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Nico Jones

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June 2nd 2005
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How is CC 2015? Bugs?
by Brent Taylor 5 years ago
I'm looking forward to the update but wondering if I should finish my previous projects first. In the past, updating has sometimes caused problems when I bring in my working files from the previous ve
Re: How is CC 2015? Bugs?
by Nico Jones 5 years ago
I've had no issues with CC2014 projects being broken in CC2015...but it's got some really fundamental bugs at the moment. Like the chap above, I've found the preview system to be pretty much unusable.
Text animation question...
by Nico Jones 6 years ago
Hi all, A tiny, tiny thing. I'm animating some text using the AE controls. I want to animate on some text one word at a time, either by scale or fade up of opacity. So say I apply the 'fade up words'
Re: Text animation question...
by Nico Jones 6 years ago
Cool - thanks for your help. That does get the effect I'm looking for...but not quite with the level of customisation or control I'm after. Any other ways to come at this www.hiddendoor.tv
Unable to invert matrix
by Nico Jones 6 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 Nico Jones 6 years ago
OK, now it's happening when I try to rotate a null that stuff's parented to. I'll just resign myself to never parenting anything to anything until the next update. *update* - think I just hadn't scale
Strange rendering error
by Nico Jones 7 years ago
Hi there, I'm getting this weird error when trying to render from AE CC... http: hiddendoor.tv blog wp-content uploads 2013 09 Screen-Shot-2013-09-13-at-17.04.02.png I can render as a PNG sequence, bu
Re: Strange rendering error
by Nico Jones 7 years ago
Yep, that's sorted it. Many thanks. I wonder why it suddenly started happening Can't think of anything I did to trigger it. Ah well! www.hiddendoor.tv
Best gfx card for certain CS6 apps
by Nico Jones 7 years ago
Hi guys, I know this manner of thing is discussed ad infinitum, but everyone's got their own specific setup and needs, so it's worth getting right...right I'm running a Mac Pro, using a lot of After e
Re: Best gfx card for certain CS6 apps
by Nico Jones 7 years ago
Ok...found a relevant post from not so long ago that details which cards are supported and which aren't. So I suppose I should amend my question to...which is best for the stuff I mentioned -the GeFor
Copy a layer but not take materials with it
by Nico Jones 7 years ago
Hallo, I've copied and pasted to create another instance of a layer in Invig. But when I add materials to either the new layer, or the original one, it applies it to both layers rather than just one.
Re: Copy a layer but not take materials with it
by Nico Jones 7 years ago
Ah nice one, thanks! I'd have expected that switch to be in the object control panel...as it's a crucial feature, and I never actually use object styles, so would never think to look for it there... w
Invigorator forgets pivot points
by Nico Jones 7 years ago
Hallo, I have a scene set up with multiple objects brought in from illustrator files. There's about 6, and I've put each in its own set. When I 'reset' the pivot point to be in the centre of each new
Re: Invigorator forgets pivot points
by Edward Wu 6 years ago
Hi Eugene, No problem at all. I'm happy to help. If you or Nico have any questions, feel free to contact me. Best, Edward
VPL code
by Nico Jones 11 years ago
Hallo, Does anyone know about how to implement a code for 'VPL' I've never come across it before but have been given one for a music video we're making so it can be tracked. Is it anything to do with
Re: VPL code
by Nico Jones 8 years ago
In my case I was given dodgy info by the client initially. They thought it was a code that literally got embedded into the video in all it's formats (even web). But actually it was purely for broadcas
Progressive wiggle - still having issues! FAO Dan!
by Nico Jones 10 years ago
Hi there, I'm still having difficulty in getting a smooth move between wiggle frequency keyframes. I used to get a frantic wiggle between the keyframes when AE recalculated the location on each frame,
Re: Sorry, one more thing!
by Nico Jones 8 years ago
Ah it's no fun if you get the solution from a project file! First make an adjustment layer called Wiggle Control Sliders, then add two sliders to it. Name them FREQUENCY and AMOUNT. Then Paste the mai
Glitches in Invigorator pro
by Nico Jones 8 years ago
Hey, I realise it's just come out, but may as well flag up the issues early, right 've set up an object (which was a joy with the new interface!), gone back to my AE comp, set up a camera and told inv
Re: Glitches in Invigorator pro
by Nico Jones 8 years ago
Hmmmm i'm not actually sure. I updated yesterday, and first downloaded AE CS6 through the C Cloud on the 31st of may... Nico J
Trapcode serial CS6 question...
by Nico Jones 8 years ago
Hi there, just a quick question. We're running a couple of older leopard mac pros with the full trapcode suite on each, but with inidivdual, older serial numbers (but still in the TCxF format). when w
Particular compatibility with CS6?
