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Walter Soyka

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I specialize in design and technology for motion graphics, widescreen/multi-screen display, and high-impact presentations.

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Why do Events still exist?
by Oliver Peters 3 days ago
When FCPX started, Events were the basic data container, like bins are in Avid Media Composer. Then Apple unified Events into a Library. Right now Events seem to serve very little function other than
Re: Why do Events still exist?
by Walter Soyka 3 hours ago
I was joking before, but now I sincerely don't understand why bins are bad, but events are good. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentatio
Time Remap & Twixtor
by Polina Korneeva 16 hours ago
Hello all, and thank you for you continuous support. I have 2 questions: 1) I have an mov file with moving images and scenes, but the timing at which they appear is totally wrong - so I want to adjust
Re: Time Remap & Twixtor
by Walter Soyka 3 hours ago
Polina Korneeva "I want to adjust them by applying Time Remap (I use it on the entire clip). I set keyframes for each scene (where it begins and ends)" Maybe split link the single clip into separate
AE CC 2014 - Can't parent layer properties (!?)
by Rafael Braz 2 days ago
Hi, I've been noticing this annoying bug which won't let me parent any layer property such as: position, scale, trim path's start and end. I got this message everytime. Is this happening to anyone els
Re: AE CC 2014 - Can't parent layer properties (!?)
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Are you using macOS Sierra See this: https: forums.adobe.com message 9128208 Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consul
Assets Randomly Dropping Out - After Effects CC 2017
by Andy Jay 2 days ago
Hi, I am doing a simple 2D animation of wind farms and having a strange problem where the turbines are just disappearing. Its a basic comp .. no settings used apart from Rotation on the wind turbine b
Re: Assets Randomly Dropping Out - After Effects CC 2017
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Please file a bug and send this project to Adobe: http: www.adobe.com products wishform.html I see the exact same objects cutting in and out that you do. Which ones cut out, and where they cut out, se
Scale expression based on rotation
by Chris Smith 3 days ago
I have a logo that a client wants me to animate. It's a ring of figures around a central figure. I can make the ring and make it spin around the central figure easy enough, but the problem is that who
Re: Scale expression based on rotation
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
This is a deceptively complicated problem. I borrowed some code from a typically brilliant Dan Ebberts's post link , and modified it a bit for your request: get the world position of three points; a =
Yellow lines and black background?
by Jerry Smith 3 days ago
I must have accidentally toggled something because in one comp I have yellow lines above and below the composition, a black background rather than a checkered one, and the comp looks like some kinda d
Re: Yellow lines and black background?
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Jerry Smith "I must have accidentally toggled something because in one comp I have yellow lines above and below the composition, a black background rather than a checkered one, and the comp looks lik
Weird text bug in after effects 2015.3
by Aindreas Gallagher 3 days ago
has anyone else had this AE 2015.3 running on Mac OS Sierra 10.12.1 When you set up a text layer and type in some copy - once you hit enter to confirm, you can no longer double click the layer to sele
Re: Weird text bug in after effects 2015.3
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
What Aindreas is running into sounds different than the Sierra rename bug, the workarounds there probably don't apply -- but the point that 2015.3 and Sierra may not mix is absolutely valid. Walter So
Dockable GUI
by Krishna Moorthy 4 days ago
Here is the code: function myScript(thisObj){ function myScript_buildUI(thisObj){ var myPanel = (thisObj instanceof Panel) thisObj : new Window("palette", "myScript", undefined, {resizeable:true}); if
Re: Dockable GUI
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
You're welcome. Scripting is a little difficult to get into, but once you understand it, it's incredibly powerful. Good luck with your project. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link
FCP X features or lack thereof. Your opinion on the rationale.
by Tangier Clarke 4 weeks ago
Re: FCP X 10.3 Folks, I am a proponent of FCP X for a lot of reason I don't care to rehash here and now. I've been committed since it's buggy release. The updates (large and small) have been great, bu
Re: FCP X features or lack thereof. Your opinion on the rationale.
