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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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parenting to puppet. (Is that possible ?)
by anas sabih 2 days ago
hello all, so i made a simple animation of a hand moving up and down with the puppet pin tool. however, I want to parent an object to this hand, so that the hand is holding this object. but when i do
Re: parenting to puppet. (Is that possible ?)
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Let's create a null object that tracks one of the puppet pins: Create a new null object. Twirl open its properties and Alt+click the position stopwatch. Copy and paste this expression: l = thisComp.la
CC Glass Bump Map: composition and footage give different results
by Jeremy Paul 3 days ago
I've followed a neat tutorial on making a rain drop on a surface. It uses bunch of Turbulent Displacements and Particle effects to create a black and white bump map. That map is fed into CC Glass to c
Re: CC Glass Bump Map: composition and footage give different results
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
Jeremy Paul "Thanks. I've prerendered to openEXR with project set to 32 bpc. The issue remains. Although I am not really familiar with all the render settings, so feel free to render it your self (it
cc particle world CS5.5 - how to keep particle vertical?
by Hope Holmesby 4 days ago
hi there. thanks for reading. does anyone know how to make the particle texture just stay in the upright position as it comes floating down have some musical notes, and want them vertical, instead of
Re: cc particle world CS5.5 - how to keep particle vertical?
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
What particle type are you using I think if you use a Textured Square, rotation tumbling is disabled. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presen
Is there a way to pick multiple mask fills to a slider
by Huy Duong 4 days ago
Hi! Is there a way to pick multiple mask fills to a slider My objective is to have multiple objects (for which I'm using masks) change color at a certain time, and it would be great if I could pick it
Re: Is there a way to pick multiple mask fills to a slider
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
Can you use a Color Control effect instead of a slider Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting @keenlive twitter
FCP X - steady as she goes.
by Bill Davis 6 days ago
I really have nothing important to say here. Since I've posted a couple of OT threads contributing nothing about how X actually functions... I'll spend today (Sunday) doing 20 pages of narration work
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Re: FCP X - steady as she goes.
by Herb Sevush 4 days ago
andy patterson " I am saying the FCPX Motion connection is overhyped because you shouldn't need to use two programs to create simple titles form start to finish for FCPX." This is a false distinction
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Analyse Blur in AE
by steve diener 4 days ago
Hi everyone Has been a while since I posted something... I was wondering if there is a way to analyse the amount of blur on one layer and simulate that exact amount of blur on another. I'm compositing
Re: Analyse Blur in AE
by Walter Soyka 3 days ago
You might be able to gauge the focus by use the Find Edges effect, plus a wide-ish sampleImage() expression on its output. When the image is in focus, Find Edges will, well, find lots of edges. That'l
Rendering files
by Joe Lukus 5 days ago
Ok when you render a clip it creates a apple prores file correct or does it just create its own type of readable "system file" Basically what I am wanting to know is once you render a file were is it
Re: Rendering files
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Joe Marler "There may be more complex effects cases where this isn't done but in general FCPX uses smart rendering." Here's a little more on FCPX and smart rendering: https: forums.creativecow.net th
After Effects error: Trapcode Tao cannot be applied: Open CL is missing or hardware is not supported. (512) (25::16)
by andrew hur 5 days ago
Help Please So I was working on a project, then I did the latest windows update and all of a sudden it stopped working. I tried to reinstall trapcode and did the "hold capslock and open a project" thi
Re: After Effects error: Trapcode Tao cannot be applied: Open CL is missing or hardware is not supported. (512) (25::16)
by Walter Soyka 4 days ago
Perhaps you need to update or roll back your graphics card drivers Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting @keen
After Effects or Unity ?
by Alex Reve 1 week ago
I have a project of 360 video with no interactivity in it. Well this is what I think because the 3D sound will need to be used in a way that at some point of the movie the viewer will hear a strong no
Re: After Effects or Unity ?
