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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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Best 4K format alpha
by Pierre Valliere 1 day ago
Hi, I need to export from AE to Pr animation in UHD (4K). I don't find any format with transparency. Please no .mov! How to export in DNxHR with transparency
Re: Best 4K format alpha
by Walter Soyka 12 hours ago
Pierre Valliere "So if all my production is DNxHR MXF OP1a (UHD 23.98), what r my option (better) for transparency There is no DNxHR MXF preset that do transparency Animation from After effect to Pre
After Effects Crashes When Opening Project
by Nicholas Harris 3 days ago
Hello again. This is really urgent to me. I've been working on a project for a bit, and all of sudden whenever I open it up, it starts throwing a lot of errors relating to plugins and crashes. Any hel
Re: After Effects Crashes When Opening Project
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
What errors does it throw specifically Have you tried rebooting the computer If you can hold Shift while opening a project, Ae will close any open comps during load so they don't try to render right a
text layers not snapping to guides (CC2019)
by mel ruiz 4 days ago
Since upgrading to CC 2019 (which I probably shouldn't have), my text layers are no longer snapping to my guides. Yes, I have snapping on. Is this happening to anyone else And any ideas on something I
Re: text layers not snapping to guides (CC2019)
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
I can snap text layers to guides on the current release of Ae. Have you tried maybe resetting your preferences Hold Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift (Mac OS) while starting After Effec
Using a depthmap as mask
by Mirko Ruta 4 days ago
Hello, With a 3D plugin (Trapcode MIR) I created a low.poly landscape. Now I would like to add a glow-effect but not evenly applied to a complete adjustment layer. It should be controlled by a depth-m
Re: Using a depthmap as mask
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Sure, that's possible. You can use the depth map as a track matte link on your adjustment layer. Alternately, you could use a Compound Blur effect with the depth map and an Add or Screen blend mode. W
duplicating comp & precomp
by Mark Doctor 5 days ago
Hi guy's I've got composition A pre-comped in composition B. When i Duplicate both A & B I get A2 & B2, but B2 is still referring to A and not to A2. I solved the problem but I guess there is a better
Re: duplicating comp & precomp
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
There are a couple third-party script options that might be helpful: https: aescripts.com true-comp-duplicator https: www.vdodna.com blog true-layer-duplicator-script-for-after-effects Walter Soyka De
360 degree ribbon board
by Ron Ruff 1 week ago
Hello! Brand new member.. I hope I am in the right place. I created a fascia ribbon board at 18560 by 40 pixels. It looks good on my monitor (in After Effects). I tried to encode it in Adobe After Eff
Re: 360 degree ribbon board
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Excellent! It's literally impossible to deliver this work without speaking to the source. I'm glad to hear that everything worked out well. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Moti
Can't Animate Position
by Nathan German 5 days ago
Hello, I am having a weird issue in After Effects. All I am trying to do is move a layer to a new position, which would normally be a very simple task. I created two position keyframes with the old an
Re: Can't Animate Position
by Walter Soyka 5 days ago
You probably hit F10 -- your comp view is set to Front. That's an orthographic view that does not show perspective changes. Change it back to Active Camera, either with the UI control in the comp view
How to get markers from QuickTime?
by Ze'ev Gilad 6 days ago
If you export a QuickTime ProRes from Premiere with timeline markers, then import it into After Effects, and drag it into a Comp, Ae automatically shows the timeline markers as layer markers. I need a
Re: How to get markers from QuickTime?
by Walter Soyka 6 days ago
I think they're stored as embedded XMP metadata. If you're trying to access the data via Ae scripting, you should just be able to step through the markers. If you're trying to access the data outside
Renaming items with scripts
by vahab san 1 week ago
Hello everyone Here is the situation: - I have an expression in comp A referring to comp B; - If I change the name of comp B from the project panel manually, expressions will update automatically; - I
Re: Renaming items with scripts
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
And to clarify what it does... autoFixExpressions(oldText, newText) will identify all broken expressions, do a search and replace within them (swapping out oldText for newText), and committing that ch
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Franz Bieberkopf and Apple Talk
by Aindreas Gallagher 2 months ago
Hey there, mad forum, I missed the whole shennanigans around the forum name change, not madly up to speed, but Apple Talk feels like it's the end of an era I guess I just wanted to say that I had a ma
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Re: Franz Bieberkopf and Apple Talk
by Jeremy Garchow 3 days ago
Indeed the end of an era. There was an actual moment there where it was all on the line, free from groupthink. It was was quite fun; a unique gash in time, to be able to talk as an adult about the sta
Remove orange tracking markers from green screen
by Filip Stillerska 2 months ago
I've got a shot with actors in front of a green screen with orange tracking markers applied to it. There's a lot of camera movement in the scene and unfortunately, there's a couple of frames where the
Orange and Green and Black and Blue, What's an Artist Gonna Do?
