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How to Create Effects Using After Effects?
by Camella Gonzales 2 weeks ago
Hi! I'm wanting to find out how to create an off-screen gunshot effect and blood splatter using After Effects on the short video clip link below that we need to edit for a skit comedy. http: youtu.be
Re: How to Create Effects Using After Effects?
by Stephen Smith 6 days ago
Is the person in the video getting shot in the head or is blood shooting out at him Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
After Effects CS6 error: RAM Preview needs 2 or more frames to playback
by John Welsh 2 weeks ago
Hi everyone, I'm running After Effects CS6 (11.0.4.2) on a MacBook Pro 2.8Ghz (quad core mid 2014) with 16GB RAM and Nvidia GeForce GT 750M running Mac OS 10.9.4 As a test, I created a 3 and a half mi
Re: After Effects CS6 error: RAM Preview needs 2 or more frames to playback
by Stephen Smith 6 days ago
Your post is way to long. Typically when you see the After Effects error: RAM Preview needs 2 or more frames to playback that means your In and Out points is just one frame and you need to adjust them
walk cycle advice needed
by Ben Peterson 6 days ago
Im trying to make a puppet walk in AE. So far the actual cycle looks ok but now Im trying to get the puppet from one side of the comp to other but if I just move the whole thing slowly then it just lo
Re: walk cycle advice needed
by Stephen Smith 6 days ago
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Expendables 3 vs. Sin City 2: Unnecessary Sequelpalooza
by Scott Roberts 7 days ago
Just like when those two Scarlett Johansson sci-fi movies came out around the same time to confuse you, Hollywood has dumped two almost completely unneccessary sequels on our lap in the same month: S
Re: Expendables 3 vs. Sin City 2: Unnecessary Sequelpalooza
by Stephen Smith 6 days ago
I agree, I love the review writing style. It is very entertaining. I'll even read your reviews if I have no interest in seeing the film because they make me laugh. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
by Scott Roberts 3 weeks ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=dwXFsrp6WBs Premise: The Ninja Turtles are back! And so are weird expectations and nostalgic disappointment; two of the worst villains the Turtles have ever had to fight
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Stephen Smith liked this 3 weeks ago
Re: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks ago
I agree, bonus points for turtle action figures in review. I told my wife about the Farmer Don action figure....I mean Farmer Don toy and she said she had a poster in her room growing up of Donatello
Dancing Grain on Greenscreen Keylight Footage
by Sascha Engel 3 weeks ago
Hi Everybody, Following problem: I have a Photo Frame with a green screen tissue inside. There is little Iron hooks going over the lower part of the frame (see video Sample). This hooks make a shadow
Re: Dancing Grain on Greenscreen Keylight Footage
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
Dang, that isn't good that it didn't work. If you have to go the masking route you can then add shadows back in with color mattes. Sorry about the bad news. Hopefully someone has a better idea then mi
3D camera tracker
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
I'm having the worst luck ever. I have a few shots of buildings with angles similar to this one: I did a 3D camera tracker and added text so the text will look like it is attached to the building. The
Re: 3D camera tracker
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
Because the shots dollys and the camera rotates the 3D Tracker is best. I found this great tutorial on Lynda.com that had the answer I was looking for: http: www.lynda.com After-Effects-tutorials VFX-
My favorite Robin Williams movies
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Still trying to accept that he's gone. Tragic of course as any human's passing is. But also, for the talent he displayed and had yet to give. He's in the Night At The Museum sequel about to come out.
Re: My favorite Robin Williams movies
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
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Into the Storm
by Scott Roberts 3 weeks ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=57Vkp77tVTM Premise: Twister 14 but with no Helen Hunt and worse camera work! Same villain though: that dastardly Wind! Boy, do I hate wind. Always drying my eyes out wh
Re: Into the Storm
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
Love the review. Lots of good jokes in it. Keep up the good reviews! Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Wait, what? Lego Movie has 99% Fresh at Rotten Tomatoes???
by Tim Wilson 7 months ago
After thinking it looked like dreck, I saw a couple of trailers that made me think, whaddya know, this might be okay. It's still early, and "only" 82 votes are in -- but 81 of them are fresh! And that
Re: Wait, what? Lego Movie has 99% Fresh at Rotten Tomatoes???
