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Michael Szalapski

I've had nearly two decades of heavy duty experience with Adobe's products, especially Photoshop and After Effects. I started out as a print designer in Photoshop and transitioned over the years to motion graphic design. The evolution has continued i... [more]
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Round layer's corners
by Filip Stillerska 2 weeks ago
How do I round a square rectangular layer's corners I would also like to have control over how much it is rounded...
Re: Round layer's corners
by Michael Szalapski 2 weeks ago
I don't know how I thought about it. I guess just experience over time. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of
Rotate object in absolute axis, not its own
by Juan Irache 2 weeks ago
Hi, I have been fighting with this seemingly simple problem: I want to rotate an object based on external data. The rotation should always happen in the same axes in relation to the viewer, that is, t
Re: Rotate object in absolute axis, not its own
by Michael Szalapski 2 weeks ago
If you have a chain of nulls. One for each axis (or maybe two nulls and your regular object) with each one parented to the next, you can get rotation always in the desired axis. - The Great Szalam (Th
Customize Posterize time to work on 'odds' instead of 'evens'.
by Andrew Thompson 3 weeks ago
Hi All, I'm working on a cartoon compositing job where i'm given a bunch of SWF files to composite on top of a PSD BG and then add camera moves using a Null object. The camera move request is for move
Re: Customize Posterize time to work on 'odds' instead of 'evens'.
by Michael Szalapski 2 weeks ago
Then I don't understand what the issue is. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, but several tho
Comp preview not showing animation when dragging the timeline
by Shueb Chow 3 weeks ago
Hi, I'm on CS4 on a mac All of a sudden - completely randomly the comp preview is not playing any animation when I drag the timer ruler in the timeline. The preview button is still playing the animati
Re: Comp preview not showing animation when dragging the timeline
by Michael Szalapski 2 weeks ago
There's a button on either the composition panel or the timeline panel that turns off interactive previewing. I forget exactly where it is because it's not present in current versions of the software.
Twitch won't open.
by Mishal Benny 3 weeks ago
Hi! Sorry for the crap title, but I've downloaded Twitch as a plug-in for After Effects. Except when I try to open it it says: After Effects error: Can't import file ''Twitch.rar'': unsupported filety
Re: Twitch won't open.
by Michael Szalapski 2 weeks ago
.rar is a file compression format - not a plugin format. Twitch doesn't come from Video Copilot as a .rar file. I'm guessing you didn't get this copy of Twitch from Video Copilot. So, it's likely to h
Project with Glow Scribble Effect
by ting lee 2 weeks ago
Hi, I got a project that needs to apply "glow scribble effects". (Reference: https: www.youtube.com watch v=zTnRXFg9Wj8) I'm looking for someone who has similar experiences before to connect with.
Re: Project with Glow Scribble Effect
by Michael Szalapski 2 weeks ago
Are you looking for someone to teach you how to do the effect or are you looking to hire someone to do that effect for you - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely
Bubbling Video cauldron effect
by Anna Hahn 3 weeks ago
Hello! I would like to make an effect in after effects that automatically spawns clouds or bubbles containing time offset reflections of the video playing in the background such that the clouds or bub
Re: Bubbling Video cauldron effect
by Michael Szalapski 2 weeks ago
Another built-in effect that might come in handy is Foam. It can create bubbles that reflect the layer they're placed on. If you want each individual bubble to have a different part of the clip though
Exponential Scale Not Working
by Robert Nelson 2 weeks ago
Hello Everyone, I've never had this happen before, so I figured I'd turn to the experts. I'm creating an Earth Zoom from Outer Space to my living room, and have created the comp with screen grabs of G
Re: Exponential Scale Not Working
by Michael Szalapski 2 weeks ago
That sounds a bit odd. That tool should just work. Can we see a screenshot of your timeline with the scale property you're attempting to apply it to revealed Or maybe (even better) a project file with
Playback
by Jean Tertrain 7 months ago
Hello, When I hit space bar to play back my sequence, it goes to a kind of weird of full screen although I would just like it to playback normally, without changing the window size, as you can see in
Re: Playback
by Max Haller 7 months ago
First thing to do is open up the preview panel and drag the bars down so you can see the extra options. There you should see a checkbox for full screen previews which you can disable. Also from your s
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How to Bezier Path with no keyframes ?
