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Motion graphics artist, multimedia producer (when they called it "multimedia"), loves teaching. Believes that technology should provide tools, not objects of affection. Makes sound effects with mouth and can make sound of one hand clapping.
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CS5.5 Clips Not Fading to/from Smoothly
by Peter Corbett 6 years ago
I'm seeing not very complete fades to and from black on CS5.5; say when a title is over-layed. At the first first frame (or last) of the dissolve, the image abruptly cuts out. There is not a smooth tr
Re: CS5.5 Clips Not Fading to/from Smoothly
by Steve Roberts 3 years ago
Premiere Pro CC 2014. OS10.9.5. Mac Pro Ashcan 2014. I may have solved this one, which really p*ssed me off. I feel your pain. Problem: My default dissolves (out of black and back to black) in the tim
How to get rid of these artifacts
by Ryan Paterson 3 years ago
This image has some strange artifacts in the reflections, which are definitely polygon-related but I can't figure out how to get rid of them. I have subdivided which didnt help (actually made it worse
Re: How to get rid of these artifacts
by Steve Roberts 3 years ago
Emir, I was having a similar problem rendering a purchased model with GI, so I thought I'd try your solution. Perfect. I'll bookmark it for the future. Thanks! Steve
Bullet whole / splintering wood effect?
by conzy 10 years ago
I need to achieve the effect of some bullets bursting through a wooden door and making a hole ans splintering some wood for a film im working on. I have a front on shot of the scene, and a plate of ju
Re: Bullet whole / splintering wood effect?
by Steve Roberts 3 years ago
Probably the best way is to find an image of a bullet hole in wood and composite that into your shot. Cut from no-hole to hole. For the flying debris, apparently Video Copilot's "action essentials" ma
Point hundreds of layers at a null with expression on rotation.
by Simon Roberts 4 years ago
Effectively something like this (Where the dot is the null and the lines have a rotation expression applied):  \ - -   \ I know there must be a simple elegant solution but I can't
Re: Point hundreds of layers at a null with expression on rotation.
by Steve Roberts 4 years ago
Parent them to the null
How to reference a post-expression value in another comp?
by Steve Roberts 4 years ago
Hey all, In comp 1, I set a Transition Completion value to 75, then wiggled that value successfully. In comp 2, I added the Text Numbers effect to show the wiggling value of of the Transition Completi
Re: How to reference a post-expression value in another comp?
by Steve Roberts 4 years ago
Thanks, gents: they both work in a test comp. I had forgotten the idea of tying to a slider, George. Good one. Dan, yours was the expected solution, and it works nicely on a test comp, but not in my o
kinetic Motion graphics
by Ian Smith 10 years ago
Iv been looking about for some basic kinetic motion graphic tutorials. However there does not seem to be any I often come across answers that read, "be sure to pre-comp" etc, however to someone who ha
Re: kinetic Motion graphics
by Steve Roberts 4 years ago
I'm not sure what you mean. Could you be more specific When I make these things, I mark the points on the timeline where words occur. I put the words in rough position, rough timing. I watch. I make n
FLV problem: won't play to end of video
by Steve Roberts 4 years ago
Hey all, I have a 3:23 long FLV, compressed by a third party from my ProRes file. When I play the FLV in Adobe Media Player, it plays to 3:20 then returns to the start. It visibly stops before getting
Re: FLV problem: won't play to end of video
by Steve Roberts 4 years ago
Thanks, Ivan.
