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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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javascript ui string resource builder?
by rob mcgowan 13 hours ago
hi, i would like to build an AE UI in resource strings and OK I could, the language isn't sooooo bad, but surely in this day and age people don't do this stuff by hand Does anyone know of a (preferabl
Re: javascript ui string resource builder?
by Walter Soyka 10 hours ago
I do most of mine by hand, or recycle existing UI code I've already written, but there is this: http: aescripts.com p9-scriptui-builder Ae CC 2015 supports a new panel system, based on HTML5 instead o
MacBook Pros "underpowered?" Not for FCP X editors. Not AT ALL.
by Bill Davis 4 days ago
If you live in the Premiere Pro world, it's starting to make sense that you might not feel the new Mac Laptops are a very big deal. If you've transitioned into the FCP X world, the evidence is mountin
Re: MacBook Pros "underpowered?" @Bill Davis
by Walter Soyka 17 hours ago
Steve Connor "After taking at eternity to generate peak files of course" I did leave peak file generation out of my list of Adobe innovations. I apologize for my oversight. Walter Soyka Designer & Ma
About the different versions of Adobe After Effects.
by Ahmed Mabrouk 23 hours ago
will there be problems if i worked on project templates using CS4, and wanted to share them with others who working on newer versions like (CS5, CS5.5, CS6, ...)
Re: About the different versions of Adobe After Effects.
by Walter Soyka 17 hours ago
You can share with them, but they can't share with you. If I recall correctly, CS5.5 or maybe CS6 was the first version of Ae that could save down, and each release since then has only offered the abi
MacBook Pro and FCPX 16G? or IMac 32G?
by Hugue Loiselle 3 days ago
Hi everyone, I want to reequip myself to make little video editing. Personnal projects mostly. But i can do a pretty good job, having a professionnal background I worked on AVID 5 and FCP 7 like 4 or
Re: MacBook Pro and FCPX 16G? or IMac 32G?
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Andrew Kimery "The first two have 30 day trials and Resolve Lite is free so you should probably kick the tires on each if you want to." I think the Adobe trial is down a preposterously tight 7 days.
ADBE Vectors Group documentation
by rob mcgowan 3 days ago
hi, anyone know a good source of documentation on ADBE Vectors Group All i can seem to find is specific use cases. Thanks
Re: ADBE Vectors Group documentation
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
rob mcgowan "And regarding the documentation, I have to wonder what bright spark issued several 200 page help files with neither an index or a table contents. It's deplorable." The scripting guide us
Dynamic Link AE 2 AE?
by Marc Nibor 3 days ago
I need to re-use a AE Project Comp inside of several other AE Projects and I am looking for a solution where changes inside the "re-used" part are being reflected in ALL other AE Projects that use the
Re: Dynamic Link AE 2 AE?
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
Thank you for the kind words, Marc, they are much appreciated. Pay it forward! Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Cons
Start Trim Path Making Dashed Line Dance
by Brandon Davids 4 days ago
I have created a dashed line on a shape layer and added a Trim Path and I'm trying to animate the start point towards the end point, but it's making the dashes dance around. I suppose I could delete t
Re: Start Trim Path Making Dashed Line Dance
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Brandon Davids "I suppose I could delete the path and start it from the other end and then animated the End Trim Path (I've noticed the end path doesn't make the dashes dance), but I was just wonderi
After effects Comp window cropped/ black bars when resized
by Uwe Felski 4 days ago
Hi all, this is my last attempt, before i will try to completely re-install my windows 10 all apps. I have the following problem for almost a year now (think it started with cc 2015 but i can also cre
Re: After effects Comp window cropped/ black bars when resized
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Make sure you're up-to-date on CC 2015. Deactivating your GPU drivers seems like a preposterous idea, but you might try unchecking Preferences Display Hardware Accelerate Composition, Layer and Footag
external Preview Fullscreen Output
by David Bhulapatna 7 days ago
Hi, I am currently planning a Videoprojection in a club and would like to project the Fullscreen AE Preview with a Beamer on an object at a wall. I hope to create a template with all distortions, so t
Re: external Preview Fullscreen Output
by Walter Soyka 5 days ago
If you're using Macs, this is a great case for Millumin: http: lab.millumin.com tutorials name=after_effects Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events,
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The perfect workflow ...
by Simon Ubsdell 2 weeks ago
... is the perfect workflow for the job that you are doing at any one time, and when it's just right, it's very hard to beat. Over the last couple of days I have been working on a fashion merchandisin
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Re: The perfect workflow ...
