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Mark Walczak

I am a Design Assistant at a large post house in Chicago, with an endless thirst for information about post, design and visual effects.
Member Since:
January 24th 2008
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Chicago, IL
Expressions Disabling Themselves
by Mark Walczak 8 months ago
Hi everyone, I'm working on a music project that involves a lot of expressions. I'd say there are about twenty attributes in my comp that are being linked via expressions. Many of those links are happ
Re: Expressions Disabling Themselves
by Mark Walczak 8 months ago
Hi Dan, Sorry for the confusion - I think our previous posts happened around the same time. I have to say that I'm cautiously optimistic, but I'm pretty sure you, like always, solved the problem. Can'
Frame Advance to Beat
by Mark Walczak 10 months ago
Hi all, I have a feeling that this can be done simply with expressions, but I know there are people MUCH smarter than me here, so this is my situation: I'm working on a music project, and I would like
Re: Frame Advance to Beat
by Mark Walczak 10 months ago
Just in case it helps anyone else looking for this, here's the solution that I found: 1 - Drag your footage into a new comp 2 - Create an adjustment layer above your footage 3 - Apply TimeWarp to the
Method to Combine seedRandom() and random()
by Mark Walczak 1 year ago
Hi everyone, I'm using Dan Ebbert's expression for creating a sequence of random edits that can be found here: http: www.motionscript.com mastering-expressions random-3.html Here is my situation: I ha
Re: Method to Combine seedRandom() and random()
by Mark Walczak 1 year ago
You nailed it, Dan! Thanks again! http: vimeo.com explosivegraffix
How To Offset Start Frame of a Loop
by Mark Walczak 2 years ago
Hi Everyone, This seems like a very simple task, but I could use some help thinking through it. Basically, I have a clip of a 10 second loop that is being used three times in my comp. I would like to
Re: How To Offset Start Frame of a Loop
by Mark Walczak 2 years ago
Ah - perfect! http: vimeo.com explosivegraffix
Looking to Buy Used Cinema4D License
by Mark Walczak 2 years ago
Hi everyone, I'm looking to pick up an old C4D license if anyone has one for R15 Studio lying around. From what I gather, Maxon charges about $250 to transfer the license, in addition to the purchase
expression to link focus distance...?
by doug nash 10 years ago
Hey all: I've spent some timing searching through a bunch of "depth of field" related posts, but I haven't had much luck with what I'm specifically looking to accomplish. I'm looking to link the 3D ca
Re: expression to link focus distance...?
by Darby Edelen 10 years ago
My mistake, I think this should work: p1 = activeCamera.transform.position; p2 = activeCamera.pointOfInterest; length(p1, p2); It's hard checking code when I don't have AE on this computer =)Darby Ede
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How to Retime Camera with Baked Keyframes
by Mark Walczak 5 years ago
Hi everyone, I have a camera with about fifty frames of baked animation from a 3D program. I need to find a way to take those baked keyframes and retime them. I know in Cinema 4D, there's something ca
Re: How to Retime Camera with Baked Keyframes
by Conrad Olson 5 years ago
Create an expression control that lets you control the retime. Create a duplicate camera, with no animation Hook it up to the animated camera with an expression that references the position of the ori
Keyboard Shortcut to Show Only Keyframes on Layer?
by Mark Walczak 6 years ago
Hi Everyone, I was just wondering if anyone knew of a keyboard shortcut that would only reveal keyframed properties on a given layer. I know the Adobe website offers a good amount of info, and that th
Re: Keyboard Shortcut to Show Only Keyframes on Layer?
by Mark Walczak 6 years ago
Thanks, Erik! That works great!
Keyboard Shortcut for Snapping to Whole Frames?
by Mark Walczak 6 years ago
Hi everyone, I was wondering if there was a way to select a bunch of keyframes and scale them while snapping to whole frames. For instance, I'm on a Mac, and if I need to re-time an animation, I selec
Re: Keyboard Shortcut for Snapping to Whole Frames?
by Dave LaRonde 6 years ago
If there's no overwhelming reason to have keyframes fall precisely on the frames, don't worry about it. It's a feature designed to keep motion consistent from keyframe to keyframe. Dave LaRonde Sr. Pr
Why Does AE Need MultiProc?
