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Andrew Somers

VFX and Title Supervisor @
General Titles & Visual Effects

I am also a Writer/Director, SAG Actor, and an Editor (Editor's Guild member).
See my links for demo reels.
Member Since:
December 1st 2011
308 Posts
100 posts
Location:
Hollywood CALIFORNIA
Remove orange tracking markers from green screen
by Filip Stillerska 4 days ago
I've got a shot with actors in front of a green screen with orange tracking markers applied to it. There's a lot of camera movement in the scene and unfortunately, there's a couple of frames where the
Re: Orange and Green and Black and Blue, What's an Artist Gonna Do?
by Andrew Somers 1 day ago
You're welcome Pilip - Creative Cow comes up high in Google searches, so I figured it was worth it to address a lot of the comments all at once. ;) Andrew Somers VFX & Title Supervisor https: www.Gene
For faster AE workflow and renders - Additional SSD or a better graphic card?
by Raag Raisinghani 2 days ago
I was working on an ASUS G752VY since the past 2 years, here's the configuration - Intel i7 2.7GHz 64GB RAM 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD Nvidia GTX980M 8GB. This was working great for me while using Adobe Afte
Re: For faster AE workflow and renders - Additional SSD or a better graphic card?
by Andrew Somers 2 days ago
Newer Adobe products are relying more and more on OpenCL, so a graphics cards with lots of GRAM and lots of cores will probably give you the biggest jump, as you already have SSD. A GTX 1080ti with 11
HDTV (Rec. 709) vs Rec.709 Gamma 2.4 - Video Output
by Travis Warwick 3 weeks ago
I'm experiencing a very confusing issue with color working space and output. I don't know if it's intended, a bug, or I'm misunderstanding something. I have a clean project set to HDTV (Rec. 709) I ex
Re: HDTV (Rec. 709) vs Rec.709 Gamma 2.4 - Video Output
by Eric Santiago 4 days ago
Good lord I have to save this post in my tech book Thanks, Andrew.
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New Desktop For After Effects
by Omar Wanis 1 month ago
Hey guys, i'm buying a new Desktop mainly for After Fx but with a little C4D on the side. I have read that AE doesn't support multi-threading and isn't a great GPU renderer as well. So this is what i
Re: New Desktop For After Effects
by Andrew Somers 5 days ago
Hi Omar, That looks like a solid machine for what you are doing. Glad to see you got the better graphics card and CPU, I think you'll be pleased with performance. As to the CPU - my bad, I thought you
EXR Linear Workflow Advice
by Nick West 3 weeks ago
Hi, I have started working with a 3D artist who supplies me with image sequences which have been generated by 3ds Max. These are EXR files (16bit half float gamma 1.0) wish to adopt a linear workflow
Re: EXR Linear Workflow Advice
by Andrew Somers 1 week ago
Based on what you described, I'm going to guess that your mp4 is at a resolution like 720x480 or smaller (i.e. standard def size) just a guess, but AME may be using the Rec601 colorspace, which uses v
Undo Function In After Effects Is Not Consistent
by Bradley Kus 1 week ago
Does anyone have extensive knowledge on the Undo and Redo function within After Effects The nature of undo and redo seems to act randomly for me. Within After Effects CS6, I have the maximum amount al
Re: Undo Function In After Effects Is Not Consistent
by Andrew Somers 1 week ago
You can set undo at 99 but it doesn t mean you get 99. Undo is limited by available RAM, prOkechukwu size, etc. How much RAM do you have, and what is a typical project size for you Andrew Somers VFX &
Moving Subject Jitters Across Computer Screen but Not on a TV
by Kevin Camin 2 weeks ago
Hello everyone, In the attachment below, you can see that the subject jitters when it moves across the screen. I understand why it jitters, it's the same thing when trying to move a photo or some text
Re: Moving Subject Jitters Across Computer Screen but Not on a TV
by Steve Bentley 1 week ago
Thanks for that Andrew - you're a star! Now why wouldn't Nvidia tell us about that tool Do you know how many hours we've spent on the phone with them Perhaps they weren't happy that we used to do Ruby
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Shooting a monitor - how to remove strange rainbow flicker / scan line using AE
by Gus Howard 3 weeks ago
I shot a computer screen at an angle (4K RED using a Canon lens) and there is a rainbow stripe through it. Is there anyway using After Effects to remove this I actually also pull focus during the shot
Re: Shooting a monitor - how to remove strange rainbow flicker / scan line using AE
by Tim Drage 3 weeks ago
yeah but he NEVER said he wanted any of that where did you get they idea that the aim was 'matching the original' obviously he wants it to be a shot of something on a screen FOR EFFECT
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Andrew Somers liked this 3 weeks ago
"Light" leak from glow effect on supposedly masked object
by Liz McLean Knight 1 month ago
I'm a bit new at After Effects so I'm probably getting the render layer mask order wrong or something. I wanted to remove the Chromatic Glow effect from the red bag, which I was able to do. However,
Re: "Light" leak from glow effect on supposedly masked object
by Liz McLean Knight 3 weeks ago
Thanks, Andrew! I made the two masks +2 and -2 in "expansion" and that did it. Phew!