by Shai Benshoshan 9 months ago
Using the powerful ' Create nulls from paths ' script, I am writing a script that reads the Path from an external XML file. The Path has no keyframes, but the points auto-created as linear : How can I
Re: How to Bezier Path with no keyframes ?
by Oleg Pirogov 9 months ago
I've written a script which does the thing for every selected property of shape type (i.e. select the shape path and run the script): the script smooths (sets interpolation to Auto Bezier) selected sh
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After Effects 2015 (13.8.1) files compatible with 2018 (15.1)?
by Yoshiko Tanaka 1 year ago
Hello! I have a very newbie question. I have been using After Effects 2015 (ver.13.8.1) and I am about to upgrade to the latest 2018 (ver.15.1). I am in the middle of a project and I want to make sure
Re: After Effects 2015 (13.8.1) files compatible with 2018 (15.1)?
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
Unlike Dave, my studio actually uses Ae CC 2018, so I can speak to it from experience. I'd consider it a big step up over Ae CC 2015. One big caveat, though: the latest version drops support for legac
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Extrude creates a block, ignoring the empty areas within a spline
by Joey Heaton 1 year ago
Hello and apologies first off because this is probably a very newbish question (I only recently started learning Cinema 4D in fact). I created a path in Photoshop, exported the paths to an .ai file, a
Re: Extrude creates a block, ignoring the empty areas within a spline
by Michael Szalapski 1 year ago
How did you merge them in Illustrator Wait, are you sure both splines are closed Regardless, you can split them apart in C4D and then use a Spline Mask to make it do what you want or just run the Conn
Cinema 4D R20 was announced today!
by Michael Szalapski 1 year ago
Here's a lovely playlist from MAXON's Cineversity showing off some of the new features: https: www.youtube.com watch v=6RcQ8D97uyw&list=PLM7GzYMPS4OtdHCWMxLg3I9-_ucfgUp_u Fields are an amazingly power
Lumetri Scopes: Clamp Signal - 8 Bit?!
by Filip Stillerska 1 year ago
By default, the Lumetri Scopes in Ae have the "Clamp Signal"-checkbox checked and the drop-down menu set to "8 Bit" see attached screenshot . I can uncheck the "Clamp Signal"-checkbox, but I can also
Re: Lumetri Scopes: Clamp Signal - 8 Bit?!
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
These settings control how the scopes show information to you. Don't try to match them to specific project settings, but rather use the settings you need for the task at hand. "Float" displays data ba
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Text not displaying correctly / camera DOF between renderer options
by Moog Gravett 2 years ago
Hi folks, Got a bit of an issue that I've not encountered before. I'm placing layers of text in 3d space, nothing unusual there, but using the classic renderer, the font loses all detail. Classic 3D r
Re: Text not displaying correctly / camera DOF between renderer options
by Moog Gravett 2 years ago
Mostly that, but also that I can't even just drag it open and have to move the whole window somewhere else...sheesh! I'll add a bug report right now. Thanks again for the help.
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Cinema 4D Release 19 Announced!
by Michael Szalapski 2 years ago
Well, ladies and gentlemen, SIGGRAPH is here and with it comes the announcement of the next version of Cinema 4D! The official announcement page is here link . You can watch a playlist of videos regar
Replacing the Spaceman's visor
by Matīss Pērkons 3 years ago
Hi, I've been thinking about shooting a short film which involves spaceman. Making the suit is one challenge, but getting right the reflection from the visor glass, through which he should look, is an
Re: Replacing the Spaceman's visor
by SPACE MAN 2 years ago
SPACEMAN'S visor cannot be replaced. kind regards to all. It has been a long time. SPACEMAN SPACEMAN needs spaceship parts, not expressions...
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Dropdownlist issue at AE cc 2017
by Meng Zhang 2 years ago
Hey guys! I'm facing the same problem here: https: forums.adobe.com thread 2319187 So basically when the dropdown list content overflows the screen size, it got weird behavior. Do you guys think there
Re: Dropdownlist issue at AE cc 2017
by Meng Zhang 2 years ago
Just in case someone may need it. I found a work around by changing the long drop down list to cascading drop down list and somehow it fixed the issue.
