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Mike Sussman

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April 15th 2008
66 Posts
QuickTime Recording Problems
by Mike Sussman 8 years ago
This is primarily a QuickTime question (no dedicated forum) but it affects me in FCP so I'm posting it here. Workflow Background My workflow is that I have to digitize video from DVcam tape in one roo
Re: QuickTime Recording Problems
by Mike Sussman 8 years ago
Actually I haven't tried using iMovie as the acquisition application. I just tried it once (not repeatedly to see if the problem persists). I see it creates several files but I don't know which one I
EPS file with mysterious extra white box
by Mike Sussman 8 years ago
I was given a logo in EPS format. When I import the logo into After Effects, a mysterious white box appears behind the logo. This problem happens when importing to PhotoShop too. I tried finding the o
Re: EPS file with mysterious extra white box
by Mike Sussman 8 years ago
Yes, that helped. I converted it to an AI file and bam the mystery box was gone. I don't quite understand it but now I don't need to. Thanks for your help.
Media Composer 5 Trial
by Mike Sussman 9 years ago
I'm hoping somebody at Avid sees this but I'll take any knowledgeable responses. I tried repeatedly to register on the official Avid Users forum but something seems to be broken with their signup proc
Re: Media Composer 5 Trial
by Mike Sussman 9 years ago

Trouble converting stroke to shape
by Mike Sussman 9 years ago
I have vector shapes forming a logo with a stroke creating a border. I want to change the stroke border into its own vector shape so that it can be independent of the original shape. Not that I think
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Ahmad Zarqawi liked this 5 years ago
Re: Trouble converting stroke to shape
by Ginnie MacPherson 5 years ago
I've found this post and tried the suggestions in the reply, it didn't work for me. I had shapes that need to have a stroke added behind them, and then the original shape removed so only the out-side
Sorenson Squeeze - all settings disappeared
by Mike Sussman 9 years ago
(Sorry if this is the wrong forum. If there's a better place for me to post this just let me know.) I've had Sorenson Squeeze 4 for a while. I actually haven't used it much lately but it definitely us
Create Clipping Mask
by Mike Sussman 9 years ago
In PhotoShop you can "Create Clipping Mask" to make the shape of an adjacent layer define the boundaries of the other layer. Is there an equivalent function in Adobe After Effects (CS3) So just for on
Re: Create Clipping Mask
by Mike Sussman 9 years ago
Thanks guys.
Dissolves Won't Render
by Mike Sussman 9 years ago
First, hi y'all. I've been an Avid Media Composer editor for 16 years now, but I'm just getting started with Premiere Pro for the first time now. I'll probably have a few "translation" questions soon
Re: Dissolves Won't Render
by Mike Sussman 9 years ago
You mean like version CS4 No, but I'm sure CS3 should render out dissolves properly.
Can't get rid of interlaced scan lines on WMV export
by Mike Sussman 9 years ago
I'm got my customized WMV export settings (basically 320x240 @ 756+48kbps) in Avid set to progressive scan but left-to-right motion still dramatically shows interlacing scan lines. As an experiment I
Re: Can't get rid of interlaced scan lines on WMV export
by Terence Curren 9 years ago
I agree with Job. You need to deinterlace first. You can do that in Avid by using the fluidmotion effect or even the standard motion effect set to 100 percent motion and duplicated field. This is not
Recording Sequence TC to Tape TC
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
Is there any way for us to get the sequence time code to be the time code on tape when recording out We're using Media Composer 3.1.1 and our deck is a Sony DV DSR-25 connected via Firewire through Mo
Re: Recording Sequence TC to Tape TC
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
I can and do use Digital Cut but I can't get that to work with the sequence TC. In Digital Cut, Deck Control is normally set to Record Deck Time which works and makes sense. There is an option to set
Parts fly off when rotating as group?
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
I've got this weird situation going on and I can't figure out what's causing it. Click here to see the problem and I'll explain in more detail below. I have a logo Zax-ed in to 3D. It's all one layer
Re: Parts fly off when rotating as group?
