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Graham Macfarlane

CGI specialist
3D Studio Max | Vray | Pflow | PhoenixFD | After effects | Mocha

Co-director of Elyarch, a London based team of two with long history of creating bespoke visual content for:
- Brand advertising and event campaigns
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Member Since:
October 11th 2004
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batch script aerender to output H.264 with CC 2018
by Graham Macfarlane 1 year ago
Using After Effects and Media encoder CC 2018, I need to render out multiple videos to H.264. I would like to create a batch file to open many instances of aerender.exe so that rendering uses all the
Re: batch script aerender to output H.264 with CC 2018
by Graham Macfarlane 1 year ago
Thank you, Walter. It s great that these tools exist and hats off to Mekajiki and Autokroma for creating them. The free trial for AfterCodecs is very generous too, unfortunately I normally need to run
Motion tracking of large one-color circle
by vid klopcic 5 years ago
Hi, I recently recorded solar eclipse through telescope. It's postion was adjusted every few minutes. Now I want to speed up video to create timelapse of Monn passing. Before that, I must set position
Re: Motion tracking of large one-color circle
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
Hi Vid, There is one small dark spot on the sun disk (top left) which would help early on in the track. Have you tried increasing the contrast to see if there are some other revealed details you could
Control Animation Between Two Keyframes with a Slider
by Luke Regan 5 years ago
I have 72 layers all of which I'd like to "explode" from their starting position (A) to their ending position (B). I've animated each layers individual position, point A to point B so I have two posit
Re: Control Animation Between Two Keyframes with a Slider
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
Hi Luke, Try precomposing your 70 animated layers, then in the time line right click the precomp and chose time enable time remapping The remapping keys should allow you to control the playback timing
Crumble to floor effect
by Graham Macfarlane 10 years ago
Can anyone suggest a method in AE to make a layer crumble into various size chunks and fall to the ground where they come to rest (think ancient stone wall crumbling to the ground) The shatter effect
Re: Crumble to floor effect
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
Hi Claude, I never found a satisfactory solution to this in the end. The Reactor plugin in 3D studio Max was rather unstable simulating a large castle wall and quite slow. In recent years reactor has
Glitch Effect
by Rob Jennings 5 years ago
Just saw this video from David Bowie. The entire video is an amazing graphics display but I would love to know how they created the glitch effects starting around 6:00 Any thoughts https: www.youtube.
Re: Glitch Effect
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
Hi Rob, Seems to me that there are a few different things going on here. Stretching, offsetting, and general noisy blocks of pixels. I would look into using Video Copilot s Twitch and possibly use it
displacement map pivot point
by ben wolfinsohn 5 years ago
I have created a displacement map that is being used on a cartoon face that is allowing me give a little bit of rotation to face, just as you see people do it on photos to give them a little bit of mo
Re: displacement map pivot point
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
Assuming your displacement map is a black and white gradient and your displacement effect is set to luminance or lightness: The displacement effect will offset your cartoon face in one direction where
Scratchy Title sequence effect
by Oliver Williams 5 years ago
Hello I would like to create titles somewhat similar to the opening credits of Se7en. https: www.youtube.com watch v=SEZK7mJoPLY How would i best go about this I want the text to look like scratched l
Re: Scratchy Title sequence effect
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
Hi Oliver, You could hand write your titles with something that creates a thick scratched look, with good contrast and then photograph it. On white paper a black pen with multiple strokes on each lett
Warp Stabilizer - precompose and adding GB Deflicker
by Julian Elliott 5 years ago
Hi there I'm new to the forum and also quite new to After Effects. I'm hoping someone can give me some quick guidance on my problem. Right now, I have a time lapse video that needs two things doing to
Re: Warp Stabilizer - precompose and adding GB Deflicker
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
Hi Julian, You need to Precompose your timelapse video layer: Go to Layer menu Pre-compose, then choose Move all attributes into the new composition , then click ok. This will take your video layer (i
How is this effect done?
by Ian White 5 years ago
I'm looking to add this effect to the disc golf videos I'm doing. http: youtu.be crCv4k88Jaw list=UUwRYzC58_7CuI5AROPzn_WQ. I have done tons to research for the past week and cant seem to get it work
Re: How is this effect done?