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
Simon Ubsdell "As I'm sure you know, clients these days expect to see "finished" work from the very beginning - very different from the old days when you could fob them off with "it's just an offline
Prores equivalent?
by Petr Michal 2 years ago
Hi, very simple question. I have a project (documentary) shot on various medias in various formats etc. (HDV, ACVHD...) and the exported file in the end must be Prores (not my idea, just fact I have t
Re: Prores equivalent?
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
David Bhulapatna "1. Does anyone know if this is Cineform and is it still available in After effects and Premiere CC " Yes, and yes. David Bhulapatna "1.a. Is it capable of 4K " Yes. David Bhulapatna
Just Business...
by Bill Davis 3 weeks ago
I woke up to an in-box was full of comments from friends in the UK about this... http: www.express.co.uk life-style science-technology 762119 Adobe-Creative-Cloud-price-rise-anger-UK-subscription-deal
Re: Just Business...
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
andy patterson "What if someone had stated they taught editing classes (visual story telling) at college and only used Premiere Pro on PCs because Premiere on the PC is the best option for teaching t
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Sequences Broken
by Zack Culver 3 weeks ago
This is a first time glitch for me... So, dragging and dropping a finished sequence, in to a new sequence, it has always brought it in as one "block" in the timeline. All the applied effects and trans
Re: Sequences Broken
by Walter Soyka 3 weeks ago
There's a toggle button on the timeline for this behavior: https: helpx.adobe.com premiere-pro using edit-sequences-loaded-source-monitor.html Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link M
"Adobexit", switching from PPro to FCPX
by Steve Connor 1 month ago
Just noticed this article reposted on the FCPX Editors group on Facebook about switching to FCPX http: www.vivalazoom.co.uk switch-premiere-final-cut
Re: "Adobexit", switching from PPro to FCPX
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Craig Seeman "One possible reason for the price difference is that Photoshop is very mature and Adobe had to do lots of work to come up with at least one whiz bang feature to get people to pay for th
10.3.2 Is out - WOW review from a huge X facility in Europe.
by Bill Davis 1 month ago
My friend Mads Larsen Nielsen - who works at the huge Metronome facility in Europe posted this on today's 10.3.2 update to FCP X... "I kid you not when I say this this, for us at Metronome and basical
Re: 10.3.2 Is out - WOW review from a huge X facility in Europe.
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Bill, sorry I missed this before. Bill Davis "How do they handle the asset management stuff without something like Roles in operation " Metadata: https: helpx.adobe.com premiere-pro using metadata.htm
Mac Pro 2 Concept -- (if only Apple cared about the Pro market)
by John Rofrano 1 month ago
I came across a graphics designer who placed this Mac Pro 2 concept on his site and I would buy one in a heart beat if Apple would only build it: Check it out: http: pascaleggert.de macpro.html If onl
Re: Mac Pro 2 Concept -- (if only Apple cared about the Pro market)
by Jeremy Garchow 1 month ago
John Rofrano " Who are they designing for " Courage.
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export length limit?
by Arten Koronidas 1 month ago
Hi! I am in need of rendering a project that should be as long as possible. Ideally....entire days. Beside HD space limitations, is anyone aware of render length limits software-side Working on OsX El
Re: export length limit?
