Fine artist and visual EFX artist. Dreamer, explorer, traveller, thinker.
September 25th 2003
Overwrite files by Robert Smith 7 years ago Before switching from CS5 to CS6 I could overwrite files very usefully, but now the software often fails to overwrite saying "rendering error ...blah blah ...Unable to delete existing file etc." Im us
Re: Overwrite files by Robert Morris 5 years ago I'm using Windows 7, and I noticed this start to happen when I upgraded to Creative Cloud. The render error is "The file path filename cannot be overwritten as it will be used for rendering." It seems
Figure 8 motion path by Robert Morris 6 years ago Does anyone know if there is an expression that allows a layer (preferably in 3D space) to move in a figure eight pattern I'd want this to loop indefinitely as well. I have a path adjusted to do this,
Re: Figure 8 motion path by Robert Morris 6 years ago Thank you SO much, Dan! That did the trick. Now, I'm also looking to make it move in a figure 8 in Z-space as well at the same time. Perhaps I can figure that out based on your expression... Fine Art
What's the maximum number of layers? by William Gadea 13 years ago Does anyone know what the maximum number of layers in After Effects is We're thinking of getting Automated Duck to import an FCP-made animatic, but the project has around 500 panels. Could After Effec
Re: What's the maximum number of layers? by Robert Morris 8 years ago With each successive year of newer and better technology, these parameters continue to change. But I can say that right now, with CS5.5, I have 3000 layers in a composition (not all being displayed at
How to boost low light footage? by Michael Brehms 9 years ago Hi there, I recently got a Kodak Zi8, very nice camera :) Like other cameras in that price range, it does a pretty poor job in low light conditions - it creates a lot of noise. I thought of filtering
Re: How to boost low light footage? by Robert Morris 9 years ago That's valid, and perhaps Dave doesn't know other ways to fix grainy footage. Perhaps his tone and wording could be a little less condescending so that his helpfulness comes through a bit more. Having
Image Buffer issue - deadline please help by Michael Heid 10 years ago I know...I know... It's all over the forums. I'm doing earth zooms for a 10 part series and am halfway through, but these image buffer errors are killing me! It happens regardless of the project. I'm
puppet tool won't work by Leah Albert 10 years ago Hello gurus, I'm teaching myself After Effects and need to learn a lot fast. Have only started so please explain any solution as if to a 3 year old, still working out where things are and what they do
Re: puppet tool won't work by Robert Morris 9 years ago Luke, your post here was VERY helpful... though it didn't solve my problem immediately. I wish I could say that Todd's (Adobe) post was helpful at all, but it really wasn't addressing this specific pr
Rotate your Canvas by Zachary Hollifield 11 years ago Hi, I've been slowly migrating to a wacom tablet for some design elements and came across this issue... How the heck do you rotate your canvas! ! You know, as if you were drawing on a piece of paper.
Re: Rotate your Canvas by Robert Morris 10 years ago Careful... Photoshop CS4 DOES have that feature, as someone stated above. Hit the "R" key while in Photoshop CS4 and you can rotate the canvas non-destructively. Just as the spacebar lets you pan. Fin
client woes here by Jessie David 10 years ago First time poster here looking for advice on sending a message to a "former" client. Okay, so a mutual friend hooked me up with a friend of his who was starting an exciting new business. I agreed to h
Re: client woes here by Robert Morris 10 years ago I've done this exact thing, and found the client to consider me "anal" and "too business oriented". Obviously, these were clients who were looking for that "team player" who was willing to be a "creat
Funeral channel? by Nick Griffin 10 years ago After Elvis, Lady Di, and now Michael Jackson has anyone else seen the market for a "funeral channel " I initially thought that it could be a joke, albeit one in questionable taste. Lately it's starti
Re: Funeral channel? by Robert Morris 10 years ago I'm sure someone could make a killing at this untapped market. Fine Art Drawings Photography Compositing VFX Titles Keying 3D
Poly plane to always face camera by Robert Morris 10 years ago This may be a simple question, and I'm sure it can be done. I just can't figure it out. How do I get a poly plane to always face the camera Thanks for any help. Fine Art Drawings Photography Compositi
Re: Poly plane to always face camera by Robert Morris 10 years ago Thank you! That's what I was looking for. It's a little tricky, though. I did like you said, and only constrained the plane to the Y axis (up and down). It's a flat card image of a person and I want t
Cow Server problems? (ayeshire) by AccountClosed 12 years ago Am noticing COW getting slower and slooower and slooooower. Firefox doesn't seem to like the animated ads either, which doesn't help. Podcast page was particulary slow today. My connection varies from
Re: Cow Server problems? (ayrshire) by Robert Morris 12 years ago I think I actually figured out what the problem was on my end. I did have a process running in the background. A program called PeerGuardian that was apparently blocking some of your ads. I killed tha
HD 4:4:4 from FCP on MAC to AE on PC by Robert Morris 12 years ago I've been searching for a codec (preferably free) that will allow a MAC user to export uncompressed clips from FCP to deliver to me so I can composite in AE on a PC. The Quicktime HD codecs that FCP u
Re: HD 4:4:4 from FCP on MAC to AE on PC by Robert Morris 12 years ago No. As a freelance compositor, I don't deal with capturing or exporting to tape unless it's elements that I've shot myself on DV transferred via Firewire. So I don't have anything like a Kona capture
Wiggle... amplify on Z axis by Robert Morris 12 years ago Hello all expression gurus. I am working on an animation where I have a camera with a wiggle expression applied to it, and the wiggle's value tied to a slider. What I want to do is have the camera pos
Re: Wiggle... amplify on Z axis by Robert Morris 12 years ago Awesome! That seemed to work. I'm a bit fried to figure out why, but it does. Thank you. I'm new to expressions, but I hope to slowly learn more and more. Thanks, Dan!
Firing a client - long post by Greg Ball 13 years ago Well I fired my first client this weekend. We were scheduled to shoot video in the Caribbean, and this client was getting stranger by the minute. They took over a month to approve my proposal, then ca
Re: Firing a client - long post by Robert Morris 13 years ago Great thread, guys. But from the link in the newsletter, I thought this thread was going to go into more about AFTER the project has started and the client keeps making change after change. Do any of
DVD-ROM features for computer use of DVD by Greg Ekborg 14 years ago vs. Set-Top Player use. I have created a Flash Projector for DVD-ROM content on the DVD for use when used on a computer vs. using a DVD player for television. Q. How do you get that DVD-ROM content (.
QT Export procedure issue by Les Kaye 14 years ago Needed to export some short QT sections. The results were always as FCP files, even though I selected QT. However clicking the "exported" clip brought it back into FCP where I could do a QT conversion
Endless loop dies? by Steve Slocomb 14 years ago I have made an endless loop 15 minute DVD that works great. It is used at a retail outlet that sells my DVD, and works well generating sales. The problem is that the DVD "dies" after one day. The play
Re: Endless loop dies? by Robert Morris 14 years ago Your first suggestion is what I did in my DVD project, except that my timelines had the override set to the menu. But I've read that the playlist feature gives much more flexibility to DVD navigation.