by Walter Soyka 5 days ago
Alex Reve "I tested years ago a binaural demo with headphones and the vertical information was there, so I imagine it is possible. Do you more about that " There are some stereo setups that simulate
Horizontal scale on timeline
by Brad Coulter 5 days ago
Is there a shortcut key for adjusting the horizontal scale of a timeline The bar on the bottom works fine, but I prefer to keep my hand off the mouse whenever possible. If there is such an animal, the
Re: Horizontal scale on timeline
by Walter Soyka 5 days ago
The default shortcuts are minus (-) and equals (=) to zoom the timeline. These are called Zoom Out and Zoom In under Application Sequence in the visual keyboard shortcut editor. Another good one to kn
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Fusion 9 Review by Damian Allen
by Simon Ubsdell 2 weeks ago
https: www.provideocoalition.com fusion-9-depth-review A good review of the main new features (overall very positive) with what I think is a sensible conclusion as to Fusion's current position vs Nuke
Re: Fusion 9 Review by Damian Allen
by Walter Soyka 1 week ago
Simon Ubsdell "Fusion Connect is such an apparently "simple" concept (though no doubt not remotely so from a developer's point of view!) that it's easy to overlook how powerful it can be. The more we
Is 768 CUDA cores enough to Encode with?
by Duke Sweden 2 weeks ago
I was researching why my PC occasionally, frequently, actually, needs to be rebooted because I can't encode using Media Encoder without it "failing". I read where you need at least 1,000 CUDA cores fo
Re: Is 768 CUDA cores enough to Encode with?
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Duke Sweden "they cause crashes which, btw, after cleaning my media cache, (which I do every day)" Cleaning your media cache probably isn't doing what you think it's doing. While it's a good troubles
Roei Tzoref 3 weeks ago
hi Walter. I wonder what do you make of this?
https://forums.creativecow.net/thread/2/1123103
how to link a layer with a rigged expression to a null without messing it up?
by Roei Tzoref 4 weeks ago
I am looking for a way to link an expression rigged layer to a null and keeping it's absolute values so there won't be a shift when I parent it to a null. this is what's happening: this is the beginni
Re: how to link a layer with a rigged expression to a null without messing it up?
by Walter Soyka 4 weeks ago
Roei Tzoref "Hi, What do you think Is there a way to avoid this jump due to relative coordinates I can't find a related thread about it and to from World goes over my head... maybe if I see the code,
File: Bar Chart.aep
by Walter Soyka 4 weeks ago
aep file Uploaded file Bar Chart.aep https: f1.creativecow.net 11540 bar-chartaep
What would really make you excited- Round 2
by Oliver Peters 1 month ago
Just because the other thread became so derailed. It would be nice to have some sort of submaster master routing in the Audio Lanes mode so that you can add effects, like a broadcast limiting filter.
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Re: What would really make you excited- Round 2
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Michael Hancock "If this is really how they prioritize and prefer to get feedback they should make that clear on their feedback page." Lots of developers think in terms of user stories. They're a gre
What would really make you excited ...
by Simon Ubsdell 1 month ago
... about the next version of FCP X Whether you're a diehard FCP X aficionado or someone who's still sitting on the fence, what would be the feature, or set of features, that would really set your wor
Re: What would really make you excited ...
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Simon Ubsdell "What sort of numbers constitute "a small team" in your view " A small team tops out at maybe 6 or 7 people. Have you heard of Jeff Bezos's two-pizza team rule The idea is that a team s
OT: Sedna
by Scott Witthaus 1 month ago
Well, I figure this forum is as good as any for this question: Getting into a job where 4k video is played across large screens in a corporate HQ lobby. Right now, my contact says the client is using
Re: OT: Sedna
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Robin S. Kurz "Never heard of them, sorry. I don't even get what it is they#re selling. A player Why do I need a extra (probably nowhere near cheap) player to simply play content in 4K on an LED wall
Is it just me?
by Steve Connor 2 months ago
Or is this place a lot less fun that it used to be Seems to be dominated by people that don't actually use or particularly like FCPX and those that do are increasingly not posting.
