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Stephen Pickering

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May 6th 2006
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Can I limit only the width of a text box without creating a fixed size?
by Stephen Pickering 9 months ago
Hi there, I created a mogrt that works almost perfectly for what I need. I need multiple lines (sometimes only a single line, other times 5 lines). Here's an example: https: youtu.be 78vhvjsy5-g It au
Re: Can I limit only the width of a text box without creating a fixed size?
by Stephen Pickering 9 months ago
Kalleheikki Kannisto "Here's a link to a fairly convoluted solution for a similar situation, will need some adjustment for your needs. Haven't tested in recent versions, don't know it if works in CC2
Create Line Break After X Number of Characters
by Bryce Poole 5 years ago
Hello, I have a lower third that I've created in after effects that I would like to be editable in Premiere using CC 2014's new template text feature. There are two lines on the lower third and I'd li
Re: Create Line Break After X Number of Characters
by Stephen Pickering 9 months ago
M rten Gunge ". How would this look if you want three or four lines Lots of else ifs or is there maybe a neater solution " I know this is an old post, but did you ever figure this out I'm wondering t
CC 19 Ram Preview not playing realtime even after cache
by Brian Mills 9 months ago
I am having a problem with playback from ram preview. 1080p project. Simple graphics. I get a green cache bar but it still only plays at 10fps avg I have 64 gb ram-latest video drivers- Not sure what
Re: CC 19 Ram Preview not playing realtime even after cache
by Stephen Pickering 9 months ago
Might be totally unrelated, but I had problems in the past when I had the audio meter panel showing in AE. One of the forums suggested closing that panel. Closing it solved my problem. I don't recall
Workflow for 23.976 source to 29.97 interlaced for broadcast delivery
by Stephen Pickering 10 months ago
I know this question has been asked before, but I'm still not totally clear on the best method. I have a 1920x1080 23.976 progressive sequence using footage that is also 23.976 progressive. Because I
Re: Workflow for 23.976 source to 29.97 interlaced for broadcast delivery
by Ricky Barrow 10 months ago
I have always been advised to run the 23.976 Progressive Master through After Effects, being told it was the best method for this conversion, using the last option of the 5 listed under 3:2 (I believe
Ideas on how to achieve this effect (text coming off of document)
by Stephen Pickering 2 years ago
Hi there, I'm working on a project that involves a description of how scanners can take paper documents and create searchable date. I love the concept found in this video: https: vimeo.com 69375692 at
Re: Ideas on how to achieve this effect (text coming off of document)
by Steve Bentley 2 years ago
Thats such a nice little piece. I think you are on the right track but you don't have to manually break up the words and you could technically do it all on one layer (but a few more might make it easi
[RESOLVED] Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks ceased to work after updating PP to 2014.1 !!!!
by John Mayer 5 years ago
I just upgraded Premiere Pro to 2014.1 on PC and now Magic Bullet Looks has ceased to work. It was working fine before the update. Now it missing in my effects list. When I open project that has it, i
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Re: [RESOLVED] Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks ceased to work after updating PP to 2014.1 !!!!
by Stephen Pickering 2 years ago
I know this is a REALLY old thread, but just wanted to thank you for the solution. I had a bunch of Red Giant Universe effects and transitions that suddenly disappeared. Spent 3 hours uninstalling, mo
Air travel with lithium batteries- suggestions?
by Stephen Pickering 2 years ago
Hi there, I found a post a year ago by Todd Terry about traveling with batteries. At the time he didn't run into any problems, but with the world the way it is I wouldn't be surprised if things have c
Re: Air travel with lithium batteries- suggestions?
by Stephen Pickering 2 years ago
Thought I'd post back. O'Hare put the bags right through without a second look, but Philadelphia had to pull out the batteries and run them through the x-ray separately. It's possible I packed them di
Software to create a "simple" slideshow?
by Stephen Pickering 2 years ago
Hi there, A client has asked for a very simple slideshow to loop in the background at a company anniversary party. It's something so simple that After Effects I think would be overkill for. It's almos
Re: Software to create a "simple" slideshow?
by Stephen Pickering 2 years ago
Thanks Nick. Power Point actually hadn't even crossed my mind because it's been years since I've used it. The client doesn't have time to do anything in house, so I'll be giving them a DVD that loops.
