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Paul Benson

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Compilation of property nicknames
by Paul Benson 3 years ago
I swear I found this before, but I am looking for a list of the short cut names for the properties of effects within AE. For example, from the scripting guide: var effect1 = app.project.item(1).layer(
CC2017 and GPU Acceleration
by Paul Benson 3 years ago
Reinstall of CC brought me up to 2017 (HDD crash and failed backup, so it was a 'clean' install, and I could not revert to CC 2016). I also have CS6 installed. Anyway, my GeForce GTX 660 Ti is now no
Re: CC2017 and GPU Acceleration
by Paul Benson 3 years ago
Hello Neal, I did not realize that. Thank you for pointing that out. I'm sure adobe tracks that type of stuff, so that may be a way to show a minor protest. Pauley
Bridge Showing Padlock on NAS files
by Paul Benson 3 years ago
Sorry, but I did not see a Bridge forum, but I figure most of you use it with Photoshop and have a similar setup (i.e. a network drive). I swear this worked in the past. Not sure what triggered this c
Adaptive Wide Angle - Failed To Calibrate
by Paul Benson 5 years ago
I see whispers of this error on the web, but no real information, so I realize this may be a 'long-shot' post. I am using Adaptive Wide Angle in order to straighten some edges of some artwork photos.
Re: Adaptive Wide Angle - Failed To Calibrate
by Paul Benson 5 years ago
Oh yes. This is with CS6 (DVD). Adobe Photoshop Version: 13.0.1 (13.0.1.3 20131024.r.34 2013 10 24:21:00:00) x64
Configuration Error 1
by Paul Benson 7 years ago
I built a new system over the holidays and installed a new CS6 suite. It is the Educational version, so while I am waiting for Adobe to bless the paperwork and send me a serial number, I am using the
Subtitles - Rasterized or Not?
by Paul Benson 8 years ago
I am trying to move my DVD collection to a server and there appears to be no format that the various media players accept to make them appear to be a DVD (i.e. with the menu screens and chapter points
Difficulty printing posters
by Matt Lester 9 years ago
My apologies if this isn't the right forum or if someone has asked this question, I've searched for quite awhile before posting. I'll try to make this as short as possible since I have a habit of ramb
Re: Difficulty printing posters
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
Been a while. Did you ever figure this one out Pauley
epson scanners in cs5 photoshop
by mark minnig 9 years ago
I'm having trouble with my Epson perfection V200 and V100 scanners in CS5 scanning mode. Every time I scan something the scanner will not let me change the configuration from auto mode to professional
Re: epson scanners in cs5 photoshop
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
Wow, that is really surprising to me. Am I behind the times and TWAIN has moved on to some newer protocol that CS5 supports I scan quite a bit and having it integrated into PS was helpful (and, quite
Adobe Encore Menu Loop
by Fabricio Rug 9 years ago
I created this menu in After Effects, and now i am authoring it in Encore CS5. There is a pre-animation before show the main menu buttons. Everything is ok, i set a loop point to it. But when i am in
Re: Adobe Encore Menu Loop
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
I had a similar problem and Jon Geddes helped me out. Here is the link: http: forums.creativecow.net thread 145 866757#866757 Pauley
Motion Menu Problems
by Nick Jenkins 9 years ago
Hi, This is a linked question to one I just posted in the Final Cut Pro forum but as this part doesn't involve FCP at all I figured I'd better post it separately here instead. I'm in the process of ma
Re: Motion Menu Problems
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
Not sure of your system, but there have been reports of highlight issues and Snow Leopard. Here is a link (with a partial workaround of using the =3 layer). http: forums.creativecow.net thread 145 867
Skewing text
by Roberto Cerini 9 years ago
Hi - I am trying stretch text in Photoshop like the word "ZANELLA" in the top logo at http: www.zanellaristrutturazioni.com I get close but the top comes out round and cannot figure out how to make it
Re: Skewing text
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
