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David Cohen

Motion Graphics designer
Visual Effects editor
Digtial Creative
Member Since:
March 4th 2002
152 Posts
100 posts
Location:
New York, NY
Output from Premier CS6 looks soft - After Effects dynamic link is source
by David Cohen 6 years ago
Hey Cow - its been a while since i posted. I am editing a video in PP Cs6 and my media is all dynamic link AE. Im keeping all ProRes422 but on output, no matter how i set render depth, my final is sof
Re: Output from Premier CS6 looks soft - After Effects dynamic link is source
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 6 years ago
I see the same issues here. My thoughts are that AME is the culprit. The same everything renders pristinely when rendered from AE but softer and sometimes noisier from PPro AME. RoRK Intensive mocha &
OBJ import problem for Form 2 in AE
by David Cohen 8 years ago
Hello Cow - I am trying to use an obj in ae that I exported from Cinema4d. When I go to apply it in Form, I get an error - "Error: Form OBJ Error: unrecognized format (1)(25 :: 241) Any recommendation
Re: OBJ import problem for Form 2 in AE
by David Cabestany 6 years ago
Hey Dave, it's an old thread but did you ever figure this out I've just run into the same problem and I have imported obj's successfully in the past. Best, David.
Modeling a neuron
by David Cohen 9 years ago
I am trying to model a neuron - a little new to c4d. I have tried applying a matrix extrude to a cube and a platonic, but cant quite get it there. Also once the spiny part is one i need to add the lon
Re: Modeling a neuron
by Dave Dever 2 years ago
I created a tutorial for this exact topic and used X-Particles to achieve the look in no time at all: https: youtu.be H0qk9oHgTf4 RP Stock- An Affordable Stock Video Marketplace rpstock.net
Rocket Fins
by David Cohen 10 years ago
Hi all - I am a c4d noob (After effects lifer). I am trying oto model a rocket - classic retroo style. I have the fuselage down but cant quite get the fins. I tried drawing a bex spline and then extru
Re: Rocket Fins
by sam scherer 10 years ago
Yes, you want to create the fin in 2D in adobe illustrator, making sure to save it as an EPS for best compatability. Then drag your spline into the extrude object and select "close spline". Should you
File Error: Access Denied - cant open project
by David Cohen 11 years ago
Hi all, Need some help here. I cannot open any project one one of my drives, FCP gives me the File Error: Access Denied. I tried to change the permissions (Get info) fix the permissions (disc utillity
Re: File Error: Access Denied - cant open project
by David Cohen 11 years ago
Hi Ivars, Thanks for the reply - I tried it and alas the problem remains. I think the file(s) are corrupted. Not sure what to do now. Thanks again. Cheers -dave- Dave Cohen Motion Graphics * Digital D
Would like some critical feedbak on my new intro
by David Cohen 11 years ago
Hey all, It has been ages since I updated the intro to my reel so this is my latest attempt. Please tell me what you think. Thanks -Dave- http: www.daveswaves.net reelintro0409.html
Re: Would like some critical feedbak on my new intro
by David Cohen 11 years ago
Thanks - yeah i think the vignette is a little too dark, I will dial that back a bit. Thank you for your input. Dave Cohen Motion Graphics * Digital Design www.daveswaves.net
Demo Reel Rights
by Dustin Ward 11 years ago
I want to create a demo reel, but the only videos I have are ones i made for the company I work for. Do I have the right to use portions of those videos
Re: Demo Reel Rights
by David Cohen 11 years ago
Yeah I think that is a great forum - and if you tag it it will show up in search results. Some people put there's on youtube. Dave Cohen Motion Graphics * Digital Design www.daveswaves.net
Vectors and Collapsing Transformations
by Dan Fassnacht 11 years ago
Hello, I've been doing some illustrator work and using vector files in After Effects. When I collapse a transformation or click the continually rasterize button when having a camera or effects on the
Re: Vectors and Collapsing Transformations
by David Cohen 11 years ago
Actually I find if the transfroms are collapsed then it becomes a 2d layer and loses camera control. IT is big problem and i am trying to figure out how to handle it. Dave Cohen Motion Graphics * Digi
Using arrow keys to move layers
by James Mulryan 11 years ago
I would like to use the arrow keys to move the start of each layer in my timeline. Is there a way to do this, rather than dragging with the mouse
Re: Using arrow keys to move layers
by David Cohen 11 years ago
Life saver indeed. Now the question is how to nudge a layer on a laptop where there is no page up or down keys. Possible Thanks all -Dave- Dave Cohen Motion Graphics * Digital Design www.daveswaves.ne
Does anyone have any tips on how to create a kind of flickering out of focus look?
