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Trying to create the allusion
by Bruce Breidbart 1 day ago
I'm trying to recreate the allusion of the red banner that looks like it's folded behind the blue rectangle. It look's simple enough. I was even given a big clue "the rounding is made of two masked an
Re: Trying to create the allusion
by Stephen Smith 5 hours ago
Bruce, Molte grazie. 1. I shot with the Cannon T2i. I have an intervalometer that attaches to my camera so I can set it to take lots of photo over a distance of time. I didn't bring a slider and added
Exporting QT from Motion To FCP Problem
by Marc Lucas 6 years ago
Hi, I've been making short graphic sequences in Motion to use in FCP as dividers to in a promo video. When I export from Motion the QT movies that are produced are from the default setting (HDV 1080i5
Re: Exporting QT from Motion To FCP Problem
by Stephen Smith 11 hours ago
When you export out the clip you can change the size of the footage to match your FCP sequence if you are having trouble. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Video: Gradient in Motion sample
by Stephen Smith 17 hours ago
Gradient in Motion sample Here is a quick 2 minute video that shows how to make the ribbon you asked for. watch support
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Re: Gradient in Motion sample
by Bruce Breidbart 8 hours ago
Wow, thanks so much. I will try it out later today, but I can already see it doing exactly what I was looking for. I now understand that my idea of adding some extra points was way off base and the re
PP and AE workflow
by Joe Parsons 1 week ago
I've been using Premiere Pro CS4 for three or four years. As I start to tackle more ambitious projects, I can see the value of the additional features in After Effects. My typical project is a short s
Re: PP and AE workflow
by Stephen Smith 2 days ago
Happy to help. Best of luck. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
After effects tecniques- Insight
by Joseph Ferri 1 week ago
Hi, I'm new to after effects, I'm trying to follow some crash courses on lynda.com so I can learn most possible. So, I saw this effect in a picture slideshow that I'm trying to replicate, the image zo
Re: After effects tecniques- Insight
by Stephen Smith 2 days ago
I would check out these tutorials on building a camera rig. That will help you get from one set of photos to the next smoothly: Part 1: http: library.creativecow.net devis_andrew Animating-a-Camera-1
Rainy Window Effect
by Ben Tuber 4 days ago
Hi! I'm looking to achieve an effect in AE that makes it seems as though rain is pouring down a clear window pane placed before the composition effect. Essentially, I'm trying to replicate what is hap
Re: Rainy Window Effect
by Stephen Smith 3 days ago
Not quite the same thing but could be helpful: http: www.videocopilot.net tutorials water_drops Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Exchanging colour corrections between FCP7 and Motion
by Gareth Randall 3 days ago
Unless I've missed something, there's no way to exchange colour corrections between FCP7 and Motion without exporting. So if I apply colour corrections in FCP7 and then want to work on that video in M
Re: Exchanging colour corrections between FCP7 and Motion
by Stephen Smith 3 days ago
Gareth BTW, have you left Motion behind now, Stephen Shame if so, I learned a lot from your tutorials. Thanks for the kind words about my tutorials. Since FCPX I switched over to Adobe Premiere Pro.
I want to create an kind of smoke effect on a text
by Yannick Michel 5 days ago
Hello, I'm new to Motion. I used to work with After Effects and I must say that I'm quite lost with Motion. Unfortunately, we don't have any After effects license for the moment, so I have to use Moti
Re: I want to create an kind of smoke effect on a text
by Stephen Smith 4 days ago
For the fogwriter go to the Library tab, LiveFonts, Pro Series: Fogwriter. It isn't exactly what you want but it is quick and easy. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
What's a good workflow for motion graphics?
by Santita Dwi Putri 1 week ago
Hey everyone, I'm very new to animation, and currently self-training in several Adobe programs. A lot of my projects are motion graphics mixed with video to visualize an audio presentation (think Buzz
Re: What's a good workflow for motion graphics?
by Stephen Smith 4 days ago
This is what I do. Premiere is much better for editing your project and trying out different takes and adjusting the overall pacing of the video. For example, I cut this spot in premiere and then impo
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (no spoilers)
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Saw this last night in Real3d. The 3-d is post-produced, seems to be the trend now. I don't think you need it as much in this one, though it really makes the Saul Bass-inspired end credits pop nicely.