Screencaputre
by Marten Köpp 2 years ago
Hello guys, I don't know if this is the right forum but I ask it anyway. I am working on some productmovies and need to capture some screens. To get this done I am looking for portable screencapture s
Re: Screencaputre
by Stephen Pickering 2 years ago
I'm not at the right computer at the moment, but I'm almost certain Open Broadcaster Software https: obsproject.com is what I used on a recent project. It took a few minutes to get it set up and a few
Project (and drive) management suggestions.
by Stephen Pickering 3 years ago
Hi there, We're a small 2 person team but have a handful of clients (who we often retain footage for as we are working on projects several times a year for) as well as several one-off clients. Right n
Re: Project (and drive) management suggestions.
by Todd Terry 3 years ago
I guess Bob has some points, but upon revisiting the original post... I didn't notice one single time that Stephen complained about having to do the work to do proper backups, whined about the cost of
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Media Encoder is rendering the "Media Offline" message even though Premiere says it's online
by Kristopher Wile 5 years ago
Kind of stumped on this one. I have a series of videos I have to batch output for a client. I'm using Adobe Premiere for the editing and have been using After Effects for some heavy duty color correct
Re: Media Encoder is rendering the "Media Offline" message even though Premiere says it's online
by Stephen Pickering 3 years ago
"try to uncheck "Import sequences natively" in AME preferences!" This ^ fixed it for me! Thank you! -Stephen
Ghost look with energy, rippling, glowing edges?
by Stephen Pickering 3 years ago
Hi there, We're working on an effect for a haunted tour. We have some of the AtmosFX ghost projections: but there is one scene we would like to create using our own actress. We shot it and keyed it, b
Re: Ghost look with energy, rippling, glowing edges?
by Stephen Pickering 3 years ago
So, here's what I ended up going with. I'm still not totally happy with it, but it got the effect close enough... and I learned some new tools that I have to justify using in the future (using Mir and
Client project and footage retention. Best practices?
by Stephen Pickering 3 years ago
Hi there, I have no formal training in a production facility, so unfortunately I'm learning much of the "business" side of things as I go. One thing we are constantly running into is storage issues, a
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Re: Client project and footage retention. Best practices?
by John Cuevas 3 years ago
We have an archiving fee that's built into the contract. We use a Facillis system, so everything is pretty much in one place(save for the NLE) and once a project is closed, I collect the NLE and back
Project management software suggestions
by Stephen Pickering 3 years ago
Hi there, I need some advice on how to manage projects. Unfortunately, I don't have a project manager (the "business" is my wife and me with occasional freelancers). Right now I'm just using Excel, bu
Re: Project management software suggestions
by Elizabeth Mason 3 years ago
I've been interested in https: www.17hats.com but would love to hear more from people who have first hand experience with it.
Eeeesh...Another gizmo to learn.
by Ned Miller 3 years ago
So...I have a client of many years who habitually runs for office and when he's not in a campaign he is an activist for many political causes. His wife considers everything he does as newsworthy and i
Re: Eeeesh...Another gizmo to learn.
