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Inner shadow and/or round bevel- how?
by Tangier Clarke 2 days ago
Folks, I have been trying to figure out how to use the tools built into Motion 5 to get an inner shadow like the image below and I haven't been able to figure it out. I tried using the bevel filter in
Re: Inner shadow and/or round bevel- how?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 day ago
The Indent filter is your friend here. Make a Rectangle with an outline that is brighter than the fill and apply the Indent filter to that and you will get this effect. Increase the Softness value to
simple key issue
by Eri Levin 6 days ago
Hello, I am new to Fusion. Any ideas why this is happening I've keyed a shot and merged with a background. But I am having a problem with boundaries and canvas in general. how do you properly make a s
Re: simple key issue
by Simon Ubsdell 2 days ago
To clarify what I'm talking about here are three different examples, using a 1920x1080 foreground green screen clip (the blonde girl) and a background source image that is much larger, namely 4336x289
Article: “Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.”
by Tim Wilson 5 days ago
Field Production Before I forget: don t wear any underwear. Before coming to Creative COW, before his lives in product marketing and product management at Avid and Boris FX, Creative COW Editor-in-Ch
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Re: “Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.”
by Simon Ubsdell 5 days ago
Absolutely brilliant piece of writing and a great story, but this line was my favourite" "Yeah, I'm the bird guy." My pulse hasn't yet slowed down to normal after reading this ... Simon Ubsdell tokyo
Will FCX be around for a while?
by Glenn Payne 1 week ago
Hi guys, I'm about to invest in a nice imac and I'm planning to use fcx. I'm just wondering what the word on the street is about fcx. I'm willing to dive into the magnetic timeline world, but I'm just
Re: Will FCX be around for a while?
by Simon Ubsdell 5 days ago
Robin S. Kurz "Yeah, Simon, I totally meant they literally copy pasted code from one to the other. DAMN! Got me! So brilliant. :-))" But if you didn't mean that, what did you mean I'm genuinely inter
So, about that Apple event....
by Tim Wilson 2 weeks ago
As far as I can tell, the only ACTUAL news that will affect anything about, really, anyone, anywhere, is the headphone jack, which, in the scheme of things is tiny compared to ditching floppies or opt
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Re: So, about that Apple event....
by Simon Ubsdell 1 week ago
Air Pods. Made for Air Heads. Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
OT: Interesting lawsuit
by Scott Witthaus 2 weeks ago
Careful how you edit: http: www.richmond.com news virginia article_8ceda5d1-2e15-52e5-aed7-638b4f81ca8f.html Scott Witthaus Senior Editor Post Production Supervisor 1708 Inc. Editorial Professor, VCU
Re: OT: Interesting lawsuit
by David Roth Weiss 1 week ago
As a documentarian and journalist for longer than many readers here have been alive, I completely agree with everything Andrew has written about ethics, and most of what Tim has written, and I would n
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Tutorial: Hawaiki Keyer 3.0 Upgrader Tutorial
by Simon Ubsdell 2 weeks ago
Apple Final Cut Pro X Hawaiki Keyer 3.0 Upgrader Tutorial After 25 years as an editor, compositor, and VFX artist, frequent Creative COW poster and tutorial author Simon Ubsdell knows what he needs f
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and Blackmagic acquires Fairlight and Ultimatte
by Craig Seeman 2 weeks ago
Blackmagic Acquires Fairlight, Ultimatte http: www.studiodaily.com 2016 09 blackmagic-acquires-fairlight-ultimatte
Re: and Blackmagic acquires Fairlight and Ultimatte
by Simon Ubsdell 2 weeks ago
At the rate he's going , I wouldn't put it past Grant Petty to be the one buying Apple. ;-) Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
why would anyone want to use FCPX (SERIOUS discussion - no bashing)
by Michael Paul 3 weeks ago
I do NOT want to attack or insult any FCPX editor here - I am just curious and I believe people do things for a reason. So why do you use FCPX What are your reasons What's great about it I have starte
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Re: why would anyone want to use FCPX (SERIOUS discussion - no bashing)
by Simon Ubsdell 2 weeks ago
I really do urge you to check out Charlie Austin's entertaining and extremely enlightening blog: https: fcpxpert.net You will find answers to many of your questions and gain seriously valuable insight
Good news
by Steve Connor 3 weeks ago
Alex 4D just posted this https: jobs.apple.com us search#&ss=47429395&t=0&so=&lo=0*USA&pN=0&openJobId=47429395 Anyone here want the job :)
Re: Good news
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Bill Davis "I don't have to get a whole new phone because I left mine on the deck and it started raining Because Jony Ives team figured a way not to need the same headphone hole they've been using si
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News: Adobe Unveils Sweeping Feature and Performance Updates to Adobe Creative Cloud Applications at IBC 2016
by Cow News Droid 3 weeks ago
Virtual Reality, Character Animation, Advanced Collaboration, and 3D Innovations across After Effects, Premiere Pro, and more (San Jose, CA--September 6, 2016) Adobe today revealed a series of innovat
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@Steve Connor
by Simon Ubsdell 3 weeks ago
Team Projects is exactly what we've been hoping for - looks like a really clever and simple implementation. Happy days!! Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
Waiting for Apple again. And again. And again ...
