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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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Position Expressions
by Alan Young 7 hours ago
I've been doing successfully with increasing the y position of my comps with position+ 0,(index-1)*1000 and got to the position from 0 to 49000... however now I want it to go backwards towards 0. Can'
Re: Position Expressions
by Walter Soyka 3 hours ago
Probably better for the Ae Expressions forum here -- but many here can help too. You'll have to be more descriptive of what you want to do. Are you trying to animate the position of all the layers bac
like pixel-art animation, but on arbitrarily shaped non-regular pixel/tiles
by Philippe Samson 11 hours ago
Hi ^_^, I want to do an effect. It's looking like a job only possible using a custom script plugin, but I'm sure there is an other way. Here is what I'm ultimately trying to accomplish: 1- Suppose I h
Re: like pixel-art animation, but on arbitrarily shaped non-regular pixel/tiles
by Walter Soyka 3 hours ago
Perhaps you could achieve this with about 1500 instances of the Paint Bucket effect, plus an expression that uses sampleImage() to sample another layer for the fill color You'd still have to select a
(Technical problem) "trapcode form" some options grayed out
by Mike hwang 1 week ago
Trapcode Form - Base Form - "particles in Y" and "particles in Z" are grayed out and I cannot edit them. I tried to find answer from existing posts about this problem but could not find any. How can
Re: (Technical problem) "trapcode form" some options grayed out
by Walter Soyka 14 hours ago
I'd suggest reaching out to Red Giant for support. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting @keenlive twitter &nb
and finally......
by Steve Connor 1 day ago
So to sum up: Premiere Pro CC 2014 - excellent software, amazing speed of development from Adobe and a natural successor to FCP7, only issue is the subscription model that many people don't seem to li
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Re: and continually ......
by Franz Bieberkopf 1 day ago
Steve Connor "Anything to add " Steve, Well, they've all been "improving steadily" and have "loyal and growing user bases", so I wouldn't single out FCPX for that. (There's probably an argument that
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FCP and After Effects Windows: best codec?
by Zopiro da Tracia 2 days ago
I still do a lot of FCP7 editing using Apple ProRes codec on my Mac. Since I recently acquired a very fast PC, I plan on using it for work on After Effects CS6 (soon CC). I'll be moving rendered files
Re: FCP and After Effects Windows: best codec?
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Final Cut Pro misinterprets the gamma on RGB formats. Import the clip into FCP. Select the clip, then hit Cmd-9 to open Item Properties. Right-click the gamma value (normally set to Source) and set it
After effects offset render issue
by Chris Lewin 2 days ago
I'm having some trouble with an animation I am working on, in the animation I have a girl running on the spot, and I used the offset effect to make plants around her to move along the screen to the ri
Re: After effects offset render issue
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
So your render is different than your RAM preview (And then I assume you are RAM previewing at a different resolution than you are rendering ) This may be a disk cache problem. You can clear your disk
The Ongoing Creative Cloud
by Christian Schumacher 2 weeks ago
Hi, just wanted to gather input on this, as I am in the middle of this new Adobe update. Thing is I'm one of theirs AE monthly subscribers, and so far as I am concerned, Adobe has been playing nice wi
Re: The Ongoing Creative Cloud
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Richard Herd "Users running simultaneous versions is very similar to alpha-testing and beta-testing. With CC, the alpha-testing and beta-testing development cycle has been externalized to customers w
Switched...then switched back?
by Tim Wilson 3 days ago
Okay, we're three years in. Some folks are still using Legend, some have happily switched to X, a lot are using both. Along the way, a bunch of folks saw this as the time to move to Premiere, Media Co
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Re: Switched...then switched back?
