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After Effects error: RAM Preview needs 2 or more frames to playback
by Joshua Chaulk 2 weeks ago
I have a Win 7(64-bit) OS 16 GB RAM AE CC 2014 I am animating some cartoons right now and since i downloaded the new 2014 edition on AE CC i have been getting this error when i work on a comp for a wh
Re: After Effects error: RAM Preview needs 2 or more frames to playback
by Kevin Camp 2 weeks ago
assuming your not on the last from of the comp, and preview isn't set to 'from current time' you may want to file a bug report: http: www.adobe.com cfusion mmform index.cfm name=wishform when it happe
How can I change a Composition and all the layers and comps inside it to the same duration.
by Joshua Chaulk 3 weeks ago
I've imported a character I made in photoshop as a composition and there are multiple comps and layers inside the master comp for that character. When I imported the psd into my project it imported wi
Re: How can I change a Composition and all the layers and comps inside it to the same duration.
by Kevin Camp 3 weeks ago
there is a default duration preference for still image import in after effects. the default usually uses the last created comp duration, but you can also set it to be a fixed duration. if you want to
Limit the sensitivity of the add vertex tool?
by David Cabestany 4 weeks ago
Can I limit the area where the pen tool automatically switches to the add vertex tool when placing it on top of a path I'm tracing a bunch of detailed masks following country boundaries, so they have
Re: Limit the sensitivity of the add vertex tool?
by Kevin Camp 4 weeks ago
i think he's talking about when creating vertex points with the pen tool, and you need to create a new vertex that is very close to the last vertex (or any vertex on the same path) the tool changes fr
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no more flash, which output for lower third titles with encoded alpha channel AE & media encoder question:
by Tom Lansford 4 weeks ago
Adobe removed support for flv flash They want me to use H.264 I need to render titles with alpha encoded. In the media encoder, the only option I found for this was the flv output... So I have used it
Re: no more flash, which output for lower third titles with encoded alpha channel AE & media encoder question:
by Kevin Camp 4 weeks ago
Brian Charles "Is there a reason you prefer not to render directly from After Effects and need to use Media Encoder " same question... typically ae renders a comp faster than ame. also, you should be
Colour analysis
by Gary Noden 4 weeks ago
Hi there, I am trying to work out if it's possible to create a script that applies a series of effects to a layer based on a colour analysis of a pixel, e.g., if the pixel at this coordinate is red, a
Re: Colour analysis
by Kevin Camp 4 weeks ago
you may be able to do this with expressions. expressions can't add effects, but they can modify properties. so you may be able to have various properties look at a color and set themselves accordingly
Keeping shape layer at tip of Trim Path
by Navarro Parker 4 weeks ago
Trying to get a notched look at the end of a stroked, trimmed Ellipse. So I have another shape layer on top (a black filled rectangle). I'll later Unmult the comp to get rid of the black. How can I ge
Re: Keeping shape layer at tip of Trim Path
by Kevin Camp 4 weeks ago
this is a bit easier to do with a mask path and the stroke effect, purely because you need to get the square layer to follow the path, and you can easily copy paste a mask path into the position prope
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Blending modes for Fill effect
by David Cabestany 4 weeks ago
I have a layer with two fill effects stacked on it, depending on whatever is on the background I will either use a red one or a white one. I need to repeat the same thing over a hundred times in a sin
Re: Blending modes for Fill effect
by Kevin Camp 4 weeks ago
you can use the fill effect, but instead of controlling the opacity, control the color. i'd set 2 key frames for the color property, one for each color you need to toggle between. then you can use an
Memory while launching AE
by Paul Campbell 4 weeks ago
I just upgraded my Mac Pro (2x2.8Ghz quad-core) from 2GB to 10GB of RAM. When I launch AE, in the launch window it indicates "4% used of 3.0 GB". Despite this RAM upgrade, previewing projects while I'
Re: Memory while launching AE
by Kevin Camp 4 weeks ago
to clarify on michael's statements, cs4 is 32-bit and thus limited to 3gb of ram, but with 'render mulitiple frames simultaneously' enabled in the memory and multiprocessing prefs ae can launch as man
Batch change parent layer name to a different one
by Marcin Staszewski 4 weeks ago
Hi! I have multiple properties of my Element layer parented to a 3D null. I duplicated the Element layer and wanted to parent it quickly to another null. Seems like a very basic task but I started to
Re: Batch change parent layer name to a different one
by Kevin Camp 4 weeks ago
this may work for you... add a layer control effect to the Element layer, then link your expressions to the layer control rather than the actual layer that you want them to use. then you can select wh
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Trying a possibly impossible effect
by Ben Allan 1 month ago
Okay remember the Truman show and there was that famous poster which was Jim Carrey made up of thousands of photos. Well I'm trying to do this with video. The difference being its on a key'd out dance
Re: Trying a possibly impossible effect
by Kevin Camp 1 month ago
if you went the card dance route, you can use a gradient layer to effect properties of the 'cards'. i don't think you'll be able to get the cards to move with the dancer with this feature, but you cou
Wiggle, but never go past set minimum.
