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Scene detection with handles or post clip media change
by Declan Smith 1 year ago
I have used the scene detection to go through a 45 minute piece, went through and "verified" the cuts and added the splits to the media pool created the timeline and got to work on colour grading all
Re: Scene detection with handles or post clip media change
by Colja Krugmann 1 year ago
Hi, you can use the scene cut detection, but instead of adding the edits make an edl of that scene cut detection and apply it to the same clip in the timeline (i don't have Davinci at hand to tell you
Why doesn't the AE Numbers plug-in have commas???
by Nick Natteau 6 years ago
Just wondering why the Numbers plugin has no option for commas. Why is it that using the Numbers decimal counter plugin you can display "1080.90" but there's no option to display that same number as "
Re: Why doesn't the AE Numbers plug-in have commas???
by Declan Smith 1 year ago
Wow, this thread really does live on. Ok, if you want to do as you are saying, then try this. Basically, replace the "." with "," then add the separator as a "." num = "$" + (effect("Point Control")("
Creating an animated counter for money
by peter butler 1 year ago
Hi everyone. I found a great tutorial on here that allows me to type in a figure and the counter will animate up to that amount. The issue is that the last three digits in the counter are separated by
Re: Creating an animated counter for money
by Declan Smith 1 year ago
Try this. numDecimals = 0; commas = true; dollarSign = false; beginCount = -0; endCount = 1000000000000000; dur = 15; t = time - inPoint; s = linear (t, 0, dur, beginCount, endCount); if (numDecimals)
Multicam does not show 4 cameras in Program Window
by Trig Simon 1 year ago
With four cameras in my Multicam on the Timeline, only one camera shows in the Program Window. When I double click on the clip in the Sequence, it shows all four cameras in the Source Window. I tried
Re: Multicam does not show 4 cameras in Program Window
by Declan Smith 1 year ago
Glad you have it sorted. I read your original post a little too quick and missed the fact you had already had the Multicam monitor up!. I think it works a bit differently in CS6 as I don't have to hav
setup for multi channel audio for export to network
by Will Gonzalez 1 year ago
Hello all, First off, apologies if this topic has already been covered here. I did a quick search and did not find any posts specific to my question. We are producing a show and the network delivery s
Re: setup for multi channel audio for export to network
by Declan Smith 1 year ago
Hi Take a look at my tutorial for Mulitchannel mastering here https: www.youtube.com watch v=qkkyHCxM8Eo It's about 8minutes, and for the most part it will be teaching you how to suck eggs, but toward
Does the XL-H1 Still hold up?
by Rob Gutermuth 2 years ago
Hi all, just wondering some opinions on how well other cameras work together in post, etc.. lately, I've been shooting with a combo of HDV cameras and the newer CMOS cameras, like the Canon G30 XA20..
Re: Does the XL-H1 Still hold up?
by Declan Smith 1 year ago
I can't speak for Sony Vegas and codec support issues, but there are many tools out there for converting between them. With regards to tapes, I tend not to use tapes with my Canon XLH1 anymore, but al
FCP X vs Premiere Pro CS6 ???
by Ken Bennett 2 years ago
I'm looking for a new NLE since I'm about done with Sony Vegas. Tell me why I should go with FPC X over PP CS6 I am not going to pay a monthly subscription for Adobe CC. I do everything from weddings
Re: FCP X vs Premiere Pro CS6 ???
by John Rofrano 2 years ago
Declan Smith "For photography elements, I have switched to Affinity Photo & Affinity Designer away from Adobe Photoshop Illustrator."Me too. I also replaced After Effects with Apple Motion, and Media
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counting numbers with commas
by Lisa Overton 2 years ago
I am using the following expression to create a number countdown but I need it to recognize or insert commas in eight digit numbers. Can anyone tell me how to alter it: P.S. there are also times that
Re: counting numbers with commas
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
Try adding this as your last line. The first part adds the "$" and the rest sorts out the commas. If you want to change how many numbers are needed before a comma, change the the number "7" below to w
Sync ALL your clips in a single manipulation with premiere CC?
by Marc De Coster 2 years ago
Hi guys. Happy new year to all I'll have to work on a TV show by the end of the month and I'd like to work with Premiere but I'm a little bit "afraid" I use it all the time for advertising or coorpora
Re: Sync ALL your clips in a single manipulation with premiere CC?
