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Ben Insler

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February 16th 2005
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Getting Media Start from imported file
by Paul Curtis 7 years ago
This is a scripting expression question and it's really got me stumped. I have hundreds of comps to script and the base layer are MTS files. I need to generate each comp using the same timecode as the
Re: Getting Media Start from imported file
by Ben Insler 5 years ago
did you ever figure this out I'd love to be able to read a layer comp start timecode. Thanks!
Set Comp Start Time to Layer Start Time
by Ben Insler 5 years ago
For the life of me I cannot get my script to read assign start times to an item - keeps returning "Undefined". I'd like to read the start time from video item, and then set a comp's start time to that
Re: Set Comp Start Time to Layer Start Time
by Murat Atasoy 4 years ago
in this example you can see the var compone = curComp.layer(1); var comptwo = curComp.layer(2); comptwo.startTime = compone.outPoint; layer's has startTime and outPoint. outPoint is endtime of layer.
Creating swappable offline edit media versions for Avid
by Ben Insler 6 years ago
Hi COW! I've posted on some Avid and Blackmagic forums and received little to no feedback, so figured I should come to the pros! While I've graded a number of locked projects in Resolve, I'm new to us
Re: Creating swappable offline edit media versions for Avid
by Ben Insler 6 years ago
Thanks Marc, Good suggestions, but this workflow doesn't have to do with a syncing issue. I'm concerned with making a set of burn-in and clean media that can be swapped so that I can choose, when maki
AVID MC7 Bins moving around on their own.
by Joseph Mastantuono 7 years ago
Hey, I'm managing several editors here, and two of them are having a crazy issue when a bin they're working on will disappear from the folder it's in, only to reappear in another folder. Anyone having
Re: AVID MC7 Bins moving around on their own.
by Ben Insler 7 years ago
Just ran into this problem and got routed here after searching online. I really haven't found a way to predictably reproduce this bug, but here's what I've been able to figure out: MC 7.0.2 1. Assumin
TC not displaying correctly based on sequence format
by Ben Insler 8 years ago
Hey All, I'm new to Avid, so forgive me if this is a newbie one, and thanks in advance - I'm pretty stumped (and some of my Avid editor friends are as well), and I can't find any settings that solve t
Re: TC not displaying correctly based on sequence format
by Ben Insler 8 years ago
Well, I have to say that I thought Matchback might help out but didn't really know what it did so I never tried it. It actually didn't change a thing, but I appreciate the idea. And the TC Window and
Uh... certain functions no longer going into Undo Queue
by Ben Insler 8 years ago
So just recently, my FCP no longer incorporated add delete filters into my undo queue. So if I add a filter to a clip by accident, I can't press undo and have that effect be removed. Or, if I delete a
Duplicating Comps WITH Precomps?
by Ben Insler 9 years ago
Hey COW! Is this possible Is there a way to duplicate a comp along with all the precomps inside of it, to create a new editable set of comps that does not relink back to the original final comp For ex
Re: Duplicating Comps WITH Precomps?
by ben g unguren 9 years ago
Here's an old-school way to do this, probably defunct with the script Walter offered: Make a copy of your AE project, select your comp that you want to duplicate and choose "Reduce Project" -(This del
FCP End User License Agreement ?
by Brian Charles 9 years ago
In the past we were able to install FCP Studio on a desktop and a laptop, as long as we weren't running the apps concurrently. With an App store download, does this mean we're required to purchase a c
Re: FCP End User License Agreement ?
by Ben Insler 9 years ago
Grabbed this from the App Store terms and conditions. Looks like you can put it on 5 machines. Just don't use it to edit professionally. Doh.
