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Shawn Marshall

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May 7th 2001
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2012 Mac Pro, OS 10.11.5, GTX 970, CUDA and Adobe Media Encoder
by Shawn Marshall 3 years ago
Sorry for the long post, but I feel detail is better than vagueness. I've been running transcoding tests in Adobe Media Encoder CC 2015.3 (and older versions) using the system described in the subject
FL Depth of Field (White border)
by Dick Cheney 4 years ago
Hi Guys, this is my first post so i would like to start with thanking everybody for the countless times that this forum has helped me out. I think it's great. Now i have a problem though, that I can't
Re: FL Depth of Field (White border)
by Shawn Marshall 4 years ago
You might try turning off gamma correction in FL DOF. That's worked for me in the past. Shawn Marshall Marshall Arts Motion Graphics
Randomly trigger animation?
by Shawn Marshall 4 years ago
I'm working on these complex transitions in which I've masked an HD video clip into 40 triangular facets with the anchor point adjusted on each so that when rotated 180 they reveal another piece of vi
Re: Randomly trigger animation?
by Shawn Marshall 4 years ago
Hi Dan: Thanks for the quick reply. I'll play around with this. Take care. Shawn
Continuous Rasterization Precomp messes up position and animation
by Josh Crews 5 years ago
I have a pre comp with tons of layer for my animation, in which I've comped a girl on green screen into a CG environment. The whole scene is tracked to follow the footage of the girl. In the master co
Re: Continuous Rasterization Precomp messes up position and animation
by Shawn Marshall 5 years ago
One more thing to note is that the scale transform is not the best way to replicate a dolly-in type of camera move. Scale is good for making things bigger or smaller, but not for making it look like y
Threads disappearing from forums on various browsers
by Shawn Marshall 5 years ago
Hi: I've noticed that when I reply to a thread, that thread disappears from the forum in which it was previously visible. I'm not sure whether it happens every time, but the last two times I've replie
Re: Threads disappearing from forums on various browsers
by Shawn Marshall 5 years ago
Makes sense. I guess I'm still a newbie when it comes to how this site operates. Thanks. Shawn
Most efficient technique for a whiteboard animation?
by Brien Hopkins 6 years ago
Hi Creative Cow, I've been looking for a good solution to this for awhile. I'm making a whiteboard style animation, with a pen that moves about generating ink, to create the illusion of images and wor
Re: Most efficient technique for a whiteboard animation?
by Shawn Marshall 6 years ago
I didn't notice the animated pen part. The Brush tool doesn't appear to create positional data that can be used to drive your pen, but there might be a workaround using motion tracking. You can set yo
Audio not being output to Quicktime
by Shawn Marshall 6 years ago
For no apparent reason After Effects CS6 (11.0.2.11) will no longer output audio to a Quicktime unless I explicitly go into the Output Module and uncheck and then recheck the Audio Output box. I have
Re: Audio not being output to Quicktime
by Cassius Marques 6 years ago
Did you imported that module from a prior version of AE by any chance Sometimes they go crazy when you do that, I tend to allways remake them instead of importing.
balanced article on the new Mac Pro...
by Charlie Austin 6 years ago
A good writeup... http: www.fxguide.com quicktakes the-new-mac-pro-the-cube-comes-of-age Sure to annoy as many users as delighting them, the new hardware marks a significant departure from the current
Re: balanced article on the new Mac Pro...
