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Hilary Tsai

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July 30th 2017
60 Posts
What type of software is typically used for cueing live vfx at major rock shows?
by Hilary Tsai 2 months ago
I'm highly interested in the world of vfx for live music, such as Elton John's goodbye tour where he has custom graphics for each song. I always see a station with computers media servers and a guy op
Re: What type of software is typically used for cueing live vfx at major rock shows?
by Hilary Tsai 3 weeks ago
Wow Matthew, this is incredibly detailed and helpful. I didn't know the media servers were responsible for so much of the synchronization--likely because I didn't know much about media servers at all,
All my 3rd party plugins were wiped from Aftereffects 2017
by Hilary Tsai 2 months ago
I'm not sure exactly when it happened, and I've kept the same version of AE 2017 for the past few years. I had plugins from Video Copilot, GenArts Sapphire and Boris fx. One day, I noticed all of them
Re: All my 3rd party plugins were wiped from Aftereffects 2017
by Graham Quince 1 month ago
I suspect the upgrade has moved some folders around on you. I lose all my plugins with each CC upgrade and have to reinstall. I ve now got all the install files and licences all in one place ready to
How to make text etched into a tombstone?
by Hilary Tsai 4 months ago
At first, I tried a boole to subtract my extruded text from the tombstone object. However, that immediately crashed C4d (I think because the text is derived from a vectorizer, which may be more heavy
Re: How to make text etched into a tombstone?
by Hilary Tsai 3 months ago
Hey Steve, this is really helpful. Thanks a lot! I didn't realize booles could be so problematic in some cases. The subdivision suggestion seemed to fix the crashing and lag issues, and I will keep yo
MTS File muted in AE
by Hilary Tsai 4 months ago
I attempted to import a .MTS file, which is not usual for me, and got a popup saying that the dolby codec needed to be installed in order to import this file. I clicked OK, as it said it will be insta
What is the best way to achieve the falling feather effect in this video?
by Hilary Tsai 7 months ago
I'm wondering about the best strategy for recreating the falling feather effect in the background of this performance. I figured I can model a feather in C4D and use an emitter on it--so I'm trying to
Re: What is the best way to achieve the falling feather effect in this video?
by Brian Jones 7 months ago
it looks like any number of snow tutorials and might be done the same way. Those definitely look like simple 3d feathers not real film. Which programs were used is anybody's guess but C4D could do tha
How to even out rotation keyframes so that the speed stays the same throughout animation period?
by Hilary Tsai 8 months ago
I've got an object that is supposed to rotate at an even pace over the course of 60 seconds. I set a keyframe at 0 rotation, then went to the 60 second mark and set it at 2160 (so that it rotates 6 fu
Re: How to even out rotation keyframes so that the speed stays the same throughout animation period?
by Brian Jones 8 months ago
Animation always comes in with ease in ease out by default since that s more more natural . To do what you want you need to go to the F-curves and select the points and make the curve linear.
Fonts not installing properly, and they do not show up in fonts menu within AE
by Hilary Tsai 8 months ago
I installed a new font (unzipped to my Mac desktop, and then dropped it into fonts folder within Library directory). Apparently, this is all I am supposed to do in order for the font to show up in AE.
Lapses in audio when mp4 is brought into AE
by Hilary Tsai 9 months ago
This is an issue I've experienced only recently, with AE 17.2. Sometimes, when I import an mp4 that was exported in something other than AE (such as Finalcut), the audio will be missing at certain seg
Re: Lapses in audio when mp4 is brought into AE
by Kevin Camin 9 months ago
As a work around, maybe export the audio from Media Encoder or transcode your entire MP4 into ProRes4444 or ProRes(HQ) for now Best regards, Kevin Camin
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Hilary Tsai liked this 8 months ago
How can I time rigid body effect so that my objects don't fall right at the beginning of the scene?
by Hilary Tsai 8 months ago
I have some extruded text and am trying to make it look like a fist punched the text upwards, and now the letters are falling down from the impact. For this to happen, I need the rigid body to take ef
Re: How can I time rigid body effect so that my objects don't fall right at the beginning of the scene?
by Hilary Tsai 8 months ago
Thank you very much, Jim! This is extremely helpful info, and I'm going to give this a try now.