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Hi Everyone, I just have a general, albeit simple question. If AE is a true 64-bit program, then why does it even need the MultiProc feature Shouldn't be able to gobble up the entire processor(s) by d
Re: Why Does AE Need MultiProc?
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Wow! These are very thorough answers - thanks, everyone! http: vimeo.com explosivegraffix
Extract Data from Per-Character 3D Text Layers
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Hi all, I was wondering if there was a way to somehow pull positional data from a single letter of a text layer that is using per-character 3D. Essentially, I have a line of type that is being animate
Re: Extract Data from Per-Character 3D Text Layers
by Jon Bagge 7 years ago
No direct way, but you could try replacing the character with a wingdings font that makes it a square. You can then track it in the four corners and use a corner-pin on a font with texture. Then repla
Gradient wipe doesnt finish..
by David Ghast 7 years ago
The gradient wipe gets to 99% and theres still alot of text left on the screen. Is that normal
Re: Gradient wipe doesnt finish..
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Also, be sure to check your feathering. You may need to animate it to "0" as the gradient animates. http: vimeo.com explosivegraffix
Optical Flare "unrecoverable error" during Preview and/or Render
by Michele Poggi 7 years ago
I'm running A.E. CS5 on a HP 8740w, so a 64bit system and a Nvidia Quadro FX 2800. I'm working on a titolation effect (PAL FULL HD), and Optical Flares crashes on some exact frames without any reason.
Re: Optical Flare "unrecoverable error" during Preview and/or Render
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
I know that disabling GPU rendering tends to help fix some common issues...maybe give that a shot http: vimeo.com explosivegraffix
Terminal Front-End for Simple Copy/Cut/Paste Operations?
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Hi Everyone, I was wondering if anyone could suggest any dead-simple programs for copying, cutting, and pasting documents within OSX. I've found Bridge to sometimes work better than Finder for these o
Re: Terminal Front-End for Simple Copy/Cut/Paste Operations?
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Chris and Thie: Thank you both so much for your help. I have disabled thumbnail previews, and hope to see how it improves things over the next couple of days. I have a feeling that it will help tremen
Geometry Antialiasing Issues
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Hi Everyone, I've run into something in Cinema that's really got me stumped. I'm working with a model of a phone that I downloaded from Turbo Squid that is giving me terrible aliasing issues. Even whe
Re: Geometry Antialiasing Issues
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Thanks, Jay! I actually ended up purchasing another model that didn't give me these issues, but your tip is very handy - thanks for posting it! http: vimeo.com explosivegraffix
Modo to Cinema4D
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Hey everyone, I work in a mostly-Cinema4D-based environment, but have been intrigued as of late regarding the modeling tools offered in Modo. Could anyone shed some light on the workflow between the t
Re: Modo to Cinema4D
by Adam Trachtenberg 7 years ago
I know there are quite a few people who use both programs so I'm sure it's doable. Bringing over models shouldn't be a big deal. Materials would have to be redone, of course.
'High Quality' Flag Within Quicktime
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Hey Everyone, So, I'm going through the process of digitizing all of my old miniDV tapes in hopes of selling my old gear, as I no longer need it. My process for archiving involves simply hooking up my
Re: 'High Quality' Flag Within Quicktime
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Walter, thank you SO much for taking the time to provide a thorough response. It really helps to put my mind at ease, and the "Use high-quality video setting when available." setting is very, very han
How To Build a Street Scene?
by Neal Sickles 7 years ago
Hi I'm new to C4D. I'm trying to build a street scene based on an image I have. I only need it to be very basic, grass, dirt, roads, and some building structures. But it must follow the topographical
Re: How To Build a Street Scene?
