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Brian Charles

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Question about a text animation
by Darell Nonis 2 years ago
Hello there. This is my first post. I am trying to animate a text using the animation found in the video I have uploaded. I noticed that when the text animates in randomly, they follow the "protocol"
Re: Question about a text animation
by Brian Charles 2 years ago
Did you watch the tutorial You can modify the settings to achieve the look you want.
Quick Question about stroke effect
by David Bralha 2 years ago
Hi, Is there a way to add a stroke effect to only 3 of the 4 sides of an object, instead of all sides I don't want to mask one side out, because then I'm also loosing a part of the object. Thanks.
Re: Quick Question about stroke effect
by Brian Charles 2 years ago
If you use 3 open path masks on the layer then apply the Stroke effect 3 times, each instance set to use one of the masks. The trick is in the compositing settings or what the effect refers to as "Pai
CC 2015: Multiprocessing
by Jonathan Lutjens 2 years ago
I've searched briefly and didn't find any threads addressing this. It appears that Adobe has completely removed the ability to use multiple cores when rendering (or previewing). At first I thought the
Re: CC 2015: Multiprocessing
by Brian Charles 2 years ago
Walter Soyka "I see 13.5 is bumpy for many users, but I think it's necessary." I agree that evolution of the product is a good thing. What is not necessary is the premature release of an unfinished p
How can I animate-in wavy text like this? (Video included)
by Javin Ladish 2 years ago
Hello everyone, I'm looking to figure out a way to animate-in text like in the video below: https: www.youtube.com watch v=xKTdtysXknw I've tried most of the animated text presets, but there's no effe
Re: How can I animate-in wavy text like this? (Video included)
by Brian Charles 2 years ago
This looks exactly like the default settings from the free AmorType preset from Mattrunks. https: mattrunks.com en tutorials after-effects amortype Watch the tutorial to see how to control the animati
Puppet warp tool deforming layer too much
by Emma Payne 2 years ago
Hey guys, need some help. I'm animating this seal- and I want it to move like it's swimming. I've parented all the layers, changed the rotations, prepared them all but I'm having a lot of trouble with
Re: Puppet warp tool deforming layer too much
by Brian Charles 2 years ago
I'd use the bones feature of the free DUIK tools. The linked tutorial has sur-titles in English for those who don't understand French. http: duduf.training p=613
Scalling rotated solid - rendering problem/bug
by Cassius Marques 2 years ago
There is something happening here thats bugging me. Don't remember ever seeing this before, which is odd since its something pretty commom simple. I'm scalling a rotated solid just on the Y axis. Whil
Re: Scalling rotated solid - rendering problem/bug
by Brian Charles 2 years ago
It must be a bug. Simply making the layer 3D on your sample file solves the problem. Interesting it doesn't appear to happen in CS6.... 8877_rotationcs6.aep.zip
Convert keyframes into vector path for Illustrator
by Andy Willers 2 years ago
Hello! First time poster, long time lurker. Was wondering if anyone can help me as Google seems to have failed me... I'm creating a singstar karaoke type animation where a null moves along a path show
Re: Convert keyframes into vector path for Illustrator
by Brian Charles 2 years ago
1. Select the null's position keyframes and copy them (Cmd or ctrl +C). 2. Make a new solid layer and make a mask consisting of a single vertex with the pen tool 3. Reveal the Mask and select the Mask
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Recovering a template for a Block Transition
by Zane Gould 2 years ago
I have been looking to create a digital transition, similar to the one being requested in this post: https: forums.creativecow.net thread 2 905093 User "Andra" supplied a solution. Unfortunately the T
Re: Recovering a template for a Block Transition
by Brian Charles 2 years ago
Here you go. 8848_ltcs6.aep.zip
Black Magic: Fusion 7 - (basic package released free)
by Chris Pettit 3 years ago
Black Magic continues to amaze me (cameras especially for example), getting increasingly encouraged that I'll have alternatives to AE when CS6 finally dies and I can leave Adobe in my rear view mirror
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David Lawrence liked this 3 years ago
Re: Black Magic: Fusion 7 - (basic package released free)
by Brian Charles 3 years ago
Dave LaRonde "support section (I think that's what they called it), and from there to the downloads. It's pretty easy navigation." Perfect. Thanks Dave. http: software.blackmagicdesign.com Fusion doc
More EDU sector software rental joy
by Chris Pettit 3 years ago
http: m.collegiatetimes.com news article_ac92dd80-53f6-11e4-af0c-001a4bcf6878.html mode=jqm If you have time, read and research for yourself how Adobe is "handling" students, but some choice selection
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Jim Wiseman liked this 3 years ago
Re: More EDU sector software rental joy
by Brian Charles 3 years ago
Not wishing to add any more fuel to the CC or not debate it should be noted that students would have to pay for software one way or the other, its a cost of their education. Interestingly there is a f
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Adobe Revenue Forecast Misses, Shares Slip
by Jimmy Holcomb 3 years ago
http: recode.net 2014 09 16 adobe-revenue-forecast-misses-shares-slip Photoshop maker Adobe Systems forecast disappointing revenue for this quarter and reported lower quarterly sales at its digital me
Re: Adobe Revenue Forecast Misses, Shares Slip
by Brian Charles 3 years ago
While the stock may have missed its target, the sky is not falling for Adobe. "The number of paid subscribers for Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign software rose by 502,000
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And I fold.