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
This movie was really strange, but very funny. I'm glad I watched it. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Flicker problems
by Gerardo Santana 1 month ago
Good Afternoon. I ve been working for a few days on a commercial for spanish tv. It s all been made by Illustrator and animated by After Effects. When I render it (QuickTime, h264, no fields) it works
Re: Flicker problems
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
Flicker is cased by very thin lines. Can you thicken any of the lines you are having problems with Premiere had de-flicker capabilities but they aren't very good. I'm not sure if AE offers anything fo
Snowpiercer
by Scott Roberts 2 months ago
The director of the new film America (currently at 11% on Rotten Tomatoes), the latest documentary from best selling author filmmaker attention craver republican guy Dinesh D'Souza, recently complaine
Re: Snowpiercer
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
They show all the coolest train parts in the trailer making it a let down by the time you finally get to see it....that is one long movie. Just realized that I just admitted to seeing the movie :-( No
Hercules (2014)
by Scott Roberts 1 month ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=7Uro03xQwrA Premise: In the first instance of Hercules being played by a guy named Dwayne, the legendary hero joins forces with the king of Athens to take down the army
Re: Hercules (2014)
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=5B2PwYr8pT4 Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
How to make fast move effects?
by Adam Smith 2 months ago
- http: vbox7.com play:33524c1bc6 (0:23 sec.) Somethink like displacement with motion blur. I just can't understand it. If you know and the text effect I'll be very grateful :)
Re: How to make fast move effects?
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
THis is with the directional blur set to 633 on a black and white image. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Wicked
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
Wicked is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that is about how the Wicked Witch of the West (Wizard of Oz) became the wicked witch. No, no James Franco in this one. The book this play is based on
Re: Wicked
by Scott Roberts 1 month ago
Never seen it, but my fiance saw it before she met me and tells me she enjoyed it. I'll probably see it when it's a $100 million film production INEVITABLY STARRING JAMES FRANCO!
I need assistance, ASAP!
by Nikola Petrovic 1 month ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=meTdM1sUkc8 From 0:27 to 1:17, what type of animation is it Is it hard to make And can it be made in programs as AE Thanks!
Re: I need assistance, ASAP!
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
There is a lot going on in that video. I'm assuming you are asking about animating the characters, if so this will help: http: motional.net learn afx 2d-character-animation-after-effects Stephen Smith
transitioning by pulling next scene to camera view
by sara jibreal 2 months ago
Hi guys, i have a question if I may I'm making a video which in a scene, has a character grab the square of the next scene's edges and pull it into the camera view ( as a transition between scenes) ..
Re: transitioning by pulling next scene to camera view
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
Happy it helped. Best of luck. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Problem with Text Motion/Kinetic Typography.
by Henry Cox 2 months ago
I'm fairly new to after effects but i'm trying to animate some text that's being put on top of a video. See 0:26 the word 'spinning' as an example of what i'm trying to achieve. http: youtu.be Pn-6eOx
Re: Problem with Text Motion/Kinetic Typography.
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
Cool, that is great to hear. Best of luck. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Video: Blur Test
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
Blur Test Blur Sample watch instructional
Looks
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
I'm looking for some inspiration on different looks. Any suggestions on great sites with examples or tutorials I found the following tutorial to be really cool: https: vimeo.com 65617394 Stephen Smith
Re: Looks
by Sascha Haber 1 month ago
The Resolve presets are a good starting point to understand how to get drastic looks and when to use them and when to avoid. I would get 10 totally different clips and apply the same preset.. You will
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Motion 4 compatible with Adobe Premiere CC?
by Peter Marsay 2 months ago
Hello, I work with Motion 4 graphics in FCP7... hoping to switch to Adobe Premiere CC sometime soon, but ideally don't want to have to rebuild my graphics from scratch. So the question is, does anyone
Re: Motion 4 compatible with Adobe Premiere CC?
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Robin Actually, AD would be of no use, since it doesn't do Motion files, never has. Did you click on the link I posted It says, "Translating a sequence from an Avid or Final Cut Pro 7 editing system,
unable to copy and paste keyframes
by Aurelia Fenia 2 months ago
i know that if i want to copy an effects from a layer to another layer it could be done simply by copy and paste the keyframes. i haven't use my ae for months and now i tried to copy and paste like i
Re: unable to copy and paste keyframes
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
The way I understand it is: The reason it won't work is because it requires an Animator which is not part of the text by default. When you add a preset it adds the Animator. So, instead of copying the
Free Digital Firework Effects!
by Aaron Sorensen 2 months ago
Hey friends! created some digital firework effects! Enjoy! http: www.vfxcentral.net fireworks -Aaron
Re: Free Digital Firework Effects!
