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Strange Accents added to text
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
I was given a project from a client and when I try to make any changes to their text the text seems to automatically change to another language and adds accents to the text. Any way to change it back
Best way to customize a Mac Pro
by Stephen Smith 10 months ago
I would love some advice on how to best customize a Mac Pro. It will be for After Effects, Premiere and occasionally DaVinci Resolve for color grading. But mostly After Effects. It will be for project
Re: Best way to customize a Mac Pro
by Stephen Smith 10 months ago
I pulled the trigger and made the purchase. I did go with the OWC RAM and saved a lot of money. Now I have to figure out how to install the RAM :-) Stephen Smith Savvy Productions Check out my Vimeo p
Backing up the files
by Juan Juig 1 year ago
Hi! I have an external hard drive with just a bit over 9TB of raw footage for a film, that I would like to backup to another external hard drive (even though there is another copy of it, but just to b
Re: Backing up the files
by Stephen Smith 11 months ago
I know this isn't the answer you are looking for but I would back it up on an LTO tape instead. Hard drives are not good long term storage solutions and actually need to be turned on occasionally to k
Anybody here selling stock footage? Either as a sideline or a main business....
by Tim Wilson 3 years ago
I'm just curious about this. It's been a while since we've talked about it here, and I know that business has changed for a lot of you over the years, so just laying it out there. Anybody selling foot
Re: Anybody here selling stock footage? Either as a sideline or a main business....
by Stephen Smith 11 months ago
Best of luck. Stephen Smith Savvy Productions Check out my Vimeo page
motion track an object that is changing shape
by Jens Noelte 12 months ago
Hi all, planar tracker (mocha) won't work because the shape needs to be the same throughout the track. How would you track arms, legs, or other body parts that bend, cause wrinkles in clothes etc... H
Re: motion track an object that is changing shape
by Stephen Smith 12 months ago
Does this mean you can't see their face Stephen Smith Savvy Productions Check out my Vimeo page
old, young, dinosaur, phone carrier
by grinner hester 1 year ago
I posted something on FB today and it's getting some interesting responses. I thought I'd share what I wrote here: Just had a dude, interview style, ask me how many years of After Effects experience I
Re: old, young, dinosaur, phone carrier
by Stephen Smith 1 year ago
I first touched After Effects in 1997 but didn't really learn it until version 4. The person interviewing you might have been confused because back in the early 2000s the motion graphics were very exp
RAID setup for 4k editing- Advice sought!
by Varun Trikha 1 year ago
Hello, Can the kind editing porofessionals help me out with their valuable feedback and advice here, please. I have been working on a documentary as a director for 5 years and now we are entering the
Re: RAID setup for 4k editing- Advice sought!
by Stephen Smith 1 year ago
The big reason you want to go with a RAID is because it offers you protection. Imagine if one of our current drives fail. All that hard work is gone forever. A RAID is set up to have a redundant drive
After effects animation with dots
by Holly Smith 3 years ago
I have an animation with dots brought in from illustrator I m unable to create the dots individually or with a repeater witching after effects because of brand reasons. How would I go about animating
Re: After effects animation with dots
by Stephen Smith 1 year ago
If you want it to be like rain why not use Trapcode Particular or CC World like in this tutorial: https: www.youtube.com watch v=H-Sz5T_iWyg Stephen Smith Savvy Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Any opinions on the MacPro first look today?
by Rich Rubasch 1 year ago
Looked like the MacPro is back....priced to start around the iMacPro but upgradable....8 PCI slots Awesome! And lots of room for growth in the RAM and GPU department....plus Apple's own video card....
Re: Any opinions on the MacPro first look today?
by Stephen Smith 1 year ago
I don't have any docs for our iMacPro's. We have a server that connects our computers. Because of the server, it takes up 1 ethernet port so I have a Belkin USB Type-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter for
Construction Safety - Compliance Video
by Andrew Tucker 2 years ago
Good Afternoon, I am the video specialist for a Construction company and have been asked to create a field employee orientation "video." Our copyrighter and myself took their powerpoint presentation a
Re: Construction Safety - Compliance Video
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Do you have any samples of what you are trying to do I don't quite understand what you are asking for. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Don't know to use a Template
by Gioele Brancaleoni 2 years ago
Hi, I have a template for an Intro, but I don't know how to use it, can someone help me
Re: Don't know to use a Template
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Do you know how to use After Effects Was there a help document that came with the template Do you have a link to the template URL Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Missing options for motion tracking!
by Albin Ernholm 5 years ago
Hi everyone! What an awesome forum! :) I'm curious to know if anyone has encountered the same problem with (I'm guessing) the latest CC version (or if it's just me), since when last I used the motion
Re: Missing options for motion tracking!