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
I can't think of any tutorials regarding scenes this large, but you may want to start in Illustrator and draw out your basic roads, sidewalks, etc. Judging from the simple reference you provided, I wo
How to Make Cinema 4D Render to Folders
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Hi Everyone, I was wondering if anyone has come across a script or tool that allows you to force Cinema to render to a certain group of folders, with respect to different render passes. I realize that
Re: How to Make Cinema 4D Render to Folders
by Jim Pierce 8 months ago
I have been waiting for this answer for ten years, and somebody just pointed it out to me today. If you use this as your render path: your render path $date $prj $pass $prj_.exr then C4D will create f
Controlling Visibility of Clones
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Hi all, So, I have an ambitious project ahead of me that involves lots of long, winding streets. My current plan is to create a single "tile" of street and clone it linearly. I will then use a spline
Re: Controlling Visibility of Clones
by Adam Trachtenberg 7 years ago
I would imagine that the overhead would be the same, since MoGraph would still have to check each frame to determine if each clone should be visible or not ... but that's a total guess.
Use 'Render Instances' on Spline Wrapped Clone?
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Hi everyone, I'm working on a project that involves the creation of winding, banking streets (and powerlines, etc). I've created a single tile of road with street lines, telephone poles, etc. I am the
Re: Use 'Render Instances' on Spline Wrapped Clone?
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
So sad. Thanks, Adam! http: vimeo.com explosivegraffix
Range Mapping Expression
by Mark Walczak 7 years ago
Hello everyone, Although I'm sure I'm not the first person to need this sort of expression, my googling yielded nothing of value. I'm basically looking for a simple expression that will accept "input
Re: Range Mapping Expression
by Dan Ebberts 7 years ago
You can use linear() to remap a range, like this: input = effect("Slider Control")("Slider"); inputLow = 0; inputHigh = 100; outputLow = -100; outputHigh = 100; linear(input,inputLow,inputHigh,outputL
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MoGraph Clone Render Error
by Mark Walczak 8 years ago
Hi everyone, I am looking to render a series words that are all pinned to a point on the surface of a sphere. Obviously, the easiest solution for me is to make a square image of the words in Photoshop
Re: MoGraph Clone Render Error
by Adam Trachtenberg 8 years ago
Sounds like you need to increase the Ray Depth setting in Render Settings Options. Ray depth determines how many transparencies the camera can see through before it returns black instead of transparen
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Mark Walczak liked this 8 years ago
Need a Good Caustics Tutorial
by Mark Walczak 8 years ago
Hey everyone, I am trying to track down a good tutorial regarding caustics in R11.5. The closest thing I can find pertains to version 7 (http: www.maxoncomputer.com tutorial_detail.asp tutorialID=192)
Re: Need a Good Caustics Tutorial
by Jeremy Allen 8 years ago
I haven't watched it, but this one looks pretty decent.. http: cg.tutsplus.com tutorials maxon-cinema-4d an-introduction-to-caustics-in-cinema-4d utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Fee
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Mark Walczak liked this 8 years ago
Source Text from Text File
by Mark Walczak 8 years ago
Hi everyone, So, I realize that this topic has been discusses at great length on several forums (including the Cow), but I have been searching tirelessly and without success for my own application. He
Re: Source Text from Text File
by Dan Ebberts 8 years ago
With this text file: txt = "one two three four five six seven eight nine ten"; This expression displays a different word on each frame: myPath = " C Temp text_test.txt"; try{ $.evalFile (myPath); mySp
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Converting Tris to Quads
by Mark Walczak 8 years ago
Hi everyone, I'm trying to get a 3ds Max model to play nice with Cinema4D. I have very little experience with Max, but would appreciate any and all help that you may be able to lend when it comes to c
Re: Converting Tris to Quads
by Tiago Ribeiro 8 years ago
i'm not sure if you can simply convert tris to quads, without doing it yourself.. maybe there is some way, but i don't have any available installation of max here to try it. what i can tell you is abo
Knoll Light Factory problem - appears in previews / does not render?
by Tim West 8 years ago
Hi, I'm having a few problems with teh Knoll Light factory plug-in - the effect is showing up perfectly in my previews but whenever I try to render it appears so faint it is hardly visible. I haven't
Re: Knoll Light Factory problem - appears in previews / does not render?
