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Dan Fredley

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Time-Reverse Keyframes Keyboard Shortcut
by Dan Fredley 8 years ago
For all who love keyboard shortcuts: Under "CSwitchboard" in the Shortcuts file add the following: Mac: "TimeReverseKeyframes" = "(Option+G)" PC: "TimeReverseKeyframes" = "(Alt+G)" Or add whatever sho
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Re: Time-Reverse Keyframes Keyboard Shortcut
by Dan Fredley 6 years ago
Do a search in Finder for file name "after shortcuts" and add the filter "System files" "are included". The file you're looking for should be ""Adobe After Effects 10.5 Shortcuts"--drop the txt extens
How to Match Colors of Two Layers in After Effects?
by Cindy Dalfovo 7 years ago
I recorded two scenes (same place and framing, only the people in it differ) that I need to join. I am making masks to show the two persons at the same time, but the colors are slightly different and
Re: How to Match Colors of Two Layers in After Effects?
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
Here's one way: Apply the Exposure effect and change the dropdown from "Master" to "Individual Channels" in order to adjust the channels separately. Press "Option Alt+1" to match the red channel by ad
Expression to Split & Delete Black Footage from Pre-Rendered Video
by Roger Alexander 7 years ago
Hey guys, I mainly edit in sony vegas pro 10 and bring in some clips to after fx. Im shooting a music video with multiple scenes and I have all of my green screen footage on one track in vegas. I rend
Re: Expression to Split & Delete Black Footage from Pre-Rendered Video
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
It would be a lot easier to export an alpha channel out of your editing program instead of black than to write a script for that. An expression can turn down the opacity of the layer by using sampleIm
Script to divide footage into masks?
by Mike Moon 7 years ago
I know I've seen this before somewhere, but there was a script that takes your footage and splits them into mask strips but I can't seem to find it. I guess I'm too lazy to do it manually. Does anyone
Re: Script to divide footage into masks?
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
Is this what you're talking about http: www.redefinery.com ae view.php item=rd_Slicer
Triggering Animation with Comments.
by Jon Wooley 7 years ago
Posted this in the main AE forum and received no response, hoping for better luck here, sorry if it's too basic Ok, so I do a lot of overlays for pre-recorded events and I was wondering if it was pos
Re: Triggering Animation with Comments.
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
Try this: user-defined values durInFrames = 20; txt = 'Move45'; addValue = 45; AE-calculated values m = marker.nearestKey(time); str = m.comment; if(str === txt && m.time <= time) { start =
Mask not aligned while rendering
by Jimmy Runsteen 7 years ago
Im masking out a word in a sentence and moving the word to the right side of the screen. Should be a VERY basic setup and it looks fine in the workspace and on RAM preview. But when i render the movie
Re: Mask not aligned while rendering
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
It sounds like a motion blur problem -- try turning it off for the layer. This happens usually because motion blur is turned off for the composition during RAM Preview, but turns on at render time whe
Lower Third simple effect
by John Mark 7 years ago
I would like to get this effect were when the lower third is sliding in the screen I want to know how they keep the white lower third bar sliding in without the picture of the world showing till the e
Re: Lower Third simple effect
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
You need to use a track matte. Think of it this way: The lower third doesn't actually move in, instead it is already there, but you have a separate rectangle shape that comes in and makes the lower th
Paint Effect Brush Inpoint
by Anna Blume 7 years ago
Hello, is there any property with the starting point inpoint of a brush which is part of a paint effect Thanks a lot! Anna
Re: Paint Effect Brush Inpoint
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
Very cool, Dan. It's good to know you can access some of these "non-pickwhipable" properties with their index number.
AE Script: try...catch not working
by Chris Keller 10 years ago
Hey, I get into a bizarre situation when developing running scripts with "Enable JavaScript Debugger" on. The very first time a script throws an error in a try...catch block, the debugger stops and ju
Re: AE Script: try...catch not working
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
I've been having this problem as well. I don't know if there's another way around it, but I put this at the beginning of my code: var debugPref = app.preferences.getPrefAsLong("Main Pref Section", "Pr
Scale After Effects project
by dean chapman 7 years ago
Let's say I have a project exported from C4D into AE at a size of 720x405. I do some rough compositing (masking, using some particles, adding typography) at this size, to show the client. The client g
Re: Scale After Effects project
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
File Scripts Scale Composition.jsx will get you to a certain point. But you might have to tweak a few things manually.
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Lines / Images behind shapes
by Lee Merrington 7 years ago
Hello All, I've been playing around with AE now for about a day and I love it!... but I'm stuck trying to make lines (or an image) display in a shape but hide when outside the shape, but still keeping
Re: Lines / Images behind shapes
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
If all of the green lines are on one layer and the red shape on another layer. You can duplicate the red shape, put the duplicate above the green lines layer and set the track matte of the green lines
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Grabbing source.Text from one layer and incorporating it into a layer with an expression
by Richard Torres 7 years ago
Hey Guys, This is my first post so any help will be appreciated. I've been piecing together an expression for a text layer. It should simulate typing and deleting (expression attached) while controlli
Re: Grabbing source.Text from one layer and incorporating it into a layer with an expression
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
Try this: myText = comp("Name of Comp").layer("Name of Layer").text.sourceText; L = myText.length; F=Math.round(time%1); T=time*thisComp.layer("Controller Sliders").effect("Speed")("Slider")-thisComp.