Re: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (no spoilers)
by Stephen Smith 1 week ago
Mark The Steve Rogers notebook is different in each country where the movie is released: it contains several different references, pandering to each national audience. That is awesome, thanks for poi
Cleaning up 8mm and 16mm footage
by Ryan Ritchey 1 week ago
Hi everyone, I don't touch AE much, as I'm usually more on the editing side of things (usually FCP 7 X) I am working on a project using 8mm and 16mm archival footage. I'd like to clean up the scratche
Re: Cleaning up 8mm and 16mm footage
by Stephen Smith 1 week ago
Take a look at this software, it isn't cheap: http: www.blackmagicdesign.com products davincirevival If you want to eliminate scratches in AE you will need to use the clone tool to paint them out. It
Scarjo gots some 'splainin' to do
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
http: www.youtube.com watch v=MVt32qoyhi0
Re: Scarjo gots some 'splainin' to do
by Stephen Smith 1 week ago
Looks like she is making a film the general public will love and a different one that critics will love. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
create animated callouts, checkmark, checklist ?
by Yamizer Mandez 2 weeks ago
hello, im new at after effects, im trying to create a list with animated checklist like the one fxfactory plugin proposes, i have windows so i can install fxfactory plugin, is there any plugin does th
Re: create animated callouts, checkmark, checklist ?
by Stephen Smith 1 week ago
I'm unfamiliar with this plug-in, can you post a link Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
After effects and premiere elements?
by Joseph Ferri 2 weeks ago
I would like to upgrade my video editing software to an adobe solution, I already have sony vegas but would like something more home user oriented and better integrated As premiere pro is too expensiv
Re: After effects and premiere elements?
by Stephen Smith 1 week ago
You can always try the premiere elements trial and see if you like it. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Ideas for a cool background for a lyric video using concert stage
by Jim Kehoe 1 month ago
Hey guys! Anyone have any cool ideas for a background for a lyric video to display lyrics on a concert stage I am thinking flood lights on top and then a stage and then the lyrics are popping out on s
Re: Ideas for a cool background for a lyric video using concert stage
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks ago
I would do a search on Vimeo and YouTube and look for inspiration there. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Noah
by Scott Roberts 2 weeks ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=6qmj5mhDwJQ Premise: As Noah descends the mountain on a solid gold unicorn, trying to outrun a tidal wave with god's face embedded in it, he pulls the reigns and abruptl
Re: Noah
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks ago
Scott, at first I thought the magical sword sounded stupid, but if it is accompanied by a rockin' guitar solo I'm totally in and love the idea :-) Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vim
Tony Stark's Mom
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks ago
Mark I'm hoping you know the answer to this. Is Agent Carter ( Peggy Carter ) Tony Stark's birth Mother I'm reading conflicting blog post and I'm not sure which one is correct. Stephen Smith Utah Vide
Re: Tony Stark's Mom
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks ago
Cool! Thanks! Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Recoginize this font
by Lou Williams 4 weeks ago
All, I am trying to recreate this text style but I can't seem to pin down the correct font. Anyway recognized this font Thanks, Lou
Re: Recoginize this font
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks ago
Did any of the Digital Juice fonts work out for you Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Mac Pro buying questions...
by Michael Lynch 2 weeks ago
Been a while since I ve been on the forum went through some job changes, but now back into video editing where I belong! Currently using a MacPro 1,1 4 core, 2.6 GHz; 8GB RAM obviously we want to upgr
Re: Mac Pro buying questions...
