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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.

My studio, Keen Live, is built around the idea that design and engineering go hand-in-hand. We are proud to help our clients... [more]
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March 29th 2008
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Access customized comp name with expression
by Andreas Münch 2 days ago
Hi, I can rename a comp which is lying in another comp with right click - rename. Is it possible to access that custom name with an expression Because when I do thisComp.name I always get the name it
Re: Access customized comp name with expression
by Walter Soyka 2 days ago
What you describe is not renaming the comp, it's renaming a layer. Layer names are also accessible by expressions. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen E
Make a wet/ reflective surface
by Margaux Millet 2 weeks ago
Hi, I'm creating a kind of "cyberpunk" street and would like to make my wall reflective or a bit wet, as if it had rained on it and it was drying, to add some lights reflecting on the wall, for exampl
Re: Make a wet/ reflective surface
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Wet surfaces are largely about the specular highlights. Duplicate your footage layer. Use a Curves effect to greatly brighten only the highlights while darkening or crushing the shadows and midtones.
Prem vs FCPX - Panels
by Oliver Peters 4 weeks 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 Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Bill Davis "Well, what I'm NOT doing is taking away their ability to continue working on THEIR OWN VIDEOS if they don't renew their subscriptions." FCP7 FCPX taught me that switching creative applica
FCPX Crashed today
by Steve Connor 2 weeks ago
FCPX crashed today first time in nearly a year, didn't lose any work (of course) Can't be bad can it :)
Re: FCPX Crashed today
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Michael Hancock "Every NLE needs to figure out how Apple does their instant saving and implement it." Yes, please! Projects should have transaction journals like filesystems do. Walter Soyka Designer
Cineform GPU acceleration via PP
by Ken Eakins 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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
How to link many compositions to the same animation keyframes?
by Armin Saxkop 2 weeks ago
Here's something I have been fiddling with the last few AE projects, and that I would really, REALLY like an answer to by now: Let's say we are creating a brief breaker swipe animation where a solid l
Re: How to link many compositions to the same animation keyframes?
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Set up your master controller comp. Duplicate it to create a follower comp. Tear off the master controller comp's timeline tab and place it above the follower comp. Reveal all animated properties in b
Premier Pro CC Dynamic Link slow/choppy playback render.
by Justin Wonsly 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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
Is there anyway to get AME to inherit the bg colour of a comp from AE
by Sean Cox 2 weeks ago
Hello! So, I'm on a job where I have a huge number of png sequences with alpha channels. I have to render each of these as a new png sequence with a gray background. If I had less to do, I would bring
Re: Is there anyway to get AME to inherit the bg colour of a comp from AE
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Dave LaRonde "Sometimes I don't get peoples' obsessions with automation." I love automation. I believe computers should do repetitive things so I don't have to... but I agree 100% that oftentimes, el
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The world's worst NLE keyboard shortcut defaults
by Simon Ubsdell 2 weeks ago
Number One on my list is "zoom in out". In Media Composer it's Cmd and Cmd . In FCP X it's Cmd- and Cmd=. In Premiere it's simply - and =. These are all terrible but perhaps Premiere's is the least te
Re: The world's worst NLE keyboard shortcut defaults
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Jeremy Garchow "Pr has a weirdly empty default kb shortcut set. More often than not, going to search for a shortcut ends up empty, like replace edits of any sort which are unassigned by default in Pr
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Renaming layers as part of a script
by Sebastian Törngren 2 weeks ago
Hi! I am currently working on a rather large script(for me atleast) to add a couple of effects to a source clip. One of those effects requires me to duplicate the layer 3 times, and I wish to rename t
Re: Renaming layers as part of a script
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
This works. Make sure you're looking at layer names, not source names, in the timeline. Click the the Layer name Source name column header in the timeline panel to toggle. As an aside, "myName.substr(
First post. Could use some expression tips.
by Randy Davis 3 weeks ago
Greeting: I am studying AE and am pretty overwhelmed with so much to learn. Currently I am working on a project in which I would like a near invisible layer to slowly fade in and out over time. This w
Re: First post. Could use some expression tips.
by Walter Soyka 2 weeks ago
Randy Davis "Wiggle will not work in it's pure form as I would like the opacity to change slowly, over a couple of seconds even. Think of a ghostly image slowing fading in and out of view." You can w
Blackmagic Design Press Conference
by Shawn Miller 3 weeks ago
I thought I would mention it here, in case any of the "or not" or "FCPX + Resolve" crowd was interested. https: www.youtube.com watch v=XXAVGEiSA_c Scheduled for Mar 3, 2017 Please join us this Thursd
Re: Blackmagic Design Press Conference
by Walter Soyka 3 weeks ago
Mark Raudonis "Extrapolate that development curve and you'll have AI in the edit bay before you can say, "The Singularity is near"!!!" It might be closer than you think: http: nofilmschool.com 2016 1
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Strange import
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
When I import an illustrator file into after effects it treats each layer like an image sequence. My other illustrator files come in just fine and I'm not sure why this one did this. See this image: A
Re: Strange import
by Walter Soyka 3 weeks ago
You're on a Mac, right, Stephen Click the Options button on the file import dialog, then uncheck Illustrator sequence. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescre
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Workflow question: colour correcting, brightening, adding effetcs and exporting to Premiere for final compositing.
by John Russell 3 weeks ago
I have asked questions on this website before and always received very good advise on this site. Again would be very grateful of any suggestions and feedback. I am making a film which will be approxim
Re: Workflow question: colour correcting, brightening, adding effetcs and exporting to Premiere for final compositing.
by Walter Soyka 3 weeks ago
Simon Ubsdell "I remember reading those stories about Deadpool and wondering why they were relying so heavily on Dynamic Link and thinking that they were opening up a world of pain. It's a really gre
Blade
by Shane Ross 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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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Walter Soyka liked this 3 weeks ago
How to seamlessly transfer Creative Cow subscription?
by Neil Orman 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago
John Rofrano " Who are they designing for " Courage.
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export length limit?
by Arten Koronidas 2 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 2 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 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 9 months ago
https: forums.creativecow.net adobeaftereffects
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Will FCX be around for a while?
by Glenn Payne 6 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 6 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 9 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 3 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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Walter Soyka liked this 6 months ago
why would anyone want to use FCPX (SERIOUS discussion - no bashing)
by Michael Paul 7 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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Walter Soyka liked this 6 months ago
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 7 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 7 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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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 7 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
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