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Paul Roper

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Soft-edged Wipe Transition
by Bill Buchanan 13 years ago
Gone cross-eyed reading the manuals, but can't seem to find out how to soften the edge of any of the wipe transitions. Specifically need a soft-edge screen right to left wipe. Anybody know the trick T
Re: Soft-edged Wipe Transition
by Paul Roper 3 months ago
...aaaand still no soft-edged wipe, in 2019...still using the Linear Wipe Effect and multiple video layers as a clunky workaround. ...Maybe I'll revisit this thread in another five years motion graphi
case statement
by Jamie Bradshaw 11 years ago
Hi all. Is it possible to use a case statement in After Effects expressions If so can anyone provide me with a quick simple syntax for it. Many thanks,Jamie Bradshaw JimJam Graphics
Re: case statement
by Paul Roper 4 months ago
AARGH! I found the error! AE was expecting the RGBA values to range from 0 to 1, not 0 to 255! D'oh! All fixed now! motion graphics VFX web design etc. http: paulroper.com
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Mark clip in/out
by Pete Calgaro 8 years ago
Can Premiere do a clip Mark In Out with one key like Avid
Re: Mark clip in/out
by Alex Udell 8 years ago
You mean mark duration in the sequence Yes... the trick is that the clip has to be selected (clicked on) first. after that, should be the key. (if I remember correctly) Alex
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Paul Roper liked this 9 months ago
Create a "reflection only" layer
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
Hello. I am trying to create a reflection cast by some words I've positioned above a table (words = generated in AE, table = in the footage). I've positioned a solid "on" the table (with the aid of th
Re: Create a "reflection only" layer
by Paul Roper 11 months ago
Well, that's annoying! I Google "after effects 3d reflection only" and am brought to this thread, where I asked the same question well over 5 years ago! Oh well...maybe I'll just do the job in C4D. mo
Strange glitch with importing a model from Adobe Fuse into Cinema4D
by Mike Yan 3 years ago
Hello! I started learning Cinema4D recently and got a weird glitch via importing a model from Adobe Fuse. Their models are free to use and have auto-rigging feature, so they are perfect for a start. I
Re: Strange glitch with importing a model from Adobe Fuse into Cinema4D
by Paul Roper 11 months ago
I'm not in front of C4D at the moment, so this is from memory. Open up the material with the offending texture map. Click through to locate the bit where you would normally load the texture map. Then
Cannot select whole group in Illustrator
by Paul Roper 1 year ago
Hello, According to everyone, to select a group in Illustrator, use V and click anywhere in it. If you want to select individual elements within that group, use A, or the Group Select tool, or watch t
Re: Cannot select whole group in Illustrator
by Paul Roper 1 year ago
Huh. I found that if I twirled open the group, selected all its contents, grouped them again, and then dragged that group out of the previous group, Ai then recognises this group as it should. Weird.
How to get colour swatches from CC library in to Photoshop colour swatches
by Paul Roper 1 year ago
I feel I must be missing something, or maybe Adobe is just really stupid - I'd be very happy if someone could please point me in the right direction: I have some colour swatches in an Adobe CC Library
Is ProRes as bad as DNxHR?
by Paul Roper 1 year ago
Hello, While struggling to find a decent codec to use since ProRes has been dead on Windows for some time, I thought I'd do some tests using the horribly confusing DNxHR DnxHD codecs. As far as I can
Re: Is ProRes as bad as DNxHR?
