Simon Walker is an Adobe Certified Master Trainer, and trains industry professionals in the full range of Adobe Creative Cloud video tools. More info about Simon...





Tutorial | Colour Correcting Motion Graphics with Magic Bullet Looks

I've recorded a new tutorial for Red Giant showing how to enhance and alter motion graphics with the colour correction plug-in Magic Bullet Looks.
Looks has some interesting tools that you can use to bring out certain details and highlight specific colours. This can be very useful when you need to make last minute tweaks to motion graphics material, and you don't have access to the original After Effects file, or you are right on deadline and need to make a quick tweak!
I'm using Premiere Pro and After Effects, but the same principles apply if you are using Final Cut Pro and Motion.

Grade like a Master Artist with 30 artistic presets for Magic Bullet Looks

Film directors and cinematographers have long been influenced by the paintings of Master Artists, using the visual language explored by these painters to inform their own film and video work. Visual techniques like Chiaroscuro, Sfumato and the Impressionist style of capturing light, color and specular highlights have all been used to stunning effect in film and video.

Now you can replicate these techniques in your own films using Master Artists for Looks, a collection of presets I've created for Red Giant. Classical painters who spent their lives investigating light, color and form have taught us a great deal about composition, color and light in video. This collection of presets will give you the confidence to shoot and grade your footage like an artist.

This tutorial helps get you started in color grading with the Master Artists presets, and shows how each of the presets can be used to manipulate the colours in your video.

Get it here:






Supermeet Videos

In case you missed it, here's a recoding of the presentation I made for Red Giant at the Amsterdam Supermeet last week.

Supermeet at IBC Sept 2012


I'm one of the speakers at the Amsterdam Supermeet at IBC 2012

I'll be talking about the Latest and Greatest from Red Giant - here's the blurb:

Red Giant have been making innovative and time-saving pre production and post production tools for filmmakers for over ten years. Simon Walker returns to the SuperMeet stage to demonstrate three of their exciting new releases Trapcode MirPluralEyes and Knoll Light Factory, the light effects tool developed by ILM Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll.

Simon will also be showing Red Giant's latest short film ORDER UP, directed by Webby Award winner Seth Worley, which was made to showcase the new release of Knoll Light Factory.

Here's more information about all the whole evening, including presentations from Adobe, AVID, Autodesk and Black Magic, plus the world famous raffle!) 


Boston based Adobe CS6 and Magic Bullet Grading Seminar: Sat July 28th

Visual Storytelling with Adobe CS6 Premiere Pro, After Effects and Magic Bullet Suite
A one day seminar covering the new features of Premiere Pro CS6, especially related to adding effects on the timeline. Adobe Certified Instructor Simon Walker will show you key techniques to improve your editing speed and productivity, demonstrate the most important new updates for Premiere Pro CS6, and take an inspiring look at multiple aspects of color grading, and show how you can use Red Giant's Magic Bullet plug-ins to add visual interest to your footage.
For more info and to book:

Adobe CS6 Roadshow: free US seminars to find out about the latest features

All through June, Adobe are running free seminars showing the new features of their new CS6 release:

There are also 'deep dive' training sessions available in New York, DC and LA, delving further into the advanced settings of the new features. I'll be running training sessions on the new 3D capabilities of After Effects, as well as the new effects possible in Premiere Pro, and I'll be showing fast workflows for using Red Giant's Magic Bullet Suite of grading effects within CS6.


Here are the dates:

  • June 5 - New York, NY
  • June 7 - Orlando, FL
  • June 11 - Washington, D.C.
  • June 14 - Atlanta, GA
  • June 19 - Dallas, TX
  • June 21 - Chicago, IL
  • June 26 - San Francisco, CA
  • June 30 - Los Angeles, CA


And here's little taster of the training sessions:


More info here:


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