Re: Is it just me?
by Simon Ubsdell 1 month ago
Walter Soyka "I'd be curious about the principles, if not the implementation, that you'd like to see honored in the titler. " The most obvious point is that they really should have implemented text e
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Title Software
by David Mayer 2 months ago
Need suggestions for third party titling software to add animated titles to a TV commercial. Something easy to use, with templates, and not too expensive. (Not After Effects) iMac (Retina 5K, 27 inch,
Re: Title Software
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
What about Motion https: www.apple.com final-cut-pro motion Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting @keenlive tw
Realtime Stroke Update for Animating Character
by Nitin Burli 2 months ago
Hi, So I'm working on this project that has a character running on a track. I've animated the character, however the illustrator has added these outer lines to the character that need to animate with
Re: Realtime Stroke Update for Animating Character
by Michael Szalapski 2 months ago
Duplicate your running character. Blur it. Use levels on the alpha channel to crush it to wider than it originally was. Use the Vegas effect to stroke the alpha. (Adjust the settings in the Vegas effe
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Playback controlled via RS422 on Ultrastudio
by Joe Bender 2 months ago
Hi All, I'm new to live production and working on a show where I need to playback a sequence or video file from my system, triggered via timecode or RS422. I'll be sending video to the projection desi
Re: Playback controlled via RS422 on Ultrastudio
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Don't use an NLE; use a media server or some kind of show control software. There's a pretty broad range of setups and capabilities, including Figure53 QLab, Millumin, Resolume, Dataton WATCHOUT, Chri
Hey Adobe, here's an idea
by Duke Sweden 3 months ago
Why don't you create your own video player software Once again VLC, which is the best player by far, is messing up again. My videos look terrible, all ragged with bad color, after it was working beaut
Re: Hey Adobe, here's an idea
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Duke, the best way to be heard is to file a feature request: http: www.adobe.com products wishform.html I know I've requested exactly this in the past, and I hope others here who would find an Adobe V
Premiere Pro Conforming Taking too Long
by Gary Retzel 3 months ago
Hey, everyone! I'm still new to Premiere Pro and editing in general, and whenever I start work on a new project I almost always get a message saying that it's conforming. I'm pretty sure it's the audi
Re: Premiere Pro Conforming Taking too Long
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Gary Retzel "Hey, everyone! I'm still new to Premiere Pro and editing in general, and whenever I start work on a new project I almost always get a message saying that it's conforming. I'm pretty sure
FCP X at the NAB Supermeet - Thomas Grove Carter live edit demo.
by Bill Davis 3 months ago
https: youtu.be iaeux3cGtQo Creator of XinTwo - http: www.xintwo.com The shortest path to FCP X mastery.
Re: FCP X at the NAB Supermeet - Thomas Grove Carter live edit demo.
by Mark Raudonis 3 months ago
Bill, While you were holed up in the FCP suite at NAB, Black Magic Designs dropped a bomb on the post community that seems to have been missed by most everyone engaged in this debate. I'm talking abou
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Walter Soyka liked this 3 months ago
Markers or Metadata - The Debate!
by David Lawrence 4 months ago
One of FCPX's great strengths is its metadata-driven organizing tools. They're so good I've built logging workflows around them, even though I like cutting in Premiere Pro. But depending on your work
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Re: Bin or Reel - The Debate!
by Franz Bieberkopf 3 months ago
Joe, Thanks for your response. I've thought and written quite a bit after your post so thanks for that, but I'll largely limit this post to Wiseman, Murch, and Editdroid (John Sinclair, Ben Burtt, Ed
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General question about rendering
by Richard Herd 3 months ago
I've been editing a lot of government and non-profit content that's well over an hour running time (talking head mostly, single camera). The footage (XDCAM EX 1080i60 (35 Mb s VBR 1920x1080) always re
Re: General question about rendering
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Watch this video on "smart rendering" and using previews: https: vimeo.com 62438789 And check out this article for a list of supported formats for smart rendering: https: helpx.adobe.com premiere-pro
Adobe updates
by Oliver Peters 4 months ago
Let the kibitzing begin! https: www.provideocoalition.com adobe-updates-premiere-pro-cc-april-2017 And a deeper dive: https: www.youtube.com watch v=zQy3eFIXF4k And a couple on After Effects, too: htt
Re: Adobe updates
by Jeremy Garchow 4 months ago
andy patterson "I have yet to see anyone create a metal object (hexagon) with FCPX's titling tool and have a glass title pass in front of it." Did this very quick only using FCPX, but is this what yo
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Is this why the new Mac Pro has been taking so long?
by Steve Connor 5 months ago
http: www.redsharknews.com technology item 4470-amd-s-forthcoming-radeon-rx-vega-greater-gpu-power-at-lower-cost
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Re: Is this why the new Mac Pro has been taking so long?
by Chris Harlan 5 months ago
Walter Soyka "I don't know the difference between an LGA 1151 and LGA 2011." I believe its 860.
