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Nicholas Toth

Wanna-be Motion & VFX Designer
Member Since:
February 24th 2004
665 Posts
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Greater Philadelphia Area
Team Render Settings?
by Nicholas Toth 4 years ago
Good afternoon! We're trying to figure out how to give Team Render some rule sets and I'm hitting a bit of a wall. Our goals are to set up some if-then-else statements based on day of the week, time,
Unable to invert matrix
by Nico Jones 7 years ago
HI there, I've seen this error posted about a couple of times, but none of the solutions are working for me... I'm working in AE with some shape layers parented to nulls, parented to other nulls etc e
Re: Unable to invert matrix
by Nicholas Toth 5 years ago
I'm getting this error still. 3d shape layers parented to 3d nulls that are scaling and rotating are fine --- the shadow casting from a spotlight is triggering the error. Running Ae 12.2. Nicholas Tot
Free Distort Plugin?
by Nicholas Toth 5 years ago
Just got in a project from a client's old vendor, and I can't identify this plug. Did some googling and nothing came up. Anyone have any suggestions Nicholas Toth Freelance Animator nicholastoth.com
Re: Free Distort Plugin?
by Nicholas Toth 5 years ago
Thanks Todd. Nicholas Toth Freelance Animator nicholastoth.com
Strange flickering in R16
by Nicholas Toth 5 years ago
Hey Guys, Doing some animation here, via team render, R16, and getting some weird solid squares black flickering on top of an RGBA quicktime video. I'm outputting Pro Res 4444. Video link is here: htt
Re: Strange flickering in R16
by Nicholas Toth 5 years ago
Yes! I tried that. Didn't help. Or if it did, it exceeded my render budget time and I had to cancel it before it could get any farther. Wound up rebuilding the material, it was included in some packag
Project procedural spline onto displaced procedural geometry?
by Nicholas Toth 6 years ago
Hey guys, In a nutshell, I made a pumpkin out of gradients + the displacement modifier. However, I'm trying to either a.) create a stem out of procedural projected geometry on the top of the pumpkin,
Re: Project procedural spline onto displaced procedural geometry?
by Nicholas Toth 6 years ago
I'll upload it if I figure it out Thanks Brian! Nicholas Toth Freelance Animator nicholastoth.com
Black lines appearing on rendered 3D animated text
by Amanda Pfeil 6 years ago
Usually when Im having any problems with AE, I will just Google it. And usually, the first link is to an extremely helpful Creative Cow forum. Well, I apparently cannot explain this problem correctly
Re: Black lines appearing on rendered 3D animated text
by Nicholas Toth 6 years ago
You can do the 1 pixel move, or, if you put a 2d adjustment layer between 3d layers that are flickering, it will force one to render on top of the other. We use the adjustment layer method if the comp
xNormal
by Michael Tannock 7 years ago
Hi, I realize this might be the wrong place, and a stupid question, but how do I interpret the RAM indicator of xNormal As in, if it shows "1702.16164 MB 3953.08984 MB" does that mean I've consumed 17
Re: xNormal
by Nicholas Toth 7 years ago
Did you try to contact them http: www.xnormal.net Cema.aspx Nicholas Toth Freelance Animator nicholastoth.com
Set Range Mapper node to an in and out frame
by Nicholas Toth 7 years ago
Hey everyone, So typically I'll use a rangemapper slider to sync a bunch of animated pieces together, works well, but getting kind of tired of the keyframes --- and specifically for this instance I'd
Re: Set Range Mapper node to an in and out frame
by Nicholas Toth 7 years ago
Any way to have it link to a GUI item instead of having to jump into Xpresso I piped the Start frame (Frame User Data) to Input Lower and Finish frame (Frame User Data) to Input Upper, and set Time (F
Timecode effect problems... CS5.5
by Nicholas Toth 8 years ago
Timecode seems to not be working in Premiere Pro 5.5 --- looks like it was a bug that was supposed to be squashed in 5.5.2 --- but we're still getting it. Running 10.6.8 --- and it is happening on two
Re: Timecode effect problems... CS5.5
by Nicholas Toth 8 years ago
Our IT department contacted Adobe --- they promised to get back to us in 24-48 hours --- we still haven't heard anything back. If anyone from Adobe out there can get ahold of me to contact our IT lead
Bake reflection shader map?
