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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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Not Banned in Boston, but Banned on Adobe
by Dave LaRonde 2 weeks ago
Author s Note: The following was posted on the Adobe web site at 7:17 PM CDT on June 25, 2015. Minor changes have been made so it makes sense here on the COW. Sometimes you just have to giggle at the
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Re: Not Banned in Boston, but Banned on Adobe
by Walter Soyka 1 hour ago
Dave LaRonde "Thing is, you always had the older installation disks squirreled away. Very reassuring, yes ...and they were all bought and paid for, but that's a different issue." Well, installation a
AE : Ressources for Scripting with Effects properties
by Simone Lombardo 3 days ago
Hi, i've been looking for hours, I might make the wrong search, but I'm really new to AE scripting. And I could get almost all I needed, but I can't find a way to change properties of an effects I jus
Re: AE : Ressources for Scripting with Effects properties
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Check out rd: Gimme Prop Path link -- I think you'll find it helpful. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting @k
New FCPX user, what's all the hate about?
by Sebastian Alvarez 2 weeks ago
I've been editing video since 1998 in Premiere, switching to other NLEs at times including FCP for several years, newer versions of Premiere, Vegas and Edius. My NLE of choice until now was Premiere,
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Re: New FCPX user, what's all the hate about?
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Bill Davis "I don't know the specific answers Sebastian, but whenever it comes to codecs, you are in IP land. Apple, right or wrong, seems to feel that they want to keep their software as free from r
Do FCPX freelance editors charge for your "Edit Suite"
by Mike Jeffs 5 days ago
This is a sincere honest question. Those of you FCPX freelance editors, or even those who work for post houses on FCPX, Heck even Adobe guys, do you charge for the equipment you edit on along with you
Re: Do FCPX freelance editors charge for your "Edit Suite"
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Jeremy Garchow "You actually like it, or you have to like it :)" No, I actually like it. I don't believe that cost creates value. A piece of work is not worth paying a lot for because someone worked
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Adobe After Effects Rendering Problem
by yakov polevoi 4 days ago
i am new to rendering and video editing and i have made a music video in AE using an audio spectrum and when i render it in an AVI fromat, and i play it it buffers, ( video and audio buffers, and the
Re: Adobe After Effects Rendering Problem
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
AE's default lossless output module generates an intermediate file that is designed for additional post-production use, not direct playback. These files are generally huge, with very high data rates,
1280 footage files required to render composition "_Main" are missing ... !?
by zol ganbold 4 days ago
Hi everyone, all the sudden this morning when i tried to run some quick render tests, AE gives me the surprise, i dont have that much footage in my project, i tried cleaning disk cache & memory, only
Re: 1280 footage files required to render composition "_Main" are missing ... !?
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Perhaps you accidentally removed or renamed a directory full of source files Type the word "missing" (without the quotes) in the Project panel search box. This will list every piece of footage that Af
doing "cloning" in h.264
by Jonathan Smith 5 days ago
I'm sorry if I come off as extremely ignorant of the vf x process but I was wondering about doing some "cloning" of actors and filming adding them into a scene filmed with a Canon DSLR in the 1080p 24
Re: doing "cloning" in h.264
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Jonathan Smith "Some creating crowd scenes with individual actors, wire removal, light compositing, etc.. I don't know what I'm doing, haha!" You'll be doing this with green screen, right Can you sch
Anyone using Frame.io to collaborate remotely?
by John Rofrano 5 days ago
When I opened the Mac App Store I saw Frame.io being featured with the caption "Cloud Collaboration and Review for Final Cut Pro X" so I took a look at their web site and it seems like a really nice t
Re: Anyone using Frame.io to collaborate remotely?
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
John Rofrano "I haven't tried it yet so I was wondering... Has anyone used this (it's free to try) and if so, what are your thoughts " We've been using frame.io for a little while now. I am of two mi
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How much would you charge for this?
by Megan Denaut 5 days ago
I was asked to make something similar to this below for another author. I know after effects, now an expert so it'll take a little bit to create. For other video projects I usually charge $30 an hour
Re: How much would you charge for this?