by Daniel Haskett 12 years ago
Hey Ok ill try and explain better now, basically i want to have a 3d camera kind of flicker in and out of focus, you know like u can see on old films and stuff not a great deal, just a little bit subt
Re: Does anyone have any tips on how to create a kind of flickering out of focus look?
by David Cohen 12 years ago
I use the wiggler applied to the opacity or a luma effect on a layer for flickering light (or on a comp light's intensity for realism). I think it could also apply to your situation. Seems like you ar
Echo Effect not working in AE 7
by David Cohen 12 years ago
Hey guys, quick question here - I built a comp in 6.0 using echo. When I try to open the comp in any version newer than 6.5 the echo effect does not work. Is this not supported Is there a switch I am
Re: Echo Effect not working in AE 7
by Aharon Rabinowitz 12 years ago
In some cases, effects get updated and then things don't work quite right in the new version if you open an older file. It just happened to me with CC rain the other day. My suggestion is to write dow
Radio Waves question - promise not a noob
by David Cohen 13 years ago
Hello Cows, Have a quick question about the render-- radio wave effect. I need to slow down the rate of birth of the waves - the speed in short. I tried to manipulate the velocity but not quite what i
Re: Radio Waves question - promise not a noob
by Mike Clasby 13 years ago
Todd, thanks for the link, first time I've seen that.
Quicktime 7.1.3 import flash problem
by Graham Quince 14 years ago
Hi guys I happen to do a lot of importing into AE of swf files. And I also run the Windows XP version of iTunes. Recently, having got sick of the messages asking if i wanted to update iTunes, i update
Re: Quicktime 7.1.3 import flash problem
by David Cohen 13 years ago
That's it, I had this problem as well, and the info in the FCP doc. is also relevant to AE. You guys save my @#$% every time. Many thanks. -Dave-
Render Error 34 - Help
by David Cohen 13 years ago
I have a new error when I try to render. Sometimes it starts rendering then stops and displays a general error 34. Now it starts to display the progres bar and it stops every tiem i try to render. If
Re: Render Error 34 - Help
by David Cohen 13 years ago
Scrap that. It is not -34. it is (34). I trashed my prefs, and it still did not work. Deadline is looming and I am kind of worried. Any hlep Cheers -D-
Capture Settings - DVCAM tapes - Quality Issues
by David Cohen 13 years ago
Hey Cows, Not sure if this is a noob question, I appologize, I am a mgfx designer and rarely use fcp. I am doing a job that requires some dvcam footage. The tapes look great straight from the deck (ds
Re: Capture Settings - DVCAM tapes - Quality Issues
by Jeff Carpenter 13 years ago
How are you viewing the footage You need to view the footage from the computer on an NTSC monitor. If you can connect that DSR-11 up and judge it on the same monitor you saw it on, so much the better.