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Oh my words! This just happened to me. Thanks for the help. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
After Effect import vector comp issue
by Antonio Petit 2 years ago
Hello Friends, I have a problem importing a .ai file. I have a 1920x1080 .ai , but, some of the layers are outside of the artwork area ( is necessary because some of this layers are big and need to be
Re: After Effect import vector comp issue
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
You can only bring it what is in the .ai comp size. If you are not willing to edit the artboard size in illustrator then you have the following options. 1. Grab everything in illustrator and shrink th
Mosaic Build Suggestions
by Chip Hess 2 years ago
Looking to create an animation which 'builds' an image. Many photos flying in to form one large photo. End result will look like a mosaic, but I need to animate the individual pieces photos flying in
Re: Mosaic Build Suggestions
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Roger that. Best of luck. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Stock photos
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
I really didn't know where to post this but it made me laugh so hard I had to share. I think we have all had to search for stock photos or footage. Photo #1 is a real head-scratcher. https: www.boredp
Re: Stock photos
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
The "throwing spaghetti in the air in a forest" I think is my favorite. I have no idea why anyone would ever do that but oh my words it makes me laugh. Maybe it is her superpower. To shoot spaghetti o
Please rate
by artjoms zikuns 2 years ago
Hello to all! I here recently edited a video about my trip, but there s really no one to ask who would point out the mistakes. Please look and evaluate, what do you think Would it be okay to show for
Re: Please rate
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
I had to bail after what felt like a minute of you walking off the plane. Ansel Adams is a very famous photographer. If you look at his life's body of work there aren't that many photos if you think a
Newbie to archiving with LTO tapes. I need a clear explanation and advice.
by jack wormell 8 years ago
Hi There I work for a small production company, I'm in charge of media management and workflow. We are building up a large quantity of external hard drives and with continuing commissions for projects
Re: Newbie to archiving with LTO tapes. I need a clear explanation and advice.
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Zoe, I'm not sure I understand your question. Are you asking how LTO works Also, are you on a Mac or PC Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
It's that time of year....
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
The annual appearance of our vintage aluminum Christmas tree just always makes our already-kitschy lobby a bit extra tacky... and festive! Although last year I had a perfect record during assembly, th
Re: It's that time of year....
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
That's great. Don't let your wife destroy your major award :-) Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Glidecam HD4000 mounting issue
by Dean Daniels 2 years ago
A friend lent me a glidecam he uses with a smaller DSLR. I would like to use it with a Canon C100. Look how the mounting plate is off to one side, surely it should be in the middle and I won't be able
Re: Glidecam HD4000 mounting issue
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Happy to help. Best of luck. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
I need a specialist in stock footage.
by Jim Curtis 2 years ago
I've just been asked to bid on posting a project that would require extensive use of stock footage of historical events during and after the 9-11 attacks in the USA. As you know, there are dozens of s
Re: I need a specialist in stock footage.
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
I agree, I would start with Getty. Depending on what you need you can also use Google to point you in the right direction. For example, I typed "9 11 stock footage" and this was the first result: http
A difficult client.
by Paul Guarri 2 years ago
Hi, I was asked to work as a finishing editor on some projects. I will work at the client's place. I must be available for about two or three days per project but they don't have a schedule. They told
Re: A difficult client.
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
That is crazy! I think the idea of a retainer is a good one. It motivates them to use you instead of not using you. Also, do they really need you to come in How far away are you from their office If y
How should I invoice for a fixed price project?
by Chris Park 2 years ago
Hi there! First of all, thanks so much for sparing your precious time for me :). I'm a motion designer in Sydney with about a year of experience in the industry but have never done a fixed price freel
Re: How should I invoice for a fixed price project?
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
You have worked with the client before. Have they ever not paid you Have they been a bad client If you said No then I think you have a good relationship and don't need to worry. If you answered Yes th
Cloudy or not
by Marcus Warren 2 years ago
This statement was made in a recent article on Pro Video Collection: "...every editor has the Creative Cloud, no matter what NLE you use, as we all use After Effects, and Photoshop in one form or anot
Re: Cloudy or not
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
That is a funny statement that everyone has Creative Cloud. You could edit in FCP and Motion and not need Creative Cloud. Are they saying the big Hollywood films where yes Grinner, someone only does "
Are there any gimbals that use manual focus when follow focusing?
by ryan elder 2 years ago
I was thinking of buying the Zhiyun Crane. However, I don't know if the follow focus is good on it, because it uses the cameras electronic focusing system, and I've never thought highly of electronic
Re: Are there any gimbals that use manual focus when follow focusing?
