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Article: Apple Motion 5: EPIC Title Tutorial by Simon Ubsdell
by Simon Ubsdell 6 days ago
Apple Motion Apple Motion 5: EPIC Title Tutorial by Simon Ubsdell Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for some really useful and interesting techniq
Reverse clone layer
by Darren Ruddock 1 week ago
Hi guys, I just worked through this tutorial https: youtu.be WkrYWfVcsKg All was good until I tried to reverse the animation by reversing the clone layer. The timing panel only shows In Out Duration b
Re: Reverse clone layer
by Simon Ubsdell 1 week ago
The easiest way to reverse the timing of a Clone layer is to apply the Retiming Reverse Behavior. You can also do it by reversing the keyframes in the Keyframe Editor but that's probable more advanced
Puppet Tool - finally!!
by Tangier Clarke 2 weeks ago
Puppet Tool!!!! Yes! I am torn. I am happy it's available, but I can't help but wonder if anyone at MotionVFX has inside info and knows Apple will not be implementing this in the next version of Motio
Re: Puppet Tool - finally!!
by Simon Ubsdell 1 week ago
Robin S. Kurz "it's something maybe 0.2% of users actually NEED" The puppet tool in After Effects is probably the most commonly used feature and it has limitless possible applications. It's a feature
Adding centered ripples to objects
by Frederik Meuris 3 weeks ago
First off, sorry for the vague subject. I couldn't think of a better way to describe what I'm after. It's what happens here, around second 42: https: www.youtube.com watch v=VrYSabPGZoU&t=41s A bunch
Re: Adding centered ripples to objects
by Simon Ubsdell 2 weeks ago
Glad it helped. There are doubtless other ways of doing this (e.g. with a Replicator) but I think this is probably the easiest and closest to what you want. Simon Ubsdell hawaiki
Shrink layer's edges
by Filip Stillerska 3 weeks ago
How do I shrink the edges of a layer I don't mean making the whole layer smaller, I'm only talking about shrinking the edges, like the "Screen Shrink Grow" property of the Keylight effect (which unfor
Re: Shrink layer's edges
by Simon Ubsdell 3 weeks ago
Matte Choker, Simple Choker, Minimax ... Blur+Curves Adjustment of the Alpha is also sometimes a useful option. Simon Ubsdell hawaiki
The power of brevity
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Ironic post, coming from me, I know.... There's a couple of fun presentation techniques out there that concentrate on communicating the essence of your information in a compressed manner. I want to en
Re: The power of brevity
by Simon Ubsdell 3 weeks ago
What great ideas! Thanks for sharing this. The art of brevity is a fantastic discipline to try and master. Simon Ubsdell hawaiki
File: GradientAnimation.motn
by Simon Ubsdell 3 weeks ago
motn file Uploaded file GradientAnimation.motn https: f1.creativecow.net 13737 gradientanimationmotn
Storytelling - The Primary Skill of Video Professionals
by greg janza 1 month ago
What's quite odd about video professional forums is that almost all of the conversation centers around the technology of the business and only rarely do people talk about the single most important thi
Re: Storytelling - The Primary Skill of Video Professionals
by Simon Ubsdell 1 month ago
Mark Suszko "I will say that in whatever I do, even in a 30-second spot, I try to incorporate a Campbellian "Hero's Journey" into even such a short narrative, as well as giving it the equivalent of a
Article: Apple Motion 5: Light Art Tutorial
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Apple Motion Apple Motion 5: Light Art Tutorial Discover how to create this moody light art scene with Apple Motion 5! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon U
Re: Apple Motion 5: Light Art Tutorial
by Claude Lyneis 2 months ago
Excellent work. The final result is amazing as the light of each letter turns on and reflects off the walls and floors.
