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Creating a Simple Motion Graphics with After Effects CC 2018

(This is an updated version of my previous tutorial on After Effects CC 2015) This beginner tutorial shows you how to create a simple video credits using basic motion graphics created in Adobe After Effects CC 2018. It should be the same for other versions except for some minor cosmetic changes in the interface. Post-Tutorial Notes: Anything that is black […]

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Creating a Simple Motion Graphics with After Effects CC 2015 Tutorial

Creating a Simple Motion Graphics with After Effects CC 2015 Tutorial

The built-in title tools of Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro or Avid are all rather limited in creating visually compelling titles. What the industry professionals use is Adobe After Effects or Apple Motion to create 2D motion graphics for various uses such as TV title sequences, idents, bumpers or credits, etc. If three-dimensional graphics are required, a 3D tool such […]

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Nissin i40 Flash with Fujifilm XT1 Graphite Silver

Nissin i40 Flash with Fujifilm XT1 Graphite Silver

I have finally jumped into the mirrorless world recently after lugging heavy Nikon and Canon DSLRs around for a decade. My first DSLR was the venerable Nikon D70. Since then, we have seen many exciting digital cameras come and go. However, DSLRs are killing my back and I am no longer travelling with one. Instead, I have often shot travel […]

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Canon XF205/XF200 Review

Canon XF205/XF200 Review

Features 26.8mm Wide, 20x Optical Zoom Lens with 3 Separate Lens Rings AF options (Instant AF, Face Detection) and Reduced MOD Enhanced Image Stabilization Performance Ergonomic, Rotating Grip Equipped with Wide DR Gamma (600%) Mode and Refined, 8-bladed Circular Aperture Infrared, High-sensitivity Shooting Function with Enhanced Exposure Performance Professional 0.45-inch Color Viewfinder and Precise 3.5-inch OLED Panel MXF and MP4 […]

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Panasonic AG-AC90 Camera Test

I have a chance to test the AC90 video camera as my organization is looking at purchasing new cameras to replace the existing ones. My usual way of testing a camera is to put it to a real world shoot and see how it would fare and also if I am comfortable with the handling ergonomics. Lens and Sensor I […]

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Two Great Initiatives for Singapore Short Films

Two Great Initiatives for Singapore Short Films

Recently, two media initiatives have sprung up to my pleasant surprise. One is Viddsee.com, a site that showcases Southeast Asian short films including plenty of local shorts. Viddsee is set up by some very enterprising film lovers and definitely fills a gap in the region. The other is SGFilm Channel, a YouTube channel launched by Singapore Film Commission, Media Development […]

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Tutorial: Creating a Simple Motion Graphics with Adobe After Effects CC 2014

Tutorial: Creating a Simple Motion Graphics with Adobe After Effects CC 2014

(You are recommended to watch in HD fullscreen) The built-in title tools of Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro or Avid are all rather limited in creating visually compelling titles. What the industry professionals use is Adobe After Effects or Apple Motion to create 2D motion graphics for various uses such as TV title sequences, idents, bumpers or credits, etc. If […]

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Making a Stop Motion Animation in Premiere Pro Tutorial (with Downloadable Actual Images)

Making a Stop Motion Animation in Premiere Pro Tutorial (with Downloadable Actual Images)

This video tutorial shows you how to make a very simple stop motion animation video using Adobe Premiere Pro CC. I believe it should be roughly the same workflow for CS4, CS5 or CS6. (Try to watch 720p HD so that the Premiere Pro interface is clearer) The 25 images used in this tutorial can be downloaded here (6MB ZIP […]

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Improving YouTube Playback Quality

Improving YouTube Playback Quality

Recently, a colleague pointed out that the YouTube embedded videos in a website seem to have varying quality. Some videos appear to be more pixelated and compressed than the others. This led to my investigation on this puzzling issue. What I discover is this: Positive One video is of better quality because the source video is in 720p HD quality […]

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Panasonic HMC150/151/152 Camera Quick Guide

Panasonic HMC150/151/152 Camera Quick Guide

I have made a camera quick guide for my students. Hope you find it useful. Click to open or download (Right click and Save as…)

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