so i wasn't sure where exactly to post this, and didn't feel it was worth a new thread, since we have a few AE threads already, but I just got the AE Studio Techniques book. Holy crap!
zach and i were chatting about it a bit last week in the chatroom. zach, yeah, thats a good tip using the sampled gradient to match grain! three things completely blew me away though:
a)in the 2D tracking section, he talks about stabilizing footage, then parenting a 3d camera to that stabilized footage - my jaw hit the floor when i tried it!! what a damn genius technique!!
b)shows the easiest way to use the "find edges" effects i've ever seen. I usually have to pre-comp and set alpha channel and all that crap, but he does it super easy.
c)in a later chapter that Stu wrote (15, i think), he describes the simplest way to make lightwrap i've ever seen without getting a plugin.
And all this is just from about 1/2 an hour of browsing through the book!
Seriously, guys, if you have AE 7 and you want to do visual effects, you must own this book, and read it cover to cover! and thanks zach, teling me about that sweet grain technique is what finally pushed me over the edge to get it!
(you guys have to try the 2d tracking thing - it will blow your mind!)