by Paul Roper 1 year ago
Indeed - CineForm does look good. I've never bothered even looking at it because it's called "GoPro CineForm", which led me to believe it was probably a lower-end format for editing those "Hold My Bee
OpenEXR channel naming
by Paul Roper 1 year ago
Hello, I'm trying to render out an OpenEXR sequence from C4D to bring into After Effects. The problem is that C4D always wants to name the Depth channel "Depth. Y ", but unless it's called "Depth. Z "
Re: OpenEXR channel naming
by Paul Roper 1 year ago
Indeed I can use Extractor - but some effects in AE do not have an input for depth map. For example, I can use Extractor to turn a layer into a greyscale depth map, then on another layer, I can apply
How to go up a level in Media Browser
by Paul Roper 1 year ago
Hello, I've been reconnecting a lot of media on a recent project, and I cannot seem to find (or find the answer via some Googling) how on earth to simply go up one directory level. I know I could rumm
Re: How to go up a level in Media Browser
by Paul Roper 1 year ago
Done! I thought of sending it as a feature request a while ago, but was convinced that someone would just reply "just press ctrl-U, stupid!" or something like that. I couldn't believe that it was just
Illustrator: turn off video safety template guides
by John Bradley 11 years ago
Hi, I feel very sheepish asking this question but it is driving me crazy. I used one of the video templates in Illustrator CS3 to work on designing an opening sequence for After Effects. I like to be
Re: Illustrator: turn off video safety template guides
by Paul Roper 2 years ago
Ha! And co-incidentally I've found myself back here, once again fighting with the god-awful abomination that is Illustrator, trying to perform something as simple as turning off those stupid guides! m
Another "get 2D point from 3D co-ordinates" question...but different
by Paul Roper 2 years ago
Hello, I've got a shot which I've tracked successfully and have a 3D camera. The shot is a slow pan across some objects. I need to remove something from one of the objects, so I've placed a 3D solid i
Re: Another "get 2D point from 3D co-ordinates" question...but different
by Dan Ebberts 2 years ago
Try changing the last line to this: sourceLayer.sampleImage(sourceLayer.fromComp(toComp(p)),r) Dan
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Paul Roper liked this 2 years ago
Batch- relinking textures
by Kelly Johnson 13 years ago
I bought some models that come with all texture and bump maps. But, I'm having to relink each texture to the materials. Is there a fast way to relink one and tell C4D (v8.5) "Hey, all textures are in
Re: Batch- relinking textures
by Paul Roper 2 years ago
Actually no, it's not just the textures of Xrefs not showing up, loads of others just don't appear in the Texture Manager window either, for no apparent reason. Oh how we love C4D... motion graphics V
Check for existence of specific layer name from top to bottom of comp
by Paul Roper 3 years ago
I've found an expression which almost does what I'm looking for here: https: forums.creativecow.net thread 227 6932 Here's the expression, slightly modified: findName = "Fred"; for (i =index; i <=t
Re: Check for existence of specific layer name from top to bottom of comp
by Paul Roper 3 years ago
D'oh! So it does! Thanks, Dan! motion graphics VFX web design etc. http: paulroper.com
C4d Lite linear array / cloner? Any tips?
by Paul Roper 3 years ago
Hello, I only have the "Lite" version of C4D, which doesn't come with the MoGraph cloner, and the Array only does circular arrays. Is there any way, other than upgrading to C4D full, of duplicating an
Re: C4d Lite linear array / cloner? Any tips?
by Brian Jones 3 years ago
Tools Arrange Objects Duplicate
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Paul Roper liked this 3 years ago
Random seed for Particle Playground?
by Paul Roper 3 years ago
Hello, I have two layers, each with a Particle Playground effect, creating static particles. The problem is, each layer's particles are in exactly the same place. Any suggestions I want them to be ran
Re: Random seed for Particle Playground?
by Paul Roper 3 years ago
In the end, I used a property mapper (a new comp with fractal noise and colorama on it). But it seems there should be an easier way than this, especially if you want to use the property mappers for so
Expression not allowing me to substitute a layer name for a layer pop-up variable
by Paul Roper 3 years ago
Hello, I have been given a project to work on which contains a comp using the Easy Arrows script (http: aescripts.com easy-arrows ). One of the expressions references another layer directly. The cromu
Re: Expression not allowing me to substitute a layer name for a layer pop-up variable
by Paul Roper 3 years ago
Yep, that totally fixed it! Thanks Xavier! motion graphics VFX web design etc. http: paulroper.com
Script to copy comp name to comments?
by Paul Roper 3 years ago
Hello, I have a lot (100+) of comps all named to describe what they do. I'd like this descriptive name to be copied into the comp's comments, so it survives a comp-rename. I've poked around a few scri
Re: Script to copy comp name to comments?
by Dan Ebberts 3 years ago
This should work: var items = app.project.selection; for (var i = 0; i < items.length; i++){ if (items i instanceof CompItem){ items i .comment = items i .name; } } Dan
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Paul Roper liked this 3 years ago
Is it possible to change multiple comps start frame with a script?
by Christian Evans 5 years ago
Here's the issue: We get a lot of footage from overseas and out of FCP with a one hour start on the time code. I need to change all the comps to a start frame of 1. Currently I have to do it one by on
Re: Is it possible to change multiple comps start frame with a script?
