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Steve Blacker

Freelance motion graphics designer, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Also have about 15 years experience in audio post production, music composition and sound design for TV, film and web.
Member Since:
November 13th 2007
199 Posts
100 posts
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Essential Graphics , apply text style to all existing titles in timeline
by Edwin Janzen 5 months ago
Is there any way to do a "copy and paste attributes" like function to titles in CC2017 with the essential graphics tool Basically, I've got a slew of subtitles as text instances in my timeline, and wo
Re: Essential Graphics , apply text style to all existing titles in timeline
by Steve Blacker 2 months ago
You can save a "Master Style" in the Essential Graphics panel to apply to other text, but I haven't been able to find a way to apply that to multiple text clips at once, which is a bit of a drag, to s
C4d Compositing tag - seen by reflection
by Richie Henson 4 years ago
In a compositing tag it is possible to uncheck seen by reflection. However, it is possible to control the amount of reflection seen by another object I have a scene where I am using an HDR studio rig
Re: C4d Compositing tag - seen by reflection
by Steve Blacker 2 years ago
Did you ever find out if this was possible Trying to figure out the exact same problem. I wish the compositing tag had an "amount to cut reflections by" option... www.stephenblacker.com
H.264 not listed in Render Settings
by Usman Hussain 6 years ago
Hi guyz I m having a serious problem, at least for myself. I've had been using After Effects for a while and I didn't see anything like this ever before. It's maybe because I've just installed it on m
Re: H.264 not listed in Render Settings
by Steve Blacker 4 years ago
Render to Animation codec (for example) then open eh file in Media Encoder and export to h264 from there. Or open in QT Pro and export to H264 from there. www.stephenblacker.com
unwanted streaks in 16pbc mode
by Seth Marshall 4 years ago
Anyone seen this Not the end of the world since I can simply stay in 8bpc, but I'm using 5DmkII raw files capable of higher bpc. I have 3 layers, the middle is a grad for my foreground. Clicking on an
Re: unwanted streaks in 16pbc mode
by Steve Blacker 4 years ago
Maybe try precomping your layers Sometimes render order with plugins causes problems. www.stephenblacker.com
Masking Workflow - Am I doing this right?
by Chris Robley 4 years ago
Hey guys, I currently have a piece of footage that I want to be "revealed" through the use of multiple INKBLOT.MOV mask using Luma Inverted Mattes. The only way I have figured out how to do it is dupl
Re: Masking Workflow - Am I doing this right?
by Steve Blacker 4 years ago
Have you tried playing around with the "Set Matte" plugin (Under "Channels") I seem to recall using that in a similar situation a while back. www.stephenblacker.com
Banding last resort
by Jessica Lawheed 5 years ago
Sort of at my wits end on this. I have a vignette on my after effects composition and naturally, it creates a banding effect. It's only really visible on the dark blue background. I'm using a black so
Re: Banding last resort
by Steve Blacker 5 years ago
I don't know if you're on a Mac or not, but I've found that encoding my files using the x264 codec in Quicktime Pro works pretty nicely. Using a combo of the aforementioned techniques with multipass e
manage a 2D space like 3D
by Giacomo Citti 5 years ago
I would like to zoom in the command panel (red circle) until obtaining this frontal view but I can't find the right way. Is this possible using a camera and making the panel layer a 3d layer http: www
Re: manage a 2D space like 3D
by Steve Blacker 5 years ago
If you want a continuous 3D camera move to zoom in to that panel, you'd really need to either construct the panel pedestal with solids, thereby creating a 3D object in AE, or you would need to do it i
Motion path bezier curve handles disappeared
by Nate Vander Plas 6 years ago
I'm working in AE CS5 and for some odd reason today I can't see the handles on any motion path curves anymore. Masks still show the handles, but not motion paths. I've tried both 2D and 3D. I've start
Re: Motion path bezier curve handles disappeared
by Steve Blacker 5 years ago
Yep, exactly. You won't get any bezier handles on linear keyframes. www.stephenblacker.com
After effects parent to null
by Ben Gogh 5 years ago
Sometimes when I parent a precomp or layer to a null, the precomp shifts out of its original position. Whats happening here and is there a work around Thanks
Re: After effects parent to null
by Steve Blacker 5 years ago
Are you using CS6 If so, did you hold shift while parenting A new feature in CS6 will snap a child layer to the position of the parent if you hold shift while parenting the layer. www.stephenblacker.c
2d character curling into 3D space?
by Justin Crowell 5 years ago
Hi everybody, I'm in the planning stages of an animation that uses characters made of simple rectangles, but I'd like them to be able to curl and twist in 3D space--sort of like the film strip charact
Re: 2d character curling into 3D space?
by Steve Blacker 5 years ago
Maybe the Page Turn effect would give you the effect you're looking for Depends on how complex you're looking to go, I guess. www.stephenblacker.com
Automatically Reload PSD
by Dustin Parsons 6 years ago
Is there a way to have After Effects automatically reload a PSD everytime I make changes to it in Photoshop I'm hopping between the 2 programs a lot and that's just one step I'd rather not have to do.
