D4 Visual Effects is a high-end post-production and visual effects studio based in Los Angeles, CA. We provide commercial and feature visual effects, motion graphics, and editorial services.
December 14th 2005
Los Angeles, California
High End VFX and Editorial by Alexander Gao 11 years ago D4 Visual Effects is a high-end post-production and visual effects studio based in Los Angeles, CA. We provide commercial and feature visual effects, motion graphics, and editorial services. View our
Audio Interfaces by Alexander Gao 12 years ago I posted a while back that I was looking to buy some monitor speakers. I ended up buying the Behringer Truth B2031A monitors. Now I need an interface. I bought the Behringer FCA202 but the stupid thin
Re: Audio Interfaces by Alexander Gao 12 years ago By the way, when you say "you guys", you're referring to me, singular, a college student in a dorm room! So what do ya suggest :)Thanks, Alexander Gao USC School of Cinematic Arts John C. Hench D.A.D.
Campus Moviefest Los Angeles by Alexander Gao 12 years ago Hi all! Good news to report to my COW family! My team of 5 recently finished a 5 minute short film for Campus Moviefest shot in DVCPRO HD on the HVX200, edited in Final Cut. We ended up winning "Best
HVX overcranking by Alexander Gao 12 years ago Hi all, I recently shot 720p overcranked to 60p, captured directly to fcp from firewire out of the HVX200. The question is: how do I go about getting my 60p footage to smooth slow motion I tried chang
Timecode at beginning of tape by Alexander Gao 12 years ago Hello, I recently batch captured about 3 hours of footage for a documentary I'm working on. I shot NTSC DV on MiniDV tapes, all blacked before shooting. The problem I have is that at the beginning of
Re: Timecode at beginning of tape by Alexander Gao 12 years ago Thanks for the kind words, it really means a lot to have the support of such a great commmunity. Oh, and I'll make sure to share any must-know tricks I might pick up... after all, that's what I've bee
Re: Film Noir by Alexander Gao 12 years ago There is tons of hard lighting, creating hard shadows. Almost to the point where it looks like someone's just shining a flashlight on the actor (of course they're not though!). Costumes will also cont
.AVI in OSX by Alexander Gao 12 years ago Is it possible to get After Effects 6.5 Pro on a MAC to render to an .avi Thanks, Alexander Gao "When the revolution happens, I'll be leading it."
Re: .AVI in OSX by Mike Procunier 12 years ago I don't have 6.5 in front of me, but I think you can export an avi. Render out a lossless quicktime, drop it into a comp an export using file export.
Want to do this effect by chad ashton 12 years ago I want to do the same effect shown here at this link with the cards and the camera movement. http: www.dexigner.com detail files 10169.mov I can make the cards move and move camera. My question would
Re: Want to do this effect by Alexander Gao 12 years ago Make it a 2D layer. This won't be affected by the camera. Make an elliptical mask on a black solid, invert it, and feather the edges heavily.Thanks, Alexander Gao "When the revolution happens, I'll be
HD sizes - what's the difference? by cathy ralph 12 years ago Hi Gang- Hope this doesn't sound like a real stupid question. I've been reading Adobe's Primer on HD. They say HD comes in 2 sizes 1920x1080 and 1280x720. Other than the obvious (size) what is the dif
Bullets, and some more bullets by michael zoppo 12 years ago Does anyone know of some "bullet fly by" tutorials, like in war when bullets are flying past people , im trying to replicate the look and so far i have had no luck, im using blurred streaks of yellow
3D stroke shading? by Alexander Gao 13 years ago I'm using trapcode 3D stroke on a path. It is tapered, and looks real nice, like a cable that's running into the distance. I have one question though... Is there any way to make it look shaded, so tha
Re: 3D stroke shading? by Alexander Gao 13 years ago Thanks a bunch! Not quite exactly what I was looking for, but close,and nonetheless useful!Thanks, Alexander Gao "When the revolution happens, I'll be leading it."
Particles in 3D Space by Tyler Yowell 13 years ago How would I go about generating random particles in 3d space, so if you moved a camera backward, particles would occasionally be situated in 3d space I do have Trapcode's Particular, but I am still ne
Re: Particles in 3D Space by Alexander Gao 13 years ago Particular generates particles in 3D. All you have to do is create a new camera in your comp, and play with the Orbit Camera tool. Very cool.Thanks, Alexander Gao "When the revolution happens, I'll be
How is this done? by Curtoid 13 years ago How would I go about creating this type of mograph, in which a line animates along a complex 3d path. There are quite a few similar projects that I've seen which incorporate pics video along the path,
Re: ARMA CANO TRAILER by Alexander Gao 13 years ago No, not too harsh! I absolutely love the input. Thanks to you, and please keep the input coming, y'all!Thanks, Alexander Gao "When the revolution happens, I'll be leading it."