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Megan Denaut "See I just do it freelance as needed right now so I really need to figure out prices." I find that lots of starting freelancers underestimate their expenses. Think like a business. Chec
Check if there are any (visible) layers at the current time
by Allard Rothengatter 5 days ago
Hey guys, I have a question. In order to slightly automate specific animations of an overlay appearing and disappearing in my main timeline, I would like to script the animation based on whether there
Re: Check if there are any (visible) layers at the current time
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
You can loop through all layers in the comp and check to see if the current time is in between their in and out points. You can compare this with the in and out points of the current layer and your de
CC 2015: Multiprocessing
by Jonathan Lutjens 5 days ago
I've searched briefly and didn't find any threads addressing this. It appears that Adobe has completely removed the ability to use multiple cores when rendering (or previewing). At first I thought the
Re: CC 2015: Multiprocessing
by Walter Soyka 5 days ago
Brian Charles "Your defence of Adobe beggars belief." I'm not blindly defending Adobe. I like Ae. I want it to stick around. But if you use other products besides Ae as I do, you'll see that its perf
Great Article. FCP X Broadcast Network Editorial Workflow
by Charlie Austin 1 week ago
Not in the US... surprise, surprise, but very cool article. :-) 20+ editors collaborating on weekly programming at an Endemol subsidiary. http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro articles 1687-final-cut-pro-x-i
Re: Great Article. FCP X Broadcast Network Editorial Workflow
by Bob Zelin 1 week ago
what is not made clear in this article, is that NONE of this would have happened without the assistance of Ronny Courtens, who is a workflow expert in FCP-X. I am still amazed that all of these people
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Walter Soyka liked this 1 week ago
File: Pixel binning
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
aep file How does Ae nearest-neighbor scaling work http: f1.creativecow.net 8991 pixel-binning
Is FCP X running a bit slow cause I'm using a OWC ThunderBay 4?
by Noam Osband 3 weeks ago
I have a project with lots of footage. I bought a OWC ThunderBay 4 so I could have the flexibility of four 4GB drives. I converted my footage to Pro Res (regular pro res, not proxy). I find the progra
Re: Is FCP X running a bit slow cause I'm using a OWC ThunderBay 4?
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
Noam Osband "That being the case....is there any reason not to do a RAID 5 over the JBOD I have now It'll be faster, right " Go RAID. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Gr
Camera Track (tripod pan) From AE to C4D, No Keyframes
by Mike Pindara 2 weeks ago
So We've shot some beautiful pans in the city, and have tracked it using the 3D camera tracker. The track is great, tons of consistent points, blah blah blah. The problem is, I'm trying to move the ca
Re: Camera Track (tripod pan) From AE to C4D, No Keyframes
by Mike Pindara 2 weeks ago
So! I found out my problem. Turns our there were keyframes all along. The issue was, Timecode. Not exactly sure, but the AE timecode when I moved the camera to C4D was not starting at 0:00:00, but muc
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Walter Soyka liked this 2 weeks ago
Need to choose between PP or FCPX
by Siobhan Elise 2 weeks ago
Hi All, I'm a regular visitor to Creative Cow but rarely post. Today I need to ask for people's honest thoughts on an opportunity that has been presented to me. At work I am being offered to choose a
Re: Need to choose between PP or FCPX
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Mark Suszko "If you're on the road a lot, is the need for Premiere creative cloud to "phone home" for re-authorization at regular intervals a potential problem " I travel quite a bit for work, and th
News: Adobe Unveils Milestone 2015 Creative Cloud Release
by Cow News Droid 3 weeks ago
Unprecedented Innovation and Integration Across Creative Cloud Desktop and Mobile Apps; New Adobe Stock Service Debuts (San Jose, CA--June 16, 2015) Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today launched a milestone rele
Re: @Mads Nybo Jørgensen
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Matt Kornegay "Hopefully, OSX 10.8.5 will be ok for awhile. I'm still not sold on Yosemite." Creative Cloud 2015 requires 10.9 or higher on the Mac platform. Earlier versions support 10.8.x. With App
OT: New version of Smoke - Smoke 2016 Mac
by Neil Sadwelkar 4 weeks ago
Smoke on Mac subscribers (incl. me) received a mail about Smoke 2016 being available for download. Logged in to my account and it is there. Downloading. However, there are no more details, on Autodesk
Re: OT: New version of Smoke - Smoke 2016 Mac
by Ryan Holmes 2 weeks ago
Walter Soyka "And in breaking compatibility with Flame, Autodesk has alienated a lot of their existing Smoke artists. I am curious to see if they've got a big idea coming for editorial that justifies
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OTish: Adobe Release
by Scott Witthaus 3 weeks ago
http: www.adobe.com news-room pressreleases 201506 061615AdobeUnveilsMilestone2015CreativeCloudRelease.html sadly nothing about "fixing" the interfaces.... ;-) Scott Witthaus Senior Editor Post Produc
Re: OTish: Adobe Release
by Jeremy Garchow 2 weeks ago
Walter Soyka "Because the majority of the After Effects team has been working for over a year to deliver v13.5, and Jeremy "Mckayla" Garchow is unimpressed. " That was good, but I see myself more lik
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Boy will this be a debate starter...