by Shawn Marshall 6 years ago
This article states that there will only be one processor. I haven't seen anything from Apple stating that explicitly. Their Mac Pro preview site says "With configurations offering up to 12 cores of p
CS6 Camera Lens Blur vs. CS5 Lens Blur
by Shawn Marshall 6 years ago
The Camera Lens Blur effect that came with AE CS 5.5 and CS 6 doesn't look nearly as good as the old Lens Blur effect that came with CS 5; it's pretty much unusable for my purposes. Foreground element
Re: CS6 Camera Lens Blur vs. CS5 Lens Blur
by Shawn Marshall 6 years ago
If anyone would care to test this out on their end, a 2.7MB zipped CS6 project file with the image and depth map can be found here: http: www.marshall-arts.net Lensblur CameraBlurs%20folder.zip Thanks
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Random rotation for Thinking Particle sprites
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
I'm following this basic procedure to create single-polygon sprites using thinking particles: http: www.peranders.com tutorials tutorials.php I'm using a TP Surface Emitter and the PAlignment setup in
Re: Random rotation for Thinking Particle sprites
by Adam Trachtenberg 7 years ago
I think this does what you're looking for: 4547_rotatesprites.zip
Aliased ProRes 422 Video in Premiere Pro CS6
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
I'm evaluating Premiere Pro CS6 to see if I want to use it as a replacement for FCP. We mainly do motion graphics, so my editing mainly consists of assembling chunks of renders and our reels, usually
Re: Aliased ProRes 422 Video in Premiere Pro CS6
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
Thanks for the replies. I downloaded the trial of FCP X, but the workflow eludes me; I'll have to play with it a while. It would be nice if it fit my needs since it's so much more attractively priced
RSMB Causing Color Banding
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
Hello: I've rendered a long 3D animation of a tool over a dark grey cyc with pools of light on that backdrop. It's a 16-bit PNG sequence animated and rendered in Cinema 4D, tagged as sRGB. When I appl
Re: RSMB Causing Color Banding
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
Pierre: It's the basic RSMB, not the motion vectors version. It doesn't matter how the footage is tagged and what the color space of the project is. Banding becomes visible in the BG when RSMB is appl
Noticeable color banding-even in 32-bit images
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
I'm experiencing noticeable color banding on 16 and 32-bit image renders that aren't evident in the Picture Viewer. The render looks fine when viewed in the Picture Viewer in C4D, but when opened in P
Re: Noticeable color banding-even in 32-bit images
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
Thanks for the replies. For now I ended up adding some noise in the 3D render which mitigated some of the banding. Now I'm noticing that adding RSMB to my 3D render adds banding. The gradients look pr
External Compositing Tag in After Effects issues
by alexander friedman 7 years ago
So we all know the usual rotate 90 degrees in After Effects to fix an external compositing tag's position. But in this project, I have the external compositing tag's pumping out solids for me to use.
Re: External Compositing Tag in After Effects issues
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
What I usually do in this situation is parent my video box layers in After Effects to the solid layers exported from C4D, then re-orient the AE video layers so they're facing the way I want. Because I
C4D: How do I split one poly into two?
by Mark Parle 7 years ago
Basic problem, I have this one Polygon Object: http: gyazo.com a81b8c69ca04754c71d2c9c24d8ac92b And I would like to split it into two seperate objects, the bolt and the trigger section. I'm sure there
Re: C4D: How do I split one poly into two?
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
This issue perplexed me for a year or so until I found the "Polygon Groups to Objects" command: If you have polygon objects that are internally made up of non-connected surfaces (as can, for example,
Best tutorials for learning cinema 4d
by Craig Ricker 7 years ago
Hi there, Wondering if anyone knows of a tutorial series that runs through every modelling tool, how to use it and what it does, and teaches you from the ground up in how to use cinema 4d. I have a ly
Re: Best tutorials for learning cinema 4d
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
Check out Vertex Pusher: https: www.vertex-pusher.com index.php I have his rigging, animation and Mograph tutorial sets. I haven't watched all of them, but from what I have seen they're comprehensive
New Mac Pro? I'm waiting patiently
by Jason Brown 7 years ago
I'm guessing I'll see and I've been watching all the speculation, but I'm in need of a new tower and I'm guessing it will come soon. If it's going to be 6 more months...I'll buy one now, but I'd hate
Re: New Mac Pro? I'm waiting patiently
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
Michael, I would concede that Macs are probably priced higher than similarly-configured Wintel machines, but saying they're OVERpriced is a subjective assessment. Overpriced is a pejorative term, and
gear animation with dynamics
by Francois Gauthier 7 years ago
Is there a way to animate interlocking gears using only dynamics such as colliders, without having to use expresso I'd like to be able to rotate one gear and the other gears would react to the dynamic
Re: gear animation with dynamics
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
