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Jon Okerstrom

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Creating a bowling pin with Illustrator into Pro Animator
by Dan Hostler 11 years ago
Hi friends. I'm having an issue here. Im using Pro Animator and I want to create a bowling pin. I've generated an outline with Illustrator CS2 and brought it into Pro Animator. The problem is two side
Re: 3D Zax bowling pin
by Jon Okerstrom 9 years ago
Hi Josh, the simplest way is tofind the Adobe Illustrator format document called edge profiles. It should be in a folder called custom edges. Open that doc, create a new layer and label it. Restart th
Making page widths same in 3D animated book sequence
by Alan Knight 10 years ago
Hi, I created an animation that shows a book opening in 3D space. Done in 3D Invigorator Pro, using imported artwork from Illustrator. Here's the weird thing...the pages I created in Illustrator are t
Re: Making page widths same in 3D animated book sequence
by Jon Okerstrom 10 years ago
Another good clue, Alain. Try assigning the elements to separate pivot points, offset slightly. That's how a real book would work - each page has its own natural location on the binding. They all pivo
Bend Simple Rectangle Shape
by John Jackowiak 10 years ago
So this might be a very simple solution, but I am new to invigorator. I have a simple rectangle shape with a layer map applied to the front of it. I want to bend the middle of the rectangle inwards so
Re: Bend Simple Rectangle Shape
by Jon Okerstrom 10 years ago
Great. You can actually go beyond the sliders in some other ways too... really getting extremely smooth surfaces, for example, by typing in a very small number on that slider. Jon
movie texture
by michael montgomery 10 years ago
Can I add a quicktime movie to a primitve as a texture If so where so I drop it Thanks.Its always something.
Re: movie texture
by Jon Okerstrom 10 years ago
Hi Michael, You didn't say whether you're using ProAnimator or Invigorator... regardless, yes you can. To start, you need to create a new material in the material editor. From there, the simplest way
AI file import...help!
by Mike Mezeul 10 years ago
Hi everyone, I just bought Invigorator Classic today and I am trying to import in a logo from Illustrator CS3. When I try and import the logo in, all that is displayed is a diagonal grey bar...can any
Re: AI file import...help!
by Jon Okerstrom 10 years ago
Hi Mike, This helps. Any jpg image you put into Illustrator can only be used as a template for the logo you must then create. Simply removing the white around it by creating a mask object is not enoug
After Effects plugin ever coming?
by John Bradley 11 years ago
Hey all, Just wondering if anyone has any info on the status of the Particle Illusion AE plugin. I know it was originally slated for July 2005, but I keep checking back once in awhile and I can never
Re: After Effects plugin ever coming?
by Jon Okerstrom 11 years ago
Maybe something to release by NAB time I too have been watching for some news for a very long time on this. I suppose I should ask whether it's being developed for Macs, Windows or both. Curious minds
SE upgrade offer
by Alan Lorence 12 years ago
If you're an owner of particleIllusion SE, we've got a special offer: upgrade to particleIllusion 3.0 for a great low price. contact us for more details This offer is only good until until the 30th, s
Re: SE upgrade offer
by Jon Okerstrom 12 years ago
Hi Alan, I haven't asked this for a while, but I'm curious about how the AE plug-in version is coming... and when we might see it Thanks. Jon
LIGHTHOUSE effect
by Brad Jones 12 years ago
Hey everyone, just shot a commercial for a company that has a LIGHTHOUSE as their logo (Beacon Fincance Corp) and was wanting to animate the light in the light house, anyone have any ideas on how to g
Re: LIGHTHOUSE effect
by Jon Okerstrom 12 years ago
For me, the devil is in the details. The light beam effect is not in the same 3D space as the lighthouse, but if you closely examine the top of the lighthouse, the beam does appear to make that transi
filmstrip effect
by AccountNeedsRealnameUpdateOtherNamesWillBeTurnedOff 12 years ago
i have a bunch of stills that i'm trying to configure to look like they are part of a strip of film. i'd like to make the piece of film look as if it's a "ribbon" flying continuously through the scree
Re: filmstrip effect
by Jon Okerstrom 12 years ago
Actually, there's a new kid at the party called Zaxwerks 3D Warp. I've done some filmstrip projects and other tests with it and I'm very pleased. The examples you'll find here are part of an upcoming
Check this out
by Serge Hamad 12 years ago
Hey everyone, I just noticed that the new Zaxwerks plug-ins have been announced in the Zaxwerks forum. Check the following post: http: forums.creativecow.net readpost 41 857462 I tested these plug-ins
Re: Check this out
by Jon Okerstrom 12 years ago
Also, watch for a "first look" article with more examples coming very soon to the COW. I second Serge's comments about the usefulness of these plug-ins. They're very cool. Jon Okerstrom Zaxwerks Forum
Did anyone see Peder's Flux demo at NAB?