GreenScreen and hair flicker after using Keylight 1.2
by Ryan Johnson 3 months ago
Having used a DSLR (5d-mark iii) and greenscreen, Keylight 1.2 is just not cutting it. I now know this DSLR is not ideal for green screen. I have flickering hair in my videos (have included one below)
Re: GreenScreen and hair flicker after using Keylight 1.2
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
Glad to hear it :) Simon Ubsdell hawaiki
Problems when conforming in Davinci from an Avid aaf
by Eirik Nicolai Heim 4 months ago
Hi, I am about to grade a 10 episode 20 minutes tv-series shot on a Red Epic W. I have the same camera myself and been grading it a lot, and also been sending XMLs aafs between Premiere FCP to Davinci
Re: Problems when conforming in Davinci from an Avid aaf
by Oliver Peters 4 months ago
Import the raw media first into your Resolve Media Pool. Then import the AAF as a timeline, but do not enable "automatic import" of media clips. It *should* then find all the correct clips. Audio will
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Compress Keyframe timing
by KB Burnfield 4 months ago
I've got an animation I'm working on and it's 10 seconds long but after working on it I realize it would be better at 5, what I've done in the past is export it and in FCPX I just speed it up but I re
Re: Compress Keyframe timing
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
Of course, if you don't have 3D groups you could always make a master group for your entire project and put everything inside it. If you then make a Clone of that group, you can retime it using either
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Replicator Limitations
by Brett Sherman 4 months ago
File this under, "Really! Why won't Motion let me do this " I was hoping to use the Replicator with multiple sources that are randomly distributed in a tile arrangement. It seems not possible. Just in
Re: Replicator Limitations
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
I thought you were wanting random cell content and not just variable colours. Anyway, here's what I did to randomise the cells. 13435_brett.motn.zip.zip Simon Ubsdell hawaiki
Assign Audio channels
by David Nestelle 4 months ago
It used to be possible to name and assign audio channels in quicktime 7, but that was a 32bit app and it is now gone. I've attached a screenshot showing the QT7 example. Is there a way to do it now in
Re: Assign Audio channels
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
Have you tried Wave Agent It's free and it's ridiculously useful. https: www.sounddevices.com product wave-agent Simon Ubsdell hawaiki
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EasyDCP- warnings
by Max Hoffmann 5 months ago
Dear All, Currently using Davici Reslove15 with Easy Dcp plug in. I create the DCP, render it out, open the Easy DCP Player and validate the DCP. Now I am getting always warning in the report. A yello
Re: EasyDCP- warnings
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
This is a great DCP naming tool that takes all the strain of getting the naming correct: http: static.kinofreund.com dcnt Simon Ubsdell hawaiki
Free FCPX Effect - "TKY Camera Shake"
by Simon Ubsdell 8 years ago
Here's a new FCPX effect that simulates camera shake from a subtle hand-held drift (to give a bit of life to a locked off shot) to a massively shaky rollercoaster look, all with appropriate motion blu
Re: Free FCPX Effect - "TKY Camera Shake"
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
Glad you like it. It's obviously less than perfect since it's only possible to track the left and right motion rather than anything on a diagonal*, but for many purposes that might be enough. Personal
Fix Splice Jumpe
by David Fein 5 months ago
Hi... I have a problem with a 2k film transfer. A good number of the splices have caused a bounce at the edit point for 1-2 frames. I need to figure out how to warp the two bad frames at these splice
Re: Fix Splice Jumpe
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
Does the Grid Warp tool not work for this You can easily set it up to stretch just the top half of the frame. Simon Ubsdell hawaiki
Collaboration - how do you make it work?
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
When you're working as part of a team, how do you approach the issue of collaboration When a team-mate suggests an idea, how do you respond Is your immediate reaction to subject it to the most robust
Re: Collaboration - how do you make it work?
by Mark Suszko 6 months ago
To even start a meaningful collaboration, between client and editor, the client has to see the editor as a creative partner and not just a human remote control interface. I feel that I'm there to appl
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Any Thoughts on Fusion Studio 16?
by Carmi Weinzweig 6 months ago
Seems like standalone Fusion is not EoL (Fusion Studio 16). Any thoughts on the upgrade Anyone at NAB have a chance to play with it or talk to Blackmagic about it
Re: Any Thoughts on Fusion Studio 16?