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Andrew Somers liked this 3 weeks ago
Adjustment layers and opacity
by Spencer Tycksen 4 years ago
Is there a way to use an adjustment layer to affect the opacity of the layers beneath it without precomposing I have dozens of layers I want to change the opacity on. When I put an adjustment layer in
Re: Adjustment layers and opacity
by Walter Soyka 4 years ago
An adjustment layer takes the total composite of every layer below it and presents it as a single layer which you may further process. It does not apply the effects or properties of the adjustment lay
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Andrew Somers liked this 3 weeks ago
Move and edit composition (contains 100 x .png file made by Blender)
by Sander van Pelt 1 month ago
Hello everybody, I've got a template of the Paramount intro with one composition which contains 100 .png pictures. These pictures are created with the program called Blender. Every picture contains th
Re: Move and edit composition (contains 100 x .png file made by Blender)
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
1. In your current setup, which DOES have each file as a separate layer, you'd need to modify the expression that Cassius suggested to something like this: myScale = linear(index,1,99,100,80); myScale
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Andrew Somers liked this 1 month ago
How well does twixtor work for slow motion?
by ryan elder 1 month ago
For a shoot I did, we were on such a roll and I was trying to work quickly, that I totally forgot to remind the DP to shoot at 60 fps for the slow motion shots. They were shot at 24 fps. I hear twixto
Re: How well does twixtor work for slow motion?
by Andrew Somers 1 month ago
I like this comment Terry. To add an RR "work around" - in his first film he didn't have a blimped camera, so how to work around the camera noise He'd record the actors right after each shot WILD. How
Replace Composition w/ another Comp
by Brian Altman 9 years ago
Is there a way to replace a comp with another comp in your time line just like you can replace footage with other footage
Re: Replace Composition w/ another Comp
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Linus Kraemer "I need to do something similar to this but want to replace a composition with another composition all from the project panel. Pretty sure there's no way of doing this using the standar
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Andrew Somers liked this 1 month ago
Separate dimensions greyed out, making graph editor bezier edits impossible.
by Russ Houghton 1 month ago
Noob question. I have two shapes in the content layer of a shape layer. The shapes move from one keypoint to the next. I want to edit the beziers in the graph editor. Right clicking Position on either
Re: Separate dimensions greyed out, making graph editor bezier edits impossible.
