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Ace Billet

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Slider Control Expression w/ Precomps Breaks
by Ace Billet 3 years ago
Working on CC17. I have a project with revolving assets. I need to render out 20 instances with changing images, which are precomped . I wanted to have a slider control in the master comp - Feed the s
Re: Slider Control Expression w/ Precomps Breaks
by Ace Billet 3 years ago
No, purging doesn't help. I guess we'll have to go manual on this one. <== BilletHQ Creative that Goes to 11 == http: www.egg-factory.com
CatDV Operating Questions
by Ace Billet 6 years ago
1) Is there any way to have the proxies reside with the catalog file Or they have to be in user Movies 2) Is there a way to organize my "Log Notes" window - say I set up some categories, but I want to
Thanks Robb - Just what I kneaded
by Ace Billet 6 years ago
When you say " lock down certain entries " you mean make certain fields Drop Down Pick lists <== BilletHQ Creative that Goes to 11 == http: www.egg-factory.com
Flickering texture on Multi Shader + Random
by Ace Billet 7 years ago
Got a grid cloner of a cube, with a multi shader made of 20 pics. When I apply a random effector the texture starts acting crazy - the images flip every 2 frames or so, creating a mess. here's a small
Re: Flickering texture on Multi Shader + Random
by Ace Billet 7 years ago
Well, your question helped me figure out whats wrong. Thanks ! The cube Z size was 0. Changed it to 0.5, problem solved. <== BilletHQ Creative that Goes to 11 == http: www.egg-factory.com
Material on Loft NURB appears with lines
by Ace Billet 7 years ago
Posted Today, 03:52 PM I have a loft NURB going between 2 splines, to create a ribbon. I imported a long PNG image to work as the ribbon's material. However, when rendered the image appears with lines
Re: Material on Loft NURB appears with lines
by Ace Billet 7 years ago
Looks like you're right... client swerved away from this so I forgot to get back to you on that. But, as clients usually do, we will be polishing this direction before lunch tomorrow. <== BilletHQ
Adding segments to spline that has been extruded
by Lasse Ankanpää 11 years ago
Hi How to add segments to a spline object I did a path in photoshop that i opened in cinema, then placed the path in Extrude NURBS, and now i need to wrap the object around a sphere with a Wrap deform
Re: Adding segments to spline that has been extruded
by Ace Billet 7 years ago
In the spline, go to Object Intermediate Points Natural, tweak numbers to liking. <== BilletHQ Creative that Goes to 11 == http: www.egg-factory.com
Expression for using time from other comp
by Ace Billet 7 years ago
I'm using SoundKeys to scale some element in a music video. Now, this element appears several times, so I created a master comp for my SoundKeys and Audio, created keyframes and expression-pickwhipped
Lasso Hell - Sharp Edges !
by Ace Billet 8 years ago
I'm trying to lasso an area of a picture. When I lasso and feather the selection, the edge come out sharp with a slight feather shadow. Nothing like it should be. Image is 8 bit. Any clues why this at
Re: Lasso Hell - Sharp Edges !
by Dominick Frederick 8 years ago
You can try adjusting the lasso properties by clicking the refine edge button found in the menu options for that tool. Note: tool most be active for this menu to be visible(in upper left corner). When
After Effects equivalent for Photoshop Video Layers ?
by Ace Billet 8 years ago
Lately I've been doing some animation using Photoshop animation tools = video layers. Great for the jittery hand made look. I render out a video, draw in Photoshop then importing the animation video l
Re: After Effects equivalent for Photoshop Video Layers ?
