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In this lesson you will learn how to create your own color Look Up Tables (commonly referred to as LUTs) in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro.
What You Need
Besides After Effects or Premiere Pro, in order to follow along with this lesson you will need to download a free plug-in from Red Giant called LUT Buddy. LUT Buddy will let you generate and export the color information needed to create a LUT, which you can then use with any other software that supports LUTs.
I often refer to LUTs as ‘universal color presets’ because they work in a similar manner to a color preset, but they are universal in the sense that they can be used across a variety of different applications.
It is important to note that LUTs can only contain color values so, unlike effects presets, they can’t read things like blurs, sharpening, or grain if they are applied to your footage. These effects will actually cause errors if they are applied when you are exporting a LUT.
We start with the After Effects workflow in the video above. The Premiere Pro workflow is covered at 6:20 on.
Show directions visually with this dynamic 2D map animation in After Effects. This effect is great for any local business videos or to advertise events.
Learn how to create an animated map in After Effects with with a route reveal and starting/ending labels. This basic After Effects tutorial is great for local business or event videos.
Sure you could put up a simple static map in your video, but instead take it to the next level with an animated map graphic. In the following After Effects tutorial I show you how to create a map with an animating route and starting/ending labels, ideal for showing how to get from one place to another. This After Effects animation requires no third party plugins or complicated expressions.
If you do a Google search of After Effects tutorials your results will probably come from three different websites: Video Co-Pilot, Tuts+, and Creative Cow. These websites can be great resources for After Effects tutorials, but you can’t help but wonder if there are more options out there than just those three. Recently on Reddit someone was wondering that same question and fortunately for you there were plenty of people who answered with their favorite places to learn more about After Effects. After going through all of them I found that there were 13 sites listed that had these three characteristics:
Taught important skills/techniques/tips/looks for anyone that uses After Effects
Taught in a very clear and easy to learn style
Taught regularly and kept and stayed current with today’s trends and CC updates
In no particular order here is a list of After Effects tutorials that will help you learn whatever it is you care to learn about…
Creative Dojo is a blog by VinhSon Nguyen that focuses on motion graphics and VFX tutorials using both After Effects and/or Cinema 4D. His tutorials are for the advanced user and often talk about how to use Trapcode, Plexus, Element 3D, or Cinema 4D with After Effects. If you are looking for tutorials on any of those plugins/software he is one of the guys you will want to keep up with.
Last summer, Resolve became the most fully featured NLE and color correction tool that you can get for free on any major operating system. Like many of you, I’m extremely excited for that proposition, especially considering that I edit a lot less than I used to, and forking out Creative Cloud subscription fees month after month is starting to seem like a waste of money. For that reason, I’m definitely thinking about adopting Resolve as my primary editing tool. And in order to learn it and see if it will meet my needs, I’ve taken to YouTube to find the best tutorials.
Even though the beta has only been out for a few weeks at this point, there are already some damn good tutorials showcasing both the editing and color correction prowess of the software. First up is an in-depth look at Resolve 12’s editing interface from Dave Andrade over at the Post Color Blog:
While I would never recommend that working character animators use AfterEffects exclusively, there are a few tools that make animating in After Effects much easier. Let’s take a look at five essential animation tools for After Effects.
If you download only one animationtoolforAfterEffects, it’s imperative that you download DuIK. It’s an animation powerhouse that allows users to have all of the tools they need to create fun animations right at their fingertips.
Most notably, DuIK allows users to easily rig elbow and knee joints with inversekinematics. If you’re not already familiar with the term, inversekinematics is a rigging process where joints behave by bending when two objects are brought near.
Need your footage to have a vintage vibe? Here’s everything you need to know to create a fake film look in Adobe After Effects.
While nothing can quite replace the look of real, tangible film, you may find yourself wanting to emulate its general appearance, whether it be to meet a desired aesthetic or simply make footage appear older than it is. Thankfully, it’s quite easy to produce some quality vintage results in Adobe After Effects without plugins. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the techniques involved in imitating the appearance of retro film footage.
Spending hours to solve an error in After Effects can be a frustrating waste of time. To save you the stress, here are 3 common After Effects errors and how you can fix them.
Few things are as discouraging as pouring over endless forum threads in hope of discovering a solution to a stubborn error within a program. Sometimes the solution is surprisingly simple, but you can often find yourself desperately entering places in your computer you didn’t even know existed in search of answers. Here are a fewAfter Effects errors, both simple and complex, that we found most frequently troubled AE users in the past few years and how to fix them.
1. “Files Are Missing Since You Last Saved the Project”
2. “Output Module Failed” [H.264]
3. “RAM Preview Needs 2 or More Frames to Playback”