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Walter Soyka

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I specialize in design and technology for motion graphics, widescreen/multi-screen display, and high-impact presentations.

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OT: Hit Film For Mac
by David Mathis 2 days ago
Just noticed that Hit Film is now available for the Mac platform. Even more exciting it is also available as plug-in, which is just awesome!
Re: OT: Hit Film For Mac
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Aindreas, why do you think Apple Motion has failed to take the mograph world by storm Walter Soyka Principal & Designer at Keen Live Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consul
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Adobe, Avid, Sarbanes-Oxley, can they / can't they, Subscription-palooza (cont'd from below)
by Tim Wilson 5 days ago
Walter Soyka "I'm happy to discuss this in some more depth, but I think it deserves its own thread." Agreed! And here it is. Please gents, carry on.
Re: Adobe, Avid, Sarbanes-Oxley, can they / can't they, Subscription-palooza (cont'd from below)
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Jim Wiseman "Not the money at this point as much as the permanence. Even if permanence is relative, of course." That's my point: permanence isn't what it used to be. Software and hardware development
Is Pro-res keeping us Mac Based?
by Brooks Tomlinson 1 week ago
First, I prefer OSX. I edited on DS for 8 years, and now I'm all mac, I'm happier. But lets take personal preferences out of the equation. Where is the Pro-res codec introduced where is it needed for
Re: Is Pro-res keeping us Mac Based?
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Brooks Tomlinson "My point is wondering how much of workflow is really tied to Pro-Res, vs OSX." I'm a long-time Mac guy who started integrating PCs into my little shop a couple years ago. Imagine my
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ram +ssd vs video card
by Salem Saberhaguen 4 days ago
Hello. First of all i apologize for my english. It's not very good... (and i hope i'm posting this in the right forum) I'm a student from argentina. I started working as a freelancer by making short o
Re: ram +ssd vs video card
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
I agree with Brian. RAM and SSD will offer more of a performance increase in most cases than a new GPU. But there's a lot you can do to improve performance by changing your workflow, instead of or in
Setting up a new Mac Pro: Disk Cache, Multi Processing
by Rens Wegerif 4 days ago
Hello everybody, Tried to dig this out in the forums, but only to return with more questions than answers. This week my new Mac Pro was delivered. Here are the specs: 3,0 Ghz 8 core 25 mb l3-cache 4x8
Re: Setting up a new Mac Pro: Disk Cache, Multi Processing
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
I think your memory & multiprocessing settings are a little aggressive. You definitely want to leave more memory for background applications -- probably 8 GB. You may also see better performance by le
Adobe Ceasing Sales of CS6
by Al LeVine 6 days ago
http: www.larryjordan.biz app_bin wordpress archives 2493 It begins. Or ends. ...Or just is.
CORRECTION: Adobe still selling CS6 online, ending CS6 volume sales
by Walter Soyka 5 days ago
Please pardon this post which contributes nothing, but since the subject of the original post was inaccurate, I wanted to set the record straight in the forum's thread-view. Walter Soyka Principal & D
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Adobe booed at the NAB supermeet
by Aindreas Gallagher 2 weeks ago
might explain why some of the adobe reps were a bit rattled. https: twitter.com oddernod status 453734513193918464 to be fair, I don't think I'd go booing someone giving a presentation - that seems a
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Re: Adobe booed at the NAB supermeet
by Walter Soyka 5 days ago
David Lawrence "Can we agree that Avid takes the SOX argument for subscription-only with no perpetual exit off the table " I would say that SOX is an important part of understanding the subscription
Compositing & Working With R3D Footage With C4D & Linear Workflow
by james lashmar 6 days ago
So. I've just been working on a project for a client which mixed live action and 3D. In the past the studio I now work for have just smashed the footage down and worked in 8bpc but I wanted to do thin
Re: Compositing & Working With R3D Footage With C4D & Linear Workflow
by Walter Soyka 5 days ago
james lashmar "Obviously you want to keep the raw footage to grade after compositing but we have been almost tempted to render out the project to proRes and do the grade on top of that." That's worth
Relink / replace footage within After Effects
by Jurjen Versteeg 5 days ago
Hello, What would be the best workaround for the following situation 1. I copy-pasted an edit from Premiere into an AE comp: this stacks up the whole edit in one composition. 2. Then I replaced all th
Re: Relink / replace footage within After Effects
by Walter Soyka 5 days ago
Batch-replace the MOVs with DNGs via Immigration again, then Consolidate Footage (under the File menu, possibly under File Dependencies, depending on your version). Walter Soyka Principal & Designer a
Insanely slow render time for simple animation
by Chris Walton 6 days ago
Hello all, Hopefully a silly AE question here. I have a simple 12 second logo build (770x436 - don't ask) with audio stinger, a bit 'o text, flat vector logo overtop a light pass with a fractal noise
Re: Insanely slow render time for simple animation
by Walter Soyka 5 days ago
Open your comp settings (Cmd+K), click the advanced tab and confirm that the renderer is Classic 3D. If it's set to ray-tracing and doesn't need to be, your renders can be significantly slower. Walter
Creative Cow in need of a new forum
by Dustin Parsons 1 week ago
Correct me if I'm wrong but this forum (FCPX Debate) still seems to be the place people congregate to talk about ALL changes happening in the world of post-production whether it pertains to FCPX or no
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Re: New Forum
by Franz Bieberkopf 1 week ago
Change The Forum Name or Not: The Debate Franz.