by Ace Billet 8 years ago
That - I know. And I'd don't really need the brushes. I'm looking for the convenient drawing style, jumping frames and drawing, onion skinning and all that jazz, not to mention the ability to actually
Shooting lens flares / light leaks
by Ace Billet 9 years ago
Hey all, I'm about to shoot a show open, and want to use flares and light leaks as a visual element. Create a lit summer feel. Something like this: The Latency - "Fork In The Road" - dir. Alon Isocian
Re: Shooting lens flares / light leaks
by Rick Amundson 9 years ago
All great ideas so far and I have used them all. Video copilot's Optical Flares is great especially if you are working with 3D layers in After Effects. What I like about Crumple Pop's is that it is ac
Expression to Read Timecode of main / outer comp
by Ace Billet 9 years ago
Also posted this in the main AE forum I have a video with some User Interface animations. I want to include a time code on all the instances of that GUI, BUT... I don't want it to read its own comp's
Re: Expression to Read Timecode of main / outer comp
by Dan Ebberts 9 years ago
I can't think of any way to do that. It sounds like possibly you want different layer instances of the same precomp to display different information at the same frame. If so, that's a dead end. Dan
Expression to Read Timecode of main / outer comp
by Ace Billet 9 years ago
I have a video with some User Interface animations. I want to include a time code on all the instances of that GUI, BUT... I don't want it to read its own comp's TC (beacuse this would be 00:01 and go
Re: Expression to Read Timecode of main / outer comp
by Erik Waluska 9 years ago
I would just pre-compose the timecode from within the comp you want to use as the source of the timecode and then drop that pre-comp in whatever other comp you want to use it in. Or, you can build an
Roto Rumble - Stuff Looks ok inside the comp, faulty outside
by Ace Billet 9 years ago
I have a comp with some quick motion. I rotoed an element. Everything looks clean. When I go to the higher level comps I suddenly artifacts along the border of the element, as if it is not masked prop
Re: Roto Rumble - Stuff Looks ok inside the comp, faulty outside
by Ace Billet 9 years ago
Thanks good folks. Yep = changing all the comps to 23.976 seemed to work. Dave - I'm on a "virgin "CS5, I know the update is out but I don't like to update in mid-project. what are the new perks of th
R3D Files importing in Wrong Color
by Ace Billet 9 years ago
I'm working on a project shot on Red. I got some converted ProRes files to work with that were blu-ish. They were converted on FCP. When I import the original R3D file to AE CS5, it comes out in a dif
Re: R3D Files importing in Wrong Color
by Cory Petkovsek 9 years ago
Also, I forgot to add, check "Preserve RGB" on the color management tab for all the r3ds. You can use color management in your working space and output if desired, but you'll get accurate results if y
Picture in Picture Zoom Out
by Ace Billet 9 years ago
I have 3 shots that I have to zoom out of sequentially. I.e. start with one image, zoom out and I'm coming out at a board held by someone in the 2nd shot. zoom out again and we're flying out of a pict
Re: Picture in Picture Zoom Out
by Cory Petkovsek 9 years ago
This tutorial should show you everything you need. You'll obviously need to figure out a way to blend crop your comps so they fit aspect ratio, but it shouldn't be too difficult. http: www.videocopilo
Keyframes moving in half frame increments... crazy
by Ace Billet 9 years ago
OK, so I have a composition that consisted of several PSDs moving around, changing position and rotation and forming shapes. What I don't get is somehow keyframes are "between" frames on the timeline.
Re: Keyframes moving in half frame increments... crazy
by David Bitterman 5 years ago
Old topic, but I'd like to know the solution please!
RAM Preview won't stop or play !
by Ace Billet 9 years ago
I'm on AE CS5, on 10.6.2 (mac book pro). I'm working on a project that just video and overlays - not even effects. The problem is when I hit "0" for RAM Preview, it starts rendering but wont stop for
Re: RAM Preview won't stop or play !
by Ace Billet 9 years ago
Thanks. Did a memory test - looks OK. AE is updated to 10.0.1. Multiprocessors render is turned off. I'm going to try a fresh install. See if that helps. <== BilletHQ Creative that Goes to 11 == ht
Show Duplicate Frames on CS5 ?
by Ace Billet 10 years ago
Is there a way to show duplicate frames on the timeline, same as in Final Cut Pro I'm working on h264 DSLR footage. I put 2 copies of the same clip on the timeline, and didn't get the color underline.
