How to Create a Long Exposure Video Effect in After Effects

Pulling off long exposure photos is relatively easy, but doing so with video is another story.

One of the first still camera «tricks» you learn as a photographer is how to create light trails using long exposures. All you do is crank up your shutter speed to five or six seconds (or whatever works), adjust your aperture accordingly, and boom, you’ve got some nice light trails streaking all along some random freeway. But can you achieve the same effect with video? Totally, but you’ll need to head into post to do it.

Photographer/cinematographer Dan Marker-Moore, known for his iconic time-slices, created a video for Toyota that employs this interesting long exposure video effect, and in the tutorial below, he shows you how he did it using nothing more than standard Adobe After Effects tools—no plug-ins required.

And here is the completed ad for Toyota so you can see the effect in real-time:

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Beyond the Basics: Keyframing in Adobe After Effects

Up your After Effects game with these advanced keyframing tips and tricks.

Keyframing is one of the most important and powerful features of Adobe After Effects. Knowing how to apply and manipulate them will help you to become a more seasoned motion graphics artist. Let’s take a look at a few advanced tips and tricks when it comes to working with keyframes in After Effects. We’ll focus on five methods in particular, including precisely editing values, reversing time, changing interpolation, adding roving keyframes, and working with expressions. We’ll use these advanced methods to bring an airplane graphic to life.

Precisely Edit Values

In After Effects, you use keyframes when you want a value of a layer to change over time. Adding two keyframes to a layer at different times with differing values will bring that property to life.

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Tiger Woods tweets he’s getting ‘professional help’ for pain meds after DUI


When Tiger Woods was arrested on DUI charges in late May, he blamed «an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.» 

Now he says via Twitter that he’s getting «professional help» managing those medications. 

Woods tweeted the short statement Monday night, three weeks after his arrest. 


— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) June 19, 2017

The golf legend was found asleep at the wheel of his vehicle in the wee hours of May 29 in Jupiter, Florida, where he owns a home. 

Later that afternoon, he released a statement blaming the episode on an «unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.» Woods said he «didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.» Read more…

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Andie MacDowell on ‘Love After Love’s’ «Unusual» Opportunity «For a Mature Woman»

The actress, who stars as a widow and Chris O’Dowd’s mom in Russell Harbaugh’s family drama premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, talks about why the role was «different than any experience» she’d had and why she’s optimistic for the future of women in Hollywood, including her daughters.

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Man returns home to overjoyed mom after biking around the world for 7 years


Englishman Leigh Timmis set off on a wild adventure seven years ago.

And by wild we mean he was determined to ride his bike for two years around the world. That ambitious timeline quickly fell to the wayside as he realized how daunting the challenge would be to actually traverse the globe.

Timmis’ journey came to an emotional end Saturday when he arrived home in Derby, England, hopped off his bike, and jumped into a sweet embrace with his mom, who he hadn’t seen since 2014. 

Leigh Timmis and his mom embrace after Timmis' adventure finally ends.

Leigh Timmis and his mom embrace after Timmis’ adventure finally ends.

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Watch: Walk of Shame Stirs Up Emotions in Short Film ‘Forever After’

Forever After Short Film

«I’m not doing too well, mum.» Another outstanding short film to watch. Sometimes it’s the moments you least expect when you are suddenly forced to reflect on your life choices. This short Forever After, made by writer/director Charlotte Scott-Wilson, follows a woman who wakes up after a drunken one-night stand and must take the dread «walk of shame» back home. Along the way she begins to feel the heavy emotions of reality, and has many moments of reflection that make her start questioning what she’s doing. I really like this short, it’s meaningful and makes you think about your own life, while keeping our attention throughout. ›››

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‘Star Wars: Episode 9’ Won’t Have Carrie Fisher Appear After All

Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode 9

Ever since Carrie Fisher passed away before the end of 2016, Star Wars fans have wondered how her character General Leia would be handled as the Star Wars saga continued. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would not have to be altered following her passing, despite reports indicating that Carrie Fisher was meant to play a bigger role in Star Wars: Episode 9. Part of the solution was to use existing footage of Carrie Fisher in Episode 9 that was shot during production of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, according to Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher. But now Lucasfilm has done a complete 180 on that proposed plan.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently sat down for an interview after debuting the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (watch it over and over again right here, and then check out our trailer breakdown), and she said that we will not see Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode 9 after all. Find out what Kathleen Kennedy said about the matter after the jump.