Clips and Sequences keep changing names
by Doug Normington 9 years ago
Hi, Last night I upgraded to FCP 7. It is working fine except.... When I do an edit... lets say I insert a video clip. When I do that the name of the sequence changes to the name of that clip and all
Re: Clips and Sequences keep changing names
by Ben Insler 9 years ago
Trash prefs B
Audio Filters: Apple vs Final Cut Pro
by Misha Tenenbaum 9 years ago
Hi Guys, This may be a simple question but does anyone know why the audio filters in FCP 7 are broken up into two categories, Apple and Final Cut Pro What's the difference between the two Thanks, Edit
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Re: Audio Filters: Apple vs Final Cut Pro
by Ben Insler 9 years ago
I believe - though I'm not 100% sure - that the FCP audio filters consist of the set that are only bundled with FCP. The Apple filters are either bundled with the OS or QT Pro. I honestly can't rememb
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Larry Jordan speaks about FCPX
by Craig Seeman 9 years ago
Larry Jordan speaks about FCPX Part1 http: www.youtube.com watch v=n5NdeGiio9c Part2 http: www.youtube.com watch v=gR2Br5enWns Part3 http: www.youtube.com watch v=ezXVRtksuIQ Part4 http: www.youtube.c
Re: Larry Jordan speaks about FCPX
by Ben Insler 9 years ago
Ben Holmes "FCPX 1.0 "It will not be ready for professional use" says Larry Jordan Now that's what I call a "jawdropper"! " Sounds like an extremely measured comment, designed to temper expectations.
Relinking to Dual System Audio across different systems
by Ben Insler 9 years ago
Hey All, I've searched this and can't find an answer - apologies if I'm bringing up old frustrations. I'm working on a RED edit, dual system, sound synced in FCP. For travel purposes, I have two sets
Re: Relinking to Dual System Audio across different systems
by Ben Insler 9 years ago
Tried the method you suggested - same outcome. Audio reconnect returned the same errors. Here's what I tried. Cleaned up the project so that it contains only the media and my latest sequence. Here are
Paring down slow crashing large project
by Mark Shepherd 9 years ago
I have a very large FCP 7.06 project that is sooo large that it crashes all the time. It is a documentary project that I have been working on for YEARs and has now grown to almost 400mb. It has about
Re: Paring down slow crashing large project
by Ben Insler 9 years ago
Sequences take up the meat of a project file, not the footage you've imported. Separately, simply deleting sequences from a project doesn't simplify the project file as much as we'd all expect. I'm he
Best way to sync RED footage and audio?
by Julie Antepli 9 years ago
What is the best way to sync RED footage and audio in FCP, with online in mind In the last RED project I cut, we transcoded the RED footage to Prorez 422 Proxy, then used the "merge clip" feature to s
Re: Best way to sync RED footage and audio?
by Ben Insler 9 years ago
I would agree. Presumably, even if you're editing in LT, you're using full quality audio. You can prep send your OMF from the offline LT edit, then upres for online with picture only and all sound rem
Yet another scratchdisk question
by Mark Laslo 9 years ago
Hi All, I have 3 drives in my Mac Pro 1: 700 GB System Drive with Automatic backup folder for projects (Autosave is set to every 5 minutes) 2: 1 TB Media drive that is currently housing project files,
Re: Yet another scratchdisk question
by Ben Insler 9 years ago
I personally tend to keep my project files where the media is. When working on multiple projects, with multiple editors or in multiple places, I have found security in knowing that everything related
raster data expressions
by Ben Insler 12 years ago
Hey Cow! Is there a way to access raster data of a camera through expressions. I'm looking to... say... take the top have the camera look at the upper left corner of the comp, average its pixels into
Re: raster data expressions
by Ben Insler 12 years ago
Gotcha. Thanks. Turns out I'm using AFX 6.5 (i know...I know...), and that function wasn't introduced until CS3. So I've come up with a new idea for driving the effect I'm looking for, but I'm having
EX1 Updates???
by Ben Insler 12 years ago
Anyone know of news to update the EX1 Firmware Would love to have the rolling shutter problem fixed. Also, it would be really nice to have all lens data written into the metadata of each recorded clip
Re: firmware update by user?
