Raiders camp return just another scene in Antonio Brown’s contrived melodrama

first_imgNAPA — Antonio Brown’s representatives wanted everyone to know that their client, amid not one, but two bizarre sagas that are keeping him off the field, would be back at Raiders training camp Tuesday.And sure enough, as practice wound down Brown walked out onto the sidelines of the practice field.Flanked by cameras, of course.The wide receiver also had his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, in tow, because he too has never seen a camera he doesn’t like. And while Brown didn’t seem all that chatty …last_img read more

7 Tutorials for Better Titles, Text, and Motion Graphics

first_imgGive your bland titles and text graphics a kick! Here are 7 in-depth tutorials to help take your titles, text, and motion graphics to the next level.Going back to the earliest days of black-and-white silent films, text and titles on screen have always been an integral part of film and video. We still see text used in a wide variety of video formats today. From your biggest motion pictures to your shortest social media videos, text can convey information, speed up exposition, or simply identify people and places.While adding text isn’t that difficult, if you really want your videos to shine, there’s no excuse for at least trying to go the extra mile. Really working on positioning, adding motion, and/or other effects can be a great way to make your titles and text much more dynamic and enjoyable to viewers.Perfect PositioningIn Jason Boone’s tutorial above, we get some insights into one of the smallest (but perhaps most powerful) new features in the latest update to Adobe Premiere Pro — the use of rulers and guides.If you’ve used After Effects or Photoshop heavily in the past, these might be familiar to you. They’re super helpful in allowing you to create and add custom overlays and guides for working with different types of video exports.You can read the full step-by-step instructions here.Easy Title Motion GraphicsIf you’re comfortable with working in Adobe After Effects, here’s an easy motion graphics tutorial from the folks at SonduckFilm on how to create some effective title techniques. Follow their suggestions for adding shapes, reveals, and masking to your typography.Create Call-out TitlesAnother more in-depth After Effects tutorial for a very specific skill set — great for travel or informational videos — a “call-out” graphic can help illustrate stats and figures for all types of projects using simple keyframing and tracking.Follow the full article write-up here.Smooth Text AnimationMoving back to Adobe Premiere Pro, here’s a solid tutorial from Ignace Aleya on how to master the art of creating smooth text animations. This is a perfect tutorial for anyone looking to add that extra layer of sleekness to some basic lower-thirds or text on screen. Adding some motion, blur, and the right timing for your keyframing can make all the difference.Anime Speed LinesOkay, so while this technique might evoke a look you’ve seen primarily in Japanese animation over the years, it’s actually a pretty cool trick to add action and emphasis.In this After Effects tutorial, you can pick up the basics of these speed lines and find creative ways to add them into your anime and non-anime projects. Read more on the process here.Basic Logo AnimationsIn a very cool, very in-depth tutorial put together on Broken, we get a great primer on creating some basic (and complex) logo animations. This is not just great for client work — if you’re lucky enough to be working with some big names like they have in these examples — but also for your own projects if you have a logo you’d like to spice up.Free Animated Text TypefaceAnd finally, because it’s always nice to end things with a perk. We have some completely free animated text presents you can download and add to your videos right away. These pre-rendered text elements are ready to go for Premiere Pro, and they’re fully customizable in After Effects.You can download the FREE assets here!For more text and motion graphic resources, check out these articles.5 Things You Should Consider When Adding Text to VideoAnimate Your Text with Handwriting Motion GraphicsHow to Shoot Practical Floating Text in Your VideoVideo Tutorial: How to Loop an Animation in Adobe After EffectsHow to Animate a Text Stroke in Adobe After Effectslast_img read more

How Hollywood Gets the “Film Look” Using Digital Cameras

first_imgThis article takes a look at the digital side of the film world, the importance of film grain, and the evolution of getting that “cinematic” look.Film grain has a very different texture and appearance than digital noise. Film grain is the result of washing away the silver halide particulates that film uses to capture light, varying in size and geometry, depending on exposure, color, and the kind of film. It’s color-neutral. Noise, on the other hand, comes across as digital pixel clusters. It’s the result of the camera’s electronics boosting the incoming light signal from the sensor, and it can contain unwanted artifacts and patterns.Film grain hearkens back to the Golden Age of celluloid and is reminiscent of the classic movies shot on film. Digital noise can often feel like an error in the digital signal.Modern cinema cameras produce a very sharp image. Some consider it too clean — almost clinical. Film grain feels like the delicate hiss of a vinyl record. It adds atmosphere and helps unify the image.Ever since digital cameras became the standard for cinema, with the ARRI Alexa, cinematographers have been looking for ways to add convincing grain to get the feel of film.Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (via Warner Bros).Perlin NoiseThe first method Hollywood explored was to simply add Perlin noise — as some plugins still do. This gives a uniform grain pattern across the entire image. With real celluloid, the density of the grain varies from the lighter parts to the darker parts of the image, and it varies depending on the color channel that’s creating it. Perlin noise feels like a layer on top of the image rather than a part of it.LiveGrainThe second major method was to scan real film, then overlay the scan on the digital image. This produced a better pattern, but it was still a separate element, and it didn’t integrate with the information underneath.Suny Behar was disappointed with both of these methods, thus developed the technology known as “LiveGrain.” LiveGrain uses scans from several different film stocks at different density and color values, encodes them in a visually lossless proprietary codec, then analyzes each frame of the digital project, mapping the respective grain particulates to appropriate levels of brightness and color in each frame.Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed (via Twentieth Century Fox).LiveGrain vs. FilmThe final effect gives the impression of organic, living celluloid baked right into the image, with all the wonderful benefits of film. It smoothes the color and skin of the actors, producing a more forgiving, less-brittle image. It’s become an industry standard to better integrate CGI into live-action plates, allowing 3D (and other elements) to composite more believably into recorded footage.LiveGrain also helps “sell” prosthetics and other makeup effects, hiding the lines and transitions — unifying the image.LiveGrain is currently available for use in dailies and all the way through final color at many LiveGrain-certified post-production facilities worldwide. The reason for this is that the system, comprised of both software and hardware, has pretty hefty hardware requirements in order to run natively in real time (SAN Read speeds, multiple GPUs, etc.).LiveGrain is an alternative to possibly shooting on film. As such, the price is competitive compared to film origination. If your project never intended to shoot on film, the cost may be more than you’d initially budgeted for. Since you license LiveGrain on a project basis (very much like Dolby when you want a Dolby Digital License), you can reach out to LiveGrain directly to get a quote.While it’s currently out of reach for most smaller independent projects, there’s every indication that the technology will soon become more accessible, and directors at every level will be able to enjoy the celluloid aesthetic.Cover image via True Blood (HBO).Looking for more cinematography tips and tricks? Check these out.Recreating Roger Deakins’ ‘Cove Light’Get Ready to Film with the Sony A7 III Using These SettingsExploring the Emotion and Beauty Behind Uplighting3 Unusual Camera Angles to Liven up Your Dialogue ScenesTips for Getting the Smoothest, Most Reliable Handheld Footagelast_img read more