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
Hi Marc You didn't say how many audio channels you need and whether you need to retain the sound in your clips or replace it with separately recorded sound. There are many ways to tackle this, but I p
5.1 + stereo editing (not export)
by Daniel Laurin 2 years ago
Hi kings of the editing! I am looking for a solution to facilitate my editing in Premiere. In life, I edit with FCP7, FCPX and Premiere Pro CC. My case: I read a lot of post and I can t find my soluti
Re: 5.1 + stereo editing (not export)
by Daniel Laurin 2 years ago
Wow! Thank you very much! It works! I really searched long and nobody found the solution. Thank you again! Daniel Laurin, TV Director, editor
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Multi-channel Audio
by Jack Bonnett 2 years ago
Sorry I don't mean to spam the forums honest. I posted this over on the Media Encoder forum as I assumed that my issue was there but now I'm not so sure as I can't even get a quick encode for vimeo th
Re: Multi-channel Audio
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
Ok, this has made me do a tutorial that I had been planning on doing for ages. It's easier to watch it than explain it, but in essence I go through configuring the Adobe Audio mixer to create sub mixe
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FCP 6-7 meets El Capitan
by Christopher McDonell 2 years ago
So... what's the verdict Does it (mostly) still work Any guinea pigs out there ready to report :)
Re: FCP 6-7 meets El Capitan
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
As there are many differing opinions on whether you should upgrade or not and no clear "yes it works, no it doesn't" answer, I would suggest that you try it out for yourself on your setup, but by firs
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Multiple audio tracks making for an inefficient timeline....
by Dale Holman Wallace 2 years ago
Hi all, I'm looking for some advice on audio tracks in Premiere Pro CC. I'm working on a long-form drama project. The excellent sound recordist used a number of mics - lav, boom etc - for each take, w
Re: Multiple audio tracks making for an inefficient timeline....
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
The procedure I outlined is ideally started at the beginning of the project, however, if your 8 audio tracks are indeed a group of 8 mono tracks, then alt click one of them, then shift alt click anoth
Wrong Reselution in Project settings, can I change this in project
by Dave McGuire 2 years ago
I set up a project for another editor in Premier but set the project settings to the wrong resolution. *Face Palm* is there a way to reset the project resolution (Codec) ((Video Format)) in the projec
Re: Wrong Reselution in Project settings, can I change this in project
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
It's a very frustrating "feature" of Premiere Pro. You didn't say which version, so what I am about to describe relates to CS6. What you choose to do all depends on how far you have gone in your edit,
Measuring light stops of gels
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
Since getting my Sekonic L758 light meter, I have decided to put a bit more science behind my lighting and try an understand more the parameters and effects of certain things, like light stops, and di
Re: Measuring light stops of gels
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
I set the lamp on a stand with the centre at 53 inches from the ground, and secured the 758 to another stand (via the 1 4" socket) with the Lumisphere retracted and also at 53 Inches from the ground,
Countdown Timer in After Effects- Trying to remove the movement of digits
by Geoff McLarty 2 years ago
So I've read through many of the forum posts about countdown expression. I know how to create a countdown. Right now, I'm looking to trouble shoot an issue I see with every expression I've used. When
Re: Countdown Timer in After Effects- Trying to remove the movement of digits
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
Try the following. This will force a 2 digit pad on both minutes and seconds. The font will move it a little but each character location should be in a fixed position as per below: function padZero(st
New Mac Pro and FCP7 reality check
by Eric Weiner 4 years ago
So I'm looking at the new Mac Pros. We still use FCP 7 here, and the boss is asking me about upgrading our sliver machines to new mac pros. I'm thinking since FCP7 doesn't take advantage of multicore
Re: New Mac Pro and FCP7 reality check
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
Hi Mickey, All upgrades are relative to your starting point. The details of before and after my upgrade are below: My 2009 MacPro started as this: Model Name: Mac Pro Model Identifier: MacPro4,1 Proce
Photoshop or other program
by peggy bergers 2 years ago
I have problem about to remove trees front of building, I tried to use healing not working good only work on small things not trees and i tried not really great is anyone who know how to do it I keep
Re: Photoshop or other program
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
With regards to your title "or other program". It may be worth looking at affinity photo. It's healing is extremely good Declan Smith http: www.madpanic.tv After Effects CS6 FCS3 Canon XLH1 Canon 7D R
Countdown Timer As Words Instead of Numbers
by David Leon 2 years ago
