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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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After Effects Puppet Tool Effect Won't Render
by Aerial Longmire 3 weeks ago
Hi Folks, I'm using After Effects 2017 on a Mid 2015 MacBook Pro running 10.13.6, and I'm having some trouble with my render. My comp contains a dancing character created in Photoshop and animated wit
Re: After Effects Puppet Tool Effect Won't Render
by Walter Soyka 3 weeks ago
Can you post a couple of screenshots that show both the problem and your entire Ae UI, so that we can see what you are seeing Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, W
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Aerial Longmire liked this 3 weeks ago
Write a script to unlink all media in After Effects
by Linus Kraemer 4 weeks ago
Wonder if anyone can help me with this I'd like to have a way to make every project item - or just the selected items - become "missing". The reason I need this is because I need to deliver working fi
Re: Write a script to unlink all media in After Effects
by Walter Soyka 4 weeks ago
I don't think there's any way, even via scripting, to force a file in Ae offline. (You can replace it with a placeholder, but I think that will completely break the link to the original footage, makin
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Tomas Bumbulevičius liked this 4 weeks ago
Count up numbers 1000 at a time.
by Darell Nonis 4 weeks ago
Hi. I've recently created an AE composition with a text layer that contains a number. My plan is to animate the text so that the number counts up 1000 at a time. For example, for 3 seconds, I'd like t
Re: Count up numbers 1000 at a time.
by Walter Soyka 4 weeks ago
This expression will do what you describe. Twirl open your text layer in the timeline panel, then twirl open the Text group, then Alt+click the stopwatch for the Source Text property and paste the fol
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Max Haller liked this 4 weeks ago
Corner pin expression tab in CC2018 ???
by Cerutti Nicolas 1 month ago
Hi there, I hope this wasn't posted before but couldn't find any answer yet. In AE CC 2017 it's possible to alt+click on the individual keyframes of the corner pin effects (to link it to values of ano
Re: Corner pin expression tab in CC2018 ???
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
You Alt+click the property's vary-over-time stopwatch, not a keyframe, to enable an expression for that property. There is a new feature in After Effects CC 2018, though, that makes this faster: you d
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Kalleheikki Kannisto liked this 1 month ago
Linked position values don't match up in between compositions
by Benjamin Sintemaartensdijk 1 month ago
Please see the screenshot. Within the same comp I can convert a 3D layers position to 2D coordinates. That works fine. But I get different values when I apply that same expression to an external 2D nu
Re: Linked position values don't match up in between compositions
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
If you have to have some kind of offset in time between the two comps, you can use .valueAtTime() to get the position at a specific time instead of the current time. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scient
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Benjamin Sintemaartensdijk liked this 1 month ago
Upgrading to CC 2019 mid-project
by Matt Tarpley 2 months ago
I am in the middle of a feature length documentary and need to upgrade to Premiere Pro CC 2019. Are there any precautions that I should take when upgrading in CC Will I be prompted to rename my projec
Re: Upgrading to CC 2019 mid-project
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
Matt Tarpley "I don't need to upgrade to CC19 on my home machine, but I work for a university and was asked to upgrade my work computer's software to 2019, so I have. Most of my work projects are sho
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Kalleheikki Kannisto liked this 1 month ago
Multiple versions of AE crash!!
by Kel Smith 1 month ago
Hi Everyone, I am having issues with three different versions of After Effects crashing when I try to open a project (2014, 2018, and 2019). Anytime I try to scroll through my composition, it crashes
Re: Multiple versions of AE crash!!
by Walter Soyka 1 month ago
And holding the Shift key while a project loads will prevent Ae from opening any comps. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live link Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design,
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Tomas Bumbulevičius liked this 1 month ago
Define maximum wait time during "do... while" loop?
by Thiago Costa 2 months ago
Hi! I'm writing a script that needs user interaction to define what the next step is going to be. For that, I wrote a do..while loop that expects a keyboard input. So in the example below, you have to
Re: Define maximum wait time during "do... while" loop?