Applying Texture to a Polygon
by Ace Billet 10 years ago
Hi All, I downloaded a LegoMan IWO model from Turbosquid. I managed to open it in C4D (R11) and most of the textures came out fine. However, the face texture - a polygon with a TIFF applied to it - ca
Re: Applying Texture to a Polygon
by Brian Jones 10 years ago
To use alpha like that it should be the top texture (furthest to the right). All those UVW tags weren't really necessary since most of the textures are color only and the face and shirt work well with
Create a star from cubes
by Ace Billet 11 years ago
hi folks, I created a 16-point star sun (extruded shape. Now I want it to be built from small cubes, giving it a pixelated look. Is this done using MoGraph or another technique cheers Billet
Re: Create a star from cubes
by Adam Trachtenberg 11 years ago
Yes, MoGraph would probably be the way to go. If you want a solid shape, set the extrude caps to regular grid and then use the extrude as a reference for a cloner in object mode.
AVCHD imports jittery on FCP, but OK on iMovie
by Ace Billet 11 years ago
Hi folks I'm importing HD footage (AVCHD) from Sony HDR-SR11 Handycam. It's NTSC footage. When the footage imports to FCP (in Quicktime) it plays buggy, frames jump back and the whole thing looks like
Re: AVCHD imports jittery on FCP, but OK on iMovie
by Ace Billet 11 years ago
I'm not using a HD array, I'm just capturing to the MacPro's internal SATA HD (1tb). Also, the import is fine when I'm using my MacBook Pro (1st Generation), and capturing to FireWire 400 drives. www.
Importing footage from Sony SR-11, using a local disk
by Ace Billet 11 years ago
Hi friendz, I'm trying to bypass long import times from Sony HDR SR-11 (AVCHD) via USB, so I copied the content of the camera's drive to my hard drive. I kept the original directory structure, copied
How to create Daylight with fake windows ?
by Ace Billet 11 years ago
I'm shooting a spot that happens in several rooms. The set is already built (it's a furniture store with display rooms). Their rooms have some windows installed, but they are "Fake", with plates bolte
Re: How to create Daylight with fake windows ?
by irayne vamplew 9 years ago
looking for a fake windows I have just seen the most fantastic site - go to Sky Factory and have a look! AMAZING!!!
The Poor man's Kino ? Lighting on a shoe string needed
by Ace Billet 12 years ago
I'm planning on shooting a tabletop set, some objects the size size of a paperback. I'm thinking of lighting the set with some light that can imitate Kino. Prefferebly something you can buy at the Hom
Re: The Poor man's Kino ? Lighting on a shoe string needed
by Jason Jenkins 12 years ago
coollights.biz or flolight.com
Menus Messed Up in Illust. CS3 - Image inside
by Ace Billet 12 years ago
Hello, All of a sudden the menus in Illustrator CS3 started looking like this: only "suspicious" action I did was dragging an SWF file to Illustrator mistakingly. I tried trashing the prefs but to no
Audio Lagging on Playback & Scrubbing
by Ace Billet 12 years ago
Setup: Macbook Pro, 10.4.8, FCP 5.1.2 DV-PAL === Footage on external FW Drive Recently, I've been getting an annoying lag on playback on the canvas. More than a second. Also, scrubbing the timeline do
Audio Lagging on Playback & Scrubbing - FIXED
by Ace Billet 12 years ago
Well, seems to have nailed it (and sweating heavily while doing so) Apparently, my OS Audio Video settings (in the Utilities foldah) were routing the Output not to the speakers. Corrected it, and the
FCP 4.5 Sluggish.. again
by Ace Billet 13 years ago
I have a project that holds 16 1-minute sequences. about half of them are stopmotion sequences (i.e. a lot of 1-2 frames long shots) The project is about 8 MB. I feel a general slugginesh while workin
Re: FCP 4.5 Sluggish.. again
by Eduardo Dutra 13 years ago
Hi, I just came across your post. I am just preparing for a 8min. stopmotion project in fcp4.5 myself. I had attempted it once already but decided to abandon it and start fresh as I was having issues