I have been looking for a way to create a countdown timer that uses words instead of numbers, for example "FIVE FIFTY NINE" instead of 5:59. What I want to know is, there a way I can create this with
Re: Countdown Timer As Words Instead of Numbers
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
You'll have to do some kind of look. You didn't specify the source of your numbers and what you want to countdown (limits etc), so the example I have given below makes some assumptions. Add this expre
Wobbly edges from keylight
by Yuta Komine 2 years ago
Hi, I was wondering if there is a way to remove wobbly edges from the image below. I tried to key this image with keylight but the edges on the shoulders and hair cannot be smoothed in any way. They b
Re: Wobbly edges from keylight
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
Have you tried adding a refine matte effect with chatter enabled and altered the smoothing I have had good results stabilising mattes using this. Also It may be that your keying is on the edge. I woul
Trimming logic
by Martin Mark 2 years ago
I'm new to AE and I can't get a hold of it's trimming logic. My clip is a bit too long so I trim it from the beginning and from the end with trim comp to work area. I want to use time remapping. I ena
Re: Trimming logic
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
Trim your clip as you have been doing, then pre-compose it. You should be able to retime the precomposed clip as desired as its start end will be as you selected on the original clip. Declan Smith htt
EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro
by Richard Boghosian 6 years ago
EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro Can't find the plugin on Canon's site. Anyone help me with this Much appreciated. Richard Boghosian Bogh AV Productions FCP 7.03 MacPro 8Gb ram Matrox MXO 2 Max
Re: EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
The highest OS I have with FCP is Mountain Lion, but I think it's just the way Canon have 'filed' their software. I see no reason why it wouldn't work with Mavericks. Declan Smith http: www.madpanic.t
Getting value from SourceText with parseInt() expression
by Marissa Joyner 2 years ago
Hi! I have a bar graph that is getting its height value from a slider control. However, I'd like for the bar to get its value from a text layer (Source Text). For example, if you change the text layer
Re: Getting value from SourceText with parseInt() expression
by Declan Smith 2 years ago
Below is an example of how to use parseInt to take a text layer (called MyTextLayer) source property as the input. Note that this will only work as is if the source text is entirely a number. parseInt
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Numbers Expression Replace commas with a space....
by Ross Hammond 3 years ago
Hey folks see below is an expression I have for a counter which works perfectly, However I would like to replace the commas with a space if possible as this is a request for reversioning into a differ
Re: Numbers Expression Replace commas with a space....
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
You just need to change the line: finalResult = ',' + finalResult; to finalResult = ' ' + finalResult; Or you could make this more configurable by having another slider to control what separator chara
trying to find 5DtoRGB for OS 10.6.8
by raju bhai 3 years ago
Hi, I am trying to find an older version of 5DtoRGB. The latest version requires minimum OS 10.7 and my computer is OS 10.6.8.
Re: trying to find 5DtoRGB for OS 10.6.8
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
Hi, I see that their dropdown doesnt have the option, but have you tried emailing support at rarevision.com and asking them Declan Smith http: www.madpanic.tv After Effects CS6 FCS3 Canon XLH1 Canon 7
What is the point of White Balancing
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
We've all been taught to always white balance before shooting, which is something that I would never fail to do (ok, perhaps occasionally!!). But, I have recently got another Canon XLH1. On a multi ca
Re: What is the point of White Balancing
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
You're right. Now that I've seen that the custom WB between both XLH1s does get them almost identical, in those situations all is good, and for the others a simple primary colour correction will do. I
Adding Commas to Point Control Expression
by eric harvey 3 years ago
Im utilizing the Point Control Expression because I need a counter that goes past one million. I have it rounding to whole numbers, but I can not get it to add commas. Below is my source text expressi
Re: Adding Commas to Point Control Expression
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
Try the following: "" + Math.round(effect("Point Control")("Point") 0 ).toFixed(0).replace( (\d)( =(\d{3})+( !\d)) g, "$1,"); Declan Smith http:
node viewer window size
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
Is there anyway to get the node viewer window full-size or be able to resize it move it to a secondary display Declan Smith http: www.madpanic.tv After Effects CS6 FCS3 Canon XLH1 Canon 7D Reason Cuba
Re: node viewer window size
by Marc Wielage 3 years ago
In v10, you can eliminate the Gallery and increase the size of the Node window by clicking the little tiny black button on the lower left edge of the Node window. That will shove it more to the left.