by Andrew Somers 2 months ago
HI Pilip, Yes I definitely agree with Dave that this is a poorly lit and uneven screen, and that's probably going to cause the greatest problems. ON THE SUBJECT OF TRACKING MARKERS: Unfortunately prod
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FCP X hits 3.5 Million users?
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
Atomos CEO Jeromy Young says so in a live interview from the IBC Floor. Slip of the tongue Judge for yourself. If true, that s kinda crazy growth acceleration. https: m.youtube.com watch v=OvKw3msZ6h0
Re: FCP X hits 3.5 Million users?
by James Culbertson 2 months ago
Shawn Miller "so I haven't really seen an uptake of FCPX or Resolve... it could just be the circles that I run in though." Yes, I would say that it being known that I am fluent in FCP 10 (and actuall
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Walter Soyka liked this 2 months ago
Latency issue for live event projection with Livestream HD31?
by Anthony Popolo 2 months ago
I'm doing a multicamera event and projecting the feed to large screens IN THE SAME ROOM as the event (singers and speakers). I'm running 3 cameras (JVC GY-HM700) through a Livestream HD31 switcher (ru
Re: Latency issue for live event projection with Livestream HD31?
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
"Latency" is still meaningful for video delay, too. Some delay accumulating in the system should be expected. Every digital device in the chain that processes frames is going to add a minimum of 1 fra
"ALL NLEs: The Great Debate" - genuine question
by Trevor Asquerthian 2 months ago
I like the idea of a hive mind with knowledge of all the NLEs (and the old LEs) to help figure out better ways of working. Q: I ve used the EVS (very basic) NLE IPEdit sporadically since it came out.
Re: "ALL NLEs: The Great Debate" - genuine question
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Trevor Asquerthian "But I can't see how any of them will allow one timeline to be edited whilst being played out of a second workstation." Why not Both Adobe team projects and Avid bin sharing allow
New Desktop For After Effects
by Omar Wanis 3 months ago
Hey guys, i'm buying a new Desktop mainly for After Fx but with a little C4D on the side. I have read that AE doesn't support multi-threading and isn't a great GPU renderer as well. So this is what i
Re: New Desktop For After Effects
by Michael Szalapski 3 months ago
Andrew Somers "AE used to multithread, it went away only because they are changing the render system and are "supposed" to be bringing multithreading back in a better way........ but apparently not y
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"Colour Edge" or "Edge Extend" tool in After Effects
by john smith 3 months ago
Hi everyone! I've been watching Hugo Guerra's great VFX tutorials on his youtube channel (please support!). His tutorials are for Nuke but I wanted to know if there was a similar technique for AE. He
Re: "Colour Edge" or "Edge Extend" tool in After Effects
by Richard Garabedain 3 months ago
So i've been playing around...What about Refine Hard Matte effect...if you put the shift edge to 100...increase the decontamination and then feather it a bit you get a pretty similar result then you c
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Film Logo, any copyright violations?
by Brenden Younan 4 months ago
I made this simple film company logo and was influenced a-bit by the 20th century fox logo as I loved the sunset and spotlight variations. Am I violating copyright Not usually aware when it comes to c
Re: Film Logo, any copyright violations?