by Todd Terry 3 years ago
Could not agree more. Still, it made me say "Dang, that's cool.....dammit" T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
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Eyelines in talking head interviews
by Simon Ubsdell 3 years ago
This is pretty much completely off topic but I wanted somewhere to vent and here's as good a place as anywhere. So many people shooting talking heads which are supposed to be convincing the viewer of
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Re: Eyelines in talking head interviews
by Bill Davis 3 years ago
Hang on. Have you ever sat at a conference table and listened to opinions of individuals in a group setting and had the slightest bit of trouble assessing the veracity of the speakers - even those not
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Stephen Pickering liked this 3 years ago
Need advice on GoPro or C100 for night shoot
by Stephen Pickering 3 years ago
Hi there, I currently do most of my filming on the Canon C100, which is also great for low light. However for this next shoot we were asked about I'm not sure if the c100 is the right choice. We under
Re: Need advice on GoPro or C100 for night shoot
by Stephen Pickering 3 years ago
Warren Eig "Can you rig the C100 on the bike The GoPro has a really wide angle of view." That was one concern about the GoPro, but I haven't used one recently. I thought it could crop in-camera for n
How does copyright music work with YouTube?
by Stephen Pickering 4 years ago
I know this question has been asked before, but I'm wondering if there is an updated answer with how this works, now with YouTube identifying and tagging songs for artists groups. I have a client who
Re: How does copyright music work with YouTube?
by Stephen Pickering 4 years ago
Steve Brame "Here's one example..." That was really clever! I'm not sure if the initial awkwardness and hassle of syncing outweighs the fun video though. But a by-product was that I couldn't fast for
How do I rent a live monkey for a video shoot?
by Stephen Pickering 4 years ago
Hi there, I have two questions. First, my shoot will probably take place in Madison, WI. I Googled "madison monkey rentals" and found one company who rents monkeys, unfortunately it's not the ideal sp
Re: How do I rent a live monkey for a video shoot?
by Stephen Pickering 4 years ago
Despite all of the great offers by some of you to play monkeys, I continued our search... and might have secured a chimpanzee! The chimp tips our budget, but I think it will be worth persuading the cl
Need sound effect to build tension before flashback, where to start?
by Stephen Pickering 5 years ago
We shot a short film with a few flashbacks. We need a creative way to give the audience a tiny headsup before the flashback starts. We were thinking a subtle tension building "drone" would work - wher
Re: Need sound effect to build tension before flashback, where to start?
by Chris Wright 5 years ago
i believe if you reverse a really happy song or effect, add heavy echo, slow 200%, add heavy distortion, it comes out very sad. then just use a frequency shift tone down, like the doppler effect of a
Audio from Sennheiser Evolution G2 100 sounds like it had a noise gate?
by Stephen Pickering 5 years ago
I need some advise. I shot some video with my DSLR recently and was surprised to hear the audio to be noisy, but only noisy when there is talking. Almost like there's a noise gate that clips the audio
Re: Audio from Sennheiser Evolution G2 100 sounds like it had a noise gate?
by Bill Davis 5 years ago
I can't detect any "noise" or other issues - just the typical sound of the woeful super-cheap pre-amps in the typical DSLR. There's no low end, a serious peak in the upper mids and pretty bad HF detai
Question about shooting in public locations with or without a tripod.
by Stephen Pickering 5 years ago
Hi there, I have a friend who would like to shoot some footage of some park city scenery (not a busy street, train tracks, government building, etc). We won't be filming anyone specifically (the publi
Re: Question about shooting in public locations with or without a tripod.
by Stephen Pickering 5 years ago
I appreciate your input Todd. Tomorrow I'll look into the different locations and see if "film commissions" exist for them and see what I can learn about them. Thanks for your time!
Vertical color band on t2i footage.
by Stephen Pickering 5 years ago
Hi there, I've seen this on point and shoot cameras (and on our old flipcam) but never on the t2i. I saw another post about banding but I didn't see a definitive answer. Here's a screenshot: Is my sen
What's the best practice for streamlining uploading to multiple broadcasters?
by Stephen Pickering 5 years ago
Hi there, I've been asked to upload a 30 second spot to about 15 different broadcasters (most with FTP, thank goodness). I'm wondering if there is a streamlined workflow or a best practice I should be
Re: What's the best practice for streamlining uploading to multiple broadcasters?
