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‘Tech Nibbles’ titles for Intel

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Here’s a little animation I did as part of a larger custom virtual studio design project for Intel.

Built using After Effects, I also supplied the client with the AE project allowing them to change the name of the show (and the number of little ’tiles’ that each letter sits on).

title animation for Intel UK

© Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd

You can watch the full sequence below. Right at the end you’ll glimpse some still images of the TriCaster virtual set I designed and built as part of the project.

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NOAA weather icons

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I’ve just added another weather icon look-up table to my weather icon store. This one maps my own 92-icon sets to the weather condition codes for the National Weather Service from the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). …read more

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Yahoo! Weather Icons

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I’ve just added another weather icon look-up table which maps the Yahoo! Weather API codes to my own weather icon sets which you can download now from my store. I have made a number of different icon packs, using my own codes which can easily be mapped to a number of different Weather Data providers. This latest lookup table maps the 48 Yahoo! Weather conditions (plus ‘3200’ for ‘not available’) to the most appropriate condition/symbol from my 92-icon packs. …read more

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Heston’s Christmas Classics

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without some Waitrose TV graphics, so it’s time to dust off the Trapcode Particular and Starglow After Effects plug-ins, and set about adding twinkles to everything!!
Because let’s face it, everything looks better with twinkles..

Hestons Christmas Classics for Waitrose TV

Hestons Christmas Classics for Waitrose TV

First up is a set of graphics for Heston’s Christmas Classics – a four-part series for Waitrose TV in which Heston Blumenthal takes on a Christmas classic and gives it his own special twist. Working with my good pals from Stepping Stone Media I produced a little animating title frame and motion-tracked recipe titles for each of the four episodes.

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Free virtual studios update

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I have recently updated all of the virtual studio sets over on my virtual studio sets website. It’s a BIG update, as every single-angle and multi-angle pack now includes a complete set of layers and mattes for every camera position, all in lossless PNG format which means that they can now be used with pretty much any kind of graphics or editing package out there.

Virtual Studio Set free update

Virtual Studio Set free update

The TriCaster-ready Photoshop file is still included as standard, and now includes an extra talent Input layer, which fixes a TriCaster issue relating to overlapping keyable layers. I’ve also included a new (optional) opaque desktop which can be used to adjust (or remove completely) the reflectivity of the desk surface.

As always, the updates to existing customers are completely free to download.

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TriCaster Virtual Newsroom

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I’ve recently updated Virtual Studio Set 2 over at virtualstudiosets.com to include an (optional) Newsroom backdrop behind every angle.

Virtual Studio Set with moving newsroom background

Virtual Studio Set with moving newsroom background

The virtual studio set still has all of the same awesome functionality and customization options as before, but now includes a special UV gradient group and a choice of HD newsroom movie loops to provide a stunning animating news room background behind every one of the 6 camera angles.

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New TriCaster Virtual Studio

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Here’s a sneak preview of the latest virtual studio set (Studio 2 – original name, I know!) that’s about to appear over at virtualstudiosets.com.

virtual news studio

It’s a fully customizable semi-circular studio with drop zones for four sections of cyclorama and three optional screens on top. The set comes with a large desk and a smaller table, for news-style presentation or discussion formats. The desk and table can be hidden if required, allowing the set to be used with physical furniture or props.

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Free seamless textures (4K)

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I’ve just added a pack of seamless tileable textures to the Virtual Studio Sets store over at virtualstudiosets.com.

These are in preparation for the forthcoming release of the latest TriCaster virtual studio set (Studio 2) which features a near 180° cyclorama behind the talent which can be customized by dropping in any set of 16×9 textures.

The images in the pack are all uncompressed PNG24 format at 4K resolution (3840×2160 pixels) and are all designed to tile horizontally – ideal for virtual studio backdrops. If you’re looking for additional seamless textures, I hope to be adding more packs soon.

You can download Virtual Studio Seamless Background Pack 1 here.

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Mike Afford Media Joins NewTek Developer Network

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Mike Afford Media Joins NewTek Developer Network
to Bring More Eye-Catching and Innovative Virtual Sets to TriCaster Customers

Dublin, Ireland, September 11, 2014

Mike Afford Media, a boutique broadcast graphics company delivering high-end motion graphics and virtual studio sets to clients worldwide, announced today that it has joined the NewTek Developer Network to provide customized virtual studio sets for NewTek TriCaster multi-camera live production systems.

Virtual sets allow customers to present their on-air talent within a modern television studio set without the expense and physical space requirements associated with constructing and maintaining a static set.

Virtual studio sets designed and created by Mike Afford Media for TriCaster are available as add-ons independently through virtualstudiosets.com and are supplied as a TriCaster VSE-ready layered Photoshop document with .EXR layers in place for each live input and real-time reflections.

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A Taste of Britain (BBC 1)

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I recently completed the graphics for a new BBC 1 series A Taste of Britain presented by Brian Turner and Janet Street-Porter. A Cactus production for the BBC, the show sees Brian Turner and Janet Street-Porter travelling around the country sampling some of the local produce and cooking up some tasty dishes while also taking a look at some of the local heritage and traditions of the area.

The series started today, and is on Monday to Friday for the next few weeks at 3.45pm on BBC 1.

I designed the location maps for each of the 20 episodes, as well as doing some animated illustrations for the title sequence and the programme logo (below).

A Taste of Britain graphics

And here are just a few of the many maps I made for the show, each one lovingly hand drawn with a 2B pencil, scanned and then animated in After Effects.

A Taste of Britain : East Sussex

A Taste of Britain : East Sussex

A Taste of Britain : Norfolk

A Taste of Britain : Norfolk

A Taste of Britain : Cheshire

A Taste of Britain : Cheshire

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