by lonnie bell 8 years ago
I see that the entire Trapcode suite is now compatible with CS6 (including Form) with the exception of Particular - which I use a lot. Any idea when or if this will be resolved Thanks in advance, Lonn
Re: Particular compatibility with CS6?
by Nico Jones 8 years ago
Cool. Has everyone got it live-updating with cameras, or viewable in custom cameras Is it actually a new version Nico J BB
Trapcode Form Question
by Eric Kirk 8 years ago
Hello, I am looking for the procedure on how to do basically, what's in this intro for Red Giant for TC Form 2. http: www.redgiantsoftware.com products all trapcode-form Specifically, how to do the ou
Re: Trapcode Form Question
by Nico Jones 8 years ago
I've used .obj files in AE a lot with Invigorator. It should be as simple as 'saving as' from your 3D program. We always used Cinema 4D for this, but I'm sure Lightwave can do the same. It might take
Altering keyframe frame rate...
by Nico Jones 9 years ago
Hi all, I have a character animation going on in AE. The character is made up of lots of layers, some having different blending modes which react in different ways to various glowing objects beneath t
Re: Altering keyframe frame rate...
by Nico Jones 9 years ago
That's perfect, thanks Kevin! Nico J BB
Ebberts - Thanks
by Nico Jones 9 years ago
I while ago I kept bugging Dan about a progressive wiggle expression that I just couldn't get to work on my system. He kept giving me solutions and I kept coming back and saying 'one more thing!'. Any
Re: Ebberts - Thanks
by Dan Ebberts 9 years ago
Thanks for the thanks! I appreciate it. Dan
Photoshop skils required for famous Fairy music video...
by Nico Jones 10 years ago
Hi guys, We're about to start work on a music video for a very well known international folk artist. It's going to be an animation based on the story of the Cottingley Fairies, a very well known tale
Re: Photoshop skils required for famous Fairy music video...
by Nico Jones 10 years ago
Thanks for the interest guys! John, do you have an email address i can send more details to Anthony, I just sent you an email. Nico J BB
Far visibility issue...
by Nico Jones 10 years ago
Hi guys, I've always had this issue in Invigorator and managed to work around it, but this time I really need to solve it! I've brought a.obj file into Invigorator and set the plugin to use the AE cam
Re: Far visibility issue...
by Nico Jones 10 years ago
Thanks for your help Eward! It seems to be working now...despite me doing nothing different from before. Ah well! Nico J BB
Staggeringly simple wiggle question
by Nico Jones 10 years ago
Sorry about this - it's such an obvious thing that my searches are throwing up too many results... How can I wiggle individual X,Y,Z values of a layer without separating them out I know it'll be simpl
Re: Staggeringly simple wiggle question
by Nico Jones 10 years ago
Many thanks Dan, much appreciated. Nico J BB
Particles disappearing when going too close to the camera.
by Nico Jones 10 years ago
Hallo, I've set up an AE comp to appear as though it's looking through the cockpit of a spaceship. I've set up a particular emitter some way in front of my camera, and am firing lots of hollow, rectan
Re: Particles disappearing when going too close to the camera.
by Nico Jones 10 years ago
Hi Mike, thanks for your help. No the near fade control has no effect, strangely. The objects suddenly disappear, they don't fade, if that means anything! Thanks, Nico Nico J BB
Mograph object reduction
by Nico Jones 10 years ago
Hello again... I have a load of cubes in a 5x5 grid array in a cloner object. I need to be able to reduce them down cleanly to a line of 4 cubes, or even one cube would do. Obviously if I animate down
Re: Mograph object reduction
by Nico Jones 10 years ago
Thanks for the help Adam, that's all a bit beyond me at the moment - I'll fudge for now then get stuck in properly when I have the time. Cheers, nico Nico J BB
Infinity cove
by Nico Jones 10 years ago
Hallo, This is a very basic query, but I think I'm searching for the wrong definition, which is causing me problems! I just need to set up what I understand is an 'infinity cove'. So an infinite white
Re: Infinity cove
by Nico Jones 10 years ago
*** Never mind - figured it out! Nico J BB
Vector Sci Fi...
by Nico Jones 10 years ago
Hi guys, I'm moderately new to C4D, but I've kind of thrown myself in at the deep end. I want to make a video that jumps between 2D and 3D representations of a classic 80s style arcade game. Potential
Re: Vector Sci Fi...