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks ago
David You and all FCP 7 users can continue to limp along for a while, but inevitably you and all others will hit the wall, and you'll have stop using FCP as a crutch. I agree with David. FCP 7 is suc
Wondering about commercial use fonts.
by Stephen Pickering 3 weeks ago
This might be a NOOB question... What do I look for when downloading fonts for commercial use I'm really only interested in free fonts at the moment. Some clearly say "Free for Personal use" while oth
Re: Wondering about commercial use fonts.
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks ago
There are lots of great Free font sites. Check out Google Fonts, they are free for commercial use: https: www.google.com fonts Another site that has already done the licensing leg work for you is Font
Title Safe Discussion
by Alex Dorrier 3 weeks ago
Not so much a question, but more of an open discussion. I'm curious to know how other video production professionals who produce spots for broadcast work within the title-safe action-safe confines. Do
Re: Title Safe Discussion
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks ago
When I started doing TV spots HD wasn't around. You could go a little over the title safe line in SD and it never was a problem. The first HD spot I did (years ago) we wondered if we could go a little
what is the technique?
by Matta Roushdy 3 weeks ago
Hello Every Body, here the link for advert http: youtu.be TNmnB_2FUeI sorry the advert with arabic :) i need to know what is the technique that thy use it, and how i make it. is it After Effects or an
Re: what is the technique?
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
Sorry, I don't know if this technique has a name. However to me it looks like they are just animating still photos like they are a cartoon character. Take a look at these tutorials and I think they wi
Adding footage from FCP to AE that's in a 2.35:1 Ratio
by Matt Morgan 3 weeks ago
Greetings, I've been editing a short (in FCP) that I need to add some blood hits to for this Zombie movie. The footage is 1920x1080 and @24p with a 2.35:1 Ratio (this is how the customer wants it for
Re: Adding footage from FCP to AE that's in a 2.35:1 Ratio
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
Matt Yes I'm aware of it being the format and with all due respect to you here I would appreciate that you please skip the theory and explanation about the aspect ratio of an image which describes th
Why do I have to pay more?
by Stephen Smith 10 months ago
The company I work for has 5 seats of CS6. They are all under the same user ID since we are a company. If we do Creative Cloud as a Team we will pay $40 a month (for the first year). If we were able t
Re: Why do I have to pay more?
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
Erik Hi Stephen. Do you have a contact at Adobe who can help me work through my registration issue Sorry, I don't. Our IT guy has found the process to be extremely frustrating. Especially when one Ad
Sony F55 in Premiere Pro
by Stephen Smith 5 months ago
I downloaded the Sony F55 plug-in for Premiere. I just made sure I was on the latest version of Premiere CS6 and when I import the files it just says Media Pending. Any idea of what is going wrong and
Re: Sony F55 in Premiere Pro
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
I was asked what Sony RAW software I was talking about. Take a look at this: http: www.sonycreativesoftware.com rawviewer Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Generic video
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
I got a kick out of this: https: vimeo.com 89527215 Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Re: Generic video
by ryan early 3 weeks ago
I love it I was ready to invest in that company until I realised it was just stock footage :)
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Mask in Mocha not tracking in AE please advise
by Cheryl Lyons 4 weeks ago
Hello All, I am doing beauty work in Mocha. I did masks on all the areas. Keyed them in throughout the clip. The masks track well in Mocha. Exported Shape Data - Copied to Clipboard to AE. It pasted i
Re: Mask in Mocha not tracking in AE please advise
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
Ross has some great advice. I guess that is why he works for Imagineer Systems. The first time I used Mocha I made that mistake and it took me a will to think to look for the keyframes and see that th
Disaster map
by Stephen Smith 4 weeks ago