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Arten Koronidas "I am in need of rendering a project that should be as long as possible. Ideally....entire days." I'd suggest that you split these renders up and combine them at playback. Even if the
flame unleashed embraced, cutom linux build part 1
by Joel Osis 2 months ago
part 1 of building a completely custom linux box for flame http: www.joelosis.com 2017 01 custom-flame-build-part-1.html w: www.joelosis.com e info@joelosis.com
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Premiere Pro Export AVI-None vs Quicktime-PNG Huge File Size Difference
by Ayan Banerjee 2 months ago
We want to create a master file for a 15 minute short film, which would be stored and probably used in future as the mother file to output into any other format. We are on a PC. Now in most forums peo
Re: Premiere Pro Export AVI-None vs Quicktime-PNG Huge File Size Difference
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Ayan Banerjee "1) Quicktime - PNG for mac users and 2) AVI - NONE for PC users... 1) Is there any considerable quality difference between the two " QuickTime PNG and AVI None are both lossless, but Q
File: keen-SelectUnparentedLayers
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
jsx file After Effects script to select all layers in the active composition which do not have parents. https: f1.creativecow.net 10927 keenselectunparentedlayers
Premiere Pro Text Title issue
by Tim Chan 3 months ago
Does anyone know this issue in Premier Pro Whenever I use the title to insert some text the edge because super unsharp and kind of distorted. Does anyone have the answer Thanks Tim
Re: Premiere Pro Text Title issue
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
I think you've posted in the wrong forum. This would have been better placed in the Adobe Premiere Pro forum link . That said, check the blend mode in the Effects Controls panel in your screenshot. It
Scale expression based on rotation
by Chris Smith 3 months ago
I have a logo that a client wants me to animate. It's a ring of figures around a central figure. I can make the ring and make it spin around the central figure easy enough, but the problem is that who
Re: Scale expression based on rotation
by Darby Edelen 3 months ago
Assuming that the layers are parented to the center rotator I think you could use something like this expression on the scale: center = parent.toWorld(parent.anchorPoint); p = toWorld(anchorPoint); v
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File: Leaderboard
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
aep file Expression-based leaderboard, for dynamically re-arranging elements in Ae. https: f1.creativecow.net 10784 10784
Multiscreen Video
by Andreas Woelfl 4 months ago
hello everybody, i am sure that this issue has been discussed already and I have even found a conversation related to my problem, but as the post is from 5 years ago I was hoping that there has been i
Re: Multiscreen Video
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
You're right that H.264 won't hold this -- it's too wide. You might consider working backwards. Choose your your playback system first, then output to a format and codec that suits that system. There
AE CC 2017 full of bugs
by Tom Smith 4 months ago
Hello guys, Does anyone have problem with the new AE CC 2017 I've updated it (and kept my 2015.3 for work), everytime I preview something it crashes, and the audio is awful, I have Bose speakers on US
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Re: AE CC 2017 full of bugs
by Tim Kurkoski 4 months ago
May we assume that you're aware that there's no such thing as real-time playback in AE Dave, that's at best misleading, and at worst completely false. After Effects is designed to play back frames ca
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File: Preserve Frame Rate Demo AEP
by Walter Soyka 4 months ago
aep file Shows what Ae's "preserve frame rate when nested or in render queue" switch does https: f1.creativecow.net 10693 preserve-frame-rate-demo-aep
The iBag
by Oliver Peters 5 months ago
Here's what Apple has been spending time on instead of FCPX or the next Mac Pro :) It s hard to believe this is even true. So sad. http: www.gizmodo.co.uk 2016 09 apple-unveils-bag https: www.theguard
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Re: The iBag
by Jeremy Garchow 5 months ago
I think we can finally change the name of this forum, as many are wont to do, to the "Bag Apple" forum. Besides, the debate is pretty much over, Final Cut Pro won. :-D :-D :-D :- :-(
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Adobe After Effects Forum
by Creative COW 8 months ago
https: forums.creativecow.net adobeaftereffects
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Will FCX be around for a while?
by Glenn Payne 5 months ago
Hi guys, I'm about to invest in a nice imac and I'm planning to use fcx. I'm just wondering what the word on the street is about fcx. I'm willing to dive into the magnetic timeline world, but I'm just
Re: Will FCX be around for a while?