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Jeremy Garchow "If anyone is familiar with Autodesk Smoke, you'd know the white dot has a lot of potential." It just needs a better name! Smoke's "Positioner" has a bit more cachet than FCP X's "whit
I'm having trouble with cast shadows
by Jeremy Garchow 7 days ago
I have the angles and shadows figured out in a way that is making sense. What I can't figure out is that a certain shadow is going over the subject. I have a hard time with trying to figure out Ae's 3
Re: I'm having trouble with cast shadows
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Jeremy Garchow "Thanks so much, Walter. I couldn't figure out a way to get a new instance of the key on top without shadows and keeping the 3D positioning. This may just work. Cheers." You're welcome
Speech analysis concept
by Oliver Peters 5 days ago
Here's an interesting "what if". FCP X already analyzes audio waveform patterns. Apple owns speech recognition software in the form of Siri. It would be great to see them enhance the FCP X Event Find
Re: Speech analysis concept
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
Gabe Strong "That would depend, at least in my own opinion. If said 'cloud solution' included a 'subscription only' way to pay for the plug in, it would be a non starter for me." I was referring to c
Layers arrive at same point at certain time but start from random point
by Ted Low 3 days ago
Hi everyone, long time observer reader of C.Cow but finally made an account because I can't find my answer... I basically have loads of pins that land on a map and I can animate them to all land at th
Re: Layers arrive at same point at certain time but start from random point
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
Sorry, re-reading the subject of the thread and your post has left me a bit confused. I get that you want all the pins to start at different times, but do you want them all to land at the same time, o
Ram preview lag
by Austin Warren 3 days ago
I recently bought a new system hoping the problem would go away. I have a 300fps clip and I go to file interpret footage main and change the clips frame rate to 59.94 and sometimes it runs ok and some
Re: Ram preview lag
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
Austin Warren "I recently bought a new system hoping the problem would go away. I have a 300fps clip and I go to file interpret footage main and change the clips frame rate to 59.94 and sometimes it
Testing the 2014 waters...
by Steve Brame 5 days ago
Had to reanimate a CC project of a web series just to encode to another format, and decided to test the latest 2014 update combined with the latest Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks update, since trying to
Re: Testing the 2014 waters...
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Steve Brame "Wait..I'd forgotten that a lot of the footage in this project was ProRes. I've not read of any ramifications of ProRes on a PC. Hmmm..." On a PC, ProRes must be decoded by QuickTime, whi
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kitt voice
by Paul Fisherman 6 days ago
Just wondering does anyone know if there is a way to create kitt's voice from the 1982 tv show Knight Rider I know this isnt tbe right place to put this but I had trouble regestering on some other web
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Re: kitt voice
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Paul Fisherman "Just wondering does anyone know if there is a way to create kitt's voice from the 1982 tv show Knight Rider " Step one: Hire William Daniels link . Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scienti
NVidia card OR New Mac
by Jessica Johnstone 6 days ago
Apologies if this is an old question, i did search. I need my AFX to run alot faster - 3D ray tracing etc i know i need an nViDIA card now BUT do i just gaet the card or a whole new system I have an i
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Re: NVidia card OR New Mac
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
You cannot upgrade the graphics card in the iMac. You'd have to replace the whole system. The only scenario where you really need to consider an NVIDIA GPU for performance is if you are specifically u
weird shoes, FCPX, and the sheep barn.
by Aindreas Gallagher 2 weeks ago
http: www.thepoweredit.com weird-shoes-fcpx-and-the-sheep-barn kind of an SEO pitch to sell an e-book but: in a world where everybody s seeking to be meaningful in some way, wearing toe shoes is an ea
Re: weird shoes, FCPX, and the sheep barn.
by Jeremy Garchow 1 week ago
Andy Neil "I'm going to have to unsubscribe to this thread just to get any work done." Apologies. FCPX is a limited use case composting (sic of sic) system made of old cheese, and the whimsical dream
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Walter Soyka liked this 1 week ago
Premiere Pro CC versus FCP X
by Oliver Peters 1 week ago
I've noticed that some here have made a transition from FCP "legacy" to Premiere Pro and now to FCP X. Many first shifted to Premiere Pro out of the reaction to FCP X's early stages. Out of curiosity,
Re: Premiere Pro CC versus FCP X
by Simon Ubsdell 1 week ago
Oliver Peters "I appreciate trying to keep it on track, but yes, info is always helpful." Isn't this the forum where it's virtually mandatory to have at least a dozen insane (but incredibly interesti
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FX factory
by jim bachalo 1 week ago
Curious about the quality of the fxfactory suite of plugins http: fxfactory.com tutorials Has anyone bought them and can comment You should follow me on Twitter here. My latest work
Re: FX factory
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
jim bachalo "Curious about the quality of the fxfactory suite of plugins" I'm an FxFactory fan, but what exactly does "quality" mean to you in this context Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Ke
Better to edit using scratch audio & then later sync ? or Sync everything first before edit ?
by Shravan Ram 1 week ago
I have 65 GB worth of footage for a 15-minute short film. Audio was recorded separately. Should I do a rough edit using only the scratch audio since it's faster And later do the sync or should I sync
Re: Better to edit using scratch audio & then later sync ? or Sync everything first before edit ?