by Mike Procunier 12 years ago
Did anyone see Peder's Flux demo at NAB If so how'd it look
Re: Did anyone see Peder's Flux demo at NAB?
by Jon Okerstrom 12 years ago
Wish I had seen it too... my fantasia moment - arete's advanced fluid dynamics software inside after effects... at a price that won't bankrupty me. Even if that's not it, I can't wait to see some test
tradcode FLUX
by David Goldschmidt 12 years ago
hmmm, ive read some articles about trapcodes latest software coming out at NAB. Its called FLUX, but i dont think its Lux V2. cant wait wonder if there will be a cheap upgrade for particular owners
Re: tradcode FLUX
by Jon Okerstrom 12 years ago
So, will Flux replicate what Particular can do Are they compliments to eachother or is Flux a replacement with added features Jon
NAB
by Alan Lorence 12 years ago
If you'll be at NAB in Las Vegas this week, please stop by the wondertouch booth and meet me, Elvis, and Aharon. If you won't be at NAB, please note that all 3 of us will be, so we won't be able to re
Re: NAB
by Jon Okerstrom 12 years ago
Alan, Any chance you'll have some news at NAB about an AE plug-in version of pi Thinking wishfully, Jon
Invigorator logo and sticky snow
by Dups303 13 years ago
I created a logo with Zaxswerks Invigoratior in AE 7 and wanted to create snow falling onto it. I was going to use Deliriums SnowStorm effect but I can't seem to get the snow to stick to my 3D Invigor
Re: Invigorator logo and sticky snow
by Jon Okerstrom 13 years ago
If I remember correctly, the DigiEffects snow plug-in works based on alpha channel information of the layer to which it's applied. It may work with the Invigorator scene you describe, so long as you d
Congrats to Peder on your arrangement with Red Giant. Should we be worried?
by Clint Fleckenstein 13 years ago
Congratulations! It seems like the deal with Red Giant should work out very well for you. I'm one of the many who have enjoyed excellent service (and fair pricing, in my opinion) from Trapcode. That m
Re: Congrats to Peder on your arrangement with Red Giant. Should we be worried?
by Jon Okerstrom 13 years ago
Peder, Your new partnership sounds great. Can't wait to see what's next from you. Zuktoor2, I'm curious as to why you're dissatisfied with Invigorator. (I'm a host of the Zaxwerks forum, but don't wor
2D Photoshop image needs "thickness"
by NtGeek 13 years ago
Dearest Colleagues, First and foremost, thank you for your time. I have a quick question that is likely academic but never the less eludes me. I have a graphic, for the sake of clarity, lets call it a
Re: ZaxWorks???
by Jon Okerstrom 13 years ago
Hi Walt, Zaxwerks (the company) offers two different 3D apps that work inside of After Effects: 3D Invigorator and ProAnimator. ProAnimator also runs as a standalone. They share modeling abilities but
2D Photoshop image needs "thickness"
by NtGeek 13 years ago
Dearest Colleagues, First and foremost, thank you for your time. I have a quick question that is likely academic but never the less eludes me. I have a graphic, for the sake of clarity, lets call it a
Re: ZaxWorks???