by Ben Insler 12 years ago
Yes, I hope so too! I thought the idea was that Firmware updates could be loaded onto a blank SxS card and that the camera would recognize the update and install it Ted Joyce "We just had our EX1's fi
XDCAM EX ingest workflow
by Ben Insler 12 years ago
Hey all, This may have been posted about before here or in an XDCAM threat, but I haven't seen anything as I've scanned through. I'm curious about the EX tapeless workflow, specifically during the ing
EX1 dump to Ipod
by stefan kroesbacher 12 years ago
Hi all, just received my ex1... i am happy with it - it's not a 35mm sensor and i surely will not sell my letus extreme, but it's a great step forward in development. but: can anyone of you programmer
Re: EX1 dump to Ipod
by Ben Insler 12 years ago
Can iPod games interface through the USB cable to make this possible BenBen Insler Editor Telemark Films
Battery & File Management
by Bill Evelyn 12 years ago
Hello, I am interested in how many of you manage your BP U30 batteries for this camera. Do you charge your battery 'til full, then turn off the BC U1 charger...or do you leave it charging indefinately
Re: Battery & File Management
by Ben Insler 12 years ago
I have 2 16GB and 2 8GB Cards, so I've ruled out the dual layer DVD option, although I think it's a good one if you're using 8GB only. You can use the the Clip Browser software to split shot cards int
Motion project has jagged edges when i export
by amber P 13 years ago
I create a motion project with beautiful smooth edges but when I export it to use as a DVDSP background or for final cut it turns out wuth his horrible edges please tell me what I should do
Re: Motion project has jagged edges when i export
by Ben Insler 13 years ago
Try just exporting with the native settings (not through compressor) and letting DVDSP encode your media for DVD. Not the best workflow that I'd recommend, but at least you can narrow down the problem
HD100U/200U Component Out
by Ben Insler 13 years ago
For the GY-HD100U 200U series cameras, does anyone know where in the image signal path the component output feeds from Are the component lines outputting uncompressed footage straight from the CCDs, o
Re: HD100U/200U Component Out
by Chris Borjis 13 years ago
dval7586 "I hooked a component monitor to the output (3) wire and it wasn't locking up. Rolling, Fluttering and green." something is wrong with your cam or your monitor. I get a great locked signal f
Scale or rendering issue
by Ben Insler 13 years ago
Hey All, I haven't been able to figure this out in motion for a while and have just been working around it, but I was hoping you'd know what was up. We're working in Final Cut Pro with DVCPRO HD foota
Re: Scale or rendering issue
by Ben Insler 13 years ago
Arnie, Thanks for the response, and I totally agree about the whole square pixel approach you mentioned. Problem is we have low-res (DV Anamorphic) and high-res versions of the graphics, so when we me
unexpected quit..
by stefan kroesbacher 13 years ago
Hi all, i just started working with motion 2. i made a project with about 25000frames. strengely, motion quits and compressor fails when i export render at the last 2 percent. even with a still image
Re: unexpected quit..
by Ben Insler 13 years ago
What resolution are you exporting to And are you exporting a still image sequence, or have you imported one (or both) I've been having Motion crash almost predictably doing simple composites and fades
Simple, or not so???
by Ben Insler 13 years ago
Hey all, Is there an easy way to speed ramp clips in Motion (currently using 2.1.2). I just want to play a clip that I have in my timeline in reverse. I've tried using the Scrub filter, but it seems v
Re: Simple, or not so???
by Ben Insler 13 years ago
I got it. Just needed to do a little playing around I guess. Should have know. Thanks.
New cam won't render
by S. Marcotte 13 years ago
I created a new camera, made it renderable, selected it in the render globals common tab, but only the perspective camera rendered. Tried it again, no luck. So I made the perspective camera non-render
Re: New cam won't render
by Ben Insler 13 years ago
Not to be repetitive of everyone else, but I've had this problem too. Couln't figure it out for the life of me. I think I turned the renderable attribute off on all cameras. Every single one. Then tri
DVCPRO HD not true DVCPRO HD
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
Hey All, I'm an After Effects guy, I have to say, but I'm trying hard to become farmiliar with Motion - especially since I'm also a Final Cut Editor. I'm working on a project that was shot and is bein
Re: DVCPRO HD not true DVCPRO HD
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
Well, I'm not going between motion and AE, I'm going between motion and Final Cut Pro (something that actually should work seamlessly, since they're both made by apple and come bundled together... but
Alpha Channel Retarded
by Russell Scott 14 years ago
Hello I know that this must be something simple that I'm overlooking... I have a client that wants me to give them QuickTime Files of a host that I'm going to key out from a green screen with the Alph
Re: Alpha Channel Not Retarded
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
Two things. If you're using Apple's recent interconnectivity and hot swap features (like importing a LiveType file directly into FCP rather than exporting a quicktime) and compositing graphics you've
water in drunk driving commercial - how do they do this?
by Jacob Tamari 14 years ago
In a drunk driving commercial the guy rolls down his window and water pours out. Was this done is something like maya or after effects anyone know how they do this effect see it here under the televis
Re: water in drunk driving commercial - how do they do this?