by Navarro Parker 1 month ago
I put a wiggle on a Shape Layer's Trim Path End parameter that's at 50%. I only want to wiggle values greater than 50 (I never want it to go below 50). I tried this: n=wiggle(1,10); value + n But it a
Re: Wiggle, but never go past set minimum.
by Kevin Camp 1 month ago
nope, that won't work... i think about it a bit more, but i don't think we can get around having to set the base value to 0. Kevin Camp Art Director KCPQ, KZJO & KRCW
Morphing motion / plugins?
by Rafael Metz 1 month ago
Hi there, I want to morph footage with motion - people turning their head etc. As far as I ve researched there are two plugins: RE:Flex and BCC Morph. I was wondering why there are not so many resourc
Re: Morphing motion / plugins?
by Kevin Camp 1 month ago
here's another method: http: library.creativecow.net articles stern_eran Simple_Morph.php also, i think re:flex has a free demo (not sure about bcc) so you could try it out. Kevin Camp Art Director KC
Growing Arrow Tail
by Nick Good 1 month ago
I am having trouble creating an arrow that grows as it moves along a path. Before I get in depth, I have read all the tutorials and previous posts and they did not help. What I am trying to make is an
Re: Growing Arrow Tail
by Kevin Camp 1 month ago
i think the most straight forward, without any extra effects, is to simply create the tail the way you need it, animate the arrow head so it looks like it follows the tail, then parent another solid t
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Adding loopOut() to existing expression
by Navarro Parker 1 month ago
I have a simple expression on a Slider control that has two keyframes. posterizeTime(4); Math.round(value); Adding a loopOut(); to the end of this ignores the Math.round(). But strangely, the posteriz
Re: Adding loopOut() to existing expression
by Kevin Camp 1 month ago
you can roll your own loopOut() cycle with valueAtTime(). try this: Math.round(valueAtTime(time%key(numKeys).time)) Kevin Camp Art Director KCPQ, KZJO & KRCW
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maintaining the start value
by Josh Holdens 1 month ago
Ok, this may be an easy one but for me, it's a little more than tricky. I know what I'm attempting to do it's just.... Well here goes the problem. I want to have my opacity change from value - value (
Re: maintaining the start value
by Kevin Camp 1 month ago
i think what you are looking for is Math.min(), a function that will take the smaller of two values... max = 80; set maximum value o = thisComp.layer(index + 1).transform.opacity.valueAtTime(time - .1
Staggered layer rotation with min/max
by Justin Crowell 1 month ago
Hi All, I've been trying to piece this together for a few hours. I have six layers. I want them to rotate from 0 to 900 degrees as I drag a slider. BUT...I want the rotations to be staggered according
Re: Staggered layer rotation with min/max
by Kevin Camp 1 month ago
i had thought about using clamp(), but it wouldn't have allowed the rotation to reach 900. not that you need to change what you have, but just to show you how clamp() works, rather than the if stateme
Ink animation (3D or AE Particular) ?
by Max Anderson 2 months ago
I'm trying to re-create something like this video below for a short animated film. (see from 1:35 the way the ink flows for example) https: www.youtube.com watch v=E6iavNpgI8w I was wondering if the s
Re: Ink animation (3D or AE Particular) ?
by Kevin Camp 1 month ago
sorry, by skinny i just meant long and narrow. you'd use that to put your animated texture (or particle system) in and then use that long narrow comp as a 'branch' in another comp, using the puppet to
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How Do I Vertically Scroll Without Horizontal Distortions?
by Ivan Watkins 2 months ago
When I'm vertically scrolling an image I see horizontal lines running across the image as it moves up. Look at the wrinkles in this woman's dress to see what I'm talking about http: www.ivanwatkins.co
Re: How Do I Vertically Scroll Without Horizontal Distortions?
