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John Dickinson

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A full time broadcast designer at Foxtel (subscription TV) in Sydney. After Effects trainer and official Adobe Ambassador.
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July 3rd 2001
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Any chance of an improved interface for ProA?
by John Stanowski 11 years ago
Just wondering if there were any plans to improve the interface for ProAnimator. I have a lot of issues with the way things are laid out and it's made me use it less. Today I had to use it and, it's
Re: Any chance of an improved interface for ProA?
by John Dickinson 11 years ago
The new unified interface has been included with the just released FX version of ProAnimator. That means it will only be a matter of time before we see that in the AE version. Best, JDJohn Dickinson M
ProAnimator renders "flicker"
by Topher Welsh 11 years ago
It seems like everytime I render out of ProAnimator... (acting as the AE plugin, not standalone) my renders flicker... it looks like it is flickering between the way it should look with my styles and
Re: ProAnimator renders "flicker"
by John Dickinson 11 years ago
Hmm, I had this same problem recently... what version of ProAnimator are you using Is there a layer map applied A reflecion map perhaps What happens if you disable them JD John Dickinson Motionworks M
Exported quicktime files lagging?
by christian wynne 11 years ago
Excuse me if this is a n00b question but when i render out my finished projects as quicktime movies they always lag when i try to play them back. Ive tried converting them to smaller sizes but still
Re: Exported quicktime files lagging?
by John Dickinson 11 years ago
What compression format are you using It sounds as if the computer you are playing them back on can't handle the size of the movie. I generally render my finals at high quality, for example, Quicktime
3d Invigorator Pro CS3 INtel?
by Arvin Bautista 11 years ago
The Zaxwerks site claims that 3d Invigorator Pro is compatible with CS3 and Intel Macs, but the plugin itself doesn't have the .plugin extension that UB plugins usually have, and doesn't appear on my
Re: 3d Invigorator Pro CS3 INtel?
by John Dickinson 11 years ago
3D Invigorator is absolutely CS3 compatible. I use it all the time. JD John Dickinson Motionworks Making it Look Great 1 Design and Production Techniques for Adobe After Effects and Zaxwerks ProAnimat
HIGH-END On-site / Off-site Training recommendations
by Jeff Gilchriest 11 years ago
Our experienced FCP editors are looking for recommendations for On-Site or Off-Site Advanced Training. Anyone have personal experience with outside training Our company is looking for: ADVANCED, HIGH-
Re: HIGH-END On-site / Off-site Training recommendations
by John Dickinson 11 years ago
Hi Howard, Out of curiosity, what makes you say that ProAnimator is one of the least intuitive AE plug-ins Please also keep in mind that Making It Look Great 2 and 3 are based on After Effects and Zax
Subtitles in AE
by Walter Alvarado 12 years ago
Hi, i was wondering if AE has a tool in order to do subtitles without having around 100 text layers.
Re: Subtitles in AE
by John Dickinson 12 years ago
You could do it with a single text layer by animating the SOURCE TEXT property. You may find this preset useful as well: http: aefreemart.com 2006 09 13 ae-captions JD John Dickinson Motionworks Makin
3D Flag repeat loop
by Ken Latman 12 years ago
Is there an easy way to make a 3D flag object repeat in a loop Is it just a matter of setting up keyframes
Re: 3D Flag repeat loop
by John Dickinson 12 years ago
This question comes up from time to time: http: forums.creativecow.net readpost 41 817704 Don't forget to do a quick search before asking ;) JD John Dickinson Motionworks Making it Look Great 1 Design
Ribbon type flag in 3D flag plugin?
by Ken Latman 12 years ago
Can 3D flag create a flag simlar to this
Re: Ribbon type flag in 3D flag plugin?
by John Dickinson 12 years ago
Not with the most realistic results. You'd be better served using a 3D app for this. You could apply 3D flag to this file but you wouldn't be able to create the depth that this banner portrays. JDJohn
is it possible to get 3d flag to cast shadows?
by jeremy webb 12 years ago
is it possible to get 3d flag to cast a shadow onto other 3d layers
Re: is it possible to get 3d flag to cast shadows?