by Bill Davis 4 weeks ago
My friend Darren Roarke linked this on another Facebook group. Should be good grist for this mill, too. http: prolost.com blog doors Know someone who teaches video editing in elementary school, high s
Re: Boy will this be a debate starter...
by Jeremy Garchow 3 weeks ago
Walter Soyka "Here's a question for you: how many doors are there in FCPX's hallway " This many: http: youtu.be Xr4QpjYkNwo That's why some people hate it, no matter what the doors seem horrifically
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Walter Soyka liked this 3 weeks ago
still driving me nuts
by James Ewart 1 month ago
I can get over most of it but ... We come back to this time and time again. Calling a timeline a project is so hopelessly confusing and if anything it becomes more annoying as time goes on. Language i
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Chris Harlan liked this 1 month ago
Re: still driving me nuts
by Bill Davis 4 weeks ago
$50 on Soyka. And I haven't a clue about what the positions are. But I've had coffee sit downs with him twice and have met his family. You bet the horse, not the odds. ; ) Know someone who teaches vid
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Walter Soyka liked this 4 weeks ago
Apple software subscriptions in the future?
by Oliver Peters 4 weeks ago
Something to consider... Now that Apple has fully embraced the subscription model with Apple Music, could that change their approach to software down the road - Oliver Oliver Peters Post Production Se
Re: Apple software subscriptions in the future?
by James Culbertson 4 weeks ago
Tim Wilson "Their software model appears to have become the exact opposite of all this. Buy once for next to nothing, and get every upgrade free for....well, for at least for the next four years and
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Walter Soyka liked this 4 weeks ago
Are NLEs like bicycles?
by Andrew Kimery 2 months ago
This one is for you, Bill. Step 1. Watch this 8 minute video about learning how to ride bike where the handlebar movement has been reversed (left turns you right, right turns you left). http: dailylik
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Re: Are NLEs like bicycles?
by Carsten Orlt 1 month ago
Point taken :-) Nevertheless the example doesn't work for current NLE's because the change is not big enough. I still could edit on Avid after 10 years not using it and working for at least the last 2
BBC adopts FCP X for news editing
by Ronny Courtens 10 months ago
From the fcp.co home page: http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro articles 1487-the-bbc-adopts-final-cut-pro-x-for-news-gathering - Ronny
Re: BBC adopts FCP X for news editing!!!!!
by Andrew Kimery 2 months ago
James Ewart "At the heart of a lot of big companies' philosophy is putting their customers first. That's how they get the edge on the competition. " And the intended result of putting the customer fi
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Different rates for different clients?
by Jason Jenkins 2 months ago
For those of you that produce work for agencies, do you have a reduced rate for them since you are basically working for a middle-man who will mark it up for the end client Or, do you charge the same
Re: Different rates for different clients?
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Jason Jenkins "For those of you that produce work for agencies, do you have a reduced rate for them since you are basically working for a middle-man who will mark it up for the end client Or, do you
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File: Synchronizing Animation to Audio Using After Effects (CS6)
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
aep file CS6 version of old AE5.5 project file from Dan Ebberts's article here: https: library.creativecow.net articles ebberts_dan audio_sync.php http: f1.creativecow.net 8817 synchronizing-animation
Adobe bids for The Foundry
by Santiago Martí 2 months ago
http: www.telegraph.co.uk finance newsbysector banksandfinance privateequity 11562472 Adobe-eyes-200m-bid-for-British-visual-effects-firm-The-Foundry.html Well, that's it. Santiago Mart www.robotrojo.
