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John comes with 19 years experience directing live action, animation and visual effects. He's worked for clients including: BBC, Sony, Parlophone, Vodafone, Disney, Adidas, Channel 4, Touchpaper TV, ScoopFilms & Working Title and has created multi aw... [more]
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What techniques/tools are used to create this text motion graphics in After Effects?
by Shahin Fooladray 8 months ago
What tools or techniques do you think are used to create the following motion graphics in After Effects Do you think they are created using presents, plugins, expressions, or just by keyframing every
Re: What techniques/tools are used to create this text motion graphics in After Effects?
by John Williams 8 months ago
Like most things in After Effects, these could have been done multiple ways, but you can be sure they both use Shape Layers and Text layers and can be recreated if that it what you intend to do withou
Changing the shape of a Dashed stroke on a path
by Ryan Olivera 9 months ago
Hello all! So I have the Cinema 4D renderer turned on and a 3D shape. I have the stroke turned to 1px and the geometry extruded by 75px. I have then rotated the shape by -90 on the X axis in order to
Re: Changing the shape of a Dashed stroke on a path
by John Williams 9 months ago
Having a hundred layers shouldn't be too much of a problem. If you at some point you need to change the chevron shape or color, then i'd suggest making it a precomp first and then animating and duplic
Question of Null Object
by Clifford Li 9 months ago
Hi guys, this maybe a stupid question..but i don't know how to do this in my over 12 years after effects life ... My question is: When you inside the composition, you may right click - New - Null Obje
Re: Question of Null Object
by John Williams 9 months ago
Nulls are unique. Solids are normal. If you bring in a Solid Null from the project panel you are actually bringing in a solid. If you don't want to see it just make it transparent. John Williams Soho
Exporting mp4 motion graphics
by aakash chopra 9 months ago
Hey I want to export motion graphics in mp4 so that it is small in size and still in decent quality. I usually export to .avi and then use a software wondershare hd video converter to convert it to .m
Re: Exporting mp4 motion graphics
by John Williams 9 months ago
Hi there, After Effects used to allow Export direct to an H.264 (mp4) but it was removed as the Adobe Media Encoder (which comes included with After Effects) handles export option a whole lot better,
Exporting Animation Sequences (Best Format?)
by William Schoder 9 months ago
Hey all, I'm new to animation in After Effects, and had a question about exporting. I've been spending most of my time exporting uncompressed AVIs because I do not want to lose any quality (it also ha
Re: Exporting Animation Sequences (Best Format?)
by John Williams 9 months ago
Hi there, as John Vlach suggests above, ProRes 4444 is uncompressed format that won't throw away any information, however the colors may still vary due to the color space you are working in. In your A
Is my machine now too old for Premiere 2020?
by David Cabestany 9 months ago
I recently opened a project I normally work on my newer iMac Pro on my old MacBook Pro (early 2013) and the screen is all glitchy. In fact, is so bad that even other applications will show this proble
Re: Is my machine now too old for Premiere 2020?
by John Williams 9 months ago
This is almost definitely GPU issue. Apple stopped supporting NVIDIA cards some years back (which was a big shame) so you won't get any help from them. If you go to the NVIDIA website you can download
Premiere pro only half of clip (proxy) plays
by Jojo Castor 9 months ago
Hi, I'm stuck here so I would really appreciate some help. I shot some 4K footage at 60fps with my GH5s. I imported the clips in premiere pro, interpreted as 24 fps, then created proxies to edit that
Re: Premiere pro only half of clip (proxy) plays
by John Williams 9 months ago
I agree with Greg. The problem is your workflow, if you make proxies from footage that you have changed in the 'Interpret footage' window then you will come across problems. Transcode is your most rel
AE : Changing "Resolution" Settings for Multiple Compositions
by Seungchan Woo 9 months ago
Hi! Since I've rendered some compositions through Media Encoder (to get H.264 directly), and found out the quality was very low and sketchy. And then I found out the composition setting was just like
Re: AE : Changing "Resolution" Settings for Multiple Compositions
by John Williams 9 months ago
I think you need to check your settings or perhaps reset them as the default when rendering should be set to 'Full' and not 'Current' or 'Draft'. Full means regardless or the resolution you preview at
adjust corner radius
by Corey Pike 10 months ago
Greetings, I am trying to round off corners on a rectangle in the latest version of Photoshop CC. Multiple online tutorials assure me that in the Properties Panel there is text boxes for adjust the co
Re: adjust corner radius
by John Williams 9 months ago
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Atomating export after render
by Peter Groom 10 months ago
Hi Can anyone tell me if there is any way of automating Premiere pro to start an export after a long render (Using the render file sin the export) My example is i have a 1.5 hour timeline with 4k Chro
Re: Atomating export after render
by John Williams 10 months ago
Well in theory yes. But i've never tried it so perhaps a test on a shorter render will be the best way of finding out! John Williams Soho Editors
Text transform by repositioning of common letters
by Mehmet Des 10 months ago
Hi, How can I do this transform between two sentences in 2:25 second https: youtu.be opAF2zzJ5n8 t=143 Thank you.