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
ryan elder Okay thanks, but I thought I would just use the tools I got. Plus I think that the crane follow focus, actually is made for DSLR lenses, and not cine lenses, isn't it The Crane 2 Servo Fol
More of a Design Question - Dealing with Text and Video
by Andrew Tucker 2 years ago
Good Morning, I work in a corporate environment where I get a lot of colliding feedback from the Up and Ups (we have a shifty approval process). I just introduced them to Screenlight (being new to it
Re: More of a Design Question - Dealing with Text and Video
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Make sure your client understands that in general people don't want to read much when they watch a video. A lot of people will stop reading the text if there is too much. If you have a voice in the vi
Is this scene necessary for my short film to tell the story?
by ryan elder 2 years ago
Basically for my short film, I am not sure if this scene is necessary or not to tell the story, and maybe audiences would make sense of it without it. Basically in the plot an auditor is assigned to a
Re: Is this scene necessary for my short film to tell the story?
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
If your gut tells you it is not necessary it probably isn't. Shorter is better in my opinion. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
how to - effect
by kjp Upton 2 years ago
Hey guys! Am new to this so hoping I'm doing it right. Anyway! I'm posting on here to ask if anyone knows how I can recreate this effect. Of course there's green screen in there but how do you do this
Re: how to - effect
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
I guess they didn't really need any help Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Andrew Tucker 2 years ago
Hi Stephen, I added you because I felt like we may be in the same type setting. Part of an Internal Video team or at least the video person for our company. I know I definitely have a lot of questions because the position is still being molded and formed 3 years later.
Cheers!
Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Sure, what questions do you have
1000 Posts
by Stephen Smith 11 years ago
I just hit my 1000th post, which I'm very excited about. I know some people around here do that kind of posting in a month or so, but for me, I think that it is cool. However, I was hoping for somethi
Re: 5000 Posts
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Can't wait. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
I want to hire someone to train me on Yoyotta LTFS
by Doug Weiner 3 years ago
Anybody out there use Yoyotta I am willing to pay and want about 60-120 minutes of your time to master Yoyotta. I am not interested in the FCP, conform parts. I really need help with understanding the
Re: I want to hire someone to train me on Yoyotta LTFS
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
YoYotta's training videos can also be of some help. I use it but I'm not an expert: https: vimeo.com yoyotta Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
YoYotta Archive Software
by Stan Kellam 2 years ago
Does anyone use this software for LTO back up and have a good handle on it I find it really confusing to read their database and their videos do not help. Would love to find someone who could get me o
Re: YoYotta Archive Software
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Stan, I agree, all LTO software options I have looked at are really confusing. I use YoYotta and have found that their video tutorials are really helpful: https: vimeo.com yoyotta Stephen Smith Utah V
RE: New Forum
by Sam Lesante Jr. 3 years ago
Is there a "buyer beware" forum There's a company I've been dealing with for 5 yrs. that I bought a product from but has yet to give me a working unit Thanks
Re: RE: New Forum
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
I would post it in the Business and Marketing Forum. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
YouTube Partner Program and AdSense - insight?
by Christina Crawley 3 years ago
I need to start utilizing the CARDS and END SCREEN functionality for my company's YouTube content to link back to our website. However, they now have it setup so you have to apply and provide payment
Re: YouTube Partner Program and AdSense - insight?
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Did you ever figure out what to do Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Is $250/minute for whiteboard animation worth it?
by Joe Clark 3 years ago
Hello, I am looking to have a whiteboard animation done, as all the top (Clickbank) sellers in my niche have such a sales page. I found a seller on oDesk, with testimonials of past projects(whiteboard
Re: Is $250/minute for whiteboard animation worth it?
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
It is hard to find good talent to voice your video for $250. As mentioned, if you want a video with a bunch of pre-built elements and not a lot of creative control then you can do down that road. I wo
Suggestions designing videos for a company
by Joe Clark 3 years ago
Hello, I am designing videos for a company ,as this is my first project it should be the best. And all the videos are Video Demonstration of a project . But I am looking for a software to design these
Re: Suggestions designing videos for a company
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Another vote for creative cloud. However, if you have never edited before it may not be the best solution. How much editing are you planning on doing Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my
Which is the best software to design animated videos?
by Joe Clark 3 years ago
Hello everyone, I just wanted to ask if u guys can recommend a good software for animating in 2D .I have been learning 3d and create some 2D 3D Explainer Video now but I have now discovered that 2D an
Re: Which is the best software to design animated videos?