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Final render pauses between layers
by Matt Perzan 1 week ago
I cannot seem to decipher this issue. Here are the specs: - monster computer, no issues there (Win 8) - 6 layers, all just uncompressed .avi files - exporting (rendering) to an uncompressed .avi - und
Re: Final render pauses between layers
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
Matt Perzan "I also, as a test, rendered out the area that has the 2 second pause. 3 seconds before the pause and 3 seconds after and that and had no problem. Meaning the final had no pauses. But, wh
Huge Cineware Issue
by Henry Hodge 2 weeks ago
Hey, I am having trouble with integrating AE and C4D right now using Cineware. I have camera tracked live action footage of which I have exported into a linked cinema 4D file to create water. I have e
Re: Huge Cineware Issue
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
If you create a basic test -- just a new comp, with a new C4D file, with just a simple cube in it -- do you see that geometry in Ae Walter Soyka Principal & Designer at Keen Live Motion Graphics, Wide
Mid-market NAB happenings
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
The Foundry has just shown NUKE STUDIO, an all-in-one-ish product that combines NUKEX with HIERO's editorial timeline and adds real-time GPU timeline effects and background rendering. This should be r
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Re: Mid-market NAB happenings
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
Shawn Miller "Just took a look at the demo... wow! I would NEVER have imagined that a tool like this could be offered for $10k. I'm curious to know what the folks at Autodesk think about this." HIERO
After Effects + C4D workflow questions
by Maximilian Williamson 1 week ago
Hello! I am trying to figure out a way to animate the screen of an iPhone in C4D. I was thinking of animating the phone and the 3D camera in C4D and using CINEWARE to bring it into After Effects. Howe
Re: After Effects + C4D workflow questions
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
Off-topic, but welcome back, Michael! Walter Soyka Principal & Designer at Keen Live Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting RenderBreak Blog - What I'm thinking when m
the new smoke sibscription model
by Ricardo Marty 2 weeks ago
does any one know if smoke will only be available via subcription will those that cancel the subscription be able to keep whatever vesion they had ricardo marty
Re: the new smoke sibscription model
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Gustavo Bermudas "As far as VFX, MambaFX just seems like the clear choice at the moment, it has even the same color tools and VFX as Mystica, and it's about $300, so we'll definitely try that one whe
EMERGENCY!!! Premiere damaged project!
by alec iselin 2 weeks ago
I opened my premiere project, and accidentally bumped the usb connection which disconnected my hard drive. After I reconnected it and tried to open the project back up, it told me it wanted to reset t
Re: EMERGENCY!!! Premiere damaged project!