by Nicholas Toth 8 years ago
Hey, Did some poking around and I can't seem to find the answer. Have some content I created with layered procedural shaders (checkerboards noise AO etc) --- and I'm trying to figure out how to bake i
Re: Bake reflection shader map?
by jay ingles 7 years ago
Any luck figuring this out I need to bake specular into a logo for animation purposes. Hope you can shed some light on this thanks :)
Automatic Duck Reserialization?
by Nicholas Toth 9 years ago
Anyone use automatic duck lately We are moving a seat, and we cannot find contact information to deserialize reserialize. Has anyone had this happen to them yet automaticduck.com seems to be down (wel
Re: Automatic Duck Reserialization?
by Nicholas Toth 9 years ago
Thanks Wes! We'll try it. Nicholas Toth Freelance Animator nicholastoth.com
Using Hi Rez images
by John Crossman 10 years ago
I am trying to use a very large jepg file, 21k x 21k. When it's imported it says "Can't create image buffer 21000x21000 memory might be fragnmented try reducing RAM useage and or turning on disc cashe
Re: Using Hi Rez images
by Nicholas Toth 10 years ago
Why don't you do the whole parenting dissolve infinite zoom I think videocopilot.net has something along those lines. Then you can scale animate 1k or 2k images, and dissolve them, which might complic
Camera bounces in between keyframes! Why!!
by Mitch Hardison 10 years ago
Why does my camera bounce between keyframes when all I want it to do is go to the next key frame
Re: Camera bounces in between keyframes! Why!!
by Nicholas Toth 10 years ago
http: help.adobe.com en_US aftereffects cs using WS3878526689cb91655866c1103906c6dea-7d99a.html Read the explanation of the hold keyframe. Then figure out which one you need. Lather, rinse, repeat. Ni
After Effects CS4 stuck on initializing media core
by Jim Nack 11 years ago
Hey I've installed After Effects CS4 few months ago and it was working fine. I must of stop using it for like a month and now it wont load up. I start the after effects up and it just stays on 'initia
Re: After Effects CS4 stuck on initializing media core
by Nicholas Toth 11 years ago
try a repair install. osx or win Nicholas Toth Freelance Animator nicholastoth.com
Shortcut to go to next video frame?
by Nicholas Toth 11 years ago
Anyone know the shortcut to go to the next video frame in photoshop I'm MUCH more efficient at painting in photoshop than afx, but its annoying having to click on the 'next frame I ' button. I've been
Re: Shortcut to go to next video frame?
by Nicholas Toth 11 years ago
Great suggestion. If it isn't there, there is always someone who thought of a workaround. Thanks Ronaldo!!!Nicholas Toth Freelance Animator nicholastoth.com
Chroma key --- cameras --- codecs --- questions
by Nicholas Toth 12 years ago
Hey everyone, Firstoff, I'm an AE 3d artist, and digital photographer, not so much a camera man, so I figured it would be within my best interest to ask you veterans for some advice. We shot a green s
Chroma key --- cameras --- codecs --- questions
by Nicholas Toth 12 years ago
Hey everyone, Firstoff, I'm an AE 3d artist, and digital photographer, not so much a camera man, so I figured it would be within my best interest to ask you veterans for some advice. We shot a green s
VPE...headache
by Nicholas Toth 12 years ago
For some reason all .vpe files out of photoshop are firing out ultra low res. They haven't done this before, and Its becoming a problem. Is there a way to up the res. of them for AE out of PS in a pr
Re: VPE...headache
by Mike Gondek 12 years ago
What resolution are your images in image image size, adn how many pixels width and height are they Try unchecking resample image, then change resolution to 72.