Re: Adobe bids for The Foundry
by Shawn Miller 2 months ago
David Mathis " I was hoping AJA would acquire The Foundry not Adobe. I am concerned over this move as well. At least Fusion won't drain your wallet completely empty. Adobe should consider making hard
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1024*768
by prathyush kumar 2 months ago
Hi Everyone, I am doing a small title small animation for my client, it is to playback on their monitor placed in conference hall. So first i made my animation on 1920*1080 assuming that it is a LCD T
Re: 1024*768
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
It looks like you are delivering to multiple screens: image Is this the case Can you provide a photo that shows the entire area where your work is playing Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen
The Mother of All NLE Demos
by David Lawrence 2 months ago
Greetings All, It's Throwback Thursday and I have a special treat. A few years ago in my introductory post, I shared a link to the functional spec I co-authored with colleagues at Lucasfilm in 1987. T
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Re: The Mother of All NLE Demos
by Trevor Asquerthian 2 months ago
Avid can have track bases (RTAS) effects. I use the same workflow all the time. Typically tracks 1-4 for DX then Fx then Mx etc I like the idea of FCPX trackless, audio comes along for the ride kind o
Linked Compositions with Incremented After Effects Project names
by Dustin Bowser 2 months ago
I'm running into an issue with a project I'm currently working on where I have many linked compositions in an edit that are connected with an After Effects project, and in standard practice I've been
Re: Linked Compositions with Incremented After Effects Project names
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
After Effects Preferences General "Dynamic Link with After Effects Uses Project File Name with Highest Number" Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Event
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Premiere Speed % vs. After Effects Time Stretch Factor
by Marc Nibor 2 months ago
Ok, let's say I have a clip in Premiere and I adjusted it's Speed to 124%. How do I find out what Stretch Factor setting I must use in AE to get exactly the same increase in speed The workaround I've
Re: Premiere Speed % vs. After Effects Time Stretch Factor
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Marc Nibor "How do I need to change the calculation if I do it the other way Transfer from AE to PP It's probably superobvious, but math was always a weak point of mine. TIA ; )" Same exact relations
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How to export truly lossless video?
by Kieran Vyas 2 months ago
I've read lots of debates about achieving this (animation TIFF sequence prores etc.) but no definitive answer. How can I export truly lossless video from Premiere Pro CC I am using a Mac computer.
Re: How to export truly lossless video?
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Kieran Vyas "I've read lots of debates about achieving this (animation TIFF sequence prores etc.) but no definitive answer. How can I export truly lossless video from Premiere Pro CC I am using a Mac
FCPX to quantel and back??
by David Hudson 3 months ago
Heu all, How are people getting a FCPX cut to a Quantel system (in this case Pablo) for color correction and then back to FCPX for final conform
Re: FCPX to quantel and back??
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
David Hudson "How are people getting a FCPX cut to a Quantel system (in this case Pablo) for color correction and then back to FCPX for final conform " It seems the big finishing systems are a little
Fusion 8 NAB
by Chris Pettit 3 months ago
A follow up to Riccardo's post. Just back from NAB. I didn't have time to look at Resolve improvements and being that I'm not an editor, wont comment at this point in that regard. However, quick addit
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Re: Fusion 8 NAB
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Ah, I understand. Yes, I do have faith that Adobe is headed in a good direction for my business. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentatio
It is patently obvious...
by Charlie Austin 3 months ago
That nobody or at least no professional in their right mind would ever use 3D text for their titles. . It is so old fashioned. ------------------------------------------------------------- My FCPX Bab
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Re: It is patently obvious...
by Jeremy Garchow 3 months ago
I'm glad you took the time to do this Charlie, as trailers were the first thing that came to mind when everyone was bashing 3D text, and I think X does well in trailers promos right now. Is this an ex
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Walter Soyka liked this 3 months ago
Long time editor's frustration with FCPX
by David Berez 3 months ago
Long time reader, a very rare poster. First off, thanks to the Cow Community. Without a doubt the most impactful change in my 30 plus years of editing is the online communities. Its not hard to rememb
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Re: Long time editor's frustration with FCPX
by Jeremy Garchow 3 months ago
Oliver Peters "I do agree that Apple's changing of the terminology was a poor move. Trying to use their language in discussions and training around X and editing are very confusing to old and new use
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Any Adobe Reps? Stuck in Customer Service...
by David Miller 3 months ago
To any Adobe reps who may be reading this forum: So I decided to go ahead and order the desktop version of the new Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. It was set up to be an upgrade from my current Adobe Acrobat X
Re: Any Adobe Reps? Stuck in Customer Service...
