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Reproduce fresnel falloff curve as in 3Dmax
by Jeffrey Levenstone 3 days ago
Hello Eeveryone, I was watching this tutorial http: bit.ly XzLen2 and at 6:39 he uses a technique for creating a fresnel curve with a Falloff curve. Where can I find such a curve in Cinema 15 to do th
Re: Reproduce fresnel falloff curve as in 3Dmax
by Darby Edelen 2 days ago
Jeffrey Levenstone "Are you talking from the point of view of the VrayAnvanced shader (Vray4C4D 1.9) " No. Are you asking from the point of view of the Vray Advanced shader :) That's important to inc
Selecting polygons.
by Javier Lopez 4 days ago
Good afternoon gentleman, Can anyone please provide some advise on how to selecto the inside polygons of the following bottle inside Cinema 4D, I had attempted to use: Select, loop selection, edge mod
Re: Selecting polygons.
by Darby Edelen 4 days ago
There are extra polygons that are not properly connected at the bottom of your bottle. I selected the internal ones and Collapsed them, then selected the external ones and Collapsed them. Here's a fix
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File: Bottle Geometry Fix
by Darby Edelen 4 days ago
c4d file Removed incorrect geometry at bottom of bottle. http: f1.creativecow.net 7888 bottle-geometry-fix
All Caps button
by John Cuevas 1 month ago
When you press it, where does AE get create the text For example, I have a font with some numbers and when I press "All Caps" my numbers change size and typeface. I've looked at the character map and
Re: All Caps button
by Darby Edelen 1 month ago
I'm confused. You're referring to the All Caps button in the AE Character window That should just take whichever characters are selected on the current text layer and force them into their uppercase v
Lighting Interiors
by Jared Benson 1 month ago
Kind of a newb here and I have a very detailed model that I am working on. I am trying to make a cross section of it, using near clipping on the camera but none of my light sources will illuminate the
Re: Lighting Interiors
by Darby Edelen 1 month ago
Clipping planes on the camera do not actually remove geometry before the shading stage of rendering. You have to modify the geometry either through a boolean operation or by cutting and removing geome
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How many FPS with Twixtor would this be?
by Lane Steve 1 month ago
I shot in 59.94 fps...Then put it in After Effects and interpreted it as 24fps From 24fps I put twistor then after changing some settings, I set the speed to be 5%. What frame rate would this be simul
Re: How many FPS with Twixtor would this be?
by Darby Edelen 1 month ago
Your original source frame rate is not 24fps it's 59.94fps. When you interpret it at 24fps it's creating a slow motion effect, then you're adding more slow motion using Twixtor. Substitute 59.94 into
Upgraded to Quadro K5000 Mac, and almost no speed improvement in AE CS6 or AE CC 2014?
by Larry Wheeler 1 month ago
Been running AE CS6 for a long while now on my Mac Pro with a Quadro 4000 Mac Video Card. Performance was always pretty slow in 1080i, even in basic work. I have a Mid 2012 Mac Pro with 12 core @ 3.06
Re: Upgraded to Quadro K5000 Mac, and almost no speed improvement in AE CS6 or AE CC 2014?
by Darby Edelen 1 month ago
There are several reasons I disagree but primary among them are: 1. The overhead of launching and managing the several render processes (32 if maxed on my machine) generally results in diminishing ret
External Compositing Tag Solid Issues in After Effects CC 2014
by Brad Magnus 1 month ago
I'm working on a pretty simple animation to show off my clients new iPhone app. The problem I'm having is 2 fold, first when I use Cineware, the screen plane that I have an external compositing tag on
Re: External Compositing Tag Solid Issues in After Effects CC 2014
by Darby Edelen 1 month ago
If you render the screen black then making the screen appear behind the reflective glass isn't too tough in composite. The aptly named 'Screen' blend mode does a great job. Pretty much the only time I
Using the Speed Graph WITHOUT the Mouse
by Rob Frese 2 months ago
So I'm trying to increase my workflow for speed graph editing but either AE is seriously lacking in keyboard shortcuts to help with this, or I'm just not aware of a good way of doing this. Switching f
Re: Using the Speed Graph WITHOUT the Mouse
by Darby Edelen 2 months ago
I usually either double click the keyframe in the graph editor to pull up velocities if I need specific values or I drag them out in the editor if eyeballing will do it. I'd like to see a shortcut for
Control Cloner Color with Formula Effector
by Kevin Snyder 2 months ago
I have an object made up of cloned planes in z-space. I am using the formula effector to make each plane fade from pure black to pure white. The formula I have right now will fade the first plane from
Re: Control Cloner Color with Formula Effector
by Darby Edelen 2 months ago
Answered this on another forum but perhaps you check here more often: clamp(0;1;t-id 5) The divisor value can be increased from 5 for more overlap or decreased for less. When it's 1 you should have th
How can I bring down highlights without changing the brightness of the overall image?
by Jordan Montreuil 2 months ago
Working on 32bit on a comp with some overblown highlights and I want to get the detail back without changing the overall look of the comp.