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
Darren Roark "The spanner that gets thrown in the works are the many places jumping the Blackmagic pirate ship to other color systems because they can charge more for them. What is becoming a standar
File: Leaderboard
by Walter Soyka 3 weeks ago
aep file Expression-based leaderboard, for dynamically re-arranging elements in Ae. https: f1.creativecow.net 10784 10784
What do you think of this future?
by Ricardo Marty 4 weeks ago
Adobe just presented this a great tool in the right hands http: nofilmschool.com 2016 11 adobe-project-voco Ricardo Marty
Re: What do you think of this future?
by Walter Soyka 3 weeks ago
Richard Herd "Imagine how much that will cost to have unlimited access to a voice for forever, but yeah I guess you could write a contract that way." Ask Susan Bennett: http: www.cracked.com personal
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Multiscreen Video
by Andreas Woelfl 4 weeks ago
hello everybody, i am sure that this issue has been discussed already and I have even found a conversation related to my problem, but as the post is from 5 years ago I was hoping that there has been i
Re: Multiscreen Video
by Walter Soyka 4 weeks ago
You're right that H.264 won't hold this -- it's too wide. You might consider working backwards. Choose your your playback system first, then output to a format and codec that suits that system. There
AE CC 2017 full of bugs
by Tom Smith 1 month ago
Hello guys, Does anyone have problem with the new AE CC 2017 I've updated it (and kept my 2015.3 for work), everytime I preview something it crashes, and the audio is awful, I have Bose speakers on US
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Stephen Burich liked this 4 weeks ago
Re: AE CC 2017 full of bugs
by Tim Kurkoski 1 month ago
May we assume that you're aware that there's no such thing as real-time playback in AE Dave, that's at best misleading, and at worst completely false. After Effects is designed to play back frames ca
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Walter Soyka liked this 1 month ago
Look whats coming from Microsof. Mac Killer?
by Ricardo Marty 1 month ago
From Microsoft computer company http: bit.ly 2dKN63Q Ricardo Marty
Re: Look whats coming from Microsof. Mac Killer?
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Microsoft has updated Paint: http: www.theverge.com 2016 10 26 13380524 microsoft-paint-app-announced-watch-release-date-watch-demo Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graph
File: Preserve Frame Rate Demo AEP
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
aep file Shows what Ae's "preserve frame rate when nested or in render queue" switch does https: f1.creativecow.net 10693 preserve-frame-rate-demo-aep
New Mac Pro "three years ahead of it's time"
by Steve Connor 2 months ago
At least that's how long it took a certain company to catch up https: www.cnet.com products samsung-artpc-pulse preview
Re: New Mac Pro "three years ahead of it's time"
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Darren Roark "The D700s do not have ECC from what I understand" NVIDIA GTX-series GPUs use non-ECC RAM, and they don't suffer the glitch. Neither does the nMP D700 running under Windows on Boot Camp.
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The iBag
by Oliver Peters 2 months ago
Here's what Apple has been spending time on instead of FCPX or the next Mac Pro :) It s hard to believe this is even true. So sad. http: www.gizmodo.co.uk 2016 09 apple-unveils-bag https: www.theguard
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Re: The iBag
by Jeremy Garchow 2 months ago
I think we can finally change the name of this forum, as many are wont to do, to the "Bag Apple" forum. Besides, the debate is pretty much over, Final Cut Pro won. :-D :-D :-D :- :-(
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Adobe After Effects Forum
by Creative COW 5 months ago
https: forums.creativecow.net adobeaftereffects
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Will FCX be around for a while?
by Glenn Payne 3 months ago
Hi guys, I'm about to invest in a nice imac and I'm planning to use fcx. I'm just wondering what the word on the street is about fcx. I'm willing to dive into the magnetic timeline world, but I'm just
Re: Will FCX be around for a while?
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Robin S. Kurz "You know full well that I can't." You might want to think about not throwing around words like "factually", when all you have is unverifiable hearsay. Robin S. Kurz " Shake, Soundtrack
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1,000 days since the last Mac Pro update
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
In case you haven't seen Juan Salvo's observation yet, the Mac Pro line was last updated 1,000 days ago. Here's a little screenshot from MacRumors showing the number of days between each of the releas
Re: 1,000 days since the last Mac Pro update
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Scott Thomas "Apple is developing their own ARM based CPUs at a breakneck pace... Maybe we are going to see Mac move to ARM, if the history is any guidepost " The iPhone 7 Geekbenches faster (single-
Creative COW Forums
by Creative COW 6 months ago
https: forums.creativecow.net
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News: Boris FX and GenArts Announce Significant Merger of Industry-Leading Visual Effects Software Companies
by Cow News Droid 3 months ago
Plug-in leader Boris FX acquires Sapphire tools and team to become the powerhouse in post-production software industry (Boston, MA--September 9, 2016) Boris FX , the leader in integrated VFX and workf
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Ronald Lindeboom liked this 3 months ago
@Bret William
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Bret Williams "Could it be that both seem ridiculously overpriced in a market where there's been a groundswell of inexpensive and free plugins produced by small companies and individuals with nothing
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Any way to select EVERY OTHER character with a text animator?