by Gary Hazen 8 years ago
What are your preview settings Previewing at low res can make some flares appear much bolder than they are at full res. Set your viewer and or RAM preview settings to full res to get an accurate pictu
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Mark Walczak liked this 8 years ago
Maya "Film Back" Feature in Cinema4D?
by Mark Walczak 8 years ago
Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone knew whether or not a feature comparable to Maya's "Film Back" camera feature is available in Cinema4D. Essentially, this allows you to expand your "canvas" with
Re: Maya "Film Back" Feature in Cinema4D?
by Adam Trachtenberg 8 years ago
If you select your camera you'll see an "aperture width" setting in the Attributes Manager. That's what you're after.
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Rendering a Huge Image with Tiled Camera
by Jarratt Moody 8 years ago
I've rendered large images using Tiled Camera before, but I now need to create an image for an airport window cling that's 559.75 in x 82.5 in at 50 ppi. It looks like Cinema is topping out at 16000 p
Re: Rendering a Huge Image with Tiled Camera
by Lennart Wåhlin 8 years ago
But if you tile (Using the Tiled cam) 4x4 then you should make your output half size. (Width 2 and Height 2) or you will end up with 4 renders -each- 27988 pixels wide. Cheers Lennart aka tcastudios
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Maya Trax Question
by Mark Walczak 8 years ago
Hey everyone, I'm totally new to Maya Trax, and am following a Digital Tutors tutorial on how to create and blend simple clips. My problem is this: when I create clips, or try to drag them from the Vi
Re: Maya Trax Question
by Mark Walczak 8 years ago
Nevermind - I wasn't aware that I was creating a new character when creating my first clip - please disregard my previous post :-) What makes you explode www.explosivegraffix.com
How to Encode ProRes
by Mark Walczak 8 years ago
Hey Gang, I know this may sound like a silly question, but is it possible to encode Apple ProRes files without Final Cut Studio I'm using a PC and was wondering if Apple ever released this capability
Re: How to Encode ProRes
by Mark Walczak 8 years ago
Dang. Thanks for the quick reply! :-) What makes you explode www.explosivegraffix.com
Using .c3d files in Maya
by Mark Walczak 8 years ago
Hi everyone, I am looking to do some basic work with mocap files. I realize that this forum is specific to Motion Builder, but I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to get a .c3d file into Maya
Re: Using .c3d files in Maya
by Mark Walczak 8 years ago
Thanks for the quick reply! I'm not sure how to exactly go about doing that. This kind of just fell in my lap. If I were to work with the .c3d file, would I need a program like Motion Builder to make
Free Sites for Demo Reel Music?
by Mark Walczak 9 years ago
Hi everyone, I am looking to cut a new demo reel, but I would like to use music that I can own or at least use to post on sites like YouTube, Vimeo and my own portfolio. Does anyone know of any good s
Re: Free Sites for Demo Reel Music?
by Mark Walczak 8 years ago
Thanks John - this looks like a great resource! Does anyone have any other ideas What makes you explode www.explosivegraffix.com
PAL DVD Specs
by Mark Walczak 9 years ago
Help me Cow! I'm in the US doing a project for someone in the UK and was wondering what the specs were for PAL DVDs. The client wants the final video to be widescreen. What's the resolution, pixel asp
Re: PAL DVD Specs
by Mark Walczak 9 years ago
Gotcha - thanks! What makes you explode www.explosivegraffix.com
Shotcut to Address Bar in Safari
by Mark Walczak 9 years ago
Hi all! So, not to sound like a Microsoft fanboy (because, at heart, I am), but using an internet browser on a PC is quite streamlined by the keyboard shortcut alt+D, which allows you to quickly switc
Re: Shotcut to Address Bar in Safari
by Mark Walczak 9 years ago
Thank you so much - that is awesome! I thought I searched through all of the menus, but this one must have escaped me - thanks!!!What makes you explode www.explosivegraffix.com
Open Multiple Instances of Programs at Once
by Mark Walczak 9 years ago
Hi all! So, I am relatively new to the Mac platform, and need to use it more at work. While both Windows and Mac have their share of issues, the biggest impediment to my productivity on the Mac is not
