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Russ Maehl

Member Since:
January 14th 2003
61 Posts
Roundtrip Photoshop to AE to QT to Photoshop
by Russ Maehl 10 years ago
(Note: I have also posted this in Photoshop forum...they relate to each other.) I am trying to match my After Effects Quicktime (uncompressed) renders with my original Photoshop artwork (used to creat
Roundtrip Photoshop to AE to QT to Photoshop
by Russ Maehl 10 years ago
I am trying to match my After Effects Quicktime (uncompressed) renders with my original Photoshop artwork (used to create the AE artwork). If I paste a frame of the Quicktime image over my original im
Editor view and render not matching....dynamics
by Russ Maehl 10 years ago
I am working a scene which has swinging chains colliding with solids bodies. All using Mograph rigid body tools. The animation is working great. Problem comes at render time. Some of the solid bodies
Re: Editor view and render not matching....dynamics
by Russ Maehl 10 years ago
Ronaldo, Thanks for the update. Still hoping to hear from anyone who can shed more light on this topic. Would have thought it to be pretty importatant. Russ
Problems with .aec files and locations
by Russ Maehl 11 years ago
Hi, I am used to After Effects looking for its files from where the .aep file resides . The c4d .aec files seems to be hardwired to look for renders in a specific spot. Anyway around this Thanks, Russ
Re: Problems with .aec files and locations
by Russ Maehl 11 years ago
Thanks. Was hoping there was a better way. Maybe Maxon will change things in the futre. Cheers
Bump mapping and reflection
by Russ Maehl 11 years ago
Hi, I have no trouble using the bump mapping to give the illusion of depth on a textured model. Need to take it a step further, and add a reflection map. Can do, but the Invigorator ends up creating a
Re: Bump mapping and reflection
by Matt Rhodes 11 years ago
Hi Russ. Can you link a screenshot or your bump map file Or you can send files to: matt@zaxwerks.com Thanks a lot. Matt Rhodes Zaxwerks, Inc.
Render Farm problem
by Russ Maehl 11 years ago
I am on Intel Macs Tiger, After Effects 8 and Invigorator 4.51. Problem is with render across the 'watch folder' farm. The invigorator models which use mapped images (instead of layer map) are not mak
Proanimator mixed with Invigorator
by Russ Maehl 12 years ago
I understand the differences between the two plugins. Initially I was hoping to use proanimatior to pull in an illustrator file, curve it with a pose, and then using some tracked data to move it. Won'
Re: Proanimator mixed with Invigorator
by Matt Rhodes 12 years ago
Hi Russ. There isn't any easy ProAnimator to Invigorator translation (except for how you're currently doing it), but you may want to consider doing the following: 1. Import the Illustrator file into t
Importing illustrator file with colors
by Russ Maehl 12 years ago
Hi, I want to import a layer which includes 3 paths (3 simple boxes). If I choose the option when importing of bringing in the color it works....but I end up with three groups. This is not good for me
Making a Cube with Bevels
by Russ Maehl 12 years ago
Looking for a setup that will produce a bevel on the edges of all faces of a cube. Need to make the edges of the cube different to that of the cube. Thanks, Russ
Re: Making a Cube with Bevels
by Jon Okerstrom 12 years ago
Hi Russ, It's a challenge... One way that works - sort of - is to create a square in Illustrator with bevels already cut into the corners. Use the same bevel in the modeler to get bevels next to the f
Reflection Mapping
by Russ Maehl 12 years ago
I sure this has been covered before...but worth asking again. Perhaps Invigorator has changed. I am trying to do a reflection map of a single word on a rotating cube. Problem seems to be the control o
Re: Reflection Mapping
by Jon Okerstrom 12 years ago
Hi Russ, You might consider the following: You might try making a precomp in the same aspect ratio as the cube face and placing the text in that precomp. Changing the size and position of the text whi
AE CS3 exchange plugin won't load correctly
by Russ Maehl 13 years ago
Downloaded the new CS3 exchange software. The folder included a file named "CINEMA4DAE.aex" as well as a zipped file named "C4DMac.zip". I ignored the zipped file and installed CINEMA4DAE.aex assuming
Invigorator comp out of sync.