by Blaise Douros 4 months ago
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different . --T.S. Eliot
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FCPX and Fusion
by David Mathis 6 months ago
After playing around with the Fusion page in Resolve and Fusion itself I find myself enjoying a node based workflow even more. I feel it allows for more creativity with title work and adding spice to
Re: FCPX and Fusion
by Walter Soyka 5 months ago
Brett Sherman "To me that's not an advantage of a Precomp, but rather an advantage of being able to have multiple Compositions within a Project, which everyone admits is a weakness with Motion. In Mo
I don't understand difference between media servers vs. standalone playback
by Hilary Tsai 5 months ago
I'm very interested in live show visual fx such as projection mapping and projected set design for live concerts and shows. Recently, I've stumbled upon a real time rendering software called Notch, wh
Re: I don't understand difference between media servers vs. standalone playback
by Walter Soyka 5 months ago
Hilary Tsai " For one thing, I need to understand the difference between a media server and standalone playback, as the software advertises that it supports both." Think about the way that web server
AR markers for tracking performers?
by Hilary Tsai 6 months ago
I was looking into Blacktrax for tracking performers and projecting real-time graphics on around them, as they move around on stage. However, Blacktrax is a multi-thousand dollar solution geared towar
Re: AR markers for tracking performers?
by Walter Soyka 6 months ago
Real-time tracking systems are complex and expensive. I don't think there are any low-cost options similar to Blacktrax on the market. I'm not sure that AR markers will work for your case, given light
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i ❤ FCPX
by Steve Connor 6 months ago
The sun is shining and I'm blasting my way through edits here on FCPX - STILL enjoying using it on a daily basis, despite some of the more curmudgeonly discussions that go on here and the many doubts
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Re: i ❤ FCPX
by Walter Soyka 6 months ago
Steve Connor "I have to say it's by far and away the most enjoyable NLE I've ever used" That's really important. Probably more important than the speed argument. We get down to time and motion studie
Premiere CC 2018 H264 uses Quick Sync, faster than FCPX on iMac Pro at H264 encoding
by Joe Marler 6 months ago
For years Premiere has been criticized as being much slower than FCPX at H264 encode and decode due to not using Quick Sync. A year or two ago Premiere started using this on Windows (to some degree) b
Re: Premiere CC 2018 H264 uses Quick Sync, faster than FCPX on iMac Pro at H264 encoding
by Walter Soyka 6 months ago
James Culbertson "4 seconds difference No. But it is great that Premiere editors don't have to suffer with longer encodes anymore." Is it just encodes If this accelerates decode, too, does it make wo
Reconsidering FCPX in Hollywood
by Oliver Peters 6 months ago
One of the Lumaforge NAB presentations: http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro articles 2070-josh-beal-reconsidering-final-cut-pro-x-in-hollywood Direct link to the video here: https: www.youtube.com watch ti
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Re: Reconsidering FCPX in Hollywood
by Shawn Miller 6 months ago
Andy Neil "Only that it can make a lot of sense for those companies that don't want to rent seats at $50 a pop." To be fair, that $50-$85 a month gets you much more than Premiere Pro. I think that's
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FCPX or R15?
by Oliver Peters 7 months ago
I find the Resolve threads here fascinating. 2.5 million FCPX users notwithstanding, is Apple playing catch-up now to Blackmagic Design and Resolve It amazes me that a community where a trackless UI w
Re: FCPX or R15?
by Walter Soyka 7 months ago
I agree that sequence-based systems have performance issues, but you've actually used CineForm I find your comments surprising because I have built workflows on it, and I find it to be highly comparab
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Apple to ditch Intel?
by David Mathis 7 months ago
Just saw this on Facebook: https: www.reuters.com article us-apple-mac-intel apple-plans-to-replace-intel-chips-in-macs-with-its-own-bloomberg-idUSKCN1H91N5 Questions that come to mind: 1. What does t
Re: Apple to ditch Intel?
by Oliver Peters 7 months ago
Joe Marler "4k H264" All variants of this format are from the devil. - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
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Alternative to whatchout to manage 3 projectors
by Lena Sombre 7 months ago
Hi there! I need your help about videoprojections. I work for a theatre company and we have always worked with Watchout for projections and video mapping. Actually, I suppose the show we have on the s
Re: Alternative to whatchout to manage 3 projectors
by Walter Soyka 7 months ago
Maybe get a Matrox TripleHead2Go and use PowerPoint or Keynote Otherwise, there are a few cheaper solutions capable of multi-display, including QLab, Millumin, and ProVideoPlayer. Walter Soyka Designe
FCPX and documentary editing
by Oliver Peters 8 months ago
https: www.provideocoalition.com art-cut-documentary-editor-david-tillman - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
Re: FCPX and documentary editing
by Steve Connor 8 months ago
Bill Davis "The point of the idiom is that people very often see the exact same thing in two completely different ways. " Yep, some of us like to write our songs by "jamming" and others prefer to wri
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How would you go about recreating this effect within After Effects? (Maybe Particular?)
