Adobe's Create Cloud has a powerful tool called "Mask Tracker" that is used to animate masks with minimal effort. The Mask tracker is found in both Premiere Pro CC 2014 and After Effects CC 2014.
Also included in After Effects CC 2014 is "mocha AE CC", a dedicated planar tracking and masking tool that is similar to the Mask Tracker, but adds functionality for keyframe control, linking tracks to masks and advanced methods for overcoming the most difficult tracking and masking challenges.
In this feature comparison video, Imagineer Systems product specialist, Mary Poplin, covers some similarities and differences between the Mask Tracker effect and the bundled free "mocha AE CC". Understanding when to turn to either tool will help users create visual effects with accuracy and time savings.
The Inheritance Effector is probably one of the most underrated and underutilized effectors in the effector menu - and it's probably one of my favorite effectors to mess around with! In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can easily create particle simulation morph-type animations using only the Mograph Module, Effectors, and Dynamics. Using a combination of the super powerful Inheritance Effector and other Mograph Effectors and Deformers, you can achieve close to the same effect as an Emitter, Thinking Particles, or X-Particles as a simpler alternative in your normal workflow without having to touch Xpresso or learn some new particle system or buy plug-ins.
I'm back with yet another way to create a 2D effect in 3D fast & easy using Cinema 4D! In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to recreate the popular cel animation style paint stroke/splash effect you see in a lot of 2D animations using Cinema 4D without third party plug-ins. The workflow I'll demonstrate is super flexible and applicable to achieving a bunch of different cool 2D paint stroke looks for revealing an object, writing on text, or painting on screen.
In addition to this paint stroke style, be sure to check out Matteo Forghieri's C4DAPT Challenge winning entry (vimeo.com/112196771) for a really genius method on how to create a different type of streak that is produced from an actual object!
Now with Bevel Deformer no longer will your model be locked into it's final form by the destructive nature of adding in that final touch bevel. Get all the options built into the modeling tool that was such a great update in R15 but now in a parametric form.