Using mograph, how to make one object trace another object at vertices? (R12)
by Steve Roberts 5 years ago
In other words, I'd like to make one object move from vertex to vertex of an object, tracing its shape in the viewer's memory. I thought I could use mograph and a cloner object to first create the clo
Re: Using mograph, how to make one object trace another object at vertices? (R12)
by Steve Roberts 5 years ago
Thanks for getting back to me, Brian. At one point it was a cube, then it became a cube with multiple segments, because six vertices wasn't enough to suggest the shape in the viewer's memory. Too bad,
exporting C4d objects to AE layers?
by Steve Roberts 5 years ago
Apologies: I'm not at the C4D AE computer, so I can't check the Help or test out theories. With R12, would it be possible to render export an image in layers, but with each *object* on a separate laye
Re: exporting C4d objects to AE layers?
by Steve Roberts 5 years ago
Thanks, Adam. Steve
Animating Text with a Trim Path
by Matt Green 5 years ago
Hey all, I'm making a logo that will animate for 2 seconds. The logo is a lowercase letter t that will draw out as two separate strokes simultaneously (the vertical downward stroke and the perpendicul
Re: Animating Text with a Trim Path
by Steve Roberts 5 years ago
Matt, for this application of Track Mattes, you don't need a tutorial, just the Help. Off you go!
Selecting the composition layer that corresponds with the footage in my viewport.
by Ruud van Gerven 5 years ago
Hello Everyone! I've got a problem that might be very easy to solve. My AE project is huge +300 layers in one composition :p Let's say my timeline slider is at 0:00:01:30. How can i select the correct
Re: Selecting the composition layer that corresponds with the footage in my viewport.
by Steve Roberts 5 years ago
Try R-clicking (ctrl+click on mac). At the bottom of the menu, choose select your layer. The menu only shows the layers present at that frame.
jumpy text seen in scary movies
by Christopher Dykes 10 years ago
anybody know how to create that jumpy disturbing text seen in scary movies thanx i appreciate it.
Re: jumpy text seen in scary movies
by Steve Roberts 6 years ago
Google "wiggle expression" and "after effects" or try searching youtube for GDM223SR.
How to hide the asset folder cross-platform
by Steve Roberts 6 years ago
I've been asked to solve a client's problem tonight. The Flash developer is not available right now, so I got the call. I've done some Flash, but mostly After Effects -- cross-platform. Client wants t
Re: How to hide the asset folder cross-platform
by Steve Roberts 6 years ago
Upon reflection .. it seems that a viable option would be for the Flash developer to embed all the assets into a Windows executable, and embed them again into a Mac executable. Would that be the best
Progressive wiggle - still having issues! FAO Dan!
by Nico Jones 7 years ago
Hi there, I'm still having difficulty in getting a smooth move between wiggle frequency keyframes. I used to get a frantic wiggle between the keyframes when AE recalculated the location on each frame,
Re: Sorry, one more thing!
by Steve Roberts 6 years ago
Thanks, Filip and Dan. Your expressions helped me out on my current project.
Creating a crowd running about, interweaving and all
by Steve Roberts 6 years ago
Hi all, long time ... I've been asked if I can facilitate the following in post: the shot is from a rooftop, looking straight down onto a city street T-intersection, maybe ten stories up. In the stree
Re: Creating a crowd running about, interweaving and all
by Steve Roberts 6 years ago
Thanks, Ted. I'll look into both ideas. Maybe fewer extras, more passes might be appropriate. Cheers, Steve
AE quirk: hidden layers?
by Steve Roberts 6 years ago
Hey all, One of my students is having a problem with AE CS5: you can see the bounding box of each layer, but nothing else. Curse my brain, I had this problem when I first installed CS5, but now I can'
Re: AE quirk: hidden layers?
by Steve Roberts 6 years ago
Yep, thanks, Todd. I responded to it at 7:54:53. Now that you mention it, I seem to recall changing multiprocessing settings in a fit of desperation a while ago, an action obviously not kept in my lon
Flash on return to layered menu (DVD SP)
by Steve Roberts 7 years ago
I'm using a layered PSD for a menu BG, with white text and gray text. I'd like the gray text as the normal and selected state, with the white text as the activated state. It works fine, except once th
No Audio Preview in CS4?
by sean bowering 8 years ago
hi, apologies if this has popped up before but i can't find it... i've just installed CS4 and i have no audio on my preview, but i can get audio if i scrub, and i can see the waveform and the moving l
Re: No Audio Preview in CS4?
by sean bowering 8 years ago
fixed it: Audio Hardware preferences and Audio Output Mapping. chose built-in line out. (for external speakers) although why it worked in scrub mode is beyond me. many thanks for your help chaps.
