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Dex Craig

Media Production guy for the State of California by day, fight crime by night (if by "fight crime" you understand that I'm making a cartoon-style animation feature).
Member Since:
September 19th 2001
146 Posts
100 posts
Location:
San Francisco, CA
final render blurry
by leon kessler 10 years ago
For the past month I have been editing this video, and my renders were nice and clear. All of a sudden my renders are blurry. It kinda looks like a "frame blend" effect. I unchecked "frame blend" in c
Re: final render blurry
by Dex Craig 10 years ago
If you want a final output at 24P you really should shoot in 24P. Converting from 29.97 interlaced to 24P is always a pain, and Premiere Pro isn't necessarily the best tool for converting. You'll get
Changing focus
by Roberto Cerini 10 years ago
This is more of a video skill question, but I wasn't sure where to ask. I want to do a shoot where you have some stuff going on in the background and some in the foreground. The shot is focused on the
Re: Changing focus
by Dex Craig 10 years ago
Shooting a rack focus shot requires detailed control of depth of field and careful operation of the focus control on your camera. Not knowing if you're using a pro camera or a consumer one, you might
HD resolution output
by dickie ilagan 12 years ago
hi i tried working on HD resolution and under my project setting - stage size was set to 1920x1080, 30fps and imported a picture as bkg (res same as HD size). Made some keyframes on emitter with a to
Re: HD resolution output
by Dex Craig 11 years ago
Hi, there -- Is PIRender included in the demo I can't seem to get an HD size project to render on the mac; my largest monitor isn't large enough to allow a 1920 by 1080 window. I do find "PIRenderBatc
Exporting in 16 x 9 with Premiere 1.5
by Dylan O'Leary 13 years ago
I'm trying to export to DVD in Adobe Premiere 1.5, but the DVD won't hold the aspect ratio at 16x9 when played on a TV. Any clues Dylan O'Leary www.scoutsthemovie.com
Re: Exporting in 16 x 9 with Premiere 1.5
by Dex Craig 13 years ago
I produced a feature-length movie using Premiere 1.5 in 16x9 without any trouble. Where I had trouble was with the DVD authoring software. Adobe Encore 1.5 was perfect; I'd tried using some other DVD
Disable Dynamic Link
by Dex Craig 13 years ago
Hi, folks -- I've done some searching and haven't found an answer, so I thought I'd ask here. My computer at work just doesn't quite have anough horsepower to run the Production Suite in full style. I
Re: Disable Dynamic Link
by Dex Craig 13 years ago
Thanks, Aanarav. Great tips in that podcast! - Dex
Tab Names in Premiere Pro 2
by Dex Craig 13 years ago
Hi, all -- Possibly a stupid question, but hey, if the question fits.... Anyway, PP2 has a "handy" feature in which the tabs in the timeline panel are all named things like "timeline: Merced Fire Stor
Re: Tab Names in Premiere Pro 2
by Roger Averdahl 13 years ago
With the program Resource Hacker one can easily modify this and delete the word Timeline. If you still want to get rid of it, i will provide you with a step by step description. Here is a link to how
Idea for a 3d animation... need newb Ae help...
by geestring 13 years ago
Ok so I plan on having a 3d scene with 3d dancing robots doing their thing... differetn camera angles etc.. What I want to do is have a 2d silohoutte of a crowd cheering. However I want that 2d crowd
Re: Idea for a 3d animation... need newb Ae help...
by Dex Craig 13 years ago
You're talking about rotoscoping, then, if you want to take an existing movie (say your Max render) and composite other video footage into it, so it looks like it's behind the foreground subject. It's
Keying... in PPro... Best result out of what's given...
by Perry Cheng 13 years ago
Experts, I have been reading about Keying in this forum, I learned in general people prefer doing it in AE or ultra. However, with limited budget, I want to make best use of what PPro 1.5 has. So, wha
Re: Keying... in PPro... Best result out of what's given...