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Removing Duplicated Media from Project (By Script maybe??)
by ido shor 2 years ago
Hey Fellow Wizards, I am looking for a way to reduce the amount of media from the project window by removing all the duplicates. this usually occurs when I import a project in to a project (let's say
Re: Removing Duplicated Media from Project (By Script maybe??)
by Walter Soyka 2 years ago
ido shor "Is there a way you know, in which I can tell AE to search for such duplicates, relink to one source and remove it " No script is necessary, as this exact feature is built in to After Effect
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AE Future insights from you Professional Cows
by Jon Merrifield 2 years ago
Thank you for taking the time to ponder... What do you think about the future development of AE Is multi-core processing rendering gone for good Perhaps making this product function well to the lowest
Re: AE Future insights from you Professional Cows
by Walter Soyka 2 years ago
Adobe is still in-progress on their Ae re-architecture efforts. I don't think that we are seeing a focus on the "lowest common denominator." Instead, I think we are seeing Ae stripped down and rebuilt
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Silhouette Questions
by James Roth 3 years ago
Hi everyone, I'm working with silhouette footage, created through a) shooting a model against green screen and then b) taking the chroma-keyed model, crushing the colors down to pure black, then tinti
Re: Silhouette Questions
by James Roth 3 years ago
DAVE: "By the way, how much of this project is green screen What's the estimated running time when finished " This project is 1 hour long. 20 minutes of it features silhouettes walking around interact
Michael Szalapski liked this 3 years ago
3rd Monitor Preview suddenly not working!
by Phil Lister 3 years ago
I have a PC that uses three monitors. Two are Acer PC monitors and the 3rd is a Samsung 32" 720p TV that is used for preview from Adobe Premiere and After Effects. All of a sudden, the preview for AE
Re: 3rd Monitor Preview suddenly not working!
by Phil Lister 3 years ago
OK, dopy me! lol The very edge of the AE interface screen was just barely touching the 3rd monitor. Once I moved that away...BINGO! lol I feel so stupid! Phil Lister
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Continue interpolation of linear expression beyond its paramaters
by Harry Hoag 4 years ago
Hiya, I'm using the linear interpolation expression. At the moment the interpolation is clamped when you get to the entered value range, I was wondering if there was a way to make the calculation cont
Re: Continue interpolation of linear expression beyond its paramaters
by Michael Szalapski 3 years ago
Thanks! This was really useful. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, but several thousand elect
Automatically create keyframes in between 2 linear keyframes
by Kevin Tosi 3 years ago
In the image attached, I have 2 keyframes set for linear motion. Is there a way to automatically create keyframes every 2 frames in between those. I like the look of using holds rather than fluid moti
Re: Automatically create keyframes in between 2 linear keyframes
by Walter Soyka 3 years ago
How about an expression Alt+click the stopwatch for the property and paste the following code: posterizeTime(15); value This will return the value from the keyframes for the property, 15 times every s
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AE resolution
by Stig Olsen 3 years ago
Hi, When opening AE on my new PC (with high resolution) the font sizes and windows are super small. How can I correct this When lowering the resolution on the PC everything else on the PC is too big s
Re: AE resolution
by Walter Soyka 3 years ago
Ae CC 2014.1 was the first release to offer high-DPI support. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting @keenlive
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After Effects Machine: upgrading my 2010 Mac Pro
by Tom Smith 3 years ago
Hello Guys, I've bought in 2011 a Mac Pro (2X6 core 2,66ghz Xeon), which I've upgraded over the time (3.0 USB, SSD's, Nvidia 680 GTX). I'm reading on different forums that clock speed may be more impo
Re: After Effects Machine: upgrading my 2010 Mac Pro
by Greg C Neumayer 3 years ago
If you have a mid-2010 Mac Pro, I think you'd be better off upgrading that. On the advice of a group of other guys doing the same thing, we all bought mid-2010s, 2x3.06 (or similar), 96GB ram, and the
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Hue/Saturation Instant Black and White
by Nico Bleuer 3 years ago
Hey I need help with Hue Saturation I want that a pic becomes Black and white instant. with Keyframes so it's a song and when the singer sings I want it to be colored Instant and when he doesn't sing
Re: Hue/Saturation Instant Black and White
by Roei Tzoref 3 years ago
If that's all you are doing, you should consider doing this in premiere. It will be more efficient. Roei Tzoref After Effects Artist & Instructor Ae Blues Tutorials
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How do I get this look? (Tinting, Shading)
by James Roth 3 years ago
This look should in theory be fairly easy to replicate; I can import 3D buildings and leave them untextured, but how do I go about achieving this look This is as far as I have gotten with a 3D model
Re: How do I get this look? (Tinting, Shading)
by Karl Ricker 3 years ago
Ambient occlusion and lighting with flat textures. -Karl Ricker
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Blurring out A LOT of trademarks in a TV programme - your tips&tricks?
