The Geeky

I see Nodes everywhere!

Trapcode Particular has long been a staple of motion graphics design in After Effects, but with more than 10 years on its back, its age is showing. It comes from a time when things were much more limited and even though it still can do amazing stuff, you wouldn’t do some things the same way […]

The Thorn is gone…

Sad news reaches us today as the magical Ron Thornton now has passed away. Apparently his struggle with whatever health issues he had was a short one, which I, having experienced my father’s own demise recently, consider a lucky thing. You really don’t want to see your beloved ones going down that path further than […]

Render War Veterans

Times they are a-changing, are they not? Once, long ago, a free version of Renderman or Mental Ray would have had us drooling all day. These days the only reason to write anything about them is  when they are given away for free. NVidia are clearly playing for keeps with their Mental Ray for Maya effort […]

State of the Ra-CC-e

Here we are again, a week after the latest Creative Cloud versions of Adobe‘s products have been released and it’s pretty much like it has been for the last five years or so – a veritable mess. Time-warping the numbering scheme forward to 2017 hasn’t helped and as you would expect, you will find all […]

Maxon does a Radeon

The last days came with a little surprise that had everybody a bit stumped – Maxon is going to integrate AMD‘s ProRender (which until not so long ago was called Radeon Render). Never heard of it? Quite naturally so. Similar to the already integrated intel Embree acceleration stuff this is more of an API with a […]

Oh (Con)Sole mio!

I’m rarely impressed by anything that happens in the After Effects world these days, but I have to give it to Mr. Kramer – he always seems to find a niche for his tools and then is pretty thorough in implementing the features. His latest, FX Console, is no exception. The biggest irony here is how […]

Everything dies

What a day! My father just passed away this morning with all the full bells and whistles – emergency ambulance, resuscitation attempts for 45 minutes and all that and my mum and I were there all the time. Not that we weren’t expecting it after his liver cancer diagnosis, but how fast things went downhill […]