node-based compositing programs.
  • Creative ways to polish your shots in After Effects.
  • Are your clients expecting you to know some of these compositing tools when they hire you?
  • Where can you get better training on After Effects to get you started?

Also, we are looking for some ideas for what the first pieces of Cmd+Edit merch could be. Rather than do the basic t-shirt or coffee mug, we want to do put our logo on something that's going to be especially unique and useful for you. It can be something for your desk, for your kitchen or even for your pet (thinking outside of the box here!). If you have any ideas for merch items that you'd like us to offer a limited run of, tweet them to @CommandEdit.

Did you see the ultra-cool video that mashes together about 20 different characters from popular movies and composite them all into the same nightclub? Serpico, Terminator, Blade, Pinhead, Obi-Wan Kenobi and many others appear in Hell's Club. It's an exercise in creative compositing and editing.

And we chose to close out this episode with an Ed Sheeran track. Why? Because we could. Enjoy!





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Double The Podcast, Double The Fun! : Cmd+Edit 012

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So last week Josh and I had a clashing of schedules and couldn't find the time for both of us to record together. Instead of release nothing we decided that we would each record our own segment and slap them together.

Basically you get two episodes for the price of one this week!

Josh talks about how you can benefit from "backing your car in". That one needs a bit of explaining, but rest assured it is a metaphor for how you can be better prepared for whatever your work may throw at you and at any moment's notice be able to seize an opportunity like a pro.

Nick has some thoughts about this whole "CGI is ruining movies!" cry that is being heard across the internets lately. With the release of so many movies this summer that rely heavily on CGI, it's become the usual suspect for when the movies fail to tell a good story. But is that fair of us? After viewing Jurassic World last month with some filmmaker friends, it changed Nick's view of CGI in movies nowadays and this will explain why he feels they get villified too much.

Here is the 2003/2008 Hulk comparison mentioned in Nick's segment. Which one do you think looks better?

Here is the video that Nick mentions about "The Weta Effect", which gives a theory on why VFX nowadays are so detailed and advanced yet rejected by audiences.

And finally if you're hungry for another podcast that touches on this very same topic, check out the Film in Focus Podcast. Specifically Episode 195 "Dumbing Down of Film".

Let us know what you think of this episode