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Graham Quince

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After 20 years of creating amateur FX for independent film-makers, I'm now writing tutorials for how to use After Effects.
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December 3rd 2003
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Global Object usage ($.var), thoughts?
by Will Poillion 5 days ago
Someone in another group posted this article to me today: https: blob.pureandapplied.com.au the-global-object-in-after-effects I'm intrigued as memory storage has historically been nonexistent in AE.
Re: Global Object usage ($.var), thoughts?
by Graham Quince 1 day ago
This is new to me and it' a hard read. I must admit I turn to expressions to solve problems, rather than as an exercise in programing. As a result, I've only wished I had global variables on a couple
Smoke Curl Better Explanation.
by Jonathan Reed 4 days ago
MODS: Reposted to explain better and give visual aids. Please delete previous post. Here is a screen cap of my gun. 13708_screenshot20190911at7.11.09pm.png.zip Here's the effect i'm hoping to achieve.
Re: Smoke Curl Better Explanation.
by Graham Quince 1 day ago
If you look at your example, the only visible smoke comes from the bottom of the barrel. The barrel itself is quite dark. I think I'd fake the depth by using an adjustment layer over the barrel to dar
animated leader dot on trim path
by Andy Engelkemier 3 weeks ago
I thought I'd share a solution since this is an annoying thing to do. There are quite a few solutions out there, but none of them are perfect because they require you do things in a specific order. So
Re: animated leader dot on trim path
by Graham Quince 5 days ago
I was all ready to post a face palm picture, but I m tapping away on that thumbs-up icon and nothing s happening. www.YouTube.com ShiveringCactus - Free FX for amateur films http: shiveringcactus.word
Acetylene torch.
by James Miller 1 week ago
Hi. I'm trying to find a tute for AE for making an acetylene torch flame. I want the flame to begin at the initial lighting, where it's just "loose" yellow flame, then abruptly go to the sharp blue fl
Re: Acetylene torch.
by Graham Quince 1 week ago
Take a look at Steve Lidrbauch's tutorial: https: library.creativecow.net article.php author_folder=lidrbauch_steve&article_folder=CreatingFireUsingCCParticleWorld&page=1 This shows you how to create
toComp puppet pin to 2Dnull irrespective of puppeted comp size
by alex ezorsky 1 week ago
I'm trying to experiment with putting a pattern on someone's face and I've got tracking data for all the face points we need in the form of position animated nulls. I have the pattern comp with puppet
Re: toComp puppet pin to 2Dnull irrespective of puppeted comp size
by Graham Quince 1 week ago
Try pre-comping your pattern comp into a comp with the same dimensions and then apply the puppet pins to that, rather than directly onto the differently sized pattern comp. I think that should do it.
Affect RESTING particles by moving the floor?
by Steve Chappell 1 week ago
Hi all. I have some cc particle world particles mapped to a 3d camera tracked layer so they appear to be resting on the floor of the shot. My idea was that I could position the floor in lign with the
Re: Affect RESTING particles by moving the floor?
by Graham Quince 1 week ago
I've just tried this and CC Particle World seems too limited. I did think to suggest Trapcode Particular, but while I can get particles to bounce off a vibrating floor, it's too difficult to control a
Num pad 0 deleting layers?
by Scott Sumner 3 weeks ago
I'm using After Effects and whenever I press 0 on the numpad to preview it deletes the layer if I have it selected. Preview still happens, just minus whichever layer I was working on immediately prior
Re: Num pad 0 deleting layers?
by Graham Quince 1 week ago
Have you checked Edit Keyboard Shortcuts Not sure how, but it's possible a key preference has been saved for the '0' here. www.YouTube.com ShiveringCactus - Free FX for amateur films http: shiveringca
Circular news ticker?
by Kane Daniel 2 weeks ago
Is there any way to get a long, news ticker style line of text on a path I want to have text move around a circle, but have the amount of text longer than the circle could display at one time, if that
Re: Circular news ticker?
