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Roland R. Kahlenberg

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Render Times
by Timothy Shay 1 day ago
Running the latest version of AE; CS6 Suite My specs are: Mac OS 10.9.2 2.6GHZ Intel Core i7 16GB RAM 1TB Hard Drive (about 20GB left) After Effects is taking an incredibly long time to render. I'm wo
Re: Render Times
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 24 hours ago
It's a good idea to restart AE prior to initiating a render. Quite often, I find my render times drop significantly when doing this. HTH RoRK Latest AE Workshop - MoGraph Intensity - Shapes & Text Int
Text Animation Easing
by tom skelton 1 day ago
Hi All, So, i've never quite got my head around the text animators inside a layer in AE. When i'm doing some simple animates the easing towards the end gives up and snaps. eg: i've animated a bunch of
Re: Text Animation Easing
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 24 hours ago
A good answer depends on knowing which Text Shape Mode and the Text Selector and the values for the latter you've used. Having said, the Ease High, Ease Low properties are normally where you'd head to
Particular/particle field with wind source
by Daniel Chatsaz 3 days ago
So I've created this cloud of smog using Particular. My friend is a super hero character who is supposed to blow this cloud away, and his head is moving in a sweeping right to left motion. I've tried
Re: Particular/particle field with wind source
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 1 day ago
Howzabout animating the sphere HTH RoRK Latest AE Workshop - MoGraph Intensity - Shapes & Text Intensive mocha & AE Training in Singapore and Other Dangerous Locations Adobe After Effects CC ACE ACI I
Animating objects along a beam?
by Thea Pilarczyk 2 days ago
I know how to use the beam effect to connect two objects with a single solid line. What I'm curious about is if there is a way to use the beam effect to animate elements along that line, moving from o
Re: Animating objects along a beam?
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 1 day ago
It's really simple - you draw a mask path. To have beam-like structure, apply Effect Generate Stroke and set the Stroke Mask property to the mask that you drew earlier. To translate copy a mask path i
Clone Stamp tracking - when track point is NOWHERE near the clone stamp?
by Mac Caudill 1 day ago
Clone stamp tracking seems to be easy & straightforward when the track point is the same as the clone stamp target like in this video: https: www.video2brain.com en lessons removing-an-object-with-clo
Re: Clone Stamp tracking - when track point is NOWHERE near the clone stamp?
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 1 day ago
If the source for the clone moves in a different manner to the target then you will need to track them separately. An Expression can only help if the movement can be described in a simple linear manne
Creating a Set First Vertex Keyboard shortcut for a Mask
by nikhil tanenquin 2 days ago
Hi, I have been using AE for about 10 years now so know my way around the software. Although not very strong on technical side of it. I was trying to create a keyboard shortcut for this pull down menu
Re: Creating a Set First Vertex Keyboard shortcut for a Mask
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 2 days ago
There is no built-in shortcut key for selecting applying a First Vertex. Can KeyEd Up.jsx link a user-created shortcut to a menu item HTH RoRK Latest AE Workshop - MoGraph Intensity - Shapes & Text In
Mocha tracker problem
by chris white 3 days ago
Hi guys, I've used Mocha to track subjects quite a bit in the past but for some reason am having trouble with a particular clip. It's a black shape on a bright purple lit background so it should be a
Re: Mocha tracker problem
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 2 days ago
Hi Ross, I've had some good results from tracking flat colors with mocha. Chris, it's impossible to see say what your issue is. All you've provided is a single image and absolutely no indication of th
Shadow render Problem
by Bill Hilferty 2 days ago
Hi guys, I am having a slight problem when it comes to rendering and viewing shadows. They look very hard and unnatural as if there is some kind of error. However when I am actually adjusting any sett
Re: Shadow render Problem
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 2 days ago
Are you using the terms preview and render interchangeably The dark flat shadows are what you should expect with the Fast Draft, Fast Preview setting enabled. The softer shadows will appear only with
File: Combining RayTraced and Classic3D Comps
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 2 weeks ago
zip file This ZIP package contains an AE CS6 AEP which shows an example of nesting a RayTraced composition into a Classic 3D composition. The motivation is to overcome a limitation with fading in out
Need to customize Dan's Counter Expressions script
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 4 weeks ago
Here's the script - http: www.motionscript.com design-guide counter.html. I've got the script written as such - var x ="" ; for (j=0; j<12; j++) { valLength = myArray j .length; var s = myArray j ;
Re: Need to customize Dan's Counter Expressions script
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 2 weeks ago
Hi Dan, I've hit a snag. I'm getting unwanted results with negative values. Here's the script again - var x ="" ; for (j=0; j<12; j++) { valLength = myArray j .length; var s = myArray j ; if (comma
type flowing start outside the frame
by Sarah Schela 1 month ago
Hello folks, I have the following scenario: I have a lets say 1280x720 composition and I would like to move multiple one line type layer from right to left, like a flowing stream. y position is random
Re: type flowing start outside the frame
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 4 weeks ago
That number would be dependent on the font and its size that you use, I suggest that you replace the number with an Expression Control slider. It'll be very quick to discern the magic number for each
Can Javascript string's auto-update?