Looks like I live in a place that is safe from disasters. I only need to worry about monsters attaching. Thought you might like this even though it only covers a 189 movies: http: www.slashfilm.com in
Re: Disaster map
by Scott Roberts 3 weeks ago
I'm sure people could nitpick the list for exclusions, which isn't fair because it looked like a decent amount of work went into this, and it was a fun read... BUT... Not including Hawaii leaves out B
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Stephen Smith liked this 3 weeks ago
Text Creation
by Lou Williams 4 weeks ago
All, I am trying to recreate this text style but I can't seem to pin down the correct font. Anyway recognized this font See below. Thanks, Lou
Re: Text Creation
by Stephen Smith 4 weeks ago
I should point out that I haven't ever used their fonts before. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Learning animation
by Max Ego 1 month ago
Hey guys, I m in need of some of your brilliant guidance . Been working quiet a lot with both premier and final cut pro but always just cutting real life footage. Maybe adding some effect here and the
Re: Learning animation
by Stephen Smith 4 weeks ago
Best of luck. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Using Historical Footage
by Joshua Armstrong 4 weeks ago
Hi, I wasn't sure where to post this to, but was hoping that maybe somebody would know the answer. I want to use footage of historical figures, such as Hitler or the Tank Man in the Tiananmen Square o
Re: Using Historical Footage
by Stephen Smith 4 weeks ago
Try http: www.buyoutfootage.com They have lots of historical footage. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
How to degrade footage
by Daniel Stone 4 weeks ago
Hey guys, We shot some compositing plates on the Red Epic in 5K HD. As is typical with Red footage, it's super clean and razor sharp with no character at all. Is there a good way of degrading the foot
Re: How to degrade footage
by Stephen Smith 4 weeks ago
If you hate that it is razor sharp you could always soften it up a little. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Creating translucent edges like the Helicarrier bridge screens in The Avengers
by Keith Miracle 1 month ago
I'm stumped. I'm trying to create the purple-ish translucent edges of a transparent panel, much like the Helicarrier bridge panels in The Avengers. I'm working in AE CS6 and would like to have the end
Re: Creating translucent edges like the Helicarrier bridge screens in The Avengers
by Stephen Smith 4 weeks ago
I would use the shape tool to create it and add the glow filter or play with blurring it and adding a blend mode. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
New Digital Juice Subscription
by Jeff Breuer 1 month ago
Have any of you seen the new direction Digital Juice is going Basically they are ditching disk media and going with a web portal. You pay a monthly subscription and get access to all of their software
Re: New Digital Juice Subscription
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
That video is way too long. I think I made it to the 5 minute mark. Digital Juices's new line of products have been available for digital download for a couple of years. Stephen Smith Utah Video Produ
Following up even after being rejected after an interview?
by Rob Grauert 1 month ago
Long story short, a job recruiter contacted me about a position and asked me if i would be interested in interviewing. I went in for the interview and everything seemed to go well, but they chose some
Re: Following up even after being rejected after an interview?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Partly depends on how you worded it, I figure. "Hello again! I enjoyed discussing potential work situations with you; do please feel free to contact me again, if you should find a situation you think
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Soundtrack for Video
by Burair Al-Lawati 1 month ago
Hello, I have a 30 sec video project, and i need some music soundtrack for it. I feel if i buy a soundtrack it wont be perfect, what do you think if if ask a company for make a custom music And who do
Re: Soundtrack for Video
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
If you have the budget for custom music go for it. However, I think there is a lot of great stock music out there. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
How many of you editors are introverts?
by Steve Kownacki 1 month ago
Best jobs for introverts: Film video editor. Hmmm. I consider myself to be an introvert. Or more a combo intro extro. I don the extroversion when needed for meetings, events, and so on. But I highly g
Re: How many of you editors are introverts?