by Aindreas Gallagher 3 years ago
I fold. transferred job from lappie to client machine - went from AE CS6 to AE CC 2014 - client machine suddenly had to go away. There followed a variety of mad glitches installing previous AE CC vers
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Chris Harlan liked this 3 years ago
Re: And I fold.
by Brian Charles 3 years ago
Aindreas Gallagher "Fight on you crazy diamonds" The poignant nod to Syd Barrett (arguably the maddest of the Floyd's) notwithstanding I'm sorry they got ya Aindreas. I'll miss your articulate Irish
Polls
by Tim Wilson 3 years ago
Threads with my name in them make me nervous, so I'm going to talk about polls here. LOL My first question is, what do you want a poll to tell Adobe that you think they don't already know Is your thin
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Shawn Miller liked this 3 years ago
Re: Polls
by Brian Charles 3 years ago
Tim thanks for a terrific thoughtful post, I would like to read the un-edited version. I agree with most of what you wrote. @ Aindreas the facebook giant so that's who's bellowing at us. We need to ci
Blistering tech support critique from one of Adobe's biggest supporters
by Andy Field 3 years ago
From Larry Jordan (who makes a big part of his living with Adobe Training) with scathing criticism of Adobe Tech support EDITORIAL: ADOBE MEDIA ENCODER WON'T LAUNCH... AND I CAN'T FIND OUT WHY! I was
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Jim Wiseman liked this 3 years ago
Re: Blistering tech support critique from one of Adobe's biggest supporters
by Brian Charles 3 years ago
Walter Soyka "Isn't that why we're all here at the COW in the first place " Bang on. I've haven't found anyone's tech support up to the quality of information and the speed of response I get from the
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Adobe support is OK if you're willing to dig your feet in for a four hours or so
by TImothy Auld 3 years ago
Finally (after fighting through many layers - and it took about 4 hours) they solved my problem. But their documentation is a joke. Not indexed. You can't find anything relevant with a phrase search.
Re: Adobe support is OK if you're willing to dig your feet in for a four hours or so
by Brian Charles 3 years ago
Joseph W. Bourke "but I fear that some of the people "debating" here don't know the definition of the word." Agreed.
Is Creative Cloud a threat to Personal Computing?
by Jim Wiseman 3 years ago
Previous thread of much greater interest: " David Lawrence "The current CC licensing model is the antithesis of personal computing." Walter Soyka David, I'd like to highlight this comment. I find it v
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Chris Pettit liked this 3 years ago
Re: Is Creative Cloud a threat to Personal Computing?
by Brian Charles 3 years ago
Gary Huff " Brian Charles "I'm not opposed to subscribing in-and-of itself, its the lack of an off-ramp Jim Wiseman and David Lawrence have mentioned." That's fair, but I think the "off ramp" option
Adobe booed at the NAB supermeet
by Aindreas Gallagher 3 years ago
might explain why some of the adobe reps were a bit rattled. https: twitter.com oddernod status 453734513193918464 to be fair, I don't think I'd go booing someone giving a presentation - that seems a
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Dino Sanacory liked this 3 years ago
Re: Adobe booed at the NAB supermeet
by Rainer Schubert 3 years ago
If I could push the Like button more often - I would
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Brian Charles liked this 3 years ago
Expression to link shape object 'paths' but minus x pixels
by Lance Clayton 3 years ago
Hi, I need the correct expression to link the paths of two shape layer shapes, but such that one is x pixels smaller than the other, thus creating in inner and outer box as in the example pick. I want
Re: Expression to link shape object 'paths' but minus x pixels
by Brian Charles 3 years ago
I've linked 2 shape layers with a couple of sliders and a simple expression here, this may work for you. Here's a CS6 version of the file: 7356_shapelinked.aep.zip ....And another version with the sh
Progress Window in CC
by Brian Charles 4 years ago
I've just noticed a window called "Progress" in AE CC, it comes up blank when invoked. Does anyone know what its for
Re: Progress Window in CC
by Todd Kopriva 4 years ago
Nothing yet. It's residue of a work in progress. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated Afte
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Brian Charles liked this 4 years ago
Project Manager....
by Brian Charles 5 years ago
I'm an FCP user learning PP CS5.5. I've run into a problem with the Project Manager, no matter what settings I choose (Trimmed Project, Collect Files, Include exclude Preview files etc) I get this err
Re: Project Manager....
by Brian Charles 5 years ago
Thanks for the reply Gabriel, I appreciated it. Unfortunately, this doesn't work for me.