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 1 month ago
I've got the following script that works fine BUT when the Expression Control's name is manually changed, the script does not auto-update. Math.abs(thisComp.layer("Controller").effect("Value Bar" + "
Re: Can Javascript string's auto-update?
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 1 month ago
IT Works! Thanks Dan! Cheers RoRK Latest AE Workshop - MoGraph Intensity - Shapes & Text Intensive mocha & AE Training in Singapore and Other Dangerous Locations Imagineer Systems (mocha) Certified In
Trimming
by Kevin Knott 2 months ago
Hi, I've got some footage thats about 2mins, but I only want 20 secs of it. I've trimmed the layer, but when I move the playback handle thing past where I wanted the layer to end its still visible. I
Re: Trimming
by John Cuevas 2 months ago
It looks like you were looking at the layer window, rather than the composition window(from you screen shot) and that's why you would still see stuff that you trimmed. Johnny Cuevas, Editor Thinkck.co
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Keying out and replacing sky
by Jamie Coote 3 months ago
Hey! I have an extraordinarily detailed shot, you name it, it's there; trees, reflections, fine lines, etc. It was supposed to be sunrise but as winter would have it, there was little to see but grey
Re: Keying out and replacing sky
by mathew fuller 3 months ago
Don't matte the trees. Just lay the sky right on top as a multiply layer. When you do it, you'll see what I mean. You can also lay the sky on top (as stated above)...Then make a luma matte out of your
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Text layer into 3D layer
by Anthony Eamens 3 months ago
I've recently re-installed After effects CC to try and add some flare to a design I'm working on and I'm struggling with something thats never occurred before. I've imported a Photoshop document and r
Re: Text layer into 3D layer
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 3 months ago
I've downloaded the AEP and things look as they should. If you switch on the 3D switch for ALL your menu items, you will notice that their respective axis arrows are oriented relative to the camera. S
Output from Premier CS6 looks soft - After Effects dynamic link is source
by David Cohen 4 months ago
Hey Cow - its been a while since i posted. I am editing a video in PP Cs6 and my media is all dynamic link AE. Im keeping all ProRes422 but on output, no matter how i set render depth, my final is sof
Re: Output from Premier CS6 looks soft - After Effects dynamic link is source
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 4 months ago
I see the same issues here. My thoughts are that AME is the culprit. The same everything renders pristinely when rendered from AE but softer and sometimes noisier from PPro AME. RoRK Intensive mocha &
Video: How to use the After Effects 3D System with 3D Plug-ins
by Chris Bobotis 5 months ago
How to use the After Effects 3D System with 3D Plug-ins A quick tip on how to use the After Effects 3D system with 3D plug-ins like Mettle s FreeForm, FreeForm Pro and ShapeShifter AE. we show After E
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Expression for scaling bar several times
by Ed Home 4 months ago
Hi there, I hope somebody can help me, because I'm a newby... I made a rectangle (bar) which has to increase and decrease several times, during 15 seconds. Must look like it's fluctuating. I can do th
Re: Expression for scaling bar several times
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 4 months ago
Parent the bar layers to a Null Object. Then use the Null's Rotation and Position to orientate and position the bars to suit your needs. HTH RoRK Intensive mocha & AE Training in Singapore and Other D
Double clicking for layer sized mask not working...