by Tanvir Hossain 5 years ago
Video Cloud is designed to simplify the process of publishing your videos so that your single upload plays beautifully on the desktop, mobile device, and connected TV, no matter the content, resolutio
Need to assist client in burning a DVD... Simply.
by Stephen Pickering 5 years ago
Hi there, I have a client who would like to burn files I deliver to him (digitally) to DVD for stand-alone player playback. I always use Encore for all my DVD work. He doesn't need menus and simply wa
Re: Need to assist client in burning a DVD... Simply.
by Stephen Pickering 5 years ago
Thanks Jeff, that's what I was afraid of but I thought I had seen it done before where a simple MPG file worked. But maybe I'm mistaken or maybe it was a non-standard thing this specific player could
Ideas on how to do a simple "songify...ish" video.
by Stephen Pickering 5 years ago
Hi there, We're shooting a very simple "red carpet" interview video at our local business awards banquet event. The video is intended to be very informal; just a few semi-serious questions mixed with
Re: Ideas on how to do a simple "songify...ish" video.
by Stephen Pickering 5 years ago
Thanks Steven! It does make sense. I'm going to play around with your idea and I'll let you know if we actually try it or not. The PitchShifter sounds intriguing. I've never used it with keyframes bef
Exporting for Charter - suggestions
by Stephen Pickering 5 years ago
Hi there, I currently have a timeline in Premiere Pro CS6 which is 1920x1080 29.97 Progressive. I was asked to send it to Charter (Cable provider) for broadcasting. Charter allows the following: 1080i
Re: Exporting for Charter - suggestions
by Stephen Pickering 5 years ago
Thank you Chris, So making it interlaced sounds like the right way to go (even though it's Progressive now) as long as I change it FROM 30P TO to 59.94i uff The titles are placed in the title safe are
Exporting DNxHD footage is blowing out bright whites (making turquoise!)
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
Here's a link to a video with the obvious problems: http: youtu.be oaptxbXqji0 t=17s (at 17 seconds the motorcycle lights are turquoise- and throughout.) This problem is not seen in the first export b
Re: Exporting DNxHD footage is blowing out bright whites (making turquoise!)
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
"Not to derail the thread Stephen, but I love the opening music...what track is that " Thanks John, The music is "The Grand Reveal" by Tim McMorris http: audiojungle.net item the-grand-reveal 4747460
Can't import .MXF files into Encore CS6
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
Hi there, I exported a .mxf file from Premiere Pro CS6 which I would now like to import into Encore CS6. Upon trying to import I get the following error: The software that's used to decode the media i
Re: Can't import .MXF files into Encore CS6
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
Thanks Daniel, That's how I usually do it but this particular project has several smaller clips (but a lot of footage). I was hoping to avoid the extra step of calculating the total duration of all of
How would I slow a song to stop (ramp)?
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
I have some music which needs to come to an abrupt awkward stop. Usually I use a record scratch to stop the music. However, in this project I've already used it just a few moments before, so I think s
Re: How would I slow a song to stop (ramp)?
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
Ah, time-remapping in AE doesn't let me hold it when it gets too slow- it just goes silent. I would like it to drone (is that the word ) for a second before it fades to silence. Any ideas Thanks!
CR-H458 Setup question
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
Hi there, I've purchased a CineRaid CR-H458 unit which I will be setting up as RAID1 (which I understand simply duplicates the data across 2 drives. I just want it for redundancy. I have two questions
Re: CR-H458 Setup question
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
Thank you for your responses. RAID 5 might be better for me. I decided on RAID 1 for some reason when researching this. I think it might have been because I was thinking about an external harddrive to
Need some advice on good shotgun mic and preamp for T2i
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
Hi there, I ve finally decided to purchase the Juicedlink RM333 but now I need to decide on a microphone. I will not be using a separate recorder but rather feeding from the mic to the preamp and then
Re: Need some advice on good shotgun mic and preamp for T2i
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
Thank you guys for your suggestions! I ended up picking up the Audio-Technica AT875R. I found this based on some suggestions on forums I came across during research as well as the creator of JuicedLin
Can I "Share" a CineRAID across my Windows 7 network?