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
Thank you so much for your help.
can't get rid of jagged edges even on a font
by Dave Smith 10 years ago
Hi Guys I have a large O and a large N and both have jagged edges in the rendered output, with or without alpha. Even the diagonal on the N is not nice - has gray dots along the edge. I've tried the a
Re: can't get rid of jagged edges even on a font
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
It could be many different causes, but is your final render coming out of another program like After Effects If so, right click the zax-created movie in your project pane and choose Interpret Footage
No Usable Vector Paths Found
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
One of the vector files somebody sent me is extremely complicated and will not open up in Zaxwerks ProAnimator 4.5.1. This file (originally an .eps but opened in AI CS2 and saved out again as a .ai fi
Re: No Usable Vector Paths Found
by Edward Wu 10 years ago
Hi Mike, There are a few possibilities when getting that error message. First off, if you save the file with compression in Illustrator, you will see that error message. In addition, if the file conta
Illustrator Colors Import As Grays and Black Only
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
I can't figure this problem out. I have some .ai files created in Adobe Illustrator CS2 and I was able to import them into Zaxwerk ProAmimator 4.5.1 while maintaining their .ai colors without any prob
Re: Illustrator Colors Import As Grays and Black Only
by Edward Wu 10 years ago
Hi Mike, My original thought was that you may have strokes applied onto the objects. However, since you mentioned that there are no strokes applied, I'll have to take a look at what you're running int
Strain of Samples Per Frame
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
(You can skip the following paragraph if you just want to get right to the question.) I have this fairly complicated AE project in 3D with camera moves. It was humming along fine for quite a while and
Re: Strain of Samples Per Frame
by Daniel d'Avoine 9 years ago
Hey Think you might have already sorted out this issue by now, but I was struggling with the same error code (26::311) this morning and after a lot of searching on-line to no avail, I tried a few thin
workflow with a super huge canvas
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
I see a lot of comps that have big video walls, with each video monitor in the wall being HD quality and the camera zooming between the different monitors. If you have a video wall with only 5 HD scre
Re: workflow with a super huge canvas
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
Thanks. I did just realize that I maybe I should have given you some examples of what kinds of situations I was talking about. Better late than never... http: www.revostock.com After-Effects-Project 6
Forum Post Blocked?
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
I just tried to post a legitimate question in the forum but it was blocked. The warning message said my post was blocked because it contained... well to not get blocked again I'll say that it supposed
Re: Forum Post Blocked?
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
Thanks for the help. This is the post, which obviously did end up being posted (after a moderator approved like the error message said, it I guess). No problem any more but there's the info in case it
SD video in an HD template
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
Can SD footage be used in an After Effects template designed for HD footage For instance, any number of many AE templates designed for HD footage at VideoHive, but here's one in particular as an examp
Re: SD video in an HD template
by Stuart Elith 10 years ago
You are correct that if the final output is going to be SD, there may not be much noticeable degradation going from SD to HD to SD again. In fact, there may not be ANY because the changes in resolutio
Getting OMF into Avid
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
I've got a few animations created in After Effects and exported to OMF files. There is no audio involved. I already know you can't "import" OMF files directly into Avid like you can with a MOV file. H
Re: Getting OMF into Avid
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
What do you mean render to the Avid codec I don't see any codec that says Avid under the Quicktime settings (or anywhere else either). I'm using CS3. Is that only CS4
Follow up to previous H264 question
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
Last month I posted the following questions about how H264 video looks washed out. http: forums.creativecow.net readpost 20 862325 Sorry it took me almost a month before I tried it out but I just impo
Re: Follow up to previous H264 question
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
Thanks. So if Avid operates on the Quicktime process, does this mean that I should just avoid using H264 for output that is intended to be imported into Avid Otherwise it's fine to use H264 in certain
Jagged Edges
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
I've made a very simple 3D animation in Zaxwerks ProAnimator from very simple elements imported from an Illistrator file. I then exported the 3D animation as a Quicktime movie +alpha which I then impo
Re: Jagged Edges
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
That "File Interpret Footage Separate Fields Off" solution worked perfectly. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thanks to everybody for your assistance. :-)
Simple Ramp
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
This feels like a stupid question but why can't the Start of Ramp (coordinates) and End of Ramp (coordinates) be adjusted when making a simple ramp They're red and changing them immediately pops back
Re: Simple Ramp
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
I didn't see any preset set, and it specifically said None for the preset, but when I clicked on Reset the values did turn blue again. I guess, even though it said none for preset it was really there
H.264 Gamma Bug - Player or File?