by Paul Roper 3 years ago
Well that's an amusing coincidence - a search brought me to this page, only to see that I'd already commented on it last year! I tried that script again, and found that to change the start frame numbe
Incredibly slow looping sampleimage expression
by Paul Roper 4 years ago
Hello, I'm trying to determine the height of a wave (a shape layer with just a path and a stroke) at various points along the x-axis. I've made (adapted) an expression to do a sampleImage starting at
Re: Incredibly slow looping sampleimage expression
by Paul Roper 4 years ago
Hmmmm....I seem to have fixed it, by making it evaluate every second pixel. I changed i++ to i=i+2 and now I can render a preview faster than realtime! Weird. I'd predict that doing this would make it
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Paul Roper liked this 4 years ago
Realistic flame distortion - advice
by Jakub FriĊĦo 4 years ago
Hello guys, need advice please, how would you distort flame in this footage or what tool would you choose for distortion (whole flame is added) I want to make it less static, so it reacts to wind. lin
Re: Realistic flame distortion - advice
by Paul Roper 4 years ago
By "whole flame is added", I assume you mean that you have added the flame yourself, presumably in After Effects. The Turbulent Displace effect should work to add a reasonable shimmy to it. Make sure
Dynamic Link problem (Premiere CC 2015/ AE CC 2014)
by Tim Swiss 4 years ago
I'm opening up a project where all the shots were brought into After Effects using dynamic link and treated with VFX in AE. When I open the timeline all of the dynamic link files are offline. When I t
Re: Dynamic Link problem (Premiere CC 2015/ AE CC 2014)
by Paul Roper 4 years ago
Hello, What exactly do you mean by "When I try to link the media by locating the AE file it doesn't connect." I'm having a problem where Premier has forgotten links to some comps, even though I have n
Cannot restore offline media in Premiere Pro (dynamic link with After Effects)
by Mayeta Clark 6 years ago
Hi, I am editing in PPro CS6 and color correcting in AE. The clips I'm correcting are dynamically linked between the two platforms. I accidently just ejected my hard drive. Now when I reconnect it, I
Re: Cannot restore offline media in Premiere Pro (dynamic link with After Effects)
by Paul Roper 4 years ago
Me too. I think I'll just give up on Dynamic Link - a couple of years on and it's still infested with bugs.
Script to Set Poster Frame to x
by Paul Roper 4 years ago
I have a lot of comps in my project, and it's useful to see the thumbnails in the Project panel. The first frame of most of my comps is completely blank, so the default poster frame is useless. Does a
Re: Script to Set Poster Frame to x
by Dan Ebberts 4 years ago
This should work: var comps = app.project.selection; for (var i = 0; i < comps.length; i++){ if (comps i instanceof CompItem){ comps i .openInViewer(); comps i .time = comps i .duration 2; app.exec
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Paul Roper liked this 4 years ago
Walter Soyka 5 years ago
Hi Paul! Can we connect off-forum? I have been working on a script that I think will solve a problem you've had in the past and I'd love some testing and input.

If you are interested, you can reach me at walter at keenlive dot com. Thanks!

w.
Select multiple objects in Layers panel
by Paul Roper 6 years ago
Hello, This question has been asked many times, many years ago, but I can't seem to find an answer. I can highlight a bunch of objects in the layer palette in any number of ways (most obviously click
Re: Select multiple objects in Layers panel
by Paul Roper 6 years ago
Thanks for the suggestion, but that does allow me to select and highlight something without having to click the circle, but I still have to click each object individually. - Paul
Easy way to extract a number from a string
by Paul Roper 6 years ago
Hello, I'm looking for a method to convert, say "layer23" or "Text 23 is here" to the number 23. Basically a method to ignore any non-numerical text in a string. I've tried a few JavaScript methods, b
Re: Easy way to extract a number from a string
by Declan Smith 6 years ago
Yes sorry I think the COW removed a backslash before the 'd' put a backslash d+ i.exec("layer123") Declan Smith http: www.madpanic.tv After Effects CS6 FCS3 Canon XLH1 Canon 7D Reason Cubase
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Paul Roper liked this 6 years ago
How can I set Preview (for everything) to be ON by default?
by Paul Roper 6 years ago
Hello, I find it very tedious, whenever I do pretty much anything (eg. when applying any of the Illustrator Effects) in Illustrator, to have to click the 'Preview' checkbox EVERY TIME. Obviously I wan
Re: How can I set Preview (for everything) to be ON by default?
by Paul Roper 6 years ago
I sent Adobe a feature request for this, but I don't think the team who work on Illustrator care about these - it feels like such an ancient, un-updated program. I'd imagine that there's an email scri
How to use Shape Group #s instead of layer index in an Expression
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 6 years ago
I've got the following Expression that works fine - propInitialSize = thisComp.layer("Controller Layer").effect("Transition Size ")("Slider"); Scalar = thisComp.layer("Controller Layer").effect("Trans
Re: How to use Shape Group #s instead of layer index in an Expression
by Dan Ebberts 6 years ago
It's tricky and very dependent on how you have your groups set up, but in your example, something like this should work: content ("Group " + (parseInt(thisProperty.propertyGroup(3).name.split(" ") 1 ,
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Paul Roper liked this 6 years ago
Animate symmetry on/off
by Paul Roper 6 years ago
Hello, I've got a bunch of stuff "symmetrified" in my scene, but I need to animate this turning off during the animation. Is there something that works along the lines of the Display Tag which I could
Re: Animate symmetry on/off
by Brian Jones 6 years ago
in each Symmetry object's Basic tab you can keyframe the Enabled property to turn it on and off.
