1. Create a super slow motion effect from images in After Effects! All you need is two or more photos to create this effect. Pixel Motion is used in After Effects.

    Please bestow a ♥ like or leave a ✉ comment if you have questions!

    0:18 - Slow Motion From Photos Example
    1:00 - Tutorial Start (tips and important information)
    2:51 - How to Create Slow Motion From Pictures (method explained)

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    ☞ TIPS:

    ✏ Rotate around your subject - your axis of rotation should be around the subject in the photo.
    ✏ Choose subjects with little background detail to achieve the best Pixel Motion effect.
    ✏ Keep the motion between images very, very subtle. Practice rotating around your subject once or twice before you take the picture.
    ✏ Remember to have your camera on manual EVERYTHING: Aperture, Shutter, Focus, and White Balance. This will ensure the fastest multi-burst from your camera (DSLR or point-and-shoot). If you are shooting at a higher ISO, turn off in-camera noise reduction.
    ✏ Rename your files to numbers or alphabetical order - After Effects sometimes won't create a proper JPEG sequence with filenames such as "IMG_9738.JPG". In this example, I renamed my photos by chopping off the first 5 characters (making the filename "738.JPG") with a file renamer.
    ✏ Resize your images to your output WIDTH (1920 for my project). I created an action in Photoshop that automates everything. This will speed up your overall production and processing time.

    ☞ You can also use this method by zooming into your subject (instead of rotating) while shooting the images. Do this by either zooming with the lens, or physically stepping closer to your subject. Remember your manual focus here.

    UPDATE: How to resize your photos/images:
    ✏ Download my Photoshop preset: bitly.com/resize-for-1080p-HD
    ✏ Follow the included instructions

    REMEMBER that the photos you run through this Photoshop action WILL be overwritten. What I do is create a new folder called 'resized', copy my originals into it, then run the Photoshop action on the 'resized' images folder. After that, I chop off the first five characters of the filename with a file renamer such as File Renamer Basic (bit.ly/File-Renamer-Basic).

    To see other After Effects tutorials (including 60p to 24p Slow Motion Conversion, SUPER Slow Motion, TRUE Color Correction, and more), go to:
    vimeo.com/channels/aetuts

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  2. An in-depth tutorial on color correction using Curves inside of After Effects and Photoshop. This method explains how to color correct most any footage "by the numbers". It's a bit of a science that requires only a minimum amount of understanding of RGB values.

    Please bestow a ♥ like or leave a ✉ comment if you have questions!

    You can skip the introduction if you so choose:
    0:45 - Before and After (Full Color Correction Example Here: vimeo.com/14400218)
    1:09 - Color Correction After Effects Tutorial Start
    12:37 - Edit your color corrected footage in Premiere! (Dynamically Link the CC'ed Footage)

    Using Photoshop for color correction is really a lot easier than you may think. In this tutorial, the method is very simple and fast - NO rendering multiple frames, NO importing video files into Photoshop, and easy access to making color changes.

    This tutorial is a tad long at 15 minutes - please bear with me as I fully explain the techniques here! (It was recorded it in the middle of the night. :) Hopefully you will find the techniques in this After Effects Color Correction Tutorial helpful. UPDATE 3/31/11 - I have re-uploaded this tutorial as I have redone the intro.

    devowe.com/blog/2011/how-to-color-correct-in-after-effects-the-right-way/

    ☞ TIPS:

    ✏ Choose areas that are large enough to sample and don't contain color casts or Chromatic Aberration
    ✏ Remember to use common sense. If the colors are just not looking right, either sample a different area or adjust to your liking.
    ✏ Your footage may have different areas of brightness or color shifts throughout the video. Animate your Levels for differing brightness, and animate your Curves for differing color where needed.
    ✏ Sometimes having crushed blacks or blown highlights are okay - especially in video. Keep this in mind when working with the Levels effect and don't worry if you have either of those in your final result.
    ✏ If you have the opportunity, use a gray card somewhere in the image - so that later in post, you can reference that neutral gray midtone for color correction.
    ✏ IMPORTANT: If you are using CS5, make sure you are using the Eyedropper Tool, NOT the Color Sampler Tool. Thanks to Ryan Yakich for the heads up.

