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Steve Renard

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January 11th 2006
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blend spine registration
by Steve Renard 2 years ago
Is there a way to change the registration or anchor point of blended objects, so that the objects connect to the spine somewhere other than at the object center I have two curved lines and I want to b
Re: blend spine registration
by Vincent Rosati 2 years ago
Try using the Object Blend Replace Spline feature. Not sure if it'll achieve what you need, but it will give you more control. Basically, near your blend object, create another 2-point path, and give
cel render style?
by Steve Renard 2 years ago
Can anyone suggest how to get this look in Cinema https: www.travelers.com resources home safety generator-safety.aspx I'm a relative newbie in the 3D world - I've done some modeling and animation, bu
Re: cel render style?
by Steve Renard 2 years ago
I will give it a try - thanks!
Link object to mixamo rig element, with switch
by Steve Renard 3 years ago
I have a rigged character from Mixamo that types on a keyboard, then moves to the mouse, then back to the keyboard. I have a keyboard set up for her to type on (it's not important if she makes the key
Re: Link object to mixamo rig element, with switch
by Steve Renard 3 years ago
That's great - thanks! I'll give it a try. ------------ Steve Renard 647-406-7991 steve@steverenard.com
Dynamics setup
by Steve Renard 3 years ago
I am setting up a fairly simple (I think) dynamics animation where three bins fall and land with very little bounce (they're heavy) and then a bunch of cloned boxes fall into the bins right afterward,
Re: Dynamics setup
by Steve Renard 3 years ago
Thanks for your help - I never did figure out why things started falling through the floor but by adjusting the steps per frame at least I kept the boxes from occasionally falling through the bins. Ma
Step effector with fracture object and vector paths
by Steve Renard 3 years ago
Greetings all - apologies if this is a newbie question but this one has me really confused. I brought piece of vector art into C4D as a .ai file (version 8), dropped those paths into an Extrude, then
Re: Step effector with fracture object and vector paths
by Steve Renard 3 years ago
That seems to work, along with pulling the various elements apart into their own extrude objects. Thanks! ------------ Steve Renard 647-406-7991 steve@steverenard.com
using Stylistic Alternates in AE
by Steve Renard 3 years ago
Does anyone know if this is possible I have the Chartwell font family, which uses stylistic alternates to create charts and graphs of various kinds in Photoshop, and I would like to be able to use it
replace a single clip in a previously round-tripped sequence
by Steve Renard 4 years ago
I have a sequence that I've already edited in Premier Pro CC 2014 and round-tripped through Resolve Lite using XML. But now I need to swap out one clip in the timeline and re-run the color grading jus
Re: replace a single clip in a previously round-tripped sequence
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Export a new XML from Premiere with the new clips in the edit. You added the new clips to the ungraded timeline yes Don't go adding ungraded new clips to a graded timeline - You'll get in a right mess
use a slider control to move a group of layers
by Steve Renard 5 years ago
Greetings all, I am trying to figure out a way to use a slider control, in combination with a (presumably rather complicated) expression, to move a group of layers from a collection of points (already
random time stretch / remapping
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
Hi all - I found a helpful post from Dan Ebberts from a few years ago to achieve random time stretching on a layer, but I have been trying to figure out a way to extend it a bit. I have a bunch of lay
Re: random time stretch / remapping
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
I should add I've tried using an if else statement, as below, and it just jumps to whatever the value would be at the layer in point, rather than proceeding smoothly from 0 at the layer in point. minS
Wiggle that "hugs" source value
by Matthew Macar 8 years ago
Hey hey Is it possible to make a wiggle expression "hug" the source value so that stays closer to it and then less frequently peaks out to the range of the expression I'm attempting to duplicate the l
Re: Wiggle that "hugs" source value
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
You could try using gaussRandom(minValue, maxValue) instead of wiggle. According to the Adobe help, this will return 90% values between minValue and maxValue, and 10% beyond that range. ------------ S
Reference "parent" comp in a pre-comp, without a specific string
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
Hi all, I have a whole bunch of comps that are all doing more or less the same thing, and each of them has its own pre-comp in which there are two layers that serve as masks to a layer in the main com
Re: Reference "parent" comp in a pre-comp, without a specific string
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
Thanks to you both, Dan and Kevin - your solutions have worked great in this case, and saved me a lot of tedious retyping of comp names in the expressions! Cheers, Steve ------------ Steve Renard 647-
Experienced communications professional
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
I am an experience communications professional seeking a full-time position with a mid-to-large size organization. Though my focus has been video post-production, including editing, graphics, and fini