by Dex Craig 13 years ago
You can key in Premiere Pro -- I don't have PP2, I'm still on PP1.5, but what follows applies to any and all keys. Most important aspect to keying is lighting. Be sure you evenly light your greenscree
NAB - Post Production Conference question
by Christian Glawe 13 years ago
Hey, all... I've registered for the Post Production Conference - I wanna get me some trainin'! My question is: Do you have to register ahead of time for the individual classes sessions I don't see an
Re: NAB - Post Production Conference question
by Dex Craig 13 years ago
Chris - Thanks for posting the followup to your own question. I'd been lead to believe this was the case, but hadn't checked on it myself. See you at some of the training! - Dex www.pandemoniummovie.c
Premiere Pro Versus Final Cut Pro
by Dex Craig 13 years ago
Hi, All -- I'm a long time user of Premiere Pro and have the Adobe Video Collection (Premiere Pro 1.5.1, AfterEffects Pro 6.5, Encore DVD 1.5, Audition 1.5, and Photoshop CS), but have no particular b
Re: Premiere Pro Versus Final Cut Pro
by Dex Craig 13 years ago
Thanks to everyone for the thoughtful responses. I really do appreciate the extraordinarily civil tone this thread has taken! I already am very familiar with Premiere Pro; I've just finished a 91 minu
FCP Versus Premiere Pro
by Dex Craig 13 years ago
Hi, All -- I'm a long time user of Premiere Pro and have the Adobe Video Collection (Premiere Pro 1.5.1, AfterEffects Pro 6.5, Encore DVD 1.5, Audition 1.5, and Photoshop CS), but have no particular b
Re: FCP Versus Premiere Pro
by Dex Craig 13 years ago
Thanks, everyone, for your thoughtful responses. Honestly, it's not me who wants to make the transition from Premiere to FCP, but my partner whose steadfast dislike of Microsoft makes us have to trave
okay make fun of me all you like...
by DeaditteX 13 years ago
I have been working with AE for like 3 years now... and yet I do not understand the concept of expressions would someone explain them too me.. how to implement them, how to right them ... Etc... you k
Re: okay make fun of me all you like...
by Dex Craig 13 years ago
Hey, I've been using AfterEffects since it was made by Cosa and I still can't quite wrap my brain around expressions. (Though they're fairly new in the grand scheme of the program.) That said, my answ
okay make fun of me all you like...
by DeaditteX 13 years ago
I have been working with AE for like 3 years now... and yet I do not understand the concept of expressions would someone explain them too me.. how to implement them, how to right them ... Etc... you k
Re: okay make fun of me all you like...
by Dex Craig 13 years ago
Hey, I've been using AfterEffects since it was made by Cosa and I still can't quite wrap my brain around expressions. (Though they're fairly new in the grand scheme of the program.) That said, my answ
Any Must-Attend Events?
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
Hi, all -- I'm attending NAB for the first time as a participant this year and am wondering if there are any must-attend events that happen. I know that there are things going on at night off the offi
Re: Any Must-Attend Events?
by Aanarav Sareen 14 years ago
Ron Lindeboom "Imagine all you will miss as the women inform you that: "Well, Shin, I would have gone with you but you lost your furry little cow ears -- what happened to them "" Hey Ron. Where can I
creating a logo mosic with images
by StudentDriverProduction 14 years ago
my client whats me to create a fly in of images that create a mosaic of their logo. I was wondering if there was a plug-in that i could use and if not how should it be done manually.
Re: creating a logo mosic with images
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
Check this link out. I haven't used it, but Ayato recommends it. - Dex http: homepage.mac.com knarf MacOSaiX
New online reel ...
by DiPalma 14 years ago
Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated. Comments Suggestions Thanks for your time ... www.nicdipalma.com
Re: New online reel ...