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
So H.264 seems to be an extremely popular compression format in general, and especially for the web, where it is often the recommended compression. But I'm also reading over and over again about a gam
Re: H.264 Gamma Bug - Player or File?
by Daniel Low 10 years ago
The bug is with Quicktime, not H.264. It's specific to the Quicktime implementation of Quicktime, not the H.264 standard. Quicktime is not just a player. Nobody ever said the bug makes the video look
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Mike Sussman liked this 10 years ago
Export settings for Avid
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
What export settings do you recommend as best for exporting from Adobe After Effects (CS3) for importing into Avid Media Composer (3.1.1) All our Avid work is standard NTSC DV. We've been using Quickt
changing default "Save for Web" settings
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
Whenever I save my images as Save for Web (Optimized) it adds dashes and or underscores to the file name, even if I take them out. From the Save for Web dialog I clicked on Edit Output Settings and se
Re: changing default "Save for Web" settings
by Shandy Elliott 9 years ago
I know this post is old, but in case you never found the answer, try un-checking the box for "Unix" under the Filename Compatibility (under Edit Output Settings Saving Files).
Pan and Scan Plug-In
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
Can anybody suggest a descent Ken Burns style pan and scan plug-in for AE on Windows I was psyched to test out the free pan and scan plug in from Noise Industries, until I discovered that it required
Re: Pan and Scan Plug-In
by Steve Roberts 10 years ago
There might be an automated way to apply a handful of pre-made (by you) Anchor Point Scale transforms saved as presets to a lot of images ... which I'm assuming is your problem. Maybe aenhancers.com h
Any Suggestions?
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
I'm still trying to figure out what went wrong in this thread from a week ago, about problems importing .mov files created in AE into Avid. Any suggestions (even if the suggestion is just to post unde
Re: Any Suggestions?
by Mike Sussman 10 years ago
We're using Avid XPress Pro, version 5.8.1
Safe Title/Action in 16:9
by Mike Sussman 11 years ago
So as I've always understood it in 4:3 world safe action is 90% full screen and safe title is 80% full screen. Since the screen is wider than it is tall, the left and right "margins" are slightly wide
Re: Safe Title/Action in 16:9
by Fernando Mol 10 years ago
BBC standards for 16:9 are these Action safe 93% of Active Width 93% of Height Title safe 80% of Active Width 90% of Height
Safe Title/Action in 16:9
by Mike Sussman 11 years ago
So as I've always understood it in 4:3 world safe action is 90% full screen and safe title is 80% full screen. Since the screen is wider than it is tall, the left and right "margins" are slightly wide
Re: Safe Title/Action in 16:9
by Del Holford 11 years ago
Our studio has Sony PFM-510 plasma monitors. Since they have a bit of overscan in them we build our graphics inside the monitor scan we see. We have a crt HD monitor for fine tuning but what I see at
Exporting/Importing PARTS OF User Settings
by Mike Sussman 11 years ago
I have LOT of customized export settings for all sorts of situations. I'd like to export these customized export settings and then import them into the User Settings of every other editor who works he
Re: Exporting/Importing PARTS OF User Settings
by Michael Phillips 11 years ago
With settings active in project window, go to FILE and select new Setting file. A small window will appear. Drag the settings you want to that window. Once saved (as a .avs file), that file can be ope
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Mike Sussman liked this 11 years ago
ProAnimator or Invigorator
by Mike Sussman 11 years ago
We want to make various logos into 3D (basically through simple extrusions) and fly them around in After Effects. In some cases we want to take one completed 3D logo and move it around, and in other c
Re: ProAnimator or Invigorator
by Geoff Vane 11 years ago
I have ProAnimator. I wish I had Invigorator Pro. I am used to working with keyframes. I can't get ProAnimator to do, what I want it to do because of the method without keyframes. You have to pose obj
What is Consolidate Transcode do?
by Milton Hockman 13 years ago
can someone tell me the purpose of Consolidate Transcode and the difference between the two Thanks
Re: What is Consolidate Transcode do?
by Michael Hancock 13 years ago
Consolidate: Take all the media used in a sequence + handles and make new clips of only that length. For example, you use 8 seconds of a 3 minute shot. You consolidate with 60 frame handles--now you h
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Mike Sussman liked this 13 years ago
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