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Paul Roper liked this 6 years ago
Adding text without the elaborate Title Creator thing
by Paul Roper 6 years ago
Is there a way in Premiere to just add a line of text - no fancy effects or anything - without using the title thing Like the basic text effect in FCP Thanks, Paul
Re: Adding text without the elaborate Title Creator thing
by Poo Yan 6 years ago
Hit ctrl+T. Then just make a simple text line. Hopefully that's what you meant. It doesn't have to be elaborate. Intel i5-3570K Nvidia GTX 660 32GB RAM SSD for the OS WD Green 1TB for Video.
Make light cones not display in editor
by Paul Roper 6 years ago
Hello, A simple question - how do I make the light cones from my spotlights NOT show up in the editor. I thought that choosing Filter Lights in the viewport would achieve this, but it does absolutely
Re: Make light cones not display in editor
by Adam Trachtenberg 6 years ago
The display filter works here, with R14. Are you sure you're using the display filter and not the selection filter, which is the icon with the cursor and the question mark The display filter icon is t
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Paul Roper liked this 6 years ago
How to get thisLayer.inPoint as the LAYER'S in-point, not the COMP'S in point
by Paul Roper 6 years ago
Hello, I have a layer in a comp, and I want to access the layer's source footage's in point, not the point at which the layer starts in the comp. For example, say I have a 10sec comp, and I've got a l
Re: How to get thisLayer.inPoint as the LAYER'S in-point, not the COMP'S in point
by Mitch Mann 6 years ago
This will give you the comp time where the clip starts: thisLayer.startTime This will give you the layer time where the clip starts: (40 seconds in your example, no matter where the clip occurs along
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Paul Roper liked this 6 years ago
After Effects CC not recognising ProRes files!
by Paul Roper 6 years ago
Hello, I am rather concerned that I cannot import ProRes 422 QuickTimes into AE; it give me a "this 'MooV' file is damaged or unsupported" error. I can import and work with the exact same files in CS6
Re: After Effects CC not recognising ProRes files!
by Paul Roper 6 years ago
I found the solution! As Todd Kopriva suggested, I looked at his troubleshooting page ( http: blogs.adobe.com aftereffects 2011 02 troubleshooting-quicktime-errors-with-after-effects.html ) and was in
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Paul Roper liked this 6 years ago
Remove decimals
by Paul Roper 6 years ago
Hello, I've been trying to simply remove the decimals from a number; eg. I want 9.9 rounded to 9, just killing off everything after the decimal point. So Math.round and toFixed don't work; they do it
Re: Remove decimals
by Dan Ebberts 6 years ago
How about Math.floor() Dan
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Paul Roper liked this 6 years ago
CC apps not available until 8pm (Pacific) = 4am (Tuesday) UK time?!
by Paul Roper 6 years ago
...according to this: http: forums.adobe.com message 5415643I was hoping to be all CC'd today. Oh well. - Paul
Re: CC apps not available until 8pm (Pacific) = 4am (Tuesday) UK time?!
by Sean Bates 6 years ago
Would have been smarter to just say June 18 since that will pretty much be the case in most of the world.
Can't use the control key as a shortcut on Mac
by Paul Roper 6 years ago
Just wondered if anyone knows why Adobe have deemed it impossible to use the control key for shortcuts on a Mac. The first thing I always want to do with Illustrator is set a keyboard shortcut to hide
Re: Can't use the control key as a shortcut on Mac
by Mike Gondek 6 years ago
I agree with you would be nice to have Ctrl an assignable key command, especially since most of the key commands are used up and really not much is left. I deassign most all of the F commands the mac
What does this thing do?
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
Hello, I've been using FCP since it was first launched, and have never had the need to click on this thing, next to the color picker: It seems to do absolutely nothing, other than flip itself horizont
Re: What does this thing do?
