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Adobe
by John Davidson 1 day ago
Adobe has released YET ANOTHER update to AE CC 2015 that STILL can't ram preview in realtime on a 5k iMac. The workarounds are: Turn of retina on an iMac Select render queue while previewing and it go
Re: Adobe
by Kevin Monahan 1 day ago
Hi John, This is a known issue on OS X 10.11.x. We're working on a fix. Our Product Manager has written about the issue here. After Effects CC 2015 (13.5-13.7) has an incompatibility with a Mac OS X d
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 15 hours ago
The annual commitment "paid monthly" is NOT a month-to-month subscription
by Bob Cole 1 week 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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David Lawrence liked this 6 days ago
Re: The annual commitment "paid monthly" is NOT a month-to-month subscrip
by Simon Ubsdell 6 days 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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Tutorial: Blackmagic Design Fusion 8 Intro Tutorial: Fusion Reactor
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Blackmagic Design Fusion Blackmagic Design Fusion 8 Intro Tutorial: Fusion Reactor Blackmagic Design Fusion has long been known as an incredibly powerful node-based 3D compositing and VFX environment
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Andrew Holmes liked this 2 months ago
@Brian Scott
by Simon Ubsdell 7 days ago
The default cylindrical mapping is always going to give hard edges to the sides so I think I'd try using a UV map tool set to camera mapping so I could control the transparency that way, but there are
Motion 5 Tutorial : Departure Board Title Animation
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
If it's of interest to anybody, here is a new tutorial for Motion 5 that shows you how to create a departure board type animation that looks like this: http: youtu.be ywWGK8eKc6Y And here's the tutori
Re: Motion 5 Tutorial : Departure Board Title Animation
by Simon Ubsdell 1 week ago
Hi Bernard Please feel free to email me your project and I'd be happy to take a look - see here for details of how to contact me. http: tokyo-uk.com fcpxeffects support.html Simon Ubsdell tokyo-uk.com
Back to FCPX From PP (Rant)
by Lillian Young 3 weeks ago
After a lot of Premiere hype and realizing some advantages that make it feel more professional + AE integration, I switched to Premiere Pro last year. Some things made me smile (maximizing windows, dy
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Patrick Donegan liked this 2 weeks ago
Re: Back to FCPX From PP (Rant)
by Oliver Peters 2 weeks ago
Joe Marler "you have written about post-production on "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". That film had a 200:1 shooting ratio and 443 hours of material. ... ... The gigantic shooting ratio essentiall
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 weeks ago
Motion Blur
by Jason Jenkins 4 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 3 weeks 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
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot trailer
by Oliver Peters 2 months ago
First trailer is out for the next film from the "Focus" team. Edited on FCP X. https: www.youtube.com watch v=dxAcIWDi8ps - Oliver Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC Orlando, FL www.oliverpet
Re: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot trailer
by Oliver Peters 2 months ago
Remember this is a trailer. It was probably cut by a trailer company by a completely different editor and a completely different system. Unless it was Charlie, odds are it wasn't cut with FCP X. So I
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 months ago
Metaphors and terminology
by Oliver Peters 2 months ago
The "dissolve" sidetrack in the "Hate and Love" thread got me thinking about the terminology and metaphors we use in editing and how imperfect they are. For example, we still refer to "offline" and "o
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David Lawrence liked this 2 months ago
Re: Metaphors and terminology
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Charlie Austin "Why not if you're shooting a feature, each day on set is an "Event" which generates dailies that are associated with it. I agree it is all semantics, but event, as it's defined, is a
Hate and Love
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
If you're anything like me (and I guess you're probably lucky if you're not), you will be deeply conflicted about the applications that you use. When I'm in After Effects, I wish it could be more like
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David Lawrence liked this 2 months ago
Re: Hate and Love
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Walter Soyka "I think I derailed this one a bit. " Derailing is great - I love derailing. That's where all the great ideas come from. Simon Ubsdell tokyo-uk.com
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A New Job Posting at Apple
by David Lawrence 2 months ago
I was going to let Aindreas post this one but I'll put it out for your consideration: http: www.theverge.com 2015 12 13 10029498 apple-final-cut-pro-x-assistant-editor-job-adobe-premiere-avid Happy Ho
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David Mathis liked this 2 months ago
Re: A New Job Posting at Apple
by Jeremy Garchow 2 months ago
Oliver Peters "And those huge data centers Apple is building certainly aren't running on Macs. " No, just an array of iPhones.
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 months ago
What slows you down?
