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>Even More Great VFX Courses

>I’ve been on a long vacation, so I haven’t had a chance to write about the new term. I won’t bore regular readers who already know how much I can recommend fxphd. Here’s a complete list of available courses. The term started on July 14 2008, but you can join later and have access to [...]

>Don’t Miss the New Term at fxphd.com

>Regular readers know I’m a big fan of fxphd.com and that you can’t get any more current and professional training even for ten times the price. I’ve been a member from the start, and the things I’ve picked up from the past seven terms come in useful every day in my work. I’m hoping to [...]

>Cinema 4D Resources

>After years as a casual and frustrated user of Maya and 3ds max, I finally realized that being good at a “lower-end” software is way better than being a newbie of a prestigious vfx tool like Maya. The price, the cross-platform availability and the reported integration with AE made me turn to Cinema 4D.I thought [...]

>Best VFX, Graphics and Animation Training Starts New Term

>So you think you already know everything you need to do your work? Think again… fxphd.com has been a big success and when it now enters the fifth term of training, there’s even more cutting-edge courses for anyone in the video / animation / graphics / broadcasting / film business. I’ve been a member from [...]

>DPI in Video: Totally Useless

> DPI = dots per inch is only relevant when you output digital images to an output device, such as a printer (or a display,) since DPI is a measure of how many of pixels the output device will show on a line that is one inch long. That means that the DPI measurement is [...]

>How to Remove Speckles and Dust in Scanned Images using Photoshop

>Here’s a quick tip I discovered today while cleaning up a lot of scanned images. It’s a 30 second video tutorial on how to find dirt, dust and scratches that’s hard to find when you’re trying to remove the background. How to Remove Speckles and Dust in Scanned Images using Photoshop (opens in a new [...]

>The Best Graphics Training Available Enters Term 4

>If you only give yourself one thing this year, here’s my advice: sign up for the new term of fxphd, the highest-level graphics training available online. Term 4 is just about to start (even though you can sign up later) with a bunch of interesting classes lined up. Not only do you get great classes, [...]

>Avoiding the "After Effects error: could not create image buffer"

>Here’s a few tips on how to avoid the dreaded image buffer error. But first a little background on why it happens…Unlike many other compositing and 3D programs, After Effects doesn’t use a scanline renderer. Instead it renders each layer and then stacks it on top of the previously rendered layers. While this gives great [...]

>The Home of 87 After Effects Plugins

>I’m no biker, but I believe the Hell’s Angels term hang-around would describe me pretty accurately. I enjoy the company of people who know more than I do, in a way making me a geek hang-around. Friday was a blast, as I got to spend the day with David “Dave” McGavran, programmer on the After [...]

>Greenscreen and Bluescreen Checklist

>Shooting for greenscreen or bluescreen? Here’s a list of hard-earned experiences from the shoots where I’ve been vfx supervisor. I don’t claim to be a chroma expert, so please post a comment if you have more tips to add to the list! UPDATE: I’ve added some info on depth-of-field and motion blur as point number [...]

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