by Russ Maehl 13 years ago
I have an invigorator layer in a comp which is using some tracking data from Maya. When I lay the Invigorator layer over the Maya render it fits perfect....no problem. I then precompose all of the inv
Linking layers in the timeline
by Russ Maehl 13 years ago
I have 3 layers. The middle layer is an animated wipe for a transition between the top and bottom layers. I want to drag the middle layer and have the top layer follow it. I want to provide this comp
Re: Linking layers in the timeline
by Russ Maehl 13 years ago
Thanks.....but just can't seem to locate the "follow the leader" section you refer to. Can you post a direct link Came up with a scheme which works. It does not actually visably slide the layer, but i
Apple Qmaster with maya
by Marc Poirier 13 years ago
I finally got to do a batch render with Apple Qmaster... but!!! I have a iff sequence mapped onto a cylinder... It renders perfect in maya, but from Qmaster, the cylinder appears black, as if there we
Re: Apple Qmaster with maya
by Russ Maehl 13 years ago
Thanks for the details....got it working as well. I first had problems with a mis-match of versions (had old Qmaster 2.0.1). Once I installed 2.1 I was able to use your instructions. Thanks
Invigorator and Mac Pro (intel)
by Russ Maehl 14 years ago
Can anyone shed any light on the reliability of Invigorator running on a Mac Pro and really any Mactel machine About to take the plunge, but now I am seeing a number of issues with After Effects and f
Re: Invigorator and Mac Pro (intel)
by EatyoOnions 13 years ago
I'm having problems on the Mactel with Invigorator. I just upgraded to solve one problem(blank preview window) and now I get noise all over my working AE screen. Any suggestions
HOW TO USE AE7 WITH INTEL MACS
by Graham Jones 14 years ago
Hi all, Though officially unsupported, I had no problems running After Effects 6.5 on my Mac Pro (Quad 2.66, 3GB RAM)-- as a matter of fact, it is virtually identical in performance to the Dual G5 2.5
Re: AE7 & Mac Pro-- Please post your results here
by Russ Maehl 14 years ago
I don't really know the mechanics of texture maps and memory. How will this reduction in AE's memory use effect large texture maps Is there some kind of computation to work out the largest maps possib
Help with BCC and AE7 crashes
by Jason Boekeloo 14 years ago
I haven't found any info yet but is anyone having issues with comps that use lighting effects (BCC Spotlight, BCC Light Sweep) I'm doing a 1080i project and I'm getting crashes galore. Started crashin
Re: Help with BCC and AE7 crashes
by Russ Maehl 14 years ago
Have you had any luck finding the answer
Expression to identify author
by Russ Maehl 14 years ago
Hi, I need help creating an expression that would identify the machine which has authored a given frame. This would show up as a layer of text over each frame of a animated sequence. The purpose of th
Re: Expression to identify author
by Russ Maehl 14 years ago
Thanks. Just trying to keep the render farm simple. With the 'Watch Folder' I have no issues with licensing etc, and it works. To be honest, most of what I read about third party render farms for Afte
Expression to identify author
by Russ Maehl 14 years ago
Hi, I need help creating an expression that would identify the machine which has authored a given frame. This would show up as a layer of text over each frame of a animated sequence. The purpose of th
Re: Expression to identify author
by Russ Maehl 14 years ago
Thanks. Just trying to keep the render farm simple. With the 'Watch Folder' I have no issues with licensing etc, and it works. To be honest, most of what I read about third party render farms for Afte
Invigorator Interface Questioins
by Russ Maehl 14 years ago
Been using Invigorator quite a bit lately and a few things which are slowing me down. 1. While in the set up window, I select an object...make some changes and then put away the set up window. If I ha
Re: Invigorator Interface Questioins
by Russ Maehl 14 years ago
Jon, Thanks for the quick response. The reason for having to bounce back and forth a lot is that I am working between Maya, After Effects and Invigorator. I am using using a texture map for the transp
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