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Work Smarter Not Harder with Rampant Media Design

As editors and motion graphic designers, we are tasked with bringing our clients’ vision to life through our cuts and creativity on a regular basis. Those of us who have had to create in a short amount of time know the pressure of achieving a certain look or creating a time-consuming mograph element. Lately, I’ve been hearing the phrase “work smarter not harder” thrown around by creative professionals I’ve talked to. That definitely rings true with Rampant Media Design. Sean Mullen has created an array of products that can address a multitude of projects. Have a short film and you need camera made lens flares? Get LightFX. Need to add floating particles to a motion graphic composition and you don’t have or understand your particle plugins or want to endure long renders? Use DustFX. Do you want your show to look like the MTV’s Ridiculousness? Buy Screen Damage and Glitch Transitions. Need to create interesting split screen effects and your crop tool isn’t doing it for you? Get Style Mattes. I can list off all the products in the Rampant product listing and find a use for them.

The point I’m trying to make is these products were made with the philosophy and intent of working smarter not harder. With the growing demand for editors to create on tight deadlines and to give their projects high production values, Rampant has the products to accommodate you. As you can see in any promo video that is on their Youtube channel, all you have to do is drag, drop and go. After you’ve done that, you can continue editing and meet those deadlines. I can personally say that whenever I’m handed a project that needs a quick turn around, Rampant is my go to ”bells and whistles”. I don’t have to go through a volume of discs or converter to get the elements I need for my edit. Just import, drag, drop and go. I am granted more time to edit and revise if needed and spend less time doing the conversion/rendering roulette. The convenience factor it offers me is hard to beat. Below I have provided my experiences/recommendations for some of the Rampant products.

Flare FX

How many times have you ever been in an edit and your client wants lens flare transitions but you don’t have any? There are many lens flare transition plugins on the market to choose from. When time isn’t on your side, do you want to spend hours fiddling with the parameters or would you rather have a pre-made lens flare transitions that fulfills your needs? Look no further than FlareFX. With FlareFX, you get 200 lens flare transitions to play with. I’ve used them on a few edits recently and it gave me more time to focus on the edit than play with parameters of a plugin. Next time you need to add some lens flare transitions between your cuts or reveal a title, look no further than FlareFX.

Film FX 2

One of my top favorite products and go to set of elements when editing. Film FX 2 provides you with those film elements that can make your videos pop instantly. I’ve used them on event highlights, fashion demos and high energy sizzle reels. One thing about Film FX 2 is that you can use it in its default way or turn it into something much more. I’ve used some elements for transitions, overlays and more. The possibilities are endless and with some out of the box thinking you can find new ways to utilize Film FX 2 for your projects.

Color Transitions

These transitions are one of the new additions to the block. I’ve used pattern transitions from other sources before but I prefer these more. With an array of transitions to choose from, you’ll find a place in your project to use them. I’ve used them on a few web shows I’ve cut and I feel these transitions can work in a variety of videos such corporate, event highlights, sizzle reels and even talk shows. In fact, I’ve seen similar transitions like these used on the Talk during the intro segment. One of the things I enjoy about Color Transitions is the speed they animate at and the varying color palette per transition.

Style Mattes

One of the more popular new releases from Rampant Media Design. When this was released, the Rampant community was busy with questions on how to use these. I’ve explained how use this mattes in this video using a variety of NLEs and Graham Cohen explains how to use them FCP X in this video. Style Mattes is a great product because it takes the time out of having to use the crop tool and keyframes to achieve animations like these. Great part about this product is that you can create intros, montages and even transitions really quickly. Once this product was released, I referred any Youtube subscriber who had questions about mattes to this product. There are a lot of possibilities with this product and a must have if you plan on stocking up on Rampant products.

Rampant Music Tracks

The music offerings of Rampant Design have been phenomenal to say the least. With their first few releases, they had music that catered to the hip-hop crowd. The next releases offered a more eclectic collection of tracks that are suited for multiple projects. I remember when I was looking for a theme song for an entertainment show for one of my friends. I watched the Rampant promo for their music tracks and instantly feel in love with a song from their Dirty South collection. Now whenever I hear the intro to my friend’s web show, it reminds me where it came from. I look forward to seeing the future releases of Rampant music tracks. They will definitely have a place in my next project.