by Benji Trosch 8 months ago
Hello, I was wondering if anybody might have some expert knowledge about a video I came across recently and how they pulled off a specific effect. One person (elsewhere) said it might be possible with
Re: How would you go about recreating this effect within After Effects? (Maybe Particular?)
by Steve Bentley 8 months ago
Thats definitely stock footage of rolling fog smoke (probably man made) And its not a custom element they shot for it because you can see the loop point and its not been handled very well (if it was c
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More "demystification"...
by Bill Davis 10 months ago
I'm trying to stay out of this because in both software engineering and color theory - I'm pretty much an idiot. I'm just an end user, and HAPPY to be one. But this has blown up so much - that I'm fas
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Re: More "demystification"...
by Jeremy Garchow 10 months ago
Robert d'Alexis "It's "C'est la vie", not "Ces't la vie " Translation: That s life, not T hats life. :-D
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The Color Wheels Mystery - Demystified
by Simon Ubsdell 10 months ago
Here is a follow-up video that brings together some of the points Oliver and I have tried to explain on this forum and also offers a clearer explanation of the how and why of what we are seeing. https
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Re: The Color Wheels Mystery - Demystified
by Jeremy Garchow 10 months ago
Herb Sevush "I have learned more about the design and workings of the color wheel from these threads than in all I had read previously. " This is true of almost any of Simon s videos. Amidst the how
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Rendering multiple Files one after another
by Luke Pilz 1 year ago
Hey creative cow Community, I am a new user of Adobe Premiere Pro and my problem is, that i have several videos to edit that are no longer than 15sec-1min. And i want to render a bunch of them over ni
Re: Rendering multiple Files one after another
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
Yes, you can render them through Adobe Media Encoder as follows: https: www.premiumbeat.com blog how-to-batch-export-clips-in-premiere-pro Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motio
OT: the ultimate editing machine?
by Robert d'Alexis 1 year ago
Check the link below out and see if you agree this is the answer to an editor's dream. https: www.provideocoalition.com ultimate-video-editors-workstation-look-like
Re: OT: the ultimate editing machine?
by Michael Gissing 1 year ago
Bob Zelin "An ASUS motherboard with three NVidia 1080ti GPU's and an Intel X550 10G port is more of "the ultimate edit machine" than any HP Z840." Today's ultimate might last a few months at most. It
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AVID Presentation Thurs at KeyCode - the natives were restless.
by Bill Davis 1 year ago
https: www.facebook.com Avid videos 10155071293607525 The Q&A was ... difficult. Props to AVID for facing their customers this way. Two hour video - the Q&A starts about :45 min in. The NLE biz is def
Re: AVID Presentation Thurs at KeyCode - the natives were restless.
by Tim Wilson 1 year ago
Scott Thomas "Wasn't Avid's reaction to FCP, to buy Pinnacle to kill their hardware IO for FCP " Absolutely not. I was not only at Avid at the time, I was the Senior Product Marketing Manager respons
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Why FCPX?
by Steve Connor 1 year ago
I thought I'd beat Bill to it https: www.provideocoalition.com fcp-x-producers-pov-feature-film-daisy-winters
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Re: Why FCPX?
by Oliver Peters 1 year ago
Walter Soyka "For a team with multiple interdependencies, it's much harder. Every decision on a team has ripple effects, so changing a single piece of the workflow or slowing down a specific step for
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Same machine, same project, different export time
by João Pedro Oliveira 1 year ago
Hello, guys, this is my first post over here and I have this odd thing happening when I'm exporting my projects. The thing is, the same video file I exported a week ago that took me two hours (with a
Re: Same machine, same project, different export time
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
I had to re-install my NVIDIA driver after the Windows Creators update to get some functionality back. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Prese
Duplicate or Snapshot
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
So I just finished the first rough cut of my video. I'm expecting client changes. In FCP 7 I would just copy the sequence to a new sequence and call it Sequence 2. I see that you can either Duplicate
Re: Duplicate or Snapshot
by Andy Neil 1 year ago
Greg Ball "So in my case, would just duplicate a Snapshot so I can keep the original, then just label the Snapshot as Version 2 " That would not help you. The snapshot should be v1, and then you cont
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Morphing Plug In?
