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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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Pen tool issue in CC 2015.3
by Simon Thomas 2 days ago
Hi Guys, I recently updated to CC 2015.3 (probably a mistake) and ever since my pen tool has not been working the way it should. I'm trying to draw a simple triangular shape mask from an existing soli
Re: Pen tool issue in CC 2015.3
by Walter Soyka 1 hour ago
Dave and I are both experienced, but we have a difference of opinion on recent releases. I respect Dave for his generous contributions to the community, too, but I stand by my opinion that it's worth
Video Rendering
by Dada Kräuter 10 hours ago
Hello, :) I made a project in 4K resolution. I wanted to render it in 540p. Created a new composition(960x540) and scaled my project to 25% to fit everything in. When I render it in MP4, it takes same
Re: Video Rendering
by Walter Soyka 8 hours ago
Dada Kr uter "I made a project in 4K resolution. I wanted to render it in 540p. Created a new composition(960x540) and scaled my project to 25% to fit everything in. When I render it in MP4, it takes
Problem with rendering on AE CC 15.
by Christopher Sheldon 20 hours ago
Hello wonderful people of creative cow, I would like help on After effects, i'm having a problem rendering out a 10-second file (yes I am making an introduction), but it has a ton of effects on it and
Re: Problem with rendering on AE CC 15.
by Walter Soyka 8 hours ago
That's unusual, so let's try some troubleshooting to narrow down the problem. Can you preview the project at full resolution Can you render anything else Do other projects fail to render like this one
How to create basic text animation
by Erik Lamothe 1 day ago
Hi all, Please I'm looking to know how to create the text animation as showed in this video ("Norway" animation at the beginning). Do you know where I can find a tutorial There are a lot on youtube bu
Re: How to create basic text animation
by Walter Soyka 23 hours ago
There's a built-in text animation preset that does exactly this called "Random Fade Up." You can do per-character animations like this yourself with text animators. The text animation system takes a l
Please !! how to create a png border mask to make image/video play within those borders.
by Manohar Stramzik 3 days ago
Hey guys Basically i have a PNG borders and i want a video or a image to be visible within the border. You might say just resize the image according to the border size and thats not gonna work because
Re: Please !! how to create a png border mask to make image/video play within those borders.
by Walter Soyka 1 day ago
Manohar Stramzik "The reason why i am confused about the preset not showing in the effects pallet is because when you press the 3 dash thing on top right corner of effects pallet you have an option w
Script for comp. duplication
by Dada Kräuter 3 days ago
Hello, :) I have one comp. named "Animation 1", inside it is one solid named "Opacity" and one comp. named "Text 1" which has an expression control merged to layer "Animation 1". I want to write scrip
Re: Script for comp. duplication
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
What part of this are you getting stuck on I'd duplicate the comp, rename it, then step through every property of every layer looking for expressions. For every expression found, I'd search and replac
Apple, FCPX and Secrecy - RedShark "Guest Author"
by Craig Seeman 3 days ago
Interesting to note that the author is only identified as "Guest Author" and is a former Apple employee. Is something dramatic about to happen with Final Cut Pro X http: www.redsharknews.com post item
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Re: Apple, FCPX and Secrecy - RedShark "Guest Author"
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
From the article: "Final Cut Pro X had been updating on a regular basis and then it just stopped. There are two reasons this happens at Apple: either it s about to be killed off, or there is something
Scaling Multiple Layers at different times
by Wesley Kelemen 3 days ago
Hey Guys I basically have one of those facebook videos that is a text slide show. It's quite long. I completed it but now the client wishes to scale the text on each layer. So something like %100 - ma
Re: Scaling Multiple Layers at different times
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
You're increasing the scale by 4%. For smaller initial scale values, the difference may not be noticeable. Increase that number as needed. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motio
Looking for new UI monitor
by Jeremy Garchow 5 days ago
Do any of you have those ultra wide LG monitors and use FCPX How is it Do you have the curved or flat monitor I'd love to be able to connect via thunderbolt2. We are moving, and I am looking for my mo
Re: Looking for new UI monitor
by Walter Soyka 5 days ago
Peter Steinberg "But, is the extremely horizontal arrangement ideal I'm not sure. There are as many times I curse my monitor for not being taller as there are times I bless it for being so wide." Thi
Where's your footage coming from?
by Tim Wilson 1 week ago
A little bit of general conversation to throw in the mix: Are you shooting it yourself Are clients bringing it to you Are you part of an editorial team on the post side of a production, production com
Re: Where's your footage coming from?
by Walter Soyka 5 days ago
Tim Wilson "Are you shooting it yourself " What's this "shooting" you speak of Most of our footage is synthetic, coming from Ae C4D. Tim Wilson "Are clients bringing it to you " Yes. Tim Wilson "Are
A bridge too far?
by Oliver Peters 2 weeks 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 Walter Soyka 1 week ago
Jeremy Garchow "Apple, as a company, has changed some since 2011. Why is FCPX still in the dark " Good points, and an interesting question. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Mot
fast color corrector gone?
by André van Rensburg 2 weeks 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 weeks 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
OT: Is Speed Grade in line to get the ax?
by David Mathis 3 weeks ago
Was looking at some posts in the other "A" company forum to find this of interest: https: forums.creativecow.net readpost 3 988527 What does this mean for Premiere Pro users going forward Could it be
Re: OT: Is Speed Grade in line to get the ax?
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Oliver Peters "The general explanation I received was that the landscape for color correction tools and SpeedGrade in particular has changed between the time Adobe acquired SG and now. Much of the SG
Keying graphics over motion background using Keynote
by Jason Shane 1 month 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 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 1 month ago
Good stuff! Tudor "Ted " Jelescu Senior VFX Artist
New FCPX next week?
by Oliver Peters 2 months ago
The rumor mill seems to point to next week's WWDC to be a software-oriented event, instead of showcasing new Apple hardware. I wonder if that will include the next version of FCPX http: 9to5mac.com 20
Re: New FCPX next week?
by Andrew Kimery 2 months ago
When I first heard the GPU-in-monitor rumor I was intrigued, but the more I thought about it the more it sounded like an overly complicated solution that doesn't really solve the problem Apple created
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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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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
Premiere proxy editing question
by jerry wise 2 months ago
We are thinking about jumping from Avid to Premiere for our news operation. We shoot with XDCAM. What would be the process to shoot and edit in the field using proxies and then, when satisfied with th
Re: Premiere proxy editing question
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Jeff Pulera "I'm thinking it would take more time to generate proxies and later conform and such, why not go native " XDCAM records both high-quality media and low-res proxies at the same time during
CC Trial just shrunk from 30 to 7 days
by Andy Field 2 months ago
What's up with that http: www.provideocoalition.com creative-cloud-trial-reduction
Re: CC Trial just shrunk from 30 to 7 days
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Tim Wilson "So I'm curious, in your entire life, what's a trial you've taken where you struggled and struggled and struggled, and couldn't make up your mind until day 27 Have you even ever required a
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Quicktime to be discontinued?
by Duke Sweden 2 months ago
I saw something this morning about Quicktime being discontinued by Apple. What will this mean for people in the future installing Premiere Pro on new computers Isn't Quicktime a required plugin for Pr
Re: Quicktime to be discontinued?
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Duke Sweden "Isn't Quicktime a required plugin for Premiere Pro Will Adobe add it as an included plugin " "QuickTime" usually refers to one of three things in conversation: 1) a multimedia framework
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What is mocha camera solve
by hanna dean 3 months ago
please explain to me what is mocha pro camera solver do never used it and now i tested it. this is what i have done. i tracked the side of an airline and it went well , i then copied the 4 corner pin
Re: What is mocha camera solve
by Ross Shain 3 months ago
Actually mocha's camera solve "can" give you animated 3D data (nulls) for a moving object, but it is probably not what you want. ;) Here is an example of using the mocha camera solve to "solve" the ca
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PowerPoint Question: How to De-animate
by Ned Miller 3 months ago
My client needs me to drop many PP slides into their video and they are mainly bullet point builds. However, when they sent me their PP file the builds are already there and I can't break them out to
Re: PowerPoint Question: How to De-animate
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Ned Miller "Will a screen shot give me good resolution or should I export each one as a TIFF or JPEG There's probably going to be 90-110." A screen shot will be whatever the resolution of your displa
Remember the Asymmetrical Dissolve Debate?