by Al Jensen 2 weeks ago
If you're in Windows and you've ever exported a test or anything, you can type %temp% into the run box and there should be a ton of project files, one of which should be YourProjectName_1.prproj. The
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CC updates
by Morten Ranmar 3 weeks ago
Nice new updates coming: http: blogs.adobe.com creativecloud revealing-the-next-wave-of-innovation-in-pro-video-apps - No Parking Production - Adobe CC, 3 x MacPro, 3 x MbP, Ethernet File Server w. Ar
Re: CC updates
by Todd Kopriva 3 weeks ago
What I'm happiest with is that this is a solid workflow update, without the need to focus on a lot of glitzy bells and whistles to get people's attention to drive another upgrade outlay. Instead, we c
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Walter Soyka liked this 3 weeks ago
NEW! Free Total-Systems After Effects Benchmarking Suite - AfterBenchCC - Test your CPU / GPU / RAM / VRAM
by Teddy Gage 3 weeks ago
Available for download at http: www.teddygage.com AfterBenchCC will work on mac and pc, you need the latest AE updates to run I believe. I put a ton of work into this and think you folks will find thi
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Re: NEW! Free Total-Systems After Effects Benchmarking Suite - AfterBenchCC - Test your CPU / GPU / RAM / VRAM
by Teddy Gage 7 days ago
@Eric - Awesome, would love to see the 3930 vs. 4930 results, let me know if you get a chance to run it. -TG
Project appears damaged
by Lewis Stiefel 3 weeks ago
Project appears damaged and can't be opened. Tried making a copy, renaming , import to new project nothing works. Usually I have backups for my projects but this time my edit was not for a client so I
Re: Project appears damaged
by Walter Soyka 3 weeks ago
I'm not sure why this happens, and I haven't actually seen it myself. I'd suggest that you submit a bug report link and provide as much information as you can. As for getting your project back, you me
Color management - OS X, Quicktime, Premiere
by Jack Lenk 4 weeks ago
Hi, I just got a fancy monitor and calibrated it with X-Rite i1 Display Pro. Now I'm noticing a major discrepancy in how my videos appear across programs. All my video in Premiere appears super-satura
Re: Color management - OS X, Quicktime, Premiere
by Walter Soyka 3 weeks ago
Jack Lenk "Hi, I just got a fancy monitor and calibrated it with X-Rite i1 Display Pro. Now I'm noticing a major discrepancy in how my videos appear across programs. All my video in Premiere appears
Can Premiere Pro pre-render imported After Effects Compositions at full, completely lossless resolution? (CC)
by Andrew Brown 4 weeks ago
I've been testing and searching for the answer for a while. I think the answer is no. Let's say I have a Premiere project, with 10 After Effects compositions in the timeline. Let's say those AE compos
Re: Can Premiere Pro pre-render imported After Effects Compositions at full, completely lossless resolution? (CC)
by Walter Soyka 4 weeks ago
Andrew Brown "When one creates a new sequence in Premiere, and sets the preview settings, it seems the only available settings are compressed in some fashion." If you choose Custom as your preview se
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Need REAL Stock Footage Resource
by Ned Miller 1 month ago
Ugh! Hours wasted. I am creating a video for a client of 100% stock footage, 100% people working. However, my normal "Go To" sources that we are all used to: iStock, Pond5, Dissolve...for some reason
Re: Need REAL Stock Footage Resource
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Ned Miller "Getty bought iStock so I believe they are now one and the same." iStock is to Getty like Chevy is to Cadillac. Ned Miller "Searching takes much longer than planned but I am enjoying it."
Codec for maximum project resolution
by Daniel Outeiro 1 month ago
Hello. I found some information that the Premiere can handle resolutions up to 10,240 8,192. But can t find the right codec to export it, has H264 goes up just to 4096. Can anybody help me find the ri
Re: Codec for maximum project resolution
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Daniel Outeiro "I work in a Digital Signage company and my next project is an 6x1 videowall (7680x720). I cannot isolate screen by screen because I need interaction between screens and my SAAS Softwa
Digital Juice Goes Subscription-Based
by Gary Huff 1 month ago
Video is here.
Re: Digital Juice Goes Subscription-Based
by Joseph W. Bourke 1 month ago
I think they need to change the name to "frenetic typography"... Joe Bourke Owner Creative Director Bourke Media www.bourkemedia.com
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Nothing Rended Correctly from Premiere?
by Kameron Stephens 1 month ago
I just encoded exported a .3pg video from Premiere Pro, but it exported completely wrong. The video has no sound or any "edits", such as transitions or effects. In fact, it's almost as if the video re
Re: Nothing Rended Correctly from Premiere?