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
I have 6 different room designs that I would like to have each morph into the next one. They are all the same size. Is there a FCP X plugin that allows us to morph one image into the next Greg Ball, P
Re: Morphing Plug In?
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
If you're willing to look outside of FCPX, RE:Flex from RE:Vision Effects is one of my favorites. It's currently available for After Effects and for Fusion Studio: http: revisionfx.com products reflex
360 Video Capture Options
by Ilea Shutler 1 year ago
I have a client that wants to start doing 360 video documentaries in the style of the NY Times Daily 360 https: www.nytimes.com video world australia 100000005316189 trying-to-save-the-corals-of-the-g
Re: 360 Video Capture Options
by David Lawrence 1 year ago
Walter Soyka "David, have you had occasion to try Mistika VR yet I have not, and I'd be very curious to hear about your opinion." Hi Walter, Yes I have and I like it very much. It's incredibly fast a
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How to work on PP file efficiently from two seperate workplaces
by Emmanuelle Antolin 1 year ago
Greetings CC Community, I am trying to create an efficient workflow so I can work from home and office by just using my laptop and not lugging my 8TB drive on the bus! Here is my situation: I have a d
Re: How to work on PP file efficiently from two seperate workplaces
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
An extra step is required for newer .prproj files. For the last several major versions, .prproj files are gzipped XML files, so they must be decompressed before editing and recompressed afterwards. I
Arun Chaudhary 1 year ago
I forgot given thread link
https://forums.creativecow.net/thread/227/30520
Arun Chaudhary 1 year ago
Hi, Walter Soyka
again I need your help I find a post for Remove all files in a shape layer, John Colombo script works fine for active comp. but I want this script works for selected comp. in a project
and add a stroke in all shape layer stroke width can be set. if it is possible
I am very grateful to you
Arun
FCPX and color correction tools
by Oliver Peters 1 year ago
It's a Friday... A number of recent threads have touched on various aspects of color correction, including Resolve, Speedgrade, Chromatic, etc. There are correctly several good third party color corre
Re: FCPX and color correction tools
by Oliver Peters 1 year ago
Walter Soyka " The board probably makes manipulations with a mouse easier (as the moves are horizontal and vertical)" Well, sort of. If you grab a puck you may be moving it in any direction diagonall
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Rendering files
by Joe Lukus 1 year ago
Ok when you render a clip it creates a apple prores file correct or does it just create its own type of readable "system file" Basically what I am wanting to know is once you render a file were is it
Re: Rendering files
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
Joe Marler "There may be more complex effects cases where this isn't done but in general FCPX uses smart rendering." Here's a little more on FCPX and smart rendering: https: forums.creativecow.net th
Horizontal scale on timeline
by Brad Coulter 1 year ago
Is there a shortcut key for adjusting the horizontal scale of a timeline The bar on the bottom works fine, but I prefer to keep my hand off the mouse whenever possible. If there is such an animal, the
Re: Horizontal scale on timeline
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
The default shortcuts are minus (-) and equals (=) to zoom the timeline. These are called Zoom Out and Zoom In under Application Sequence in the visual keyboard shortcut editor. Another good one to kn
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Is 768 CUDA cores enough to Encode with?
by Duke Sweden 1 year ago
I was researching why my PC occasionally, frequently, actually, needs to be rebooted because I can't encode using Media Encoder without it "failing". I read where you need at least 1,000 CUDA cores fo
Re: Is 768 CUDA cores enough to Encode with?
by Walter Soyka 1 year ago
Duke Sweden "they cause crashes which, btw, after cleaning my media cache, (which I do every day)" Cleaning your media cache probably isn't doing what you think it's doing. While it's a good troubles
Roei Tzoref 1 year ago
hi Walter. I wonder what do you make of this?
https://forums.creativecow.net/thread/2/1123103
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