    RGB Color Correction Values Reference (also at 9:54):
    Highlights ✏ 245
    Midtones ✏ 135
    Shadows ✏ > 12

    ☞ After Effects Color Correction Tutorial Example: vimeo.com/14400218

    To see other After Effects tutorials (including 60p to 24p Slow Motion Conversion, SUPER Slow Motion, Anamorphic Widescreen Tutorial, and more), go to:
    vimeo.com/channels/aetuts

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  3. 60p to 24p super slow motion in After Effects CS3. This tutorial is so easy it's ridiculous.

    Please bestow a ♥ like or leave a ✉ comment if you have questions!

    Transform your 60p footage from your 7D, HVX200, Panasonic GH-1 (or what have you), and create a 120FPS effect! This is accomplished using Frame Blending and Motion Blur inside of After Effects. Keep in mind this will likely cause aliasing and artifacts in your footage since AE will be 'guessing' every other frame.

    Super Slow Motion from a 7D:
    vimeo.com/11296764

    ★Other Slow Motion Tutorials:★

    vimeo.com/channels/aetuts

    60p to 24p TRUE slow motion in Premiere (POPULAR): vimeo.com/8478419
    30p to 24p OVERCRANKED slow motion in After Effects: vimeo.com/11281642
    ☞ Example: vimeo.com/11296318
    24p to 24p slow motion in After Effects! vimeo.com/11280739
    ☞ Example: vimeo.com/11284811

    To calculate the "Stretch Factor" for After Effects (as in this tutorial), just multiply the ORIGINAL footage times 2, divided by your OUTPUT frame rate. For example:

    ORIGINAL frame rate * 2 / OUTPUT * 100 = percentage of stretch. In this tutorial example,

    59.94
    times
    2
    divided by
    23.976
    equals
    5

    The quotient (5) is your stretch factor multiplied by 100 (two decimal places): 500% stretch factor.

    Play around with different stretch factors such as 250%, 400%, or maybe even 600%, depending on your footage. It is best to use whole numbers as mentioned. This way, After Effects can guess every other frame - not every 3 1/2 frames. The output tends to look better.

    ~----------------------------------------------------------------~
    NTSC Scenario:
    Project: 24p (23.976 fps)
    Unedited footage: 60p (59.94 fps)
    Desired output: 24p overcranked SUPER SLOW MOTION
    Method: The method in the tutorial explains this scenario. (23.976 timeline, drop 60p footage in, set time stretch to 500%, export as 23.976 [24p])
    ~----------------------------------------------------------------~

    Note: When I say 'forward slash for good quality' in the tutorial, I actually mean it will change the Frame Blending mode to Pixel Motion. Sorry for the confusion there.

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  4. A 90 second tutorial on exporting 1080p widescreen (16:9) footage to Cinemascope aspect ratio (otherwise known as Panavision or Anamorphic Scope - 2.35:1 ratio).

    In this example, I used 100 pixels on the top and bottom. TRUE 2.35:1 aspect ratio would be 132px on top, and 131px on bottom (or vice versa). The final output would be 817px tall.

    Please bestow a ♥ like or leave a ✉ comment if you have questions!

    devowe.com/blog/2011/2-351-cinemascope-anamorphic-aspect-ratio-tutorial/

    ☞ 2.35:1 aspect ratio examples:
    vimeo.com/12126223
    vimeo.com/11296764

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    ☞ ASPECT RATIO CONVERSION METHOD:

    To convert from any aspect ratio to a wider format (such as 2.35:1 or 1.85:1), all you have to do is

    DIVIDE the WIDTH of your SOURCE footage (1920 in this example) by the final aspect ratio desired (2.35 in this example).

    So,
    1920
    DIVIDED BY
    2.35 = 817 pixels tall

    Your final output would be 1920x817.

    ✏ To find the amount to crop off the top and bottom, subtract your pixel number (817px here) from your source footage height (1080px) and divide it by two. If it is a decimal number (such as 131.5), even it out to whole pixels (i.e. - crop 132px from top, 131px from bottom).

    ✏ Here are some examples of aspect ratio conversion methods. These are all assuming 1920x1080 footage. If your SOURCE footage is 1280x720, your width would be 1280; if your SOURCE footage is 720x480, your width would be 720; and so on.

    ☞ 16:9 to 2.35:1 / Cinemascope / Anamorphic / Panavision Aspect Ratio:
    SOURCE footage width (1920) DIVIDED BY 2.35 = 817px tall
    Crop 132px off top, 131px off bottom.