by Kevin Camp 2 months ago
try setting the magnification to 100% (bottom-left corner of preview window... currently says 94%) Kevin Camp Art Director KCPQ, KZJO & KRCW
Mask on an invisible layer?
by Charles Ferran 2 months ago
I feel sooooo dumb today! Can't believe I couldn't figure this out. Anyway, what I'm trying to accomplish is this: I have a bunch of headshot pictures coming down, they're all slightly different sizes
Re: Mask on an invisible layer?
by Kevin Camp 2 months ago
there are transfer modes called 'stencil alpha' and 'silhouette alpha' (near the bottom of the list of modes). try moving your solid above the layers to get cropped, then trying one of those transfer
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Chroma Green Paint type
by Dave Case 2 months ago
Just want to see if someone who works with green screen compositing had an opinion about the use of Rosco Chroma Green Paint brand over a Ben Moore brand paint when used on a large studio cyc & floor.
Re: Chroma Green Paint type
by Kevin Camp 2 months ago
I haven't used this before, but these guys have posted their recipe for a lowes paint: http: www.detonationfilms.com low_budget_chroma_green_paint.htm Kevin Camp Art Director KCPQ, KZJO & KRCW
Motion-Blur not working on transition effect
by Sam Alderson 2 months ago
Hi there, I have a layer that has the 'Jaws' transition effect on it with the 'jaws' opening and closing (fast, twice a second) revealing the layer beneath it. I have tried to turn on motion blur for
Re: Motion-Blur not working on transition effect
by Kevin Camp 2 months ago
you can also fake it with a blur effect. if the movement of the jaws is simply vertical or horizontal and since you only want to blur the alpha channel (the jaws reveal), i'd use channel blur, setting
how to make this transitions
by javier hernandez 3 months ago
Someone could tell me how can I make this effects or transitions like this https: www.youtube.com watch v=iRea1joXTcc Thanks!!
Re: how to make this transitions
by Kevin Camp 3 months ago
you could also try track mattes. i'd start by creating the track matte in a new comp. create a bunch of rectangles that fill the screen, go to about 1-2 seconds down the timeline and add position keyf
Creating a mosaic transition
by Oliver Kuusk 3 months ago
Hello I would like to create opening credits in AE with a mosaic transition effect. Similar like this: https: www.youtube.com watch v=WRtDFiTNLaY I imagine it can be extremely easy, but as a rookie, I
Re: Creating a mosaic transition
by Kevin Camp 3 months ago
a basic block dissolve is pretty simple, there's an effect with that name in effects transitions. you'll just want to set the block width and height to be fairly large (like 50-100px), uncheck the opt
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File: SingAlong Preset
by Kevin Camp 3 months ago
ffx file a preset to help in animating sing-along-style bouncing ball animations http: f1.creativecow.net 7491 singalong-preset
Steadily growing Line
by Tobias Schakat 3 months ago
I've drawn a line with the pen tool which is supposed to come on to the screen from above with a fast speed which decreases when it reaches the middle of the screen, then I want it to grow further at
Re: Steadily growing Line
by Kevin Camp 3 months ago
selecting the keyframe, then choosing animatino keyframe interpolation (or right-click the keyframe then choosing the same option) and then setting the temporal interpoaltion to 'auto bezier' usually
Batman Transition with After Effects
by Brian Packard 4 months ago
I have been looking for either a template or a tutorial on creating a transition similar to the 60's Batman transition. I am an IT professional, however; I am still an AE novice so I can track along f
Re: Batman Transition with After Effects
by Kevin Camp 4 months ago
Brian Packard "It seems pretty straight forward to me, rotation, motion blur, zoom" from what i remember, i think that's pretty much it. you'd probably want to start of with the video or image that y
Animating Text Randomized (example link in post)
by Mike Flinn 5 months ago
I know how to animate text using the animator and I figured for this on I would use a drastic wiggler. I am just not sure how to make it only come by every once in a while. I understand I could likely
Re: Animating Text Randomized (example link in post)
by Kevin Camp 5 months ago
Mike Flinn "I was aiming for the random position changes by character while the text is already on screen." i would do something like that with a wiggle expression on the text layer's position. selec
File: futur primitif ex
by Kevin Camp 9 months ago
mp4 file example for of using text animator for reveal http: f1.creativecow.net 6797 futur-primitif-ex
Video: example 1
by Kevin Camp 9 months ago
example 1 watch video
Quicktime previews wrong dimensions for video...?