FCP7 vs. MC5
by james carey 6 years ago
I'm as frustrated as the rest of the pro editors on this site over the current debacle. From the research I've been able to cobble together in the past two days it seems I will have to make a decision
Re: FCP7 vs. MC5
by Brian Charles 6 years ago
Jerry Hofmann "Won't be opening FCP 7 files in it without a $500 piece of software." Not so. XML Import from FCP, not perfect but it work for most features that can be duplicated in PPro.
PRO APPS updates gone....
by Chris Borjis 6 years ago
For Shame Apple! Pro app update links now go to fcp x front page.
Re: PRO APPS updates gone.... Works from Software Update
by Brian Charles 6 years ago
Pro Applications Update 2010-02 is still available (as of 5 minutes ago) via Software Update. Just wish there was a way to download the dmg, my faith and trust in Apple is shaken.
Pro Applications Updater Removed from Apple Site
by Brian Charles 6 years ago
In a final death blow, Apple has removed the link to the Pro Apps updater. Excellent news for those who recently purchased Studio 3. The link here redirects to the Final Cut Pro X page. http: support.
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Ted Levy liked this 6 years ago
Re: Pro Applications Updater Removed from Apple Site (still available from Software Update)
by Brian Charles 6 years ago
Just tested with a new install. The Pro Apps Updater is still available from Software Updater.
FCP End User License Agreement ?
by Brian Charles 6 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 Russell Lasson 6 years ago
That is the iTunes Usage Rules. Here is the Usage Rules that would cover FCP-X: MAC APP STORE PRODUCT USAGE RULES Except as otherwise set forth herein, (i) You may download and use an application from
Invigorator 5.05 Hangs
by Brian Charles 6 years ago
I've installed 5.05 on a MacPro and MacBook Pro. So far the MacPro is fine but it crashes as soon as I select options on the Macbook Pro. The crash occurs regardless of the type of scene I'm construct
Re: Invigorator 5.05 Hangs
by Brian Charles 6 years ago
Matt, sorry, just saw this reply and I'd trashed it.
Advice - Rather Long Post
by Brian Charles 6 years ago
For several years I've done the motion graphics for local awards ceremonies. The presentation formats are similar, for example: 1) The name of the award appears then the video stops 2) As each nominee
Re: Advice - Rather Long Post
by Brian Charles 6 years ago
Thanks Walter. The venue AV techs are difficult to deal with, I'm caught between them and my client who just "wants it to work". I'll keep looking for a solution.
Layer Control and Focus Distance
by Brian Charles 6 years ago
I've modified Dan Ebberts terrific Focus Distance expression so it can be keyframed, however it would be much easier if the Layer Control could be keyframed. Is it possible to do so, either through a
Re: Layer Control and Focus Distance
by Brian Charles 6 years ago
Dan, you are the bomb. Many Thanks.
Invigorator 5.03 Crashes when using AE lights
by Brian Charles 7 years ago
The title says it all. Cannot use AE lights in renders. MacPro 12 core, 32GB RAM, OS 10.5.6
Re: Invigorator 5.03 Crashes when using AE lights
by Brian Charles 7 years ago
I'm running After Effects 9.0.3 and was only able to render when Invigorator was set to use its own lights, not AE's lights. Will send you the file.
Invigorator Pro CS5 Date???
by Brian Charles 7 years ago
Any indication when CS5 versions will arrive
Re: Invigorator Pro CS5 Date???
by Brian Charles 7 years ago
Edward, thanks for your reply. I understand how long it takes to develop stable software, particularly in ever changing OS, application and hardware environments. I hope it is released sooner rather t
Invigorator Pro v5.0.0 won't use Comp Camera
by Brian Charles 7 years ago
I'm having a problem using Comp Cameras on Invigorator 5.0.0 layers. The setup looks fine but the moment I RAM preview or render the Active Camera view resets to the Invigorator Camera. Mac Pro 12 cor
Re: Invigorator Pro v5.0.0 won't use Comp Camera
by Brian Charles 7 years ago
Many thanks for the offer Edward. I'll wait for the official release.
