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Auto Crop 1.0
Jesse Toula on April 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm

So after a lot of work, the free After Effects script: Auto Crop is now at version 1.0. All of the know inssues have been fixed and some other updates have been made that make this script even more user friendly.

Top Features include:

  • Automatically crop any nested composition down to the size of its contents
  • Preform an 'Auto Crop' over time to account for animated layers inside the pre-comp
  • Crop based on a mask
  • Crop accurately applies to all instances of the nested composition in the project
  • Crop can be performed at any time, even if the pre-comp has transform keyframes

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Auto Crop
Jesse Toula on April 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Auto Crop is a Script UI tool for After Effects that will rezise a composition to fit its contents. Auto crop give you three ways to crop your composition. 'Auto Crop' will crop you composition at the current frame. 'Auto Crop Duration' will examine each frame of your composition and crop based on the entire length. That way even if you have animation inside, you can crop without cutting anything out. You can also 'Crop to Mask' wich allows to crop based on a mask you have created.

This crop will work on anything that has alpha, which means you can crop compositons containing anything from simple solids to particles.

Auto Crop is still in beta, so if you notice any issues, please leave a comment and let me know.

After Effects CS3 or higher is required.


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Free Textures
Jesse Toula on April 05, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Looking for some textures to use in your projects? Well here are ten free ones. I hope to get a couple of texture packs online soon, but for now, enjoy this free sample.

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Jesse Toula on April 03, 2011 at 3:19 pm

In addition to working on Effects and Motion Graphics, I am a Camera Assistant out here in LA. I recently worked on a shoot with RED's new camera, the Epic. It's still in testing so there were a lot of limitations, but there were some interesting new features. First, it shoots 5K and can even shoot at 120fps at 5k 2.4:1. It's smaller and lighter then the RED One and looks like an oversized DSLR, which could be good or bad depending on who you are.

A big improvement I saw is that the Epic shoots onto solid state drives. This means the chance of dropped frames is extremely low.

Another interesting feature is that the new LCD's are touch screen. Kind of neat, but I found myself accidentally changing settings when moving the screen. So it could be a time saver or a big hassle.

And the last feature, and probably the best thing about it compared to the RED One is that is starts up and is ready to shoot in about 5 seconds. I huge improvement over the shoot stopping 60 - 90 second start up time for the RED One. It's got some other features like HDRx that I did not have time to play around with.

With all these new cameras coming out, who knows what kind of impact the Epic will have on the industry. We'll have to wait and see.