by Mike Abbott 4 months ago
All of a sudden I've realised that double clicking a mask tool for a type layer isn't giving me a 'layer sized' mask. I get a comp sized mask. It's the same in CS6 or CC. Works fine for a small solid
Re: Double clicking for layer sized mask not working...
by Todd Kopriva 4 months ago
Leading question: What do you think a "layer-sized" mask would be for a text layer Text layers don't have a set size in the same way that, say, a solid does. Same goes for a shape layer. They can be t
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Trapcode form / particular emanating from alpha edge
by Declan Smith 6 months ago
Could anyone help with a starter for 10 on how I can setup either form or particular to emanate particles from the edge of an alpha channel. i.e. the alpha channel of a green screened clip so that par
Re: Trapcode form / particular emanating from alpha edge
by Declan Smith 6 months ago
Great, thank you, meant to send this last week. The bit I was missing was setting the layer to 3D. All working now. Declan Smith http: www.madpanic.tv After Effects CS6 FCS3 Canon XLH1 Canon 7D Reason
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Tracking multiple monitors with moving shots (Mocha + AE)
by Doug Alvarez 6 months ago
Hey guys... So I'm doing VFX for a buddies short film and I need to do screen replacement for multiple shots. The catch is that there are up to 8 monitors in some shots. Here is an example of two: htt
Re: Tracking multiple monitors with moving shots (Mocha + AE)
by Darby Edelen 6 months ago
Roland R. Kahlenberg "Not everything! Just the characters objects that are moving in the scene. Objects in the distance are not an issue. It's those that cut across the frame, close to the camera tha
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Particular 2 and tracked footage
by Brandon Morris 3 years ago
http: vimeo.com 5716181 How do I make something like Are there any tutorials anywhere about using Particular 2 with tracked footage in 3d space Like the rain cloud or rainbow streaklet Brandon Morris
Re: Particular 2 and tracked footage
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 6 months ago
A White Solid is used as a 'shadow catcher' layer. As with other 3D Layers, the Shadow Catcher has Material Options properties. There is a Cast Shadow property which can be set to Only (as well as On
Drawing a route on a map
by Gary Rice 7 months ago
I have a large JPEG image of a street map that I would like to animate and add a trace of a route to drive. I envision having the current location as a fixed point in the center of the screen and the
Re: Drawing a route on a map
by Dave LaRonde 7 months ago
AE can do this. I recommend that you use a composition in thye full resolution of the map. Over it, create solid using the comp dimensions. On the solid, make a Mask Path defining your route. Use the
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AFX to Flash - keep shape layers and ai files as vectors for swf output?
by adam roche 8 months ago
I am working on a project where i've done tonnes of animation in after effects, and now i need a way to keep the sharpness of my vector lines from ai. files, and shape layers in after effects, and pro
Re: AFX to Flash - keep shape layers and ai files as vectors for swf output?