Loop a write-on effect
by TImi Boose 3 years ago
I am creating a simple drawing and animating the sun's rays bouncing off a window to show how a certain type of glass in a window works. I animated the sun's rays with the write-on effect and it works
Re: Loop a write-on effect
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
You could try precomposing the brush layer and adjust it's comp length needed to complete one cycle and then on the precomped layer in the main comp, add time-remap and then loopOut on that and drag t
Create Null Catch for Count Number of Characters in String
by Bryce Poole 3 years ago
Hello, I have an expression that is meant to count the number of times particular characters appear in a string, the expression works fine as long as that character actually appears in the string. How
Re: Create Null Catch for Count Number of Characters in String
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
Hi Bryce, Yes, some more weirdness of javascript etc I'm afraid. The first issue, i.e. \ needs an addition \n at the end of the line otherwise the regular expression sees it as an unterminat
Best way to shoot plates for hologram / HUD screens
by Alfred de Varona 3 years ago
My team is looking into shooting some scenes where there will be graphics comped in to make various surfaces (walls, handheld screens, etc) into display screens. I've got a good grip on the graphics t
Re: Best way to shoot plates for hologram / HUD screens
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
There are a number of ways you could tackle this and I guess it depends on a number of factors such as how much movement of the talent and or the actor. One method is to entirely shoot the talent agai
6 or 8-core Mac Pro for use with FCP 7
by Joni Church 3 years ago
Hi there, I'm a freelance TV movie editor and I'm thinking of upgrading my current 8-core 2.26GHz 2009 "Nehalem" Mac Pro (12 GB of RAM) to a new Mac Pro. This seemed like the best forum to post in, I
Re: 6 or 8-core Mac Pro for use with FCP 7
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
Ok, let's just de-color some of this advice shall we 1. The questioner asked whether to and which upgrade path to take, we should answer this question yes Ok, FCP 7 itself isn't entirely core driven i
Make fading credits with a video at the bottom
by Ram Astama 3 years ago
Hi, i was looking on how can i do this on After effects. i just see this can be done on Adobe Premiere, but i know this can be done on AE. i can make fading credits only on black background, but i wan
Re: Make fading credits with a video at the bottom
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
If I understand your request, you want scrolling credits that fade at the top and bottom of the screen and this to be on a video background This can all be done in after effects or you can import your
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Can a layer style be applied before the effect is applied?
by Ian Dillon 3 years ago
It seems effects are applied before the layer style. To me that doesn't seem logical or intuitive. Is there any way to change that Thanks in advance! Ian. Mac Pro 2x2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon 8 GB
Re: Can a layer style be applied before the effect is applied?
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
Precompose the layer with the layer style then apply the effects to the precomposed layer Declan Smith http: www.madpanic.tv After Effects CS6 FCS3 Canon XLH1 Canon 7D Reason Cubase "it's either binar
Change dot with comma
by Michael Davydov 3 years ago
I have a simple code, showing an animated Slider number in a text field. It is a number with a floating point, like 29.3. And now I was asked to replace DOT with COMMA, to make it look like 29,3, and
Re: Change dot with comma
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
Use the replace method of the string representation of the number. For example: numStr = "" + 12.35 numStr.replace(".", ",") So if your text field is something like: thisComp.layer("Control").effect("
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Ghost effect - edges of actor to emanate away / dissolve
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
Could anyone help with this effect I am trying to achieve. I have a green screen clip of an actor and I am trying to get the effect of the edges of the character emanating outwards dissolving, almost
Re: Ghost effect - edges of actor to emanate away / dissolve
by Declan Smith 3 years ago
Thanks, I have started experimenting with this method and looks promising. I need to get the right combustion of distort blurs now Declan Smith http: www.madpanic.tv After Effects CS6 FCS3 Canon XLH1
tracking a fast moving dot
by James Pierson 4 years ago
Hello, I'm looking to track a fast moving red dot inside after effects, I must admit I've not had a lot of experience with tracking, but I would have thought (probably naively!) that although the dot
Re: tracking a fast moving dot
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 4 years ago
This should be doable in only a few minutes. Set your tracker as such NEFORE tracking - 1) Tracker Panel - Options section a) Switch on Adapt Feature on Every Frame b) "If Confidence is Below ...%" se
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backslash in codeblock
by Declan Smith 4 years ago
Hi, A number of times now when entering expressions in the After Effects expressions forum, the backslash character gets removed. I've tried putting double backslash but nothing seems to work. Any hel
Re: backslash in codeblock
by Declan Smith 4 years ago
Amazing, all working beautifully now. Thankyou Declan Smith http: www.madpanic.tv After Effects CS6 FCS3 Canon XLH1 Canon 7D Reason Cubase "it's either binary or it's not"
resolve 9 slow playback
by pierre reischer 5 years ago
Hi folks, when playback hd footage the cuda gpu shows a red sign over the viewer and it plays the video only at 20 or sometimes even less frames per second. what is the solution to this problem i have
Re: resolve 9 slow playback
by Declan Smith 4 years ago
Perfect, this solved it for me. Many Thanks Declan Smith http: www.madpanic.tv After Effects CS6 FCS3 Canon XLH1 Canon 7D Reason Cubase "it's either binary or it's not"
Audio Clips Don't Move In Tandem With Video Clip!