Re: How can I bring down highlights without changing the brightness of the overall image?
by Darby Edelen 2 months ago
Jordan Montreuil "The highlights are not from the source footage, they are from layers I am compositing over the top of the source footage." Well that may complicate or simplify things. The easiest w
File: HDR Adjustment
by Darby Edelen 2 months ago
zip file Using an HDR footage item to adjust its own highlights. http: f1.creativecow.net 7650 hdr-adjustment
i can't locate tools
by Roger Heyward 2 months ago
I've been going through tutorials on C4D, and I feel like I'm learning a lot, but I must have missed something or hit a key that I shouldn't have, bc I can't seem to find any tools like the Extrude, K
Re: i can't locate tools
by Darby Edelen 2 months ago
Roger Heyward "I've tried to right-click in the Viewport, with objects selected and unselected. I've tried looking in Main Menu Tools and Main Menu Mesh." The Knife and Extrude tools are in the Mesh
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Is there a way to keep a block of text always vertically centred?
by Darryl Torke 2 months ago
I am making a template for a basic AE user in which the user inputs some text. The paragraph setting of the block of text is set to 'center', so that handles itself. However, I was wondering if there
Re: Is there a way to keep a block of text always vertically centred?
by Darby Edelen 2 months ago
Here's an animation preset that will center text vertically. 7634_centertextvertically.ffx.zip The preset applies two sliders to the text layer. The first one needs to match the line height of the tex
File: Center Text Vertically
by Darby Edelen 2 months ago
ffx file An animation preset to center text vertically. http: f1.creativecow.net 7634 center-text-vertically
Inexplicable Colour Change from AE Quicktime Render to AE Import...
by Benjamin Field 2 months ago
Hi All, Using AE CS6 and I'm completely stumped by this one... I exported a Trapcode Particular sequence to a Quicktime .mov with an alpha channel so I could re-import it into the main comp to speed t
Re: Inexplicable Colour Change from AE Quicktime Render to AE Import...
by Darby Edelen 2 months ago
You didn't happen to use DNxHD in a 32bpc project did you Alas such a pairing was never meant to be. There's a long standing problem with the way DNxHD behaves in greater than 8bpc projects. Even if y
Grading and compositing R3D Footage and ignoring source settings
by David O'Sullivan 2 months ago
Hi There I am grading and compositing RED 4k green screen portrait shots in after effects. Its a Harry potter style gallery of talking paintings for a visitors centre. I have not been using R3d source
Re: Grading and compositing R3D Footage and ignoring source settings
by Darby Edelen 2 months ago
If I were you I'd run a couple of short tests. Make some duplicates of your R3D footage item in the project panel and play with the debayer and denoise settings on the duplicates. Compare the quality
File: Cinema 4D Matrix Transformations
by Darby Edelen 3 months ago
c4d file Using matrix transformations to transfer relative motion between a moving object and a moving camera to a new moving camera with a stationary object. http: f1.creativecow.net 7580 cinema-4d-m
File: White Balance for Indoor Scene
by Darby Edelen 3 months ago
zip file Simple white balance approach for an indoor scene. http: f1.creativecow.net 7577 white-balance-for-indoor-scene
need to change the layer from an expression by changing the slider number
by constanti dinu 3 months ago
hey, i found myself in a bit of a problem here. i have a map with countries, each country is a layer on the map. now, for example: -i've got the opacity of Russia layer linked to the opacity of a laye
Re: need to change the layer from an expression by changing the slider number
by Darby Edelen 3 months ago
constanti dinu "The number to change = thisComp.layer("got a slider here").effect("slider"); thisComp.layer("position" + the number to change).transform.opacity" Have you tried using something like t
Making a pie chart with expressions
by Joshua Menco 3 months ago
Hi everyone, I'm in need of some assistance finetuning the controls for a pie chart. So here's the deal: I made a pie chart in AE using circular shapes of different colors. I animate them on with a ra
Re: Making a pie chart with expressions
by Darby Edelen 3 months ago
I think "trashed" was supposed to be "reaches" auto correct was punishing me for posting from my phone. Darby Edelen
After Effects random position as a loop
by Ian DUrward 3 months ago
I am trying to animate a line that moves randomly in the Y direction. This is easy enough but the problem is that I need the start and end frame to be the same so that the result is a constant loop. T
Re: After Effects random position as a loop
by Darby Edelen 3 months ago
This adjusts the last endVal to be the same as the first startVal. Changes to your original code are bold red. segDur = .5; loop = thisComp.duration; x = 1; n = loop segDur; if(time loop - segDur) x =
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controlling keyframes
by Shahed Naderi 3 months ago
hello I have a bunch of keyframes that drives an animation , I need to control the begging of it. tell it when to begins in seconds by using an slider control. anyone can help with that expression
Re: controlling keyframes
by Darby Edelen 3 months ago
Time remapping is the easiest way to do something like that. In that case an expression would be optional depending on how you want it set up. Darby Edelen
Keying with math expressions?