Big crashing problems
by Nicholas Toth 12 years ago
Hey guys, Just picked up the Zaxwerks PRO ANIMATOR SUITE. I've been working with Zaxwerks for a few years now, on site, but I finally picked it up for myself as a freelancer, because its really good s
ERROR IMAGE
by Nicholas Toth 12 years ago
www.nicholastoth.com crash.tiffNicholas Toth Freelance Animator nicholastoth.com
New reel, opinions please
by Nicholas Toth 12 years ago
Hey guys, just updated some stuff. http: www.nicholastoth.com Some feedback would be great! Thanks!Nicholas Toth Freelance Animator nicholastoth.com
Re: New reel, opinions please
by Nicholas Toth 12 years ago
Kyle, no I did not shoot that, but it is the title slate to the series. In my eyes that justifies why it is in the reel. I'll add some copy signifying it isn't mine, or pull it out. I guess thats the
dof value?
by Nicholas Toth 13 years ago
WIth the values of 1. Distance from camera 2. Aperature Is there a way to determine the dof of an object numerically and apply it to a lense blur or a fast blur I'm trying to interpolate the blur on a
changing interpolation ---
by Nicholas Toth 13 years ago
Hi everyone! I'm trying to change the interpolation of this expression so it doesn't jerk between positive and negative numbers, but so its a nice soft bezier interpolation. period = 1 holdTime = 3; s
Re: changing interpolation ---
by Nicholas Toth 13 years ago
Thanks dan!
Qmaster 3
by Nicholas Toth 13 years ago
Does anyone know of any good resources for Qmaster 3 We're trying to pipeline our After Effects projects into Qmaster instead of doing the runaround network rendering within AE. We're running ae 7, if
Running your OS off a mirrored Raid
by Nicholas Toth 13 years ago
So I'd like to comment that I know absolutely nothing about RAID terminology. But i was wondering if it would be intelligent to: Raid 2 drives together for the main OS, mirrored to a backup drive. And
Re: Running your OS off a mirrored Raid
by greg stein 13 years ago
Can I ask a follow up question. I'm looking into using a simple mirrored RAID 1 setup for data storage on my mac. I had a drive crash recently and I got nervous... so any way, I'm looking at a Sonnet
8 Core strenght
by Brett Clark 13 years ago
Hello all, Here's a question. After viewing the 8core processors doing their thing in an activity monitor, it did not look like they were even trying to achieve maximum horsepower. Question here, is t
Re: 8 Core strenght
by Nicholas Toth 13 years ago
Word on the streets is that faster drives help with the bottleneck --- think about it --- if you're increasing your processor speed 8 fold you'll have to increase your read write speed pretty substant
Ae to Motion?
by Nicholas Toth 13 years ago
Hey guys, Trying to do the spreadsheet approach to get an AE camera into Motion. We do our core animation in AE, then do post-post-animation in motion, because we can fix a lot of stuff on the fly. An
Re: Ae to Motion?
by Noah Kadner 13 years ago
AE to FCP wouldn't work because the 3D camera data doesn't translate into FCP. I suspect this is a plug-in waiting to be written... Noah Unlock the secrets of the DVX100 and Final Cut Pro! http: www.c
Conduit?
by rogert 13 years ago
Has anyone here used the conduit plugin from DVgarage Is it a decent substitute for shake
Re: Conduit?
by Nicholas Toth 13 years ago
Conduit is great for basic stuff. Pulling a simple key, or doing some simple color corrections on multipass 3d animations. Especially if you know the nodal approach, and not the motion effects approac
Bootcamp
by Nicholas Toth 13 years ago
Hey Everyone --- Seems like everytime I wipe a bootcamp partition it totally smokes my OSX side, filling it with errors which I can only repair via active disk mode and being plugged into another mach
Re: Bootcamp
by Nicholas Toth 13 years ago
I'd marry applejack if I could. Nicholas Toth Freelance Animator nicholastoth.com
Demo reel demo smeel
by Nicholas Toth 13 years ago
Feedback --- comments --- suggestions Most the the 3d is done in AE --- except for some of the logo extrusions --- http: www.nicholastoth.com reel.html its sorenson 3, but its high quality so it might
Re: Demo reel demo smeel
by Nicholas Toth 13 years ago
what would you shake out
How do I get this incredible smooth movement?