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
Very nice work. The only suggestion I would make beyond what's already been said is that the opening graphic -- text swapping describing what you do -- could use just a tiny bit of motion on the backg
Superbowl Commercials-Vote for your favorite
by Kathlyn Lindeboom 14 years ago
http: sports.aol.com nfl superbowlads I'm not big on watching football, but I do like good commercials. You can watch at the link above and vote for your favorites. Or feel free to discuss why your fa
Re: Superbowl Commercials-Vote for your favorite
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
Personal favorite was the Whopperettes -- I just loved the surreal nature of the folks dressed up as condiments, leaping onto one another to create a giant Whopper. The kicker was the use of the phras
Stop Motion/Motion Blur
by Account Closed For Policy Violations 14 years ago
Hey guys, I was wondering if there is a relatively cheap, efficient way to to time stop motion motion blurring around an object. Say, for example, the subject is walking through a crowded street and e
Re: Stop Motion/Motion Blur
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
You might want to check the tutorials -- Barend Oneweer (please forgive me if I've misspelled the name) did a great one on getting good keys from marginal material in AfterEffects. One thing to rememb
Anyone have any ideas on how this was done?
by chris wiseman 14 years ago
Have you seen this Aero spot before It is located under archive on this site. http: www.psyop.tv main.php Anyone have any clues about how this was done or how to do something that is similar. I am ass
Re: Anyone have any ideas on how this was done?
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
I wouldn't be surprised if you could come close to this effect using Particle Illusion with the take color from underlying layer feature. I really need to upgrade to PI 3 so I can try these things out
Falling Leaves Effect
by Mr. David 14 years ago
Hi all. I'm trying to simulate falling leaves using Trapcode Particular and not getting the result that I want. Instead of the more natural, wispy look, I'm getting a pretty uniform motion with a few
Re: Falling Leaves Effect
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
If your objective is to use the Trapcode plugin, this won't be what you're looking for, but if your objective is to make the falling leaves, check out Ayato's tutorial http: www.ayatoweb.com ae_tips_e
After Effects Tutorials...
by Cal Johnson 14 years ago
Just a comment that isn't ment to piss anyone off, but so many of the "After Effects" tutorials start with "ok, lets get started making our image in Photoshop..." I don't use Photoshop. I came to Afte
Re: After Effects Tutorials...
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
One more thought to the mix.... I often find the AE tutorials that say "then apply Tinderbox filter such-and-such" to be similarly frustrating. While I'm sure those extra plug-ins are awesome (I have
After Effects Tutorials...
by Cal Johnson 14 years ago
Just a comment that isn't ment to piss anyone off, but so many of the "After Effects" tutorials start with "ok, lets get started making our image in Photoshop..." I don't use Photoshop. I came to Afte
Re: After Effects Tutorials...
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
One more thought to the mix.... I often find the AE tutorials that say "then apply Tinderbox filter such-and-such" to be similarly frustrating. While I'm sure those extra plug-ins are awesome (I have
how would u rate this OSCAR title animation ????????????????????
by aroonzfx 14 years ago
hi all how would u rate this OSCAR title animation i have just 1.5 year experience in animation... expertssssssssss...........explain me abt the things tat u feel wrong or inaccurate in this animation
Re: how would u rate this OSCAR title animation ????????????????????
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
It looks very good. The modeling and is excellent, the color choices are very good. My only complaint would be about the brief accellerated motion moments -- right at the beginning and again during on
Batman Begins / WB logo
by thomas mcmurry 14 years ago
I need to create something close to the WB Batman Begins logo open. It is a WB logo and then all these small bats start to fly at screen and the logo fades away (made up from all the bats). I was star
Re: Batman Begins / WB logo
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
Particle Illusion 3 also has a "take color from underlying layer" setting for particles (or something like that). You could build your bats however you were intending to create them (3D ) and then use
Cigar Smoker VO
by Chad Treanor 14 years ago
Does anyone know of a way to put an effect (or even a way to record) a VO that will make the talent sound like the typical guy who sounds like hes been smoking cigars since he was a child Im doing a t
Re: Cigar Smoker VO
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
Hey, there -- As for that voice, it seems that the only way to really make that happen is to hire some guy who's been smoking since he was four. There's no substitute for the real gravel in a voice. Y
Coments on my reel?
by JamesP 14 years ago
Hey all, don't know if this is the right way to post, I've been trying to get things up here buit anyhow.. check out my reel and let me know what you think! http: www.JamesPapadopoulos.com Thanks! Jam
Re: Coments on my reel?
