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Robert Headrick

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June 21st 2012
72 Posts
"Project file doesn't exist"
by Lon Waitman 8 years ago
A few days ago, I clicked on an AE project file in order to open it and when the UI appeared, I got a message that said that that project file does not exist, even though I actually clicked on that pr
Re: "Project file doesn't exist"
by Robert Headrick 2 years ago
Logging back into my account for the first time in forever to say that even in 2017, this ancient thread is still saving peoples' butts! Was almost at the point of freaking out when a client sent me s
How do I add a border ?
by Steve James 12 years ago
Hello all, Sorry but I can't find a previous thread for this. I have a full-screen video clip, shrunk down to about 60 % of it's size. All I want to do, is, to create a border around it ( in any solid
Re: How do I add a border ?
by Morten Orre 5 years ago
Hi. Ancient old post, but a simple solution would be: Choose the layer needed, manually just add a square mask, make sure it sits on the very edges of the frame. On mask settings, choose "none" just t
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Robert Headrick liked this 4 years ago
Full list of limitations when exporting to SWF from AE CS6?
by Robert Headrick 4 years ago
Hi all, bothersome and weird question ahead. For reasons related to extreme file-size limitations, I'm trying to figure out a workflow for animating in AE CS6 and exporting to a SWF file. Basically we
Re: Full list of limitations when exporting to SWF from AE CS6?
by Robert Headrick 4 years ago
Oh man... as usual Todd, you're on top of it. I had read that page, but apparently I only gave it cursory attention. I was in the process of exhaustively pointing out that I'd followed every single re
Update multiple expressions using one master expression? Or a text layer that contains the expression text?
by Robert Headrick 5 years ago
Hope I can phrase this in a way that makes sense. I'm using one of Dan Ebbert's overshoot expressions to add a subtle overshoot swing to text layers that are rotating into place. I have lots and lots
Re: Update multiple expressions using one master expression? Or a text layer that contains the expression text?
by Dan Ebberts 5 years ago
You can execute an expression saved in the source text of a text layer, like this: eval(thisComp.layer("expression text").text.sourceText.value) However, it's not particularly efficient. As an alterna
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Robert Headrick liked this 5 years ago
Expressions are being disabled when I open the file due to a slider's name changing
by Robert Headrick 5 years ago
I can change the name of the slider back to what the expression is trying to reference just by clicking on it, but I'd like to not have to do that every time I open the file. Any ideas on what I need
Expression is only "updating" via manual cues, not automatically
by Robert Headrick 5 years ago
Hope the title's not too confusing. I'm not even sure how to phrase my issue to google it, so I'm just going to post. I have Comp 1, inside of which is PreComp 1, inside of which is PreComp 2. PreComp
Re: Expression is only "updating" via manual cues, not automatically
by Robert Headrick 5 years ago
I tried this out a few minutes ago and wasn't successful. I'm probably just misunderstanding something in the organization. Below are three screenshots. Screenshot 1 shows my main comp and the Time Re
"Fixed" a scripting error, but the fix doesn't make sense ("null is not an object" error)
by Robert Headrick 6 years ago
So in working on a script, I was getting "null is not an object" errors in a few places. Tried a few different things that didn't work to fix it. Was frustrated because I know that (at least in my min
Re: "Fixed" a scripting error, but the fix doesn't make sense ("null is not an object" error)
by Xavier Gomez 6 years ago
propertyIndex is simpler: 4 for height, 5 for width. Change exEffect02("Scale Height") with exEffect02(4) (or exEffect02.property(4)), similarly for width. It will work in any situation and even in la
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Robert Headrick liked this 6 years ago
Any way to prevent dupes in Project file?
by Ryan Patch 7 years ago
Hello - Due to working with both PluralEyes as well as multiple editors on the same project, I deal with importing a lot of XML and PRPROJ files into existing project files that I've worked with. This
Re: Any way to prevent dupes in Project file?
by Robert Headrick 6 years ago
Did anyone manage to find a workaround until the update happens I'm dealing with this right now. We have projects with multiple interviews that need to be synced up using PluralEyes, and it creates a
CC Sphere wraps funny...
by DKrisG 13 years ago
AE 6.5, I'm trying to wrap perpendicular lines, and place the earth, masked out as a circle, between the the front and back layer. Problem is, the lines suddenly disappear as they curve away, then rea
Re: CC Sphere wraps funny...