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
Hi, I'm new to RAID but I'm interested in setting up a RAID 5 simply to keep a redundant copy of my editing drive in case of hardware failure. I thought about getting something like the CineRAID CR-H4
Re: Can I "Share" a CineRAID across my Windows 7 network?
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
Thank you Alex, I appreciate your quick feedback. That's what I was hoping to hear. As we start doing more we'll look into a better setup but I'm glad to hear this should work for now, even with the s
How to change "beginTime = thisLayer.inPoint" to keyframe or checkbox?
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
Hi there, I have a comp which uses the following expression: beginTime = thisLayer.inPoint; if (time < beginTime){ 0 }else{ t = time - beginTime; veloc = effect("Velocity")("Slider") *.1; amplitude
Re: How to change "beginTime = thisLayer.inPoint" to keyframe or checkbox?
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
Works perfectly Dan, Thanks!
Tips to achieving crisp menu text?
by Stephen Pickering 7 years ago
Hi there, I know I can't expect a whole lot from a compressed SD menu, but are there any tips to getting a little clearer titles (as in button text) If I use the different text modes "sharp" "Crisp" "
Re: Tips to achieving crisp menu text?
by Roger Hendrick 7 years ago
That may be true, it's an old plugin. All it does is map the full RGB to the four subpicture colors in a fixed way - all reddish colors get forced to 255,0,0, blueish get pushed to 0,0,255 etc. If you
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Advice for exporting to DVD for playback in India.
by Stephen Pickering 8 years ago
Hi there, I have a customer interested in a video being shot here but for playback via DVD in India. I understand India is PAL and I know I will be shooting NTSC (AVCHD). I hear most players in India
Re: Advice for exporting to DVD for playback in India.
by Stephen Pickering 8 years ago
Thank you Eric!
Rolling Shutter and Flashbanding on HMC40
by Stephen Pickering 9 years ago
Hi there, I recently shot some reception dance footage using the HMC40. Unfortunately, the DJ used strobe lights for many of the dances which the rolling shutter on these cameras HATES. I know I can't
Re: Rolling Shutter and Flashbanding on HMC40
by Stephen Pickering 9 years ago
Hey Noah, thank you for the input! I know I notice a lot more "technical" issues that most audiences don't notice, but this particular client asked about it. It's not that they are upset but simply as
Shot footage but need something other than .mxf
by Stephen Pickering 9 years ago
I shot some green screen shots the other day with my HMC40. My current workflow is using AVCHD Transcoder to convert the .mts files to .mxf files. The mxf files I can use in PPro CS4 but I didn't real
Re: Shot footage but need something other than .mxf
by Stephen Pickering 9 years ago
Thank you Guy and Noah, I'll take a look at NEO SCENE. It turns out that the post production house has CS5 which was able to open the "raw" AVCHD footage without a hickup. I just copied the file struc
Any recommended settings for theatre theater stage light filming?
by Stephen Pickering 9 years ago
I have the HMC40 but I assume the settings will be very similar to the 150. If there is another forum more appropriate please advise. I just picked up the HMC40 and have a dance recital this weekend t
Re: Any recommended settings for theatre theater stage light filming?
by Stephen Pickering 9 years ago
Thank you Noah, Shooting anything progressive (at least with this camera) changes the file size allot. Instead of 3+ hours with HE1080 60i I get only 49 minutes with PH720 24p. If this is the case I s
Internal Error
by Tobsson 13 years ago
When I try to build my DVD I always get an internal error. It shows when it is preparing disclayout. It looks like this: internal software error: . Editortemplates.cpp, line 698. It is really annoying
Re: Internal Error
by Stephen Pickering 13 years ago
I too have this error! I have tried removing all overides but I still get the error. is there any way to fix this error for good Has anyone contacted Adobe yet I'll try them and see what happens.
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