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Kameron Stephens "I just encoded exported a .3pg video from Premiere Pro, but it exported completely wrong. The video has no sound or any "edits", such as transitions or effects. In fact, it's almost
How many of you editors are introverts?
by Steve Kownacki 2 months 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 Stephen Smith 1 month ago
I don't consider clients in the edit bay to be pest or unwelcome guest. This is their video not mine and they are paying for it. The first client I worked with in the edit bay was a Creative Director
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Create still frames
by Aaron Williams 2 months ago
Hey all! I'm trying to find a better way to use PP CC similar to how I use FCP7 now. It involves all time remapping and freeze frames. Even timelines inside of timelines. The thing I'm looking for now
Re: Create still frames
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
The shortcut for Andy's tip, Export Still Frame, is Ctrl+Shift+E (PC) or Shift+E (Mac). It doesn't work directly from the timeline, so you have to select the program panel first with Shift+4. Walter S
Beauty and the Beast - VFX Breakdown
by Mike Sevigny 2 months ago
hey guys, Thought I'd share a VFX Breakdown I made for the work I did on 'Beauty and the Beast'. https: vimeo.com 88299660 Hope you guys enjoy it, PS. We used After Effects.. Mike Sevigny TorusFX Inc.
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Re: Beauty and the Beast - VFX Breakdown
by Mike Sevigny 1 month ago
Here's a list of the software pipeline I worked out for BATB. Compositing: After Effects CS6 AE plugins: Trapcode Suite, BCC, Sapphire and VC Flares. Matchmoving Object Track: PFtrack 2012 3D Applicat
Clips in premier pro
by Andreea Ris 7 months ago
When I bring in my clips in a new project, premier pro creates doubles even triple copies of my clips, Does any one know why.. Thanks Andreea
Re: Clips in premier pro
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Priyank Kumar "I'm not having any luck with this. I'm importing only the sequences NOT the project but it is duplicating the clips. And the clips all reference the exact same location." What version
Color grading for wedding short movies ?
by Soumendra Jena 2 months ago
Hi, we are currently using Red Giant Looks in Premiere Pro for our wedding videos color grading. We use the presets like INDIE and EPIC color sets, but im not satisfied with the output, as they really
Re: Color grading for wedding short movies ?
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
The biggest difference I see between these two productions comes from either lighting or "power windows" -- specific, masked areas of the frame that can be colored independently of the rest of the fra
Multi Monitor Video Sync
by Joe Forzano 2 months ago
Hi all, I'm new to the Cow and I've got a question that someone I work with just dropped on me. Here it is, verbatim: "We want to shoot a video of a car driving something where it comes in one side of
Re: Multi Monitor Video Sync
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
How this is being shot and how close the viewers get to the screens may also be relevant. If it's being shot with multiple cameras, then synced playback will preserve resolution. If it's being shot wi
Best disk setup for performance in Premiere Pro
by Mark Jackson 2 months ago
Let me firstly say that i have read quite a few of the posts replies that is remotely relevant to my question and understand how application, media & cache disks work in theory so please bear with me
Re: Best disk setup for performance
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Herb Sevush "Walter - is a separate cache drive optimal, or would having it on my high speed media raid work as well " Premiere's cache and Ae's cache are two totally different things. Premiere's aud
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how long Creative Cloud applications remain activated when the computer is offline
by Todd Kopriva 2 months ago
Here's a clarifying article about how long Creative Cloud applications will remain activated when the computer is offline: "Creative Cloud: Internet connectivity, offline grace period, and reminders":
Re: how long Creative Cloud applications remain activated when the computer is offline
by Andrew Kimery 2 months ago
Franz Bieberkopf "There's nothing wrong with championing your own needs, of course, but if it amounts to "I got mine", then it isn't representative of much." That's the exact opposite of my intent, F
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GoPro CFHD codec - "Codec Missing or Unavailable"
by Clifton Sneed 2 months ago
Hi All, Trying to import GoPro footage. Finder says codecs for the footage are CFHD, Timecode. Premiere Pro CS6 says codec missing or unavailable. How do I get these codecs into premiere and get premi
Re: GoPro CFHD codec - "Codec Missing or Unavailable"
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
You will need to download the CineForm codec, which is included in GoPro Studio: http: gopro.com software-app gopro-studio-edit-software The free version linked above should allow you to encode decode
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27/30" monitors for new Mac Pro (w/ D700s)?
by Bob Woodhead 2 months ago
Shipping says March for my MP w D700s... time to start thinking monitors. Don't have to be 30", maybe 27" (since there'll be two). Recommendations edit: forgot to mention that TBolt is preferable.