by Dave LaRonde 13 years ago
Well, it sounds like after a little coaxing, the details of the problem are starting to reveal themselves. Let's see if I've got the picture: You're trying to crate an illision where the Earth is sitt
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Robert Headrick liked this 6 years ago
Creating AE Clips for other projects
by Scott McCoy 6 years ago
Hi. I want to create a series of small clips in AE for use in other projects. For example, I'm on a greenscreen waving, which is part of a larger video of me doing a bunch of moves. I want to take eac
Re: Creating AE Clips for other projects
by Robert Headrick 6 years ago
Not sure what you've tried yet, and maybe I'm misunderstanding what you're attempting to do. But if you just set the work area of your comp to surround only a small section of the video (hit "b" to se
RotoScoping Versus Masking
by Lou Williams 6 years ago
I have scene that I am working on. It's the interior of an airplane and I need to replace what is currently being seen outside the airplane window. In the scene passengers arms are in constant motion
Re: RotoScoping Versus Masking
by Robert Headrick 6 years ago
If it's at least close to pure white, you might be able to treat it like a sky replacement and do it with track mattes. Duplicate the layer, convert to black-and-white, adjust contrast to blow out the
Linear wipe reveals moving text
by Dan Caldwell 6 years ago
Hello: I'm relatively new to AE and need to do something very simple. I need to have a word of animated text be "revealed" as it rotates into position. The curved text rotates in about a round object.
Re: Linear wipe reveals moving text
by Robert Headrick 6 years ago
Go with John's advice first, it does sound like you might not have applied the effect directly to your text layer. Another way you could do this would be to use a feathered mask on the text layer. Dep
quick export question
by Rick Neely 6 years ago
Hey guys, quick question- used to work on AE CS3 and could export a comp out as windows media via flip4mac (File export), versus having to render first. Now I'm on CS6 and the export option doesn't se
Re: quick export question
by Robert Headrick 6 years ago
As far as I know, unfortunately the answer is no. Even with flip4mac, After Effects doesn't support the ability to export directly into a WMV format. There may be a workaround, and if there is I'd lov
Using variables to build an expression in a script
by Robert Headrick 6 years ago
In a script I'm working on, I have several layers stored as elements in an array. Later on in the script, I create a series of new layers. I want the value of certain parameters to be linked via expre
Re: Using variables to build an expression in a script
by Robert Headrick 6 years ago
Figured it out. The result of layerName.name is the name with no quote marks, but the expression requires them. So all I need to do was double the quotations in my string to create the following: beam
Are there any plugins that can do a "writing" text effect automatically?
by David Ghast 8 years ago
I know it can be done with 'stroke' and bezier curves manually, but i have alot of text to do.
Re: Are there any plugins that can do a "writing" text effect automatically?
by Robert Headrick 6 years ago
Here's another option. This one has the pro of being very easy, but possibly the con of not giving you quite the look you might want. I've used it before though, and it's a nice look. Select text laye
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Make expression only apply in the absence of keyframes?
by Robert Headrick 6 years ago
I'm trying to come up with a general way to modify an expression so that it only affects the layer when it's not being moved around by keyframes. I've done something where I simply add "value +" to wh
Re: Make expression only apply in the absence of keyframes?
by Dan Ebberts 6 years ago
To make the expression take effect after the last keyframe, you could do this: if (numKeys 0 && time key(numKeys).time){ (your expression here) }else value Dan
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Robert Headrick liked this 6 years ago
SWF Export Woes
by Robert Headrick 6 years ago
I'm completely stumped by this. One of our designers asked me to try animating a design of his into a web banner. It's my first time doing anything like that, so I assumed there would be some troubles
Re: SWF Export Woes
by Tim Kurkoski 6 years ago
Hi Robert, There is a caching bug in AE CS6 that causes SWF exports to fail. You may be bumping up against this. Can you send me your project file and dependent assets I will test to verify this is in
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Robert Headrick liked this 6 years ago
Problems with PluralEyes and native camera footage
by Cassidy Clawson 7 years ago
Hello all, I am running Adobe Premiere CS6 (.0.3) with the latest PluralEyes for Premiere on OS X Lion. I am trying to sync two cameras and one separate audio source. I previously had great success wi
Re: Problems with PluralEyes and native camera footage
by Robert Headrick 7 years ago
I am having this same issue and also found that threat from Red Giant recommending the Render & Replace workaround. I tried it though, and I still get the error from PluralEyes saying that the files a
Color-correction intensifies on playback & export
by Robert Headrick 7 years ago
I'm using the Colorista Free plugin for FCP 7. Here's the problem I'm getting: when playback is paused, the image in the Canvas matches the image in the Viewer and looks exactly the way I want it to.
Re: Color-correction intensifies on playback & export
by Robert Headrick 7 years ago
Yep, everything is ProRes. Canvas background is set to black. Another weird thing, the first thing I tried to do was trash the FCP preferences and reopen, which didn't seem to make a difference. But l
Color issues with Dynamic Link (After Effects CS6 and Premiere Pro CS6)
by Robert Headrick 7 years ago
I have an end tag graphic built in After Effects CS6 that starts with a fade up from transparency. I've dynamically linked the comp in my Premiere Pro CS6 timeline, but when the graphic fades up on to
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