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Robert Morris

Fine artist and visual EFX artist. Dreamer, explorer, traveller, thinker.
Member Since:
September 25th 2003
219 Posts
100 posts
Location:
Brooklyn, NY
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
Baking Camera keys AND group keys to a new camera!?!
by Robert Morris 10 years ago
I'm trying to bake a camera simulation in order to import the exact data into After Effects. I know how to bake keys, but my camera is grouped, and the group itself has translation information I need
Re: Baking Camera keys AND group keys to a new camera!?!
by Robert Morris 6 years ago
I don't still have a link to whichever site I found the technique on (from 2009, lol). But here are my notes that I made to myself, should I ever need to repeat the process. I hope this helps. Parenti
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
Professional Video Retouching (hair, skin, etc)
by Robert Morris 10 years ago
Does anyone have professional tips or techniques for retouching hair flyaways and skin blemishes in After Effects I can think of several ways to do this, but I was wondering if anyone had real product
Re: Professional Video Retouching (hair, skin, etc)
by Robert Morris 7 years ago
Any plugin like that is good is you want plastic, slick looking skin. Seems to be the trend these days in pop music videos. But most commercials that advertise skin or hair products won't want things
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
Point on the surface of a sphere (rotating)
by Robert Morris 8 years ago
Greetings! I have a need for a null to move along the surface of a sphere, randomly (or adjustable). I am wondering what the expression would be for this, so I can adjust the radius of the sphere I kn
Re: Point on the surface of a sphere (rotating)
by Robert Morris 8 years ago
That's EXACTLY what I've been playing with now. I had thought I wouldn't be able to get the global position value of the null if I did that, but thanks to another of your expressions: L = thisComp.lay
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
Re: Image Buffer issue - deadline please help
by Robert Morris 9 years ago
Pre-rendering is basically the answer until Adobe releases 64-bit CS5. And even then I'm sure pre-rendering will be used in real production scenarios where time and resources are pushed to the brink.
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
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Expressions linked to "this" property instead of specific?
by Robert Morris 10 years ago
Hello. I'm not a newbie to Maya, but fairly new to expressions in Maya. I was wondering if there was a way to link an expression to a "this object" property instead of a specific object. For example,
Re: Expressions linked to "this" property instead of specific?
by Robert Morris 10 years ago
Okay, this is now making more sense. Thank you for taking the time to explain. One thing that is still not clear... when you say " get selected objects to an array", what do you mean by "selected" obj
Frustration with new-age communication being ignored *whinge*
by David Rodney 10 years ago
G'day everyone. I had to come here to post this and have a good old Aussie whinge, as it is fast becoming one of my main frustrations in business and communicating between clients and ourselves. But w
Re: Frustration with new-age communication being ignored *whinge*
by Robert Morris 10 years ago
True words of wisdom. The downside is that when you need feedback, BEFORE the project is complete, hearing nothing or getting repeated e-mails, voice mails, or heaven forbid actual phone conversations
The 10-sec. Email & The Principle of Counterproductivity
by Tim Wilson 10 years ago
These are general business principles, and apply broadly to your communication with clients, bosses, and colleagues. Because they are general, you may believe that they don t apply to YOU. This belief
Re: The 10-sec. Email & The Principle of Counterproductivity
by Robert Morris 10 years ago
How about the people who answer their phones when they can't talk, or call you when they can't talk... being right in the middle of some other task Still more productive than an e-mail Personally, I p
Ultimate sample typical contract for newbies
by Mark Suszko 10 years ago
Template contract for typical beginners. Modify to your specific needs. I, (name here) henceforth to be referred to as "the dummy", will contract to work on your ill-defined project for an unspecified
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Katya Austin liked this 7 years ago
Re: Ultimate sample typical contract for newbies
by Robert Morris 10 years ago
No, no, no... according to the client it's "just a quick question". Fine Art Drawings Photography Compositing VFX Titles Keying 3D
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
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Jiggy Gaton liked this 10 years ago
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!
Video to > Stop Motion Animation Look
by Justin Productions 13 years ago
Hey guys! So yesterday, as I was eating breakfast, I saw an ad in my town's newspapers that invited adults to participate to an stop motion animation contest. So I went to their site and the rules wer
Re: Video to > Stop Motion Animation Look
by Robert Morris 13 years ago
Thanks! I'll try it out when I can. It looks promising. Especially this last one, as it won't step back any frames, right Much appreciated! -Robert
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 (.
Re: DVD-ROM features for computer use of DVD
by Robert Morris 14 years ago
Just out of curiosity, can a regular video DVD be set up to have a hyperlink to a web site from one of the menu buttons To my knowledge, this isn't possible, but I thought I might ask the question in
Shatter plugin that maintains AE comp camera Depth of Field
by Robert Morris 14 years ago
I'm trying to get an effect where a 3D layer shatters apart, then comes back together as another object. I can do this with ball action (haven't figured out how to get shatter to go backwards yet). Bu
Re: Shatter plugin that maintains AE comp camera Depth of Field
by Robert Morris 14 years ago
A noble suggestion, but I pondered using a matte as some sort of blur map. The pieces would move too much and cross over one another. There's no real way to separate them in Z space, unfortunately. Lo
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
Re: QT Export procedure issue - Bigger Problem
by Robert Morris 14 years ago
I have this same problem. I'm a compositor and I work in After Effects on a PC. More and more, I work with clients who are using FCP HD for editing. And I can't read the exported files. I've been sear
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.
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