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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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Kaleidoscopic Animations in Lyric Videos?
by Williams Jones 6 months ago
I've noticed a lot of lyric videos using this style of animation for instrumental sections but I can't find any videos posts about this subject specifically 1:04 https: youtu.be DmIgal22zGo 0:58 https
Re: Kaleidoscopic Animations in Lyric Videos?
by Michael Szalapski 6 months ago
CC Kaleida (or however it's spelled) would be the first effect I would play with. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the cr
How's business right now? (Also, what and where?) And how are YOU doing?
by Tim Wilson 6 months ago
The news has been so full of "okay, everybody's working at home" or "everybody SHOULD work at home" that it's easy to forget that not everyone in the world of video production has been granted this op
Re: How's business right now? (Also, what and where?) And how are YOU doing?
by Michael Szalapski 6 months ago
It's a reality that, for some of us, working from home just simply isn't an option. I do 3d animation and motion graphics. I do a bit of that on the side which I've always done from home, but my full
NAB Cancellation Thread: From Adobe, AJA, and Avid to Zaxcom. And of course NAB themselves!
by Oliver Peters 7 months ago
Admin note: With apologies to Oliver for making his original thread about AJA into an all-companies thread, we don't need a new thread for every company. Please post ALL company and NAB general conver
Re: NAB Cancellation Thread: From Adobe, AJA, and Avid to Zaxcom. And of course NAB themselves!
by Michael Szalapski 6 months ago
Well, NAB is officially canceled. So, NONE of us are going. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of this message
How to install Omino Glass Plugin?
by Aditya Prakash 6 months ago
So I am trying to install Omino Glass plugin but totally bummed and dont know how to. I went to their website and they have this link to download the plug-in but the link just takes you to a script an
Re: How to install Omino Glass Plugin?
by Michael Szalapski 6 months ago
Pretty sure the pixel bender kit that was built on is long gone from AE. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of
AE CC 2015 Second Monitor
by Chip Hess 6 months ago
I have a second monitor to increase real estate for panels, such as effect controls. When I move the effect controls window onto the second monitor, it looses functionality. I have to move it back to
Re: AE CC 2015 Second Monitor
by Michael Szalapski 6 months ago
I don't think I've ever heard someone say CC 2015 was more stable than anything... I've found every version since its release to be an improvement. The latest version (after the latest update) has bee
Best technique for changing the color of two walls on a static shot with people moving past
by Glen Jennings 6 months ago
Reference image: Hi I have been tasked with changing the color of these walls and would love some advice from the community. There is a blue wall in the back and a yellow wall in the front room of thi
Re: Best technique for changing the color of two walls on a static shot with people moving past
by Michael Szalapski 6 months ago
You can try AE's Rotobrush tool. It, combined with the Refine Edge effect can sometimes be useful. However, you may have to resort to traditional rotoscoping. (Keep in mind all the tips about using se
Onion-Skinning in AE - possible solution
by Greg DiGenti 6 months ago
This topic question has come up several times in this group, but the response always seems to be "just do it in another program" or "buy the Paint & Stick plug-in for $100." However, for those of us w
Re: Onion-Skinning in AE - possible solution
by Michael Szalapski 6 months ago
You can have layer panels and composition panels open simultaneously next to each other. Heck, you can have multiple composition panels open next to each other. The only limitation is screen real esta
Smooth Map Zoom (Google Earth blocky loading)
by Kyle Bellamy 7 months ago
So I am a new-ish video editor with a ton of experience in audio recording and engineering but wanted to play with some things. I have seen a smooth zoom in from a satellite view to a specific town or
Re: Smooth Map Zoom (Google Earth blocky loading)
by Michael Szalapski 6 months ago
And there's always Video Copilot's famous Earth Zoom tutorial too. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed in the creation of this
Wanting Illustrator Transparency>Lighten option to work in AE
by Nancy Smith 7 months ago
My student made these three shapes, than put transparency on and they blend with a white center. As you can see I released layers to sequence and take this into After Effects as an AI project. It won'
Re: Wanting Illustrator Transparency>Lighten option to work in AE
by Michael Szalapski 6 months ago
Looks like the answer to use RBG mode instead of CMYK mode in Illustrator solved it for you - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble ') No trees were harmed
How to achieve a ramp up scale / zoom effect with keyframes?
by Johnny Opamo 7 months ago
Hi all, I have a close up shot of an eye and I want to end on the pupil of the eye (which will act as a transition into the next scene) The current issue is the keyframes are getting to the pupil of t
Re: How to achieve a ramp up scale / zoom effect with keyframes?
by Michael Szalapski 6 months ago
Or, if you really want to scale instead, try the Keyframe Assistant Exponential Scale feature. See here link . I believe you can use this with the Detail Preserving Upscale effect too. - The Great Sza
Puppet Pin not moving with Shape Layer
by Paul Robertson 7 months ago
So, I am try to make a fish which flaps about while moving onto the screen. I was following a tutorial and used puppet pin tool to create the flapping movement. Then I added a simple position keyframe
Re: Puppet Pin not moving with Shape Layer
by Michael Szalapski 6 months ago
Do you have animation happening in the precomp Don't. Precomp the shape. Apply puppet to the precomp. Then animate psr rotation after that. - The Great Szalam (The 'Great ' stands for 'Not So Great, i
Playback
by Jean Tertrain 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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'
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