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Sliding postion problems...
by Stuart Samuels 7 years ago
Hi. I'm coming up against a problem that I've not encountered before and I just can't work it out. I set two simple position key frames to move a text layer from left to right across the frame. Howeve
Re: Sliding postion problems...
by Simon Bonner 7 years ago
Hi Stuart, Sounds like it might be the boomerang effect. Check out Aharon's tutorials from a few years back on rectifying that issue. http: www.youtube.com watch v=rLdBTzkMa7k http: www.youtube.com wa
9 News Graphic Effect
by John Mark 7 years ago
I Love the national news graphics and one of these lower third graphics i like and would like to know if i could get this effect or do this effect in after effects http: www.youtube.com watch v=TPQ24c
Re: 9 News Graphic Effect
by Simon Bonner 7 years ago
Hey John, Well, this isn't a single effect per se. The graphic will have been built up from scratch, although this isn't really too difficult. Basically, it's a few solid layers coloured white, red an
Color Profile Issues
by Bevan goldswain 9 years ago
Problem: Video brightness gamma color appears different when viewed on the web and in QT compared to when viewed in AE or Mpeg Streamclip Workflow: H.264 files shot using a canon 5D MK ii Imported int
Re: Color Profile Issues
by Simon Bonner 9 years ago
Bevan, Not sure about the color profile settings, but when I notice the gamma is off when I open it in QT I go to Window Movie Properties, select the Video Track, then click the Visual Settings tab. O
Which comp settings for an opening movie title sequence?
by Adam Clark 9 years ago
I am creating an opening movie title sequence for school. I would like the final output to be in HD. All footage is going to be digital illustration graphics, no live footage. I have always worked in
Re: Which comp settings for an opening movie title sequence?
by Simon Bonner 9 years ago
Adam Clark "When you say "interpret your 12 fps footage as 23.976 2" do I type the 23.976 2 in the "Conform to frame rate" box under the Interpret Footage panel " Yes, AE will calculate that this is
How do I add steam please to a hot bath?
by Adrian Le Roux 9 years ago
Morning, Please can anyone let me know how to add steam to a bath (that should be hot) I have a dog in a bath... and he didnt like water at the shoot so I NOW need to make him look like he's in a hot
Re: How do I add steam please to a hot bath?
by Simon Bonner 9 years ago
In the past I have either used stock footage of clouds mist, or generated them myself using the fractal noise effect (should be lots of demos you can find). Then, you can adjust the transfer mode of t
puppet tool pins don't work
by stan heard 9 years ago
hi, i'm trying to key a jpg and then put pins on it, as in so many cow tutes, such as the recent one about bedbugs. however, when i put in a second pin, the first one vanishes. i've triedto precomp th
Re: puppet tool pins don't work
by Simon Bonner 9 years ago
Tried twirling down the Effects properties for the layer in the timeline panel I seem to recall when working with the puppet tool that I found it difficult to select pins in the Comp panel, but that i
proper 24p 1080i workflow
by cherlique lilienthal 9 years ago
I just started using my first HD 24p camcorder. i used to work with a panasonic pv-gs120 3CCD camcorder and i could do pretty amazing stuff with it. i understood the work-flow very smoothly but sinds
Re: proper 24p 1080i workflow
by Simon Bonner 9 years ago
Sounds like AE isn't recognising the properties of your imported footage. Select your footage in the Project panel and you will see the properties of the footage displayed at the top of that panel. If
Frame rate manipulation
by Lewis Hackett 9 years ago
Hey there, I am working on a project which requires some green-screen shot footage to be composited over old Archive footage to make it look like the actors are in the old scenes. I have matched every
Re: Frame rate manipulation
