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  • The DV Rebel's Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap (Peachpit)
    The DV Rebel's Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap (Peachpit)
    by Stu Maschwitz

Rebel's Guide on your iPad or Kindle, DV Rebel Tools For Free

My book, The DV Rebel’s Guide, is finally available as an eBook for Apple iOS devicesAmazon kindle, and anything that reads the epub format (such as the Nook). This has been a long time coming, and I wanted to celebrate by giving away updated versions of the DV Rebel Tools scripts that I included with the original edition of the book.

These scripts create a tool palette that turns Adobe After Effects into a full-featured onlining tool. Add color correction effects to clips easily (including Colorista II if you have it installed), and check your grading continuity with a powerful thumbnail view that updates live as you work. For a full tutorial, watch the video:

To install the scripts, download this .zip file and expand it. You’ll see two folders: “Put contents in Presets” and “Put contents in ScriptUI Panels”.

Make sure After Effects is not running. Copy the contents of “Put contents in Presets” into this directory:

/Applications/Adobe After Effects CS5/Presets/

Copy the contents of “Put contents in ScriptUI Panels” into this directory:

/Applications/Adobe After Effects CS5/Scripts/ScriptUI Panels/

Now you can launch After Effects CS5 and find “rd_DVRebelTools.jsx” at the bottom of the Window menu. You can dock the palette into your workspace wherever you like.

Although I created the nerdy expressions and presets that power the DV Rebel Tools, there is a limit to my nerd powers, and that’s where Jeff Almasol stepped in and created the amazing scripts that automate the tools. A big and continued thanks to him. Check out his other handy scripts at

Reader Comments (28)

Stop messing with your book its still awsome ;) But to be honest I forgot all about the rebel Tools. Its a good time to bring them back. Thanks Stu!

March 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterFrank Frohnhöfer

Hi Stu

I just still love your book - have even bought a second one because my first feel total apart.

But one question: Can I use this update of Rebel Tools if I still use CS4 or can I stay with the one I have now?

Anders Kjaer

March 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterAnders Kjaer

The book is great I love it and the presets work like a charm, but I'm getting some issues with the Make Tumbnail Comp - when I press the button a message pops out that there is an "invalid numeric result (divide by zero?)" and it disables the expression, so basically it's not working.

March 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterGeorgi Zhekov

Hi Georgi, thanks for reporting that. There was a bug in my initial upload—please re-download and re-install the scripts and presets. Sorry for the hassel, I can't believe I screwed up something so simple.

Anders, the new scripts will work fine in CS4, and you should upgrade, as there are improvements.

March 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterStu

Pardom, Excuse me or delete my comments I didnt see you commet about new download, sorry

Now it works fine.


March 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterManuel López

Hey Stu,
Just wondering, I've already bought hard copy of your book, like with paper and stuff. Do I have to pay again if i want the Ebook version or can I just punch in the barcode number or something to get it? Sorry if I'm way off here, not trying to steal your hard earned buck, just not sure what the done thing in this scenario is.

March 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterEdward Saltau

No worries Edward. I don't think Peachpit is any different than anyone else in this area—each edition is sold separately.

March 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterStu

Hi Stu. Thanks man ...been waiting for this version.

March 31, 2011 | Registered CommenterAlan Eddy

Just had another thought...if one is to download a kindle copy will it only work in kindle or is there a fiendish way to make it play in iBooks?

March 31, 2011 | Registered CommenterAlan Eddy

very nice job.
whether it can be used in the afetr effects cs4?
ask for after effects cs4 present or where the download!

March 31, 2011 | Registered Commenterahmad sulaeman

Are we getting any control surface support for Colorista II? any plans? It would make finishing larger projects that much more efficient. Love the power, would love to harness it with a control surface!


March 31, 2011 | Registered CommenterDane Henry

Ahmad, yes, these scripts work in After Effects CS4.

April 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterStu

Hi Stu, Getting the rebel book in India is still a pain but thankx for the iPad version, that will help.

Just a question on the rebel tools. To extend the same color correction across contiguos layers was simple by just extending the adjustment layer. But what if I want to apply the same color correction across other clips not contigous, maybe alternate sequences etc? Do we just duplicate the adjustment layer and move them? Thought a button to duplicate same color correction to selected layers will help :).

Thankx again for sharing your knowledge.


April 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterMohamed hafeez

Good idea Mohamed—a button to copy corrections to another shot would be very handy.

April 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterStu

Always watching out for your peeps! Thanks.

April 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterBruce Findleton

Stu, the version of the scripts that I downloaded doesn't contain the Magnum Edit Detector script. Was that taken out or do I not have the latest version? By the way, I love the blog and have learned so much from you. Keep up the great work!

April 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterDerick Joe

Hey this could be a little obvious but amazing none the less, what if you came up with a control interface for colorista II on ipad and 3 of this cheap game controllers ???
Unless somebody already did it and I´m not aware of.

May 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterFederico Quiros

Is the material that came in the DVD available to those who bought the kindle edition?
I cant see any download materials in my amazon order page so I'm guessing it might not.

May 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterJorge Valdes

There's a link at the end of the book.

May 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterStu

Great, thanks!

May 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterJorge Valdes

I have three questions concerning workflow with the DV Rebel Tools:

1. Ist it possible to do a 90 min feature this way?
2. Your clips have name and timecode on it. Do you replace them afterwards?
3. Do you usually precomp footage and grade on the precomps?

Kind regards and thanks a lot for sharing!


January 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterAndreas Urra

1. Yes, although I would break it up into reels, just like DI houses do.

2. Yes. Those were Grinder proxies.

3. No, I do it just like you see there. I precomp shots if I need to add VFX.

January 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterStu

Are the REBEL TOOLS compatible with After Effects CS6, and will the Colorista free be made available for AE CS6 as well?

Thank you - attack life!

August 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterLindbergh Hollingsworth

They all should work fine. Have you tried?

August 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterStu

I purchased the Kindle version and I see I can download scripts here. Where can I get the short film "The Last Birthday Card" dvd so I can reference what you talk about in the book?

November 23, 2012 | Registered Commentertinpusher

Finished the whole book and loved it even though it constantly refered to "The Last Birthday Card" and other files. These came on a DVD which does not come with the Kindle version. Then after the index on the second to last page I find information on where to get these relevant media files. Nice scene placement.

November 28, 2012 | Registered Commentertinpusher

There's a link near the end of the eBook to download the materials.

November 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterStu

Thanks Stu but as I read my books by starting at the beginning and finishing at the end the link showed up long after it was useful. Sort of like putting who did it on the first page of a who done it book. That being said I loved the book and now I'm re-reading it, this time with the context downloaded.

December 1, 2012 | Registered Commentertinpusher
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