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
Have you tried a garbage matte, and then possibly some green or blue keying to remove trees sky Graham Macfarlane - 3D visualisation and VFX 3D Studio Max Vray Pflow PhoenixFD After effects Mocha www.
switching between 2 characters
by Ryan Biercewicz 5 years ago
Hi all, I'm trying to find an expression that I can add to source text, perhaps linked to a slider, that will enable me to switch between 2 alphabetical character values (so, between A & B, for exampl
Re: switching between 2 characters
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
Glad it helps! Graham Macfarlane - CGI specialist 3D Studio Max Vray Pflow PhoenixFD After effects Mocha Elyarch.com - London UK
rendering lateness
by ali hussain 5 years ago
Rendering with AME is taking so freaking long and I am not using that much of an complex effects. I have pretty good hardware as well so i cant figure out the problem Hardware specification : Dell - N
Re: rendering lateness
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
I m more of a desktop person when it comes to computer upgrades. Laptops are trickier to upgrade (Dell are likely even worse, if their desktops are anything to go by!) I would suggest upgrading as a l
Converting y position velocity to scale
by Wick van den belt 5 years ago
Dear forum, I am looking for an expression to link the Y velocity of an object to another value. More specific. I have a Null object called 'Bug Control'. On there I have a slider controlling the X Y
Re: Converting y position velocity to scale
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
I modified a script by Chris Wright which should give you something to work with. Put the script below into the scale of a null. The null must also have Y position keyframes for the jumping. Just pick
Can't see latest threads in some forums, whilst logged in
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
Hello, I m having problems seeing the latest threads in some forums. The threads appear to not exist in the forum view, whilst I m logged into the Creative Cow site. This occurs on Firefox and in Chro
Re: Can't see latest threads in some forums, whilst logged in
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
Thanks, Abraham. This is a useful feature. Graham Macfarlane - CGI specialist Elyarch Ltd - London UK 3D Studio Max Vray Pflow PhoenixFD After effects Mocha
delivering a training video on USB instead of DVD
by ryan early 5 years ago
Hi I have a fairly long how to video to put together which will be broken up into chapters. We would like to deliver it on branded USB sticks so we can include PDF's etc. Has anyone done a similar job
Re: delivering a training video on USB instead of DVD
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
Hello Ryan, You could use Adobe Encore. In Encore: create your menu; import, arrange and linkup your media; then export it all to a USB drive using the flash format. Detailed instructions here should
Background problem in Render Preview
by zamir hernandez 5 years ago
Hello everyone, I'm facing a problem in my 3ds Max 2013, I set a JPG sequence as background for reference, but when I want to see the render preview, it doesn't appear, just a black background, and I
Re: Background problem in Render Preview
by Graham Macfarlane 5 years ago
Hello Zamir, When you say you want to see the render preview, do you mean: An animated viewport preview (via Tools menu Grab Viewport Create Animated Sequence File) Or You are actually making a proper
Image sequence options in Media encoder
by Graham Macfarlane 6 years ago
In adobe media encoder CS5 is there a way to turn on RLE compression when exporting a TGA sequence Thanks Graham Graham Macfarlane 3D animator and VFX specialist London UK
easily correct a wandering 2D track point
by Graham Macfarlane 7 years ago
In Syntheyes I can t see how one can easily correct a wandering 2D track point. Lets say I track the corner of a window. By frame 100 it losses the corner, so on this frame I move it back on target, b
Re: easily correct a wandering 2D track point
by Graham Macfarlane 7 years ago
I dug deeper into the help files and online tutorials and now understand better how Syntheyes works in comparison to Matchmover. The concept of tracking backwards is not how syntheyes works for smooth
Adobe Media Encoder slow UI
by Graham Macfarlane 7 years ago
Hi, Using Windows 7 x64, I m finding AME (Adobe Media Encoder CS5) to be very slow to work with from a UI point of view for certain H264 video files. For example: I Drag a drop a file from a local dri
Working with live assets in PS
by Graham Macfarlane 8 years ago
When you drag an image file into Photoshop and onto an open PSD, is there a way to bring in this asset as a sort of smart object which will update if the image file is externally updated Cheers Graham
Camera matching an image
by Graham Macfarlane 8 years ago
I have a still image of a view looking up at a complicated building (no ground in shot). There are lots of square features so I know where the right angles are but I have absolutely no information on
how to map an alpha+ avi onto a plane
by adeeb oberoi 9 years ago
I would like to map an AVI of a chroma keyed dancer onto a plane in 3ds max and make the plane transparent so that you only see the dancer in the render. I have 3ds Max 2010. What is the best way to d
Re: how to map an alpha+ avi onto a plane
by Graham Macfarlane 8 years ago
If you can't set the mono channel output this means that the asset you have loaded into Max contains no alpha channel. That previous workflow I suggested is not really applicable any more, since you s
Bend modifier, can't animate
by Todd Schmidt 8 years ago
Hey all, I imported a spline which I then beveled, then added a bend modifier to. When I try to animate the bend angle it wont work unless I drop the bevel. Not sure why. Thanks!