Aligining an object to a Liner Cloner (Mograph) - Image Inside
by Ace Billet 13 years ago
I have a TV box which I want to put on top of a twisiting pole I want the pole to swing back and forth, like it cant take the weight. (right pole in the image) How do I get the TV to go with the pole
Re: Aligining an object to a Liner Cloner (Mograph) - Image Inside
by mdme_sadie 13 years ago
There's lots of ways, here's a couple that might get you started off 1) Create your linera cloner 2) Create a tracer tracing your linear cloner and set to connect obejcts 3) Attach your tv to the resu
Capturing in FCP 5.1 for Editing in 4.5
by Ace Billet 13 years ago
I want to use my laptop (MBP 2Ghz) to capture some DV footage to an external drive, then use the drive and the quicktime files to edit on a G5 with FCP 4.5. I'm capturing with the DV-PAL preset, so I
Re: Capturing in FCP 5.1 for Editing in 4.5
by Ace Billet 13 years ago
Sorry if my intention is not clear enough: I don't want to log on the 5.1 machine. Just use capture now to capture 20min clips. I'll use the QUICKTIME files only - no XML or other data needed. The que
Green flashes on exported QT
by Ace Billet 13 years ago
hi friendz I'm using FCP 4.5 to chop some footage I grabbed off the internet, mainly MPEG-4 and MPEG-2. I just load it to the Viewer window, mark I O and export using quicktime conversion to short cli
Camera Export to AE comes in FLIPPED
by Ace Billet 14 years ago
Whenever I export my camera to AE, something's not working. For example: I placed a cube on a wall, did some camera move, copied the cube's coordinates, but when I assign these to graphics in AE, the
PSD Files appearing with frames on PDF
by Ace Billet 14 years ago
I have "transparent" psd file on another image. When I render this to PDF, I see thin white lines along the edges of the image. Anyway to bypass this Will thise white lines show in press cheers aceInt
Re: PSD Files appearing with frames on PDF
by Jonathan Bishop 14 years ago
Hey Guys, Just elaborating on bilarts post, exporting at PDF version 1.4 instead of 1.3 should also aleviate this problem and majority of printers should accept this versioning. Cheers
That art school animation jittery look
by Ace Billet 14 years ago
I have 3 illustrations more or less the same. I want to create a short sequence that has a jittery animation look, something like Bill Plimpton's stuff or the Red Bull animation commercails. I tried w
Re: That art school animation jittery look
by Ace Billet 14 years ago
Joints and Sgt. Pepper aside, eriness, you mind explaining this to us stoners I'm kinda new to AE7 and not know all the bells and whistles of TimeWarp. (or did you just mean good old time remap) Can y
AE crashes when 3D flag is used
by Ace Billet 14 years ago
Just got 3D flag v. 1.01. I used it in a comp, however as soon as i select this comp AE crashed and gives a 3D-flag related error. Sometimes it crashes (with that error message) even when I'm not work
Re: AE crashes when 3D flag is used
by Matt Rhodes 14 years ago
Hello Asaf. Is it possible for you to send me your .aep file I'd be happy to take a look, especially if you can send me a set of steps to follow. Feel free to send the .aep file (no media files necess
zaxwerks 3d flag works ok but crashes when project is resaved
by Paul Hanson 14 years ago
Can anybody shed some light on this problem, I'm using zaxwerks 3d flag which works fine and saves fine, but when the project is called up and adjustments made and you try to resave after effects cras
Re: zaxwerks 3d flag works ok but crashes when project is resaved
by Ace Billet 14 years ago
Im getting this too. VERY annoying. I had to remove the plugin from the Plugins folder just so I could open my project and clear the effect. Any news on that cheers aceIntel Inside, the world's most p
Random Frames from a movie clip - How to ?