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Mercury Jones Credit role?
by Patrick Jaeger 8 years ago
Hey all! I'm making a credit role but can't locate the Mercury Jones Preset. Can anyone lead me in the right direction Thanks!
Re: Mercury Jones Credit ROLL (jeez, spell it right!)
by Dave LaRonde 8 years ago
.....and, from the creator of the Mercury Jones preset, Mr. Kevin Camp himself, here is the expression he wrote that supersedes good ol' Mercury Jones: rate = 2; value in px sec. if (marker.numKeys 0)
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Steve Roberts liked this 8 years ago
MPEG-2 Encoding by movie studios
by Steve Roberts 8 years ago
My producer has compared our DVD's quality to that of commercial DVD features ... and found it wanting. He's asked me what the major studios use to encode their SD DVDs, and I couldn't answer him. Whe
Re: MPEG-2 Encoding by movie studios
by Steve Roberts 8 years ago
Thanks, Daniel.
Wrong track playing after hitting "stop" twice
by Steve Roberts 9 years ago
When testing an instructional DVD on set-top, and hitting the "stop" button twice, then "play", I expected to see the "first play" track, which is a menu with a "play" button only. This is to account
Re: Wrong track playing after hitting "stop" twice
by Steve Roberts 9 years ago
That fixed it. Thanks, Eric!
Extrapolate Motion? Expression?
by Scott Geersen 9 years ago
hey guys, i've never tried to do this with an expression before, but it must be possible. how to extrapolate the motion of a layer (or another property) so that it continues at a constant velocity dir
Re: Extrapolate Motion? Expression?
by Steve Roberts 9 years ago
Try the loop expression using "continue" or "offset" instead of the default. Keep the other settings at default for now.
Add QT 7.4 warning?
by Steve Roberts 10 years ago
Would you folks like to post a sticky to the Anti-Quicktime 7.4 thread at the top of the AE forum Thanks, Steve
Re: Add QT 7.4 warning?
by Steve Roberts 10 years ago
Thanks! Steve
Unable to download Twixtor CS3 installer
by Steve Roberts 10 years ago
Hi Pete, I'd like to install Twixtor 4.5.8 inside AE CS3, but can't find the demo on your website so I can get the new installer. I get a 404 when I try to go to the product page, and can't find the i
Re: Unable to download Twixtor CS3 installer
by Steve Roberts 10 years ago
Thanks, Pierre. Steve
Rendering to picture viewer problems
by finelines 10 years ago
Hi All, I have been working on an animated logo resolve where a camera attached to a spline pans around the logo untill it finally finishes 275 frames later in it's end position. There are also some p
Re: Rendering to picture viewer problems
by Steve Roberts 10 years ago
Can you just render and save the last frame from the Picture Viewer
Animate procedural along a sweep NURBS tube?
by Steve Roberts 10 years ago
I have a noise texture (like steam) animating on a sweep NURBS tube, but I'd like the texture to slide along the length of the tube as if the steam were travelling along the tube. Any of you folks kno
Re: Animate procedural along a sweep NURBS tube?
by Steve Roberts 10 years ago
Thanks, gents. The steam looks really good, Nolan. I tweaked the Global Scale and movement to match the scale of my scene and it looked, well, like steam. Nice. I'll definitely use your settings again
"play" in Spanish?
by Steve Roberts 10 years ago
Would you fellows know the word for "play", or "play DVD", as used on a DVD menu It's a corporate thing, with one option: play the DVD. Thanks, Steve
Re: "play" in Spanish?