by Ze'ev Gilad 2 years ago
Let's say I want to use a text animator to make EVERY OTHER bigger. Can this be done with the range selectors
Re: Any way to select EVERY OTHER character with a text animator?
by Joe Clay 3 months ago
I came across this while looking for something. Sorry to drudge up an old thread, but I just made a tutorial last week that contains how to do this. http: workbench.tv tutorials 2016-09-02_ExpressionS
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Walter Soyka liked this 3 months ago
why would anyone want to use FCPX (SERIOUS discussion - no bashing)
by Michael Paul 3 months ago
I do NOT want to attack or insult any FCPX editor here - I am just curious and I believe people do things for a reason. So why do you use FCPX What are your reasons What's great about it I have starte
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Tangier Clarke liked this 2 months ago
Re: why would anyone want to use FCPX (SERIOUS discussion - no bashing)
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
Why didn't the 747 view come preloaded with my version ;-) It really pays to spend time finding the layouts that work for you and saving them as workspaces. Where someone like you, Walter, favours a N
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Walter Soyka liked this 3 months ago
Motiongraphics workflow for top output quality
by James Murray 3 months ago
Dear CC community, Thank you for this great resource and I'll do my best to be clear about what I need help with. My computer specs: - MacbookPro (2.6 GHz Intel Core i7) - Mem: 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 - O
Re: Motiongraphics workflow for top output quality
by Tero Ahlfors 3 months ago
I recently got "HDMI DVI" for delivery specifications. I'll probably send them a combo cable.
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Good news
by Steve Connor 3 months ago
Alex 4D just posted this https: jobs.apple.com us search#&ss=47429395&t=0&so=&lo=0*USA&pN=0&openJobId=47429395 Anyone here want the job :)
Re: Good news
by Steve Connor 3 months ago
Douglas K. Dempsey "Who will it be Oliver, care to move from Florida to Calif " Hopefully not Robin or Bill, they would hardly change it all!
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Is drop frame needed / relevant anymore?
by Patrick Donegan 3 months ago
If one is not producing anything fro broadcast, is it time to drop the drop frame Or is it the "just in case" Or - does DVD_Video and BluRay use or need drop frame I am just wondering .... about other
Re: Is drop frame needed / relevant anymore?
by Jeremy Garchow 3 months ago
Warren Eig "I think what Jeremy is say is, 45 minutes of video is 45 minutes of video." Kinda! :) 45 minutes of NDF 29.97 video is 45 minutes of timecode, but not 45 minutes of real time. 45 minutes
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Adobe Camera raw on a quicktime import?
by Nicholas Toth 3 months ago
We shoot a lot of time-lapse video, and typically I'll use the raw importer in after effects, or lightroom to finish fix any sequences we shoot. Works well. All raw .CR2 (canon formatted) files. In th
Re: Adobe Camera raw on a quicktime import?
by Tim Kurkoski 3 months ago
Transcode the .mov frames to JPEG, TIFF, PSD, or PNG. In the Import dialog in After Effects, change the Enable option to All Files, and change the Format to Camera Raw. Select your image sequence and
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Depth mapped lens flares!
by Spencer Tweed 3 months ago
Hey guys, I realized that by using this old-school technique you could write an expression that would automagically turn off your lens flare if it went behind an object based on a z depth render: http
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Walter Soyka liked this 3 months ago
Lots and lots of hard drives
by Rich Rubasch 4 months ago
I've got a client with a pile (hundreds literally) of external hard drives of every shape and size and form. They have camera footage from shoots from years ago, project files with ProRes converted fo
Re: Lots and lots of hard drives
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
I agree with Bob that data migration is the problem with all archival, and that this gets laborious. I'd add that your data's importance should be reflected in your budget. For us, the value of our da
A bridge too far?
by Oliver Peters 5 months ago
We are now several months past Apple's preview of the next FCP X. The update itself is long overdue. So, it would seem that there's a lot if work going into it, with the potential to introduce a littl
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David Lawrence liked this 5 months ago
Re: A bridge too far?