by Ace Billet 14 years ago
I've got a movie clip about 3.30 min long. I want to get random shots from the clip, each about 1-2 sec long, just running in the background. I tried using an expression in Time Remap, but I just get
Re: Random Frames from a movie clip - How to ?
by Colin Braley 14 years ago
http: www.motionscript.com mastering-expressions random-3.html
Scaling text in Illustrator
by Ace Billet 14 years ago
Sometimes when I make a text block in Illust., I can scale the text by pulling the corner handles. Other times, just the text box grows but the text remains the same. I noticed there is another square
Re: Scaling text in Illustrator
by Seth Taylor 14 years ago
If you click and drag to form the boundaries of your text box, you will not be able to scale the text by dragging the corners. To scale: Click with the text tool once and then begin to type. Select th
Attention - Elections ! New video out
by Ace Billet 14 years ago
Just released a new music video I directed, edited, and did the post. The song is in hebrew and deals with politics and elections. (Elections graphics apply worldwide I guess) check it out on www.bill
Re: Attention - Elections ! New video out
by Ace Billet 14 years ago
Hey, thanks for the compliments. The video was shot on a DSR750, captured + edited on FCP, all the motion graphics and compositing work were done on After Effects. Took about 6 weeks for doing most of
Long File save time in Illustrator
by Ace Billet 14 years ago
When I'm saving a file in Illustrator CS (OS X), it takes a lot of time to save the file. There is an EPS pic in the document. Is there a way to make saving files quicker It reeeeaaaally hurts my work
Re: Long File save time in Illustrator
by Seth Olson 14 years ago
What is the resolution for the EPS image Does it take as long to save if you remove the image Perhaps you could work with a JPEG version during the work flow and replace it once you are done What are
1 Field Strobe or "How to lose that Video look"
by Ace Billet 15 years ago
I'm an FCP editor working on a project in AVID xpress DV. In FCP I apply a "1-field strobe" to the whole sequnce, so motions are more smooth and the footage doesn't look like "raw" video. (also, when
Re: 1 Field Strobe or "How to lose that Video look"
by Erik Hermesman 15 years ago
And dont forget. There are two fluid film plugins. FLUID FILM - PAL FLUID FILM CADENCE - NTSC The fluid film plugins are only available in Avid Xpress Pro 4.5 and up
Subclips go all Black on XpressDV
by Ace Billet 15 years ago
On a certain project I have, some clips I click on (in the bin) open in the composer as a black frame (dark grey to be exact), with no sound. However I can apply a motion effect to them. When I put th
Re: Subclips go all Black on XpressDV
by William Busby 15 years ago
PGLUE is usually associated with un-rendered motion effects. try rendering them (if any) & your sequence should play properly without that error. Bill
Importing Final Cut captures to Avid Xpress DV
by Ace Billet 15 years ago
Hi all I've got about 10 .mov files, each 20 min long, that were captured from a MiniDV cam on Final Cut. I want to edit them on Avid Xpress. What I did was import them to a bin (the application did s
Re: Importing Final Cut captures to Avid Xpress DV
by Todd Beabout 15 years ago
Make sure that you import them into Avid with the proper setting that you will be working with (i.e. DV, 1:1, whatever...). Once it is imported into Avid you are good to go. -Todd Beabout Vazda Studio
How to price PostProduction work - Need advice & ideas
by Ace Billet 15 years ago
Hi all, I'm about to do some work for a major corporate, and theguy in charge of the video dept. there asked me to give him a general price quote. Even though I have more or less set prices (music vid
Re: How to price PostProduction work - Need advice & ideas
by Ace Billet 15 years ago
Wow ! I REALLY enjoyed reading your comment. Go by the hour day is what I was thinking. I'll do some shopping to see how much they charge for post work (I live in israel so $100 hour for an AE session
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