by Steve Bentley 1 month ago
You could also make a null whose position you can separate and have that drive the values of the path transform in the shape layer. Make an expression on the transform, leave the default highlighted a
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Andrew Somers liked this 1 month ago
AE won't allow Trillions on output to EXR
by Steve Bentley 1 month ago
Project: 16 bit. Output desired: EXR in Trillions (16 bit). Possible Is there a max frame size limitation Trillions is grayed out in the options - only Float is available (and works), but of course pr
Re: AE won't allow Trillions on output to EXR
by Steve Bentley 1 month ago
Smacks forehead. The machine I was doing this on is the only one WITHOUT proEXR. No wonder it looked different. There's enough new "looks" in AE that I chocked the different dialogue up to a new Adobe
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Andrew Somers liked this 1 month ago
Accidental File Move
by Joe McAdam 2 months ago
Hi I'm a FCP beginner, so please bear with me... I was working on a large project in FCP and decided to move it all to an external drive as it was at 74gb. Being an idiot and not knowing the proper wa
Re: Accidental File Move
by Joe McAdam 2 months ago
Dave, if you have no helpful advice for a beginner, stop being an arse and say nothing.
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Andrew Somers liked this 1 month ago
Adobe After Effects Forum
by Creative COW 2 years ago
https: forums.creativecow.net adobeaftereffects
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What aspect ratio should I shoot with, when mixing historical footage?
by ryan elder 2 months ago
I am directing a documentary film project and have to decide on an aspect ratio. I will be shooting interviews intercut with historical footage. I already have a lot of the historical footage chosen w
Re: What aspect ratio should I shoot with, when mixing historical footage?
by Andrew Somers 1 month ago
If there is hardly any difference between 16:9 and 1.85:1, then why do so many filmmakers till use 1.85, instead of just using 16:9 Thera are two standards for theatrical projection in the United Stat
Would I be able to get different aspect ratios on my DSLR?
by ryan elder 2 months ago
I am shooting a movie with a Canon 5D most likely, but I don't want to shoot in 16:9 video necessarily, which it can only shoot in. I was thinking maybe 2.20:1 or 2.39:1. I researched this and other p
Re: Would I be able to get different aspect ratios on my DSLR?
by Andrew Somers 1 month ago
Hi Ryan, What I would suggest: Buy some LCD Screen protectors, place one on the LCD then use a sharpie and a ruler to draw frame lines for the aspect ratio you want to shoot. As they will just be thin
Shooting at a higher frame rate
by stan welks 5 years ago
If I understand correctly, shooting at a higher frame rate like 60fps: 1. will play back at normal speed in a 30fps or a 24fps Premiere or Final Cut Pro project, is this correct 2. allows you to slow
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junaid ahmed liked this 4 years ago
Re: Shooting at a higher frame rate
by Andrew Somers 1 month ago
There are many reasons NOT to shoot at 60fps all the time when you are finishing in 24fps; 1) If you want to playback 60p footage at 24p at "normal"speed, then frames have to be removed, and it is not
Post on Forum -- don't contact off the forum
by Rick Wise 9 years ago
For the second time in as many days, a Forum member has contacted me directly rather than post on the Forum. While I am flattered that my advice is sometimes useful, this method of solving some proble
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Andrew Somers liked this 1 month ago
Re: Post on Forum -- don't contact off the forum
by Bob Cole 9 years ago
Fernando Mol "always trying to convince the shy person to ask trough the forum, usually with no luck. No choice but to respect that, I think." Hadn't thought of that "shyness" aspect, although it is
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Feature film mixing 24p and 25p footages
by Robin Nicollet 2 months ago
Hello everyone, I am now assistant on a feature film. We are planning to edit and deliver in 24p. Most of our footages have been shot in 24p using a blackmagic URSA camera. However, the team used a So
Re: Feature film mixing 24p and 25p footages
by Andrew Somers 2 months ago
Without question, slow it from 25 to 24 so there is a 1:1 frame relationship. I've done this several times in the past. On the film PEACEMAKER , many of the scenes shot in Europe were shot at 25 fps b
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Linear space and alpha channel output
by Andrew Somers 3 years ago
I am wondering if there is a plug-in to handle this: When working in a linearized color space but outputting to a gamma encoded space such as Rec709, the ALPHA channel is not output correctly - the al
Re: Linear space and alpha channel output
by Walter Soyka 3 years ago
Andrew Somers "The problem remains: linear colorspaces use a different opacity than gamma encoded spaces for the same perceptual intent, and AE does not compensate." I know this doesn't help you now,
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Andrew Somers liked this 3 years ago
automatic 2d-3d conversion plugins:?
by David Ghast 6 years ago
I found one at yuvsoft.com but their faq says they wont sell to us lowly consumers, so anyone know of an automatic 2d-3d conversion plugin for AE, or similar program (Roto is not an option...)