Maybe not the best method, but I achieved it by - Type your text on a layer. I then Transformed the text and made it taller, but, depending on your font, you may not need to do this. - Rasterize it -
Hyperlinking Text
by Chris Guevarra 9 years ago
Hello Creative Cows, I just finished creating a fundraising party invite through PS CS3 that I'll be sending through email. I would like some of the different text to be hypelinks to web pages such as
Re: Hyperlinking Text
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
Glad it worked. I'm curious. Was it all still editable text that you assigned the link to Or, was the invite a picture, and, if so, how did you choose which areas would be active links Pauley
Poor Quality Output
by Leng Ong 9 years ago
I have tried every file type and quality adjustment for my files when exporting them from premiere and importing them into encore. It seems that once I create the mpeg2 or transcode it in encore the r
Re: Poor Quality Output
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
You might also find this article by Jon Geddes of interest: http: www.precomposed.com blog 2009 07 hd-to-sd-dvd-best-methods I use a very similar process with just SD footage since these tools do a mu
Computer isnt powerful enough to encode my project onto DVD using MAX RENDER
by Chris Butler 9 years ago
Hey there! Newbie here so please be gentle. I'm in the process of making a film which I want to burn onto DVD. The original footage was shot on a Canon Legria HD camcorder and edited in Adobe Premiere
Re: Computer isnt powerful enough to encode my project onto DVD using MAX RENDER
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
I'm surprised Jon Geddes hasn't responded to this, since it is directly tied to the article he wrote here: http: www.precomposed.com blog 2009 07 hd-to-sd-dvd-best-methods I use a very similar process
putting description on video thumbnail while selecting
by neshoi aban 9 years ago
is it possible to make the video thumbnails to generate text description while selecting the thumbnails I made a gif of the aspect that I want to do: http: i28.tinypic.com 2ymgfhv.gif is it possible w
Re: putting description on video thumbnail while selecting
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
Using the button highlights seems like an elegant solution, but you run into what you pointed out - button overlap. That is a DVD spec issue, not Encore. To do that effect you need to create multiple
Audio Skipping in Encore CS4
by Keith Emroll 9 years ago
Hi. I'm encountering a strange problem in Encore CS4. I placed seven .MOV files back-to-back in Premiere, creating seven chapter index points for a DVD. After I used the Dynamic Link to send it to Enc
Re: Audio Skipping in Encore CS4
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
I have had some audio issues with Encore and Dynamic Link. Sometimes it works fine, sometimes issues, and it seems tied to the encore session. In the end, I create a WAV file in Premiere and import it
No video on Encore DVD
by David Bogdonoff 9 years ago
I made a 30-minute video in Premiere and transfered it to Encore. Check project reveals no errors, and the preview looks great. I'm burning a NTSC DVD disk, autoplay, no menu. When I go to play the di
Re: No video on Encore DVD
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
Some players are finicky, and since it works on a computer, there is some evidence that you have a functional DVD. Try different media. For example, if you are using a -R, then try a +R, a -RW, or a +
Changing the timing of subtitles in Encore CS4
by John Frey 9 years ago
The final tweak to a current projects is to attempt to change the timing of subtitle files that were initially transcribed and created by an outside service bureau. As I scroll down the Encore timelin
Re: Changing the timing of subtitles in Encore CS4
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
I don't have an answer for you, but I hate it when I post a question and get no responses, so it may be time to debug. I have not encountered this lag (knock on wood) after doing multiple projects wit
Untranscoding...
by Joseph Parcell 9 years ago
I have a project that took up a lot of space on my HDD, so once everything was transcoded, saved, and burned, I had to delete the source files, and saved just the Encore project file and folder. This
Re: Untranscoding...