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Another follow-up to theWhat is editing speed link thread: what slows you down What's the biggest bottleneck or frustration in your workflow Are there any speed bumps in your workflow that are actuall
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David Lawrence liked this 2 months ago
Re: What slows you down?
by Shawn Miller 2 months ago
Walter Soyka "What about you What slows you down, both in bad ways and good " People - Improperly scoped projects leading to long hours near the end of post - Slow review cycles - Unhelpful feedback
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 months ago
what is editing speed ?
by Herb Sevush 2 months ago
I wanted to starting a new thread based on this whole concept of editing speed. As per the previous thread ( https: forums.creativecow.net readpost 335 85784 ) I agree that it is hard to quantify exac
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Chris Harlan liked this 2 months ago
Re: what is editing speed ?
by Aindreas Gallagher 2 months ago
Simon Ubsdell "most efficient way to use pancaked timelines though is copy and paste. Which is why pancaking is an even greater advantage over tabbing." I've decided drag and drop from the pancake vs
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 months ago
More on the editing arts
by Oliver Peters 2 months ago
Doc editing http: www.provideocoalition.com art-of-the-cut-with-steve-audette-of-frontline - Oliver Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC Orlando, FL www.oliverpeters.com
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 2 months ago
Re: More on the editing arts
by Steve Connor 2 months ago
As one of the "special breed" I feel I'm less Bernini and more Damien Hirst.
Apple and Adobe Software: Together
by Jason Jenkins 3 months ago
If that isn't a warm and fuzzy subject line, I don't know what is. I'm curious how many here "own" and use both the Apple Pro Apps and the Adobe Suite. I like having it all at my fingertips. I really
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David Lawrence liked this 3 months ago
Re: Apple and Adobe Software: Together
by Dennis Radeke 3 months ago
On the thread in general - always an interesting conversation albeit, the same folks are always adamantly staking out their same positions... Robin S. Kurz "Huh So how exactly do "continuing improveme
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Simon Ubsdell liked this 3 months ago
Tutorial: Apple Motion 5: Crystal Spheres
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
Apple Motion Apple Motion 5: Crystal Spheres Apple Motion 5 has many powerful compositing and graphics features, but its 3D feature set is, alas, limited. (For those keeping score, it's only 2.5D). S
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Shawn Miller liked this 4 months ago
Re: Apple Motion 5: Crystal Spheres
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
Charlie Austin "Followed instructions and mine actually looked good" Yours probably looked better! Simon Ubsdell tokyo-uk.com
Tutorial: Apple Motion 5 Volumetric Fog Tutorial
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
Apple Motion Apple Motion 5 Volumetric Fog Tutorial Building on his popular "Volumetric Lighting" tutorial, Simon Ubsdell raises the game once more with this Apple Motion 5 tutorial that ad
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DeNi Santana liked this 6 months ago
Tutorial: Apple Motion 5: Science Fiction-Style Glitchy Interference
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
Apple Motion Apple Motion 5: Science Fiction-Style Glitchy Interference You've seen the effect: video noise and glitchy interference, now a staple of contemporary sci-fi visuals. Simon Ubsdell shows
'Best' render settings worse resolution than 'Normal'
by Shannon McClean 2 years ago
Hi. Motion is really annoying me at the moment. I've created a FCP generator which starts out close up on a replicator cell and zooms back from it. When I choose 'Best' render quality is appears very
Re: 'Best' render settings worse resolution than 'Normal'
by Simon Ubsdell 10 months ago
In case anyone is interested in the answer to this question, you need to select Custom from the Render Quality menu and turn off High Quality Resampling: Best Quality in this case is trying to smooth
Using a Video as a Key
by Phil Baur 12 months ago
Remember back in the early days of digital video when people would film an empty frame, then, without changing the camera, they would have someone in the frame. Then, in post, they would put the secon
Re: Using a Video as a Key - Creating a Difference Keyer in Motion
by Simon Ubsdell 12 months ago
Robin S. Kurz "Oh yeah... Motion is one of the COLOR difference matte-rs. " Surely all Difference Blend modes return a color image from a color input and not grayscale, or am I missing something As I
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Minority Report - info panel
by chris brett 1 year 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 1 year 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
I only want to see the reflection, not the surface it's reflecting on
by Gareth Randall 1 year ago
I have some text over a background, and I want that text to have a blurry reflection. Easy enough to do by creating a "floor" for the text to reflect onto, but I only want to see the reflection, I don
Re: I only want to see the reflection, not the surface it's reflecting on
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
I hope that helped. Just to clarify what's happening with the Overlay Blend Mode in this scenario. Overlay uses a combination of the Screen on the lighter pixels, and Multiply on the darker pixels and
How to emulate particle turbulence in Motion?
by Gareth Randall 1 year ago
I'm trying to replicate this AE tutorial in Motion... Fire ember particles I can't find a simulation behaviour that satisfactorily emulates the Turbulence parameter in Particular. There only seem to b
Re: How to emulate particle turbulence in Motion?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Faking turbulence is a lot harder in Motion than in Ae but I've had some good results using the Vortex behavior, as in this tutorial: http: youtu.be p1ve_pNm6YA I've also experimented with adding a Ra
File: Bounce Project
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year 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): http:
Re: Bounce Project
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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
TKY Free FCPX Reflection Effect
by Simon Ubsdell 4 years ago
2782_tkyreflectioneffect.zip Add a reflection to an image with controls for: - Black White background selection; - Reflection Opacity; - Reflection Fade Position; - Reflection Blur; - Contrast, and c
Re: TKY Free FCPX Reflection Effect
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Mike Rivera "I am looking for this exact same effect for keynote presentations. Do you still have it " Check out my extremely popular free picture-in-picture effect available from FxFactory: http: to
Roto-scoping wine bottle spinning on a lazy susan
by Paul Boone 1 year ago
Hello, So I filmed a wine bottle against a green background so that I could key out the green and keep the wine bottle, but because the green was reflected against the glass of the bottle, it took awa
Re: Roto-scoping wine bottle spinning on a lazy susan
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
You really should be able to get a decent key off that image - I managed to get a nice clean one even off that JPEG (admittedly using a keyer I built myself). What are you using to try and key it Roto
File: Border Thing
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
zip file Auto-scale text box http: f1.creativecow.net 8076 border-thing
Adobe Chat not available - any ideas?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
When I try to access Adobe chat help, I get the following message: Please quit and restart your browser to start a new chat session. Which however still won't allow me to initiate a new chat session.