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Another vote for Adobe After Effects. If budget is a concern and you are on a Mac you can use Motion. But I feel After Effects is the industry standard for 2D motion graphics. Stephen Smith Utah Video
Boss handed me a box of external hard drives and said "archive all this video somewhere"
by Randy Hansen 2 years ago
Literally, the title states what happened. I've worked here for about 9 months. The other day, the boss walked in with a box of a dozen or so external hard drives from the past decade containing video
Re: Boss handed me a box of external hard drives and said "archive all this video somewhere"
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
When I'm done with a project and have enough completed projects I back them up to an LTO tape. I'm on a mac so I use Neo Finder to make a record or every file on the tape. Then when someone says go an
Server or something
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
I'm looking for the best option to connect 2 iMac Pro's together so we can edit off the same drive. I'm looking at the QNAP TVS-1282T3 unless it makes more sense to use or do something else. Any thoug
Re: Server or something
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Bob and Nathaniel, thanks for the help. I'm after the "no frills network shares". Bob gave me a call and we got everything worked out. I'm excited to stop sharing hard drives and being on the QNAP. St
MotionVFX and mFlare in Premiere
by jerry wise 2 years ago
Bought mFlare for Premiere a few years ago. i worked well on my older versions of Premiere. Yesterday i wanted to use it again but it didn't work in my CC version 2017.1.2. filed a report to MotionVFX
Re: MotionVFX and mFlare in Premiere
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
Luckily it still works with After Effects and the round-tripping is easy from Premiere and back. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
XML file?
by Ron German 3 years ago
Hi I m testing Black Magic Resolve 14 and it suposedly can import a Premiere Pro 6 project via XML a PP6 file. But I can t find the way to export this MXL file from my Premiere Pro 6 project (other th
Re: XML file?
by Stephen Smith 3 years ago
Not everything can transfer. Take a look at this chart for help: https: developer.apple.com library content documentation FinalCutProX Reference FinalCutProXXMLFormat Adjustments Adjustments.html If y
Good lighting training
by Stephen Smith 3 years ago
Anyone recommend any good tutorials on creating nice cinematic lighting Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Re: Good lighting training
by Mark Whitney 3 years ago
Bob Cole "But I don't know how relevant the Hollywood approach would be to me. I had an accidental meeting with an eminent Hollywood DP (I was shooting an interview with his daughter), and asked him
To fade or not to fade
by Oliver Peters 3 years ago
Throughout all of my commercial editing career, I've added picture fade ins and outs on all of my videos. I'm mainly talking about TV commercials here. This typically provides a "kiss of black" betwee
Re: To fade or not to fade
by Stephen Smith 3 years ago
I don't do a fade on any of the commercials I edit. If you look at the national adds tonight on prime time I don't think you'll see very many fades if any. I haven't noticed any in my market. Stephen
Premiere or FCPX
by Pam Picard 3 years ago
I m curious to hear opinions-in today s professional video world do you find more professionals using Premiere or FCPX
Re: Premiere or FCPX
by Stephen Smith 3 years ago
All of the big shops that I'm aware of in my State are on Premiere. All of the freelancers I know are on Premiere except for 1. But he used both FCP X and Premiere. I use Premiere because I spend a lo
Power Grades
by Stephen Smith 4 years ago
In DaVince Resolve it used to have a bunch of pre-built Power Grades that came with the program. I thought they wherein the "Color" Window in the Power Grades window. I can't find them. Does anyone no
Re: Power Grades
by Dmitry Kitsov 4 years ago
Hello, Stephen, pop out the gallery window using the symbol that looks like 4 arrows pushing out to the corners of the square. You will see DaVinci Resolve Looks available to you. Dmitry Kitsov, Black
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Editors Job - Relinking Media
by Vishal Handa 3 years ago
Hey there, My first post here. This may seem like a very simple question, but whose job is it to relink all the full resolution media when the timeline will be going to a colourist to colour grade. Is
Re: Editors Job - Relinking Media
by Stephen Smith 3 years ago
Sounds like this is a conversation you should have with your colorist. If they quoted a rate on the expectation of not linking footage then you'll need to pay them more if you don't want to do it. Ple
Sluggish Premiere
by Stephen Smith 3 years ago
Strangest thing. I have a maxed out iMac. I have edited a lot of 8k projects just fine. I have an HD sequence with a mix of 4k and HD footage. (The clips where provided to me so I don't know what they
gif test
by Stephen Smith 3 years ago
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Find clips
by Stephen Smith 3 years ago
From the Bin is there a way to select a clip to see it in a timeline Or if it is in multiple timelines Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Re: Find clips
by Stephen Smith 3 years ago
Andy, Right on! What a great trick. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
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