by Nate Tam 5 years ago
Hi all, So I'm a FCP 7 guy switching to Premiere Pro CS6. I've watched a slue (hours) of tutorial videos from lynda.com, creative cow, and other sources and I feel like I know it pretty well...but one
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Re: Audio Clips Don't Move In Tandem With Video Clip!
by Josh Meltzer 5 years ago
I've been struggling with this all day and fortunately received this how-to from a friend at MediaStorm production company.... So what you need to do is grab the video clip, move it to where you want
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And why have perpetual licenses for anything?
by Declan Smith 4 years ago
So if the host software (CC) is rented, why would anyone want to pay for perpetual licenses for plugins such as RedGiant, VideoCopilot, Camera Tracker etc etc. It's only a matter of time before everyt
Re: And why have perpetual licenses for anything?
by Joseph W. Bourke 4 years ago
I think that a large part of the "monopoly" Adobe has on the raster and vector-based markets is due to the fact that Illustrator and Photoshop are the defacto standards which all the other software is
Technicolor Color Assist - Workflow tips
by Declan Smith 4 years ago
Having downloaded the trial of Technicolor's Color Assist and faced a few challenges and workflow questions which I have worked out solutions for, I thought I would share my findings here for anyone t
to split or not to split? AE or Premiere?
by El Jev 5 years ago
I shot some footage of a glassblower doing his thing on my canon 60D in *.mov format with h264 codec 1920*1080p, since it's a hectic environment I shot about 150 short clips and a couple of longer one
Re: to split or not to split? AE or Premiere?
by Declan Smith 5 years ago
I had a similar type of project that I did based on http: ae.tutsplus.com tutorials motion-graphics building-a-grid-like-layout-using-basic-expressions search_index=4 I ended working entirely in after
Need to read metadata from Canon DSLR video files
by Ron Dawson 5 years ago
Can someone suggest a good stand alone app for reading metadata from a Canon DSLR video file I want to get info like ISO, shutterspeed, aperture, etc. Ron Dawson Executive Producer President Dare Drea
Re: Need to read metadata from Canon DSLR video files
by Declan Smith 5 years ago
You can use ExifTool. This is available for windows and mac. It's command line only, but should provide what you are looking for: http: www.sno.phy.queensu.ca phil exiftool E.G. on a 60D file you get
Zoom H4-N vs. Tascam DR-40
by Pete Burger 5 years ago
Does anyone has some first-hand experience with those two mobile recorders I worked with the Zoom before and was quite pleased with the quality. What I'm most interested in, is the difference concerni
Re: Zoom H4-N vs. Tascam DR-40
by Declan Smith 5 years ago
I recently was in the same position, however I am interested in quality of the microphones. I decided to spend a bit more and go for the Roland R26, on spec, but mainly because it can record 6 channel
Why does After Effects need to render unmodified footage?
by Will Blank 6 years ago
No matter if I am viewing footage by double clicking it in the project browser or in a composition, the video will generally play smoothly with fits of stuttering. This is without any effects applied.
Re: Why does After Effects need to render unmodified footage?
by Michael Szalapski 6 years ago
"Please do not respond with 'After Effects is not an editing program' because I am well aware of that. It just seems strange to me that unmodified, correctly interpreted footage whether it be from an
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Audio Capabilities
by Declan Smith 6 years ago
Can anyone give any insight as to the Audio capabilities of FCPX Having just fought and lost with Soundtrack "Pro" screwing up levels on export, I was wondering how FCPX deals with the audio part of t
Re: Audio Capabilities
by Paul Figgiani 6 years ago
For precise editing I need to see this type of detail, especially when editing dialog. Typically this type of stuff is not done in the timeline of an NLE. What I propose is a more precise editor or an
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