by ali mindyourownbusiness 3 months ago
I just learned a bunch of great keying techniques in nuke, and one of them involved using expressions to create an alpha channel. Example would be having the alpha= r*1.5 g*.8 I can't seem to find a w
Re: Keying with math expressions?
by Darby Edelen 3 months ago
I'm assuming you're using the Expression node in Nuke to do that. That's an entirely different beast than AE expressions and is used for a different purpose. However, the example you posted can be don
File: Modifying Vertex Map with Effector
by Darby Edelen 6 months ago
c4d file An Xpresso setup that passes a Mograph Effector's strength into a Vertex Map. http: f1.creativecow.net 7152 modifying-vertex-map-with-effector
File: Screen Reflections
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
zip file Convincing reflections on a flat surface in AE. http: f1.creativecow.net 7080 screen-reflections
Alpha Pre multiplied and Matted with Color in photoshop
by Ashton Rosendahl 7 months ago
Hi Everyone! I ran in to this problem recently and cannot seem to find any solutions on the internet. In After effects if you right click on an image from your project tab, go to interpret footage, an
Re: Alpha Pre multiplied and Matted with Color in photoshop
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
There are a couple of options that may work for you. One is to apply the alpha as transparency to a layer and use the Layer Matting Remove Black Matte function. Unfortunately this doesn't work when us
File: Unpremult/Premult Compositing in AE
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
zip file This matches a Nuke composite that uses Unpremult on the render passes before merging and a Premult after merging. http: f1.creativecow.net 6978 unpremultpremult-compositing-in-ae
File: Fixing Premultiplied Edges
by Darby Edelen 8 months ago
zip file Compositing against black before re-introducing alpha. http: f1.creativecow.net 6964 fixing-premultiplied-edges
Playing bottom part of clip before top part.
by Julius Juul 8 months ago
Hey CC. So i was looking at this clip and trying to figure out how to achieve this effect. https: vimeo.com 77693017 (especially the part from 0:47 where he comes around the corner) I figured it must
Re: Playing bottom part of clip before top part.
by Darby Edelen 8 months ago
You should be able to get a similar result with the Time Time Displacement effect. You'd use a linear ramp as the input. I'd highly recommend working in at least 16bpc as otherwise you wouldn't have m
Basic Time Remapping question
by Dave Wittekind 8 months ago
I'm trying to follow a tutorial in Trish & Chris Meyer's book about time remapping. I added the TR property, but after that, they say to twirl down the arrow just to the left of the stopwatch to revea
Re: Basic Time Remapping question
by Darby Edelen 8 months ago
I'm willing to go out on a very sturdy limb here and claim that the jump from AE 6.5 to AE 7 was probably one of the biggest in the history of the application... well, definitely in the interface :) G
Keying
by Marc Lucas 8 months ago
Why do you get a black line like in the pic when pulling a key with Keylight 1.2 It has happened more on one side than the other. Using XDCAM from an EX1
Re: Keying
by Darby Edelen 8 months ago
Marc Lucas "The side it happened on was the side the back light was on so yes something to do with how the light is interacting with the footage and green screen when trying to key" That makes sense.
File: MoExtrude with a Fracture Object
by Darby Edelen 9 months ago
c4d file For added control. http: f1.creativecow.net 6775 moextrude-with-a-fracture-object
Counting from 0-150 in 151 frames ?
by Louis Ferrante 10 months ago
OK I am trying to do degrees in increments of 1 for a weather app on android and I am having trouble with the expression seen below! 4 Is not the right count duration and I cant seem to figure out the
Re: Counting from 0-150 in 151 frames ?
by Dan Ebberts 10 months ago
How about this: Math.min(timeToFrames(time),150) Dan
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Thin white outlines around objects after "New Layer via Cut" - why???
by Eddie Adams 1 year ago
I'm selecting a part of the image using the magnetic lasso tool, then going "New layer via cut" -- and it results in a a thin white line where my selection was. Why don't the two layers merge seemless
Re: Thin white outlines around objects after "New Layer via Cut" - why???