by Brett Fullam 3 years ago
OK. I can't be the only one who's encountered this... When I export a h264 movie from After Effects that's 300 x 250 and open it in quicktime... quicktime says that the size is 480 x 400 ... ! If I we
Re: Quicktime previews wrong dimensions for video...?
by Walter Soyka 3 years ago
Brett Fullam "When I export a h264 movie from After Effects that's 300 x 250 and open it in quicktime... quicktime says that the size is 480 x 400 ... ! If I were to bring that same exported movie ba
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File: Building the Worlds Greatest Cameraman CS4 Update
by Kevin Camp 3 years ago
zip file Just updated the project file for the compatibility with newer versions of After Effects. The original project file is still there. http: f1.creativecow.net 3520 building-the-worlds-greatest-
Todd Kopriva 4 years ago
Still on CS4? You want to fix that?
Kevin Camp 4 years ago
Hi Todd, I wouldn't mind that... thank you. (I did just inventory all the adobe apps we have for the station, so I know they are planning a corporate upgrade, but since we're still in Chapter 11, CS6 [more]
Kevin Camp 4 years ago
also, my desk number here is 6741353 if that makes it easier
Todd Kopriva 4 years ago
I'll stop by this week, probably Friday.
Kevin Camp 4 years ago
sounds good, thanks again.
LHe sync issues, all of a sudden
by David Jahns 5 years ago
I'm not an engineer, just the most tech savvy editor at a shop with 11 FCP Stations - 9 with LHe, one with a K3, and one LHi, all using FCP 6.0.5. All of the LHe stations are about 2 years old Mac Pro
Re: LHe sync issues, all of a sudden
by Kevin Camp 4 years ago
hi david, we've been having audio sync issues with one fcp station, and it happens to be the only one with the ms office suite installed on it. our it guy is currently on vacation right now, so i can'
File: doorway
by Kevin Camp 4 years ago
aep file ae project file http: f1.creativecow.net 875 doorway
trapcode alternatives?
by james isbell 5 years ago
Hi, As much as I really want my hands on it I can't because I'm a student :( So are there any real alternative to any of the trapcode effects. I'm not expert (at all) but it seems that the price tag i
Re: trapcode alternatives?
by Kevin Camp 5 years ago
cc particle world is a standard ae effect that can do a fair amount of what particular can do (not sure if it comes with the educational version though). videocopilot.net has several tutorials that us
Download Trapcode CS3 for MAC
by Paulo Credidio 5 years ago
Hi everybody, I'd like to know if someone knows where can I find the Trapcode CS3 for MAC. I looked for it in a lot of sites, But can not find it. Thanks for the answers! Paulo Credidio
Re: Download Trapcode CS3 for MAC
by Kevin Camp 5 years ago
i believe that all the downloads (both trial and purchase, mac or pc) are available at red giant. Kevin Camp Senior Designer KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW
Multiple instances of Particular effect on one layer
by Richard Frazer 5 years ago
Im trying to get 2 separate sets of particles running alongside each other and interacting correctly in 3D space. Im creating a flowing ribbon effect using streaklets, but wanted a second, different c
Re: Multiple instances of Particular effect on one layer
by Kevin Camp 5 years ago
unless particular 2.0 is different from 1.5 (the version i have), you'll need to get both 'emitters' into a single emitter or try aharon's method for each emitter (probably on separate layers) that he
Particular and 3d invg
by john younger 5 years ago
Is there any way to make 3d invigorator and particular interact together Specifically i want a little flame trailbuilt in particular to come in and around a logo in 3d built in 3d invig... thanks in a
Re: Particular and 3d invg
by Kevin Camp 5 years ago
the easiest way is to create the particle system exactly how you want it, except for wrapping around the layer. then duplicate that particle system and place the layer(s) that will be in the middle of
Particular question
by Dan RAPAPORT 5 years ago
Hello I need to make an effect of an image which separates in different pieces of same size each. Like one image to 20 images. I need to change the image of each piece (but a precomp should help me ea
Re: Particular question
by Kevin Camp 5 years ago
if i'm under standing what you are looking for, it sounds like you want card wipe. it will divide up a layer into a specified grid, has jitter controls that can make the tiles (cards) move fly around
Gas Ring
by Simon Roughan 5 years ago
Im trying to make a gas ring like on a stove top in Particular. I want to make a ring of light emitters, then use the gas flame preset and tweak it a bit. But as soon as I make the emitter type a ligh
Re: Gas Ring
by Kevin Camp 5 years ago
upon further investigation, you should set the solid's scale to 0,0,0. that way the z depth of the solid will be 0 also -- setting the size of the solid to 1x1, inexplicably leaves the depth of the la
How to get this look?