by Graham Quince 1 week ago
If you pre-comp your text layer, you can have the text as long as you want and only the text visible in the comp s width will be wrapped around the circle. Here's a screenshot showing what I mean: htt
File: Quick example of a pre-comp and polar coordinates
by Graham Quince 1 week ago
png file Answering a forum question https: f1.creativecow.net 13682 quick-example-of-a-precomp-and-polar-coordinates
Beginners - Something to bear in mind (Preferences)
by Mark Wilde 1 week ago
As a newby I just thought i would share my experience with a corrupt preferences file. For some reason the dimensions of my shape layers were showing up all sorts of weird measurements. A perfectly sq
Re: Beginners - Something to bear in mind (Preferences)
by Graham Quince 1 week ago
Thanks for sharing. I know what you mean about old and new code although in Adobe s defence I think lately it s been a lot more stable. A few years ago it was really quite buggy. www.YouTube.com Shive
File: Odd Parenting issue
by Graham Quince 2 weeks ago
png file I think this is a pretty recent development and it's confusing as anything. Has anyone else spotted that when you parent one layer to another, the coordinates used to be based on the parent's
Blog: Makin' the Sun using Video Copilot Orb
by Graham Quince 3 weeks ago
Here's a tutorial for creating a 3D Sun in After Effects using Video Copilot's excellent free Orb plugin. The video starts builds on an earlier Andrew Kramer tutorial for creating a solar surface, but
Adobe After Effects Forum
by Creative COW 3 years ago
https: forums.creativecow.net adobeaftereffects
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Particular explosion then dissapearing to a single point
by Luke Dann 2 years ago
Hey everyone, I've been hunting around for a couple of days for a solution to this but can't seem to find anything to help with the last half of the sequence. Basically it's a glorified transition sho
Re: Particular explosion then dissapearing to a single point
by Graham Quince 2 years ago
If you look in the Physics area, and choose the Air, then set a negative strength to the Spherical field, you can get all particles to suck into a point. www.YouTube.com ShiveringCactus - Free FX for
Why do I keep hearing about how amazing Stranger Things Title is...????
by Richard Garabedain 2 years ago
Everywhere I look its being touted as genius...Is all this hype a lie I mean it is just plain text softly blinking...nothign ground breaking or even special about it. Am i the only one who feels like
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Slider to choose values of: 1, 10, 100, 1000, 10000, 100000
by James Ronan 4 years ago
Hello, I want to use a slider to choose between values of: 1, 10, 100, 1000, 10000, 100000 No numbers in between, just those. Is that possible Would: clamp() do it Thanks!
Re: Slider to choose values of: 1, 10, 100, 1000, 10000, 100000
by James Ronan 4 years ago
Woohoo! Yes this works perfectly! Thanks so much! Very helpful!
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Exporting a virtual set
by Graham Quince 5 years ago
I've been playing around with vMixHD this week, which has a lot of potential as a bargain-option Tricaster. It includes the ability to import virtual sets. I have a virtual studio I've built in C4D to
Re: Exporting a virtual set
by Graham Quince 5 years ago
So typical. I spent ages searching before posting, then within minutes, I've found what I'm looking for: vMix Virtual Set Specification 1.0 www.YouTube.com ShiveringCactus - Free FX for amateur films
is it possible?
by Sam Webster 5 years ago
i was trying to make a motion track clip in cinema 4d r13 so i put my text in where i want and start finishing up some little things but i cant found out how to get the text to stay in that place inst
Re: is it possible?
by Graham Quince 5 years ago
I think what will work for you is to put the text object as a child of your camera. Once you've got the text lined up to your liking, drag it into the camera in the object manager. Then when your came
Cheap alternative to Premiere which can export AAF or EDL
by Graham Quince 7 years ago
Hi guys, A friend of mine has embarked on his first project and I've agreed to help him out with a few effects etc... Unfortunately he's editing in Pinnacle Studio 15 and discovering all of its less t
Re: Cheap alternative to Premiere which can export AAF or EDL
by Graham Quince 7 years ago
This looks really cool. I'll pass on both suggestions. Thanks very much Graham www.YouTube.com ShiveringCactus - Free FX for amateur films
Cinema 4D 3D Earth.
by Matthew Javelin 8 years ago
Hey Guys, I am new to this forum but have found myself getting linked back here while searching google for help.. I am somewhat of an amatuer C4D user and have been tinkering with 3D Planets for some
Re: Cinema 4D 3D Earth.
by Graham Quince 8 years ago
That's a really nice video you've done. I've also downloaded those same panels and just lined them up in Photoshop to produce a massive PSD. The quality is really amazing. I don't think scale has any
Scaling numerically!
by stephane gouin 8 years ago
Hey everyone, I wondered how I could scale an object numerically. Example! My object is 20x40x60, but I want it to be...16x32x48 but I just want to input my 48 value and the others to follow in propor
Re: Scaling numerically!