Re: Experienced communications professional
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
Why can I not edit an old post Please note updated contact info: steve@steverenard.com http: www.steverenard.com ------------ Steve Renard 647-406-7991 steve@steverenard.com
CGI Integration for Ground Crash
by Eric Kirk 8 years ago
Hello all, I'm looking for a solution here on how to make a CGI item, in this case a rustic space ship, interact with the ground so when it comes in, it hits the ground, sliding toward the camera, com
Re: CGI Integration for Ground Crash
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
Hi Eric, I've seen the discussion of using FFPro - it's not a package I'm familiar with so I'll leave that to Ted. In terms of my technique, I would have to do some experimentation, but I would do it
Extremely slow startup
by Michele Poggi 8 years ago
Hi guys. : It's a couple of months that I'm experiencing a really weird issue with Adobe A.E. CS5.5: it takes ages to open. When I execute the program, initializing mediacore can endure for minutes, a
Re: Extremely slow startup
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
Several questions: When did the problem begin Was it related to an update How much RAM do you have Is it possible it's getting maxed out Is the program sluggish once you're in it, or is it only a star
AE 1080p output for a 720p project quality gain
by Emon Lizagub 8 years ago
I searched and searched but couldn't find a concise answer. I am working with Canon 7D 1080p and 720p (for slo mo) footage for a video and am compositing in AE. The final output will be at 720p for yo
Re: AE 1080p output for a 720p project quality gain
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
I would add a caveat to what Ted said: depending on the settings in your NLE you may experience a quality breakdown when the 1080p file gets scaled down to 720p. I don't work with Premiere much, but t
Color Correction Techniques
by Patrick Corcoran 8 years ago
Hey, does anyone have an example of video color correction shot under godawful fluorescent lighting I'm working with AE and FCP, but I usually do color in AE. Pls&Thnku everyone, you're the best! Patr
Re: Color Correction Techniques
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
Hard to say without seeing an example, but I'd start with a Curves effect and a Hue Saturation. In the curves, pull the greens out a little bit, and in the H S push the master toward red and reduce th
Downconverting
by Aaron Barton 8 years ago
Hey everybody, I am trying to down convert 1920x1080 23.98 PsF square pixel aspect ratio to 720x486 29.97i D1 pixel aspect ratio. What would be the best workflow to do this in After Effects Thanks, Aa
Re: Downconverting
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
How do you want your information to appear 720x486 D1 (pixel aspect 0.9) with letterbox will be the most straightforward way to do it, but you'll retain more information if you use D1 Anamorphic Wides
CC Particle World
by John Smith 8 years ago
Ok, so I have been using a camera and null object to manipulate videos and images in 3D space, yet I am trying to apply the CC Particle World Effect to my last video, and I don't know how to put the p
Re: CC Particle World
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
I would like to know too! I have never figure out how the CC Particle World space corresponds to Comp Layer space, or if it does at all. I've always had to locate it by the good ol' trial-and-error me
Adding an arrow to the front of a painted line.
by Gabriel Baryard 8 years ago
Hello ever helpful creative cow folks, I recently painted a line over the top of a mountain and then animated the end property to make the line appear to trace the top of the mountain. I am trying to
Re: Adding an arrow to the front of a painted line.
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
I haven't done this in a while, but I think this worked for me in the past. 1. Draw an arrowhead, either on a shape layer or with a mask on another layer. Make sure the anchor point is at the proper s
Specific Effect in After Effects
by Bill Reed 8 years ago
Hey peoples. I wondering if anyone knows how to achieve this silhouette effect with after effects Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Re: Specific Effect in After Effects
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
You could also do a layer trace on the alpha of the keyed girl, to give you a mask to which you could add a stroke fill. ------------ Steve Renard Media Director, Cicada Design Inc. and Freelance Know
how fast does my computer need to be?
by Betsy Comstock 8 years ago
I was convinced to buy a Decklink Studio card for my system but I keep getting dropped frames warning on my FCP and I am not sure what else to do My system: I am running FCP 6.06 from a MacPro 2.66Ghz
Re: how fast does my computer need to be?
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
If you have the green line, try rendering the sequence out (so the green line turns grey) and that may help, but I think probably a limited amount of RAM is your issue. 6GB is fine for most things but
problems with 24fps frame display in Viewer
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
Hi all - has anyone run into a weird thing in the viewer where it displays onlyY 29.97fps timecode (as opposed to 23.98), and seems to do strange conversions if you change it to display frames I am wo
Re: problems with 24fps frame display in Viewer
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
Quite so! QTX was once installed on my system but has long since been removed.