How to set anti-aliasing to 'best' using physical renderer
by Hilary Tsai 10 months ago
I noticed that anti aliasing options are greyed out when using the physical renderer. Normally I set this to 'best,' as it smooths out my geometry. Why does physical renderer not allow this and is the
Re: How to set anti-aliasing to 'best' using physical renderer
by Jim Scott 9 months ago
That's interesting Emir, because I see the same behavior in both R19 and R20 that Hilary is seeing. Which version of C4D are you using While I don't have an answer for Hilary as to why this is happeni
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Hilary Tsai liked this 9 months ago
RAM Preview suddenly will not playback, and composition window gets greyed out or shows up as black
by Hilary Tsai 10 months ago
I cleared my AE cache through DaisyDisk, (not sure why this would cause a problem since I've done it before), and suddenly my RAM preview will not playback. If I shift the playhead, it shows whichever
Re: RAM Preview suddenly will not playback, and composition window gets greyed out or shows up as black
by Eric Santiago 10 months ago
I too am experiencing a few too many flaws with Mojave but with 2019 AE. I wish I had rolled back to High Sierra. The only fix is to stay with 2018 plus use other workstations with High Sierra.
Opening Particular Presets causes AE to crash every time
by Hilary Tsai 10 months ago
Every time I try to open TC Particular presets menu, my Aftereffects crashes. This hasn't been a problem until recently, when I updated to OS Mojave. Has this been known to happen to Mojave users I'm
Re: Opening Particular Presets causes AE to crash every time
by Hilary Tsai 10 months ago
@Steve There's a big "32" on all my Trapcode plugins--does this refer to the version
Time-remapping when clips are split
by Hilary Tsai 11 months ago
I've been wondering how to get around this for some time. When I split a layer into two or more clips and need to re-time them separately, the time-remapping acts as though the clips are continuous an
Re: Time-remapping when clips are split
by Hilary Tsai 11 months ago
Thanks David! This is really helpful.
Hilary Tsai liked this 11 months ago
How do I get 15-20 Mbps bitrate in Media Encoder settings
by Hilary Tsai 1 year ago
I apologize if this is too obvious a question; I'm following a spec sheet that requires videos to be exported in h.264 and with15-20 Mbps bitrate. I have no problem with the first part, but all I'm se
Re: How do I get 15-20 Mbps bitrate in Media Encoder settings
by Hilary Tsai 12 months ago
Thanks! I'll try that.
How to make text take the shape of a container?
by Hilary Tsai 1 year ago
I want to make my text into the shape of a rectangle (just two words--one on top of the other), which fill up a mask but do not spill outside the bounds of that mask. It's hard to describe what I mean
Re: How to make text take the shape of a container?
by Richard Garabedain 1 year ago
Come on. I have seen the tutorial on this page several times...you convert the text to masks and animate that. be sure to set first vertex though...literally right click on a point of the mask and set
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Hilary Tsai liked this 1 year ago
How come Final Cut won't recognize RGB and alpha transparency from video rendered in Aftereffects?
by Hilary Tsai 1 year ago
I made an animation in Aftereffects to be exported and brought into FinalCut to be used as a layover on top of my video. (just a little animation that plays over top of the video I've already loaded i
Re: How come Final Cut won't recognize RGB and alpha transparency from video rendered in Aftereffects?
by Hilary Tsai 1 year ago
Thank you, Jeff and everyone! It turned out the alpha handling settings were not correct. I adjusted it and it worked. I appreciate all the helpful advice and am keeping it in mind for the future.