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
This list of feature requests in respect of F16 show how specific and precise the requirements of professional Fusion users can be, and with good reason: https: github.com movalex BMD_requests UI desi
timespeed to create 1 frame delays
by Beth Block 6 months ago
I am setting up a comp in which I want to see frame 1 on frame 1, frame 1 and 2 on frame 2, frames 1,2, and 3 on frame 3, etc. up to ten passes. I have one loader node and am offsetting it with timesp
Re: timespeed to create 1 frame delays
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
Beth Block "Where's the multilayer merge node " http: www.bryanray.name wordpress multi-merge-fuse-for-blackmagic-fusion Simon Ubsdell hawaiki
Apple Motion Tutorial - how to key when the Apple keyer doesn't deliver
by Simon Ubsdell 6 years ago
If you've run into situations where the Apple keyer just won't resolve fine detail - and that's a lot of the time, as far as I can tell - here's a tutorial that shows you how to build your own keyer i
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Re: Apple Motion Tutorial - how to key when the Apple keyer doesn't deliver
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
I can't really make out enough of your shot to be able to recommend a course of action here. That keying tutorial was more a "proof of concept" than a method than a universal solution so it could well
Baffled by encoding times for rendered timeline
by steve dann 7 months ago
Premiere Pro CC 12.1.2 on 2016 Macbook Pro with 1TB SSD I'm editing a variety of video formats onto a XDCAM 422 1080 50i timeline and usually render as I go. Content includes phone variable frame rate
Re: Baffled by encoding times for rendered timeline
by Simon Ubsdell 7 months ago
Did you try enabling "Use Previews" Simon Ubsdell hawaiki
Using A High Contrast Clip As A Matte In Resolve Fusion Tab
by Christopher Pitbladdo 8 months ago
Hello there, I'm on a slow journey of discovery with Resolve 15, and have been trying to figure out how use a high contrast video clip as a matte within Resolve's Fusion tab. I've found a handful of t
Re: Using A High Contrast Clip As A Matte In Resolve Fusion Tab
by Simon Ubsdell 7 months ago
I'm sorry, I hadn't quite understood what you were trying to do. The easiest way to create transparency for an image using a matte source is to: Add a Bitmap tool to the matte image and set the Channe
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Green Screen keying from a set build
by Ryan Estabrooks 7 months ago
Hi everyone! I working on a really cool music video project but am having trouble with the green screen setups used on the set of this video. As part of the set, the company making this video wanted o
Re: Green Screen keying from a set build
by Simon Ubsdell 7 months ago
Ryan Estabrooks "Simon - wow, that looks CLEAN! What was your process for getting it keyed like that " Please email me (support@hawaiki.co) and I'll explain ... I can't say any more for now. Simon Ub
Problem: Lumetri Color panel won't respond to adjustments
by Pat DePuy 8 months ago
So I've been experiencing this issue for over a month now, on and off, after updating to Premiere Pro CC 2019. It's incredibly frustrating, time-wasting, and I cannot for the life of me pinpoint the c
Re: Problem: Lumetri Color panel won't respond to adjustments
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
Maybe it's a workspace issue. Have you tried using the default Color workspace or making a clean new one I've found they get corrupted quite easily and it often happens when you're doing a version upd
Vector image shows like a pixelated image in Premiere Pro
by Gabo Gangster 8 months ago
Hello everyone I am using Premiere Pro 2017, and I am trying to import a logo file in .ai (vectorized image) format into Premiere Pro, and when I try to scale the image to a smaller size, it starts to
Re: Vector image shows like a pixelated image in Premiere Pro
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
Unfortunately Premiere rasterises vector files so there's no way of taking advantage of Illustrator or EPS vectors to keep things clean and sharp. The best way of handling your scaling issue is to mak
select associated clips in timeline
by Baba Luba 8 months ago
Hoi! Is there a possibility to select a clip in the project window and then "say" select all clips used from this sourceclip in timeline like the opposite of "show in project window", when I right cli
Re: select associated clips in timeline
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
Every clip in the Browser has a sub-menu that shows you how many times and where it is used in a timeline. Click on the downwards arrow to access this. Then you can select any item in the list and Pre