2006 Demo Reel by Breon Snowdon 13 years ago Hi everyone - would love to hear your comments on our studio reel. If you have alook on our site and let me know what you think, that would be great! http: www.realdesignstudios.com Just click the sho
Re: 2006 Demo Reel by Alexander Gao 13 years ago I really like some of this stuff too, but I feel that there were to many of the fishing shots as well as dancing shots.Thanks, Alexander Gao "When the revolution happens, I'll be leading it."
Re: ball changing color by Alexander Gao 13 years ago Is there a way to actually specify that you on;y want to keyframe ONE certain parameter, similar to after effects I find Maya's keyframing system to be very rudimentary.Thanks, Alexander Gao "When the
Metallic texture... by Alexander Gao 13 years ago Hi, I followed a tutorial on Highend3D that created a metal gear using the dgs_(i forgot what goes here) mental ray texture. I applied the texture to my own object though, not to the gear in the tutor
Compression of motion graphics... by Alexander Gao 13 years ago Hello, I am sending in a compilation of my motion graphics to the USC school of cinematic arts for my application. Therefore, I would like to get the sequence onto a DVD, at maximum quality. MPEG-2 is
Re: Compression of motion graphics... by Charles Simonson 13 years ago MPEG-2 is the only compatible format for DVDs that need to be played in a STB. For graphics and it only being a 4 minute segment, I would probably suggest a high-bit rate CBR encode ( 7-8Mbps). You wi
Parenting camera by Alexander Gao 13 years ago Could someone please explain to me exactly how to set up a camera whose x,y, and z positions are parented to three separate nulls, one for each axis (What to click, etc.) Thank you very much. Alexande
3ds max vs. Maya by Alexander Gao 13 years ago Cross-posted at 3dsmax Hello all, I am about to join my school's robotics team, where we are going to learn a 3D package and make some animations, visualisations, etc. What would be the difference in
chez by TeeRav 13 years ago ive skipped around a bit between 3d software packs, and truthfully even though most people say maya is the hardest to learn, in my opinion it makes the most sense. the intial learning curve is steep.
3ds Max vs. Maya? by Alexander Gao 13 years ago Hello all, I am about to join my school's robotics team, where we are going to learn a 3D package and make some animations, visualisations, etc. What would be the difference in using 3ds max vs. Maya
After Effects vs. Motion by Ryan Osika 13 years ago I'm buying a new Mac Pro, very excited. Up until now though, I've been strictly a PC AVID guy. Now, I'll have access to Final Cut Studio and with that Motion. I've always used (and loved) Adobe After
Re: After Effects vs. Motion by Alexander Gao 13 years ago Another point: Motion is more for motion graphics, so it would probably be inferior to AE in terms of compositing related things. For that, Apple has Shake which is an incredibly robust application. A
Need to go step higher by evrard blom 13 years ago Hi all, After 2 years reading, making tutorials, and getting advices, i think the time has come for me to grow up and to get a step higher in my ambitions in filmaking. But i lack some materials. I wo
Comment on this specific piece... by Alexander Gao 13 years ago Hey Guys, I just made a new whatchamacallit... an intro ( ) for my new production company project. I was hoping you could provide me with some feedback on it. Like it Hate it Think it could be made be
Re: Comment on this specific piece... by Alexander Gao 13 years ago It has been downloaded 32 times, and I see only one comment... I'm not bugging you, but if you download it, please at least leave a brief comment about it. (Sorry, I'm just anxious to see what you guy
Suggested Compression & file type by Richard Walton 13 years ago FCP (5.1) QT Pro (7) Squeeze Compression Suite (4.3) I want to export a series of 2-minute videos for embedding on a web page using the software listed above. Given the requirement that users with bot
Complex Camera Moves by Jonathan Alexander 13 years ago Just curious how other After Effects Users usually animate their 3D camera moves in AE. I seem to have lots of tweaking to do everytime I want to do a camera move that is more than just from Point A t
Wider 16:9 by Wayland Bell 13 years ago Hi. Im shooting a feature length movie using a Canon GL2 & I'm editing using Final Cut Pro 5. I've set my camera to 16:9 in the menu setting but when I go to edit my test shots the footage isn't as wi