Re: Automatically Reload PSD
by Steve Blacker 6 years ago
Good idea - I'm constantly clicking that reload button to update PS an Illustrator files.. I'm on it. www.stephenblacker.com
Photoshop layers not shown in After Effect CS5
by Craig Risch 7 years ago
I have a seal created in Photoshop with letters that I created as an individual layer to be edited. When I import it in AE there are no layers and it is just the single picture. My goal was to animate
Re: Photoshop layers not shown in After Effect CS5
by Kelly Wilson 6 years ago
That's been happening me to me if the Photoshop file is in CMYK mode instead of RGB. Check to make sure it's RGB
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Steve Blacker liked this 6 years ago
Easily turning opacity on or off over frames
by Scott Green 6 years ago
I've uploaded a basic diagram to help demonstrate what I'm trying to achieve here. If I have a piece of footage or a comp that I want to appear for 1 frame, then disappear for a frame showing the fra
Re: Easily turning opacity on or off over frames
by Christopher R. Green 6 years ago
I'm rather fond of setting the first few keyframes then using the expression: loopOut("cycle"); -cg p.s. and when i say 'few', i mean the first 3 keyframes
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Steve Blacker liked this 6 years ago
Sub-frame clip positioning in CS5?
by Alex Zvyk 7 years ago
Trying to synchronize a couple of video clips with clapper on each audio track. In Premiere CS5 (and seems like the same in After Effects...), I can only move clips + - one frame. But looking at the a
Re: Sub-frame clip positioning in CS5?
by Steve Blacker 6 years ago
I don't see that option, can you clarify where it is It's only work if you'd rather be doing something else...
Cinema 4D- Can not find "Text Object" in "MoGraph"
by Utkarsh Anand 6 years ago
Hi this is my first post, I am trying to find "Text Object" in "MoGraph" all I see is "MoText" but it does not do what I want. Am I doing something wrong. Please help Cinema 4D R12, Mac OS X 10.6.8 Th
Re: Cinema 4D- Can not find "Text Object" in "MoGraph"
by Steve Blacker 6 years ago
Like Adam said, MoText *is* the Mograph Text Object and will do exactly what you need. Explore it a little, all the options are there. It's only work if you'd rather be doing something else...
Does Cinema 4D have any top feature for Broadcast design/Motion Graphic?
by Mostafa Talebi 6 years ago
Hello I am a Maya and After Effects User, and as you might know as well, Maya is too Professional for creating every tiny element, no matter what it is! And I have seen much around that Cinema 4D is b
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Re: Does Cinema 4D have any top feature for Broadcast design/Motion Graphic?
by Adam Trachtenberg 6 years ago
Cinema has a MoGraph module which is specifically designed for the easy creation of motion graphics. I suggest you search the tutorials section here for "Mylenium". He did a very good six-part video t
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FCP X Effect: BG Editors Bag of Tricks
by Brendan Gibbons 6 years ago
BG: Effects in FCP X "BG Editors Bag of Tricks" This is an FCP X Effect preset. Quite often we find ourselves in the situation of having to add a bit of production value to an edit, but without the ex
Re: FCP X Effect: BG Editors Bag of Tricks
by Steve Blacker 6 years ago
Really useful preset - thank you! It's only work if you'd rather be doing something else...
Texturing Question (Football Helmet)
by Jeff Klein 6 years ago
Hello. I'm trying to get the following texture onto a model of a football helmet shell, and can't get any of the projection methods to work the way I need them to. The pattern of the texture does not
Re: Texturing Question (Football Helmet)
by Steve Blacker 6 years ago
Seems to me that the mesh is a bit messy, so the texture is not being applied correctly. Do you have a lower poly version of the helmet It's only work if you'd rather be doing something else...