Overall, I can say that using Rampant Design products has definitely changed how I approach editing certain projects. If I need an element or transition to give my project instant production value, I’m running Rampant. Sometimes, you don’t have time to create the bells and whistles you would want to. That doesn’t mean your edit should suffer. Once you purchase one Rampant product, you’ll definitely want more and more. But don’t take my word for it, try out their sampler pack and take a look at the growing community they have. The next time you find yourself in a creative bind, work smarter not harder and run Rampant.

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Audio Micro Blog

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Hey folks,

As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t posted too much on this site in awhile and I thought I would update you on what I have been doing. I recently began writing blog articles for Audio Micro. Audio Micro sells stock music and sound effects to the masses. They have asked me to write blog articles weekly on their site about using programs such as Premiere Pro, After Effects and other post production programs. Take a look at my recent articles below.

2 Methods for Dealing With Audio

Custom 3D Transiton

Freeze Frames and Layer Styles

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New Rampant Media Design Online Community

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Hey folks,

Just wanted to let you know about the new Rampant Media Design community. Here you can discuss current projects you are working on, applications you use in your daily workflow and much more. I’ll be available to answer any questions and provide great thought provoking topics for discussion. So don’t wait much longer and get in on the discussion. Run Rampant! http://rampant.forumbee.com/

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Luca Visual FX Review

Since I started using Final Cut Pro some six years ago, I have always been a plugin enthusiast. I wanted to know all my available options for taking my projects from ordinary to extraordinary. One particular group of plugins have always provided me with limitless potential to do that and that was the plugin offerings of Noise Industries. With that, I was exposed to many great plugin developers who could take my edits to the next level. There was one developer who always stood out to me and that was Luca Visual FX. With their plugin offerings inside and outside of the FxFactory engine, I have enjoyed efficiency and client pleasing edits. Besides their great plugin offerings, I was also first exposed to concept of using Light Leaks and Film FX motion graphics to enhance an edit at a moments notice. By dropping just one or more of their movie clips, I could change a piece of footage into something much more than it was intended to be.

Best part about Luca Visual FX is how their products are created from the ground up. The developers start with a blank canvas for all their products and use their skills and creativity to engineer what you see today. And that’s why their products stand out above the rest. One thing I always do is keep all the freebie Luca plugins on a flash drive for when I go to other FCP machines so I can enjoy the benefits on using the variety of transitions and filters that are available. A lot of my clients are fans of the Flash Transition as well as the Flicker effect that’s available in the freebie downloads section here. Luca Visual FX also has some of the best quality customer service I’ve ever dealt with. About a year ago, I had purchased some Film FX motion graphics from them and ran into a snag trying to download them to my external hard drive. Not only did they alleviate the problem, they went out of their way to make sure my experience with the purchased items were everything I paid for.

One of the major accolades Luca Visual FX has achieved is being one of the few companies to take motion graphic items such as film leaders, light leaks and sprocket slips and turn those into plugins that users can modify and create their own versions in programs such as Final Cut Pro, Motion and After Effects. It was unheard of to see such items in plugin form until Luca Visual FX took a stab at it. Since Luca Visual FX has done this, users are no longer limited to just stock footage libraries anymore. They now have the ability to create various presets and rendered movies to use in their projects which they can use to expand their libraries.

Over the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to test drive products like Modern Transitions Volume 1 and more. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look here. I truly believe this is a must have product to add to your editing arsenal and I can already see the opportunities in future projects to use these transitions. I took it upon myself to commission a set of comprehensive tutorials explaining the intricacies of Luca Visual FX plugin line because I believe there was more to them then meets the eye. You can watch the tutorial I did on Film Leaders here. More tutorials on other plugins will be available in the coming months.

Last but not least, Luca Visual FX is running a contest which you can participate by going here. If you are a Luca Visual FX enthusiast or an editor that likes showing off your competitive spirit, I would encourage you to participate and try to win one of the many prize offerings they have.

