Here is my take on the current debate which is occupying the mind of many digital artist's I know, is it time to look at Windows instead of Apple to do my creative work on, considering the last 'Pro' hardware release form Apple.
I am delighted to say that Autodesk have released the first of three tutorial series which I have created to show Cinema 4D users the benefits of switching to MAYA 2017. The first tutorial series shows the basics of MAYA and concentrates on showing how using the MASH motion graphics system along with the Hardware Viewport 2.0 renderer can create motion graphics very quickly with great feedback and minimal render time.
So I know a Motion Person called Peter Quinn, I even sat beside him once for more than a day. The thing is, as nice as he is. Peedy is one of those annoying types who does a new creation every day, which made me envious and happy he was working with me all at the same time.
Thankfully Mr. Quinn has bottled his essence (if you can do that in Mograph, I am sure Realfow may be required) in these two excellent script add-ons for After Effects. First up is PQ MO•BITS. Which is a great selection of editable Icons which are animated and can be added to a project via a handy browser.
The second and potentially more useful is the new PQ FUI Toys 2, a set of UI enhancements. These are a godsend if you need a resource of generic funky UI abstract ‘things’ and are pushed for time.
When a comp is loaded there is a master layer which contains sliders to adjust attributes, and if you need to go deeper in terms of customisation, at the end of the day, these are just comps, so can be deconstructed to your hearts desire.
Here is aforementioned Mr. Quinn looking all Cool with a cuppa explaining his latest creation.
If nothing else, add-ons like these are great as useful primers for creating this kind of work for yourself.
PQ MO•Bits is $60 and PQ FUI Toys 2 is a steal at $50 and are both available at aescripts.
Go Pro are about to ship the new OMNI VR rig, the tech looks impressive, 6 sync locked GoPro Here 4 Blacks, which come as part of the $5k asking price create impressive VR Panos with an 8K resolution, which are manipulated through a range of software including After Effects and Premiere. I like Go Pro, they are good at making everything easy and tough (and small, the Omni is 120mm in every direction) so the Omni will hopefully live up to the very nice video below when it ships on the 17th of August: