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Dave LaRonde

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Promotion Producer, KGAN (CBS) & KFXA-TV (Fox), Cedar Rapids-Iowa City-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa
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How to decrease brightness of only brightest parts of your video
by Guillaume Jaecques 17 hours ago
I've got a video with women driving on a bike in a white blouse. My problem is that the white of the blouse is a little bit too bright, while all other colors are good . I tried to fix it with brightn
Re: How to decrease brightness of only brightest parts of your video
by Dave LaRonde 5 minutes ago
You can probably salvage the aerial shot -- there isn't much detail in the subject's blouse anyway. But the dancing shot The only image detail appears in the blouse when it's in shadow. The sky is ove
Dynamic Link Trouble
by Lindsay Hadfield 4 hours ago
I pulled a clip from Premiere to After Effects to use the warp stabilizer. I have 1080 footage on a 720 Premiere timeline and have this clip scaled to 68. In after effects, it looks right and the warp
Re: Dynamic Link Trouble
by Dave LaRonde 2 hours ago
Aw, don't be afraid. In situations like this, I just do all my AE projects for the day, make a new project, import all the day's projects, then render all of 'em overnight. I hit the Render button, ha
Adding line to a moving dot in After Effects
by Pablo Decks 7 hours ago
Hi. I've been trying to make a figure in After Effects with moving dots where every dot is followed by a line that goes very thin at the end. Does anyone knows if thats doable with expression o trapco
Re: Adding line to a moving dot in After Effects
by Dave LaRonde 3 hours ago
It sounds as if you simply have to change the keyframes in the Write-On effect -- reverse the Brush Size. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
music track sound quality in Premeire pro seriously degraded
by Phil Vanderloo 8 hours ago
I've been using premiere pro for a few years now and never had this issue before. When I play mp3 or .wav files in quicktime player they sound great. But playing in the source panel in premiere pro 20
Re: music track sound quality in Premeire pro seriously degraded
by Dave LaRonde 3 hours ago
The jury's still out for me on the issue of mp3's & PP. People other than you have reported woes as well. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
Frame rate differences over Mp4 shot by a phone.
by Ben Allan 8 hours ago
Yes I know I'm cutting something shot on a phone. There are festivals for these things now so one of my favorite directors gave me the project. Strange thing is the phone which shoots 3840 x 2160 has
Re: Frame rate differences over Mp4 shot by a phone.
by Dave LaRonde 4 hours ago
You haven't told us the dimensions of the the video file you're expected to DELIVER. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
Blend Mode Dissappears in Nested Sequence
by Jason Jammer 6 hours ago
Hello, I created sequence that I need nest inside another, only issue is when I nest, a graphic I have a blend mode on (Multiply) is gone. Can anyone advise if this is possible Thanks.
Re: Blend Mode Dissappears in Nested Sequence
by Dave LaRonde 4 hours ago
Blend modes in nested sequences don't affect the video tracks below them in the main sequences. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
As of today I can no longer open Media Encoder through After Effects to render a comp. Anyone have any idea how to fix this?
by Jaimee Michell 8 hours ago
For clarification I do have it installed. Thanks for the help!
Nope. Sorry.
by Dave LaRonde 5 hours ago
The reason -- all we have is an error message. That's extremely little to go on. Anything we could offer would be mere speculation. To be of any use, we need to know the PRECISE versions of AE and you
Shape layer shortcut
by Mathias Birkeland 13 hours ago
Hi! I was wondering if there is any way to create a non exsiting short cut in after effects. I use shape layers a lot, and i'm tired of clicking Layer New Shape layer. Is there any way to make a short
Re: Shape layer shortcut
by Dave LaRonde 5 hours ago
Well, that's because in order to have a shape layer, you must define the actual shape of the shape layer before AE can even create it. This requires manual input. You don't have to do that with the ot
Editing Mode & Preview File Format?
by Jon Downs 22 hours ago
I'm the last guy on earth to switch from FCP to PP, and things are going reasonably well (my files are typically ProRes 1080p, or native 1080p files from a Canon C100 or 5D). But I'm baffled by the Ed
Re: Editing Mode & Preview File Format?
by Dave LaRonde 19 hours ago
Y'know, there are "Premiere Pro For FCP Editors" training materials available. I'm told they make the transition a lot smoother. I'm pretty sure they're just a google away. Dave LaRonde Promotion Prod
Filling a mask with an image
by Dan Tran 24 hours ago
I have a shape layer with an image placed underneath with an alpha matte applied to it. I can see a section from the image below through the shape I drew. However, I was wondering if there was a way t
Re: Filling a mask with an image
by Dave LaRonde 24 hours ago
You'd have to precomp the shape, and make the precomp the same size as your main comp. Make sure the shape layer's in the proper position in the comp. Then if you use the precomp as the track matte, t
Maddening Premiere problem - crashing and I don't know why
by Todd VanSlyck 1 day ago
I recently had my drive wiped, Windows 7 reinstalled, along with all the cc2017 apps. Since that time, Premiere has been sporadically crashing. Sometimes on startup, sometimes when it's been sitting t
Re: Maddening Premiere problem - crashing and I don't know why
by Dave LaRonde 1 day ago
Here's the one remedial step I didn't see -- you made sure your OS was fully updated... Service Packs and all that stuff. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
Creating Safe Action Area for Network Bug
by Katherine Linhardt 1 day ago
Hello! New to Creative Cow but hoping someone may be able to help me what seems like it should be a fairly straightforward task but I am struggling to figure out how to do it in Premiere. I was given
Re: Creating Safe Action Area for Network Bug
by Dave LaRonde 1 day ago
For that kind of precision, I'd go right away to After Effects. Make a 1920x1080 comp. You can set up vertical guides in the Comp window at X positions 1402 and 1607. Then set horizontal guides at Y p
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PPro glitches getting ridiculous now
by Duke Sweden 2 days ago
The problems are getting so numerous now I can't even remember the other bug that popped up earlier today, grrrrr.... Right now my problem is this. The mask tool just stopped working, in the middle of
Re: PPro glitches getting ridiculous now
by Dave LaRonde 1 day ago
Hey, I'm not the one who's pissin' and moanin' that PP 2017's broken. My PP CC 2015 version's running just fine at work, as are the other CC applications we use... but then, I have IT folks at the Hom
Scaling image: can PPro fill empty pixels from edge color rather than transparency?
by Michael Tiemann 1 day ago
Because Adobe killed the garbage matte and is not bringing it back, I need a better solution to creating mattes whose size and location I can animate. I don't want to learn AE. My idea was to create a
Re: Scaling image: can PPro fill empty pixels from edge color rather than transparency?
by Dave LaRonde 1 day ago
I'll guess your requirements for animated garbage mattes are pretty loose. Whew. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
Shape Layer - Offset Plugin?
by Adam Zygadlo 2 days ago
Good morning everyone, I am working on a bar chart animation while using shape layers. In this graphic, there's bars and lines to showcase the information. In the background, I have drawn out some hor
Re: Shape Layer - Offset Plugin?
by Dave LaRonde 1 day ago
Auto sequence layers. It's a part of AE. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
Micing up for dance videos
by Al Rivera 2 weeks ago
Currently recording dance videos with a cheap Sony stereo lav and my smartphone and have a bunch of rubbing noise (hair maybe) even when I wear it externally. I am looking to upgrade my setup with an
Re: Micing up for dance videos
by Dave LaRonde 2 weeks ago
Al Rivera "Currently recording dance videos with a cheap Sony stereo lav and my smartphone " ...and do yourself a favor -- get an app for that phone that forces it to shoot a FIXED FRAME RATE. Not a
Nikon D5200 Video - Focus on a Moving Subject
by Jimbo Arnot 2 weeks ago
Hey Guys, I apologize if this is extremely beginner, but i do product videos of UTV sprayers where i work, and i'm having a real struggle to keep focus on moving subjects (sprayers) when i video using
Re: Nikon D5200 Video - Focus on a Moving Subject
by Dave LaRonde 2 weeks ago
Cody Walters "I would recommend that you decrease your depth of field. That will keep more of the focus plane in focus. " I think you mean INCREASE depth of field. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGA
FCP7 user preference still setting defaults to 00:12:12
by connie Bottinelli 2 weeks ago
Didn't find this issue in other posts. Just trashed preferences in FCP7 after major bizarre behavior. When resetting user preferences, the still duration had defaulted to 00:12:12, Preview Preroll :06
Re: FCP7 user preference still setting defaults to 00:12:12
by Dave LaRonde 2 weeks ago
I'd check the frame rates. This sounds like a 23.976 vs. 29.97 mismatch. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
concealing text that is baked into the video clip
by raju bhai 2 weeks ago
Hi, I am using fcp 7, prores 422 i have some clips from an old project that i don't have the source files for anymore, so the text layer is already baked into the clip. I want to know what my options
Re: concealing text that is baked into the video clip
by Dave LaRonde 2 weeks ago
Cover it up using Motion. It's easier. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
23.976 vs 23.98
by raju bhai 3 weeks ago
Hi, I scoured the whole forum and found a lot of questions pertaining to this topic but nothing that addresses precisely the question i am about to put forth: Ok, all my footage is shot on Canon 5d, i
Re: 23.976 vs 23.98
by Dave LaRonde 2 weeks ago
raju bhai "On that note, for the transcoding that i am doing on Compressor, SHOULD I USE 23.976 or 23.98 " I always err on the side of the most precise frame rate, 23.976. Dave LaRonde Promotion Prod
Frame Rates
by Nelson Rocha 3 weeks ago
Hi, i have footage 1920X1080 with different frame rates, 25fps, 30fps and 29,97fps, in mp4 format, what should be the best settings to edit in Final Cut Should i convert them first all to the same for
Re: Frame Rates
by Dave LaRonde 2 weeks ago
Nelson Rocha "I did what I told you I was going to do, even to see if it worked, and it worked." You got lucky. If I were you, I wouldn't push my luck in FCP7. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (C
DJI Osmo full of compression artifacts - failed Netflix qc
by Sam Lee 1 month ago
I knew it was too good to be true... DJI Osmo scenics footage failed Netflix qc. Looking carefully at the raw capture, I see plenty of color banding and dithering when there is shot of tree and shade
Re: DJI Osmo full of compression artifacts - failed Netflix qc
by Dave LaRonde 4 weeks ago
Sorry about your problem. I take it this is a warning to others. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
Gamma change when exporting ProRes
by diana manfredi 1 month ago
Hi guys, I have a couple of questions and I hope someone can help me. First...I delivered a Prores 422 HQ video but now I have to cut out a scene from it and re-deliver. The problem is that they let m
Re: Gamma change when exporting ProRes
by Dave LaRonde 1 month ago
You probably NEVER had QT set up properly on your machine. Just cut out the unwanted footage & re-export in ProRes HQ. You can check it out once it's exported. I bet thete will be no change. To check,
full reinstall of FCP 7, don't want to lose my plugins
by scott Patterson 1 month ago
having my tower Mac Pro juiced up and fresh install of everything onto the new SSD drive. Techs say that they need to get rid of all apps, so I have to reinstall. They will be able to transfer all "do
Re: full reinstall of FCP 7, don't want to lose my plugins
by Dave LaRonde 1 month ago
There could be a good reason for PP woes -- Adobe counts on its users to take part in its Unpaid Beta Tester Program. They release bug-riddled software. Compared to the standards of even 5 years ago,
Vertical Video: Just say No!
by Ned Miller 2 months ago
ADMIN NOTE: This thread began in Creative COW's Business & Marketing forum, but since this topic also cuts across shooting, editing, and distribution, we thought it'd be fun to open the discussion up
Re: Vertical Video: Just say No!
by Dave LaRonde 2 months ago
You'd think if you worked at a TV station as I do, you'd ALWAYS work in horizontal video. Not necessarily! For station promos going to social media, the Home Office mandates SQUARE video. 720x720. Fur
Bringing a 4x3 clip into a 16x9 FCP7 Timeline without stretching. How to?
by Ned Miller 2 months ago
I'm not much of an editor, I muddle through. I have a timeline for a 16x9 project in FCP7. The client provided me with legacy video in 4x3 and I wanted to add two vertical side bars but it is automati
Re: Bringing a 4x3 clip into a 16x9 FCP7 Timeline without stretching. How to?
by Dave LaRonde 2 months ago
Motion tab. Change the horizontal scale. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
Recording & Synching Sound
by Shaun Dowey 3 months ago
Hi Normally I record sound direct into the camera but recently decided to try something different. I recorded the footage through a Canon 700D and I set up a microphone through a Zoom H4N to record th
Re: Recording & Synching Sound
by Dave LaRonde 2 months ago
No clue -- you have said nothing about the specifics of the audio file(s) you recorded. List detaiks. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
audio wav files
by Randall Johannes 3 months ago
I recorded external audio using sound devices recorder as 48 hz and 24 bit wav files. I actually wanted 48 hz and 16 bit files. First question, will the 24 bit files cause any problems on the timeline
Re: audio wav files
by Dave LaRonde 2 months ago
Randall Johannes "I understand the increase in dynamic range using 24 bit but I want to keep file size down so I'm using 16 bit. When I get a larger external hard drive I will most likely use 24 bit.
Motion 4 and MC6
by Sheree Day 2 months ago
HI I am importing a Motion 4 file with video and audio into Avid MC6 and I get a pop up message that says: This movie file contains audio and alpha information. It can be imported as either a clip wit
Re: Motion 4 and MC6
by Dave LaRonde 2 months ago
It sounds like you rendered an alpha-channel file out of Motion. containing an audio file. In Avid, you have to make a choice: you can either import the video & audio (no alpha) OR you can import the
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AAF Export Stopped Working
by Dave LaRonde 2 months ago
I'll admit, I don't know much about Avid. But something that was working no longer works: the AAF Export. I'm trying to export a 20-second timeline for use After Effects. About a month ago, the machin
Re: AAF Export Stopped Working
by John Pale 2 months ago
Dave, you can e-mail me your screen grab of the settings and I will try to take a look later. In the meantime, try doing it using a different user setting than your own and see if that makes a differe
I hope this works!
by Dave LaRonde 2 months ago
Hi, COW folks! For the first time in years, I want to embed an image in my post. So here goes: Hmmmm..... I don't seem to have received an embed code for the image. I even checked my email to see if i
Re: I hope this works!
by Abraham Chaffin 2 months ago
Hello Dave, The company firewall could be blocking image uploading, but here's a few ways to get images into your posts: 1) You can use the image icon found above the post box and follow the instructi
Adobe After Effects Forum
by Creative COW 7 months ago
https: forums.creativecow.net adobeaftereffects
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News: Adobe Unveils Sweeping Feature and Performance Updates to Adobe Creative Cloud Applications at IBC 2016
by Cow News Droid 4 months ago
Virtual Reality, Character Animation, Advanced Collaboration, and 3D Innovations across After Effects, Premiere Pro, and more (San Jose, CA--September 6, 2016) Adobe today revealed a series of innovat
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@Roei Tzoref
by Dave LaRonde 4 months ago
As far as I know, the After Effects team totals 12 members. That's it. For everything. I'll let you worry about interface issues. I will continue to worry about software that may or may not work. Dave
Does audio has a rate like frame rate?
by Nitai Lev-Oren 5 months ago
I'm asking this because I've heard if you shoot 30 fps or 23 fps you will have a problem with the audio Let's say you record on double system on a DSLR and you have an external recorder. the audio wil
Re: Does audio has a rate like frame rate?
by Dave LaRonde 5 months ago
I'd go with 59.94 fps, also known as 60p. Unless , that is, I werte in Europe where the tv sets work at 25 fps. ThenI'd shoot at 50p. I think I'll repeat what others have said: WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO
Denoise and ProRes, which comes first
by Andrei Popa 7 months ago
Which is the best workflow Thanks
Re: Denoise and ProRes, which comes first
by Dave LaRonde 6 months ago
Transcode to ProRes first, then denoise. You need to know that denoising doesn't work miracles. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
AE won't import swf files from Animate (unless they're on the desktop!)
by Tony Mines 7 months ago
Hi, I'm using a workflow that relies heavily on importing .swf files into AE. It's a workflow I use often and has been a cornerstone of my professional practice for over a decade. Presently, I cannot
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Re: AE won't import swf files from Animate (unless they're on the desktop!)
by Tony Mines 6 months ago
UPDATE. Further experimentation has revealed the following, but still offered no viable solution. It is not, as previously stated, that I can only open swf files saved to the desktop. It seems to be t
repair corrupted .mov files
by James Hark 8 months ago
hey there I had to recover some deleted .mov files from my sd card. is there any freeware like REMO REPAIR I used remo repair in january and I swear it was free then. I cant even find the original pro
Re: repair corrupted .mov files
by Dave LaRonde 8 months ago
Y'know, there's something to be said for PROFESSIONALISM. There's something to be said for people who don't hose themseluves..... as you have apparently done. I personally think you are sunk, and you
Football is a bad word?
by Dave LaRonde 9 months ago
Maybe I'm just behind the times in modern slang. It's certainly possible. On the main After Effects forum, an AE beginner is asking about dressing up videos of flag football games. Twice I've posted i
Re: Football is a bad word?
