How to use Video Copilot’s Sure Target 2 Plug-in for After Effects

Sure Target 2

I love Video Copilot‘s After Effects plugin Sure Target 2, but unfortunately there are no written instructions or manual. Yes, there is an excellent video tutorial. But if you want to look up a feature, you’ll need to scrub through the video to find it.

I took notes on the tutorial and I thought it might be helpful if I shared them with you. These notes are raw and originally for my own use so it may not be a pretty read but you may find it easier to find what you need.

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Remembering how to Wiggle in After Effects

wiggle

wiggle(time,space)

When setting the Frequency and Amplitude values for the Wiggle Expression in After Effects, do you have trouble remembering which value comes first? (I always used to just take a guess and always got it wrong).

From now on, just remember the phrase: “Time and Space“. (If you’re a Doctor Who fan it will be even easier to remember).

The first value in a Wiggle expression is the frequency (how often) or the time. And the second controls how far the layer will move (…in space).

Cinema 4D Tip: Footage with an alpha channel

c4d_alphaI was going to make a post about how to add footage with an alpha channel to a 3D plane within Cinema 4D but one of the mograph jedi beat me to it. And since he’s a jedi and i’m still new around here I’ll just point you to Jon Dickenson‘s new tut here. Bookmark this one because if you’ve never done this before and need to it can be very frustrating—I spent hours trying to figure this one out. (Wish I had this tutorial last year.) Don’t limit your thinking to just rotoscoped people shots (as in Jon’s tutorial), I used one of Video Copilot‘s flourishes from the Evolution title using this technique which you can see here.