by Reloaded 13 years ago
I have always had problems with my fast camera movements (without to use the blur to try to solve it), my videos look very bad... Now take a look at this add and (PLEASE) tell me how they do it... htt
Re: How do I get this incredible smooth movement?
by Nicholas Toth 13 years ago
Use ROVE ACROSS TIME function or set the position of a null to a PATH --- then parent the camera to the null. Maybe adjust your zooming or parent the path null to another null to control the z axis. T
Macbook question --- A G A I N
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
SO new macbooks core 2 duo's were recently released yes very nice pretty like a pony Does anyone know if you can stuff 2 * 2 gig chips for memory into them (and max out at 4 instead of 3 gigs ) My cur
Re: LOOK ITS THE ANSWER
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
So it is in fact hardware based --- if I installed win 64 it would use the 4 gigs or not
60i
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
Maybe this should be in basics, but how can I capture at 60i We recorded footage out of a DVX100 @ 60i and I can't find the preset. Nicholas Toth Freelance Animator nicholastoth.com
Re: 60i
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
Damn it I thought so. Sure hope time warp can fill in the missing spots. Stupid interlacing Thanks!Nicholas Toth Freelance Animator nicholastoth.com
stupid mac-tel
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
So I finally updated the most recent version of osX --- whichever intel update that was. UNFORTUNATELY, after I updated it, my machine decided to STOP WORKING. On startup, it flashes between a circle
Re: stupid mac-tel
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
Thanks --- solved the problem!
toCompVec()?
by Tyler Paul 14 years ago
Hey, I was parusing some techniques that I would be able to use for a future projects and expression and it's counter part fromCompVec() seemed to be essential for some of the stuff I needed. I know w
Re: toCompVec()?
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
http: www.motionscript.com great for simulation and random number generation --- GREAT explanations of everything. This site really helped me.
text jitter
by molly 14 years ago
Thanks for the recent resppnse re:pulsing hearbeat. I have another question. How would I have text jitter (like subtle parkinsons), to create a cartoony feel. Thanks..
Re: text jitter
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
window the wiggler use very small amplitude numbers.
Fluid movements on random()
by Daniel Elder 14 years ago
I am using echospace on a aqua ball, and I want the numerous balls created to look like they are floating back and forth, and when I put in a random feature, it is very jarring, and jerky. How do I ma
Re: Fluid movements on random()
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
write a wiggle function onto it before you echospace it then the wiggle will be different on each instance --- wiggle is a bit more fluid ---
nano light streak (plus camera tracking)
by Jurgen Koch 14 years ago
ok, the nano light effect tutorial is REALLY cool. but i am trying to get my cameras point of interest to track to the location of the emitter... i might be doing it all wrong, but i cant seem to get
Re: nano light streak (plus camera tracking)
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
Simple expression attaching the cameras point of interest to the lights position. Not to the wiggle expression. If that doesn't work, convert the expression to keyframes, then re-attach the pickwhip.
video shakes to the beat?
by jjmcclear248 14 years ago
Is it possible ... to use an audio track to make your video shake (or follow the audio). Rather than manually adding keyframes, etc. My client wants the video to shake, to the beat. Thanks in advance,
Re: video shakes to the beat?
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
MANUALLY ---if it has a very dominant base beat, I'd say use the convert audio to keyframes function, and you may be able to get it to work properly. Use a wiggle expression (on position scale whichev
photographs
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
Hey guys I'm reasonably long time After Effects user, who is on a binary mac. I'm looking for a tutorial on how to do some dramatic photomoves in apple motion, because I AM SICK OF RE-BOOTING in windo
Re: photographs
by Jerry Hofmann 14 years ago
Motion could certainly do moves on photos, but don't think there's a filter you could use to perform a depth of field change... it does have a very slick garbage matte tool though so you could simulat
MORE LIKE TRANSFER
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
Hey guys, I'm not an Avid poster (hahaha get it ! ! !), I'm usually in the AFX forum. We're trying to transfer 3 timeslines from an old media composer (os 10.3), to a much faster Adrenaline (windows).