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
That was a fun idea with the objects exploding. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Music for Motion Graphic Intro
by Spencer Tycksen 2 months ago
I have a ten second or so motion graphic logo intro that I made for a video I'm working on. I have two questions: 1. Where can I find a library of music options that would accompany such a piece 2. Wh
Re: Music for Motion Graphic Intro
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Audiojungle.net is a great place to look. They call them Logos or Idents: http: audiojungle.net popular_item by_category category=logos-idents Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo p
I`d like to make my actor reel Widescreen and/or HD...
by Alan Knight 4 months ago
Hi guys, I m putting together my actor demo reel and the majority of footage I have is 720x480. Dissappointing because I want to make my reel look modern. I would like to make the reel HD, or at least
Re: I`d like to make my actor reel Widescreen and/or HD...
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Alan, I would make it HD. Now you need to decide if you are going to keep your SD (720 by 480) footage a square and leave black on the sides or zoom in to make it look 16 x 9. Depending on how the sho
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Murilo Coda Motion Graphics Reel
by Murilo Coda 2 months ago
Hello, I'd like to submit my motion reel for your appreciation. https: vimeo.com moow reel2014 Thank you.
Re: Murilo Coda Motion Graphics Reel
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Looks cool, great job. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Whats everybody's music source?
by Andrew Warren 2 months ago
Hello everyone, Last fall I moved into a videographer position at a university. We're pushing out a handful of videos each month, most for online distribution, but some for broadcast. I've always been
Re: Whats everybody's music source?
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Another vote for audiojungle.net Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Frame Rate Issues in YouTube with Animation
by Ed Richards 2 months ago
Recently I have been doing some simple 2D animations in After Effects (I know that may sound odd but AE is what I'm used to) and after rendering them out and uploading to YouTube they appear extremely
Re: Frame Rate Issues in YouTube with Animation
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
This video I did is 24fps: https: vimeo.com 89146724 Add the motion blur to the elements that you want to have motion blur which is typically every layer. YouTube is still a great site. Stephen Smith
I need some input on how to attempt this project.
by Ron Spatafore 2 months ago
So i need some additional input on how to (procedurally) attempt this project. I am creating something very similar to this: https: www.youtube.com watch v=sveslu68iv4 My main inquiry is how to create
Re: I need some input on how to attempt this project.
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Cool. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Who knows how to achieve this Binding with motion5···?
by xinning yang 2 months ago
this video https: www.youtube.com watch v=OuufudAKZxY but I can not make such a binding in motion5
Re: Who knows how to achieve this Binding with motion5···?
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Why not just purchase the product for $50 and then you can play around with it and learn how they did it. Consider it $50 for a great way of learning how to do something. Stephen Smith Utah Video Prod
550D workflow improvements
by Matthias Duyck 3 months ago
Hi First of, these forums have been a superb source for information in the past but this is my first time posting, I'm pretty sure someone will be able to help me thanks to all the bright people here.
Re: 550D workflow improvements
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
I think 444 is overkill. I use 422 (hq). Also, you can import the Cannon's RAW files straight into DaVinici so you don't have to convert them to ProRess. This video: https: vimeo.com 66930988 was shot
Flicker remove plug in
by Mark Longchamps 2 months ago
Does anyone recommend a plug in for flicker removal in the Resolve Just wondering what people have had success with. Thanks!