Re: automatic 2d-3d conversion plugins:?
by Conrad Olson 6 years ago
I don't understand why you are expecting a cheap automatic solution. Hollywood movie conversions do use automatic conversion. They use thousands of roto, paint, 3D and compositing artists to get the j
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Andrew Somers liked this 6 years ago
Polygon Problem
by Andrew Somers 6 years ago
Okay, here's the situation: I have a helicopter model which I believe was created in 3DS, and when used in C4D (or Maya or Photoshop), and rendered in high quality, many of the UV mapped textures disa
Re: Polygon Problem
by Andrew Somers 6 years ago
Thanks ADam that is useful - a followup question: I am finding that the apparent root of he problem is a number of cases where multiple polys are sharing the same vertex, including cases where the out
Adding a roller shutter effect
by govind kidao 7 years ago
Hi Guys, I have some material that I'd like to add a rolling shutter jello effect too. Odd request I know, but I'm in the process of making a viral for a client who wants a hoax UFO video and the foot
Re: Adding a roller shutter effect
by Michael Szalapski 7 years ago
Grab a phone with a camera. Play your video while you point your camera at the screen. Shake it a little bit if needed. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Hum
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Andrew Somers liked this 6 years ago
Mocha AE in CS6?
by Erik Mickelson 6 years ago
Anyone notice if Mocha AE was included with CS6 It would be a shame to upgrade now, while it's discounted, only to find it came as a freebie for CS6. CrippleBook Pro 2.3Ghz i7, 8GB ram, SLeopard 10.6.
Re: Mocha AE in CS6?
by Ross Shain 6 years ago
This is not true and a very important distinction for mocha users to understand. CS6 does not ship with mocha AE v3. Adobe After Effects CS6 ships with "mocha AE CS6". This is "NOT" mocha AE v3. mocha
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Andrew Somers liked this 6 years ago
What's the Best Nikon DSLR HD video
by Karin Hazé 6 years ago
Hi there , I have a Nikon D300 which I want to replace for a Nikon DSLR video. I have never used a DSLR to shoot video. I am most concerned about the sound and HD image quality. Are there any Nikon ou
Re: What's the Best Nikon DSLR HD video
by Andrew Somers 6 years ago
The D4 and D800 can record up to 30 minutes in a single *take* (technically 29 minutes, 59 seconds - a time limit related to import duties), but you can record save HOURS to a single card. The D7000 c
Nikon D800/E and D4 hands-on comments about HD/Codec from an NPS shooter in NL
by Rob Manning 7 years ago
A bit from the trenches today on the Nikons pending for HDMI. "The new D4 and D800 D800E are about to change that, I think. Not only do they offer full HD at up to 30fps progressive (60fps is possible
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Pete Burger liked this 7 years ago
Re: Nikon D800/E and 4K
by Andrew Somers 7 years ago
Even 8-bit RGB is *NOT ENOUGH* for wide gamut feature film work. 8 bit gives you only a tiny latitude that you have to fit the image into. According to tests, the HDMI out of the D4 is 1080i, not 1080
Suggestion for a complete DSLR camera package?
by daniel skaf 7 years ago
Hi, I have been using the Sony Z-1 for a long time. Although I love how easy it is to use film with it, I need to update. Any video camera that has the closest look as DSLR Camera on the range of $300
Re: Suggestion for a complete DSLR camera package?
by Andrew Somers 7 years ago
I highly suggest Nikon. I wrote a few detailed posts just a week or two ago here: Regarding the Nikon D7000 (by far the best video-capable dSLR in the under $3000 class, and at $1300, you won;t find a
Lerp effect in After Effects?
