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Alan Stephens

freelance video producer & still photographer for over 25 years
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mask mode/layer behavior is annoying.
by Alan Stephens 2 weeks ago
I work on a layer mask and build my mask to remove the background andI will have the mask selected in the layer thumbnails. Frequently I need to switch to Quickmask to fill in or fine tune my mask sel
Re: mask mode/layer behavior is annoying.
by Alan Stephens 2 weeks ago
OK, this may be very helpful using the back slash key. I'll have to get used to it. I'm cutting the white back ground from a stainless steel machine with lots of pipes and wires and such. The machine
Fill Bottle with Soda
by Nathan McAlpine 3 weeks ago
I want to fill the bottle on the right with the orange pop on the left. Any advice on how to do that Nathan McAlpine Sales Promotion & Commercial Producer- WDIV-TV4
Re: Fill Bottle with Soda
by Alan Stephens 2 weeks ago
That is the blending mode of the layer. change normal to color. Alan Stephens Mac Book Pro 2.8, quad i7, 16 GB Ram, AMD Radeon R9 M370X 2048 MB, OS Mojave 10.14 Thunderbolt 1 Promise raid drive
hlp: Eraser no longer works in Quick mask mode
by Tom Clasman 3 weeks ago
I've been using Photoshop for more than 10 years. I often use the quick mask mode to 'paint' selections on images. I most often use the eraser to select with, and the paint brush to fill the selection
Re: hlp: Eraser no longer works in Quick mask mode
by Alan Stephens 2 weeks ago
In case you haven't found it yet. obviously reset tools, but I had to look it up. They keep moving things around. Its hidden i plain site. click on the eraser then go to the tool options at the top of
Need Mac DVD authoring-Premiere chapter markers
by Alan Stephens 12 months ago
Can someone recommend an authoring software for the mac to use with Adobe Premiere CC Today I find Encore is no longer working properly. Menus won't loop and locks out the play button. Encore is dead.
Re: Need Mac DVD authoring-Premiere chapter markers
by Alan Stephens 11 months ago
I have only loaded DVD studio Pro and it opens and seems to run OK. I switched back to Adobe when FCX came out. You may want want to check with the FC legacy forum. Alan Stephens Mac Book Pro 2.8, qua
DVD authoring for mac?
by Alan Stephens 12 months ago
Can someone recommend an authoring software for the mac to use with Adobe Premiere CC Today I find Encore is no longer working properly. Menus won't loop and locks out the play button. Encore CS6 is d
Re: DVD authoring for mac?
by Michael Sacci 11 months ago
Nothing but Encore will bring in chapter markers from the xmp. I don't think DVDSP will work in the newest OS. I stopped upgrading a long time ago, stayed with Yosemite and it works fine but will not
export quicktime pro res fail
by Alan Stephens 1 year ago
I can t get media encoder to output a pro res quicktime file any more. Adobe updated a while back an was nice enough to delete all my presets. The only QT preset doesn t work right. either it won t ch
Light through holes in text
by Sandra Seidenstricker 2 years ago
I am a beginner at Photoshop CC 2017 and I am wanting to show light from single source on a still image show through the holes in my text. I have a tutorial on how to show light from behind the text b
Re: Light through holes in text
by Alan Stephens 2 years ago
I'm not sure what your are trying to accomplish, from your description. are you using the text tool Are you creating some sort of light glow or stream what kind of background do you have Can you uploa
extruding a shape with text on it
by Alan Stephens 2 years ago
Is it possible to extrude a shape with text on it and have a shadow on the background. So far I can't do everything at once. I am making a project with 3d bumper stickers that fly in and then roll and
Re: extruding a shape with text on it
by Alan Stephens 2 years ago
I give that a try. How do I enable the C4D Lite I'm not sure what that is exactly. AE cc defaults to Classic 3d. Besides ray tracing 3d, there isn't another option that I see. Alan Stephens Mac Book P
Premiere Pro and El Capitan: is it safe?
by Adam Levine 3 years ago
Seems like there was a lot of OpenCL issues when PPro was released. Has this been rectified The latest info I see is from early December and it says not to install. Mac Pro 2010, 32 GB PPro CC 2015.1
Re: Premiere Pro and El Capitan: is it safe?