Re: Adobe Chat not available - any ideas?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 year ago
Hi Kevin Problem solved. I just wanted to add that I know Adobe support has come in for a lot of flak, but in this case, although it took quite a while to track down the issue, the response time was v
cutting promos with premiere is the nicest thing in the entire world.
by Aindreas Gallagher 2 years ago
I had to say it. I'm in a big broadcaster for a few months that does a lot of sport. they have avid - around sixty suites of avid. Horrible horrible horrible avid on isis as far as the eye can see. I
Re: cutting promos with premiere is the nicest thing in the entire world.
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Aindreas Gallagher "either way there has to be a more proper compact with the customer - at least the one who doesn't have photoshop tattooed on their forehead. " What is it with those darn paparazzi
File: TKY B&W Grunge Transition
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
zip file FCP X transition http: f1.creativecow.net 7685 tky-bw-grunge-transition
Upscaling 1080p for DCP ...
by Paul Figgiani 2 years ago
I'm sifting through all the steps necessary to create a DCP package with the original footage shot at 1080p. It looks like the information that is out there regarding upscaling is accurate - footage w
Re: Upscaling 1080p for DCP ...
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Paul Figgiani "I was just wondering if anyone has had the chance to view 2K (2048x858) material that has been upscaled from 1080p on a large projection screen If so how does it look " We work this wa
RGB Balance equivalent in FCPX
by Adam White 2 years ago
Something (one of many) things I miss from FCP7 in X is the RGB Balance filter. It used to be a great little tool, because it allowed you to fairly precisely alter the R, G and B colour ranges in the
Re: RGB Balance equivalent in FCPX
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Try this really great free plug-in from Rob Mackintosh: http: www.fcp.co forum colour-correction 10962-free-fcpx-effect-wvl-rgbbalance Or for lots more control check out his excellent commercial plug-
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Anyone use Xto7 App recently? Is it better now?
by Edward Harby 2 years ago
Just wondering if Xto7 is working properly now. Thinking about getting it but the reviews from previous updates (2012) show that I should walk away. It's 2014 now. Has it changed much I found 7toX gre
Re: Anyone use Xto7 App recently? Is it better now?
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Bret Williams "And the pro-tools session went off without a hitch." Agreed. Much as I like X2Pro I often find that Xto7 is the most dependable way of getting into ProTools. And I would reiterate the
How do Drop Zones work in 10.1?
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
A slightly loaded question but I'm hoping someone here can give a definitive answer. In the early days of FCP X I made quite a few Motion templates that relied on Drop Zones but after a while I had to
Re: How do Drop Zones work in 10.1?
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Hi Nick Yes, that does seem like a simple and efficient solution - and one that gives reliable results. Thanks for sharing. Many thanks. S. Simon Ubsdell www.tokyo-uk.com
View channels
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Embarrassingly basic question, sorry, but how can I view the individual RGB channels in Pr I can see very clearly how to view the Alpha channel but the others ... not so much. Thanks. Simon Ubsdell ww
Re: View channels
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Thanks. That's certainly a kind of a way of doing it although it's not the same as actually viewing the grayscale values of channels. I was hoping there was a simple view menu option that's easy to re
File: TKY Section Highlighter
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
zip file Highlight a section of text and blur the background http: f1.creativecow.net 6531 tky-section-highlighter
Low Volume (I know, but i've only just started using it)
by Iain MacKinnon 3 years ago
I am mixing a simple song on Soundtrack Pro (2.0.2) When attempting to master my track (8 channels) the master volume is right at the cusp of peaking but for some reason it's much quieter than a regul
Re: Low Volume (I know, but i've only just started using it)
by Simon Ubsdell 3 years ago
Here's another handy reference for what's involved: http: www.homerecordingconnection.com news.php action=view_story&id=154 Simon Ubsdell www.tokyo-uk.com
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Soundtrack Pro Replacement Suggestion please
by Robert Bengraff 3 years ago
I am a sound designer for film and video (not a musician) I have made a good living using Soundtrack pro and am quite sad that it is no longer. I am now faced with replacing it and all of the reviews
Re: Soundtrack Pro Replacement Suggestion please
by Simon Ubsdell 3 years ago
Logic X is amazing value for money - it's not in the same league as ProTools for audio post but it really is a pleasure to use, and if you were a musician you'd really love it. Personally I wouldn't b


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