I thought I’d share these handy HDTV templates I created for Adobe Illustrator CC 2014. They probably work just fine in previous versions, though I haven’t tested them. Many video artists find the transparency grid distracting and difficult to design against. We’re used to working over solid black canvases in most NLEs and compositing apps. These templates use a dark gray background instead of black so you don’t miss that errant default black stroke outlining your text.
Just download and uncompress the zip file.
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Drag the contents to the path below.
Lloyd Alvarez posted this incredibly useful script at AEScripts.com. My one beef with After Effects over the years has been how difficult it is to manage layers in the timeline. Using the simple concept of tags, this script makes layer management much easier.
A lot of folks were excited by the release of the Windows ProRes 422 decoders for QuickTime last week. It does solve a workflow issue for editors needing to get ProRes material into third party Windows applications, but it doesn’t allow for roundtripping.
The lack of a Windows encoder is only part of the problem with ProRes. Its lack of alpha channel support remains a dealbreaker for many editors and motion graphics pros.
Looking for a reasonable bandwidth, all I-frame mastering codec? DNxHD remains the best cross-platform mastering solution.
Last week’s news that Digital Anarchy sold its video effects software to Red Giant is disappointing. Though I’m sure Red Giant will be a good home for some of my favorite After Effects plug-ins, I’ll sorely miss Jim Tierney and Debbie Rich in the video community.
Jim was always a good interview back in my DV Magazine days. He wasn’t a walking press release at trade shows. He’d speak candidly and on the record about the industry, his competition, and how Digital Anarchy stacked up.
Digital Anarchy will continue supporting and developing its Photoshop plug-ins and digital photography tools.
Good luck Jim and Debbie. You’ll be missed. Thanks for all the great stories and great advice when I was launching Xprove.
From the press release:
This asset sale will allow Digital Anarchy to focus on their other core market, Photoshop plug-ins for photographers and digital artists. Since 2004, the company has released tools that help professional and hobbyist photographers to uniquely create a fully digital portrait studio. The company has recently focused on software that provides custom graphic effects, and plans to release new innovative products by the beginning of Q4 2008. Digital Anarchy is also considering development for related host applications like Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture.