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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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Any ideas on a pulsating grid of dots?
by noah campeau 2 days ago
Trying to work out how to create a grid of dots that pulsates in scale across the screen. Something like in this Apple animation... https: www.youtube.com watch v=nmV3KMniZuQ I thought Form might be a
Re: Any ideas on a pulsating grid of dots?
by Walter Soyka 1 day ago
Do you mean the grid at 1:17 Yes, Form will do it. You need to use Form's Layer Map feature. This allows you to use a separate layer as a gradient map which influences the size of the Form particles.
Time Remapping messes with masks
by Matthew Beall 2 days ago
I have several animated masks on footage that is precomposed. When I time-remap the pre-comp, the timing of the masks is now off. Do I need to render the pre-comp first
Re: Time Remapping messes with masks
by Walter Soyka 1 day ago
Roei Tzoref "Ae creates intermediate frames to fill the in betweens as long as it's native Ae movement (keyframes on still, effects, text, vectors, really anything but an image sequence or Video)- bu
sRGB
by Jerry Smith 4 weeks ago
Can I just convert all the colors in a composition to sRGB If so, how do I do it All my image assets come from PS or AI. But I don't think I paid enough attention to sRGB vs. Apple whatever vs.... I u
Re: sRGB
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Is your monitor profiled Adobe has a decent overview of their color management system here: https: helpx.adobe.com after-effects using color-management.html Maybe start there, then come back with any
interpolating frames with time stretch
by russ johnson 2 days ago
Thanks in advance for any help. I'm having trouble generating interpolated frames upon preview or export from sources that are slowed down, either via time remapping or time stretch. I have a timelaps
Re: interpolating frames with time stretch
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Dave LaRonde "I'd try using a third-party plugin, Twixtor. It will actually create the necessary intermediate frames for smoother motion." Ae's native pixel motion frame blending and Timewarp both us
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Can anyone tell me how to give copyrights for Adobe After Effects and Photoshop works
by William Addis 3 days ago
I created a typography video in after effects and simple logo animation, i want to know how to give copyrights for these files. Also I designed a signature logo for a company and face painting, same i
Re: Can anyone tell me how to give copyrights for Adobe After Effects and Photoshop works
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
"Give copyrights" is awkward phrasing in English. You might "transfer copyright" (which would mean the client now owns the copyright to your work outright, not you; you are no longer free to use it),
Step effector style for an Luma Matte and grid with layers?
by Eelco Viel 3 days ago
Hi Fellow creatives, My name is Eelco and i'm an Animator Motion Designer in a video production company (B2B). For an client, i'm making an intro animation. But i hit a wall: A pre comp with 189 pre c
Re: Step effector style for an Luma Matte and grid with layers?
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
Ae doesn't have effectors like C4D does. Instead, you can write expressions to achieve the same effect; a step effector might use each layer's index to calculate the offset in animation. Something lik
The iBag
by Oliver Peters 3 days 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
Re: The iBag
by Jeremy Garchow 3 days 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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Black bevels black objects
by Imesh Heshan 4 days ago
I've element 3D v2 in ae cc! i cant add bevel styles to my 3D objects and extrudes! They are totally black! But there is bevel style in there! When i double click those bevels, not working! Objects an
Re: Black bevels black objects
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Element 3D has specific GPU requirements. It is not supported on your Intel HD Graphics 4400 card. http: www.videocopilot.net docs element installation_and_compatibility specifications Walter Soyka De
Is motion v2 cheating for a noob
by Alonzo Gutierrez 4 days ago
Hello, So I am new to motion graphics. I have a degree in graphic design, but only got taught small animation using flash. Which was fun. Now I'm getting into after effects (should have long ago) and
Re: Is motion v2 cheating for a noob
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
I suggest you do both. Use scripts and plugins where they make your life better, but also learn as much as you can about what they're really doing. If you rely on canned presets with no understanding
Adobe After Effects Forum
by Creative COW 3 months ago
https: forums.creativecow.net adobeaftereffects
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Will FCX be around for a while?
by Glenn Payne 1 week 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 6 days 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 2 weeks 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 1 week 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 3 months ago
https: forums.creativecow.net
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and Blackmagic acquires Fairlight and Ultimatte
by Craig Seeman 2 weeks ago
Blackmagic Acquires Fairlight, Ultimatte http: www.studiodaily.com 2016 09 blackmagic-acquires-fairlight-ultimatte
Re: and Blackmagic acquires Fairlight and Ultimatte
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Jeremy Garchow "We run multiple PCIe cards on trash can MacPros everyday with no performance penalty. If we can push 800MB sec of video per seat, I'm sure we can get some audio down the pipe as well.
News: Boris FX and GenArts Announce Significant Merger of Industry-Leading Visual Effects Software Companies
by Cow News Droid 2 weeks 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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@Bret William
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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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why would anyone want to use FCPX (SERIOUS discussion - no bashing)
by Michael Paul 3 weeks 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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Re: why would anyone want to use FCPX (SERIOUS discussion - no bashing)
by Simon Ubsdell 2 weeks 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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Motiongraphics workflow for top output quality
by James Murray 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 weeks 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 Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Bill Davis "I don't have to get a whole new phone because I left mine on the deck and it started raining Because Jony Ives team figured a way not to need the same headphone hole they've been using si
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Waiting for Apple again. And again. And again ...
by Herb Sevush 4 weeks ago
Need to put together another editing station by first week in October. Just for the convenience of Thunderbolt I'm thinking about going nMpro. But who wants to buy a 3 year old machine when Apple is s
Re: Waiting for Apple again. And again. And again ...
by Walter Soyka 3 weeks ago
Jeremy Garchow "It seems like making a ProRes file would be the least of concerns when switching to an all Windows environment. " It's actually been the biggest pain I've had. Everything else has bee
Is drop frame needed / relevant anymore?
by Patrick Donegan 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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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Lots and lots of hard drives
by Rich Rubasch 2 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 1 month 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 2 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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Re: A bridge too far?
by Scott Witthaus 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 1 month 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 2 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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
Article: G-Tech G-RACK 12: Fast, Easy, Expandable, A Winner
by Bob Zelin 3 months ago
Storage G-Tech G-RACK 12: Fast, Easy, Expandable, A Winner Already having a great reputation for standalone RAID arrays, G-Tech makes a bold move into shared storage with the G-Tech G-RACK 12. With 1
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Re: G-Tech G-RACK 12: Fast, Easy, Expandable, A Winner
by Marc Wielage 3 months ago
Ah, thanks much for the price information. I wish the original article could be updated to include that information. I did a Google search and couldn't find it, not even on G-Tech's own website, nor h
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FCP-X and the Apple conspiracy
by Bob Zelin 3 months ago
I like the word "conspiracy" more than "business model, or "business plan", because it sounds cooler, and quickly answers the question "how come I can't do that". Conspiracy is cool. I have always bit
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Re: FCP-X and the Apple conspiracy
by Tim Wilson 3 months ago
Cloud processing is already working just fine for devices. The computing power for Siri, Google Now, Alexa (which is what Amazon SHOULD have called its voice assistant, and what I'll call her forever)
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Latest 360 Project
by Tom Sefton 3 months ago
Hi all, We were recently employed for filming and DIT services for this music video for Kyla La Grange in the UK. Visualise completed the post production, and the finished result looks great. We filme
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Re: Latest 360 Project
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Nice, Tom! Interesting creative with the dual (dueling ) storylines. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting @ke
Cool AE/VR Stuff
by Mike Sevigny 4 months ago
I've been working on a script that allows for 360 compositing Here's an example of 360 Set-Extensions: https: vimeo.com 169601733 Mike Sevigny mike@torusfx.com
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Re: Cool AE/VR Stuff
by Tudor "Ted" Jelescu 4 months ago
Good stuff! Tudor "Ted " Jelescu Senior VFX Artist
Best editting codec for Premiere Pro
by Daniel Herter 4 years ago
Hello guys, I've been asked to edit some footage in Premiere. The company providing me this footage asked me in what codec I wanted the footage to be. So my question: What is the best codec to use Pre
Re: Best editting codec for Premiere Pro
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
Jacob Giacometti "Hey I really appreciate your explanation. I have a question then: which is the fastest optimal codec to use during editing in Premiere then Please don't answer H264!" Ha! The answer
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Editing for Video Mapping (Final Cut Pro 6)
by Chris Simeone 4 months ago
Final Cut Pro 6 Really Yep ... a friend stopped using it gave me the original discs. It works great for my purposes, which is creating visuals for my bands live shows. Before my question, here's some
Re: Editing for Video Mapping (Final Cut Pro 6)
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
Shane Ross "Now I'd like to know how you play back all of these sequences, at the same time, sync'd perfectly..." Big events, concerts, etc. use media servers -- networked devices designed specifical
Audio increment Adjustments in Premiere CC
by Jordan Nagasako 4 months ago
Hi I have two issues I'm trying to figure out with Premiere but can't seem to find the answer. 1) can you adjust the audio so that when raising the levels from the timeline it will go higher than 6.02
Re: Audio increment Adjustments in Premiere CC
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
You can bump a clip's volume up or down 1 dB with the square bracket keys and . If you need to raise a clip's volume 12 dB to make it work, perhaps you should consider using a compressor or dynamics p
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