Glad to know you got it to work. I'll have to play around with dynamics for that next time. Shawn
Shooting a touchscreen for compositing
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
Hi: A client's going to be shooting video of a hand interacting with a touchscreen PC, and I'm going to have to composite in the screen interactivity in After Effects. Any thoughts on the best way to
Re: Shooting a touchscreen for compositing
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
Hi: Thanks for the quick reply. I'm pretty sure these are going to be locked down shots. I suppose I should confirm. We're not really demonstrating software; we're showing off the hardware in lifestyl
Making Storyboards with InDesign CS5
by Josh Thacker 8 years ago
I'm a new InDesign user, and am wondering if anyone has any tips on how to format a document for laying out storyboards I just made a round of them by dragging out guides on a page and then just dragg
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Re: Making Storyboards with InDesign CS5
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
This is swell. We don't use inDesign, but we were provided a storyboard consisting of a 42 page PDF. Changing the layout to 9 pages per sheet I was able to print out a simple, easy-to-manage five page
Controlling parameters of multiple expressions from a "master" expression or layer
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
Hi: I'm using this expression on 60 layers to mimic aerial expression, making each layer dissolve out as it gets farther from the camera (thank you Dan, et. al.): L = thisLayer P = L.toWorld(L.anchorP
Re: Controlling parameters of multiple expressions from a "master" expression or layer
by Shawn Marshall 7 years ago
Hi: Thanks for the quick reply. I figured sliders and my friend the pick whip would serve me well, and they did. I never noticed the Copy Expression Only command. That should really come in handy in t
mac pro vs. quad core imac i7
by Francis Trachta 8 years ago
getting ready to purchase a new mac so that I can update C4D and AE to 64bit. Originally, I was planning to get an 8 core mac pro, but heard some interesting benchmark comparisons between the mac pro
Re: mac pro vs. quad core imac i7
by Shawn Marshall 8 years ago
You might want to look at the Cinebench scores for the iMacs vs. the Mac Pros. For raw rendering power you'll probably see appreciably faster renders as you throw more cores at it. In general, 8 cores
Snow Leopard - World of Hurt?
by Shawn Marshall 8 years ago
Hi: I've been thinking about updating the OS on my 2008 Mac Pro from 10.5.8 to Snow Leopard, but I'm somewhat hesitant due to all the reports of problems I've read. I primarily run AE CS4 and CS5, Cin
Re: Snow Leopard - World of Hurt?
by Shawn Marshall 8 years ago
Hi: Thanks for the replies; I appreciate them. I'll probably try cloning my system drive first, upgrade it to Snow Leopard and see how things behave. If I have problems I'll restore from my cloned Leo
Luma Matte Object Buffer without Matte Lines?
by Shawn Marshall 8 years ago
Hi: Is there some trick to knocking out objects using a Luma Track Matte and Object Buffer without getting a matte line in After Effects I've asked this before and seen similar posts along these lines
Re: Luma Matte Object Buffer without Matte Lines?
by mihai wilson 7 years ago
Seriously I can't believe this is still an issue considering the integration between the apps. Here's my hack solution, make a vibrant green backdrop, give it a compositing tag and set it to compositi
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Gamma shifts before cut in QT reference export
by Shawn Marshall 8 years ago
Hi: This is a weird one. I'm getting a visible gamma shift in several clips five to ten frames before a cut when I export my sequence as a Quicktime reference movie. This shift does not appear when vi
Re: Gamma shifts before cut in QT reference export
by Shawn Marshall 8 years ago
Hi Jerry: Thanks for taking the time to reply; I appreciate it. Unfortunately, you'd lose your bet. When I bring the reference QT into Quicktime player to export an h.264 I get the gamma shifts. Same
RSMB Vectors-Crummy results on overlapping objects
by Shawn Marshall 9 years ago
Hi: I'm getting poor results with RSMB Vectors 3.x with overlapping 3D objects rendered in C4D R.11. The motion blur looks good where the objects border areas with no alpha, but I'm getting a sharp ed
Re: RSMB Vectors-Crummy results on overlapping objects
by Pierre Jasmin 9 years ago
If you have overlapping objects that move in different directions you need to have separate layers. It works best by layers. here: either a new render without the background silver plate or you can a
Work at Real-World Scale?
by Shawn Marshall 9 years ago
Hi: Is there an easy way to work in a real-world scale in C4D I've been a Lightwave user for over a decade, but I've grown tired of its flakiness, so I'm learning to use C4D R.11. Many of the animatio
Re: Work at Real-World Scale?
by Brian Jones 9 years ago
C4D doesn't scale automatically. If you have a 100m sphere and go to Preferences Units and change units to centimetres from meters the sphere will now say 100cm (not 10,000). Basically you need to cho
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Shawn Marshall liked this 9 years ago
Self-shadow in Serpentine?
by Shawn Marshall 9 years ago
Hi: I can't tell from the manual whether I should be able to successfully have different Serpent elements cast shadows upon each other in a single iteration of Serpentine. I have a layer with Serpenti
Re: Self-shadow in Serpentine?