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
First I would use a DVD copying program. Maybe your DVD drive or system came with one Look for Nero or RealDVD. There are also some on the net. Second, I think you can use Encore, though I have never
Zoomed Footage in Premiere Pro CS4 blurry
by Ryan Goughneour 9 years ago
I'm having a problem zooming in on footage i recorded. I'm still new to the Premiere software. so what i did was capture the footage of a guy speaking in DV format. I wanted to zoom in about 150% but
Re: Zoomed Footage in Premiere Pro CS4 blurry
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
As Jeff states, the blurriness is a natural byproduct of magnifying an image beyond its natural resolution. Adobe does a pretty good job of removing jaggies, but the blurring is the consequence. You c
Nvidia Card Peformance differences with Mecury
by Richard Milner 9 years ago
There are 4 different cards currently recommended for CS5. Does anyone know the performance differences between the $360 Geoforce card and the the $800 Quadro FX3800
Re: Nvidia Card Peformance differences with Mecury
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
I have also read that there were ways to put Quadro firmware on the GeForce cards. This was for older cards, and maybe nVidia has added some tricks to prevent that, but hackers usually win that battle
MCE Alternates
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
I generally use the Adobe Media Encoder, and it has worked fine for me. My current project is extending beyond 1.5 hours on a DVD, and I have concerns about quality. I have read in a few threads about
Re: MCE Alternates
by Jon Geddes 9 years ago
Export as mpeg2 i-frame, 100 mbps. Use DGIndex to create a d2v file for HC Encoder. If you are using HD footage, I highly recommend using avisynth and the methods in this article: http: www.precompose
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Making a Still from Live
by Durwood Hibbard 9 years ago
I thought this would fall into the basics. I am working on a small sports video and would like to create a segment of "snap-shots" I have in the past tried to freeze the footage by turning the speed t
Re: Making a Still from Live
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
Glad it worked. Don't you love it when people don't know how you did some trick Pauley
Transitioning
by Michael Weber 9 years ago
Hi. I have been a life-long traditional illustrator working with watercolors and or pen and ink. I am now in the process of evolving. I want to create my illustrations within the computer via a Wacom
Re: Transitioning
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
I would highly recommend Painter. It emulates watercolors (and other paint) as well as papers and brushes. I know you hate to buy another app, but I believe it to be the right tool if you want to 'fee
$3000 machine can't edit HD
by Jake Mannion 9 years ago
Here's the build: Windows 7 Pro x64 Intel i7 920 Quad @ 3.4 ghz 12 Gb Corsair PC3 12800 ATi 5850 1 Gb 256-bit Intel P6T Deluxe V2 motherboard 2 x 128 Gb Corsair SSD drives 1 x 1 Tb Hitachi 7200 RPM SA
Re: $3000 machine can't edit HD
by Paul Benson 9 years ago
Sorry, but I have to provide some 'insider' knowledge on the flash memory market. As they continue to shrink the memory cells, they become more and more prone to fail. What you are using now is likely
Scroll through fonts
by Naveen Mallikarjuna 10 years ago
Looking around, the answer seems to be "no", but I figure I might as well as ask here for CS4. Is there an easy way to scroll through fonts in Illustrator, so that the text on your artboard changes Yo
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Re: Scroll through fonts
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
Even though the font scrolling works for me, I still use a simple font viewer (NexusFont on the PC) to see multiple fonts at once. I would think there would be something similar for the Mac - should u
Has to be easy - Live Trace Options
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
I have some clip art that I pasted into a new illustrator document. Reading the integrated help and the CS4 classroom in a book, it appears there should be a Tracing Option dialog box. The book makes
Re: Has to be easy - Live Trace Options
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
Thanks Jim, but that is grayed out, too. Based upon your email I tried again and even applied a trace to the picture. Since it was 'Live' I thought I may be able to then access the options panel. No l
Increasing Performance
by Jeremy Gadd 10 years ago
Hi. I have just upgraded from my old Socket 478 system to an Intel Core 2 Duo system which I have built myself. It's undoubted that the increase in performance is vast but there is 1 issue that concer
Re: Increasing Performance
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
Each core is a separate CPU. Realize, however, that very few programs are written to truly take advantage of multiple CPUs. You can also click on the Performance tab in the Task Manager. In the CPU us
Just CANNOT get premiere to capture!
by Matthew Reeves 10 years ago
I am very new to this so I apologise if my post is very simple or a stupid mistake, thanks in advance for any feedback you can give me. When I try to capture from a MiniDV camcorder in Premiere Pro CS
Re: Just CANNOT get premiere to capture!