Quality (text and mask edge) issues in AE 7
by David Cohen 13 years ago
Hey Cows, I inherited an ae7 project and am using it for the first time. Ran into a problem with my preview quality. Rendered movies are ok, but in the comp the text and mask edges look crappy - they
Re: Quality (text and mask edge) issues in AE 7
by Mylenium 13 years ago
Maybe you are using OpenGL and AE and your config is not right for AE. Regardless of this, when using OpenGL certain things will always look crap due to things such as e.g. OpenGL being unable to hand
commercials specifications
by Jamie Worsfold 14 years ago
I've got a freelance job coming up which may (or may not) need me to work on a commercial or two. Now, I've been working as an editor for a few years doing broadcast work, but up until now I've not be
Re: commercials specifications
by David Cohen 14 years ago
Actually, I am 30 and at one point I edited on 3 4" with an Amiga CG. Gues I am an old guy now. Cheers -D- Dave Cohen Motion Graphics * Digital Design www.daveswaves.net
How to: Particulate Dust in 3D in the "Elizebeth" HBO Promo
by David Cohen 14 years ago
Hey Cows, There is something I would like to use in my projects that imparts real depth and organic texture. In the promo for Elizebeth (and I think the open, though i did not watch it) ther is some g
Re: How to: Particulate Dust in 3D in the "Elizebeth" HBO Promo
by Tor Anders 14 years ago
http: www.hbo.com films elizabeth video Plz see the trailer.
AE Error Opening Sound Component (-2166)
by David Cohen 14 years ago
I know I have seen these posts in the archive, but I don't want ot go digging yet. Has anyone found a fix to this error the AE error "Eror Opening Sound Component" happens every time I do a RAM previe
Re: AE Error Opening Sound Component (-2166)
by David Cohen 14 years ago
The audio that I am using are mov.s that were converted from mp3s. I tried it with aiff's and had the same porblem. I upgraded to QT 7.1 and now it still has the error initialy, but once I turn off th
MGFX Designer expanding into the corporate arena
by David Cohen 14 years ago
Hi, I am a motion graphics designer working moslty in broadcast, and have started to do some corporate work, and would like much more. In terms of marketing, what has worked for you, local organizatio
Re: MGFX Designer expanding into the corporate arena
by David Cohen 14 years ago
Hey, Thanks for the advice, I think I will feel out both avenues. I really should get my corportae reel on my site, instead of just DVD. That would probaly show a bit more diversity for people who are
Moveing from Broadcast News to Corporate Video.
by Geoff Tirrell 14 years ago
Hello I'm a Photojournalist who is looking to make the transition from broadcast news into the world of corporate video. My questions are what options do I have in the Connecticut area. Should I look
Re: Moveing from Broadcast News to Corporate Video.
by David Cohen 14 years ago
Hi, I am a motion graphics designer, and have started to do some corporate work, and would like much more. In terms of marketing, what has worked for you, local organizations like commerce groups If s
Text Quality Bad in Final Cut
by David Cohen 14 years ago
Hi all, I am cutting my motion graphics reel in final cut coming from After Effects. The clips look fine in the preview monitor, but once thy are in the tiemline, and all other steps afterward, it loo
Re: Text Quality Bad in Final Cut
by dave fisher 14 years ago
Look at the "settings" and field order...I have seen bad graphics with "lower field first'...and when it' set to "none" it looks a whole lot better!
Penalty for late payment?
by David Cohen 14 years ago
Hey all, I have a quick question for you indusrty biz gurus. I have a client to whome I submitted an invoice almost 60 dyas ago, who have not paid yet. I am considering adding a late payment penalty t
Re: Penalty for late payment?
by Tim Wilson 8 years ago
Mark Suszko "If it wasn't mentioned up front, I think it's poor form to try to retroactively apply it. I say you put him on the "not so good" list, and he's on a cash prepaid in full basis for any an
Motion Graphics Agent
by David Cohen 14 years ago
Hi, I am a motion graphics artist and I have a client list that is growing, but slowly. I would really loe ot get more bookings, especially with clietns who call regualry, instead of once-in-a-while.