Re: Flicker remove plug in
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Another vote for Digital Anarchy's Flicker free plug in. It did a great job of removing this crazy TV flicker in the background. I'm also using it in AE at the moment. Stephen Smith Utah Video Product
Fitness Video
by Greg Ball 3 months ago
I'm working on shooting a fitness workout video in a local gym. How would you handle music Obviously everyone needs to workout at a certain pace beat. But since the leader of the workout is also mikes
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Re: Follow-up Fitness Video
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
If this is one of those videos where a couple of people in the background are doing the same work out as the leader then it isn't about the beat of music. The work out videos I have seen the main pers
Camera Crop/Zoom/Pan in Edit? Like Presto from Red Giant
by Joe Christensen 3 months ago
Hello, I do a lot of corporate lecture capture at events. Lately we have moved to locked off cameras that are then cropped zoomed in the edit. It isn't pretty, but works. I'd like to improve quality a
Re: Camera Crop/Zoom/Pan in Edit? Like Presto from Red Giant
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
What software are you using Also, in addition to what Mark said....It cost a lot more to do this in post then to just do it when shooting. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Beastie Boys and Music Rights
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Interesting story I just read, and a reminder to us all to be mindful... In short... in 2012 Monster Beverage Corp (the makers of Monster energy drinks) uploaded a YouTube video about a snowboarding e
Re: Beastie Boys and Music Rights
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
But I paid a dollar for that song, I should be able to do whatever I want with it. :-) And yes, I have heard that from a client. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro X
by Tim Kline 3 months ago
I have been using these and the Adobe suite. I am actually liking the final cut and apple motion better for quicker projects. Anyways I own a company and have a bulk of keys I purchased for these prog
Re: Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro X
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
Robin If you're talking about the Adobe products then you need to make that more clear. Adobe lets you transfer Serial numbers for CS6 and below but it takes MONTHS and it is a pain in the butt. Step
XML mixed formats
by Eri Levin 3 months ago
Hello, I have an XML file with a timeline that has mixed formats mainly: 1. EXCAM 1920x1080 23.98 2. HVX200 1280x1080 3. Gopro 1920x1080 4. Dslr clips No Matter what settings I pick on Resolve I cant
Re: XML mixed formats
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
I thought DaVinci didn't support RAW Sony EX cam or P2 footage Did you convert them to some other codec This is why I have found it is easier to edit the RAW footage and then export out a clip of the
Visible movement tracking with AfterEffects
by Christian Strohmayr 3 months ago
Is there a Effect-Tool in Adobe After Effects to realize an effect like this https: www.youtube.com watch v=UqySno-sVg4
Re: Visible movement tracking with AfterEffects
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
You have to keep in mind that the example you posted is a 3D animation. Because of that they can easily work in layers and have much more flexibility then you will. Stephen Smith Utah Video Production
After Replacing a text animation, the old animation somehow shows up in the new animation
by David Bauman 3 months ago
Wasn't sure quite how to explain this. Basically, I'm in Motion 4. So lets say I add the "flare in" animation to a bit of text. Then I decide I don't like it, so I delete it. It's gone. Can't see it a
Re: After Replacing a text animation, the old animation somehow shows up in the new animation
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
Any way you can post a still grab of your Project Pane Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
PSD File making cropped layers rectangles
by Jesse Freeston 3 months ago
Doing the 'Kid stays in the picture' effect, all of a sudden, when I drop my .psd files into motion it's making the cropped out layers rectangles. (see Greenspan and Kissinger in uploaded image) I've
Re: PSD File making cropped layers rectangles
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
Happy to help. Best of luck. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Absolute newbie question
by Jay Brennan 3 months ago
I am learning Motion to do simple video and title animation for in house videos at work. How do I take a 2d ai, eps or jpg file of an object (an anvil, in this case) and turn it into a 3d object I can
Re: Absolute newbie question
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
Mark BTW, Stephen, when are you gonna make a DVD for Motion 5 I was planing on doing one but I disliked FCP X so much I walked away from Apple software and I'm doing everything except legacy projects
Wide Angle Lens
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
I own a Canon T2i and have the stock lens which is 18mm - 55mm. When I was in Italy I wasn't able to get back far enough to capture everything I wanted. Would purchasing a Wide Angle lens help in that
Re: Wide Angle Lens
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
Nick, I never thought about that. There are a bunch of 5D's here at my work. I can do a side by side test but that makes a lot of sense. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Freelance video, new to DSLR
by Neil Orman 3 months ago
Hi, I have my first freelance video shoot using a DSLR camera and had a couple of questions for people with DSLR experience. I recently got a Canon 5D Mark III but come from a camcorder background, an
Re: Freelance video, new to DSLR
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
When I do it I just bring the 720 into a 1080 project file so everything is 1080. In this spot the Ribs is 720 and the raincoat guys walking out of the house is 720, everything else is 1080. https: vi
Animate consistent speed.
by Steve DeVries 3 months ago
I'm trying to create a simple animation where several video clips are scaled down, swiveled with basic 3D and animated across the screen (right to left), scaling up as they go, one after another - eve
Re: Animate consistent speed.
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
You can take all of your photos and line them up the way you like. Then parent them to a Null object and change the position on the Null object. Then they will all move at the same speed and only one


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