by John Dickinson 12 years ago
Not as part of the effect. Try duplicating the flag, colorizing it to black, reducing the opacity and offsetting it in your scene. JDJohn Dickinson Motionworks Making it Look Great 1 Design and Produc
Compositing an invigorator object into an AE scene
by Jon Smith 12 years ago
Ive seen similar post but can't seem to find a definitive answer. Can you place an invigorator object into your scene at a specific point and a specific rotation etc. Basically I have a scene that I w
Re: Compositing an invigorator object into an AE scene
by John Dickinson 12 years ago
Try 3D Object Tracking. You'll find 2 tutorials here: http: www.motionworks.com.au tutorials tutorials_01.htm and keep any eye out for Making It Look Great 2 and 3 which both show in detail how to use
How dark is too dark?
by Ryan Shovey 12 years ago
Hey all... I have been working on a project of mine for 6 months. I took The Tell Tale Heart and filmed it against green screen and gave it a really stylized, dark "Sin City" look. Now I just played s
Re: How dark is too dark?
by John Dickinson 12 years ago
The best way is to monitor your project on a broadcast monitor as you work and adjust your output to that, rather than the Cinema Display. JD John Dickinson Motionworks Making it Look Great 1 Design a
Import comp into new project?
by Shirak Agresta 12 years ago
Is there a way to import just a single composition from one project into another, without having to import the entire After Effects project that contains the comp you want to use I wish you could impo
Re: Import comp into new project?
by John Dickinson 12 years ago
1. Open the project that has the comp you need. 2. In the Project Panel Select only the comp(s) you want to keep. 3. From the main menu choose File Collect Files. 4. Select the For Selected Comps opti
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Black and White footage, Revealing a color
by Stephen Jacobson 12 years ago
I have a wedding i'm editing and would like a section to be black and white but would like to reveal the color of the flowers in the bouquet. I've tried masking the area around the bouquet but there's
Re: Black and White footage, Revealing a color
by John Dickinson 12 years ago
Try the "Leave Color" effect. JD John Dickinson Motionworks Making it Look Great 1 Design and Production Techniques for Adobe After Effects and Zaxwerks ProAnimator Available Now
using 2D layer to break 3D render stack doesn't work in CS3?
by Jim Wilcox 12 years ago
Finding that using a 2D null or layer to keep 3D layers from intersecting no longer works in AE CS3 I am I missing something I've used that little trick for years. New way to produce the same result
Re: using 2D layer to break 3D render stack doesn't work in CS3?
by John Dickinson 12 years ago
Hey Jim, Glad you liked it :) I've never tried with a null, only adjustment layers. Best, JDJohn Dickinson Motionworks Making it Look Great 1 Design and Production Techniques for Adobe After Effects a
Keeping sizes of replaced images
by Ashley Kennedy 12 years ago
Hello, I created a die that is rotating (it's in 3D) and I am replacing one of the images. I was wondering how you can make the new image the same size as the replaced.
Re: Keeping sizes of replaced images
by John Dickinson 12 years ago
Precompose the image you want to replace choosing the "Leave all attributes option". Then in the precomp either scale the new image to the size of the existing one or perhaps use the existing image as
How do I create a cirular path motion?
by Rob Ho 12 years ago
This seems like an easy concept, but I'm not getting it right. After I imported my logo into Proanimator, I have an object pose sitting on the timeline...this is the part I'm uncertain. I want it to a
Re: How do I create a cirular path motion?
by John Dickinson 12 years ago
Hi Rob, Extend the pose length, make sure the pose is selected, then under Pose Actions on the right, choose SPIN Y. Set a Rotation degree value and make sure USE COMMON CENTER is selected. This is co
logos from illustrator to proanimator?
by Bob Slenker 12 years ago
Hey guys! Just downloaded the demo for ProAnimator and I'm very excited to play w it. I'm initially interested in the ability to take logos, make them 3D, animate them, import in an editor and lay ove
Re: logos from illustrator to proanimator?