by Charlie Austin 4 months ago
Simon and Co. have just solved that. :-) Really cool plugin! https: www.youtube.com watch v=ej6LT1pMlcc ------------------------------------------------------------- My FCPX Babbling blog "It is a poo
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Re: Remember the Asymmetrical Dissolve Debate?
by Tim Wilson 4 months ago
Well, I think we've finally managed to settle one debate around here. It can be done, and there are artistic, creative reasons for doing so. Having developed, or been part of development teams for, a
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last rant
by Aindreas Gallagher 4 months ago
on the cc numbers - one last rant on this forum too. I made a post ages ago around how 2-3 days of paid work pay for a year of the CC tool suite. Shantanyu Narayen, that terrible devil with a trendy b
Re: last rant
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
Tim Wilson "Wait, what What does this MEAN LOL" We didn't shoot anything or use any video. The experience was modeled and animated in a 3D app, then textured, lit and rendered in a game engine in ste
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Can we perhaps hold the triumphalism ...?
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
... until such times as FCP X reaches feature parity wth AVID, or at the very least with FCP 7 which it supplanted. My list is quite long and I won't rehearse it all yet again, but here's a key featur
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Re: Can we perhaps hold the triumphalism ...?
by Simon Ubsdell 4 months ago
Neil Goodman "modern workflows are different for each and every person and shop" I think this is a very important point. There's a sense in some quarters that workflows are congregating around a sing
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Dissolves popping from about 25% to zero
by Paul Mitton 4 months ago
I'm noticing on my CC 9.2 dissolves are popping from about 25% opacity down to zero looking very much like a cut. Could this be a cc thing Paul Mitton Producer, Emmy Award Winning Director. SkyIslandM
Re: Dissolves popping from about 25% to zero
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
I did a little writeup on this a couple years back, offering some explanation of what's going on and providing opacity keyframe presets that make applying gamma-ish dissolves via keyframes in linear l
Transcoding from XAVCI raw footages to Prores HQ, how do you estimate the total transcoded data size?
by Eui Yong Zong 4 months ago
I'm trying to determine the storage space for offline workflow. When transcoding from XAVCI 1080p raw footages to Prores HQ, is there a way to measure estimate what the size will be Thank you!
Re: Transcoding from XAVCI raw footages to Prores HQ, how do you estimate the total transcoded data size?
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
Try this data rate calculator: https: www.digitalrebellion.com webapps videocalc Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Co
Competition
by Rainer Schubert 4 months ago
Affinity just announced, that it s software products will soon run on Windows also. Affinity Designer is already running as Alpha-Version. They wrote, the Applications (Affinity photo , designer) will
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Re: Competition
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
Chris Pettit "Photoshop is really old software that Adobe seems to have had trouble bringing up to date on a series of different levels. Watch the tutorials for Affinity photo. It's elegant, fast, we
Independent Contractor agreement says Contractor gets paid "after Company receives payment from Company’s clients" - Is this legit?
by Mike Bissonette 4 months ago
I'm reasonably new to this forum. I am an freelance editor, and just received an Independent Contractor agreement to sign. I haven't dealt with a lot of these, and there's one item about compensation
Re: Independent Contractor agreement says Contractor gets paid "after Company receives payment from Company’s clients" - Is this legit?
by Tim Wilson 4 months ago
Mark Suszko "maybe NSFW" No Shortage of F Words.
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Any reason not to do all color-grading inside Premiere?
by Nick Ryan 5 months ago
Hey all! I supervise a team of editors and need help with a disagreement that's arisen lately. Here's my situation: I supervise 5 editors at an in-house production facility (the Advertising department
Re: Any reason not to do all color-grading inside Premiere?
by Walter Soyka 5 months ago
Looking at the features added to Premiere in the last few years versus the features added to SpeedGrade, it seems obvious to me that Adobe bought IRIDAS more for the technology than for the applicatio
File: Ae_Beam_Demo
by Walter Soyka 5 months ago
aep file Sample AEP project showing how to rig the beam effect to two other objects, independent of parenting. https: f1.creativecow.net 9852 aebeamdemo
Is anyone using Motion?
by Oliver Peters 5 months ago
I'm curious. I see a lot of wonderful work being done in Motion from time to time, as well as to create FCPX templates. But is anyone seriously using it for motion graphics In the entire existence of
Re: Is anyone using Motion?
by Shawn Miller 5 months ago
Simon Ubsdell " I think everything you say there is exactly right - "motion graphics" is a much wider and more sophisticated category than it's ever been and only becoming more so all the time. Howev
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A Comprehensive List of NLE Systems
by Scott Thomas 5 months ago
My brother and I were talking over the holiday season about NLE systems, and we were discussing the many that have come and gone. Has anyone kept a list I started at the tail end of the linear editing
Re: A Comprehensive List of NLE Systems
by Mark Raudonis 5 months ago
My First NLE was made by Eastman Kodak company. It was called FILM.