by Edward Wu 9 years ago
Hi Shawn, Thanks for the detailed post. I looked into this and it looks like you may be running into a bug with spot lights casting shadows. We've fixed this issue now so if you send me an e-mail, I c
Ki Pro for greenscreen work?
by Shawn Marshall 9 years ago
Hi: Let me preface this by saying I'm more of a post-production, After Effects and Lightwave sort of guy, not a DP. We're having preliminary discussions with a client about compositing talent into a v
Re: Ki Pro for greenscreen work?
by Shawn Marshall 9 years ago
Ah, the joy of the pun... Thanks for the replies. I'll float this approach by the producers. Shawn Marshall Marshall Arts Motion Graphics
NAS or Mac Mini as a Server?
by Shawn Marshall 9 years ago
Hello: My wife and I run our two-person company out of a home office, and we're looking for a reliable, cost efficient way to back up our files and have shared storage that we both can access for proj
Re: NAS or Mac Mini as a Server?
by Bob Zelin 9 years ago
Hi - your post belongs on the SAN networks forum, but I will be happy to abuse you on the Business forum. you write - My wife and I run our two-person company out of a home office, and we're looking f
NAS or Mac Mini as a Server?
by Shawn Marshall 9 years ago
Hello: My wife and I run our two-person company out of a home office, and we're looking for a reliable, cost efficient way to back up our files and have shared storage that we both can access for proj
Re: NAS or Mac Mini as a Server?
by Pasi Koivisto 9 years ago
Well, a Mac Mini is easy to setup and does have the advantage of being able to double as a render node, but do you really want it to start rendering when it's also serving files to 2 people I think th
Compressed audio format that doesn't require rendering?
by Shawn Marshall 10 years ago
Hi: We have a bunch of Quicktimes of our motion graphics and 3D animations which we save to build our demo reels, and I'm trying to find the best compromise between between file size and quality. I'm
Re: Compressed audio format that doesn't require rendering?
by Shawn Marshall 10 years ago
Okee-dokey. The bummer is I've saved a lot of these animations with these compressed audio formats over the last year. All in all it probably won't be that big a deal since we edit our reels to music,
Can't recover FCP when I hide it
by Paul Campbell 10 years ago
For some reason, whenever I hide my FCP, I can't recover it from the dock. It didn't always do this, and at first I thought it was a problem with too many apps running, but it'll happen with FCP being
Re: Can't recover FCP when I hide it
by Shawn Marshall 10 years ago
I've been using 6.0.5 for months now and this just started happening to me, too. I hide it, and then I can't get it back no matter what I do, and I end up having to force quit the program. I don't hav
Question-Avid 59.94 fps to 24 fps or 23.976 fps in After Effects
by Shawn Marshall 10 years ago
Hi: I'm trying to figure out the best way to render out Quicktimes for seamless import into an Avid. We've done this a few times before for a local client, but there were some issues. Now we're doing
Re: Question-Avid 59.94 fps to 24 fps or 23.976 fps in After Effects
by grinner hester 10 years ago
being what you received was 1280x720, 59.94fps, I'd go with that but of course your gonna have to get that from the horse's mouth. You'll render lower field first.
RT Possible with Photo JPEG codec at 720x486?
by Shawn Marshall 11 years ago
Hello: I'm working with an Io (not HD) on FCP 5.1.4, OS 10.5.3 on a 3Ghz x 8 core Intel Mac Pro. Is it not possible to get RT filters and transitions with Photo JPEG Quicktimes at 720x486 NTSC I can g
Re: RT Possible with Photo JPEG codec at 720x486?
by Shawn Marshall 10 years ago
Hi: Don't know if I can be of help. All my old Igniter clips were compressed with the Aurora MJPEG-A codec; we didn't have the uncompressed option. We can still open those clips thanks to the built-in
FCP 5 RT Sequences have to be rendered in FCP 6?
by Shawn Marshall 10 years ago
Hi: We upgraded from Final Cut Studio 1 to FCS 2 a week ago to upgrade Final Cut Pro to 6.0.4 to be able to read XDCAM EX clips a client sent us. That all worked fine. But I'm encountering problems to
Re: FCP 5 RT Sequences have to be rendered in FCP 6?