by Noah Kadner 10 years ago
Depends where it will play. In much of Latin America, Play DVD is fine. In Spain- Iniciar DVD- sounds formal but works too. -NoahUnlock the secrets of the DVX100 and now Apple Color! http: www.callbox
Nit-picky website adjustment
by Steve Roberts 10 years ago
Hey all, Any chance you could match the order of the "add post", "view posts", "search" and "change forum" buttons at the forum, post and thread level They do move around a bit, at least in the AE for
Re: Nit-picky website adjustment
by Abraham Chaffin 10 years ago
Hey Steve, Thanks for your feedback - I appreciate any criticism you can give as sometimes we overlook these things. As Ron said we should have a complete new interface in the next few weeks to a mont
widescreen not quite wide with Apple's Color
by Steve Roberts 10 years ago
DVCPROHD 720p material looks fine when monitoring from an FCP 6.0 timeline through a Decklink SP, to a PVM14-M2U monitor. The timeline is set to 960x720 anamorphic, but with the 16:9 button unchecked.
Best DVD's to buy
by coachlux 11 years ago
Just a curious question but what are the best kinds of DVD's to buy so I can burn a long project at the best quality possible
Re: Best DVD's to buy
by Steve Roberts 11 years ago
Sorry -- I should have written "don't assume that a dual-layer disc will play on as many players as a single-layer disc would". But point taken. :)
Exporting movie from Premiere for color correction in FCP
by Steve Roberts 11 years ago
As a favour, I'm going to color-correct a short for a friend. The short was cut in Premiere Pro, and I'm using Final Cut Pro. I'd like to work on a series of separate clips in an FCP sequence, so I ca
jumbo screen effect
by chompy 11 years ago
Hi folks,can anyone give any tips on re-creating (aka "ripping off!") the jumbo screen effect rezn8 uses on their FSN spot http: www.rezn8.com main_projects_view.php class=showcase&id=82&count=1&type=
Re: jumbo screen effect
by Steve Roberts 11 years ago
If you're talking about the disintegrating logo thing on the big screen, it looks like Shatter was applied to one layer of the logo, with other copies of the logo below. Multiple layers were used. Bey
after effects
by verita 11 years ago
hello creative cows, I would be happy about getting tips for this problem: I try to circle an object (planetball) with keyframes in xyz-position manner. Can't find solution between the first and last
Re: after effects
by Steve Roberts 11 years ago
... and you should set your work area to end 1 frame before the loop starts again. For example, if frame 0 is the same as frame 50, the last frame of the work area should be 49.
Rubik's Cube
by JensVanhoof 11 years ago
Hi, I'm constructing a Rubrik's cube with video footage in After Effects. I created 54 layers, one for each square. When I'm trying to make the upper row rotate, it works just fine. I select all the c
Re: Rubik's Cube
by Steve Roberts 11 years ago
You guys are making me eat my words ... :)
how to make names of footage show up over video?
by jeremy webb 11 years ago
is there a way (maybe a script or something) to have the clip that appears have it's name automatically appear on render. like a timecode reader that reads file names
Re: how to make names of footage show up over video?
by Steve Roberts 11 years ago
Ah. I can't think of a way to use one text layer that will use the name of the currently visible layer as a source. You could, however, use a text layer for each footage layer (with just the one expre
re:flex morph help
by miha zaletel 11 years ago
Hello! Does any one where can I find any good tutorials for reflex morph. I don't understand how reflex use 'from' and 'to' geometry, is it one animated mask or two different masks. miha
Re: re:flex morph help
by Steve Roberts 11 years ago
I thought the RE:Flex help had a lot of info ...