by Alan Stephens 3 years ago
It appears I'm having an open CL issue in Media Encoder. It has been failing with QT files. Changing it to Software only works so far. Alan Stephens Mac Book Pro 2.8, quad i7, 16 GB Ram, AMD Radeon R9
Editing with differents formats, frame rates and resolutions
by Claudia Samaha 3 years ago
Hello, I have to edit an institutional video for a client. They gave me differents types of videos: 1920*1080, 1280*720, 720*576, 25fps, 24fps, 29,97 fps They are all H264 MP4 exept 2 of them in Apple
Re: Editing with differents formats, frame rates and resolutions
by Alan Stephens 3 years ago
I would convert everything to the highest quality, least compression, codec in your settings and it should not loose quality. For instance us the ProRes 444 and adjust your frame rate to make your cli
Quicktime output failure-"unknown error"
by Alan Stephens 3 years ago
I updated my demo video in PrPro CC with a 4K timeline and export to QT Pro res & H.264 1080Pin Media Encoder . The H.264 succeeds every time. The Pro Res does not. I tried copying the sequence to a n
update FCP7.0 to FCP7.03
by Alan Stephens 3 years ago
How do I update FCP7.0 to FCP7.03 Is there some kind of update software or some archive on the apple site I am installing to a new Mac and think it may be better to have the latest version. I installe
Re: update FCP7.0 to FCP7.03
by Alan Stephens 3 years ago
I couldn't find software update for some reason it just didn't appear in the menu. The pro app update worked great, so its done. Thanks Alan Stephens Mac Book Pro 2.6, quad i7, 8 GB Ram, NVIDIA GeForc
working with different frame rates (25fps and 30fps)
by Michi Karner 3 years ago
Hi, my question might be redundant, I did try figuring my problem out by reading old posts, but couldn't. I am working on a documentary film about a researchproject. We filmed with 2 cameras by mistak
Re: working with different frame rates (25fps and 30fps)
by Alan Stephens 3 years ago
I would try exporting the sequences or footage into media encoder and change them into the frame rate you want to work with. I had a 25fps sequence with a 30fps graphic with alpha channel and got jitt
Premiere CC- new macbook graphics performance
by Alan Stephens 3 years ago
I am considering replacing my 15" 2012 MackBook pro, with a similar current model to increase performance with the Adobe software, Premeire, AFX, ME. My MacBook has performed great with HD using its N
can't import blue ray m2v
by Alan Stephens 3 years ago
I encode my video from Premeire into a blue ray m2v and when I import to Encore CS6 I get the message: encore error parsing metadata file. Deleting or renaming the hard drive will allow import but I'l
CC Photoshop won't print
by Alan Stephens 4 years ago
CC Photoshop or CS6 won't print. It was working fine then all of a sudden I get this error message: There was an error opening your printer. Printing functions will not be available until you have sel
alpha channel batching
by Alan Stephens 4 years ago
Is there a way to batch Animation files with an alpha channel I have a to of lower third seminar points to produce. Does media encoder have a way to support alpha channels. I can batch my full page wi
Re: alpha channel batching SOLVED
by Alan Stephens 4 years ago
This is fantastic! It works great and will save me so much time. Thanks so much! Alan Stephens Mac Book Pro 2.6, quad i7, 8 GB Ram, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB, OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 Thunderbolt Pr
alpha channel from After Effects?
by Alan Stephens 4 years ago
Is it possible to encode a quicktime animation with an alpha channel in media encoder I'd like to do batching from AE. AE doesn't have a batching function that I can find. It appears I can batch from
Re: alpha channel from After Effects?
by Joe Barta IV 4 years ago
For the Alpha Channel, us the Animation Codec and set the bit depth to 32. Joe Living the SuiteLife! Stuff for editors www.cafepress.com suitelife
import a paragraph from power point
by Alan Stephens 4 years ago
I want to import a formatted paragraph from Power point or keynote, or text program. I'm on a mac. When I copy the text and paste into a layer it becomes one long line running off the page. It takes a
Re: import a paragraph from power point
by Alan Stephens 4 years ago
I do need to work with text. new backgrounds and eventually ad other languages. I'm also adding motion effects to the text like "bullet train". A friend suggested to draw a text box with the text tool
tracks won't accept audio clips
by Alan Stephens 4 years ago
I upgraded to CC and have run into a problem where audio tracks 4,5, & 6 won't accept audio. When I drag in a new audio clip it makes a new track. So I have 3 useless tracks. I had this problem in an
Re: tracks won't accept audio clips-Solved
by Alan Stephens 4 years ago
OK that explains it. I just found a couple of good tutorials on Adobe TV that show how the new clip mixer, and track mixer works. Alan Stephens Mac Book Pro 2.6, quad i7, 8 GB Ram, NVIDIA GeForce GT 6
Bridge CC contact sheet pdf output
by Alan Stephens 4 years ago
OK I finally caved and subscribed with the Adobe cloud for a year. What did they do with the output for a pdf contact sheet It's not where it used to be and I can't find it.. Alan Stephens Mac Book Pr
Re: Bridge CC contact sheet pdf output
by Alan Stephens 4 years ago
That works great! I don't understand why they didn't include it. Can I copy my presets from CS6 bridge into CC I went looking for them but haven't found anything that looks like presets. Thanks Alan S
crop tool stuck on 1 pixel
by Alan Stephens 6 years ago
I CS5.1 my cropping tool will only produce a cropped image of 1 pixel square, no matter how I try to crop the image. I works normal in CS5 rebooting doesn't help. Lion 10.7.4 How can I fix this THX Al
Re: crop tool stuck on 1 pixel-solved
by Alan Stephens 4 years ago
Sorry but I have forgotten. however,I think I found it. open an image and select a crop. In the upper center you may see a counter clockwise arrow, and click it to reset. you have to have a the crop t
legacy projects crash
by Alan Stephens 4 years ago
I have some 5 year old FC projects I'd like to grab some clips from to make a demo and they crash the program when I open them. I can open FC and it works fine until I open a project from a specific b
Re: legacy projects crash
by Steve Eisen 4 years ago
My guess would be a corrupted or FCP non-friendly clip in the project. Steve Eisen Eisen Video Productions Vice President Chicago Creative Pro Users Group
Encore transcoding batches?