by Marcin Staszewski 3 years ago
Hi! I was recently manouvered into blurring out all logos and trademarks in a 22 min long tv show. I hate doing that, because even tough nowadays it's much easier (masks tracking, even in premiere pro
Re: Blurring out A LOT of trademarks in a TV programme - your tips&tricks?
by Walter Soyka 3 years ago
And when it doesn't take time, you end up with this: Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting @keenlive twitter &
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particular emit and align particle to a circle
by Sarah Schela 3 years ago
Hi everyone, I need your support again. I am working with Trapcode Particular because I would like to emit particles from the Emitter and have a circle motion path. Sounds easy when working with Light
Re: particular emit and align particle to a circle
by Sarah Schela 3 years ago
Oh I actually solved it now instantly. Air Motion Path does what I want. Sorry!
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Prevent Overlapping
by Dada Kräuter 3 years ago
Hello, :) Is there any way to disable overlapping for specific layers I have two 3D layers which have same Z axis and one half of first comp overlaps second comp. I want to make like that, as the atta
Re: Prevent Overlapping
by Kalleheikki Kannisto 3 years ago
I guess you could cheat it by rotating the layers ever so slightly around the y-axis in opposite directions so that there is a (undetectable) fold between the layers. Kalleheikki Kannisto Senior Graph
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Red Giant Primatte Keyer and AE CC 2015
by Phil Lister 3 years ago
I keep getting an error message when applying the Primatte Keyer plug-in. I have read that the plug-ins aren't ready yet for CC 2015, yet according to the Red Giant site, they are supposed to be compa
Re: Red Giant Primatte Keyer and AE CC 2015
by Walter Soyka 3 years ago
Dave LaRonde "And if you do indeed find that the latest update is an entirely new version, would you be so kind as to pass that information along " Ae CC 2015.3 (version 13.8) is an "entirely new ver
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Automatically align view to nearest orthogonal view?
by John Willard 4 years ago
Almost every CAD program has a function where you press a button and the current view is automatically adjusted to the nearest orthogonal view. I use this command just about more than any other and it
Re: Automatically align view to nearest orthogonal view?
by Michael Szalapski 4 years ago
That does sound quite handy once you've described it. I'd venture to say that'd be a nice feature request to make to MAXON. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremel
Ugly low-poly with ambient occlusion
by Michael Tritsmans 4 years ago
Hello Im very new to C4D, and probably have a newbie question: I'm currently testing the clay cartoon style render with some basic models. A first test can be seen here: test.jpg The tree in front, wi
Re: Ugly low-poly with ambient occlusion
by Michael Szalapski 4 years ago
You really need to fix your polys. They can't be twisted like that. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of this
Render to texture
by Edvin Martinsson 4 years ago
Hi! I have a led-screen installation in real life with content shown on it via a d3 machine. The d3 uses a uvw map of the led installation to show content on the right faces. In cinema I have a 3d mod
Re: Render to texture
by Michael Szalapski 4 years ago
Do you mean like "bake texture" - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, but several thousand elect
Need to know about Realistic look ?
by Arun Prasad 4 years ago
Hey guys., I'm working in c4d to create an mythical bridge kind of look. But i've set up the models a bit but am confused what would it make to look more realistic. Can someone help me identify what c
Re: Need to know about Realistic look ?
