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Dan Ebberts, CreativeCOW.net Contributing Editor and Forum Host

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Creative COW Forum Host, Web Writer, Contributing Editor


Dan Ebberts
Dan Ebberts
http://www.motionscript.com/
Sacramento, California USA
Sacramento, California USA

"Dan Ebberts is an amazing guy whose knowledge of Expressions in After Effects is quickly making him a highly respected part of the Creative Cow Team," says Creative Cow director, Kathlyn Lindeboom. "Even some of the After Effects team themselves have written us to ask 'Where on Earth did you find this guy, he's incredible!' We agree and we are very proud that Dan has made Creative Cow his online home and that he has joined our leadership team in the After Effects forum. He brings an area of expertise to the team that gives Cow members a look at an area that is oftentimes very threatening to many users. Dan helps simplify it and in unlocking the processes, he gives users a look at the possibilities."

About himself, Dan says: "I’m a self-professed computer geek and motion graphics junkie. I’ve been writing computer programs (C, Pascal, assembler) for 30 years. Six years ago I got my first PC and I started doing non-linear editing for my company’s safety videos. Then I discovered After Effects. It was love at first sight."

How has all this new technology changed Dan's world? He says: "Nowadays I spend a lot of my free time just making movies for my own amazement. I’d like to make the switch to motion graphics as a profession but the damn power company just keeps paying me too much to write code…" Go figure.

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Articles by Dan Ebberts

Adobe After Effects
Expressions, Scripting, Automation -- and Fun

Expressions, Scripting, Automation -- and Fun

"I first encountered After Effects in a somewhat roundabout way. I have (as many people do apparently) an aversion to public speaking, so I came up with the bright idea of creating a video to do the talking for me." So begins the journey of longtime Creative COW leader Dan Ebberts, which takes a dramatic -- and fun -- turn with the introduction of Expressions in AE 5.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Building Your Own 3D Particle Generator

Building Your Own 3D Particle Generator

In this tutorial, Dan Ebberts demonstrates a method of generating motion that is random in both time and space and allows you to quickly assemble a composition with a pleasantly fluid, chaotic movement. Using this particle generator, we'll look at how you might create explosions, smoke, a fire blast, falling snow, and even a liquid-like flow.

Tutorial
Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
noise()

noise()

The After Effects expression language has a seldom-used random number generator that is really quite a gem. Dan Ebberts says "seldom-used" because he doesn't believe he's ever seen it used in a single expression he's seen posted on the internet. It's not the easiest command to understand and the documentation is pretty sparse but once you get past that it's very cool

Tutorial
Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Expressions in Adobe After Effects 6

Expressions in Adobe After Effects 6

With After Effects 6.0, Adobe has introduced some wonderful new functionality to the world of expressions. Most of this is the result of spectacular new features that have been added to After Effects that were not necessarily aimed at expressions but nonetheless dramatically increase the power available to the expression writer. There have also been a few changes and enhancements to the expression language itself.

Review, Tutorial
Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Building the World's Greatest Cameraman

Building the World's Greatest Cameraman

With version 5.5 of After Effects, Adobe added the wonderful world of the powerful new Expression Controls. In this tutorial, Dan Ebberts looks at several different ways that expression controls can be useful in your projects.

Tutorial
Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Synchronizing Animation to Audio Using After Effects

Synchronizing Animation to Audio Using After Effects

In after Effects 5.5, Adobe has added the capability for expressions to access keyframe and marker data. In this tutorial, Dan Ebberts will focus on how to use this new capability to synchronize an animation to an audio track using layer markers and expressions.

Tutorial
Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Generating Random Motion with AE 5.5's ExpressionsGenerating Random Motion with AE 5.5's Expressions

In this tutorial, Dan Ebberts demonstrates a method of generating motion that is random in both time and space and allows you to quickly assemble a composition with a pleasantly fluid, chaotic movement.

Tutorial
Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Animating a Walk-Cycle Using Loop Expressions

Animating a Walk-Cycle Using Loop Expressions

With version 5.5 of After Effects, Adobe has included some new keyframe-looping expressions that can be very useful for cyclic animation and layer-looping. In this tutorial, Dan Ebberts walks us through the basics of how to set up and use these expressions and then we'll use one to loop a walk-cycle as you might do in a simple character animation.

Tutorial
Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Parenting and Expressions

Parenting and Expressions

Dan Ebberts demonstrates setting up an animation of a piston, crank, and wheel using parenting and expressions so that we only have to keyframe one of the pieces and the others follow along.

Tutorial
Dan Ebberts
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