Check out this really cool music video. You’re wondering what’s software they used huh. Well the major one is Blender and some compositing in After Effects. It’s pretty crazy that Blender is being used in all sorts of things these days. Yeah, I know. I talk a lot about Blender in this blog, but I have a soft spot for a piece of software that is opensource and does so much for so little. The actual music video isn’t English, but it’s still pretty good to listen to. If you’re wondering who the band is, they are called Calla 13. A Puerto Rican band that won a Latin Grammy Award. Wished the video was subtitled. Oh well, the visuals are great none the less.
So it’s that time of the year. After a year and a half, Adobe is about to release the next version of their creative suite. Will it be worth it? Probably. Even though they released CS4, CS4 features didn’t entice artists to switch for such little new features. The cost of performance/features to price wasn’t worth it. CS5 will most likely change that. For one thing, more of their programs are gonna be 64 bit. Meaning that it will now be able to use all of the ram on your system unlike the previous version which were stuck using at most 4 gigs. Now you can open really large pictures files and have an amazing amount of ram preview in After effects.
Some suggestion I would like to have in the new CS5. I hope that they start to utilize the gpu cores more (would be great with After Effects). Also, make the installer quicker, why is it such a hassle. It’s freakin way to slow. If you’re wondering when it going to be out, well, it’s going being released on April 12. Adobe looks like they’ll have a press event on their site as well. If you want to see a preview of what on CS5, check out this video of Photoshop CS5 and it’s “content aware fill”. It is just crazy if not impossible.
Doing my usual rounds looking at videos on Vimeo, I stumbled upon Anibal Camargo’s animation using just After Effects and a plugin called Particular. Though easy to do with the plugin, the way he finished it off looks great. Add the great timing with the animation against the sound and you get a piece that is much more enjoyable. The best thing is that it doesn’t bore you by being too long. Let me know what you think and make sure to check out his other pieces of work.
Here’s a little motion graphics for you. Done by Abstact.K. Very experiemental, but pretty nice overall.
Check out Video Copilot’s new tutorial on how to make glass orbs in After Effects. All you need are some images and that’s it. Everything else is done within After Effects. If you just saw the finished product, people would have thought it was real or done with some sort of 3D program. Take a look HERE. Check out more tutorials at www.videocopilot.net.
Here is something cool all done in After Effects. Taking text and giving them life. Created by Sebastian Lange. Music score created by FORSS.