by Michael Szalapski 4 years ago
Also, there's no hint that the water is wet. Both the bridge and the rock should have wet marks where the water has touched if it's all wavy like that. The repetition of the texture on the rock walls
I’m looking to make a spinning glass brain with light impulses on the surface
by Kevin Kulesa 4 years ago
I m looking to make a spinning glass brain with light impulses on the surface. This light impulse representing brain activity and only need to be rendered slightly below the surface of the brain. My i
Re: I’m looking to make a spinning glass brain with light impulses on the surface
by Michael Szalapski 4 years ago
You could do something similar using a cloner and the tracer object. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of thi
After Effects Crashing when applying Video Copilot Element 3D
by Jyotinder Singh 5 years ago
So i just updated to Adobe After Effects CC 2014 and whenever I apply the element effect AE simply crashes ! ! I am running Win7 with E3D V1.6.2. Everything had worked nicely with the older versions s
Re: After Effects Crashing when applying Video Copilot Element 3D
by Michael Szalapski 5 years ago
Update released that fixes the bug: https: www.videocopilot.net products element update - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble') No trees were harmed in th
expressions advice: multiple layers wiggling position separately random but adjustable by one "controller" layer
by jeremy webb 8 years ago
Hello, I have a comp that has a lot of layers that I want to wiggle in x and z position. I want them all move to a different position each frame but not as a group. I also want to be able to adjust ap
Re: expressions advice: multiple layers wiggling position separately random but adjustable by one "controller" layer
by Michael Szalapski 8 years ago
I'm not an expressions guru, but until one chimes in, you should be able to use the layer's index as a random seed for the wiggle. (Although, I thought it would do that anyway. Are you sure you don't
Expression: fall apart
by Rafael Cruz 9 years ago
Hi there, I am using after effects to build a prison out of cigarettes. At the end of the video the prison "bars" simply fall apart and I was hoping someone could suggest an expression that would get
Re: Expression: fall apart
by Michael Szalapski 9 years ago
If you're looking for a realistic physics simulation you would be best served doing it in a 3d app. Cinema 4d would be able to create the prison and destroy it really, really easily. I can't think of
reference specific frame
by Alex Harding 9 years ago
Hi, How can I reference a variable at a specific frame, rather than the current frame In Nuke it would be: result=variable(frameNumber) which would look at the variable at the frame number in parenthe
Re: reference specific frame
by Michael Szalapski 9 years ago
I think the AE equivalent would be valueAtTime. This page covers it and this example uses it. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble') No trees were harmed
KeyFraming expressions?
by Jordan Armitage 9 years ago
I have a line that is currently being warped by audio just using a basic expression on the wave warp effects height. The expression being... "thisComp.layer("width").effect("Both Channels")("Slider")*
Re: KeyFraming expressions?
by Michael Szalapski 9 years ago
Put a slider on your layer (Effect Expression Controls Slider) and put + pickwhip to your slider in your expression. Then keyframe the slider from 0 to 5 - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' stands for 'No
Increase the Numbers
by sanjeev ramanathan 9 years ago
I have numbers like 6,356.7523 and i want to start from 0 (with key set, so i can adjust the key based on the animation) and it should end with this (6,356.7523). If i apply 'Character Offset' iam get
Re: Increase the Numbers
by Michael Szalapski 9 years ago
Have you tried the Numbers effect - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble') No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, but several thousand elect
expression to link a mask vertex to a null object position
by Steve Renard 9 years ago
Hi all, I am trying to find a way to link a mask vertex to a null object's position. I found CR Green's script to do this, but I'd like to find a way to do it "live", so that I don't have to re-run th
Re: expression to link a mask vertex to a null object position
by Michael Szalapski 9 years ago
The way to move a feature request up the priority list is to have more people request it. Here's the page to do so. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble'
A pop up book calculation
by john ord 9 years ago
Hi all i was was wondering if anyone has come across these expressions before. Basically its a kids pop up book but i want to automate all of the layers within the page (the popups) based upon the pag
Re: A pop up book calculation
by Michael Szalapski 9 years ago
An expression as you described would work by just pickwhipping the the orientation of the layers to the rotation of the page and dividing by 2 - The Great Szalam (The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great,
Can this be done with expressions?
by Carl Endres 9 years ago
Hi, I've done very little in expressions besides pickwhipping, and I'm not sure if this can be even done using expressions, but it would sure make life a lot easier if it can. I'll try and give a deta
Re: Can this be done with expressions?
by Michael Szalapski 9 years ago
There's probably a way to offset it with expressions, but figuring out how to make it work and troubleshooting issues with it will probably take longer than doing it manually. Besides, doing it manual
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