Thursday, May 13, 2010
It’s been almost a week with After Effects and so far I’m pretty happy with it. I’m honestly floored by what’s possible with this program. I’ve been following along with the tutorials on videocopilot.net and they have been a tremendous help. And I’m excited too knowing that I’m not going to have to be as restrained in my writing anymore. Almost anything is going to be possible. My favorite use so far though has been color grading using Stu’s CC Rebel plugin. It gives you an intuitive interface to use the “Curves” for grading. The results have been outstanding! I recieved a copy of Stu’s book, “The DV Rebel’s Guide” yesterday and the most interesting thing for me is that he recommends using AE (After Effects) for finishing the movie. I’m actually considering it! My workflow would consist of an offline edit in Sony Vegas 9, straight cuts only, no color correction or anything like that. Then I’ll swap out the offline files with some online files, render out any effects shots uncompressed, do the VFX work in AE and Blender 3D, render out those shots uncompressed, load them back into their spots in Vegas, and export my timeline as an .aaf which will then be loaded into AE for the final mastering. Sounds like a lot of work, I know, but it actually works really well. My biggest concern will be hard drive space, as this workflow involves uncompressed footage.