by Graham Quince 8 years ago
Xpresso can do this. Add an Xpresso tag to one of your objects. In the X Group window drag in the '48' object. Click on the red corner and find the scale settings (Coordinates Scale) Drag in the other
Screen capture text rendering
by Graham Quince 8 years ago
Hi everyone, I've been preparing a tutorial for the Cinema4D forum and I'm really struggling to render it out correctly. I captured in CamStudio with the lagarith codec. Edited in Premiere Pro CS3 and
Re: Screen capture text rendering
by Graham Quince 8 years ago
Think I've just solved my problem. I've been setting the video to output as progressive. In desperation I've just tried lower field first and the text has come out clear as day! I'm guessing the non-f
3D studio setup for sale on ebay, HUGE SPEC
by Simon Hutchinson 8 years ago
It has served me well and is excellent condition: http: cgi.ebay.co.uk ws eBayISAPI.dll ViewItem&item=300584696447&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_642wt_1141 No Reserve. "Democracy cannot consist solely
Re: 3D studio setup for sale on ebay, HUGE SPEC
by Graham Quince 8 years ago
Oops, that was meant to say "without a reserve". Serves me right for not checking before posting. Graham www.YouTube.com ShiveringCactus - Free FX for amateur films
Realistic space scenes - no stars in NASA footage
by Graham Quince 8 years ago
Hi everyone, Something that's been bothering me for a bit, is that wheneverI see photos from the ISS or space shuttle, you don't see any stars. I'm assuming it's to do with the camera settings of the
Re: alistic space scenes - no stars in NASA footage
by Graham Quince 8 years ago
That's fits with my current thinking. (easier to do by eye in After Effects than by some automated process in C4D). Thanks for the reply though Graham www.YouTube.com ShiveringCactus - Free FX for ama
3D Camera setup
by Graham Quince 9 years ago
Hi everyone We have a passive projection system which I've been building videos for. Anyway, a little while ago I put together a 3D camera setup which works quite well and I thought I'd share it here.
Re: 3D Camera setup
by Brian Jones 9 years ago
Thanks Graham
What to buy? 3D and 2D or a combined unit
by Graham Quince 9 years ago
Hi everyone, I'm looking for a bit of advice if possible. We have under 1000 left in the budget. We also have an under-used passive stereoscopic projection setup. I'm trying to decide which is the bet
Re: What to buy? 3D and 2D or a combined unit
by Andrew Parke 9 years ago
The Fuji W-3 is a good 3D still camera that can also do 2D. It's has stereo video capability, but video quality is similar to a point and shoot (heavily compressed). The 75mm wide interaxial limits ph
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Exporting to iPod Touch (from PAL widescreen ppj) in PP CS3
by Graham Quince 10 years ago
Hi everyone, Apologies if this has been asked and answered numerous times before (I did search and couldn't find anything). I have a first-gen Ipod Touch and would like to export video from Premiere P
problem with interlacing I think
by Graham Quince 12 years ago
At the school I work at, we're trying out a video mixer solution for producing live keying for capture. I've run into a problem though. We have a key-ed video signal coming out of a (PAL) Edirol LVS-4
Re: problem with interlacing I think
by Graham Quince 12 years ago
Repeated posting by accident
best practice when building
by Graham Quince 12 years ago
Hi everyone Hoping for some general advice, I've finally started buiding my own models rather than just downloading other peoples' and am potentially running into a size issue. My first big project is
Re: best practice when building - wrong forum
by Graham Quince 12 years ago
Do'h. You see this is what happens when you have two forums open at the same time. Apologies and please ignore.
Should I buy yet?
by Graham Quince 12 years ago
Hi everyone Please don't take post as cheeky, especially in light of the company owner being a contributor here, but... I'm finally in a position to buy PI3 after years of using PI-SE for hobby work.
Re: Should I buy yet?
by Graham Quince 12 years ago
Thanks Aaron. I was burned once quite badly by Adobe, so am always nervous when buying software now. I think I'm going to go ahead. You know what its like, once you set your eyes on a new toy, all the
Lip Synch in AE
by Jabbar 13 years ago
Hi, Guys, Right now I am teaching a class in animation in which we are using AE to create cardboard cutout style animations (think South Park). I need a means of lip synching the vocal tracks with mov
Re: Lip Synch in AE
by Graham Quince 13 years ago
Just wanted to mentioned as well a product I stumbled across, CrazyTalk - right now they seem to be marketing it for schools, but as a cheap-ish bit of kit, it's really useful. Grahamhttp: www.quincew
Filming a school play, with no profit
by Graham Quince 13 years ago
Hi guys Apologies if this has come up before, I tried searching. The school I work for are mounting a school production of Little Shop of Horrors and the drama teacher said something wrist-slashingly
Re: Filming a school play, with no profit
by Graham Quince 13 years ago
Thanks for the advice guys, I think an after-show-party screening of the dress rehearsal is the way forward. As for writing to my MP, (UK based) I might give that a go too. Grahamhttp: www.quinceweb.c
Christmas Lights
by Matthew Preis 13 years ago
I want to make a string of Christmas Lights that blink that I can letter box my screen with. I was going to make them in photoshop. What's the best way to make them blink Glow, Lights
Re: Christmas Lights
by Graham Quince 13 years ago
I'd create a lit version and an unlit version in photoshop, then with glow applied to the lit version, I'd place all your lit bulbs over the top of you lit ones, then by either using Strobe or manuall
black hole!