Here’s the interview from ABC News where Kathleen Kennedy clarified Carrie Fisher’s future in Star Wars:

If you can’t watch the video for some reason, here’s what she said about Todd Fisher’s recent remarks about his sister being revived by way of repurposed footage from the most recently shot Star Wars movies:

“[Todd] was probably confused, because we finished everything in [Episode] 8, and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie. We’re so happy that we were able to complete shooting in the summer.

Unfortunately, Carrie passed away, so by the time we were well underway with Episode 9 – in our thoughts, we had not written the script yet – we regrouped, we started over again in January, so sadly Carrie will not be in [Episode] 9. We’ll see a lot of her in [Episode] 8.”

More than likely, Disney and Lucasfilm wanted to make sure they had as many options at their disposal when it came to deciding what to do following the death of Carrie Fisher. Though they may have asked Todd Fisher, as well as Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, if they had permission to use existing footage that wasn’t used in either The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi, that didn’t mean that was definitively part of their plan.

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What Happens to General Leia in The Last Jedi?

The question that many fans now have is what will happen to Carrie Fisher’s character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi if she’s not going to appear in Star Wars: Episode 9? As we mentioned before, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that The Last Jedi would not be altered following Carrie’s death. If that remains true, then how will we say goodbye to the character properly?

When Paul Walker died a few years ago in the middle of production on Furious 7, his two brothers helped complete shooting as stand-ins while visual effects were used to replace their faces with a digital recreation of Paul Walker’s face, including the emotional farewell given to his character Brian O’Conner in the final scene of the movie. However, Bob Iger has said that visual effects will not be employed to create new footage of Carrie Fisher, despite the fact that they were able to complete such a feat when they brought back Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

From my perspective, it looks like one of those statements will be made false. The Last Jedi will likely have been changed in some capacity in order to compensate for Carrie Fisher not appearing in Star Wars: Episode 9. The only way that statement could remain true is if there was already a plan for General Leia to be killed off in the movie anyway. But if that was the case, then Episode 9 wouldn’t need to have changed their approach to the story and started from scratch.

The only way I could see Bob Iger being 100% right is if the opening crawl of Star Wars: Episode 9 explains that General Leia has been killed, and the opening scene of the film is a funeral for the character. That would be a touching way to say farewell to Leia without needing any new footage of Carrie Fisher. It would also serve as a good plot device to kick off whatever happens next.

At the end of the day, it wouldn’t be a big deal if part of The Last Jedi had to be changed due to Carrie Fisher’s passing. But whatever happens with General Leia, we just hope Disney and Lucasfilm have figured out how to give her a proper send-off since this is the last time we’ll see Carrie Fisher as this character.

In the meantime, if you’d like to check out a heartfelt farewell tribute to Carrie Fisher, watch the video honoring her work, including a lovely speech from Billie Lourd, right here.

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Court rules to shut down a mobile tower after a man alleges he got cancer from it


In a unique ruling, India’s Supreme Court has ordered to shut down a mobile tower after a man alleged that he got cancer from its radiation. 

Last year, Madhya Pradesh-resident Harish Chand Tiwari had approached India’s apex court, the highest judicial forum in the country, alleging that a mobile tower from state-run telecom operator BSNL exposed him to harmful radiation.

Tiwari claimed that the tower was illegally installed on his friend’s roof, less than 50 metres away from his house. He was exposed to this «radiation» for 14 years, something he firmly believes  afflicted him with Hodgkin’s LymphomaRead more…

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