by Todd Kopriva 8 months ago
Shape layers can't be exported as vectors to SWF. See this page for a list of the very few things that are exported as vectors: http: help.adobe.com en_US aftereffects cs using WSB4D8E1B0-5A71-4db3-BB
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Rendering in AE CC vs AE CS6
by Erik Lindahl 8 months ago
Our company "bit the bullet" last night and got the CC subscribtion. For the heck of it I wanted to see if there where and speed changes in rendering in AE CC. Here's my findings. Machine: - iMac 2012
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Strange distortion in final AE output
by Randy Cates 8 months ago
I'm getting a strange distortion in my final output using an uncompressed QT file (see attached). I've tried various methods of output and turned off motion blur (which was the problem with a previous
Re: Strange distortion in final AE output
by Mike Zimbard 8 months ago
This is pixel motion frame blending turned on. The quickest way to get rid of this is in your render output turn Frame Blending Off for all layers. You're not seeing it in the viewport because my gues
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Differing render results using AE & Encoder
by Oliver de Morassé 8 months ago
When I render .flv files, I get differing results using After Effects CS5 (version 10.0.2.4) then when I use Adobe Media Encoder CS5 (version 5.0.1.0). The colors in the Encoder version (right picture
Re: Differing render results using AE & Encoder
by Walter Soyka 8 months ago
Oliver de Morass "Yes, we are using a Linearize Working space." Looks like AME is not understanding the linearized working space. To clean this up, you can nest your main comp in a new comp -- call i
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Adobe Application Manager keeps wrongly treating me like a cloud customer
by Craig Wall 8 months ago
I was a cloud customer until Adobe's new recent policies. I uninstalled the cloud version, purchased the CS6 Master Collection and installed it. But at some point the Application Manager got updated a
Re: Adobe Application Manager keeps wrongly treating me like a cloud customer
by Craig Wall 8 months ago
Todd, my experience with Adobe's customer support has beat down my hope in humanity far too many times. I know that is far removed from your personal professionalism, but it's a pervasive reality I've
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Trying to mask inside shape layer without sucess
by Ryan Hayward 8 months ago
I've been searching for an answer to this and I can't find it anywhere so hopefully someone can help. I'm using CS5 and I'm trying to use a mask on a shape layer. The shape layer consists of a stroke
Re: Trying to mask inside shape layer without sucess
by Ridley Walker 8 months ago
Select the shape layer, choose a masking tool, click the "Tool Creates Mask" option, good to go. Here is an example: 6437_maskedshapelayer.aep.zip
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CC glass HD
by stig olsen 8 months ago
Hi, Im on CS5 and the CC glass effect cant use AE lights, because it required ccfx HD. I guess this is available on the latest version of AE but there is no option for me to sign up for the cloud syst
Re: CC glass HD
by Joseph W. Bourke 8 months ago
I hate to throw water on your rant, Stig, but the word "bastard" appears in the Bible a number of times. Maybe you should read before you write... Joe Bourke Owner Creative Director Bourke Media www.b
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File: Text Tool - Wiggly Selector
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 8 months ago
zip file An AEP (Versions CC and CS6) example that uses the Text Tool's Wiggly Selector to create random movement. http: f1.creativecow.net 6399 text-tool-wiggly-selector
CRT TV text flicker effect
by Steven Probets 8 months ago
Hey, I have been looking around and cannot seem to find the 'flicker' effect I am looking for. If anyone can help I would be most grateful :) I am looking for some text to 'flicker on' - the same kind
Re: CRT TV text flicker effect
by John Cuevas 8 months ago
There are presets plugins you can get that will create those looks. Also I've done a few myself that I've uploaded. If you type "BadTv" into the effects and presets, there are a few that you might be
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Keying hair
by Jeff Rouric 8 months ago
I know I posted on keying before, but this is driving me crazy. Hair is driving me crazy. That seems to be the biggest problem. Also, I'm not sure if I'm keying the correct way, so I wanted to ask you
Re: Keying hair
by Todd Kopriva 8 months ago
The Refine Edge tool and Refine Soft Matte effect are big helps with hair: http: blogs.adobe.com aftereffects 2013 06 refine-edge-tool-refine-soft-matte-effect-and-related-new-features-in-after-effect
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Trouble making a trail of dots.
by Dom Constantine 8 months ago
I have tried multiple techniques to find a cut and dry solution for what I'm trying to do, but to no avail. I provided a link to what my goal is (it's two comps and a horrible mask to show the path I'
Re: Trouble making a trail of dots.
by Ridley Walker 8 months ago
Or you could use shape layers with dashed lines round joins and animate the offset. 6396_dots.aep.zip
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File: ParticlePlayground Variable Speed Custom Particles
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 8 months ago
zip file This ZIP package includes a more in-depth AEP - (1) custom maps (2) three individual property mappers encapsulated into a single property map to allow for each of the RGB channels to affect t
File: Variable Speed Particles
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 8 months ago
zip file This ZIP package includes an AEP (2 versions in AE CS6 and AE CC). The AEP uses Particle Playground to create particles that are shot off a canon (emitter). The particles then travel at varia
File: ParticlePlayground_OffsetDots
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 8 months ago
zip file AE Project File (CS6 and CC versions included) in a ZIP package. The AEP uses two Particle Playground layers to create a grid of dots (using a custom particle). Both PP layers are linked to a
Collapse Transformations Issues
by Mike MacKenzie 10 months ago
This is kind of a general question. Like many of you, I create a lot of Illustrator files to animate. I often have issues with jaggies and collapse transformations(CT) though. I understand that CT nee
Re: Collapse Transformations Issues
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 10 months ago
Rule # 1 is to create your AI files as large is you require them to be without having to scale them up. Oftentimes, the actual size you require cannot be forethought. Hence, AE allows for scaling AI f
Workflow Critque - Am I doing this right?