Scripting Question
by Jon Merrifield 7 years ago
Before I dig in further and expand my javascript and scripting skills in AE, I have a question related to one thing I would like to try and achieve. My question is "yes" or "no" and requires nothing f
Re: Scripting Question
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
This script "tricks" AE into setting the video preview device to "Computer Monitor Only", but there seems to be no way to set the preference to a specific device, so you'll have to use the above solut
pixel bender question
by Xavier Gomez 7 years ago
A while ago i made a script for personnal use that required a bunch of parameters, which i grouped into a "pseudo-effect" (by editing the PresetEffects.xml file). It works but is not very satisfying s
Re: pixel bender question
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
You save a "pseudo effect" as an animation preset in AE by applying the "pseudo effect" to a layer, selecting all of the properties in the timeline and selecting the menu item "Animation Save Animatio
disable x, z orientation, keeping y?
by Laco Gaal 7 years ago
I have tracked a camera in AE, got a camera with keyframed position, and keyframed orientation values. I would like to disable to position movement (deleted all the keyframes), and all the orientation
Re: disable x, z orientation, keeping y?
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
You could do it a couple of ways, but one way would be to set this expression for both position and orientation: x = 0; change this to your desired x value y = value 1 ; DO NOT CHANGE z = 0; change th
Best FREE expressions training course?
by Tim Boknecht 7 years ago
So I think I'm mentally and emotionally ready to take the expressions plunge. My incentive is to wrap my head around this stuff in order to simplify complicated projects and expand my capabilities. Ca
Re: Best FREE expressions training course?
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
There are plenty of great free third-party resources listed on Adobe help along with the help file itself. http: adobe.ly bkvmVs My suggestion is to start with: http: www.motionscript.com
tangents
by Dan Fredley 8 years ago
Is there anyway to just break the length of tangents, but not the angle I know you can set the angle and then hold ctrl to keep the angle, but afterwards if I want to adjust the angle I have to do the
Re: tangents
by Dan Fredley 8 years ago
Lock Tangent Angles and Lengths options don't work either. I would still like to adjust the angle of both simultaneously after I adjust the lengths Dan Fredley
Multiple Object Connect
by Shinsei Hosking 8 years ago
Hey there, Im trying to connect my 3 objects which make a whole figure (each have a texture and bump) but when I do, the figure has weird black shades to them... You can see from the image: Shinsei ED
Re: Multiple Object Connect
by Dan Fredley 8 years ago
Or it might be that your UV meshes or materials are being combined in a weird way. Not sure how to combine those cleanly. Dan Fredley
boole object not creating edges/polygons
by Dan Fredley 9 years ago
I have an object that is being revealed by an invisible animated object (using and A intersect B Boole object), but it does not automatically create sides with polygons making my object look hollow. H
Re: boole object not creating edges/polygons
by Carlos Go-niji Loera Orozco 5 years ago
I'm still in R14, I think is time to move on hahahah (At the end I made the cap frame by frame to accomplish the deadline hahaha
Modeling and Shading A Ribbon with Arrowhead
by Dan Fredley 9 years ago
Here is a movie reference to my question: http: dl.dropbox.com u 234493 CreativeCow A049_C006_0830P0_SmartMeter_v002_1_H264.mov There are several things wrong with this shot, but the two I want to foc
Re: Modeling and Shading A Ribbon with Arrowhead
by Dan Fredley 9 years ago
That worked great--thanks.
read the 11.5 manual on the go?
by Maryanne Murray 9 years ago
Has anyone created a pdf or some way to read the manual outside the C4D help viewer I would love to read on the iPad while i commute. thanks mpm
Re: read the 11.5 manual on the go?
by Dan Fredley 9 years ago
Here's a link to the HTML files from the Maxon website. http: http.maxon.net pub r115 doc ENGLISH_HELP_11.530_20100414.zip Dan Fredley
Begin/End Layer at given point in time.
by Matt Ooley 9 years ago
Noob question I know: How do I begin or end a layer at a given point in time In AE this would be easy, just slide the layer end to where you want to cut it off. In C4D can't seem to figure it out. Tha
Re: Begin/End Layer at given point in time.
by Dan Fredley 9 years ago
I'm new to Cinema 4D myself, but I think you can set keyframes for the "Visible in Renderer" command in the Attribute Manager Basic tab. I'm not sure if that's the effect you're going for or not or if
Animate spline reveal
by Dan Fredley 9 years ago
This is probably easy, but I haven't been able to find any info: I have a spline with extrude nurbs placed in 3d space. I would like to make it reveal from left to right. The problem is I can't just u
Re: Animate spline reveal
by Dan Fredley 9 years ago
The alpha channel worked great. Now the client wants to give the spline a 3D look--right now it's only 2D with the spline and extrude nurbs. Is there an easy way to add a slight z-dimension to it Dan
Log and Capture is adding an extra "B" at the end of clip name
by Dan Fredley 12 years ago
Does anyone know how to get rid of the "B" that FCP keeps adding to my clip name Thanks.
Re: Log and Capture is adding an extra "B" at the end of clip name
by Bob Flood 12 years ago
Hi the only time i have seen fcp add a Letter (as opposed to incrementing numbers) is on the REEL name, and its usually because of time code breaks ie i set an in and out on a tape to capture, but the
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