by Scott Witthaus 4 months ago
Phil Lowe "I would encourage them to do whatever it takes to get to speed as quickly as possible." Sounding like a broken record again this year, but I just finished teaching a technical "bootcamp" t
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Make one of these white horses dark
by Matt Tyson 4 months ago
I'm struggling to make one of the white horses in this clip dark (very dark brown black). I know enough masking and layers to do an animated mask on the darker horse, but the actual coloring I just ca
Re: Make one of these white horses dark
by Kalleheikki Kannisto 4 months ago
I would start with Channel Combiner from green channel to lightness as it should have the best detail, do that on a copy of the footage, then curve that dark. Color shift is generally best achieved by
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Scrolling List that moves down with every new line
by Carlos Robles 4 months ago
Hi, Im trying to create a list that starts with only one line, and as new lines are added the previous line moves down one line. You dont see the move, it just jumps down. Its a long list so I dont wa
Re: Scrolling List that moves down with every new line
by Max Pinton 4 months ago
I'm sure there's a way to get a text animator to do this, but the simplest way I could figure out was to use a track matte and then move the text down to reveal a line at a time. You'll want to revers
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Issue bringing After Effects clips into Premiere
by Sophie Turner 4 months ago
Hi. I am pretty new to After Effects and I am somewhat experienced in Premiere. I want to use After Effects to create some simple animations for text. Yet every time I try to bring in a clip from Afte
Re: Issue bringing After Effects clips into Premiere
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
Walter Soyka " It's hip to be square." Dave LaRonde "Well, whaddaya know." I hope this applies in real life, too. Otherwise, I don't stand a chance :) Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Li
New FCP X plugin site BretFX with Free Template
by Bret Williams 4 months ago
Hello! After 15 years posting here can I get away with one shameless self promotion I'm kinda excited to be starting a new FCP X plugin and template website, http: BretFX.com. The planned Grand Openin
Re: New FCP X plugin site BretFX with Free Template
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
I think the format works as a promo. It's a good way to quickly show the potential of the setup and get people excited about what they can do with it. But I also think Simon's advice to provide expana
Feeling Overwhelmed, need advice.
by Lindsay McCutcheon 4 months ago
Hi everyone, I recently uploaded a video to Youtube I had been working on for five months featuring Disney movies from the past 30 years. Link Here: https: www.youtube.com watch v=E-6xk4W6N20 It went
Re: Feeling Overwhelmed, need advice.
by Brian Mills 4 months ago
Hi Lindsay: I saw your video the other day when nofilmschool.com linked to it and was really impressed. Well done! You've got talent and you've got skills, so heck yes it's time to jump in and "go pro
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Oh DAMN.
by Bill Davis 4 months ago
Just looked at my credit card statement. A year ago Adobe was nice and gave me a free year of Photo Subscription because I had a major hassle getting a double subscription cancelled. Two months after
Re: Oh DAMN.
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
Andrew Kimery "Companies should make Opting-out as easy as Opting-in." Yes, they sure should. Autodesk does this pretty well. I've started and stopped monthly seats of Maya a few times without any is
Footage 4:3 needs to go to 16:9 final copy
by Jeremy Collins 4 months ago
I am working on a Macbook Pro with CS5 Premiere. I have footage that was shot on a GoPro and drone, both 4:3. My final export must be a 16:9 widescreen. When I currently export my video it has black a
Re: Footage 4:3 needs to go to 16:9 final copy
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
I developed a similar template project for After Effects -- helpful for those of us on PCs with no FxFactory: http: www.keenlive.com renderbreak 2013 06 non-linear-stretch-43-to-169-in-after-effects W
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fast color corrector gone?
by André van Rensburg 5 months ago
It seems that the new Premiere Pro version that came out a few weeks ago does not include the fast color corrector effect, it disappeared from my video effects list after I updated, has Adobe deleted
Re: fast color corrector gone?
by Walter Soyka 5 months ago
Lumetri is different than the Fast Color Corrector. I suppose which is better is a matter of personal preference, but Lumetri looks to be the one the developers will focus on going forward. Walter Soy
Keying graphics over motion background using Keynote
by Jason Shane 5 months ago
I am trying to figure out the best way to key name titles graphics over a motion background for a live event. I have a switcher that can key, a media server as a source for backgrounds, mac computer w
Re: Keying graphics over motion background using Keynote
by Walter Soyka 5 months ago
Jason Shane "I am not familiar with using the Spyder for graphics, or if it even does it." Spyder is a multi-destination switcher, not a media server. Something needs to feed the Spyder the motion me
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