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
Seems like you have isolated it fairly well. We can rule out Premiere, since it also fails with WinDV and DVCapture. We can rule out the camera, since it happens with two cameras. That leaves the tape
Expand/Contract through Script
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
Hi all, I am learning scripting and came up with what I thought would be a good 'proof of concept' as I learn the ropes, but I am hitting an issue with one of my goals. My overall goal is to expand co
Re: Expand/Contract through Script
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
I may have found something. I think I can use layer.numProperties and then the layer.Property(index) to go through the properties of a layer. Then go through the keys, using an index, to adjust as nee
Extendscript AE Object Library
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
Found threads on the Cow and at Adobe with no response, so trying again. Hoping this is a real easy check for someone so that I can know whether or not it is a common problem or something I need to fi
Re: Extendscript AE Object Library
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
Thanks Dan. I'll stop worrying about it, then. Pauley
Scripting and CS4/AE Object Model
by Tim Andrews 10 years ago
I use CS4. I have the PDF for the "CS3 After Effects" scripting guide, and the ExtendScript (v3). Neither tool seems to offer an easy way to view or search the Object Model. Are the details available
Re: Scripting and CS4/AE Object Model
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
Wow, this is timely. I just started scripting today with the extendscript tool and noticed no AE object model. Glad to see I'm not alone. Pauley
Scripting Question
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
Trying to move up to scripting, and this is the closest forum I can find on the cow. I have seen something like this is a few scripts, and there is an example in the javascript tools guide for CS3. Es
Re: Scripting Question
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
Thanks Dan. The problem with google is that my search results always gave back links to basic array methods and properties. Now I know how to properly phrase my search with "associative arrays". Your
Page Turn effect ideas?
by Brandon Awesome 10 years ago
Ok, so I have to create a short animation of various paper "fliers" flying on to screen and "sticking", then flying off screen. The papers need to roll and curve and bend all kinds of ways in the proc
Re: Page Turn effect ideas?
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
I have to do this and used a tutorial found in the Cow. Here is a link that gives a brief summary of the technique: http: forums.creativecow.net thread 2 965109#965112 Pauley
making game footage look great
by Jan Van den Bossche 10 years ago
For a commercial I have "game footage" that is really bad quality (dv composite). What is the best way to make it look great I have the presets from Videocpilot but that doesn't seem to help. thanks J
Re: making game footage look great
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
You could go the opposite way and make it look 'bad'. Make it b w or sepia and or add effects to make it look like archival footage. Pauley
I guesss it's just me
by Gene Hoffman 10 years ago
For many years The Cow was my Home Page, however it just seems that the forums now are loaded with questions I learned in the help docs, reading books, and video tutorials. Then there are ones that ju
Re: I guesss it's just me
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
Hi Todd, didn't mean to ding you on the lack of the manual. I have worked at major computer manufacturers and am well aware of the lead time needed for documentation, and how much better it is for the
CC Composite Not Working?
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
This is the second non-functional effect I've found this week (the other one was Posterize Time in Premiere). I apply the CC Composite effect to a jpg and the opacity slider adjustment shows no change
Re: CC Composite Not Working?
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
Hi Jens, I am not at my 'video' computer now, but I'm sure you have nailed it. I was following a tutorial and didn't realize CC Composite was dependent on another effect being applied. As I think abou
searching for a text video tutorial...
by Ryan Storm 10 years ago
hello, a while back i saw a text animation tutorial in one of the after effects sections but i can not find it anymore. i dont remember who hosted it or the title but i do know what was discussed. the
Re: searching for a text video tutorial...
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
Found this one in the tutorials area: http: library.creativecow.net articles kahlenberg_roland rorknscroll.php Pauley
How would you have done this?
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
So, I have the effect I want working, but I thought of a few possible ways of doing this, but wasn't sure if they would work. So, I'm just curious how others would have skinned this cat. The effect: I
Re: How would you have done this?
by Paul Benson 10 years ago
I'll have to check that out. If it looks better than mine, which it probably does, I may switch. Thanks, Pauley
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