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Interpret as separate fields for deinterlace plugin?
by Sean David 6 months ago
My PAL footage is LFF, and is going onto a frames (no fields) timeline. Just to make sure I understand this correctly for quality sake, and for optimal use of a deinterlace plugin. Under 'interpret fo
Re: Interpret as separate fields for deinterlace plugin?
by Chris Wright 6 months ago
if you interpret AE with fields, you are agreeing to its own method of deinterlacing(preserve is highest). all the other plugins I have ever tried require you to have fields set to off so they can use
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Organizing your files
by Kevin Welchman 6 months ago
Hi guys, I know organization isnt the most exciting topic, but I could really use some advice. I am the only Motion Designer at my job so I am the only one who is going through my files. However I am
Re: Organizing your files
by Mike Sevigny 6 months ago
Files that are named the same could pose a serious problem. Get into the habit of renaming those to something descriptive of the specific file. Organizing files is not always easy but it's specific to
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Which computer to buy
by tiago veloso 7 months ago
Hello. I have to buy a new computer. My old Mac mini is not working quickly with After Effects (10 years old!!!). I want to buy a good and cheap laptop. But I don't know what to choose (maximum 1000 e
Re: Which computer to buy
by Chris Evans 7 months ago
Your CPU and RAM are the most important. I'd recommend buying finding the best combo of those that you can. Don't get something with a crappy graphics card and keep it Nvidia. Go with at least 1GB or
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CC Ball Action disable self shadow
by Artsiom Chikov 7 months ago
Hello! The whole day I'm trying to turn off the self shadow effect from CC Ball Action I tried to apply the Shadow Highlight effect, change blending mode from normal to screen. I'm just want to get a
Re: CC Ball Action disable self shadow
by Kevin Camp 7 months ago
this may work for you... try adding a gray solid (128 for all the rgb values, if working b-bit) and hide it. then add these effects to your ball-action layer (after ball action): channel combiner set
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FYI True Type Fonts Slowing us down
by Alex Udell 7 months ago
Hi Guys... We noticed a problem under AE 2014 and AE 2015 for a clients that were utilizing one particular font. This font was available in both True Type and Open Type formats. One person had both ve
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Re: FYI True Type Fonts Slowing us down
by Walter Soyka 7 months ago
Alex, I'd highly encourage you to submit a bug report link on this, if you haven't already. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Des
Crisis! All my film material just disappeared
by Morten Slemdal 2 years ago
I ve been cutting my movie, and when opening it up this morning - everything is gone. Its not my hard drive, because all other stuff is in there. And i ve looked at the project in finder, and everythi
Re: Crisis! All my film material just disappeared
by Jeremy Garchow 7 months ago
Honestly, Phil. Please take the shivs to the debate forum. This is the techniques forum. We try to keep it civil here and offer help.
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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot trailer
by Oliver Peters 7 months ago
First trailer is out for the next film from the "Focus" team. Edited on FCP X. https: www.youtube.com watch v=dxAcIWDi8ps - Oliver Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC Orlando, FL www.oliverpet
Re: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot trailer
by Jeremy Garchow 7 months ago
Im cutting a BTS of a feature and I just painted a spider out of a window from some of the supplied footage from the movie. My guess is that take won't make the final film, but it's in a version given
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Suggested Setup on Raided Drive
by Daniel Burrell 7 months ago
I just upgraded to a new Mac Pro with raidable Thunderbolt storage. All of our media is backed up archive drives, so there is no need to use raided storage for that, but if possible I would like to st
Re: Suggested Setup on Raided Drive
by Walter Soyka 7 months ago
Thunderbay doesn't have a RAID controller, right Have you tried SoftRAID Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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