The Inspirational

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Clone me a Modo (procedurally, that is)

If it wasn’t bad enough that we have to update our software every few months or every year, tiered roll-outs of major versions have now become all the latest trend. Aside from the devastating psychological effects – you always feel like you paid for something that you are not getting and have to continue to […]

Every Rose has its Thorn…

…and every Babylon 5 had its Thornton. Yepp, exactly that one. Unfortunately the B5 curse seems to strike again and now Ron Thornton has some serious health troubles it seems and needs to raise some cash. The Larry Schulz story happening all over again? I hope not! After all, the effects on Babylon 5 were […]

The 4th of Frank

One of the few luxuries I’m affording myself from time to time is trying to keep my DVD and Blu-Ray collections complete on my very limited budgets, and of course the fourth season of House of Cards was high on my list. It’s only been released here about a week ago after becoming available on […]