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Droste in CC - possible no-plugin solution with caveats
by John Ivy 5 months ago
I was looking to do a Droste effect in CC, and was disheartened to see that the best solution is no longer an option without spending money, and then I had a bit of a flash this morning, and figured o
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Walter Soyka liked this 5 months ago
Prem vs FCPX - Panels
by Oliver Peters 6 months ago
Since this is a debate forum and it's a Friday, what are your thoughts about Adobe's Premiere Pro panels architecture This seems to be a key enabler for many third party developers building add-ins to
Re: Prem vs FCPX - Panels
by Simon Ubsdell 5 months ago
Walter Soyka "Where, roughly, do you draw the lines for the other apps " With the proviso that this is my opinion based on my editing and business needs, which are not necessarily going to be the sam
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Cineform GPU acceleration via PP
by Ken Eakins 5 months ago
Hi all, I've always stuck with DnX and Prores for offline work, but I'm seeing more and more people post online that Cineform is actually a decent way to go. According to a few posts I've now read, Ci
Re: Cineform GPU acceleration via PP
by Walter Soyka 5 months ago
Ken Eakins "According to a few posts I've now read, Cineform will playback via the computers GPU." CineForm encode decode is CPU-only. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion G
Premier Pro CC Dynamic Link slow/choppy playback render.
by Justin Wonsly 5 months ago
Hi all, I've searched the threads on this one, and left questions, but no response. I have heavy AE files that need to be dynamically linked. Im a very happy user of FCPx, but i started trying to to u
Re: Premier Pro CC Dynamic Link slow/choppy playback render.
by Walter Soyka 5 months ago
I recommend you look into the Render and Replace workflow: https: helpx.adobe.com premiere-pro using render-replace-effects-compositions.html Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Mo
Blackmagic Design Press Conference
by Shawn Miller 6 months ago
I thought I would mention it here, in case any of the "or not" or "FCPX + Resolve" crowd was interested. Scheduled for Mar 3, 2017 Please join us this Thursday, March 2nd 12.00pm PST for a press confe
Re: Blackmagic Design Press Conference
by Mike Parfit 6 months ago
Tim Wilson " Any of you using it as an NLE for any heavy lifting " Hi, Tim, Yes, I don't know how heavy my lifting is, given that I'm a simple cuts-and-dissolves kind of editor, but I've been using R
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Blade
by Shane Ross 6 months ago
If Apple is looking only to the future, and wanting to dump the old, ancient ways of the past...including the terminology used, like "bin," why is the "blade" tool still called BLADE And why does it l
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Re: Blade
by Tim Wilson 6 months ago
I've come up with a title graphic for the movie, Blade X: Clash of Metaphors. This will also do for my submission for what the icon for the tool should be. Nothing more iconic than friggin Wesley Snip
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How to seamlessly transfer Creative Cow subscription?
by Neil Orman 6 months ago
I've been using a personal Creative Cow subscription on an employer-owned Macbook Pro, which I'll never do again, and now am attempting to transfer that subscription to one my employer pays for. I'd a
Re: How to seamlessly transfer Creative Cow subscription?
by Walter Soyka 6 months ago
Neil Orman "1) Is this the best approach " Yes. Neil Orman "2) Can I do this while retaining the old Creative Cow projects I created in PPro, AFX and other CC programs (using my personal subscription
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 6 months 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
Sequences Broken
by Zack Culver 7 months 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 7 months 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
Mac Pro 2 Concept -- (if only Apple cared about the Pro market)
by John Rofrano 7 months 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 7 months ago
John Rofrano " Who are they designing for " Courage.
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export length limit?
by Arten Koronidas 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 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 7 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 7 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
Scale expression based on rotation
by Chris Smith 9 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 8 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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Multiscreen Video
by Andreas Woelfl 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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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The iBag
by Oliver Peters 11 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 11 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 1 year ago
https: forums.creativecow.net adobeaftereffects
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