Re: Wider 16:9 by Alexander Gao 13 years ago "Hollywood" films are mostly shot with film that natively records aspect ratios of, say, 2.35:1. This is much wider than 16:9. Keep in mind: 16:9 is a ratio of width to height, and there is no such th
GL2 in 24p? by Nelson May 13 years ago I don't can't find it in the specifications, but does the GL2 have a 24 p mode All I could see was a cinema mode. Is the cinema mode any good
3D Camera Movement by Alexander Gao 13 years ago Using AE7, had a question about moving camera around a comp. Is keyframing position the only way to move the camera around the comp, or is there some way of just moving it around as if I'm motion capt
Connect TV to Computer by vegasarian 14 years ago Can anyone run this thicko thro the process of connecting a TV to computer in order to look after my vegas colour balance. I have connected to S video output of nvidia Geforce graphics card and into s
Re: Connect TV to Computer by Alexander Gao 14 years ago You could go video out from firewire, through a deck camcorder, and use the deck cam's video out to go to the tv. Just make sure you have your settings and preferences correct to output video from fir
Why is Frame Mode so horrible??? by Brendan Blair 14 years ago I was wondering if you could help me to understand something. I have a Canon GL2 and I have just tried the Frame Mode. It looks awful! Everyone says it mimics the look of film to a small degree. Howev
Re: Why is Frame Mode so horrible??? by Alexander Gao 14 years ago It's because frame mode is not true progressive scanning, it's just adding 2 fields together. Also, i believe you are losing some noticable resolution. Further, it's all about what you need to achieve
Day for Night by Wayland Bell 14 years ago Hi. I am currently in the prosses of shooting a low budget zombie film. The film is almost completly takes place at night. I was wondering if any of you knew what was the best method for shooting day
Re: Day for Night by Alexander Gao 14 years ago you can use color corrector 3 way in final cut pro for a pretty good effect. Just smash blacks down, and lower mids a lot, and make whites a little yellowish. Thint the darks and mids blue also. After
Miami Vice by Louis 14 years ago Hey everyone, I just saw the trailer for the new Miami Vice http: www.apple.com trailers universal miamivice Would anyone happen to know how they achieved that look It looks similar to Collatoral. The
Re: Miami Vice by Alexander Gao 14 years ago I just don't understand why they wold shoot video at night As I also noticed in collateral also, the images are very grainy. It's not like they got the best quality of images by using video. I mean, a
camera angles by Alexander Gao 14 years ago I'm not sure if this a cinematography question, but if you could help anyway, that'd be great. I am about to shoot a film, and I want it to look very professional and polished. How should I go about s
Re: camera angles by Alexander Gao 14 years ago Thanks for the great tip. I'll pick that book up tomorrow at Barnes & Noble if they have it. Just wondering, Mr. Wargo, is that a cinealta camera Alexander Gao "When the revolution happens, I'll be le
pacing. . . what is it? by Alexander Gao 14 years ago Wondering if anyone could shed some light on what exactly pacing in editing means, or point me to a link that explains it to me. I assume it has to do with keeping the viewer engaged in a subtle sort
Re: pacing. . . what is it? by the goodbye boy 14 years ago exactly. that is what a lot of younger editors need to learn. when not to cut. 'boogie nights' has a nice long no cut intro starting with a steadicam op held via a crane disconnects and walks into the
itunes visualizer by Alexander Gao 14 years ago Just wondering! Is the itunes visualizations created by apple itself Is it a realtime rendering deal, or just a dynamic playback quicktime, or what Just curious!! Alexander Gao "When the revolution ha
Re: itunes visualizer by Mark Sloan 14 years ago http: en.wikipedia.org wiki ITunes Has the history and all... was originally SoundJams... Interesting story about the OTHER way Apple might have gone: http: www.panic.com extras audionstory
loss of quality from final cut by wiggy1 14 years ago Please help! We film our projects on mini dv (pal) Canon xl1s & xm2 then edit in final cut pro 5, then we export to quicktime, we compress that in compressor to mpeg2 and then author in dvd studio pro
Re: loss of quality from final cut by Alexander Gao 14 years ago just a question: Why would compressor have trouble with things like color correction, etc. if the above poster exported to quicktime BEFORE going to compressor Alexander Gao "When the revolution happe