by Alan Stephens 5 years ago
Is there a way to do the transcoding for a few DVDs in a batch overnight I am burning DVD masters of some 2 hour programs and its taking 5-6 hours of encoding. I have 3 more to do and I'd like to run
Re: Encore transcoding batches?
by Alan Stephens 5 years ago
I did a test and that seems to work. So you just need the xmp in the project folder with the ncor and xmp Thanks Alan Stephens Mac Book Pro 2.6, quad i7, 8 GB Ram, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB, OS X
Thunderbolt transfer speeds not faster than firewire 800?
by Peter Vandall 5 years ago
Hi all, I am trying to learn more about the thunderbolt workflow and would love some help. I just upgraded to FCP X and like it, but the program gets excruciatingly slow when working on projects. Firs
Re: Thunderbolt transfer speeds not faster than firewire 800?
by Alan Stephens 5 years ago
I doubt the bus power has anything to do with it. That is just where the drive gets it's power. You probably need a raid 0 7200 rpm using (2 or more drives) with thunderbolt. USB 3.0 is pretty fast to
PremPro CS6 render
by Alan Stephens 5 years ago
In a project, I have an after Effects project on the timeline. I render it, but when I reopen the project later the rendering is gone and has to be done again. Nothing has been moved. Why is this Alan
Re: PremPro CS6 render
by Alan Stephens 5 years ago
I don't know where the sequence icon is, but I did copy and paste into a new sequence and the bar is red. When I render it holds until I restart Prem CS6. Both sequences are DSLR 29.97. My project has
strange audio problem
by sean pollaro 6 years ago
I've been working on this fcp7 project for days with no problems. Today I opened the project, hit spacebar and discovered that random audio clips in the sequence are not producing sound. there's wavef
Re: strange audio problem
by Alan Stephens 6 years ago
It sounds like you've covered everything. have you checked the clip levels in the preview window to make sure there is no volume envelope drawn. You might try and copy the sequence clips and paste the
finalcut 7 on mountain lion?
by Alan Stephens 6 years ago
Has any one tried FC7 on mountain lion does it work ok I am ready to move to a new Mac Book Pro, and they come with ML. Alan Stephens
Re: finalcut 7 on mountain lion?
by Warren Eig 6 years ago
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no audio
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
I am building an animation and added an audio track and it won't play the audio shows nothing on the meters. If I right click on the audio track I can get a preview to play the audio but not the video
Re: no audio
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
yes I can get an audio preview with picture if I do a RAM preview. I don't much like the way it works. It seems it work better than that in After Effects 5. Alan Stephens
multicam editing hdv
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
I need to edit a 4 camera tv in multicam edit. My Sony z1u shoots in HDV and I discovered FC 7 can't handle the HDV without rendering. If you render it then you can't cut it. I want to edit in HD. I'v
Re: multicam editing hdv
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
the nested sequence has a red line and when I press play it displays unrendered. The seq settings seem to be in order and the same as the hdv footage. Alan Stephens
export -vertical jitterr
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
I exporting my HDV from PrPro CS5.5 and I'm getting vertical jitter of the video to a h.254 mp4 file and also Apple TV 720. I have treid changing the field in the encoder to upper or lower and I still
Re: export -vertical jitterr
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
for any one who has this problem, I have updated media encoder to 5.5.1.12 and it seems to have solved the problem. Alan Stephens
Apple compressor 3.5.3
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
I need to give my clients web guy an mpeg-4 that will stream when it is played in a jw player on their web site. My OS is Mac 10.6.8 He asked for: Dimensions:740x416 Codec: H.264, AAC VBR, 2 Pass 1,00
Re: Apple compressor 3.5.3
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
We'll that sounds like some good news about FCX. It is rather foreign to work in but I guess I can get used to it if the upgrade it to the level of tools we have come to depend on. Maybe I'll go ahead
FCPX- any green screen improvments?