by Chris Robley 10 months ago
Hi everyone, I am putting together a video that has footage I am trying to mask in using a lot of INK BLOT videos. The basic concept is this couple is walking down this beach at sunset and the backgro
Re: Workflow Critque - Am I doing this right?
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 10 months ago
You should use as few masks as possible. Then look at keyframing the mask's Path property to change its shape position. HTH RoRK Intensive mocha & AE Training in Singapore and Other Dangerous Location
Alt drag replace NOT working
by Erik Thurman 11 months ago
I have a pretty hefty animation using .psd layers. I need to replace those layers with the new updated .psd layers that have new colors. Normally I would just alt drag the new layers to replace the ol
Re: Alt drag replace NOT working
by Walter Soyka 11 months ago
Erik Thurman "Is that usually something that solves this kind of issue " Yes. When I see something not changing, and I expect it to be changing, the first thing I suspect is the persistent disk cache
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The other Creative Cloud forum is pretty dead
by Derek Andonian 11 months ago
I noticed that the other Creative Cloud forum, which is dedicated to actually using it, is pretty deserted. There are only four postings in there- three of which were started by the Adobe employee who
Re: The other Creative Cloud forum is pretty dead
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 11 months ago
Frank Gothmann "Not sure if opening yet another forum solely dedicated to CC at this point makes any sense" Specific Pr or Ae issues should be posted in their respective COW Forums. The TWO new Cloud
The Illusion of Math
by Nathan Bezner 11 months ago
I appreciate that Dennis has opened a thread for Creative Cloud Q&A, and I don't want to dilute the goodwill by posting what is essentially another angry customer on a semi-rant, but I do want to addr
Re: The Illusion of Math
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 11 months ago
Tim Kolb "With software, all you need to lower prices is a lot more customers...figuring out where the sweet spot is is the catch." Tim, it's ridiculous to say that more customer leads to lower price
Bill Roberts on Larry Jordan's Digital Production Buzz
by Karl Soule 11 months ago
Worth a listen. Larry asks some tough questions and I think some will be surprised by Bill's answers: http: www.digitalproductionbuzz.com 2013 05 digital-production-buzz-may-9-2013 #podPressPlayerSpac
Re: Bill Roberts on Larry Jordan's Digital Production Buzz
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 11 months ago
Why is Adobe OVERCHAGING non-US users for access to CC Intensive mocha & AE Training in Singapore and Other Dangerous Locations Imagineer Systems (mocha) Certified Instructor & Adobe After Effects CS6
Has Adobe Creative Cloud changed the way you work?
by Sandeep Sajeev 11 months ago
Hello, I'm trying to figure out what the benefits to an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription are, and I'd appreciate any feedback from current users. I'm especially interested in hearing about any workfl
Re: Has Adobe Creative Cloud changed the way you work?
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 11 months ago
Apparently with CC you can download the latest updates as soon as they are available AND of course such timely updates were not available prior to CC!!! What a complete and utter lie from Adobe!!! Int
Creative Cloud Q&A [Adobe guy]
by Dennis Radeke 11 months ago
The last few days has seen quite a few discussions about Adobe's new licensing model. Some have attacked it, others defended it, many presenting their concerns and many presenting questions in a reaso
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Re: Creative Cloud Q&A [Adobe guy]
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 11 months ago
I should pity you that you found it obvious to take my words literally, to make an issue of it, but I don't. I shouldn't waste my time. Cheers RoRK Intensive mocha & AE Training in Singapore and Other


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