As industries evolve, core infrastructure gets built and commoditized, and differentiation moves up the hierarchy of needs from basic functionality to non-basic functionality, to design, and even to fashion.
For example, there was a time when chief buying concerns included how well a watch might tell time and how durable a pair of jeans was.
Now apps like FaceTune deliver what used to be Photoshop-only levels of power to millions of people, and Runway ML promises to let you just type words to select & track objects in video—using just a Web browser. 👀
Wanna feel like walking directly into the ocean? Try painstakingly isolating an object in frame after frame of video. Learning how to do this in the 90’s (using stone knives & bear skins, naturally), I just as quickly learned that I never wanted to do it again.
Happily the AE crew has kept improving automated tools, and they’ve just rolled out Roto Brush 2 in beta form. Ian Sansevera shows (below) how it compares & how to use it, and John Columbo provides a nice written overview.
In this After Effects tutorial I will explore and show you how to use Rotobrush 2 (which is insane by the way). Powered by Sensei, Roto Brush 2 will select and track the object, frame by frame, isolating the subject automatically.
Today a small group of users will become the first Adobe Creative Cloud members to find Beta versions of the Adobe video and audio apps available in the Creative Cloud Desktop app. This marks the start of a public Beta program which will roll out incrementally over the coming months, until it is available to all Creative Cloud members.
Now O.G.’s David Simons & Jason Levine have given a live overview and Q&A covering the project:
The new public Beta program started rolling out to Creative Cloud members earlier this year. On Friday, join this discussion and live Q&A with Jason Levine and David Simons, Adobe Fellow, who has been leading the initiative. If the name rings a bell: Dave is one of the inventors of After Effects, for which he won a technical Academy Award, and Adobe Character Animator, which won him a technical Emmy.
Not to be confused with cloud-hosted Team Projects, this new feature is geared towards editors working together on premises:
Productions connects Premiere Pro project files, making them into components of the larger workflow.
Media referencing across projects means you can reuse assets within your Production without creating duplicate files. Using shared local storage, multiple editors can work on different projects in the same production. Project Locking ensures that no one overwrites your work.
You control your content: Productions use shared local storage and can be used without an internet connection.
My wife & her team have been working hard to support freelancers & other video professionals collaborating remotely. Here’s some great news:
[W]e are pleased to extend the availability of Adobe’s Team Projects video collaboration capabilities to Premiere Pro and After Effects users with a Creative Cloud for individual license… until August 17, 2020, at no additional cost. […]
Team Projects is a cloud-hosted collaboration service that allows editors and motion graphics artists to work within Premiere Pro and After Effects. With Team Projects, colleagues can collaborate on video projects from anywhere by syncing changes through the cloud. All you need to do is connect to the Team Projects service and create a team project in Adobe Premiere Pro or After Effects.
Project files are stored and saved in Creative Cloud, so you can revert and sync project files across multiple workstations.
Check out the rest of the post for an FAQ and other details.
A few weeks back I noted that the Dear Adobe site had generated lots of discussion within the company. Now the After Effects team has worked with the site creators to address the top 25 comments posted there. If you’re interested in AE, you might find the list a worthwhile read.
Despite finding it some time ago, I’ve been avoiding blog The Art of the Title Sequence, knowing that it would likely take over my life. Sure enough, it’s loaded with good stuff. Check out the beautiful titles for El Don, whipped up by Santiago artists Smog. I saw motion graphics pioneer Kyle Cooper (SE7EN, etc.) speak years ago and remember him saying that every frame should hold up on its own as graphic design. This piece aces that test. (For unrelated goodness, see Smog’s “monkey-headed dancing guy” (or whatever “un mono bailarín” is).)
Motion artist PES creates incredible stop-motion films using found objects. KaBoom and Western Spaghetti are particularly great (c’mon, Candy Corn as flames?). Check out his work before People for the Ethical Treatment of Upholstery shut him down. [Via John Peterson & Maria Brenny, “Because (re: KaBoom) I know what you do in the desert”]