MD5 help for 48 Hours out of towners

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For Out of Towners who want to have a crack at the Rialto 48 Hour film making competition, we have to submit an MD5 signature to show that our film was completed before the cut off time. This is how to do it. Big thanks to @mr_timp for walking me through it!

Mac Users (Sorry windows users – but same thinking is probably applied)

Download the app featured on the Rialto 48Hours website on this page. Install it.

If you are using Mavericks then you’ll get a message about the app not being from a certified developer - You can right click the App and hold down the alt/option key and choose to open it.

Once you have the App installed – open it up and you’ll get a screen like this. Notice that it is set to “Create MD5 files


All you do is Drag your finished film into the ‘Paths to Files‘ window and press the ‘Create‘ button.


The MD5 app will create a little file and prompt you to give it a name and save it. It will be called something like: “Yourfilename.md5″

Save that little file .md5 in the SAME FOLDER as your finished film.

This little .md5 file contains the key/code that you need to enter into the form on the website – the next step shows you how to get that code.

Go back to your MD5 app and set it to “Open MD5 files“.


Then drag your .md5 file  (not the film file) into the ‘Path to File’ box and press the ‘Start‘ button

Then, if everything matches, then you should have something like this …


Now – when you submit your entry into the 48Hours competition and they ask for an MD5 signature or checksum code – you can copy and paste the code EXACTLY from the ringed area shown in the picture.

NOTE – Dont make ANY changes at all to your film after generating this code – or the code will not be valid. I wouldn’t even rename the file.

Hopefully that helps.


Logo Reveal Animation for Teamwork

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I recently met up with Sam from Teamwork ( ) about putting together a logo reveal animation for him to use at the start of his videos. Sam makes a very cool piece of project management software and has a background in video and media … so it was a real joy to work with him on this animation.

We tried out a few variations that were a lot more complex but we finally managed to tweak it back to a nice simple animation which we are both really happy with.

For the technically minded I used Adobe After Effects and Element 3D from Videocopilot.

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Check the video out below and let me know what you think!

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I recently was asked to animate 5 more photographs for Ogilvy and Mather in Hong Kong. Whilst putting these together I learned a few cool techniques combining Cinema 4d and After Effects. I put together a sample animation in After Effects using a photograph from NZ photographer Thomas Sobek ( ) which shows some nice animated dust and a way to have animated ‘relighting’ on the photo of the statue.

I’ll record some quick fire tutorials which show each of the effects in place as well as the Cinema 4d Camera Projection technique I used in a separate video.

How to make h.264 DSLR noise look a little nicer

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I recently helped a friend put together a short film called ‘Sequestration‘. We filmed it on my Canon 600D / T3i with Sigma 30mm and Tokina 11-16mm lenses. Aside form a bunch of issues with lighting and focusing we were pretty happy with the end result.

One of the things that was really apparent in some of the shots was that look of ‘colorful’ digital noise – and this was something I wanted to minimise. Here’s a technique that I used.Read More  »

Animated Logo Reveal for DTS

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This logo animation was made for in Adobe After Effects using Cinema4D and Element 3D from videocopilot. Element 3D certainly makes things nice and fast – and using it to animate models developed in Cinema4D is a real bonus!

Motion Graphics video for DTS

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It took a little while but I’m really happy to have this motion graphics video released for DTS’s Chapter WAN product.

There was plenty of use of Trapcode Form, Optical Flares and Element3D – and plenty of learning too.