Re: Open Multiple Instances of Programs at Once
by Mark Walczak 9 years ago
Thanks for all of the feedback, guys - I'll be sure to test it out with projects that are not too critical. This certainly seems to be an Apple thing, if Windows does it without a problem. I never und
Simple Water Ripples
by Mark Walczak 9 years ago
Ok, here's one for ya: I need to create some simple water rings (like the kind that would emit from a raindrop hitting a puddle). I found a great tutorial online that decribed a method involving a wat
Re: Simple Water Ripples
by Mark Walczak 9 years ago
Thanks Alvaro! I got something to kind of work in RealFlow, and will most likely be going that route. I should have mentioned that I was avoiding displacement maps because I didn't want them to bog do
Maya Batch not Rendering All Layers
by Mark Walczak 9 years ago
Hi everyone! Pardon me for being a bit of a forum hog lately, but I am in some foreign waters with Maya here, and my deadline is looming. Now, I have a lot of experience with Maya, but am not an exper
Re: Maya Batch not Rendering All Layers
by Mark Walczak 9 years ago
Hey guys, just wanted to give you an update. scarface1 at CGSociety turned me on to this great little script that will essentially "batch" everything in Maya to the Render View, and save it to a custo
Controlling reflection fade out
by Stanley Flomin 9 years ago
Hey, I'm trying to figure out how to make my reflection fade out more. What i have is 3d text on top of plane. Two different blinns attached to the text and ground. The text doesn't recieve any reflec
Re: Controlling reflection fade out
by Mark Walczak 9 years ago
Another way you could get this to work may be to add a ramped material to your text, and disable it's "Primary Visibility" in the attribute editor. You would then disable the text giving off reflectio
Site Redesign Advice
by Mark Walczak 9 years ago
Hello everyone! My name is Mark and I am a designer in Chicago. I always love doing freelance work, and would like to redesign my website to better cater to potential freelance clients. I would like t
Re: Site Redesign Advice
by Mark Walczak 9 years ago
Wow - thank you for giving my site so much thought! I noticed a couple of the things you mentioned, but it is great to hear it from someone else. I'll certainly take these to heart, and welcome any fu
growing a vine/ tree
by nicola cullen 9 years ago
Hi there, I'm super new to cinema and I'm trying to find the best way to animate a growing vine tree branch similar to the way 3d stroke works in ae I've tried animating the growth of a sweep nurbs, b
Re: growing a vine/ tree
by louis marino 9 years ago
I'd recommend using spline wrap, which is a feature of mograph (if you have it). The way it works is kind of cleverer than sweep nurbs and it's easier to animate with the tapered end. Make a cylinder,
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Particular 1.5.1 render crash - CS3 MacIntel - URGENT
by dan graetz 10 years ago
i have a relatively simple 3D comp featuring six layers of Particular effects. I can RAM preview sometimes - quite often I get the error saying "RAM Preview needs 2 or more frames to playback". But wh
Re: Particular 1.5.1 render crash - CS3 MacIntel - URGENT
by Mark Walczak 10 years ago
Hey, I'm having the same problem on a PC running AE CS3, with the latest update installed yesterday (version 8.02 I think ). Anyways, the "RAM preview needs 2 or more frames to playback" issue started
Tell Me How Terrible I Am! (constructively)
by Mark Walczak 10 years ago
Hey everyone, I am a graduating Senior at Columbia College Chicago, and just got done with a rough cut of my demo reel. I was wondering if some of you could take the time and give me some constructive
Re: Tell Me How Terrible I Am! (constructively)
by Mark Walczak 10 years ago
Thank you! :-)What makes you explode www.explosivegraffix.com
Length of spline
by Jack Cook 10 years ago
Is there a way to find out what the length of a closed spline is in Cinema 10.5 I mean the distance along the entire spline from beginning to end (which is back at the beginning). I am animating objec
Re: Length of spline
by Nolan Scott 10 years ago
Select your spline (editable) - Top Toolbar - Window Selection Structure Info, in the Attributes Manager select the Structure-Tab Spline Length. Cheers Nolan
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