by Dave LaRonde 9 months ago
Well, now I know. Thanks! I didn't know the problem was so big! So it wasn't a matter of being behind the times, slang-wise. It was a matter of being oblivious. Figures. Dave LaRonde Promotion Produce
Is it Moire? How can I fix it?
by Joshua Ansley 1 year ago
So I shot on a Canon 60D with the nifty 50 and they only had LED lights to light the space for the event. I'm not worried about the color but there are moving lines running up the screen in certain pl
Re: Is it Moire? How can I fix it?
by Dave LaRonde 10 months ago
We need a screen shot. we need an image. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
Beware of Adobe Stock Service
by Morten Ranmar 1 year ago
Thought I might explore this new offering, since I needed some stock images, and there was a promise of discount - so I signed up for the minimum of 10 images. Or so I thought. Works out that accordin
Re: Beware of Adobe Stock Service
by Dave LaRonde 1 year ago
I'm sorry it happened to you. That stinks. But think about this -- when you're renting your software, can you REALLY expect more than the level of service you got Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN
DSLR and 24 fps questions...
by Bojan Bojović 1 year ago
Hello everyone... Here in Europe television is 25fps. I am shooting 24fps to achieve that "cinematic" look, but my videos are full of that famous 24fps judder. It is unbearable while panning and it is
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Re: DSLR and 24 fps questions...
by Dave LaRonde 1 year ago
I'd like to know if you could REALLY tell the difference between 24 fps and 25fps footage. Can you actually discern a difference of one lousy frame per second I doubt it! "Cinematic" my foot.... more
Question about recording format.
by James Hark 1 year ago
A client wants to be able to submit his video to Much Music. This is what they say the format needs to be, "Tapes delivered to CTV must be XD-HD in the 50Mb, 1080i 59.94 and signal parameters must con
Re: Question about recording format.
by Dave LaRonde 1 year ago
Okay, first things first. You are NOT delivering at 59.94 frames per second. You are delivering at 29.97 fps, which is 59.94 FIELDS per second. So if you need to deliver at 29.97, I wouldn't shoot at
transcoding in 1080i/59.94, clips still coming out as 1080p/29.97
by Matthew Clark 1 year ago
Hi everyone. So the company I'm working with right now has recently moved to Avid 8 and we all have some workflow questions. We're working in a 1080i 5997 project. When we AMA link to quicktime files,
Re: transcoding in 1080i/59.94, clips still coming out as 1080p/29.97
by Dave LaRonde 1 year ago
Got After Effects It's a cinch to tell if the original footage was shot progressive. Make a 1920x1080 comp at 59.94 frames per second. Import a clip with a lot of motion. Interpret the field order as
From the Adobe AE forum
by Dave LaRonde 1 year ago
A lot of people in here edit, and don't use After Effects. Some do. For those who don't, there has been great frustration over AE CC 2015. The new version broke features that previously worked just fi
Re: From the Adobe AE forum
by Dar Holmes 5 months ago
Thanks for your reply Walter, and appreciate your enthusiasm. However, in mid-to-late 2016 as I am restarting Ae yet again...just to try to get the preview to work *at all*...one must ask: With previe
So, how is the subscription working out for you?
by David Mathis 1 year ago
We are all adults so I do hope there will be mature conservation here. Please no flaming arrows, torches, or pitchforks. :-) In all seriousness, wanting to know how things are working out in general.
Re: So, how is the subscription working out for you?
by Dave LaRonde 1 year ago
The existng issues may have been addressed with the most recent bug fix. Unfortunately, new ones have arisen. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
Joining the ranks of the apostates - well... kind of...
by Chris Pettit 1 year ago
This is a full-disclosure post. Like Aindreas, I feel compelled to disclose my latest decisions regarding CC since I've spent so much time slapping Adobe for shoving this whole subscription mess on us
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Re: Joining the ranks of the apostates - well... kind of...
by Dave LaRonde 1 year ago
Oh, sir, I feel your pain. I don't have your set of worries, yet I still feel compelled to exhort you to hold out as long as you can. The existing software can still accommodate 2k & 4k without proble
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Who's Going To See This?
by Dave LaRonde 1 year ago
Just today, I saw TV commercials for a new movie called "Steve Jobs". Does anyone plan on seeing it I like the music bed for the spot--the startup chime for a Macintosh just keeps going and going and
Re: Who's Going To See This?
by Dave LaRonde 1 year ago
I wanna see who's playing Woz. And Gates. Dave LaRonde Promotion Producer KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA
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