by Dotan Stern 5 years ago
How can i create this look of outlines http: www.artbeats.com creative_samples 10 page=3
Re: How to get this look?
by Kevin Camp 5 years ago
the figures look a lot like threshold (although levels or brightness & contrast could be use, they're just more work) and then tint, tritone, colorama or some other colorizing effect.... i think the t
Video: time blend motion trail sample
by Kevin Camp 5 years ago
time blend motion trail sample example using cc time blend to create motion trails watch support
stop email notification for new posts
by Kevin Camp 6 years ago
for some reason i started getting email notifications on just about every post in the after effects forum starting yesterday. i checked my profile settings, and the notification state is set to 'none'
Re: stop email notification for new posts
by Kevin Camp 6 years ago
thanks. my i-t guy would have started to get a bit irritated with me after a while... i'm one of those types who spend more time in the forum than i do in my inbox ;-)Kevin Camp Senior Designer KCPQ,
Disk Crash
by Glenn Pniewski 6 years ago
G4 Quicksilver 867MHz 1.5GB RAM OSX 10.4 Hi all, Hope you can help me recover. Have a boot drive on the above machine, and had only about 8GB free out of 75GB (I use external firewire drives for FCP m
Re: Disk Crash
by Kevin Camp 6 years ago
you need to get that drive on a bootable system to see if you can access the drive and it's files. if you can access that drive then you should be able to copy over many of the files to another drive.
Maintenance
by Dan Browne 6 years ago
I am a PC tech in a Mac world at the moment and I'm in need of some help. On PC there where several tools I used for maintaining my computer, it kept it nice and fast and so I never had many troubles
Re: Maintenance
by Kevin Camp 6 years ago
use disk warrior to defrag if you have lots of large files (osx will defrag files smaller than 20mb automatically). i'd use the disk utility to repair permissions after installing anything new (softwa
Assigning new Boot Disk MDD G4 OS 10.4
by Christopher Kinsman 6 years ago
Hi ll, I've just purchased another G4 MDD FW800 Dual 1.42 and am installing drives from an old computer. 1 of the drives I installed has all the apps and OS I'd like to run on this system. When I powe
Re: Assigning new Boot Disk MDD G4 OS 10.4
by Kevin Camp 6 years ago
on the back of the drive, you'll see a group of 8 pins (4 rows of pairs of pins). you can use these to designate how a drive will be used. usually if you look at the top of the drive, on the label, it
OS 10.1.3 & Classic
by Nicholas Toth 6 years ago
Hey everyone, Posted a few weeks back about a problematic AVID system that went down with a system update. Its a quicksilver, its not a bad machine, but its not working. The deal is, I need to install
Re: OS 10.1.3 & Classic
by Kevin Camp 6 years ago
do you have the original os install disks or any install disks with 10.1.3 and 9.1 (or 9.0.4) if so, you should be able to do an archive and install... that should move the current os to a folder call
How can I remove a SATA host adapter driver on my MacPro
by Ron Priest 6 years ago
I purchased and installed this 4 port PCI-E Raid Card Sata II host adapter in my MacPro http: www.cooldrives.com 4expcmaca.html I suppose I initially installed the wrong driver because it would crash
Re: How can I remove a SATA host adapter driver on my MacPro
by Kevin Camp 6 years ago
i would definitely try to contact the manufacturer with your issues... as far as i know mac devices do not have bios. you may be able to find a firmware update for the card for the mac os version that
Monitors
by Dan Browne 6 years ago
Who knows if this is an OS X problem or if its like a hardware malfunction or whatever, but we have a G5 computer, and 2 Cinema HD 23" monitors from apple. Whenever we start up the system, both monito
Re: Monitors
by Kevin Camp 6 years ago
that's a good call... and probably more likely than a bad monitor profile.Kevin Camp Senior Designer KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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