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
Steve Brame "I prefer not to spend time syncing footage that wont be used, so I save it until I've made edit decisions. To each his own." If I were hand-syncing the footage, I'd be more inclined to a
Article: Cooking With Premiere Pro CC on PBS's America's Test Kitchen
by Herb Sevush 2 weeks ago
Adobe Premiere Pro Cooking With Premiere Pro CC on PBS's America's Test Kitchen As America's Test Kitchen enters its 15th season on PBS, they've made the switch to Premiere Pro Creative Cloud. Post-p
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Re: Cooking With Premiere Pro CC on PBS's America's Test Kitchen
by Mohd Mahabubul Alam 3 days ago
During the last Roadshow many had asked me about setting up Premiere Pro and After Effects to import image sequences at a certain frame rate and change the default which is set to 30 FPS. Heres how yo
What would be the best codec for playback? Please read body for quick explanation.
by Dave Andrade 1 week ago
I own a Canon 60D and I used to believe that it was the high bitrate (around 40,000 kbps) that caused my footage to lag when played on my computer. But I have heard, and noticed that better codecs, su
Re: What would be the best codec for playback? Please read body for quick explanation.
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
Dave Andrade "I have a Windows machine and without downloading additional software codecs, I can't encode to Prores, but mxf worked just fine for me." DNxHD in MXF enjoys a significant performance bo
Import (or paste) timecodes from a spreadsheet (Excel) to an Adobe Premiere project
by Carlos A. Montero 1 week ago
Hello, I have been binge watching tons of material and annotating timecodes (in and outs) in an Excel spreadsheet. Now I have received the material in high resolution and I don't want to do the work a
Re: Import (or paste) timecodes from a spreadsheet (Excel) to an Adobe Premiere project
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
Carlos A. Montero "The CSV file worked fine until I relinked the material, then all the in and outs were erased and I only had the clip without any marks." Ah, now I understand. Pr is treating the cl
Zoomed in videos on timeline
by Rodney Leconte 1 week ago
Starting a new project and when I add the videos to the timeline the videos come out zoomed and I have to manually scale them back. Tried using putting those same videos on other projects that I've do
Re: Zoomed in videos on timeline
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
There are three ways to approach this. The first, as Richard says, is to use sequence settings that match your clip settings. However, if you are purposefully using a sequence that is sized differentl
How to import an After Effects CC composition into Premiere CC?
by Victor Lin 1 week ago
I made a composition of an opening sequence in After Effects CC. I'd really prefer not to export it as a video file just to import into Premiere. Is there a way in Premiere CC to create a dynamic link
Re: How to import an After Effects CC composition into Premiere CC?
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
Victor Lin "Bah, I had AE CS6, not CC. I couldn't even drag my AE composition from the AE Project Panel to the Premiere Project Panel. Will see if using CC will fix this." Dynamic link only works amo
Polls
by Tim Wilson 2 weeks ago
Threads with my name in them make me nervous, so I'm going to talk about polls here. LOL My first question is, what do you want a poll to tell Adobe that you think they don't already know Is your thin
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Re: Polls
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
If only someone offered a complete set of analytics, social, advertising, targeting and web experience management solutions and a real-time dashboard that brings together everything you need to know a
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Analog Metadata
by Franz Bieberkopf 2 weeks ago
which used to be called "taking notes". This thought started with this recent exchange: http: forums.creativecow.net readpost 335 71154 Craig Alan "... your example ... already comes embedded with me
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Re: Analog Metadata
by Herb Sevush 2 weeks ago
Franz Bieberkopf "I'm wondering how many still use "analog metadata" " I use two basic forms of "analog metadata." The continuity notes I get at the end of a shoot are an incredible time saver, well
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So Adobe is now a "cloud service" company?
by Chris Pettit 2 weeks ago
http: blogs.adobe.com adobecare "We are currently investigating an issue with Adobe login services that is preventing users from being able to log in to the Creative Cloud and Adobe websites and servi
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Re: So Adobe is now a "cloud service" company?
by Tim Wilson 2 weeks ago
In personal observation mode, NOT official mode: Ricardo Marty "dont know how you can say that has succeded when all indicator point toward a struggle at best. " NO indicators point to struggle. NONE.