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Dave LaRonde "Ever see a Creative Cloud commercial in such a popular program Ever see a Creative Cloud commercial on TV AT ALL " Actually, yes! I saw a Photoshop ad on TV last week and practically di
Sharpening effect?
by Daniel Burrell 3 months ago
I have a project that I'm working on with about 6 or 7 interviews. One of those interviews is just a touch soft, and obviously it's the most important one, as it usually happens. If it was just the on
Re: Sharpening effect?
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
You can either use Filter or Matchbox. Smoke ships with three sharpening presets in Filter and a Sharpen shader for Matchbox. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, W
SMK Subscription ? why bother?
by Yoav Dagan 3 months ago
Hi, i have a smoke on mac from 2010 - paid about $15,000 for it than and kept on paying the subscription every year.. This Year, I was trying to understand what do I get for my subscription but it see
Re: SMK Subscription ? why bother?
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Philippe mentioned on the logik group that Smoke is no longer being released in sync with Flame, and that an official announcement about Smoke 2016 would be made in due time. Personally, I'm looking f
I liked the color panel as it was, rather than an effect (pre 10.2)
by Tangier Clarke 3 months ago
Just wondering if anyone misses the color panel without it as an effect; just at the ready. I found myself in Looking at the Lumetri Color Board in the new Premiere Pro CC (interesting how these Premi
Re: I liked the color panel as it was, rather than an effect (pre 10.2)
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Just hit Cmd+6. one big advantage of making the color corrector an effect is that you can now change the render order. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescre
Will the new Premiere Pro CC 2015 be able to open CC 2014.x projects?
by Yair Bartal 3 months ago
If anyone knows...
Re: Will the new Premiere Pro CC 2015 be able to open CC 2014.x projects?
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Yair Bartal "This in fact implies that one should finish all projects before upgrading, or at least keep the old version until they're finished" Major releases install alongside older releases, so yo
Looks like it's time...
by David Miller 3 months ago
Having fought the good fight for some time, I have now decided to throw in the towel and join the Creative Cloud. Aindreas made the right decision when he joined back last year or thereabouts....it wa
Re: Looks like it's time...
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
David Mathis "Looking for pre-comps that are like groups in Motion. Not a very big deal, but pre-comps can be a bit of a minor pain to work with." This feature request is called "uber-twirl" in the A
clipwrap alternative for windows?
by Yair Bartal 3 months ago
Looking for alternative for clipwrap that works on windows for rewraping AVCHD files. I've found only transcoding software. I'd appreciate any info.
Re: clipwrap alternative for windows?
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Alex Udell "QT under windows is still essentially a 32 bit pathway. So it's not the fastest available." This is true. Alex Udell "PPro looks at the extension of the file to determine the technology p
Film Editing workflow?
by Natalie Burney 3 months ago
Hello everybody, I'm currently undertaking a research project into Film Editing. I'm specifically researching into how technological changes has effected Film Editing over the years, and how these hav
Re: Film Editing workflow?
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Natalie Burney "I'm currently undertaking a research project into Film Editing. I'm specifically researching into how technological changes has effected Film Editing over the years, and how these hav
NAS (Synology) fast enough for FCPX?
by shawn convey 4 months ago
I think I already know the answer to this question (No) But I thought I would ask to see if anyone had any real world experience I am editing my feature length doc and I have maxed out my DROBO 5D (I
Re: NAS (Synology) fast enough for FCPX?
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
I'd suggest posting this in the NAS forum: https: forums.creativecow.net networkattachedstorage In fact, just reading through that forum will teach you a lot about throughput, latency, link aggregatio


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