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
This happens because the selection is anti-aliased and alpha blending between the semi-transparent pixels (like those that result from anti-aliasing) does not resolve to a fully opaque pixel. In After
Suppress greenscreen reflection on metalic surface
by Matej Hajaš 1 year ago
Hi there everyone. First, sorry for my English. It is not my mothertongue. Secondly. I have a little problem and and i'm getting desperate. I've got clip shot in front of green. There are only hands h
Re: Suppress greenscreen reflection on metalic surface
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
Those answers work for keying. For suppression I recommend this: http: forums.creativecow.net readpost 2 1027628 The 50 50 split on Red Blue in the Channel Mixer is a good starting place. You can adju
Export separate video channels R, G, B, etc
by Jim Arco 1 year ago
I have been working with some video in Photoshop CS5.5 and I'd like to be able to export save one channel of the video file. So, for instance, I'd like video (or image sequence) of just the red channe
Re: ALLLRIGHT !!! was Re: Export separate video channels R, G, B, etc
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
Interesting. Well if you'd like any help finding alternate methods to achieve a similar result feel free to post back. I'd like to see the miraculous still frame before after :) Darby Edelen
Transform without perspective distortion (?)
by Tiago Cotrim 1 year ago
I'm a fairly advanced PS user and maybe for the first time ever I'm trying to do something I can't find out how to or anything about it, which is to "distort" an image by squeezing one of its sides, b
Re: Transform without perspective distortion (?)
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
Expanding or contracting one side of a rectangle is going to necessarily introduce distortion unless the software has a way to scale the contents of the rectangle adaptively across the rectangle to re
can't fade to transparency
by Martin Pitchard 1 year ago
Pretty new to Photoshop - using CS6 - and can't solve what must be a pretty basic opearion. I want to fade images to trasparency from left to right, right to left, etc. I've followed tutorials using t
Re: can't fade to transparency
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
What you've done in the image you posted is blended a white gradient with transparency into your image. If you look at the layer thumbnail in your layers panel you may notice that the one on the left
Distort underlaying layer like heat exhaust?
by Eric Chard 1 year ago
How would one distort the underlying layer as if affected by a high-temperature exhaust TNX! ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Re: Distort underlaying layer like heat exhaust?
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
John Cuevas "I'd create a heat like look with fractal noise in a precomp. Drop that into the main comp and use that to drive a Distort Displacement Map effect." To take that a step further you could
Compositing mountains in to this footage
by Malcolm Birch 1 year ago
Hi there, I have some footage that I would like to add some mountains or some such in to the background of and it's not something I have really learned to do properly before. I thought maybe you would
Re: Compositing mountains in to this footage
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
Malcolm Birch "An issue I found was getting the footage to look like it belongs there and not like one of those obvious green screen shots in old movies." Here's a short look at how you might use col
Ramping high Frame rates back to real time using phantom footage
by Wim Steytler 1 year ago
Hi guys. I am shooting a job where there will be alot of ramping required. So for arguments sake - we shoot a shot at 1000fps and I want to ramp it back to 25fps(realtime) in post. From what I hear it
Re: Ramping high Frame rates back to real time using phantom footage
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
Wim Steytler "So for arguments sake - we shoot a shot at 1000fps and I want to ramp it back to 25fps(realtime) in post. From what I hear it looks terrible as I have to loose frames and add motionblur
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How to determine size of object in composition after mask applied
by Phil Johnson 1 year ago
Hi I hope someone can help me. I'd like to know how I can determine the exact dimensions of an object layer in the composition window after I've applied a mask to it. Like this: http: 2share.co.za Fil
Re: How to determine size of object in composition after mask applied
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
There are a couple of ways to do this. My recommendation would be to select your mask and press cmd-shift-m ctrl-shift-m (Mac PC). This will give you a dialog that has the offsets of the mask's boundi
new to PS. transparency question...
by Lon Waitman 2 years ago
hey , i normally use fireworks, but some plugins i like no longer work in it, so am finally trying to learn photoshop... i have a stock image collection and the software with it creates .tiff's with t
Re: new to PS. transparency question...
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
Some applications treat Alpha Channels as transparency. Photoshop does not. If you want to use an Alpha Channel as a transparency in Photoshop then you'll likely want to record a couple of actions as
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Vector mask on layer group?
by Gabi Bucataru 2 years ago
Hi Gang! I have the hardest time wrapping my mind around Photoshop CS6 new vector concept. Shapes appear as layers instead as vector masks as in previous versions. With that in mind, how do you ad a v
Re: Vector mask on layer group?
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
Adding the vector mask to the layer group is as simple as selecting the group and going to the Layer Vector Mask Reveal All menu option. Then you can use the pen tool (p) to draw a path. Make sure tha
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Creating Abstract Art from a Photo
by Matthew OConnor 2 years ago
This is one thing I have been trying to figure out how to do for a while. I want to learn how to make a non-objective abstract art piece using elements from a photo and make shapes and patterns out of
Re: Creating Abstract Art from a Photo
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
It looks like most of the images here are some combination of drawings and fractals generative art (maybe photographs too ). Here's one of the applications the artist mentioned using: http: www.andrea


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