by Simon Bonner 9 years ago
Put your original footage into a precomp, lower the frame rate in that comp, then go into the Advanced composition settings (Composition Composition Settings), and choose Preserve Frame Rate When Nest
Keyframe modes confusion (circle and arrow shape)
by Alex Volkov 9 years ago
Hi all Normally a keyframe is diamond shaped. When I Ctrl+Alt+Click a keyframe it becomes arrowshaped When I Control+Click a keyframe it becomes circleshaped I tried searching for it, but without luck
Re: Keyframe modes confusion (circle and arrow shape)
by Simon Bonner 9 years ago
Alex, The circular keyframe is a roaming keyframe. The arrow one might be a hold keyframe. Search for these in help and you should find out all you need to know. Easy-ease keyframes are worth knowing
Menu restarts whenever button is focused
by Simon Bonner 9 years ago
Hi guys, I've got a CS4 menu with a video background and multiple buttons. The problem is that whenever I bring a different button into focus the video background starts playing from the beginning. Ev
Re: Menu restarts whenever button is focused
by Jon Geddes 9 years ago
This is an issue with the preview only, and should not happen on the final build. Jon Geddes www.precomposed.com
Unable to pull both audio and video from source window
by Lisa Hurley 9 years ago
Hello All! I'm having the weirdest thing happen in Premier CS4. When I try to drag and drop a clip into the Timeline from the Source Window, only the video comes. I see the option below the source win
Re: Unable to pull both audio and video from source window
by Simon Bonner 9 years ago
The only time something like this has happened to me is when my Prem window is too small and I can't see that the audio is mono and therefore doesn't show up on the top few audio tracks, which are ste
best workflow?
by Mathias Schuber 9 years ago
hi! i have a 1920x1080 after effects composition as an intro outro and some hdv 1440x1080 camera shots which i have to compose to an 512x288 h264 mp4. i'm looking help with optimizing my workflow, bec
Re: best workflow?
by Simon Bonner 9 years ago
Hmmm, if it takes that long to render then there might not be much you can do about it except get a faster comp. You could check you have multiprocessor optmised in the After Effects preferences (see
Transition Question
by Kurt Larson 9 years ago
Hey guys I'm looking for a this trasition in this video. http: vimeo.com 8468975 It's the lens flare looking flashes. This was edited in FCP but hw can I achieve this in PPro
Re: Transition Question
by Simon Bonner 9 years ago
Hi Kurt, This is probably a job for After Effects. You can either spring for VideoCopilot's Optical Flares (the dynamic triggering will allow you to flash colours into frame momentarily), or experimen
Batch processing error (can't save file), Aud 2.0
by Simon Bonner 10 years ago
Hi there, I'm trying to use the batch processing function plus scripts to normalise set to mono about 5000 wav files. All of the files are about 10 seconds long and are essentially identical (differen
expanding 320 .mov cleanly to 720?
by Tod Elkins 10 years ago
Hi all - I have a client who is giving me a piece of animation, which they can only source to a 320x240 quicktime. I haven't seen it so I don't know the codec. I need to encode it to DVD for a present
Re: expanding 320 .mov cleanly to 720?
by Bartek Skorupa 10 years ago
Oh yes, how many times did I have this kind of requests... I always say that to the client (It sounds better in Polish, but I'll try to translate it to give you the main meaning): "If you have a fresh
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Full page overlay window - link from IFrame?
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
I'm trying to implement Abraham Chaffin's full page overlay code, but I'm having trouble because the link the user has to follow to view the overlay is in an IFrame embedded in the main page. Is there
Re: Full page overlay window - link from IFrame?