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
I'm working in FC7 and the green screen filter is not that great. Does the green screen filter in FCPX work any better Also, now that you upgraded to FCPX, would you do it again I'm still waiting so f
Re: FCPX- any green screen improvments?
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
That sounds like a great idea to try Motion 5 first. Can Motion 5 coexist with Motion 4 on the same computer Is it compatable with FC7 Alan Stephens
Blu Ray burner for mac?
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
What is a good external blu ray burner for use with Mac I was thinking of getting a Sony 6x usb external and noticed they only support windows. Alan Stephens
Re: Blu Ray burner for mac?
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
Thanks, this mis great! I preferred firewire anyway. Have you found their brand shown reliable I see they have other brands as well but no Sonys. Alan Stephens
skipping DVDs
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
Hi, I have had this problem before and never resolved it. my client wrote: Disk 4 session 13 skips way ahead after about five minutes right after Career graphic and quoting Col 3. Could not make it st
Re: skipping DVDs
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
so what is the process for using Build & Format. You click build format , choose a location and press build burn, then insert a DVD I trying it now. on another note, When making changes to the program
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freeze frames need rendered now?
by Alan Stephens 7 years ago
I'm editing a series of 1 hour seminars with power point exported to quiktime movies. I have to stretch the movies so I make a freeze frame and insert with the movie clip. After about 35 minutes in to
Re: freeze frames need rendered now?
by Tony Silanskas 7 years ago
Try this: Go to your System Settings (Shift + Q) and click on the "Memory and Cache" Tab. Increase your Still Cache. Then restart FCP. Once FCP's Still Cache is full it won't be able to play back stil
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mp4 slow playback
by Alan Stephens 8 years ago
I have a problem with when I use compressor to make a 1920x1080 mpeg4 it won't play in sync with its audio. The video plays at a slower rate. When I upload it to You Tube it plays fine as it does also
Re: mp4 slow playback
by Alan Stephens 8 years ago
I remembered that I also use mpeg4 because it is compatable with Power Point on a PC. Is there any universal codec in Cmpressor 3 that is both PC and Mac compatable If not there should be. Alan Stephe
Mac Pro freezes OSX 10.5.6
by Alan Stephens 10 years ago
My Mac Pro 2.66 Quad core has been randomly freezing up lately in a variety of programs, such as Motion , FC 6, Photoshop CS3 or even Safari. Ocassionally I run Parrallels with XP. I am running 10.5.6
Re: Mac Pro freezes OSX 10.5.6
by Alan Stephens 10 years ago
OK, I'll look into it. Thanks Alan Stephens
OSX Software R.A.I.D
by James Goodenough 10 years ago
I've just bought the new Mac Pro 8-core and as a large number of my projects are now filmed on solid state camera's, I am becoming increasingly concerned over data back-up. At the moment I have turned
Re: OSX Software R.A.I.D
by Alan Stephens 10 years ago
I set up my Mac Pro with a Raid like you mentioned to hold my video projects, then later reconfigured it to use drive 2,3,&4 with 500 meg drives. It's been working well for over a year. I'm clocking d
time mashine back up..
by Stevie Scarlatos 10 years ago
I turned my external hard drive into a Time machine backup.. And know i want turn it into a normal hard drive, but i cant i just cant understand how it works I have macosx 10.5.4.. My hard drive doesn
Re: time mashine back up..
by Alan Stephens 10 years ago
Turn off Time Machine in Preferences. You shouldn't have to reformat if you don't want to loose your back up. I keep mine running and at the same time I will copy some large project files temporarily.
font jumble
by Alan Stephens 10 years ago
I have a problem with the font Bickman Script Pro in Motion making a DVD menu. When I reopend the file the title text is jumbled The title is suppose to read "Star of Wonder" but it comes out as "tSta
Adding New Fonts to Illustrator and Photoshop
by Zeno Pierre 10 years ago
Hi all, How do I add a new font to Illustrator and Photoshop Thanx in advance. Zee
Re: Adding New Fonts to Illustrator and Photoshop
by Alan Stephens 10 years ago
You just copy your new fonts into the Macintosh Library Fonts folder. They will then appear in PS & any other text program. I found out by observation you can use tru type fonts on the Mac. In Windows
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