Re: 27/30" monitors for new Mac Pro (w/ D700s)?
by Chris Harlan 2 months ago
FWIW, I don't place my monitors side by side. I place then with enough space between then that I can see the larger playback monitor that I have about three feet back. This way I'm always changing my
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Out of memory error
by Jon Doughtie 2 months ago
One of my folks is getting an "Out of memory: requesting 1k 23: 40" error message working in After Effects. It's not a particularly involved comp. Specs: AE CS6 Win 7 Enterprise (8 core) 8GB 1.5GB RAM
Re: Out of memory error
by Jon Doughtie 2 months ago
JUST FOUND THE ISSUE. The layer has three effects on it, including the puppet tool. As soon as puppet tool is switched off, the issue disappears. So the puppet work will be discarded and redone.
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Does audio time code frame rate effect playback in FCPX
by james Lackleter 2 months ago
Does audio time code frame rate effect playback in FCPX. I've seen too many threads stating counter opinions. Would like to just set the record with this one. Thanks.
Re: Does audio time code frame rate effect playback in FCPX
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
james Lackleter "I'm wondering why the audio is syncing in Avid without resampling. Same deal, importing 24.00 FPS footage into a 23.98 timeline. Audio is syncing perfectly without resampling, even t
Is FCP X part of your five year business plan?
by TImothy Auld 2 months ago
Or does anyone have a five year business plan Jeez. Avid (I guess this is my bet) Premiere CC (I don't know about you but i'd really like to see these bastards fall right on their collective face.) Ve
Re: Is FCP X part of your five year business plan?
by Herb Sevush 2 months ago
Craig Seeman "Media Composer itself makes very little money for Avid. It has some importance because of its relationship it Unity Isis . Avid long ago left behind being a predominantly turnkey NLE co
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"serious error" and crash with exporting and media encoder - fixed!
by Paddy Uglow 2 months ago
Just in case anyone else encounters this one: Our 8 upgraded laptops (2010ish Macbook pro i5s running Mavericks) were crashing when trying to export from Premiere Pro, because Media Encoder wouldn't r
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Re: "serious error" and crash with exporting and media encoder - fixed!
by Kevin Monahan 2 months ago
You can also check out this blog post: http: blogs.adobe.com kevinmonahan 2014 02 12 prevent-crash-on-export-with-premiere-pro-cc-adobe-media-encoder-cc Thanks, Kevin Kevin Monahan Online Social Custo
Importing a .txt file to use as source text, but without lists/arrays/etc formatting.
by James Houston 3 months ago
Hello, I have hundreds of sequential text files each containing a few sentences. I'd like to flash the contents of each text file onscreen in sequence. Is there a way of telling an AE text layer to re
Re: Importing a .txt file to use as source text, but without lists/arrays/etc formatting.
by Declan Smith 2 months ago
Not easily, but yes, there is always a way. evalFile will 'evaluate' an external script, that's it, that's all it does. In this, it will of coarse evaluate variables, so as long as your text conforms
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Lightworks
by Jeremy Garchow 3 months ago
Now on Linux. New pricing structures with limited free version, paid "pro" version with monthly, yearly, and perpetual options. Support for AJA. OSX "coming soon". http: www.lwks.com index.php option=
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Re: Lightworks
by Jeremy Garchow 3 months ago
Herb Sevush "But no ADK. so go ahead and develop something if you want, but don't expect us to help or encourage you." You should welcome your new open source overlords...
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File: Ae -- random binary block AEP
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
aep file Ae -- random binary block AEP http: f1.creativecow.net 7082 ae-random-binary-block-aep
File: Ae -- random binary block FFX
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
ffx file Ae -- random binary block FFX http: f1.creativecow.net 7081 ae-random-binary-block-ffx
File: EQ column expression control
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
aep file EQ column expression control help for "achieving an EQ visualiser like drop off on a light wall made of independent elements" thread at http: forums.creativecow.net thread 2 1047203 http: f1.


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