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
Thanks, Abraham! Works a treat!Simon Bonner youtube.com simonsaysfx
Exporting video with small file size best codec
by max sidorov 11 years ago
Im a super newb at this stuff and have tried to edumocate myself as much as possible and have tried exporting my video to a million combinations of the best codecs but the file size is super huge rega
Re: Exporting video with small file size best codec
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
Hi Max, I'm afraid I'm no expert when it comes to audio codecs. I'd suggest using your ear as a guide: if it sounds good on a range of playback devices and isn't too large, then it's ok. Upper vs. low
Exporting for viewing on TV
by Jose Manuel ODonovan Soler 11 years ago
Hi, I have a small clip rendered in premier that Id like to be able to watch on my tv....just to see how it looks on TV. How can I do this. Sounds stupid..but Im not sure. Can I simply copy it to a bl
Re: Exporting for viewing on TV
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
You can't simply burn the file to a dvd. This makes a dvd-rom and not a watchable dvd. Even if you make the file an mpeg-2, it won't work. Go to file, export, export to dvd and follow the instructions
mp3 as input, dvd audio quality
by Yev Belman 11 years ago
Hi, I keep having problems with the audio output when i write a DVD. I use mp3 for audio tracks (background music), and when i output it to DVD and view it on TV, it sounds awful. There is hiss and so
Re: mp3 as input, dvd audio quality
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
This could also just be a difference between the speakers on your computer and on your tv. Try adjusting the treble on your tv if there is an option to do this. Or listen to the track in premiere with
Timeline "end action" is not doing what it should
by George Kilroy 11 years ago
I am having trouble with a project. First Play Timeline 1 "end action" menu Menu with buttons to 4 Timelines 2 3 4 & 5 Timeline 2 - 10 chapters (unlinked) "end action" Timeline 3 chapter 1 Timeline 3
Re: Timeline "end action" is not doing what it should
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
Maybe you could say up a playlist, include in that playlist timelines 2 & 3, and then replace your menu link to timeline 2 with a link to the playlist. Set the end action for the playlist to the menu.
How do you prepare project to burn to dual layer in adobe encore
by michael callaghan 11 years ago
This is the 1st time i have attempted to burn a 3 hour 40 minute project to a dual layer disc using Adobe Encore 1.5.1 as part of Adode video collection 6.5. All my previous projects have been burnt t
Re: How do you prepare project to burn to dual layer in adobe encore
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
No, you don't have to prepare two projects. Just go to build your disc and in the settings section of the dialogue box change disc size from 4.7gb to 8.54gb. If you also specify the layer break to be
Exporting Audio With AAC Codec
by Tyler Leisher 11 years ago
For some reason when I try to export my film to a .mov (or any other format for that matter) and I choose the audio section it doesn't give me the choice of any codec to use.. I can only have uncompre
Re: Exporting Audio With AAC Codec
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
If you have quicktime pro, you could run it through that programme after your Prem render.Simon Bonner youtube.com simonsaysFX
Assigning in and out points to buttons
by Chet Wesley 11 years ago
I am new to Encore, I have a question. I am trying to set up a DVD which has clips that are all pulled from one longer media file. The idea is to have a menu with buttons which navigate to a certain c
Re: Assigning in and out points to buttons
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
Have you thought about setting it up with a series of playlists Someone else pointed that out to me as a possibility when I had a similar project issue to the one you're describing. Search in your hel
Earthquake tutorial?
by malcolm DeSoto 11 years ago
I'm trying to get a hold of Andrew Kramer's earth quake tutorial. It doesn't seem to be loading up on his site, and I didn't see it hear. Anyone know where I can find this Thanks."The secret to creati
Re: Earthquake tutorial?
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
I don't believe that tutorial is hosted elsewhere. If it remains unavailable for a couple of days I would suggest contacting him about it; I'm sure he would be glad to hear of any bugs in his site.Sim
Current Stable version of Quicktime?
by Jake Hawkes 11 years ago
So quicktime asked me to upgrade to 7.7 today...well after downgrading all the way to 7.4.1 which seems to be working well with all my Adobe apps...what is the community experience to date with Quickt
Re: Current Stable version of Quicktime?