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
Robin S. Kurz "You know full well that I can't." You might want to think about not throwing around words like "factually", when all you have is unverifiable hearsay. Robin S. Kurz " Shake, Soundtrack
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Creative COW Forums
by Creative COW 8 months ago
https: forums.creativecow.net
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News: Boris FX and GenArts Announce Significant Merger of Industry-Leading Visual Effects Software Companies
by Cow News Droid 6 months ago
Plug-in leader Boris FX acquires Sapphire tools and team to become the powerhouse in post-production software industry (Boston, MA--September 9, 2016) Boris FX , the leader in integrated VFX and workf
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@Bret William
by Walter Soyka 6 months ago
Bret Williams "Could it be that both seem ridiculously overpriced in a market where there's been a groundswell of inexpensive and free plugins produced by small companies and individuals with nothing
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Any way to select EVERY OTHER character with a text animator?
by Ze'ev Gilad 2 years ago
Let's say I want to use a text animator to make EVERY OTHER bigger. Can this be done with the range selectors
Re: Any way to select EVERY OTHER character with a text animator?
by Joe Clay 6 months ago
I came across this while looking for something. Sorry to drudge up an old thread, but I just made a tutorial last week that contains how to do this. http: workbench.tv tutorials 2016-09-02_ExpressionS
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why would anyone want to use FCPX (SERIOUS discussion - no bashing)
by Michael Paul 6 months ago
I do NOT want to attack or insult any FCPX editor here - I am just curious and I believe people do things for a reason. So why do you use FCPX What are your reasons What's great about it I have starte
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Re: why would anyone want to use FCPX (SERIOUS discussion - no bashing)
by Simon Ubsdell 6 months ago
Why didn't the 747 view come preloaded with my version ;-) It really pays to spend time finding the layouts that work for you and saving them as workspaces. Where someone like you, Walter, favours a N
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Motiongraphics workflow for top output quality
by James Murray 6 months ago
Dear CC community, Thank you for this great resource and I'll do my best to be clear about what I need help with. My computer specs: - MacbookPro (2.6 GHz Intel Core i7) - Mem: 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 - O
Re: Motiongraphics workflow for top output quality
by Tero Ahlfors 6 months ago
I recently got "HDMI DVI" for delivery specifications. I'll probably send them a combo cable.
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Good news
by Steve Connor 6 months ago
Alex 4D just posted this https: jobs.apple.com us search#&ss=47429395&t=0&so=&lo=0*USA&pN=0&openJobId=47429395 Anyone here want the job :)
Re: Good news
by Steve Connor 6 months ago
Douglas K. Dempsey "Who will it be Oliver, care to move from Florida to Calif " Hopefully not Robin or Bill, they would hardly change it all!
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Is drop frame needed / relevant anymore?
by Patrick Donegan 6 months ago
If one is not producing anything fro broadcast, is it time to drop the drop frame Or is it the "just in case" Or - does DVD_Video and BluRay use or need drop frame I am just wondering .... about other
Re: Is drop frame needed / relevant anymore?
by Jeremy Garchow 6 months ago
Warren Eig "I think what Jeremy is say is, 45 minutes of video is 45 minutes of video." Kinda! :) 45 minutes of NDF 29.97 video is 45 minutes of timecode, but not 45 minutes of real time. 45 minutes
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Adobe Camera raw on a quicktime import?
by Nicholas Toth 6 months ago
We shoot a lot of time-lapse video, and typically I'll use the raw importer in after effects, or lightroom to finish fix any sequences we shoot. Works well. All raw .CR2 (canon formatted) files. In th
Re: Adobe Camera raw on a quicktime import?
by Tim Kurkoski 6 months ago
Transcode the .mov frames to JPEG, TIFF, PSD, or PNG. In the Import dialog in After Effects, change the Enable option to All Files, and change the Format to Camera Raw. Select your image sequence and
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Depth mapped lens flares!
by Spencer Tweed 6 months ago
Hey guys, I realized that by using this old-school technique you could write an expression that would automagically turn off your lens flare if it went behind an object based on a z depth render: http
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Lots and lots of hard drives
by Rich Rubasch 7 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 6 months ago
I agree with Bob that data migration is the problem with all archival, and that this gets laborious. I'd add that your data's importance should be reflected in your budget. For us, the value of our da
A bridge too far?
by Oliver Peters 8 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 6 months ago
Phil Lowe "I would encourage them to do whatever it takes to get to speed as quickly as possible." Sounding like a broken record again this year, but I just finished teaching a technical "bootcamp" t
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