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Audio Mix Window
by James Ewart 3 weeks ago
Hello Do you think Apple are likely to introduce a traditional audio mix window anytime in the future I am no audio mixer and anything complex I will export but I think the lack of this window is a bi
Re: Audio Mix Window - hoping for even more FUN!
by Oliver Peters 2 weeks ago
Andrew Kimery " I'm sure you'd agree that being aware of the R C, G M, and B Y relationship is fundamental if one wants to understand why the image is changing when the controls are operated" Sure. U
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Destructive edits
by Walter Soyka 3 weeks ago
We've had some discussion in previous threads about whether an editorial operation should be called destructive or not. In part, I guess this discussion boils down to a matter of perspective. It's tru
Re: Destructive edits
by Jeremy Garchow 3 weeks ago
Walter Soyka "If not non-destructive doesn't mean destructive, maybe we should start a semantic discussion of the words "not" and "non."" But naan is so good!
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High Lattitude in Intermediate codecs
by Tim Parsons 3 weeks ago
I need some help in wrapping my brain around something. Please look here and then please tell me what I'm missing. Everyone says PNG, Animation, DNxHD, etc, are all great intermediate codecs. Why then
Re: High Lattitude in Intermediate codecs
by Conrad Olson 3 weeks ago
It seems your question is answered in the other posts. The Avid codec is designed to be used with video that was originated from a video camera. Most video cameras only capture 10 or 12 bits of latitu
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Equipment advice for a multi-display live event
by Dan Kim 3 weeks ago
I'm a relative newbie at live events. I am helping to plan one later this summer. We will have 4 projectors. We are hoping to use the VGA interface because it is the common interface between them. For
Re: Equipment advice for a multi-display live event
by Walter Soyka 3 weeks ago
Unfortunately I think you will either have to up your budget or lower your expectations. Consider renting a switcher for the event instead of purchasing one to stretch your budget. Also, 20 meters is
Fascinating article on FCP.co today...
by Marcus Moore 3 weeks ago
...brought to us by expert FCP X sleuth Alex Gollner. http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro articles 1453-apple-s-segmented-timeline-patent-bringing-structure-to-video-editing As Alex points out, though this
Re: Fascinating article on FCP.co today...
by Franz Bieberkopf 3 weeks ago
Walter Soyka "That's organized relationally, ... It's much harder in a flat database." Walter, The impression I'm getting is that the database type itself only tells part of the story, and the tools
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QuickTime AVI to MOV conversion
by Andrew Clark 3 weeks ago
Hello - When using QT to convert an AVI file to a MOV file, will there be any loss in image quality
Re: QuickTime AVI to MOV conversion
by Walter Soyka 3 weeks ago
Andrew Clark "I was more curious to know what QuickTime is using to convert an AVI file to a MOV file. When I click on an AVI file to play it, QT opens up and starts converting it to a MOV file. (Thi
FCP X 10.1.2 released...
by Robin S. Kurz 1 month ago
... in case you hadn't noticed yet. ;-) (yes, and Motion and Compressor, too, of course)
Re: FCP X 10.1.2 released...
by Walter Soyka 4 weeks ago
James Ewart "Yeah why not just call it a bloody timeline." I think there's a good reason for introducing new terminology. The FCP X magnetic timeline sequence project whatever does not work the same
File: Single Control Random Position Rotation
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
aep file Forum support, showing how to affect multiple random transforms with a single slider. http: f1.creativecow.net 7435 single-control-random-position-rotation
Laying in footage based on recording time
by Arturo Glass 3 months ago
If I shoot a bunch of footage on a Sony FS700, Is there a simple way to lay all the footage into a timeline with it automatically spacing the shots out based on their actual time of recording Basicall
Re: Laying in footage based on recording time
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Shane Ross "Automatically No. That will have to be done manually. You'll have to modify a sequence timecode to match the clip timecode numbers, and then type in the number, mark IN...all that." Maybe
the new smoke sibscription model
by Ricardo Marty 4 months 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 3 months ago
Ian MacLean "Sure it is. If a studio needs to 'fully' use all the resources in the VFX industry for a tent pole special effects film, they use Flame (or other more costly options). Smoke is still an
Need REAL Stock Footage Resource
by Ned Miller 4 months 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 4 months 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."
Multi Monitor Video Sync
by Joe Forzano 5 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 5 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
Does audio time code frame rate effect playback in FCPX
by james Lackleter 5 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 5 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


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