By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Friday, January 9th, 2009
No. Really. I mean that in a good way.
My good friend and former CreativeCow.net After Effects Podcast host Eran Stern has just posted 3 tutorials (a trilogy!) on Red Giant Software’s Warp. Each tutorial focuses on one of the 3 Major tools: RG Shadow, RG Reflection, and RG Corner Pin.
You can watch the tutorial here.
What I like about these tutorials is that Eran doesn’t just show what RG Warp does. He shows how to do the best you can do with the tools in AE (so anyone with AE benefits), and then shows how Warp both makes it easier, and, more importantly, how RG Warp can do things that AE can’t do alone (such as motion blur for corner pinning).
Part 3 (which is the one I’ve been really waiting to watch) uses Mocha for After Effects (which ships with AE CS4) to do the tracking, but Eran doesn’t get into that in detail – instead he points to a previous tutorial that I did on how to use Mocha with AE. You can find that tutorial here.
While that tutorial doesn’t cover RG Warp, in conjunction with part 3 of Eran’s tutorial, it will show you how to get the most out of RG Warp Corner Pin.
However, if you’re on an older version of AE (and I know a lot of people still are), you can still get awesome results with RG warp, by using AE’s native tracking tools. You don’t need Mocha AE or AE CS4 to enjoy better tracking/compositing with RG Warp.
But, FWIW, if you want to use Mocha AE with older viersions of After Effects, Imagineer Systems sells Moca AE alone on their site.