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
I believe there was a compatability issue with it, but that Apple fixed that problem with an additional update within a couple of weeks. I think that was 7.7Simon Bonner youtube.com simonsaysFX
Problems making custom buttons
by Carlos Leituga 11 years ago
Hi there, I'm pretty new to Encore and I've been trying to make some custom buttons for my dvd menu. I did it all in photoshop, using the codes. Basically what I pretend is to have extra graphics to a
Re: Problems making custom buttons
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
So what you want to happen is, when you highlight the button it gets replaced by another 'button' graphic rather than a typical highlighting effect In this case, you don't want to specify your new gra
Codes used for menus
by Dennis Fiorini 11 years ago
I'm trying to create a menu in Photoshop with the highlights for my chapter links to be different colors. I renamed the highlight layers =1, =2, =3 and so on up to =8. But for some reason after =3 the
Re: Codes used for menus
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
I believe you can only have three colours max in each subpicture, so this might be the problem.Simon Bonner youtube.com simonsaysFX
question about an andrew kramer tutorial
by chris newman 11 years ago
i know this is a dated tutorial but i have a question about the "swirlies" tutorial (using particular to simulate the 2G ipod nano commercial). i follow everything except for the background layer of t
Re: question about an andrew kramer tutorial
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
Andrew addresses this issue in a follow up tutorial in which he shows how you can composite the light streaks over existing footage. Also, I think there is now a videocopilot forum here at the Cow, wh
can HD be put onto a regular dvd using Encore
by Bruce Reynolds 11 years ago
I have been putting HD onto regular DVDs using Ulead movie factory 6plus--25 minutes on a 4GB and 50 minutes on -R dual layer. My question can this be done with Encore and a Blu-Ray burner and burn 15
Re: can HD be put onto a regular dvd using Encore
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
As far as I know, Encore can only make "watchable" (as opposed to data discs) standard def dvds. Don't know how you would get it to allow you to put an HD project on a standard disc, but if anyone els
DVD menu showing diffrent on TV / PC
by stan kooij 11 years ago
Hi So i created a DVD with menu's, the buttons in the menu are high lighted in the Encor preview. Also on PC playback it works just fine, but when i juse it on a DVD player the buten high lights dont
Re: DVD menu showing diffrent on TV / PC
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
Ah, sorry, Stan - I've not come across this kind of compatability issue before.Simon Bonner youtube.com simonsaysFX
Large project to DVD via Encore?
by William McQueen 11 years ago
I have edited 4 sequences for a total time of 152 minutes. The client wants to put this on a single layer DVD with four basic links for each sequence. It can probably be trimmed back a little bit. Thi
Re: Large project to DVD via Encore?
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
Crap! That's a looming deadline all right! Don't worry, Encore is very easy to use. You just need to render out your videos and import them. Then select each one and make a timeline for it. DVD plays
Position wiggling loop?
by Spence Padilla 11 years ago
I'm using the wiggle expression to randomize the position of a layer in a 2sec comp. I'm trying to make it loopable, i.e.: the first frame and the last frame are a specific position, but everything in
Re: Position wiggling loop?
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
Dan Ebberts has made a tutorial on how to do this very thing. http: www.motionscript.com design-guide looping-wiggle.html Simon Bonner youtube.com simonsaysFX
2D character animation
by Amit Zinman 11 years ago
Hi, I've been thinking of doing some 2D character animation using AE CS3. My approach: build characters body parts in photoshop and use expressions to control talk. Use a null object with a slider con
Re: 2D character animation
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
http: cowcast.creativecow.net podcast lip-syncing-in-after-effects--90Simon Bonner youtube.com simonsaysFX
Wrong render settings?
by Mike Myers 11 years ago
I am having troubles with the end result from a render in AE. I have a person on a blue screen and keyed it out to a nice animated background. The background is 24fps and my blue screen footage is 29.
Re: Wrong render settings?
by Simon Bonner 11 years ago
I just think animations aren't supposed to be watchable. But if it's your final render before compression, there's no need to watch it! Remember though that DVD won't support high def footage. You'll
Animating a line drawing?
by Caitlin Folchman-Wagner 12 years ago
Hi, I've never used After Effects before, but I need to figure out how to animate a line drawing. Its a simple image drawing itself, but I have no idea how to do it. Thanks a lot
Re: Animating a line drawing?
by Simon Bonner 12 years ago
Hi Caitlin, Maybe you mean something like Stefan Bucher's Daily Monster series There are lots of these videos, this is just an example one. Stefan draws monsters on paper, then scans them into his com
Connecting two moving layers with a line
by Simon Bonner 12 years ago
Hi, I have a comp with several small, red dots that move independently. I want to add lines connecting some of these dots so that when the dots move towards away from one another, the lines reposition
Re: Connecting two moving layers with a line
by Dan Ebberts 8 years ago
In what way Do your text layers have parents Dan
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