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Ben Unguren
Ben Unguren
Provo, Utah USA
Provo, Utah USA

Ben lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife Allysha and their daughter Madeleine. He makes short documentaries, motion graphics, and occasionally does "the 10-yard yellow line marker thing" that you see during the football game on TV.

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Articles by Ben Unguren

Adobe After Effects
Basic Shatter: Introduction to the Shatter Effect

Basic Shatter: Introduction to the Shatter Effect

Now that Shatter is included in the filter set of After Effects 5.5, many users are asking how to use this effect. In this tutorial, Ben Unguren demonstrates a very simple technique to help get you started with Shatter.

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Ben Unguren
Adobe After Effects
nesting compositions - 1nesting compositions - 1

In this tutorial, Ben Unguren gives COW members a simple introduction to the concept of nesting. He assumes you have an understanding of what keyframes, layers and compositions are. This is in the Basics of After Effects Series.

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Ben Unguren
Adobe After Effects
Motion Sketch and the Smoother: The Racing Course

Motion Sketch and the Smoother: The Racing Course

By using motion sketch and the smoother, you can acheive a less ''computer-generated'' motion in your animations, and in less time. This tutorial introduces you to the basic techniques involved with motion sketch and the smoother. This is by no means a complete demonstration of what you can do with motion sketch or the smoother. This simply introduces you to how to use them.

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Ben Unguren
Adobe After Effects
Path Text: Advanced SettingsPath Text: Advanced Settings

With version 5.5 of After Effects, Adobe has included some new features in the path-text filter that can be quite cool SUCH AS THE ABILITY TO TREAT TEXT CHARACTERS AS INDIVIDUAL OBJECTS, BUT RETAIN THEIR CONNECTION TO A PATH. In this tutorial, Ben Unguren demonstrates how to use the filter to generate a dancing type-on effect.

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Ben Unguren
Adobe After Effects
Expressions are FUN!

Expressions are FUN!

In this tutorial, Ben Unguren will show you one way to control expressions in Adobe After Effects 5, by using another layer as a 'controller' of a layer with a simple wiggling expression, giving you a great deal more control. If you are unfamiliar with expressions in After Effects 5, you may want to read the chapter 'Creating Expressions' in the After Effects 5.0 manual before continuing with this tutorial.

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Ben Unguren
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