OK so where are the manuals!
by olof ekbergh 8 years ago
Am I the only one who cant find pdf manuals for v7. The Help is really slow and fairly useless. Olof Ekbergh
Re: OK so where are the manuals!
by Brian Charles 8 years ago
Its infuriating not having printed manuals or pdf equivalents. At least Adobe product help page has links to current updated pdfs of their manuals. Perhaps I'm a dinosaur, but I prefer a paper manual.
CC Cylinder Layer Space Transform expression?
by Brian Charles 8 years ago
I'm attempting to use CC Cylinder to render the outside and inside of a cylinder that are offset in X. The effect I want is to create a seamless ribbon by aligning the layers using the X position with
Re: CC Cylinder Layer Space Transform expression?
by Brian Charles 8 years ago
Kevin, many thanks for your detailed reply. I'll give this a shot. I always appreciate your posts on the Cow.
Rotate away from Camera problem
by Brian Charles 10 years ago
I'm hoping that someone can spot the error in my script. I have series of layers that rotate as the camera approaches. Some should rotate clockwise others counter clockwise. The start and end rotation
Re: Rotate away from Camera layer space transforms?
by Brian Charles 9 years ago
Dan and Darby thank you both. Dan's solution worked for me, and thanks to Darby I now understand the problem clearly.
HDV Capture (HDR-FX1) resolved with FW800
by Brian Charles 10 years ago
A client sent me miniDV tapes recorded in HDV with a Sony HDR-FX1. I used the same camera to capture but experienced nothing but problems, FCP and my MacPro would routinely lose the Firewire connectio
Re: HDV Capture (HDR-FX1) resolved with FW800
by Brian Charles 10 years ago
To clarify I bought a FW800 to 4 pin cable rather than the FW 400 4 pin to 6 pin variety. The drives are raided SATA 10,000 RPM Western Digital Raptors.
Advice: How to record 5 person panel discussion
by Brian Charles 10 years ago
I'm seeking advice on my best options for recording a 5 person panel. Suggestions re: mics and set up would be helpful. I'll be shooting with 2 DVX100's which limits my audio input to 4 XLRs. I'd like
Re: Advice: How to record 5 person panel discussion
by Brian Charles 10 years ago
Thanks TY. I have a Mackie 1202 VLZ and mixture of lectrosonic and sennheiser lavs. I've just learned there will be audience Q&A as well... so now I have 7 audio sources. I plan to put a mic on a stan
Motion does not run on 10.4.8
by Brian Charles 11 years ago
The computer lab at our school recently updated to 10.4.8 and neither DVD SP 3 nor Motion 1.0 will run. The applications open but do not display all windows, cannot open or create files and de not all
Re: Motion does not run on 10.4.8, Now working thanks to specialcase
by Brian Charles 11 years ago
Done. specialcase's suggestion worked. Thank you for your help. An upgrade to the lab (50 seats) is currently not in the budget.
"Can't activate recorder, try resetting the camera"
by Helgi Johannsson 12 years ago
Hi, I used to import in Premiere Pro 1.5 without trouble, but then all the sudden I get this when I go to capture: "Can't activate recorder, try resetting the camera" I've tried connecting multiple ca
Re: "Can't activate recorder, try resetting the camera" SOLVED
by Brian Charles 12 years ago
OK. My problem was that somehow the base DV Video Encoder Decoder was not registered. Somehow my registry was overwritten and buggered. The solution, for me, was to download a utility called GSpot (ht
Continous Rasterization?
by Brian Charles 12 years ago
OK. I'm a relative newbie to Motion and an After Effects user to boot so I come armed with my preconceptions and prejudices. Is there a Continously Rasterize option for vevtor graphics
Re: Continous Rasterization? Thanks
by Brian Charles 12 years ago
Just what I was looking for. Thank you.
Field rendering in Motion 1.0
by Brian Charles 12 years ago
Is it just me or is field rendering screwed up in Motion Footage is fine in FCP but motion shows terrible artifacts from incorrect field dominance regardless of the settig.
Re: Field rendering in Motion 1.0
by Brian Charles 12 years ago
Thank you. This was the problem. Preview on my external NTSC monitor is now fine.
RAM preview plays faster than real time...
by Brian Charles 12 years ago
When I RAM preview it plays around 75 fps. I've consulted Motion Help and can't find anything about forcing this to RT. Maybe this is related to my eariler post about field dominance...
Re: RAM preview plays faster than real time...
by Brian Charles 12 years ago
Thanks. Its under the Project prefs at the bottom: Limit playback speddd to project frame rate. Its disabled by default. I scoured the Grand Tour book and Help file and hadn't seen this.
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