by Adam Trachtenberg 10 years ago
If you have Sketch & Toon you could use that for the lines and use a regular material for the panels. You can get rid of the balls in the Atom array by making them the same size as the pipes. They'll
Alpha matte issues
by Nico Jones 11 years ago
Hello all, I'm trying to get an Alpha Matte out of AE to use in FCP. It needs to be DV PAL, lower field first. So I've set that up, then checked alpha only in the render options. I'm left with a black
Re: Alpha matte issues
by Bouke Vahl 11 years ago
beside the other comments: (I'm also not sure what you want) If you want FCP to recognize the file as alpha, you need a normal layer as well. What you are doing now is making a QT that is flagged as v
Action, adventure, robots , blue boy and an earth zoom
by Nico Jones 11 years ago
Greetings! I'd love any feedback on this promo I made for my company in my spare time... http: www.vimeo.com 4026665 Cheeeeers
Re: Action, adventure, robots , blue boy and an earth zoom
by Nick Vaka 11 years ago
That's pretty sick. Excellent work on this! I especially liked the particle effects while he was in space. Wicked-sick stuff. What really pulled it together though was the expressions on all of your c
Half D1 352x576, what is this??
by Nico Jones 12 years ago
Hello there, I need to deliver a project in Pal Half D1 352x576 resolution as an mpeg 2. I'll be honest, I've never heard of this res. Obviously putting 352x576 in as a screen size with square pix loo
Re: Half D1 352x576, what is this??
by Tom Meegan 12 years ago
http: www.tomshardware.com forum 143529-33-what-half Hadn't heard of it, but googled half d1 and come up with that link. Edit as normal, and research a compression solution that will work. Best, Tom M
spaghetti
by Nico Jones 12 years ago
hi guys, wonder if you could help I'm trying to create a moderately realistic strand of spaghetti in illustrator. I need it to follow a path, but I can't get the shading right to make it look a little
Re: spaghetti
by Del Holford 12 years ago
I've used PS to draw a rectangle and then add a style to create the 3D effect. The gel look style is a good start. Then change colors and parameters in effects to dial it in. If you want it wavy creat
searching for movie files...
by Nico Jones 12 years ago
Hell there, I'm sure this has been dealt with before but the search terms seem to be too vague for me to track down pertinent posts! I've been working on a project and ended up using a couple of FCP q
Re: searching for movie files...
by david bogie 12 years ago
I've trashed the preferences with no luck. I don't understand why FCP is looking for these files before a project has even been opened. It's doing my head in. You need to clear out the "open recent p
FCp uninstall...
by Nico Jones 12 years ago
Hallo, I'm trying to do a fresh install of FCS2 with a different version than the one that's already on my machine. I put the wrong serial number in, basically, so I need to reinstall it with the corr
Re: FCp uninstall...
by Nico Jones 12 years ago
Coooool, thanks for that!Nico J BB
Serial number woes - moderately urgent.
by Nico Jones 12 years ago
Hi Chaps, I won't bore you with the details of why I need this, but... I'm running FCS2 on a machine. It was upgraded from FCP1. I appear to have misplaced the original serial number for the full FCP1
Re: Serial number woes - moderately urgent.
by Nico Jones 12 years ago
Ah yes, I was a little vague... OK, we have 2 macs in the office. Each with FCS2 that has been upgraded from FCP1. Mac 1's hard drive got messed up, and the OS had to be cleanly re-installed. So now I
Opinions and advice please...
by Nico Jones 13 years ago
Greetings all, I do motion graphics for a corporate media company. We do quite a few 3-4 minute videos for companies that consist pretty much entirely of graphics with green-screened interviewees, whi
Re: Opinions and advice please...
by Nico Jones 13 years ago
Hiya, Yeah, pull all the keys...no templates...particles are always particular. I'm pleased you like it! No gfx guys ever really get to see the kind of stuff we do...
xmas card gfx fest
by Nico Jones 13 years ago
Thought you guys might enjoy playing with this bit of fun we made last year! http: 89.234.19.19 christmas big_button_christmas.html
layman's PAL deinterlacing
by Nico Jones 13 years ago
Greetings guys! I just got twixtor fields kit and am beginning to get my head around it. I've been going through the tutorials, and I also read the creative cow review. In said review the author talke
Re: layman's PAL deinterlacing
by Pierre Jasmin 13 years ago
maybe start here: http: revisionfx.com support faqs generalfaqs video_like_film http: revisionfx.com support faqs productfaqs fields_setup and the TwixtorBasics tutorials Shin did here: http: revisio
PDF issues
by Nico Jones 14 years ago
Hello All, I'm trying to make a hi-rez PDF out of a DVD face i've designed in photoshop. The guy i work with made a brochure last week which he saved as a photoshop EPS, before taking it into adobe di
Re: PDF issues
by Nico Jones 14 years ago
sorted it, i had 'faux bold' on the text which was turning it into pixels...
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