by Herb Sevush 4 weeks ago
Need to put together another editing station by first week in October. Just for the convenience of Thunderbolt I'm thinking about going nMpro. But who wants to buy a 3 year old machine when Apple is s
Re: Waiting for Apple again. And again. And again ...
by Shane Ross 3 weeks ago
Do what I did...make a Hackintosh. This one is like a top of the line iMac, but with better GPU. AND....only $1600.... http: lfhd.net 2016 08 27 saga-of-the-amphibi-hack-part-1 Shane Little Frog Post
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New FCP X plugin site BretFX with Free Template
by Bret Williams 1 month ago
Hello! After 15 years posting here can I get away with one shameless self promotion I'm kinda excited to be starting a new FCP X plugin and template website, http: BretFX.com. The planned Grand Openin
Re: New FCP X plugin site BretFX with Free Template
by Simon Ubsdell 1 month ago
I think the short music driven piece is a great idea for getting people excited about the product and I really like what Bret has done with these. Ideally there would be another more "matter of fact"
Making FCPX template that Adapts to text amount
by Wesley Kelemen 2 months ago
I already have a "template" or text effect I use for final cut but it really doesn't save me enough time. I have white text with black rectangular boxes behind each line. Similar to those facebook vid
Re: Making FCPX template that Adapts to text amount
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
FWIW my version has a technique for creating rounded corners which is quite interesting if that's something you like. Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
File: TKY Subtitler
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
zip file Subtitling box effect for FCP X https: f1.creativecow.net 10400 tky-subtitler
drop-down "bungee" effect using motion
by Yohanan Braunschvig 2 months ago
hi, Noob to motion, trying to find out how to make an object or group of objects to drop down and bounce back as if strung on a cord or a rope. would love a pointer to relevant behaviors or parameters
Re: drop-down "bungee" effect using motion
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Let us know if that's not exactly what you had in mind as there are several different ways to achieve this effect. Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions hawaiki
can you animate a path line
by Terry Maloney 2 months ago
Hello, Can you animate a path line As the words pass by the line might go lower or slant etc And then change the slant Thank you, Terry
Re: can you animate a path line
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Yes, you can certainly animate a text path, if that's what you mean. Turn on Record Animation, select the Edit Points tool and keyframe your path - or you can simply rotate it or scale it or whatever
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Tutorial: Advanced Keying in Blackmagic Design Fusion
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
Blackmagic Design Fusion Advanced Keying in Blackmagic Design Fusion Following his well-received exploration of the power of customized keying inside Blackmagic Design Fusion, Simon Ubsdell goes even
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Re: Advanced Keying in Blackmagic Design Fusion
by Wu Zhengjiang 3 months ago
That is a great tutorial as usual. But I'm new in Fusion. After few days of trying, I realise that I'm much more comfortable with node-based compositing. But when I checked on Youtube and found that t
Running a particle system "backwards"?
by James Kumorek 3 months ago
Another question: Is it possible to have a particle system run in reverse If I wanted to take an image of something, and have a cloud of particles appear and swirl around until it forms the image Like
Re: Running a particle system "backwards"?