Re: MORE LIKE TRANSFER
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
It was strange --- We consolidated and just re-opened the avid project on the Adrenaline. The video wasn't lining up, and some of the video was actually running at double speed. There were no issues w
General question from AE designer
by Antony Buonomo 14 years ago
Had a bad situation yesterday where I had to turn down a job. About 80% of the required sequences were no problem, but a couple required a fly-over of a very basic 3D wireframe of some mountains, land
Re: General question from AE designer
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
I REALLY DON'T LIKE VUE, but that would probably solve your problem for much less money than maya. Vue 4 is still relatively cheap if you can find it, and you can hammer out landscapes like that with
mmm...particles
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
Hey guys whats up Well I'm a c4d user trying to make the big switch to maya 7. I do mostly motion graphics along with dynamic effects (particles hard soft bodies cloth dynamic simulations) and I was w
Re: mmm...particles
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
I think the thinking particle system in 3ds is very similar to c4d...so I've heard atleast. TGP is rule based with all sorts of garbage going on, you can do almost anything with it. Nicholas Toth Free
animated backgrounds
by micah et 14 years ago
Hi, I'm relatively new to the dvd authoring scene so forgive me for my ignorance. I'm trying to use a .mov file as a background for a menu in dvd studio pro, but it does not play the video when i simu
Re: animated backgrounds
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
make sure the live animation preview button is down. Nicholas Toth Freelance Animator nicholastoth.com
Burn a psp dvd?
by Nicholas Toth 14 years ago
Is anyone out there familiar with burning a psp dvd Is it just going to be an audio_ts and video_ts folder with a smaller video file (smaller dimensions) Is there anyway to attach a usb drive to it wi
Re: Burn a psp dvd?
by Chris Borjis 14 years ago
I think the latest version of sony vegas has an output option for UMD video. But you have to get it into the psp through the memory card.
IR
by Nicholas Toth 15 years ago
Hey anyone have any luck with using a dark red filter for the IR spectum on a DVX100 I'm a photographer who does a lot of IR work and I'm looking to shoot in IR and then hit it with a BW Crunch. THANK
rpf
by Nicholas Toth 15 years ago
Anyone know how to pull out rpf rla data out of a 3d image in photoshop I know how in AE, but not in PS. I would feel more comfortable pulling out depth of feild in post, so when i hear "can we change
Re: rpf
by Jayse 15 years ago
I believe that feature is only available in AE - unless there's something third party that I don't know about. You can easily transfer your AE project into Photoshop tho - any reason for not doing so
ack HDV issues
by Nicholas Toth 15 years ago
Hey guys I'm trying to import Simple HDV off a pro-sumer (the sony 1080i one that matches that camera) HDV deck into FCP 5, and it is being super stubborn. I get it registering that the video is playi
Re: ack HDV issues
by robbie 15 years ago
check the menu to see if the firewire out is set to downconvert instead of HDV out G5 dual 2.5, 4.5 gigs ram: SYSTEM A - Mac OS X.3.8, FCP 4.5HD, QT 6.5.2, Decklink HD Pro, Blackmagic 4.8 driver, Huge
hdri spherical mapping
by Nicholas Toth 15 years ago
so i've been shooting some hdri panoramas, does anyone know how to bring it into photoshop to create a perfect sphere map
Re: hdri spherical mapping
by Brad 15 years ago
I haven't done this in Photoshop, but have used Stitcher from realviz. With this program I can stitich together one series of an exposere, then just change the source files to stitich togeher the rest
Green Screen ---
by Nicholas Toth 15 years ago
Hey guys whats shakin So i'm painting a studio green tommrow. I know it has to be flat and bright green --- but do you guys have any color information as in a pantone color, or a rgb color THANKS!
Re: Green Screen ---
by Nicholas Toth 15 years ago
i hear the rule of thumb for distance is 8 ft...i guess i'll see. I'll post some .mov's when we get it up and running with the camera system. i phoned some company in california (i'm in philly) and as
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