Brammo, the makers of the enertia electric motorcycle are releasing what I consider to be a ground breaking Electric Motorcycle and here is why I think so:
Most electric motorcycles these days leave a lot to the imagination as far as design is concerned
Knowing you can only reach 60 mph is dis-heartening
Knowing you can only go 19 miles before you have to turn back around is even worse
The Brammo Empulse looks a lot closer to a conventional streetfighter or modern sportbike then any electric motorcycle I have seen yet. Plus it can go approx 100 miles before needing a recharge. It can also go over 100mph if you so please. And last but not least, they are implementing a clutch and 6 speed transmission to maximize the high torque electric motor. All great reasons that would persuade me believe that this motorcycle will be referenced in the future as one of the firsts that could compete with today’s market. It does still cost a bit more then a regular motorcycle but I could see BMW or Ducati riders purchasing these as well as the triumph crowd. For as loud as this bike looks, it is whisper quiet.. so hopefully that is not a deal breaker for motorcycle enthusiasts who like it loud.
Film producers spend a good deal of time and money making getting a fluent shot. Whether it is panning to a new scene or zooming in at the right time. After Effects has a limited 3d world but it is absolutely amazing what you can do with it in terms of placing your virtual video camera where you want it.
I found a free plug-in from video copilot called sure target (sure target plug-in download) that makes it even easier to control the view or your world while still using null objects. Especially since the view of the world you are creating is constantly changing. Also check out wordle.com . Very neat site that allows you to create a word collage from a block of text or rss feed. The video below makes use of the sure target plug-in with a vectorized willslife wordle collage.
I figured I have done enough ‘fun’ stuff and need to get adobe after effects basics down.
The particles that come with AE cs4 are pretty impressive. My biggest obstacle right now is how to move the camera around quickly and ‘ease’ily. I am doing better. I figured out that if you attach a camera to a null object it removes the complexity if you simply move the null object around.