Workflow with P2 and Varicam "can't convert Varicam footage if P2 is present in Project"
by zer0x86 11 years ago
This is a really ridiculous issue, I have shot 3-5 hours of HVX and Varicam Footage, All the footage shot on the P2 was shot in 24PN at different frame rates including 24, 36, 48 60. None of this foot
Re: Workflow with P2 and Varicam "can't convert Varicam footage if P2 is present in Project"
by Steve Roberts 11 years ago
Somewhat related: I've also found that in a strictly-HVX project, the frame rate converter (FRC) doesn't select the clip that I picked, but instead picks the one inside the first sub-bin (nomenclature
FCP 5.0.4, Panasonic P2, MacBook Pro
by Steve Roberts 11 years ago
(Couldn't find an answer by searching) My FCP 5.1 Universal crossgrade is backordered, so ... 1. Can I run FCP 5.0.4 on a new MacBook Pro 2. If so, are there any issues when using P2 footage from the
Re: FCP 5.0.4, Panasonic P2, MacBook Pro
by Steve Roberts 11 years ago
Thanks. The crossgrade is just taking longer than expected. It's backordered, apparently.
exporting trough Compressor
by Mihail Angelov 11 years ago
Hi guys I'm trying to export my DV timeline in FCP 5.0.4 using Compressor but when I hit SUBMIT button in comressor it says "Canot submit batch, unable to connect to background process", I'm trying to
Re: exporting trough Compressor
by Steve Roberts 11 years ago
If you Google those phrases in quotes, you'll find some complicated instructions on other Mac forums. But here's what I found: 1) Download and install an app called OnyX. 2) Use it to perform maintena
8-bit 4:2:2 raising levels in part of image in FCP
by Steve Roberts 11 years ago
If I render to BM 8-bit uncompressed 4:2:2 in After Effects, or capture footage to that codec, then drop it into a matching D1 timeline in FCP 5, something odd happens: the last 7 pixels (714-720) hav
Re: 8-bit 4:2:2 raising levels in part of image in FCP
by Steve Roberts 11 years ago
Did you get my e-mail (with FCP project) on this, Kristian Thanks, Steve
Wedding business advice please?
by matthias 12 years ago
I know this probably wierd putting this in this forum, but AE forum is one the most widly used forum i can think of on here. I mean i use it alot. But onto the question. Let me start off with the sto
Re: Wedding business advice please?
by Steve Roberts 12 years ago
1. Dump your partner. Join a film or video co-op and meet people there. Don't get a partner there, but hire someone who will work for you. Be in charge of the money and the job at all times. When you
Sorenson-compressed movie not importing into FCP
by Steve Roberts 12 years ago
I've compressed two different Quicktime movies, both in Squeeze with the same Sorenson 3 settings. Aside from content, the only discernable difference being the frame rate (15 vs. "29.94"). I write "2
Avid Xpress - importing stills with alpha
by Steve Roberts 12 years ago
I'm preparing to render some stills in After Effects (Mac) for an Avid Xpress (Win) editor. The stills will have an alpha channel. They need to be imported as separate stills, not as a sequence. The e
Re: Avid Xpress - importing stills with alpha
by Steve Roberts 12 years ago
Thanks, Carl! Steve
Pitch or free work
by Simon Cawthorne 12 years ago
I've been involved in a pitch for some time now - the potential client and his clients want nine videos. When I embarked on the pitch, I knew he was asking for quite a bit for nothing, but then that's
Re: Pitch or free work
by Steve Roberts 12 years ago
Well done. You probably saved yourself a lot of headaches. You should draft up a standard agreement that allows you to be paid your normal rate for consultations and ideas, as the first stage of a mul
Charge client for royalty-free stock?
by Steve Roberts 12 years ago
What would you folks bill for royalty-free stock from your own collection A percentage of the cost to buy and download the single image If so, which percentage has worked for you Thanks, Steve
Re: Charge client for royalty-free stock?
by Frank Otto 12 years ago
If you bought the stock exclusively for the client, then bill the whole cost, plus a surcharge of hours to find and aquire the footage...that also means the client now owns the footage and the usage r
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