Re: Text transform by repositioning of common letters
by John Williams 10 months ago
The closest to that style of Text animation that's included in After Effects (without buying plug-ins) are found in the Animation Presets Text Multi-Line. There's several funky text transitions in the
Export with the best possible quality
by Silvestro Incocciati 10 months ago
Hello, I have some vector or hires images (logos mainly) moving very slowly from right to left at 60fps. No matter how well I do export (lossless or h264 1080p full HD), they appear always slightly bl
Re: Export with the best possible quality
by John Williams 10 months ago
If you have any screen grabs or better still, the aep file, I can take a look. John Williams Soho Editors
Rendering with Dynamics tags
by Andrew Loughnane 10 months ago
Hi all, long time lurker, first time poster here. Have started branching into 3d stuff and am having an issue with rendering when I have simulation tags on. My project is a simple fork (rigid body) fa
Re: Rendering with Dynamics tags
by John Williams 10 months ago
If you're happy to send the C4D scene file I can take a look;) John Williams Soho Editors
CC RepeTile in Premiere Pro?
by Grant Muir 10 months ago
Is there an equivalent of CC RepeTile from AE in PP
Re: CC RepeTile in Premiere Pro?
by John Williams 10 months ago
Hi there, you can get a plug-in for this but if you want to do it manually can copy the clip and on the copy use the Flip effect (Vertical Flip & Horizontal Flip) and then position the clips next to e
Creating 3d tunnel for an absolute beginner
by Tyler Maag 10 months ago
I am wanting to create a 3d Tunnel modeled after this (https: alleverythingentertainment.com wp-content uploads 2019 12 Bucks.jpg) and "fly through it" straight on just a fast zoom to a transparent op
Re: Creating 3d tunnel for an absolute beginner
by John Williams 10 months ago
Hi there, not totally clear on what you are saying when you say 'trace' and 'e3d' and assign the custom masks and extrude. 3D comps like this are unfortunately not that simple so I created this one as
Ease in individual objects using Plane Effector
by Glenn Tak 10 months ago
Let's say we have 5 objects dropping to a surface. I have 5 objects in a fracture object and run a Plane effector (Y axis only) Linear field across. I have added a curve to the remapping so there is a
Re: Ease in individual objects using Plane Effector
by John Williams 10 months ago
Hi there, this sounds like you simply need to add a 'delay effector,' that will give you some 'easing' to the motion of each object:) Hope that helps, any questions please reply. John Williams Soho Ed
Creating tree annual rings photo effect
by samuel sellers 10 months ago
Hello, I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to put an image like this figure into a tree ring texture so that it looks organic (maybe made up of the annual rings) instead of just stamped on
Re: Creating tree annual rings photo effect
by John Williams 10 months ago
Hi there, I think I understand what you are going for. You could try selecting the darker parts of the artwork using Select Color Range. Copy the selection to a new layer and then play around with the
Rigging fish in C4d r20
by shaun peterson 10 months ago
I'm working on animating a salmon and a newb at it. That said, I've watched several tutorials and followed all different methods that are pretty much the same. I built the model with clean topology an
Re: Rigging fish in C4d r20
by John Williams 10 months ago
I tried to have a look but the link seems broken:( John Williams Soho Editors
Animation from Mixamo convert to one object
by Alexander Rohi-Bilverdy 10 months ago
Is it possible when importing a model from say Mixamo into C4D, then you get lots of nulls, rigs etc. How can I convert this to one single object without loosing the animation When I choose connect an
Re: Animation from Mixamo convert to one object
by John Williams 10 months ago
How did those body parts all come in as separate objects Usually a rigged character will come in as one mesh. What is the end result you are trying to achieve John Williams Soho Editors
can I add automatic vertical bob to horizontal movement?
by Benjamin parker 10 months ago
Hello smart peeps. If I have an object that I move position along the X or Z (or both) axis how could I go about automatically adding in a vertical bob Ideally what I would love to be able to achiave
Re: can I add automatic vertical bob to horizontal movement?
by John Williams 10 months ago
Change the 'Output Upper' to 200 and you'll get twice the height. Obviously you can change this to any value you like, 200 mean twice the value of the original which was 100. And this value can also b
Premier Pro 14.0.1 Multicam problem?
by Rob Combs 11 months ago
Premier Pro 14.0.1 Multicam problem Hi all, I just updated to 14.0.1 and now, for some reason, I'm seeing V1 & V2 inputs on the source side of my timeline. Typically, there's only 1 "special' input th
Re: Premier Pro 14.0.1 Multicam problem?