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
Hey -- I loved the reel. As said above, enough of it stands out to capture attention. That said, it is kind of hard to tell what you did; for instance, did you track "heteroville" into the crane shot
First Demo Reel for Editor/AE/Graphic Design
by shmegegge 14 years ago
Hey all, this is my first demo reel. I desperately need criticism, and I'm thick-skinned so don't worry about offending me. I'd rather the demo reel BE good, than just THINK it's good but not get any
Re: First Demo Reel for Editor/AE/Graphic Design
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
Howdy, all -- Nice work, and congrats for putting it together. We're looking for some outside help here at the State of California, and I've just had the fun task of going through demo reels from a to
How can I create a semi-realistic fake video projector 'SHINE' from a projector graphic to my video angled like a movie screen?
by AccountNeedsRealnameUpdate 14 years ago
For my intro animation I have my video setup in a movie theater type screen frame at an angle. It's a small video area within the actual DVD intro. I would like to add a 3d projector graphic (which I
Re: How can I create a semi-realistic fake video projector 'SHINE' from a projector graphic to my video angled like a movie screen?
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
Hey, Tommmmmmmm -- So, I don't have shine, but I was able to do something like you're describing using CC Radial Fast Blur. Here's what I did: 1. Put image for screen in a comp. Apply Basic 3D, tilt,
Need advice on creating Encore chapters in Premier
by Bryan Wekiva 14 years ago
(this is an ongoing issue that I have posted about before
Re: Need advice on creating Encore chapters in Premier
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
Place sequence markers on the timeline in Premiere Pro by right-clicking the dark grey band in the timeline (or where the work-bar is) and selecting "next available numbered." This will allow you to s
First Play Movie
by bconover 14 years ago
Encountered an issue this week that maybe someone has an answer for. . . I authored a DVD with a first play movie on it and it would not play on several Mac laptops and 1 G5 Dual 2.0. All Macs were ru
Re: First Play Movie
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
One other thing I've found is that the Macs we have here at work don't much like DVD+R media. They only seem to work with DVD-R. Might be an issue for you
After Effects and Premiere Pro
by Marcelo Lewin 14 years ago
Can you bring into Premiere Pro 1.5 an AE comp (not rendered, the actual comp) That would be great!! Marcelo Lewin marcelo@thedailyfarce.com http: www.thedailyfarce.com
Re: After Effects and Premiere Pro
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
I just gave it a shot and it doesn't appear so. It's easy to import Premiere projects into AE, but apparently not the other way around, unless I'm missing something obvious. Did you post this inquiry
How does Hollywood make 2 hour DVD's. Why can't I?
by Larry Watts 14 years ago
Where is the best place to find the scoop on how Hollywood can make 2 hour DVD's I have to make a 96 minute DVD. CAn this be done with reasonable quality How Thanks Larry
Re: How does Hollywood make 2 hour DVD's. Why can't I?
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
In the meantime, though, you might need to out-source the DVD. If it's a one-off, you might try the dual layer DVD burner approach. If it's a big batch, there's the export the file to data-tape and se
Stopping motion in playback with Director's Commentary
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
Hi, everyone. Since my first question was such an easy one, I thought I'd try a slightly more complex one. This is in anticipation of a project I won't be ready to start for a while, but I'd like to g
Re: Stopping motion in playback with Director's Commentary
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
Thanks to all for your suggestions. My thinking had been something like Sean had suggested, but I was afraid the reality would be what Joe said. And the movie needs to play smoothly, so brief pauses w
Premiere Pro to Encore freeze problem
by Dex Craig 14 years ago
Hi, all -- I've tried searching the posts and didn't find anything on this, but maybe I'm not searching well. Anyway, here's my problem. I've edited a sequence in Premiere Pro 1.5. I render it out, an
Re: Premiere Pro to Encore freeze problem
by Roadkill 14 years ago
Dex, I noticed that you have probably found the solution in this thread. :-) "Optimize Stills" is a setting that Adobe should have removed from Premiere years ago!
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