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matte lines showing on certain displays
by Erick Steiner 8 months ago
Hey Everyone, So I made this video for a client. It was my first whiteboard video. https: youtu.be gS6ogcCY9VI It looks fine on most everything I've tested it on, except for my cousin's TV, where it l
Re: matte lines showing on certain displays
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
Glad to hear that helped. Obviously there are different ways around this problem such as simply scaling up the white values but I thought this was a fun way to approach it, and it's a useful trick to
Monitor calibration
by Enginn Heima 8 months ago
Hello. Always this same confusing subject for me, but I'll try to make this as clear as possible and if anyone could throw in their two cents, I would be much obliged! I'm working with rushes from a S
Re: Monitor calibration
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
Make sure you read the DisplayCal documentation - it gives you a lot more information that you need to know to do this properly. https: hub.displaycal.net wiki 3d-lut-creation-workflow-for-resolve Sim
davinci fusion tiff alpha linux
by Andi Winter 9 months ago
dear bm! i have used davinci-fusion to make decent credit rolls, and it works but: at least on my linux davinci15.2.2 i can't load in fusion page via loader a tiff file. png works, so i converted via
Re: davinci fusion tiff alpha linux
by Simon Ubsdell 9 months ago
Try standalone Fusion instead. The Fusion option inside Resolve is seriously defective and not fit for purpose. It has so many serious bugs it's a waste of time trying to use it. Simon Ubsdell tokyo p
Extract background from hand
by Nitai Lev-Oren 10 months ago
I have this hand in video and I need to extract the background so I used extract effect but it worked partly because the hand moves on the background someone knows how to extract it without doing rot
Re: Extract background from hand
by Simon Ubsdell 10 months ago
You could try a difference key assuming the shot is locked off and the hand clears the frame to give you a clean background. With care, difference keys can help with a lot of the work, reducing the ne
Why does the "Glow Intensity" do nothing?
by Robert Ditty 10 months ago
I have added the glow effect to these vector sun ray shapes from a logo in my video. Here it is with the Glow intensity set to 1.0: Here it is with the Glow intensity set to 255: No difference at all.
Re: Why does the "Glow Intensity" do nothing?
by Simon Ubsdell 10 months ago
Eric Santiago "That option has always been about luminance." If you use the Alpha Channel instead of the Color Channels and set the Glow Color to A&B Colors it doesn't matter what the "luminance" of
Oliver Peters on the evolution of the edit suite
by Simon Ubsdell 10 months ago
A fascinating piece looking at how far we have come from the early days of tape editing: https: digitalfilms.wordpress.com 2018 12 02 five-decades-of-edit-suite-evolution Simon Ubsdell tokyo productio
Re: Oliver Peters on the evolution of the edit suite
by Mark Suszko 10 months ago
Ah, memories... I can recall that the overall design of many of the early edit rooms evolved from live-TV Control Rooms, where the multiple workstations for audio, switcher, edit controller, and graph
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What is the single most important skill an editor needs to develop?
by Simon Ubsdell 10 months ago
I'd be fascinated to hear your thoughts, but first here's mine: You need to be able to watch and listen for the first time every single time you hit play. In other words you need to develop your own p
Re: What is the single most important skill an editor needs to develop?
by Mark Suszko 10 months ago
My experience is largely based on cutting for news, public affairs talk, and commercials, though I've dabbled in documentary formats as well. There are natural and artificial patterns in human convers
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Selection and move-clips questions
by Christophe Pettus 11 months ago
I'm an FCP editor coming to Premiere, and (of course) there's some functionality that I am used to in FCP 7 that I'm not sure how to do in Premiere. Apologies in advance if this is obvious and I just
Re: Selection and move-clips questions
by Simon Ubsdell 11 months ago
Christophe Pettus "Ah, I see! Keypad "+" and digits are distinct from main keyboard "+" and digits. Thank you!" Ah sorry, forgot to mention that. Yes, that's correct. I can't imagine using anything o
So how is 10.4.4 working for you?
by David Mathis 11 months ago
I decided to post and present that question in here instead of the other forum. How is everything working for you The extensions and batch export feature are of interest as well as the compare feature
Re: So how is 10.4.4 working for you?