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
You can't run a particle system in reverse, but the easy way of doing it would be to render out the particle animation and bring it back in, hit the Reverse switch on the Loader to run it backwards, a
Simulating a light bulb
by James Kumorek 3 months ago
So, I'd like to simulate a light bulb in Fusion. Basically, to have a sphere that's mostly transparent with a light source in the middle; and the intensity of the light source increases, the globe glo
Re: Simulating a light bulb
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
You can't actually see 3D lights as you would lights in the real world. A simple way of simulating a light source would be to add a 3D sphere, piped into a 3D renderer and then piped into a blur so so
Any sign of Color Finale Pro
by Claude Lyneis 4 months ago
As I remember Color Finale Pro was promised for May during the NAB. I looking forward to giving it a try. Any updates
Re: Any sign of Color Finale Pro
by Charlie Austin 4 months ago
Jeremy Garchow "It's right next to the double secret society version of FCPX." Running both right now... Amazing! The secret password is Ap... mmph! Ack!! :death rattle:.... -------------------------
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Resolve 12.5
by Oliver Peters 4 months ago
Officially shipping. https: www.blackmagicdesign.com products davinciresolve - Oliver Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC Orlando, FL www.oliverpeters.com
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Re: Resolve 12.5
by Michael Gissing 3 months ago
Darren Roark "Have you tried the Lock&Load trial from Coremelt " No I haven't. Between Resolves built in and Warp Stabilize I have things covered. And I have to try the OFX Boris Continuum Optical St
"Or Not" was born of the FCP X Launch. So...
by Bill Davis 4 months ago
Over Memorial Day to decompress from my killer recent schedule a bit, I binge-watched some of the Stieg Larssen series of Dragon Tattoo book to film adaptations from Sweden. (Really nice productions a
Re: "Or Not" was born of the FCP X Launch. So...
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
Michael Gissing "And while all this revisionist history is being argued and FCPX users have only had Automatic Duck to bring any excitement in May, the third public beta of Resolve 12.5 has been in t
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Drop Zone referencing specific timecode
by Bill Nahlik 2 years ago
FCPX drop zone is referencing timecode 00:00:00:00 in my Motion 5 template. How can I use drop zone footage with a different timecode Or, more accurately, how do I set up my template so it does not re
Re: Drop Zone referencing specific timecode
by Deyson Ortiz 4 months ago
It seems there was a bug that was introduced. Now every drop zone starts at the beginning of the animation and it is offset depending on where you click on the Drop Zone. I go into more detail on this
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Apple dropping QuickTime and backup issues
by Brian Betz 4 months ago
I am seeking some advice on backing up some of my files and I have always received excellent advice from this forum and, thus, I thought I would throw this out to the group and see what folks have to
Re: Apple dropping QuickTime and backup issues
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
Brian Betz " hope prores says around for a bit or my equipment keeps working as I am still shooting with my Ninja 2 as a recorder." An update from last week: "Today we re pleased to announce that Ado
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quicktime problems for adobe cc
by Ricardo Marty 5 months ago
All cc systens are compromised. Apple will not fix it and adobe hasnt offered a clue. Of course not being on the internet could mitigate posible damage but the creative cloud is internet http: fortune
Re: quicktime problems for adobe cc
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
Update: "Today we re pleased to announce that Adobe has been able to accelerate work that was already in progress to support native reading of ProRes. This new capability is fully licensed and certifi
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Motion path and snap alignment to motion for changed timing (Motion 5.2.2)
by Peter Silie 4 months ago
I'm trying to move a shape along a spline. I inserted a shape, created a spline, added Motion path and "snap alignment to motion" to the shape object. Now I want to "resize" the time for completely mo
Re: Motion path and snap alignment to motion for changed timing (Motion 5.2.2)
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
From now till the end of the month there is 40% off all Ripple Training Motion tutorials - I would strongly recommend that you have a look at the Getting Started video. Simon Ubsdell tokyo productions
X to the rescue again...
by Bill Davis 4 months ago
Interesting new story on FCP.co about more top tier Hollywood FCP X stuff - this time in the 360VR space. Quote that caught my eye... "When we were working on the Fast & Furious ride for Universal Stu
Re: X to the rescue again...
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
Joe Marler "A specific commitment was made to deliver -- not just demonstrate -- the Metal API performance improvements in AE, Premiere, Illustrator and Photoshop. That has yet to arrive, after appro
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OT Sony sells Vegas?
by Steve Connor 4 months ago
https: news.creativecow.net story 881874
Re: OT Sony sells Vegas?