Overall, if there is one company I would invest in for plugins and motion graphics it would definitely be Luca Visual FX. For what their products offer to post production users, you can’t go wrong. But don’t just take my word for it, visit www.lucavisualfx.com and follow them on Twitter @lucavisualfx for news, tips and updates. More amazing products are sure to come and you don’t want to miss out.

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Rampant Media Design Review

A little over a year ago, I came across a site which sold royalty free stock footage elements and After Effects templates at a great rate. They are Rampant Media Design. As a fan of many popular royalty free sites such as Digital Juice, Videohive and Artbeats, I knew I was in for treat for when I looked at this one. The brainchild of awarding winning editor/motion graphic artist Sean Mullen and friends, they have set out to become one of the fastest rising royalty free stock elements companies in the U.S. Since their inception, they have expanded their product line to include many more items. They now sell sound effects, royalty free music tracks and stock elements that can enhance your videos in seconds. Best part is their motion graphic elements are shot in 1080p HD-4K using RED cameras which give them great resolution for tackling SD and HD projects. On more than one occasion, I can personally say their products have saved my ass. Projects I’ve worked on we’re always missing a certain element to be complete and the minute I went to my vast Rampant libraries, I found the missing piece of the puzzle. Below are a few of examples of where Rampant elements took my projects to the next level.

Since meeting the people behind Rampant Media Design at NAB in April, I’ve enjoyed a great relationship with company and have been a frequent supporter on the social media front from sharing their posts on Facebook to retweeting any and all of their tweets on Twitter. Also, in the near future I plan to contribute to their growing collection tutorials with the likes of Kevin P. McAuliffe, Casey Faris, Josh McDarris and more. Overall, I can say this with all honesty that whenever they introduce a new product, I’m just thinking how soon until I add it to my expanding collection. So if you are ever in a creative jam and need that one element that would complete your project, I suggest that you check out Rampant Media Design. Once you do that, I guarantee you’ll run Rampant with creativity and receive great client satisfaction. If you don’t believe me take a look at some of these great product promos below. #RunRampant

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Modern Transitions Vol. 1 from Luca Visual FX

The fine folks from Luca Visual FX have released a fantastic new product, Modern Transitions Vol. 1. Modern Transitions Vol. 1 is a stylish and versatile set of 86 contemporary alpha transitions delivered in ProRes 4444 and compatible with both PC and Mac. These transitions are designed for editors to work in popular programs such as Premiere Pro, Avid MC, Final Cut Pro, Motion, After Effects.

I had the opportunity to try out this product and all I can say is wow. It was an amazing opportunity work with one of my favorite plugin developers and offer feedback on a wonderful product. I plan to use this product extensively in my upcoming projects and I encourage you to try the demo clips or purchase it for yourself. Here’s a link to the product page (http://www.lucavisualfx.com/Modern_Transitions.htm) and below is a video demo of these transitions in action. Take a look!

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Film Impact Transition Pack 1 Overview

Here is an overview tutorial video I did on Film Impact’s Transition Pack 1. Having discovered these wonderful transitions some months ago, I use that frequently on client work I do in Premiere Pro since I migrated my bigger projects from FCP 7. These cross platform transitions are a must have for any current and new Premiere Pro user who needs those creative transitions that make an impact on their edits. It was a great opportunity to create this overview video and have the developer of Film Impact, Jaap, provide me with help and constructive criticism to explain how these transitions tick. Can’t wait til future packs come out and I have the opportunity to explain how those work. Take a look!

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Projects I’ve been working on and BLACK Launch Trailer

For the last few months, I’ve been busy with a variety of things from tutorials, projects and teaching. Each have pulled me in each and every direction and have pushed me to create in tight deadlines. The best part of working on a project is when it is finished and shown to the masses. So I present to you my first major project completed in Avid Media Composer, BLACK. BLACK is a new action web series from the mind of acclaimed filmmaker/director Frank T. Ziede and I had the honor of cutting this trailer to get interest in the series. Take a look!