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Posts by: Aharon Rabinowitz

  1. Dear L.A. Times: Motion Capture is Animation

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Jun 05, 2011

    Hey folks – I know I’ve been silent lately – I’ve just been quite busy and under water (or as I prefer to say, “creatively engaged”) but I read an article by Steven Paul Leiva in  the LA Times on the subject of how motion capture is not animation, and it made me surface. This [...]

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    Red Giant QuickTip #41: Adding Life to Interview Footage

    In this tutorial, Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to clean up (remove noise) and add life to interview footage through color correction. Though Aharon demonstrates in After Effects, the tutorial works for users of Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and more. Watch the tutorial below.

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    Red Giant QuickTip #35: Kaleidoscopic Effects with Trapcode Form

    In this QuickTip, Aharon Rabinowitz explores the Kaleidospace features of Trapcode Form to create 3D mirrored kaleidoscopic effects. Watch the tutorial below.

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  4. Video Blog: February 2011 Update

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Feb 08, 2011

    In this video, with some help, I give a very quick update on my goings on. Filmed in high quality iPhone 4 (lo-res front facing camera), and cleaned up with Magic Bullet Denoiser and Looks:

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  5. Happy Holidays!

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Dec 24, 2010

    First off, just wanted to wish all of you a happy holiday! Here’s a special song for you (yeah – it’s me singing – sorry): Listen to We Wish you a Happy Holiday Thanks so much for a great year, everyone. Looking forward to a great 2011. For those that asked, yes – we did [...]

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  6. Off the Grid for a Bit (sort of)

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Dec 07, 2010

    Hey folks – I had a bunch of stuff well planned for the site through the end of the year, so naturally,  my son (name TBD) decided to come into this world, 3 weeks early. He was born on Saturday, December 4th weighing it at only 6 lbs, and 19″ tall.We’re all excited and exhausted. [...]

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    Film Flash: New FREE Preset For After Effects

    Plain and simple, Film Flash is an automated, dynamic preset for After Effects that bumps up the exposure of the footage to create a cool transition effects between two video clips. All you have to do is add a layer marker right at the point of transition, and Film Flash does the rest. The effect [...]

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    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Nov 30, 2010

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  9. Do you choose the people you work with?

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Nov 29, 2010

    Hey folks – I’m at the point in may career where I get to choose a lot of the people I work with on projects, but that wasn’t always the case. I’m interested in finding out your situation. It will really help me in creating some new content for my site, and may even allow [...]

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    FREE Template Project: Movie Magic

    A template project I’ve been working on with 3D text and cool light-based transitions. Has a bit of a movie theater messaging vibe (like “please turn your cell phones off” and “Buy Popcorn”), or maybe a futuristic holiday feel. Uses Trapcode Form, Knoll Light Factory and Magic Bullet Looks. Get it for FREE at Red [...]

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  11. How to Start a Software User Group (or Die Trying)

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Nov 01, 2010

    Given that I co-founded After Effects New York, the worlds largest software user group, I get asked this question a lot: How does one start a user group? In the interest of full disclosure, I need to say that it didn’t hurt that by the time I co-founded AENY with Denis Radeke, I’d already put [...]

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  12. I Wish Someone Would Make one of These About After Effects

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Oct 30, 2010

    The title of this post pretty much says it. This is pure awesomeness. Come one people – someone must have enough free time to do something this cool about After Effects!

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  13. Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Plagiarism

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Oct 28, 2010

    If you follow my blog, you probably know that I’m working with Red Giant Software these days. That was a choice I didn’t even have to think hard about. The opportunity to work with guys like Peder Norrby and Stu Maschwitz, the creative geniuses behind Trapcode and Magic Bullet respectively, was just too good to [...]

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  14. How I See the World, Once a Month

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Oct 19, 2010

    About once a month I suffer from a condition called Ocular Migraines. Scientifically, it is essentially the same as a standard migraine but, in addition to the headache, it makes me temporarily blind for about 20 minutes. It starts off as a small shimmer of geometric shapes in the corner of my eye, and within [...]

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  15. Tron 2.5D

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Oct 18, 2010

    More than ayear ago (wow has it been that long) I made a blog post called After Effects and Tron 1.0 where I showed a project I was playing around with. Well, I left it alone for a long time because I wasn’t having a lot of luck. But then friday I had some ideas, [...]

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  16. Star Trek: A Lesson in Filmmaking for the Masses

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Oct 04, 2010

    A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with Stu Maschwitz about some of the best and worst movies I had ever seen. He suggested I watch the below videos, which are an in-depth analysis of J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot. Not only is the one-hour review hilarious, but it is an incredibly [...]

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  17. Adventure Now!

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Sep 28, 2010

    I just watched part of a web series from Seth Worley, called “Adventure Now” and I really enjoyed it.  While the series has religious undertones, which is not generally something I’m a fan of,  it’s truly well written and well filmed. Also, it’s funny, smart, and original which is something you don’t see too often [...]

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    Red Giant Quicktip #20: Sharing Custom Flares Across Apps

    Red Giant Quicktip #20: Sharing Custom Flares Across Apps In this Quicktip, Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how you can easily share Lens Flares/Custom Lenses you Create in Knoll Light Factory between After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop (and more) – and how you can share them from user to user. This allows you to quickly [...]

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  19. Layers Magazine Gives Holomatrix a 5/5 Rating

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Sep 22, 2010

    Some of you might not know this, but Dan Ebberts and I created Red Giant Holomatrix, a plug-in for creating the look and feel of a Sci-Fi hologram. We spent months agonizing over how it would look and behave. People seem to love it, so I know we did OK, but I was really happy [...]

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  20. Crowd Control is Back!

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Aug 30, 2010

    Crowd Control is back, baby! It took a lot longer than we wanted, but it’s working even better than we’d hoped! You can now get Crowd Control clips at http://footage.toolfarm.com/. You’ve probably noticed that it’s now hosted and operated by ToolFarm.com. First off, I wanted to let you know that if you previously purchased credits, [...]

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  21. I am an Unfunny Sellout Turd

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Aug 27, 2010

    Hey folks – every once in a while I get a really nice thank you letter. I thought I’d share this one: Message: If you’re going to be such a little sellout turd and throw products in my face all the time, could you at least please like, TRY to be funny.  “Im this guy [...]

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  22. Update on Crowd Control

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Aug 26, 2010

    Hi Folks – The Crowd Control site is finally progressing very quickly. I gave a customer access to the new site to test for the user experience and there are still a few minor kinks (it charged him 3 times for 1 purchase, some timeout issues for larger files – which I think we may [...]

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    Quicktip: Old Film Look with Light Leaks

    Red Giant Quicktip #17: Old Film Look In this tutorial, Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create an old film look with light leaks. He’ll be using Trapcode Particular to create the light leaks, and the tools in Magic Bullet Looks to create the look of old damaged footage. iPod/iPad-Freindly Version on Vimeo.

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  24. Update on Crowd Control

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Jul 09, 2010

    Just wanted to give a quick update on Crowd Control. There appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel. This week we shipped off all of our drives to a new facility in Silicone Valley. It has been a tough process to find a good place, and to get the 32 TB [...]

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  25. Tutorials vs. Art

    By Aharon Rabinowitz
    Jul 06, 2010

    I have heard a lot of talk lately about the misuse of tutorials. A lot of people have the same stuff in their reels because they are all following the same tutorials. Some feel it is the demise of an art-form, once everyone can do it. Bullshit. When it comes to art, the question is [...]

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