by Tim Wilson 4 months ago
Noah Kadner "I never understood why Sony was in the NLE business in the first place" They've been in it a lot longer than you might remember. (Although maybe you do!) At the high end, editing was par
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Tutorial: FCPX Workflow: One Smart Collection To Rule Them All
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
Apple FCPX Debates FCPX Workflow: One Smart Collection To Rule Them All The first key to workflow wizardry is to exploit an application's strengths. In exploring the nuances of FCPX, famed workflow w
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Re: FCPX Workflow: One Smart Collection To Rule Them All
by Jamie LeJeune 4 months ago
I spent this afternoon testing out the "One Smart Collection" method and ran into a hitch due to the differences in the way that smart collections filter clips and ranges versus the way the search fie
The Simpsons and Adobe
by Andrew Kimery 4 months ago
Tonight The Simpsons will have a 'live' segment thanks in part to Adobe Character Animator. People can call in and ask Homer questions and Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer, will answer them in rea
Re: The Simpsons and Adobe
by Andrew Kimery 4 months ago
A bit more detail about how the live Homer was pulled off. https: www.fxguide.com quicktakes the-simpsons-live-how-you-can-do-it-yourself utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialWarfar
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Blog: Making the Switch to X - A Comparative Study
by Charlie Austin 5 months ago
In a special NAB 2016 presentation at the FCP Exchange Workshop sponsored by FCPWORKS, Creative COW leader Charlie Austin compares FCP X to other NLEs from an editor's perspective. In addition to desc
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Re: Making the Switch to X - A Comparative Study
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
Sure, no problem. If it doesn't appeal to you, I'm certainly not going to argue the point. And it's certainly not about who can get there with fewer clicks - which quickly becomes a really daft argume
Article: Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool
by Tim Wilson 5 months ago
Business & Marketing Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool 15 years is a long time on the internet! Travel back with us to the days before YouTube, social media, digital cinema, smartp
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Re: Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
Totally brilliant article. What an amazing story! So much kudos to Ronald and Kathlyn and Tim and co for making all this happen. Congratulations on 15 years and more. Simon Ubsdell tokyo-uk.com
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Photoshop update - unable to open PNG
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
After updating to the latest Photoshop CC in the last couple of days, I don't seem to be able to open PNG files, resulting in the following error message: Has anyone else seen this Any suggestions for
Re: Photoshop update - unable to open PNG
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
Thanks for your help. A complete uninstall and reinstall seems to have sorted it out. Simon Ubsdell tokyo-uk.com
The annual commitment "paid monthly" is NOT a month-to-month subscription
by Bob Cole 8 months ago
I am writing to make a suggestion to others who are considering a subscription to the Creative Cloud: be very clear about the commitment that you are making. I say this in light of my own failure to d
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Re: The annual commitment "paid monthly" is NOT a month-to-month subscrip
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
David Mathis "Fusion is a very robust compositing application but After Effects is better for motion graphics." Although in principle this is right, I think I'd disagree that this is a hard and fast
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Motion Blur
by Jason Jenkins 5 years ago
The closest thing I can find to a motion blur in FCPX is 'directional' blur, which isn't that great. Any way to create a motion blur effect in Motion 5 and publish to FCPX Sigh. I may actually have to
Re: Motion Blur
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
Rob Marty "Im not able to find any settings in Motion for motion blur. Im running the latest version of Motion 5.2.2" Go to your Project Pane (Cmd+J) and you can find the motion blur settings there w
Minority Report - info panel
by chris brett 2 years ago
Anybody done one of those information panels as seen in Minority report and if so any tips on what to watch for please Looks pretty straightforward to me as long as the chromakey sections are shot wel
Re: Minority Report - info panel
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
I've just done a test project of this kind for an arm-mounted HUD and I think I did everything wrong - luckily it was only a test! You definitely want something very specific for the hands to point at
File: Bounce Project
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
zip file Here's a test project that shows you how to do the bounce technique using Oscillate behavior (set to half range) for the bounce and a Ramp behavior for the Amplitude (to slow it down): https:
Re: Bounce Project
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
I also notice that where your cursor is parked on the timeline the Amplitude is still showing 300+ when it should be zero. Make sure to set the Amplitude to zero before setting the Ramp behavior other
FCPX and Yosemite how is it working out with plugins etc?
by olof ekbergh 2 years ago
I am just wondering what luck editors are having with the new OS update. Maybe we can get a list of problematic plugins. Personally one plugin I don't want to be without is the new LUTutility. Has any
Re: FCPX and Yosemite how is it working out with plugins etc?
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Jeff Kirkland "With Yosemite's changes to AV Foundation under the hood, I think you'll find the plugins most at risk are those like mObject and many from FX Factory that are more GPU intensive." Hi J
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