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
It looks to me like they really did it...as in filled cars with liquid and then opened the doors and windows. -Ben
alpha and bump map placement
by tom custer 14 years ago
I'm trying to find a way to visually place these types of maps. I'm transfering from Max and it would show a black & white visual if the diffuse map is turned off. This seems simple but I've look in a
Re: alpha and bump map placement
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
I think you're asking how to view assigned textures other than the diffuse color in the hardware viewport view, correct If so, there's a pulldown at the bottom of each material's attributes that lets
Nautilus Shell Modeling?
by Brian Dugan 14 years ago
Anyone have a 'quicky' method for modeling a Nautilus (Spiral) Shell Exterior only needed. Thanks!
Re: Nautilus Shell Modeling?
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
Brian, check out "animated sweep." That should do it for you. -Ben
demo reel
by Fabrice Agro 14 years ago
hello take a look to my new company's demo reel at http: www.difuz.fr index_bande_demo.html and if you want too work with us....you are welcome see you fabien
Re: demo reel
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
looks great. Nice job. -Ben
Mouth animation on real baby... like baby Bob on Quizno's commercials... Help?
by Gary Hughes 14 years ago
I have a customer who is asking what it takes to do the real baby talking like the baby named Bob on the old Quizno's commercials. I only know enough to know I don't want to do it, but I have to do th
Re: Mouth animation on real baby... like baby Bob on Quizno's commercials... Help?
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
I do remember the lips on the baby looking pretty baby-like. But, I'm with Chad, that sounds like the best approach to me. Find the right actors and so that the composite looks seamless. Although, you
can you invert a background shader?
by jim 14 years ago
Hi, Is it possible to invert the background shader to reveal instead of hide. ie I have a model that needs to reveal from the ground up if i cover it with a block that has the background shader i can
Re: can you invert a background shader?
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
Jim, It seems to me that there is one major problem that you're interested in solving here (that said however, I may be interpreting this completely wrong). I would be in total agreement with all of S
Keying out an individual
by Rolanda 14 years ago
I saw your "Creating an outline Around an actor in after effects." However, do you have a tutorial that shows you how to edit out a moving object. Or I guess I am asking how to create a keyed or rotos
Re: Keying out an individual
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
I haven't seen the turorial, but if you didn't take this idea into account beforehand (as in with using a greenscreen for this purpose) and have a complicated unkeyable background, you'll probably hav
3d text
by paul turner 14 years ago
i just want to make 3d text...why does it seem so hard...how do i do it
Re: 3d text
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
You have to make the 2D text curves, and then make the text by hand from the curves. Make the text "Hello" and rotate it 90 degrees so it's standing up. Then duplicate it and move the duplicate backwa
Black edges around objects when I enable motion blur!? Help!
by gizmo1990 14 years ago
As the title says really :( I've turned on 2D motion blur for my camera and I get these really harsh black lines around all my objects for some reason It doesn't happen on 3D blur or when I turn motio
Re: Black edges around objects when I enable motion blur!? Help!
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
Hey, Lars' reply is exactly right, although I think it might be more technical than you're looking for. I may be wrong, but I assume that you're rendering the white background straight out of Maya. In
interesting problem
by Amz370 14 years ago
ok i was given this picture that i began to minipulate, it's a very large sepia image of yoesemite. as i move it, the peaks of luminosity "twinkle" And i don't know how to get rid of them, mind you th
Re: interesting problem
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
By twinkle, do you mean that it almost in a strange way looks like parts of the image are moving Almost rippling even I've run into this many times, although usually much more in Final Cut than AE (AE
PARTICLES TO LOGO?
by old man river 14 years ago
hello, is there anyway to have particles flow in and form a logo...I have tried using goals...but I am not getting it work...any info would be fantabulous...thanks..
Re: PARTICLES TO LOGO?