by John Dickinson 12 years ago
For that you create compound paths in Illustrator. I have a section which explains that in my training: Making it Look Great 1. Serge also goes into detail in his DVD for Invigorator Pro available her
E-Seminar today: Fox Classics Image Spot as seen in Creative Cow Magazine
by John Dickinson 12 years ago
Just a heads up that I'm giving a one hour live and free E-Seminar today for Adobe. You may remember this spot from the Creative Cow magazine.I'll be discussing the design and production of the Fox Cl
Re: E-Seminar today: Fox Classics Image Spot as seen in Creative Cow Magazine
by John Dickinson 12 years ago
I used one null as a parent for the camera. The second null was used as a master control to which the expression effect (sliders) were applied. The position parameters and y rotation for the first nul
light transmission
by Morris Watts-Zagha 14 years ago
I have a comp where 10 solids are accepting an image through light transmission. Is there a way to sequentially flip each solid 180 degrees to reveal a different source image I'm trying to not have th
Re: light transmission
by John Dickinson 14 years ago
Don't know if this will help but have you tried making your lights adjustment layers JDJohn Dickinson Motionworks www.motionworks.com.au
Where are you staying?
by Aanarav Sareen 14 years ago
Just thought I would get a post going asking folks where they are staying. I will be staying at the Palace Station hotel (not the El Cortez as mentioned below), which is approx 2 miles from the conven
Re: Where are you staying?
by John Dickinson 14 years ago
Any details on the Cow Leader Breakfast Ron JDJohn Dickinson Motionworks www.motionworks.com.au
best way to animate/manage dozens of words/images
by EJ McLeavey-Fisher 14 years ago
i'm shooting a rap video soon in which we will be compositing tons of those little "magnetic poetry" magnets onto the screen. at given points i want to have hundreds of them (we'll probably just take
Re: best way to animate/manage dozens of words/images
by John Dickinson 14 years ago
A particle generator such as Particular or ParticleIllusion is great for animating this kind of thing. JDJohn Dickinson Motionworks www.motionworks.com.au
anyone know where a tutorial for AE IK is.... building a puppet arm?
by joe carusoe 14 years ago
as in, making an arm (shoulder - bicep - forearm - hand), then connecting them with expressions so when you grab the hand the arm moves around with it, while being anchored to the shoulder... you can
Re: anyone know where a tutorial for AE IK is.... building a puppet arm?
by John Dickinson 14 years ago
What's your email address JD John Dickinson Motionworks www.motionworks.com.au
okay make fun of me all you like...
by DeaditteX 14 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 John Dickinson 14 years ago
http:www.motionscript.com JDJohn Dickinson Motionworks www.motionworks.com.au
AFX - Text Animators
by Kalin Cahal 14 years ago
Hello all, I've been a big fan of text animators, but i cant find some options which i somehow remember seeing... Basicaly per-character control for 3D rotations(i found 2D rotation, and tracking line
Re: AFX - Text Animators
by John Dickinson 14 years ago
Sure. At the moment a good way to fake 3D rotation is to animate the X-scale parameter up from 0. JDJohn Dickinson Motionworks www.motionworks.com.au
New spot for Fox Classics
by John Dickinson 14 years ago
Hi everyone, I just completed new project in After Effects 7.0 for Fox Classics here in Australia. Check it out here http: www.motionworks.com.au gallery gallery_mgfx_mov_23.htm There's also some info
Re: I give this clip a rating of "Awesome to the Max!"***
by John Dickinson 14 years ago
Fox Classics has the rights to these films and I can imagine they didn't come cheap :) JDJohn Dickinson Motionworks www.motionworks.com.au
Adding an identity board at the front of a movie
by John Dickinson 14 years ago
I want to add a 1 second company ident to the front of my H264 compressed movies but the ident (simple flat color) text gets ugly compression artifacts even when using a highbandwidth setting (using C
Re: Adding an identity board at the front of a movie
by John Dickinson 14 years ago
Thanks Charles, that worked perfectly. best, JD John Dickinson Motionworks www.motionworks.com.au
Exporting layers at layer size from Imageready
by John Dickinson 14 years ago
I know that I've done this before but can't remember how... How do you save layers out of Imageready so that they retain the size of the layer and not the size of the document I thought I could do it
Dashboards
by John Dickinson 14 years ago
Hi all, Just starting to use Motion and was wondering if anyone else finds the Dashboards annoying. I appreciate that they give you quick access to the most common parameters for an object but the ina
Re: Dashboards
by mwhatley 14 years ago
I hear where you are coming from, sometimes I love dashboard, but sometimes I just want to say GO AWAY! I still havent made a final decision on whether or not to keep it up or not, but you are not the
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