Re: Bend modifier, can't animate
by Graham Macfarlane 8 years ago
I just tried what you explained and it seems to work fine for me. To confirm setup; Spline + Bevel modifier + Bend modifier (with animated angle) * Perhaps you have some unique bevel settings If you l
PAN & ZOOM while in a command
by Daniel Van Ouytsel 8 years ago
Hello there, I am working with 3dsMax2010Design. When drawing in Autocad I can (while in a command such as drawing a line or a rectangle...) PAN and ZOOM without a problem. In 3dsMax I can ZOOM in and
Re: PAN & ZOOM while in a command
by Graham Macfarlane 8 years ago
True the "I" key does seem to be a solution! Not very elegant though, Photoshop handles it far better. Concerning the default "wheel zoom increment" mine is always 1.0m when my scene is set to Meters
3Ds Max/Vray Jagged Edge Problem
by Rebecca Bridge 8 years ago
Hi all, A room scene that I'm currently working on is rendering out fine except for some sever jagged lines around the windows which the vray lights are coming through. Everything else in the scene is
Re: 3Ds Max/Vray Jagged Edge Problem
by Graham Macfarlane 8 years ago
In the area where you see Jagged lines, in the vray frame buffer can you right click and roughly find the brightest pixels If it never goes above 255 it might mean you have clamping switched on in the
Graphics showing in flat mode
by adeeb oberoi 8 years ago
I have a very complex 3d city that i have to demonstrate, I like to demonstrate in FLAT mode, so not rendered, so I can show how to move around and zoom etc. Thing is, I did not model this and I am no
Re: Graphics showing in flat mode
by Graham Macfarlane 8 years ago
Under the Display Tab in Max you can hide by category which will sort your lights out. As for bounding boxes I would simply select all objects in the scene, right click and go to Object Properties and
Matte/Shadow Problem
by Dylan Dubeau 8 years ago
I am new to 3ds Max and am having a problem that should probably be easy to solve. And I'm using 3ds max 2012. I am attempting to composite a cube and a sphere into a scene. I've imported the picture
Re: Matte/Shadow Problem
by Graham Macfarlane 8 years ago
Can you post a screen grab of the viewport and of the render perhaps Graham Macfarlane 3D animator and VFX specialist London UK
Prem CS5 H264 usage issues
by Graham Macfarlane 9 years ago
Using Premiere Pro CS5. (System: Core i7 920 6GB RAM Gforce 9800GT 1GB) I loaded some 720p H264 (avc1) footage into the timeline of a 720p project. Before playing or caching anything I see a yellow li
Re: Prem CS5 H264 usage issues
by Graham Macfarlane 9 years ago
Leo Baker & Jeff Greenberg: The footage and premiere project settings definitely all match. I dealing with stock footage so I don't know anything about the camera used (no meta data either). Jeff Pull
Squashed & frozen playback within Prem Pro CS4
by Graham Macfarlane 9 years ago
When I render a preview within premiere Pro CS4 to watch my edit in real time the playback is squashed down. I'm temporarily stuck on an old machine (AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual) (running XP 32 bit because
AI CS5 brush tool and tablet
by Graham Macfarlane 9 years ago
In AI CS5 using a pen tablet, I'm trying to draw some lines with the paintbrush tool with pressure to vary the line thickness. I can do this in AI CS4 without a problem but CS5 is a bit different and
Re: AI CS5 brush tool and tablet
by Graham Macfarlane 9 years ago
Thanks Vincent for your response. you made me realise I havn't updated my profile in over 5 years!! I'm actually using a i7 920 machine with a Geforce 9800 GT running Win7 64bit. I also realised that
avalanche effect in particular
by Graham Macfarlane 10 years ago
Just for fun I've been trying to figure out if its possible to create a photo real avalanche effect with particular 2 in AE. I've got some source footage of a slow clean camera zoom out from the side
Re: avalanche effect in particular
by Graham Macfarlane 10 years ago
Thanks Mike I think your absolutly right. I've been playing some more with the particular avalanche effect since I made this thread and I thinks it's got worse not better in terms or realism. Time to
Audition 3 Crashing
by Graham Macfarlane 10 years ago
I'm trying to remove a consistent camera humming noise from a 30 min uncompressed 16bit Stereo WAV file in Audition 3. I don't use Audition much but I thought it should be possible to select the noise
Re: Audition 3 Crashing
by Graham Macfarlane 10 years ago
Thanks Steven and Brian for your help. I discovered that there is an update for Audition (Patch 3.01) It mentions that it fixes exactly the issue I've got and that its cause is due to the fact that my
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