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3D Tutorial for Editors: Confessions of a Two-Dimensional Man

How to Use Boris RED for 3D Effects Within Nonlinear Editing Interfaces By Tim Wilson
Boris RED Tutorial by Tim WilsonYou might not be able to tell it from looking at me, but I am a two-dimensional man. My professional background is over 20 years of video editing, working with images that are nice and flat, stacked neatly in a flickering blue box.

But Charlie White is right (again) when he says that this nice orderly world is pretty much gone. It was inevitable that the walls between video, graphics and 3D would start to crumble as soon as we threw all the applications for creating these things on the same computer.


Editors who've had to wrestle with all this, usually under deadline pressure, know that having it all on the same computer is still a long, long way from having it all fit together. After the challenge of learning how to use each of these applications, comes trying to figure out how they can possibly integrate with your NLE.

Boris offers a different approach: put all of those things -- titling, compositing, effects, 3D and more -- in a single application with an easy-to-use interface, and put it inside your NLE. It's only when you have one interface for every effects task, right in the middle of your workflow, that this whole convergence thing starts to be any fun at all.

This kind of convergence is exactly what Boris RED does best: all the kinds of effects you need to create, where you need to create them -- inside your NLE. It combines all the features in Boris FX and Boris Graffiti, and adds more features not found in either of those.

I should note that one of the RED-only features is the Boris RED Engine, which allows you to use RED as a standalone application. That's fine for people who prefer distributed workflows, but I find the integration of this animation and graphics power with video editing applications especially compelling.

I also appreciate that Boris RED offers integrated 3D power, in a way that doesn't force editors to become 3D artists to take advantage of it. To illustrate, I'll show you my first attempt to create a 3D title animation in Boris RED 2. I was happy with how it came out, and I think you'll be happy to see how easy it is to build 3D animations inside your NLE.

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