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
You don't need to write your own event handler; ScriptUI provides one for you. Try this sample: var win = new Window ("dialog", "Keypress"); win.add ("button", undefined, "Cancel"); win.addEventListen
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Thiago Costa liked this 2 months ago
Adjustment layers and opacity
by Spencer Tycksen 4 years ago
Is there a way to use an adjustment layer to affect the opacity of the layers beneath it without precomposing I have dozens of layers I want to change the opacity on. When I put an adjustment layer in
Re: Adjustment layers and opacity
by Walter Soyka 4 years ago
An adjustment layer takes the total composite of every layer below it and presents it as a single layer which you may further process. It does not apply the effects or properties of the adjustment lay
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Andrew Luck liked this 2 months ago
How to export a master?
by Jerry Smith 2 years ago
I have some videos that are quite simple, but very sharp. For the purposes of this thread, you can imagine that they are all created a few solid shapes, a few solid colors, and text. They look very sh
Re: How to export a master?
by Walter Soyka 2 years ago
Eric Santiago "Yes that codec option has been around for a long time but I do recall reading a book from Trish Meyer that Animation was geared towards RGB colors such as cel, vector drawn types basic
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Gavan Bright liked this 2 months ago
Okay to use After Effects for Graphic Design?
by Brenden Younan 2 months ago
I am more familiar with After Effects than most other Adobe programs, and only have AE atm. I am okay at motion graphics, however, enjoy more graphic design branding, like what a Art Directer would do
Re: Okay to use After Effects for Graphic Design?
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Our team does a lot of design directly in After Effects. For our clients, having design work that's motion- and video-native is important. That said, a lot of graphic design use cases will require vec
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Brenden Younan liked this 2 months ago
Replace all instances of Comp A with Comp B inside the project window?
by Chris Biagi 2 months ago
First post, hi! I have a project that is the result of importing several similar AE projects into one master project. There are a ton of redundant assets in these imported projects, and they were not
Re: Replace all instances of Comp A with Comp B inside the project window?
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Chris Biagi "Question: Is there a way to replace ALL of the "Comp A" instances with "Comp B" within the project window I basically want the same effect as "replace footage," but I'm not sure how to d
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Damien Ivan liked this 2 months ago
Using Keylight for Luma Key? Luma Key effect "obsolete"?
by Scott Clements 4 years ago
Hi, I am trying to luma key a human hand against black in After Effects. I initially tried using the luma key in Premiere and it worked great, but I was unable to add a mask. I am new to Premiere, so
Re: Using Keylight for Luma Key? Luma Key effect "obsolete"?
by Walter Soyka 4 years ago
Dave LaRonde "You could try the Extract effect. That works pretty well." This. Luma Key is considered obsolete because Extract does everything Luma Key did, and more. Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scie
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Thomas Hannen liked this 2 months ago
After Effects Crashes When Opening Project
by Nicholas Harris 5 months ago
Hello again. This is really urgent to me. I've been working on a project for a bit, and all of sudden whenever I open it up, it starts throwing a lot of errors relating to plugins and crashes. Any hel
Re: After Effects Crashes When Opening Project
by Walter Soyka 5 months ago
What errors does it throw specifically Have you tried rebooting the computer If you can hold Shift while opening a project, Ae will close any open comps during load so they don't try to render right a
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Oleg Pirogov liked this 2 months ago
Python script does not work when run through system.callSystem(cmd)
by Yaavi Foxy 3 months ago
I want to run a python script through system.callSystem in an after effects JSX file. I have done that successfully, but when it comes to opening and writing files in the python script, it does not wo
Re: Python script does not work when run through system.callSystem(cmd)
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
Two thoughts: 1) Maybe it's running, but the working directory is not what you expect . 2) Maybe you need to pass the call to python via cmd.exe c Walter Soyka Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live li
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Yaavi Foxy liked this 3 months ago
Creating templates for Premiere Pro in After Effects
by Steve Pawley 3 months ago
Hi, I am another Newbie here who is used to FCPX & Motion 5 but I'm now transitioning to Premiere Pro and After Effects. OK, so... I have a logo I have designed for a company, which will be used in as
Re: Creating templates for Premiere Pro in After Effects
by Walter Soyka 3 months ago
There is no Ae Pr workflow that matches FCPX Motion drop zones which would let you build the template in After Effects and push assets into it from Premiere Pro. Instead, you could build your template
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Steve Pawley liked this 3 months ago
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