Distortion looking through water / bottled water
by Ben Lindemuth 7 years ago
Hey there, I'm doing a spec commercial for bottled water - we want to put practical bottled water in front of some over the top rainbow laiden backgrounds, very simple cartoonesque, with straightforwa
Re: Distortion looking through water / bottled water
by Mato Kokotic 7 years ago
Tried with Bulge, however Displacement Map seems to be better for this job. Never tried it before, but effect is fantastic, gives lot of possibilities. Just one quickie: One JPG for background and one
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Steve Blacker liked this 6 years ago
Uploaded a new reel, but I don't see it anywhere...
by Steve Blacker 8 years ago
...on the demo reels page. It's here on my profile page when I check: here... Appears to have been placed in the film reels section or something I'm a bit confused... Cheers, Steve It's only work if y
Re: Uploaded a new reel, but I don't see it anywhere...
by Tiago da Marta 8 years ago
why not TDM
Reverse shatter with Dynamics
by Jeremy Allen 8 years ago
First off, I'm pretty new to C4D so hopefully there is a simple solution for this that I just don't know about yet. Also, I'm using the 11.5 demo, so I have access to all the features... Final Scene:
Re: Reverse shatter with Dynamics
by Steve Blacker 8 years ago
Fracture object would work for that - you have to cut up your text or use the Destruction plugin to do it. Check out a recent tutorial on greyscalegorilla.com on how to shatter objects using the fract
Comments broken on reels...?
by Steve Blacker 8 years ago
Hi there: I was trying to leave a comment o a friend's reel earlier (Brad Goodspeed), but clicking on the "Add Comment" button does nothing. I've tried with Safari and Firefox. Just thought I'd give y
Re: Comments broken on reels...?
by Steve Blacker 8 years ago
Hey Ron, Yes, Brad mentioned he'd contacted you about it and it as fixed - forgot to update my post! Thanks, Steve It's only work if you'd rather be doing something else...
Demo reel - comments, critique welcome
by Steve Blacker 9 years ago
Hi there: I recently finished a 2 year diploma in Interactive and Motion Graphics, having spent the last 14 years or so in professional audio post-production, music composition and sound design. This
Re: Demo reel - comments, critique welcome
by Steve Blacker 9 years ago
BTW - it was brought to my attention that my link wasn't working before, but it's working fine now. Cheers. Steve It's only work if you'd rather be doing something else...
Premiere CS3 crashes on startup... driving me nuts!
by Micah McDowell 9 years ago
I've been editing on my system (dual Xeon, 2gb ram, XP Pro, with Adobe CS3 Production Premium Suite) for a long time with no problems at all. Then, last week, Premiere quits working... when opened, it
Re: Premiere CS3 crashes on startup... driving me nuts!
by Steve Blacker 9 years ago
Wow - that's wild. I had the same problem - Premiere Pro just crashing on startup. Got on Google, found your post and realised that I just installed that font a couple of days ago. Deleted it and all
Screen replacement and some 3D
by Steve Blacker 9 years ago
OK, not a complete reel as yet, but some feedback on these would be great... This work is for a short visual effects film I'm creating for my final college project. The first scene is all done in Maya
Music video
by Steve Blacker 9 years ago
Hi there: I just finished a video for the Radiohead song "Weird Fishes Arpeggi" which I created for my first year college project (Interactive and Motion Graphics), and as an entry into the Aniboom co
Re: Music video
by Steve Blacker 9 years ago
Hi Rory: Thank you for taking the time to watch, you made some great suggestions that I'll definitely follow up on. As usual, the main factor is lack of time, but there's nothing stopping me from revi
Smoke with trapcode
by Chris James 9 years ago
I need some help to create some smoke like this with trapcode paricular: http: video.shutterstock.de clip-155314-burning-cigarette-with-smoke-close-up-fire-and-smoke-made-in-trapcode.html Does anybody
Re: Smoke with trapcode
by Steve Blacker 9 years ago
I don't know for sure, but that clip looks more like it was made with Trapcode Form rather than particular...
Anyone facing the same problem?
by Ong Joseph 9 years ago
Hi, I've been posting on forums about this but have yet to get a solution. I have problems with both trapcode form and horizon. Upon installing the demos of both plugins, I received an error message:
Re: Anyone facing the same problem?
by Steve Blacker 9 years ago
I'm not having the same problem as you, but I recently bought a Trapcode bundle and I'm having a few issues which I've posted about at toolfarm and emailed Red Giant about, but no response either in a
The Lexus particular video by Barbecue Mediendesign - HOW!!??
by Nick Army 10 years ago
Anyone seen this video http: www.barbecue-design.de index.php article_id=62 Any ideas on where to begin with following them around in this kind of detail and length Also, anyone know what these enviro
Re: The Lexus particular video by Barbecue Mediendesign - HOW!!??
by Steve Blacker 9 years ago
Aah - very clever. Thanks for that, I will have to try some of these ideas. Cheers! Steve
Spiralling particles effect
by Steve Blacker 10 years ago
Hi all: I came across this video recently in the Trapcode gallery, and I really like the effect of the two particles spiralling around eachother as they travel through space. I could really use an eff
Re: Spiralling particles effect
by Steve Blacker 10 years ago
Of course! I am still working on it, but I aim to be finished in a couple of weeks at most (it's a music video). I'll post a link here when it's done.
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