by Oliver Peters 11 months ago
I have not tested this feature out personally yet, but an interesting thing struck me in watching some of the videos. A frequent client request is to get full resolution frame grabs from a sequence (p
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DR 15.2 ACES and FUSION
by Andi Winter 11 months ago
dear all! on ACES color managed projects, the sdi output in the color tab or the edit tab is the same. in the fusion tab it seems that the odt to rec709 is not applied. i do realize there are viewer l
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Re: DR 15.2 ACES and FUSION
by Simon Ubsdell 11 months ago
Andi Winter "in the fusion tab it seems that the odt to rec709 is not applied. " That's exactly as it should be. It be hugely undesirable if that were not the case. Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions ha
Franz Bieberkopf and Apple Talk
by Aindreas Gallagher 1 year ago
Hey there, mad forum, I missed the whole shennanigans around the forum name change, not madly up to speed, but Apple Talk feels like it's the end of an era I guess I just wanted to say that I had a ma
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Re: Franz Bieberkopf and Apple Talk
by Oliver Peters 1 year ago
How can we top your post, except to raise a glass! Aindreas, you are far better bard than any of us. - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
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buzzing/flickering hair in key?
by Aaron Doenges 1 year ago
I'm having a lot of difficulty keying hair from a recent shoot. It was shot and lit professionally (Prores 4:2:2) and visually doesn't look like I should have any issues. I've tried Ultra Key in Premi
Re: buzzing/flickering hair in key?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
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Maybe 10 Years is Enough for Final Cut Pro X - Philip Hodgetts
by Craig Seeman 1 year ago
Maybe 10 Years is Enough for Final Cut Pro X - Philip Hodgetts http: www.philiphodgetts.com 2018 06 maybe-10-years-is-enough-for-final-cut-pro-x I had been thinking about the "next direction" given th
Re: Maybe 10 Years is Enough for Final Cut Pro X - Philip Hodgetts
by Aindreas Gallagher 1 year ago
That's nothing - this baby felt like the money moment in terms of what's coming down the pike. https: medium.com netflix-techblog ava-the-art-and-science-of-image-discovery-at-netflix-a442f163af6 Auto
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Today we celebrate Drop Frame Timecode in the U.S.A.
by Craig Seeman 1 year ago
4th of July How video tech would have varied if https: www.provideocoalition.com 4th-of-julyhow-video-tech-would-have-varied-if There would have never been any NTSC video system. There would have neve
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Re: Today we celebrate Drop Frame Timecode in the U.S.A.
by Michael Gissing 1 year ago
Michael Phillips "Also, the .1% slow down was not so much a shortcut than a solution...." In the PAL world they engineered colour properly so there was no need to do the NTSC shortcut. Old B&W TVs st
Caption Export
by Andreas Kiel 1 year ago
I finally uploaded the new version of X-Title Caption Export I announced two or three weeks ago. It contains some bug fixes and some new features. The most obvious new one is the option to create html
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Re: Caption Export
by Eric Santiago 8 months ago
Andreas Kiel "Otherwise for simple test you can always use QT player or a simple HTML5 webpage." Yea I ended uploading it to YouTube for testing.
FCPX and Fusion
by David Mathis 1 year ago
After playing around with the Fusion page in Resolve and Fusion itself I find myself enjoying a node based workflow even more. I feel it allows for more creativity with title work and adding spice to
Re: FCPX and Fusion
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
One other point that might be worth adding to this discussion is that it's not necessarily a good idea to focus on one specific application to extrapolate general rules about what is and is not possib
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Towards a better NLE Part 2 - A conceptual framework
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Most of the time, when talking about improving the NLE concept, we talk in terms of tweaking existing tools and modes rather than addressing fundamental design questions. But I think there remain majo
Re: Towards a better NLE Part 2 - A conceptual framework
by Herb Sevush 1 year ago
Simon - I've been following this thread but I've been out shooting for awhile and haven't had time to put my thoughts together, but this morning we have a late call, so here goes. Unlike some, I'm qui
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The Real Menace of FCP X
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
The original promise of FCP X was great. Here was an approach that offered us a set of interesting new concepts and consequently some different ways of thinking about editing. I for one never had an a
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Re: The Real Menace of FCP X
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Brett Sherman "Simon has become increasingly dismissive of FCP X. Fine, whatever. Don't use it." I'm just going to knock this piece of ad hominem nonsense on the head once and for all and then leave.
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