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
sorry, too shy to answer question. (Bob C)
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Garbage Matte Feather
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
I did a garbage matte and want to feather it. How do you do that In FCP that option is with the garbage matte filter and is super easy. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Motion Trainin
Re: Garbage Matte Feather
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
Paul True, Final Cut had feathering capabilities of its own, but Final Cut wasn't able to dynamically link footage between itself and After Effects. Final Cut had Motion, which was disappointing in i
The future of delivering videos to clients
by Rachel Kodner 3 months ago
So the technology industry trend tells us that DVDs and Blu Rays are going away. They're trying to make discs obsolete. Okay so what's next: digital downloads and files right In the future, does that
Re: The future of delivering videos to clients
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
3-4 hours long video I'm surprised anyone would want anything that long. You are right, Vimeo wouldn't work, the upload time alone would be extremely long. In your case I think DVD is still the way to
Just looking for feedback on my video
by chad online 1 month ago
Hi, i'm a musician and trying to learn dslr video. After purchasing my rebel t5i recently, I shot my first music video and edited with FCP. I thought my musician friend had a great song and we wanted
Re: Just looking for feedback on my video
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
Overall I think you should be very proud of your video. It felt like some of the footage was shot a 30 frames and others at 24. Maybe it was because some footage was slowed down That for some reason f
Flickr
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
I just set up a Flickr account a month ago and started posting a few pictures of cool pancakes I have made. http: www.flickr.com photos stephensmitheditor sets 72157640805745785 Just got an e-mail fro
Re: Flickr
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
I already have one but o well. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
re: personal YouTube channel
by Sam Lesante Jr. 2 months ago
This isn't really a post about business or marketing but I didn't know where to ask. My nine year old daughter wants a private YouTube channel. She says she's only going to give it to a couple people.
Re: re: personal YouTube channel
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
I would tell your daughter she can't upload anything without your permission. If you help her get the channel up you will be able to monitor it. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo
Production Music
by Jon-Michael Brown 1 month ago
Can you guys please recommend a good resource or library for contemporary, good music. I'm doing a lot of instructional, corporate videos and I need something that can rest underneath narration yet gi
Re: Production Music
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
Audiojungle.net is my most favorite site for music. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
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Having a Shared Library in the Cloud
by Arturo Celleri 1 year ago
Hi there, I'm wondering if anyone can help steer me in the right direction to accomplish having a shared photo library in the cloud. I work with a dog breeder as her photographer and I currently take
Re: Having a Shared Library in the Cloud
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
You could use dropbox. It is synced to your drive and the cloud so if you make changes it updates the photos in the cloud. Unfortunately Dropbox doesn't give you a lot of free space. A competitor to d
Camera Advice Needed
by Johan Grimm 6 months ago
Greetings! I have recently started a new position that will call for the taking of and treatment of still photos as well as HD video -- all for web output. I'm looking to spend as close to $1,000 or u
Re: Camera Advice Needed
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
A 7D is a great camera however you won't be able to find it for $1,000 unless it is used or refurbished. You might want to check out the Canon T5i. With a lens you can get it for $1,000 new on Amazon:
How to become an editor?
by Catherine Andrus 2 months ago
I have a passion for editing and creating. I have already graduated from college with a Bachelors in Mass Communications. I have spoken to some editors who say they have their own language that you wo
Re: How to become an editor?
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
I think internships are a great opportunity to get your hands on some "real world" stuff for your reel and make great contacts as Mark mentioned. Who know, the company you do an internship just might
2014 Winter Olympics Star Wars
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
This funny gif is making its way around the world via e-mail. Check it out here: http: blog.zap2it.com pop2it 2014 02 2014-winter-olympics-star-wars-vs-skiing-gif.html Stephen Smith Utah Video Product
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Re: 2014 Winter Olympics Star Wars
by Scott Roberts 2 months ago
I think Hoth has better hotels than Sochi, though, right Also, that Darth Vader pre-James Earl Jones voiceover video is great.
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Vertical Videos
by Scott Roberts 2 months ago
To anyone who gets a little frustrated when a client gives them vertical video files: http: www.youtube.com watch v=sRqs8jP1lXY
Re: Vertical Videos
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
http: www.youtube.com watch v=Bt9zSfinwFA
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Composite Wash-out
by Buddy Bright 2 months ago
For some reason, my compositing in FCP7 is appearing washed-out. Whether it's a Photoshop image or tiff or png, whenever I import and timeline an image over a video clip (rt. click image in video trac
Re: Composite Wash-out
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
That sounds strange. Is the image RGB and not CMYK Is it 8 bit Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Motion Training DVD Check out my Vimeo page


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