by Jon Okerstrom 13 years ago
Hi Walt, Zaxwerks (the company) offers two different 3D apps that work inside of After Effects: 3D Invigorator and ProAnimator. ProAnimator also runs as a standalone. They share modeling abilities but
3D Particles
by Keith Hill 13 years ago
I have the Mac version of Particle Illusion 3 and am enjoying it very much. I don't have after effects, but use Combustion 4, Motion 2 and Cinema 4D. I notice that Trapcode Particular can operate in 3
Re: 3D Particles
by Jon Okerstrom 13 years ago
Cool. Can't wait. Jon
Zaxwerks Basic Tutorial
by LakermaN 13 years ago
Hi I found some Zaxwerks tutorials on this site which are great.But is there a tutorial which explains the basics of this plug-in Would be awesome :) Greetings
Re: Zaxwerks Basic Tutorial
by Jon Okerstrom 13 years ago
Agreed. John's work is first-rate and worth checking out. In a bit of shameless COW promotion, I'd also suggest that you visit the Zaxwerks forum just a click away from here on the Creative Cow. We're
COW Tutorials: Zaxwerks Raytracing in 3D Invigorator
by COW Articles 13 years ago
Raytracing in 3D InvigoratorImitation isn't just the sincerest form of flattery. When it comes to After Effects, building on shared techniques is a great way to push the envelope. Consider Andrew Kram
Re: COW Tutorials: Zaxwerks Raytracing in 3D Invigorator
by Jon Okerstrom 13 years ago
Hi Joe, Expressions linking the y,y and z position keyframes of the respective sets in the normal and reflection layers would certainly be helpful when you have lots of sets and lots of keyframes. Giv
COW Tutorials: Zaxwerks Raytracing in 3D Invigorator
by COW Articles 13 years ago
Raytracing in 3D InvigoratorImitation isn't just the sincerest form of flattery. When it comes to After Effects, building on shared techniques is a great way to push the envelope. Consider Andrew Kram
Re: COW Tutorials: Zaxwerks Raytracing in 3D Invigorator
by Jon Okerstrom 13 years ago
Hi Joe, Expressions linking the y,y and z position keyframes of the respective sets in the normal and reflection layers would certainly be helpful when you have lots of sets and lots of keyframes. Giv
Need a Product Review for MacBook Pro, W/ Intel Core Duo Processor
by Dave 13 years ago
I am thinking about buying a new computer, apple v. pc, and want to know if anyone has experience with the MacBook Pro, W Intel Core Duo Processor with 2 megs ram Want to know specifically how fast yo
Re: Need a Product Review for MacBook Pro, W/ Intel Core Duo Processor
by Jon Okerstrom 13 years ago
Okay Walter, I've gotta ask... what's a "high level" project in your world What's the most layers you've ever put in one 30 second (or less) project Jon
Uploading to a Webpage
by emokidd764 13 years ago
I was wondering if I could upload what I created to a webpage...and if so...HOW
Re: Uploading to a Webpage
by Jon Okerstrom 13 years ago
If you're asking about uploading to the COW, follow the link below to read about how to post images and movies to the forums. You'll need to upload the content to your own server space and leave it th
Particle Illusion vs Particular?
by Jon Okerstrom 13 years ago
If you had the choice between Particle Illusion and Trapcode's Particular plug-in for After Effects, which would you choose and why For the purposes of discussion, let's say you already do the bulk of
Re: Particle Illusion vs Particular?
by Jon Okerstrom 13 years ago
Thanks, Aharon. I've read some of those posts in the AE forum and pretty much have my answer now. While I'm asking, do you know: How close wondertouch is to an AE plugin How well the PI presets work w
Particular versus Particle Illusion?
by Jon Okerstrom 13 years ago
If you had the choice between Particle Illusion and Trapcode's Particular plug-in for After Effects, which would you choose and why For the purposes of discussion, let's say you already do the bulk of
Re: Particular versus Particle Illusion?
by Jon Okerstrom 13 years ago
Thanks for your comments. I'm playing with the Particular demo now. It'll be interesting to see what other users of both apps have to say. There is some logic in what you say about presets, but I thin
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