by John Williams 11 months ago
Hi there. I've just brought in some Multi Cam clips and it seems to perform as usual. I'm guessing you have checked your settings in the Multi Cam Source Sequence. Also make sure you are in the correc
children don't follow null object
by Bruce Gaber 11 months ago
I'm sure there is a very simple solution, but all of a sudden the objects grouped within a null do not follow that null; only the null point is transformed. I get where this behavior could be useful,
Re: children don't follow null object
by John Williams 11 months ago
Failing Brian's suggestion to Disable to 'Axis' tool, you could always you a 'Constraint Tag' to parent one object to another (or to a Null) with the power to select what specific transform properties
create small bubble splashes on the surface
by Alexander Rohi-Bilverdy 11 months ago
Hello I have a big pot where i will have it filled up with fluids. Below i have a small fire going on, which is acting like boiling the soup fluids inside the pot. Now my question, how do i create the
Re: create small bubble splashes on the surface
by John Williams 11 months ago
Hi there, you could simply try having sphere's from an emitter rising up with a 'Collision deformer' on the surface. That will create dome deformations on the surface which then disappear when they go
Apple Prores RAW files won't open in Adobe Premiere Pro!!!
by Chris Boy 11 months ago
Good Morning! I have a problem I'm running into with being able to import Apple Prores RAW files into Premiere Pro. The footage was shot on a Sony FS5 and recorded externally with an Atomos Shogun Ing
Re: Apple Prores RAW files won't open in Adobe Premiere Pro!!!
by John Williams 11 months ago
I believe it's been announced but not delivered yet. Most likely coming in April and being launched at NAB. See this articles: https: www.newsshooter.com 2019 09 15 prores-raw-to-become-available-in-a
Import C4D R21 scene into Photoshop 2020
by Dan Zucco 11 months ago
Hi I was wondering if there is currently a way of importing camera, texture and geometry into Photoshop. I want the ability to swap screen content on an arching screen with a wide angle lens and for t
Re: Import C4D R21 scene into Photoshop 2020
by John Williams 11 months ago
Hello there. When you create the model in Cinema 4D if you want to Export it and open it (including the texture) into Photoshop you should make sure the object is first converted to a Polygon object i
Black band on top & bottom of video
by Gautam Deva 1 year ago
Hi, I am working on some 4k footage in Adobe premiere pro. I want to export my edit as a full HD(1920 x 1080) proreshq file. When I modify the output settings in the export media window, black bands a
Re: Black band on top & bottom of video
by John Williams 1 year ago
4K Footage comes in a variety of ratio's. 1920X1080 is a 16:9 ratio. Therefore if you put footage into a sequence that has a different ratio you will see 'black bars' either at the top or bottom known
Premiere Pro CC audio channels confusion
by Tracy Owen 1 year ago
Hi, I am a complete novice so please be gentle with me! I am putting together some talking head films and been supplied video in quicktime and also external mic audio. I was going to use the external
Re: Premiere Pro CC audio channels confusion
by John Williams 1 year ago
You could upload a downloadable link to somewhere like: Vimeo or dropbox. Or private message me follow and I can pass you an email address to WeTransfer the file to. John Williams Soho Editors
Is the iMacPro a suitable machine for editing with Pr?
by Jim Curtis 1 year ago
I'm currently using a MacPro5,1 tower with a Titan X GPU CUDA. I'm wondering if the trade-off of a faster CPU and using Metal or OpenCL is worth abandoning CUDA, and what Adobe (Kevin on the Adobe Pr
Re: Is the iMacPro a suitable machine for editing with Pr?
by John Williams 1 year ago
Hi Jim, I've been using multiple Macs on Premiere Pro (plus After Effects, Cinema 4D...) for film making and live events. Obviously it all depends on the type of projects you are working on and the fo
Extremely loud background noise
by Vadik Zhuk 1 year ago
Hi, guys! Not an expert in audio editing, just want to know if it is even possible to clean such a file to more or less listenable condition Google Drive link<
Re: Extremely loud background noise
by John Williams 1 year ago
Wow, this has to be one of the worst audio problem's I've heard! Anyway, i've taken a look in Audition. Firstly, there's a load of noise and nothing useful on the left channel so that can be cleared a
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How to make a widening stroke?
by Tyler Lynn 1 year ago
So I want to make a brush stroke via the pen tool, but I want one end to be thin, like 12px, and I want it to gradually get wider until the other end is 50px. How can I do this
Re: How to make a widening stroke?
by John Williams 1 year ago
Best method is to use a touch sensitive devise like a drawing tablet as this will use the pressure of your pen to determine the width of the pen stroke. Alternatively, Adobe Illustrator gives loads of
Camera recommendations for filming video in low light?
by Cory May 1 year ago
I'm just getting into video recording and video editing and I'm looking for a recommendation on a camera for filming in low light. I'd rather spend <$500 usd to start out. Basically I'm going for a
Re: Camera recommendations for filming video in low light?
by John Williams 1 year ago
I'd also consider what lenses you are using as a bit factor. I use a pancake lens on my DSLR for low light situations and get great F-stops and beautiful depth regardless of camera. Also, you might wa
90-minute Presentations Multicam
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
So I am editing a series of 90-minute presentations with 3 cameras. 2 angles are the presenter wide and tight shots, and the third is an Atmos recording of the PowerPoint slides. All video is 1920 X 1
Re: 90-minute Presentations Multicam
by John Williams 1 year ago
In summary: For long takes, like events, presentations and performances, using a sync point or markers from something like a clapperboard will always be faster. If you have loads of media to sync whic
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