    ☞ 16:9 to 1.85:1 / Academy Flat / "Flat" Aspect Ratio:
    SOURCE footage width (1920) DIVIDED BY 1.85 = 1038px tall
    Crop 21px off top, 21px off bottom.

    As a 'bonus', here is the method for converting your 4:3 aspect ratio video to regular 16:9 widescreen (assuming 640x480 footage):

    ☞ 4:3 to 16:9 Regular Widescreen Aspect Ratio:
    SOURCE footage width (640) DIVIDED BY 1.778 = 360px tall
    Crop 60px off top, 60px off bottom.

    ★Other Tutorials:★

    vimeo.com/channels/aetuts

    60p to 24p TRUE slow motion in Premiere (POPULAR): vimeo.com/8478419
    60p to 24p SUPER slow motion 120fps effect in After Effects: vimeo.com/11280015
    ☞ Example: vimeo.com/11296764
    30p to 24p OVERCRANKED slow motion in After Effects: vimeo.com/11281642
    ☞ Example: vimeo.com/11296318
    24p to 24p slow motion in After Effects! vimeo.com/11280739
    ☞ Example: vimeo.com/11284811

    To learn more about aspect ratios, Panavision, Cinemascope, Anamorphic Scope, and much more - go to thedigitalbits.com/articles/anamorphic/aspectratios/widescreenorama.html

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  5. A quick tutorial on converting your 60p files from the Canon 7D to 24p slow motion. This is referred to as "overcranking". The method is very simple: slowing the footage down to 40% of its original speed. This creates a TRUE slowdown with no frame blending, motion estimation, or "creation" of frames.

    0:00 - Slowing down 60p footage for 24p Slow Motion
    1:31 - Slowing down multiple clips in ONE step!

    Please bestow a ♥ like or leave a ✉ comment if you have questions!

    UPDATE: Re-uploaded better quality video.
    UPDATE AGAIN: Added 30p to 24p conversion method below (otherwise referred to as the 'dreamy' slo-mo effect). Also added some example links.

    ★Other Slow Motion Tutorials:★

    vimeo.com/channels/aetuts

    60p to 24p SUPER slow motion in After Effects: vimeo.com/11280015
    ☞ Example: vimeo.com/11296764
    30p to 24p OVERCRANKED slow motion in After Effects: vimeo.com/11281642
    ☞ Example: vimeo.com/11296318
    24p to 24p slow motion in After Effects! vimeo.com/11280739
    ☞ Example: vimeo.com/11284811

    ~----------------------------------------------------------------~

    To calculate the speed at which your footage should be at, just divide the OUTPUT frame rate by the ORIGINAL FOOTAGE frame rate. For example:

    OUTPUT frame rate / ORIGINAL FOOTAGE = percentage of slowdown. In this tutorial example,

    23.976
    divided by
    59.94
    equals
    0.40

    The quotient (0.40) is your percentage (40%).

    ~----------------------------------------------------------------~

    NTSC Scenarios:

    Project: 24p (23.976 fps)
    Unedited footage: 60p (59.94 fps)
    Desired output: 24p overcranked (slowmo)
    Method: The method in the tutorial explains this scenario. (23.976 timeline, drop 60p footage in, set speed to 40%, export as 23.976 [24p])
    EXAMPLE(s):
    vimeo.com/8444319
    vimeo.com/7764570

    Project: 24p (23.976 fps)
    Unedited footage: 30p (29.97 fps)
    Desired output: 24p overcranked ('Dreamy' slowmo)
    Method: 23.976 timeline, drop 30p footage in, set speed to 80%, export as 23.976 (24p)
    EXAMPLE(s):
    vimeo.com/10996788

    Project: 30p (29.97 fps)
    Unedited footage: 60p (59.94 fps)
    Desired output: 30p overcranked (slowmo)
    Method: 29.97 timeline, drop 60p footage in, set speed to 50%, export as 29.97 (30p)

    ~----------------------------------------------------------------~

    PAL Scenarios:

    Project: 25p (25.00 fps)
    Unedited footage: 50p (50.00 fps)
    Desired output: 25p overcranked (slowmo)
    Method: 25.00 timeline, drop 50p footage in, set speed to 50%, export as 25.00 (25p)

    Project: 25p (25.00 fps)
    Unedited footage: 60p (59.94 fps)
    Desired output: 25p overcranked (slowmo)
    Method: 25.00 timeline, drop 60p footage in, set speed to 41.7%, export as 25.00 (25p)

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