Re: Motion Graphics Agent
by David Cohen 14 years ago
Thanks Rich, thats a big help. I am thinking of joining a few, but I am alreadty a memebr of a MGFX organisation and have been going to the meetings for a while. While it is fun and the software demos
Best Training DVD for a 3D newbie?
by David Cohen 14 years ago
I am a 2d designer and would like to put 3d in my workflow, so i have Maya and would liek to take a course or two, but in the mean-time i am looking for a good training DVD. Any adv5ce Cheers =Dave=
Re: Best Training DVD for a 3D newbie?
by David Cohen 14 years ago
Thanks, that seems like a good route. Cheers -D-
Effects and Filters are greyd-out in Illustrator
by David Cohen 14 years ago
This is a simple but frustrating one. For some reason alot of my effects and filters are not available in the drop down lists. Not sure why, is it a color seting, or doc setup Any help would be apprec
Re: Effects and Filters are greyd-out in Illustrator
by Seth Taylor 14 years ago
Most likely it is because your document is set to CMYK. If you set your color mode to RGB, they should all be available.******************************** utah dvd replication - stotion.com
Price Estimate for a Graphics Show Package
by David Cohen 14 years ago
Hi all, I have been asked ot build a graphics package for a pilot. Having only billed day and hour rates, I do not have a clear idea of how to estiamte a package price. I als do not know the budget, a
Re: Price Estimate for a Graphics Show Package
by Bob Woodhead 14 years ago
I would just ask what they've got in mind for a budget for the open. Tell them you can build a Porsche or a VW, they both look & run great, but they sure ain't the same price. We can't create in a vac
Corp/Industrial Clients?
by David Cohen 14 years ago
Hi All, I am sure this sort of post has been asked inumerously, but I figured I would ask anyway. I have been designing motion GFX for TV mostly, and a few smaller commercial clients, but I would like
Re: Corp/Industrial Clients?
by Andy Stinton 14 years ago
I call it the wholesale market . Staging companies are prime for this. For them to sell the bigger gigs, content is king . In many cases the staging AV company does not have the resources you offer in
Joinign local chamber of commerce
by David Cohen 15 years ago
Hey All, I read a few posts that mentioned joinging the local COC to network and gain some new clients. Is there any advice on doing so, especialy the latter. Is it just about attending events nad mee
Re: Joinign local chamber of commerce
by David Cohen 14 years ago
Yes, very thurough and informative. Thank you Mark and Galt. Cheers -Dave-
fog 3d - general how to...
by ax the max 15 years ago
I have my comp, 580 700something x 400something pictures. I used 3d assistants lite "cubic distribution" to scatter the images within a 30,000 x 30,000 x 30,000 pix cube so I can fly my camera around
Re: fog 3d - general how to...
by David Cohen 15 years ago
If you have combustion, there is a work-aorund. You can draw paint solids with varying shades of greay, hide them and plug them into say blur and luma (for fog) and tehn use the g-buffer to build RPF
Graphics and Text Quaility Issue
by David Cohen 15 years ago
Hi All, I have been plagued with this one for a while now and it is seriously impacting my reel. I have all of my media for my FCP sequ rendered from After Effects with the Animation codec. It looks g
Re: Graphics and Text Quaility Issue
by David Cohen 15 years ago
I have used an alteranate method, by rendering a non-self contained QT and pulling that into Compressor. It worked, only there are video hits toward the end of the clip. Ugh, sorry new to compressor.
Anti-aliasing issue wit haanything with curvature
by David Cohen 15 years ago
Hi All, I mainly post ot the AE forum but since motion graphics is married to design in PS and AI, I figured thgis would be a good place. I am creating a DVD for my reel, and when using elements for b
Re: Anti-aliasing issue wit haanything with curvature
by Richard Harrington 15 years ago
Also... add fether or anti-aliasa in the options bar when drawingRichard M. Harrington, PMP Author: Photoshop CS for Nonlinear Editors Co-Author Final Cut Pro on the Spot, After Effects on the Spot, B
Spike-busting for the 3D filter?
by David Cohen 15 years ago
I am desiging a tomb-stone in 2d, and when i apply the 3d filter in Illus I get crazy spikes. Is there any option to bring the spikes down, or is there some way i should treat the flat art before i ex
Animating the extrude depth of the text in Invigorator?
by David Cohen 15 years ago
I need to animate the extrude depth of the text as if it is scaling up but the the stroke trails it, kind of hard to explain, but its frustrating. Any help Thanks -D-
Re: Animating the extrude depth of the text in Invigorator?
by David Cohen 15 years ago
Thanks man, very helpful indeed. Cheers -Dave-
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