by Shawn Marshall 10 years ago
Hi: Thanks for your reply. There are no Safe or Unlimited RT options available for the sequence. I assume that RT options are limited to certain codecs. The problem seems to be limited to FCP 5 projec
Io-RT at NTSC Resolution with Photo JPEG Codec?
by Shawn Marshall 11 years ago
Hello: I'm working with an Io (not HD) on FCP 5.1.4, OS 10.5.3 on an 8 core x 3Ghz Intel Mac Pro. Is it not possible to get RT filters and transitions with Photo JPEG Quicktimes at 720x486 NTSC I can
Re: Io-RT at NTSC Resolution with Photo JPEG Codec?
by Shawn Marshall 11 years ago
Hi: Thanks for the offer to encode a sample with ProRes, but would I be able to view the result if I don't have the ProRes codec on my system because I don't have Final Cut Studio 2 Shawn Marshall Mar
Quicktime to AVI (MPEG 4)?
by Shawn Marshall 11 years ago
Hi: I've completed a three minute After Effects project, rendered at 720x540, 30fps with the animation codec. The client wants me to deliver an AVI that uses Microsoft MPEG 4-V2 video compression. I'm
Re: Quicktime to AVI (MPEG 4)?
by Shawn Marshall 11 years ago
Danny: YOU DA MAN! Thanks for the reply. I don't know why the client wanted an AVI, but that's clients for you. I downloaded and installed ffmpegx and it worked like a charm. I was able to quickly cre
IO-Playback stutters on viewer but not canvas
by Shawn Marshall 11 years ago
Hi: This has been a sort of ongoing problem with my Io system (which we've had for five years or so), mostly an annoyance but I'd like to know what's going on. When I play back a Quicktime (8-bit unco
Re: IO-Playback stutters on viewer but not canvas
by Shawn Marshall 11 years ago
Hi: Thanks for all your replies. As a further test I compressed the Quicktime with the DV codec and tried playing that back. It played fine in the viewer and the canvas. I then looked at the 8-bit unc
"Overtime" rates for rush jobs?
by Shawn Marshall 11 years ago
Hi: I wanted to get a sense of whether, as post-production professionals, you think it's appropriate to charge time-and-a-half of your hourly rate (or more) when a client essentially forces you to wor
Re: "Overtime" rates for rush jobs?
by Shawn Marshall 11 years ago
Well, we sent our invoice to the client and they didn't bat an eye. They replied by saying "Thanks for stepping in in our time of need!", and we just took one of their drives back to them and everyone
Echospace-Repeatable Echo Randomization
by Shawn Marshall 12 years ago
Hello: I was working on a compostion in a project (AE 6.5) and using Echospace to repeat a layer five times, using the X and Y Offset Random to animate and spread the layer out in a sort of random arr
Re: Echospace-Repeatable Echo Randomization
by Shawn Marshall 12 years ago
Hi: Thanks for the reply. I guess it's time to bake. Shawn Marshall Marshall Arts Motion Graphics
MJPEG-A Playback (Aurora Igniter through Io)?
by Shawn Marshall 13 years ago
Hello: While poking around the Io website I came across a PDF from September of 2005 that describes how to play back MJPEG-A video through the Io. The PDF describes how to properly tag the field order
Re: MJPEG-A Playback (Aurora Igniter through Io)?
by Shawn Marshall 13 years ago
Thanks for the replies. Jeremy: The PDF to which you've linked is the one I referenced in my original post. The PDF says "We have code in our M-JPEGA support to allow playback of 720x286 SD Upper Fiel
Accessing position from parented item for use in expressions
by Shawn Marshall 13 years ago
Hello: Yet another expression question. I've parented a 3D camera to a null (to faciliate arcing around layers arrayed in 3D space) and I've parented that null to another (to facilitate moving those p
Re: Accessing position from parented item for use in expressions
by Shawn Marshall 13 years ago
Dan: Once again, thank you for your help. Shawn Marshall Marshall Arts Motion Graphics
Expression to mimic aerial perspective?
by Shawn Marshall 13 years ago
Howdy: I'm creating a scene in which the camera is flying forward on the z-axis in an abstract enivronment through over 100 images arrayed in x, y and z space (with help from Digital Anarchy's 3D assi
Re: Expression to mimic aerial perspective?
by Shawn Marshall 13 years ago
Dan: Cool. Thank you for your help; I appreciate your taking the time to reply. I actually think I understand the concept now that I've compared what you've written to the second interpolation method
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