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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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weird shoes, FCPX, and the sheep barn.
by Aindreas Gallagher 4 days 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 day 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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Color space and color grading -- different result via output and monitor preview
by Kazumi Hatori 2 days ago
So what I got in my setup up is: iMac 27" (latest), Aftereffects CC14, connecting a 2nd monitor for MERCURY TRANSIT preview (NEC PA272W, which I've calibrated) My project setup: HD1920x1080 25p, 32 bp
Re: Color space and color grading -- different result via output and monitor preview
by Walter Soyka 1 day ago
Kazumi Hatori "But from the video 00:04 and 00:11, you will see the sudden change of color of preview video, I think this have nothing to do with the monitor settings calibration " The compression on
The Ongoing Creative Cloud
by Christian Schumacher 4 days 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 Ryan Holmes 1 day ago
Franz Bieberkopf "Mike and Todd have been pointed vague on what a "major version" means." Given that...it would seem that Walter's response to me is most accurate: Walter Soyka "Also, these theories
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3D Camera position messed up half way through a project
by Derek Squirrel 2 days ago
Hey, I'm new here, this is my first post so forgive me if it's in the wrong place. Basically I've been working on a lyric video for the past few weeks for a band. It comprises of an element 3d layer,
Re: 3D Camera position messed up half way through a project
by Walter Soyka 1 day ago
First: if it's consistently off, you can just move the camera back. You could create a new null, parent the camera to it, and reposition the null to accomplish this with a minimum of fuss. Second: if
Premiere Pro CC versus FCP X
by Oliver Peters 2 days 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 Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Charlie Austin "Does everyone using the templates need to have AE installed " Yes, templates work via Dynamic Link and require Ae to be installed to be used from Premiere. However, you can design a t
Making Solid layer into 3D forces it to be transparent?
by James Hernandez 2 days ago
AE Version 11.0.0.378 I've done this before, no problem. Today it's not working, and I've restarted my computer and reloaded AE twice now. I simply created a Solid object as my floor and added a Ramp
Re: Making Solid layer into 3D forces it to be transparent?
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Don't use Run Script -- look in the Window menu. After you install into the ScriptUI folder and restart Ae, keen_3dLayerTools will be added to the menu system. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at
FX factory
by jim bachalo 2 days 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 2 days 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
Element 3d error
by Paul Fisherman 4 days ago
Hey guys, I'm having a problem with the Element 3D plugin for Adobe After Effects. I have Adobe After Effects CC 2014, and whenever I open up Element 3D, it takes about half a minute, then an error po
Re: Element 3d error
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Paul Fisherman " I mean, After Effects comes built in with Cinema 4D but thats too advanced for me. I want to keep it to the Element 3D level. Anything at all " Maybe Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro link Tr
AE Caches data that is useless?
by James Hernandez 2 days ago
Why does AE require so much data space for a cache and then tell you to simply "purge" this data when the file overloads with data I have to assume this is insane until I understand the logic behind i
Re: AE Caches data that is useless?
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
James Hernandez "One more question please: So we should NEVER empty a cache while still working on a project " You can empty the cache while you're working. The worst that will happen is that Ae will
Child rotation ignoring parent in 3D
by Quang Nguyen 2 days ago
Hello everyone, I have a layer called Emitter and a layer called Particle. I parent the Particle to the Emitter to define the emitter of the particle. When I rotate the Emitter in X, Y, Z I want the P
Re: Child rotation ignoring parent in 3D
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Probably the easiest way is to use another intermediate null. Emitter (null, not parented to anything) Particle Point (null, parented to Emitter) Particle (layer, not parented to anything) As you rota
Better to edit using scratch audio & then later sync ? or Sync everything first before edit ?
by Shravan Ram 3 days 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 3 days 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 4 days 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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@Jon Smith
by Herb Sevush 1 day ago
2010 MacPro 8 core, 32 Megs of RAM, Quadro K4000 GPU, OSX 10.8.5. Herb Sevush Zebra Productions --------------------------- nothin' attached to nothin' "Deciding the spine is the process of editing" F
What would be the best codec for playback? Please read body for quick explanation.
by Dave Andrade 3 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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 4 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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
scaling 2.7k in premiere
by peter crawford 5 days ago
Hey guys, have just switched to premiere prp from fcp and would like to know what the inbuilt scaling is like. have shot 2.7k on the gopro to allow some crop room since im filming from a dji phantom.
Re: scaling 2.7k in premiere
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
peter crawford "Hey thanks for the reply, I guess what Im asking is if premieres' inbuilt scaler is any good " It is quite good. With CUDA or OpenCL acceleration enabled, Premiere uses Lanczos sampli
Polls
by Tim Wilson 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 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 1 week 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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Blistering tech support critique from one of Adobe's biggest supporters
by Andy Field 3 weeks ago
From Larry Jordan (who makes a big part of his living with Adobe Training) with scathing criticism of Adobe Tech support EDITORIAL: ADOBE MEDIA ENCODER WON'T LAUNCH... AND I CAN'T FIND OUT WHY! I was
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Re: Blistering tech support critique from one of Adobe's biggest supporters
by Herb Sevush 2 weeks ago
Walter Soyka "I would have actually thought that variations in workflow are an area where forums win. Workflows develop in the wild that the developers may not expect." My issue is that often I don't
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QuickTime AVI to MOV conversion
by Andrew Clark 2 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 2 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 4 weeks 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 3 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
File: Ae -- random binary block AEP
by Walter Soyka 6 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 6 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 6 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.
APCN format
by Mark Slocombe 6 months ago
I uploaded a FCP X export clip to Shutterstock, as 1280 X 720 @ 25 fps ProRes 422 MOV (originally XDCAM EX). Shutterstock is presenting it as HD 1280 X 720 @ 25 fps APCN. Can FCP X, Premiere and Avid
Re: APCN format
by Walter Soyka 6 months ago
Movie files use a string of four characters called a FourCC identifier to tell the system what codec they use, and "APCN" is the FourCC identifier for the Apple ProRes 422 codec. Walter Soyka Principa
stills in browser
by Craig Alan 7 months ago
I m doing a project in which I have a lot of imported stills. Canon 5D raw. I would like to color correct them before editing them to a time line. Yes I would do some more correcting later (matching m
Re: stills in browser
by Walter Soyka 7 months ago
Bill Davis "Thank you Walter. That's much clearer." You're welcome. Bill Davis "(And on a personal note - happy new year - hope we get to see each other, perhaps at NAB this year )" I haven't decided
Managed Media or External Media for working with music videos?
by Jim Kehoe 7 months ago
Hey guys! diving into fcpx 10.1 here, wanted to get some advice from the pros on what the best way to manage my media for cutting music videos. I can see advantages to both managed media and external,
Re: Managed Media or External Media for working with music videos?
by Walter Soyka 7 months ago
Bill Davis "Interesting to see that after years of moving primary asset storage away from the host box - I'm starting to read more and more about the advantages of moving it closer to the box now tha


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