by Nicholas Toth 13 years ago
Hey guys I need to eventually design a black hole in the next few days, I've been checking out the 3d tunnel tutorial which was VERY helpful with RESHAPE, but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas o
Re: black hole!
by Graham Quince 13 years ago
You could also try AE's built-in liquify effect. http: www.quinceweb.com - web design -------- http: www.shiveringcactus.bravehost.com - Free FX for amateur films
Menu button highlight question
by AccountNeedsRealnameUpdate 13 years ago
I want to setup video buttons that when selected show a button title text elsewhere on the screen. I want all button text titles to be invisible unless the button is selected and I want them all to ap
Re: Menu button highlight question
by Graham Quince 13 years ago
I've tried to do this before and unfortunately Encore doesn't like muptiple highlights in one place. It's easy enough to create a highlight away from the button. Although for text, there are issues be
After files used in a menu have been transcoded in Encore. Can I delete the source AVI files?
by AccountNeedsRealnameUpdate 13 years ago
I'm wondering if after creating a menu, transcoding all the files and saving the encore project, can I then delete the source AVI files Or are they still used and needed
Re: After files used in a menu have been transcoded in Encore. Can I delete the source AVI files?
by Graham Quince 13 years ago
As far as I know, those avi files are no longer used. Encore creates quite a big folder for the project. Although, I normally wait until I've burnt the final DVD before deleting anything though. Mor o
Final Destination 3 - Choose their fate
by Graham Quince 13 years ago
Just had to post after buying and viewing the DVD of Final Destination 3. As a creative work the DVD itself boasts a very impressive feature. You can either view the 'horror' movie as a whole, or view
money rain
by simmizi 13 years ago
hey guys! for my next shortfilm i need a sequence where a lot of money is falling down....the protagonist is standing in front of a bridge and suddenly money is coming out of the sky... i've tried to
Re: money rain
by Graham Quince 13 years ago
I did a short version of this effect years ago for a news item. Take 20 bills, and drop them in front of a green blue screen. So much easier than 3D apps or even a particle system. Once you've got som
Please welcome Mylenium to the AE COW leadership lineup
by Kathlyn Lindeboom 13 years ago
I'm sure most of you already know Mylenium by his many posts and tutorials helping people with expressions, but if you don't please click on his picture above. Thanks for joining the leadership team.
Re: Please welcome Mylenium to the AE COW leadership lineup
by Graham Quince 13 years ago
I've lost count of the number of times Mylennium has helped me out. I guess now his help is official :) Many congrats Graham http: www.quinceweb.com - web design -------- http: www.shiveringcactus.bra
Encoding over two hours in Premiere Pro/Encore 1.01
by Graham Quince 14 years ago
Hi guys Looking for advice for the best encoding settings. I have a two hour project in PAL. It's captured via a Pinnacle Studio card, so I've assembled it in Premiere Pro. I'm now looking at encoding
Re: Encoding over two hours in Premiere Pro/Encore 1.01
by Graham Quince 14 years ago
Thanks very much Mark This worked brilliantly. Grahamhttp: www.qcit.co.uk - web design -------- http: www.shiveringcactus.bravehost.com - Free FX for amateur films
Fed up with Encore
by Austin Ray 14 years ago
Hi! I
Re: Fed up with Encore
by Graham Quince 14 years ago
If you're having trouble with Encore subtitles, try Subtitle Workshop. It's freeware, incredibly stable, easy to use and exports as a text file in the Encore format. Grahamhttp: www.qcit.co.uk - web d
Happy New Year to ALL
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 14 years ago
Apologies to all for my absence these past few weeks. I've been busy trying to do some music stuff. For those interested, I've got a demo song here BringAllGoodPeople (6.3MB). May next year be an awes
Re: Happy New Year to ALL
by Graham Quince 14 years ago
Can I just add my own Happy New Year too. Filip Vandueren "A colleague of mine saw the 3D CD-case project I made a while ago, and said: you didn't post that on the Cow did you, you'll loose jobs over
"popcorn maker" effect
by Adrian Winter 14 years ago
okay, here's one for you. I have an animation that I am working on wherein a bunch of different toys need to build up and overflow out of the top of a glass case and onto the surface of a table. The t
Re: "popcorn maker" effect
by Graham Quince 14 years ago
Particle Playground, while render heavy, is the right way forward, it can do all three things you need, you just have to precomp your illustrator files so that each one is a single frame. I can't quit
Animated a cartoon character mouth
by Just Ben 14 years ago
What is the best way to achieve this effect I've been doing this lately by adding a oval mask onto a solid black layer and then keyframing and altering the Mask Shape property to match the audio. Howe
Re: Animated a cartoon character mouth
by Graham Quince 14 years ago
I've had great success using CC Split for cartoon mouths. Use the animation assistant to create audio keyframes and use an expression pick whip to tie in the split value to the audio. You may need or
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