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
Aha! Thank you. And no, I've never keyframed colour values either. - Paul
Convert to paragraph text
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
Hello, Is there any way (other than copying & pasting) to convert point text to paragraph text in Illustrator, like you can in After Effects I Googled it, but could only find results from a few years
Re: Convert to paragraph text
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
Thanks! I find Illustrator even LESS intuitive than InDesign! I so wish the Illustrator team at Adobe would just take a look at what the Photoshop and After Effects team are doing - just simple stuff
What effect(s) are needed to make a realistic object come flying and hit the camera lens?
by Sebastian Lee 7 years ago
Title says it all.
Re: What effect(s) are needed to make a realistic object come flying and hit the camera lens?
by michael zoppo 7 years ago
It's really simple. All you have to do is just make a realistic animation of an object breaking your camera glass. Got it
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Paul Roper liked this 7 years ago
AE script to change preview quality
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
Hello, I'm constantly switching between Fast Draft Adaptive Resolution Off (Final quality) in the Fast Previews menu. I'd love to use a keyboard shortcut for this, but can't find one anywhere. I tried
Re: AE script to change preview quality
by Todd Kopriva 7 years ago
There is no scripting access to the preview modes. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated Af
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Paul Roper liked this 7 years ago
Who is Keith Morley?
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
A bit of an obscure one, this: I'm sure the first thing most people do when they install a new piece of software is hold down every command-option-shift-control-alt key and select "About this software
Re: Who is Keith Morley?
by Todd Kopriva 7 years ago
Keith isn't on the After Effects team, but he did a lot of work on one of the components that we used. So, he's included in the project but didn't get included in the final visual result. ------------
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Paul Roper liked this 7 years ago
Fix line to the tangent of a circle
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
Hello, I've created an expression the links the radius of a circle to the angle of a line forming a tangent to it. I was originally looking for a way to make the angle of the line dependent upon the r
Re: Fix line to the tangent of a circle
by Dan Ebberts 7 years ago
I think all you need to do is change Math.tan to Math.sin Dan
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Paul Roper liked this 7 years ago
Problems with Extend Edit and Dissolves
by Russell Lasson 11 years ago
I'm sick of this one. If I try to use the extend edit command (E) on a clip that has a dissolve, it changes the dissolve to be just one frame instead of keeping it the length that it was originally. I
Re: Problems with Extend Edit and Dissolves
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
That same annoying problem is still around, two and a half years on. I hate you, Final Crap Pro!
Burnt-in timecode generator within Media Encoder, PLEASE!
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
I'm wondering if AME supports any kind of plug-ins, such as a timecode generator, which it is sorely lacking currently. This omission is the only reason I still use Apple Compressor; I need burnt-in t
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Aubrey Hays liked this 7 years ago
Re: Burnt-in timecode generator within Media Encoder, PLEASE!
by Todd Kopriva 7 years ago
Make Adobe Media Encoder requests under Premiere Pro or After Effects when using the feature-request form. The development teams overlap. --------------------------------------------------------------
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Paul Roper liked this 7 years ago
Why 29.97fps or 23.976fps?
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
Hello, Having lived in the UK most of my life, I have always edited at a frame rate of 25fps for broadcast. When I worked in America, I had to deal with the ridiculous 29.97 and 23.976 frame rates. I
Re: Why 29.97fps or 23.976fps?
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
Thanks for that! It's not so much that I find it vexing, I was just mystified why it still exists in this era of HD. But you've answered my questions, so thanks! - Paul
Custom date formats for Apple Compressor output
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
Hi, I'm trying to get Compressor to output jobs with the date in the filename, but NOT in the YYYY-MM-DD format or whatever it uses. What I'd REALLY like is just a simple "Sep17-filename.mov". I'm not
My old iMac is beating my new Mac Pro in exactly the same render job. Why?
by John Corbey 7 years ago
Just wondered if anyone could help out with this.. I just upgraded to a Mac Pro 3.2GHz Quad Core Xeon with 12GB ram and was expecting a bit of a performance boost compared to my old iMac - 3.2GHz Core
Re: My old iMac is beating my new Mac Pro in exactly the same render job. Why?
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
This is just a guess, but it's possible that the Mac Pro is spending a long time chopping up the job into segments before it gets to work on compressing it. Could just be because Apple have absolutely
Timecode Burn in in Adobe Media Encoder??? There's got to be a way
by Ryan Kavanagh 8 years ago
I'm constantly compressing twenty minute videos and putting them up on the web for audio mixers, writers, etc. I've always used Compressor which worked well because it had a filter that would create a
Re: Timecode Burn in in Adobe Media Encoder??? There's got to be a way
by Paul Roper 7 years ago
I've found a few such questions on various forums, and no answers - I'm also trying to export using Adobe Media Encoder, with timecode, having grown sick of waiting for Apple's pathetic, antique Compr
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