Possible to add points to a helix?
by Hilary Tsai 1 year ago
I want to animate shapes along a helix, but I also want to be able to join the helix to another spline path I create (so that the shapes get to the end of the helix, then travel along the custom splin
Re: Possible to add points to a helix?
by Brian Jones 1 year ago
the Helix is a parametric object (like the sphere cube etc) which means you have settings to control the size rotations etc in the object. All parametric objects can be made editable (top icon on the
What is the best way to make it look like a bite's been taken out of my mo-text?
by Hilary Tsai 1 year ago
I need to make my 3D text look like someone's taken a bite out of the corner, like it were made of candy or something. I'm working with simple extruded text, with no intricate texture yet; but I'd lik
Re: What is the best way to make it look like a bite's been taken out of my mo-text?
by Hilary Tsai 1 year ago
Thank you Emir!! This is exactly what I hoped to achieve, and sorry for the late response! I will follow this method of doing the bite and add particles in Ae:)
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best way to model and animate a snake's tongue flicker
by Hilary Tsai 2 years ago
Hi all, I'm doing a logo for a friend, and he would like a snake modeled in 3D with a tongue flicker animation. This is the reference video he gave me: https: www.youtube.com watch v=VwWcsdHZkx0 I've
Re: best way to model and animate a snake's tongue flicker
by Jim Scott 2 years ago
How about a spline wrap deformer on the tongue You could animate the From or To setting to extend the tongue out of the mouth, and animate one or more spline points to get the vertical flicking.
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Hilary Tsai liked this 2 years ago
I don't understand difference between media servers vs. standalone playback
by Hilary Tsai 2 years ago
I'm very interested in live show visual fx such as projection mapping and projected set design for live concerts and shows. Recently, I've stumbled upon a real time rendering software called Notch, wh
Re: I don't understand difference between media servers vs. standalone playback
by Walter Soyka 2 years ago
Hilary Tsai " For one thing, I need to understand the difference between a media server and standalone playback, as the software advertises that it supports both." Think about the way that web server
Can Vive tracker be used without the headset in order to track a live performer?
by Hilary Tsai 2 years ago
I'm planning to use the Vive tracker as a standalone (no headset) device, which I would attach to a musician's instrument to project visual fx on the wall behind him. I want to use Notch builder, whic
AR markers for tracking performers?
by Hilary Tsai 2 years ago
I was looking into Blacktrax for tracking performers and projecting real-time graphics on around them, as they move around on stage. However, Blacktrax is a multi-thousand dollar solution geared towar
Re: AR markers for tracking performers?
by Hilary Tsai 2 years ago
Thanks Walter! I am now looking to using Perception Neuron trackers instead of AR. I hadn't even realized that in a dark setting, the camera wouldn't recognize the markers. I'm so glad you caught that
Projection Mapping advice
by Cormac Connaughton 2 years ago
Hi all, I'm working on a building projection mapping project and I'm looking for some advice. I have experience with flat surfaces, but this particular building is a castle which has some curved parts
Re: Projection Mapping advice
by Hilary Tsai 2 years ago
Do you have any 3D skills You could model that pretty easily in Cinema4D or another 3D software, then texture your image video onto the model. Then you just project that model onto the castle.
suggestions on live tracking+projection onto performers?
by Hilary Tsai 2 years ago
Hi, all I've been interested in the idea of live projection-mapping onto stage performers for some time now. I'm talking about visual effects that use motion tracking to follow and interact with peopl
Re: suggestions on live tracking+projection onto performers?
by Hilary Tsai 2 years ago
Thanks Matt! Regarding Blacktrax tho, I see it costs thousands of dollars and is more geared towards big events. I'm looking for a much smaller scale solution, for personal use and smaller venues. Is
Would it be easier to try to configure Kinect v. 2 for Mac OS X, or to dual boot and get Windows on my MacBook, so Kinect can work easily with it?
by Hilary Tsai 2 years ago
I'm going to be purchasing a Kinect V. 2, but there's so much talk of Kinect being hostile for the newest OS X that I don't even know where to begin. Someone suggested I could dual boot my MacBook to
Re: Would it be easier to try to configure Kinect v. 2 for Mac OS X, or to dual boot and get Windows on my MacBook, so Kinect can work easily with it?
by John Rofrano 2 years ago
I found these options on the Microsoft site: https: blogs.msdn.microsoft.com kinectforwindows 2014 07 28 developing-with-kinect-for-windows-v2-on-a-mac It shows you how to install Windows on an extern
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