Graphic & Text Distort when added to timeline
by Kevin Quinn 8 years ago
OK I know this is a problem but I just cannot fix. I have a photoshop graphic the size is 966 X 657. That is the size that was sent to me. I import the file into FCP and click on the image and the ima
Re: Graphic & Text Distort when added to timeline
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
Right-click on the clip in the timeline and select "Remove attributes". In the window that pops up, select "Basic Motion" for sure, and maybe "Crop", "Distort", etc. This will return the clip to it's
pull effect index into layer ID string
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
Hi all - I am trying to link a bunch of separate lens flare effects (on an adjustment layer) to the 3D position of a bunch of null objects called "Camera Point 1", "Camera Point 2", etc. with several
Re: pull effect index into layer ID string
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
That's perfect - thanks Dan!
Effect and Mask anchor pojnt
by Todd Schmidt 8 years ago
Hi All, Big question, hope it can be done. Using AE CS4, is ther a way to link the XY position of video copilots optical flare to the anchor point of a mask The Optical flare is on a black solid is st
Re: Effect and Mask anchor pojnt
by Steve Renard 8 years ago
If it's a simple enough mask, and or there's not much movement to it, you could put a null object at one of the mask points and then use one of several scripts out there to link the mask point to the
5D chroma sampling
by Steve Renard 9 years ago
Does anyone have information on how to get 4:2:2 footage out of a 5D MkII I have seen some serious moire issues that I suspect have to do with the chroma sampling on board (4:2:0 if I understand corre
Re: 5D chroma sampling
by Olin Padilla 9 years ago
For what it's worth, the reason that the 5d has so much trouble with moire patterns is because of the recording pattern the sensor uses in video mode. There is no workaround. Google "line skipping" if
BluRay encoding H.264 vs. MPEG2 - right forum?
by Steve Renard 9 years ago
Hi All - I don't see a BluRay authoring forum, so thought I would post this here: in terms of pure quality, is there a consensus regarding the use of H.264 vs. MPEG2 for BluRay encoding on the way int
Re: BluRay encoding H.264 vs. MPEG2 - right forum?
by Michael Sacci 9 years ago
at higher bitrates there is not going to be too big of a difference. H264 is a new codec and can give you similar quality to mpeg2 at 1 2 the bitrate.
3D renderings and Rec. 709
by Steve Renard 9 years ago
Hi all - I have encountered the limits of my technical and engineering knowledge and I'm hoping someone can explain to me something that seems pretty basic but in practice has made my brain very sore
Animation codec aliasing in ProRes sequence
by Steve Renard 10 years ago
Has anyone run into problems with the Animation codec picking up some (not totally nasty, but not unnoticeable either) aliasing when it gets put into a ProRes 422 HQ sequence I have a few quicktimes t
Re: Animation code aliasing in ProRes sequence
by Steve Renard 10 years ago
Rendered premultiplied. The settings are correct in terms of the alpha in FCP, etc... but it doesn't seem like that's the problem, because even if there's no alpha (AE generated text over an AE genera
motion graphics/editor career path
by Steve Renard 10 years ago
Hi all - I'm a mid-senior level editor and motion designer in the Toronto area. I'm 30, and I've done work on a few TV spots and lots of corporate video, and after being laid off about six months ago
Re: motion graphics/editor career path
by Brendan Coots 10 years ago
Ding! Ding! Exactly what I was going to say. I started my studio with no senior level experience, had only been a Creative Director. Five years later if I had it all to do over again, I would probably
C4D basic questions
by Steve Renard 11 years ago
I am considering buying C4D for motion graphics use, primarily for logo animations and the like, though I'm sure I'll find other uses for it. I'm not sure, though, which version or modules to go for.
Re: C4D basic questions
by Adam Trachtenberg 11 years ago
The main thing that AR adds is global illumination, which is the ability to render bounced light and also to generate light with textures (like HDRIs) and materials. AR also adds caustics, which are r
install programs for older apps crash
by Steve Renard 11 years ago
I have a 3-month-old MacPro running 10.5 Leopard. I was running into trouble with my printer (an Epson), and their support people told me to reinstall the printer software, so I cleared it off, but wh
after effects artist / final cut editor in Toronto
by Steve Renard 12 years ago
Freelance After Effects artist and Final Cut editor available in Toronto. Please take a look at my work at www.steverenard.com and let me know if you have projects coming up. I can work on your equipm
demo reel for review
by Steve Renard 13 years ago
What do people think
Re: demo reel for review
by Steve Renard 13 years ago
Thanks all for the responses. Clearly I have some work to do - I'll get to it and repost in the future. Thanks, Steve
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