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
Make particles eminate from your logo, then bake the keys, or set a particle cache... I can't rember which one it is (but either way, it locks down your particle interpolation, rather than having the
Burn in Timecode via Firewire
by Justyot 14 years ago
Is there a way to capture the timecode via firewire using the display settings Or is it for VHS Composite recording's only Thanks, yot (using Adobe Premier Pro 1.5)
Re: Burn in Timecode via Firewire
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
I don't think so. The timecode you're seeing is a display of the TC on the tape - it is not video footage in any way (the same way your audio monitors aren't recorded as video footage). I believe you'
How freakin' cool is THIS?!?
by smaulz 14 years ago
Found this clip today about a new tech patent filed by Apple. http: www.coolhunting.com archives 2006 02 multitouch_user.php Here's a video of it in action: http: www.youtube.com watch v=zp-y3ZNaCqs I
Re: How freakin' cool is THIS?!?
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
Nothing..it's just sweet! Well, i guess if you could use the touchscreen with AE you'd be able to work a lot faster... That'd be nice! Ben Insler Editor Telemark Films
Render Error - Please Help
by dina saleem 14 years ago
Hi there, I am trying to render out a short clip. When it gets to a certain point, the rendering stops and I get following error: Advanced 3D : Can't continue rendering because Cameras Parent is set t
Re: Render Error - Please Help
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
Do you have any expressions in your project If you do, it sounds to me like there's a value that an expression is evaluating to that is not a possibility for the variable the expression is creating. A
Render Error - Please Help
by dina saleem 14 years ago
Hi there, I am trying to render out a short clip. When it gets to a certain point, the rendering stops and I get following error: Advanced 3D : Can't continue rendering because Cameras Parent is set t
Re: Render Error - Please Help
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
Do you have any expressions in your project If you do, it sounds to me like there's a value that an expression is evaluating to that is not a possibility for the variable the expression is creating. A
it fields so good
by Norman Frizzle 14 years ago
I want to erase a portion of a clip, which I will have to do frame by frame. How do I ensure that the clip will be transparent where I use the erase tool and thus expose the underlying layer Also, how
Re: it fields so good
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
You could make a new comp filled with a white solid, and then paint black strokes over that white solid until the frame is totally black (the black strokes are your eraser), and then apply that new co
colored "smoke"
by simmizi 14 years ago
hello! i found the following clip at http: www.rhinofx.tv the effect looks really good but i can't imagine how they did it. how can i reach such an effect ...can i reach such an effect with after effe
Re: colored "smoke"
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
Not sure if even particle illusion would make that so well (but I haven't used it so much to definitively say that). I've heard of other particle simulation programs (you'd have to search the forums f
how to simulate 24p?
by Jason 14 years ago
I am shooting a documentary and I am using a DSR500ws DVCAM camera. It is a native widescreen cam that shoots 29.97 fps. What is the best way to simulate 24p in post I use FCP5, Motion and After Effec
Re: how to simulate 24p?
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
You can take your footage into AFX and simply import it into a DV NTSC 23.98 FPS sequence. Export that sequence through the render queue as normal, but under render settings turn on "Field Render:" to
16:9 adaptor
by beyond film 14 years ago
Hello, Tomorrow, I'm shooting with my DVX-100A which I am pretty comfortable with. However, for the first time, I'll be using a rented 16:9 adaptor for the front of the lens so we can integrate footag
Re: 16:9 adaptor
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
GREAT INFO! Just one question. What's the difference between using the Anamorphic 16x9 lens adapter and using the anamrphic (not letterbox) 16x9 setting in the camera (the DVX100's and many other came
better camera blur?
by jeremy webb 14 years ago
is there a way to get the layers that are out of focus to have a better blur on them (using a camera with shallow depth of field and layers distributed along the z axis, the blur looks quite artificia
Re: better camera blur?
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
Yes, but the method is a little more complicated than that... for example if the point of focus is 3 units (or whatever distance is measured in, we'll call them units) from the camera, we want the gau
HDV illustrations are squished after import into FCP
by Cardinalman 14 years ago
I read that there was no need to change the pixil ratio when importing into final cut when you choose the HDV preset with square pixels. Why is mine squished top to bottom. Anyway, more important is h
Re: HDV illustrations are squished after import into FCP
by Ben Insler 14 years ago
There's no need to change the pixel ration if you're importing your image into an HD sequence in FCP (because HD works with square pixels). Make sure your FCP sequence and pixel aspect ratios are set
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