by Stephen Kennedy 7 years ago
Hi, Can anyone tell me how to make one item follow another item with a specified amount of delay drag in catching it up I work in Unity (game developing environment) where this is quite easy to set up
Re: Lerp effect in After Effects?
by Andrew Somers 7 years ago
In expressions you can specify time relative to what you are evaluating. You are looking for the "valueAtTime" method. Here's an example: http: help.adobe.com en_US aftereffects cs using WS3878526689c
Daylight-balanced bulbs for mixed lighting conditions?
by Jake Huddleston 7 years ago
I have a shoot coming up that may be shot in a camper or RV. I don't have much of a lighting kit together yet, so I'm hoping to use some available daylight (overcast light) coming in through the windo
Re: Daylight-balanced bulbs for mixed lighting conditions?
by Andrew Somers 7 years ago
The ones in the hardware store have pretty poor CRI - they may be daylight balanced but still have huge spikes at certain wavelengths. For photography use, you want a CRI of no less than 90. Try these
DSLR Video: What to Buy
by Kevin Allmond 7 years ago
Ok, I need help. I've been going nuts with this issue, and finally decided to take it to a forum. I am currently looking to buy a DSLR, specifically for video, and I cannot nail down which is the way
Re: DSLR Video: What to Buy
by Andrew Somers 7 years ago
Welcome to the Nikon family :) Yes I agree with not getting the 18-105 kit lens, it's not one I recommend. Lenses are something I usually buy used. The 18-70mm f 3.5-4.5 DX AF-S is surprisingly good,
About using AE comp camera.
by Colin Carver 7 years ago
I'd like to be able to use AE's comp camera instead if Invigorator Pro 5's camera. Obviously I've ticked use comp camera, and for the most part this is fine, but for some reason, even though I can see
Re: About using AE comp camera.
by Andrew Somers 7 years ago
It's normal that you cannot see the model in the Top, Left, Right camera. Since 3D Invigorator is a plug-in that is applied to a 2D Layer, the 3D is only "projected" to the Comp Camera. Interestingly,
Chroma key question
by Roli Rivelino 7 years ago
I'm having a go at my first green screen edit and I'm using the chroma keyer in FCP (first mistake maybe ). First of all, I'm fairly sure the shoot could have been lit better and the subjects at the b
Re: Chroma key question
by Andrew Somers 7 years ago
I'm having a go at my first green screen edit and I'm using the chroma keyer in FCP The built in keyer in Final Cut is pretty much worthless. A plug-in that *is* pretty useful for FCP is: http: www.dv
News: Nikon releases new DSLR camera, the Nikon D4
by Cow News Droid 7 years ago
The next-generation flagship Nikon digital-SLR camera with the ultimate in versatility and functionality (TOKYO, JAPAN--January 7, 2012) Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nik
Re: News: Nikon releases new DSLR camera, the Nikon D4
by Andrew Somers 7 years ago
But the D4's list price is approx. $6K. At that price, my comparing it to a GH2 ( $800 body only) is apples & oranges. Cheers. To be fair, the D4 is optimized as a professional still camera *first* -
slow motion
by clyde villegas 7 years ago
Can the AF100 do slow motion shots like this: http: www.youtube.com watch v=gprxkKVAyV8 Thanks =) ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus
Re: slow motion
by Andrew Somers 7 years ago
Can I use 60p footage from a 60D and then use Twixtor Are all Red cameras capable of 300fps frame rate 60 fps will only get you part-way - and not the "super" slow mo that you see in the above video.
KEY / Green screen problems ... FCP ASAP
by Katie dillon 7 years ago
So, Keying the green screen out for the first time for a client. Came out fine, until the guy in the video moves his arm really fast. I can see the green screen behind him, it looks terrible. And it l
Re: KEY / Green screen problems ... FCP ASAP
by Andrew Somers 7 years ago
The late great Ultimatte Advantedge was good at handling this kind of thing all by itself (sad that ultimatte discontinued support) - IMO Primatte and Keylight are less effective as "one click" plug i
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