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Andy Ford

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September 13th 2006
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Toggle visibility video tracks
by Leevun Vanhove 2 months ago
Hi Everybody, Is there a way in premiere, to make a shortcut to toggle the visibility of a video track I can see you can toggle the target of the video track, but not it's visibility Thank you, Lieven
Re: Toggle visibility video tracks
by Andy Ford 2 months ago
I'm not sure of a shortcut to do it on a specific track, but you can Shift-click the visibility icon on any video track to toggle visibility on off for all your tracks at once. -----------------------
green screen layers
by lisa bonner 2 months ago
Hi there, I am having problems with multiple layers of green screen clips. I have attached an image. Basically I have keyed out the green screen from each layer however I can still see this light opaq
Re: green screen layers
by Andy Ford 2 months ago
Ha, and just realized I skipped into the Premiere forum instead of AE, so you may not have used keylight :) ------------------------------------------------- Video Producer Digital Marketer Reviewer A
Zooming in and out of a still while it is in the timeline.
by Jim Williams 3 months ago
I am wanting to animate stills on the timeline, so I want to zoom in and out, and pan across the still. Where do I find a video tutorial for that
Re: Zooming in and out of a still while it is in the timeline.
by Andy Ford 3 months ago
I'm sure there are many tutorials online, but animating stills on the timeline is relatively straight-forward if you are familiar with keyframes. Select your still in the timeline. Then, go in the eff
Matching two clips
by Agota Tamelyte 3 months ago
Hi, I am combining a couple of clips together, trying to match the properties of the guy on the left with the rest of figures on the right, image bellow. I have done some amateurish color correction,
Re: Matching two clips
by Andy Ford 3 months ago
The biggest thing keeping it from matching to me is the lack of a shadow to the right like the other images. I would also consider erasing some of the metal stand (kind of how the bottom of the drumme
Cropping and scaling question
by Jeff Davis 3 months ago
I have a sequence to which I've added an adjustment layer track with the Crop effect so I can crop out some extraneous imagery at the margins. Naturally, this has created black bars on all four sides.
Re: Cropping and scaling question
by Andy Ford 3 months ago
If you want to avoid scaling up your main image (which is a solution and you'd just have to readjust your cropping accordingly), you could perhaps go to a smaller sequence size. For example, if your s
cpu 100%??
by Greg Howell 3 months ago
Hi, I have a project open in AE. Im not doing anything in the program, nothing is being rendered and ive cleared the cache memory. My CPU has been over 100% usage for the last 15 mins. What could be c
Re: cpu 100%??
by Andy Ford 3 months ago
Are you on a Mac or PC Let me know and I'll tell you how to check all the processes running that are a drain on your CPU. ------------------------------------------------- Video Producer Digital Marke
Exporting extremely high bitrate?
by Ernest Rosado 3 months ago
Hello, I just got my new Canon R5. It records 8K video at 1300 mbps H.265. So I've made my edits in Premiere and want to export at the same resolution and bitrate, however even after changing the h.26
Re: Exporting extremely high bitrate?
by Andy Ford 3 months ago
The limit for h.265 6.2 main tier is 240mbps. For high tier, it is 800mbps. You can select the high tier in AME and you will see you'll be able to go to 800mpbs. I can't think of a reason you would ne
Article: Motion Tracking in After Effects
by Andy Ford 3 months ago
Adobe After Effects Motion Tracking in After Effects During this short video tutorial, I ll show you how to apply Track Motion to aerial drone footage   2020 07 21 Author: Andy Ford
I want my glitch animation to play both forward and backwards
by Roberts Adi 3 months ago
Ok guys I created this stretchy glitch animation see image below: https: ibb.co BzSr3cj I want to lengthen it and play the second half in reverse. Not so familiar with Ae so what do I do Between the f
Re: I want my glitch animation to play both forward and backwards
by Andy Ford 3 months ago
I didn't download your file due to my time constraints, but in general I would put the layers of a finished animation into a precomp so I only have to deal with one layer. Then, Duplicate this layer a
Where are my color graphs ?
by Nick Kall 4 months ago
Probably a really simple answer, but I click on 'Color' (workspace) and dont see the graphs. wheres the option to bring them up thanks
Re: Where are my color graphs ?
by Andy Ford 3 months ago
Clicking on the color layout should default to the Lumetri Color panel opening on the right and the Lumetri Scopes panel nesting in with your Source and Effects Controls panels on the top left. Regard
Templates with moving lines like this example?
by Conan Stott 3 months ago
Hi, I am looking to make videos similar to my linked example, some maybe a lot faster, some slower. I can do it in after effects but would prefer to use templates that have already been made. I can no
Re: Templates with moving lines like this example?
by Andy Ford 3 months ago
If you have need for many templates throughout the year, Envato Elements has a year subscription that gets you lots of AE templates, stock video, music, graphics, etc. It is inexpensive. -------------
National Cow Day!
by Steve Kownacki 4 months ago
Have you herd It s National Cow Day! They may not officially be celebrating the COW, but I m celebrating everyone here for all the wisdom and sharing over the years. Thanks! Steve
Re: National Cow Day!
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
Happy Cow Appreciation Day! I'm always looking to follow good industry-focused accounts on Instagram (and I just started a photo video-focused account myself), so if anyone wants to exchange follows -
Sony PXW-X70-My Macbook Pro can't seem to see it.....
by Ian Bustard 4 months ago
Can anybody help me. I'm trying to upgrade my Sony PXW-X70 to 4K. Before I do this I need to update the firmware to 3.2. When I click to connect the camera I get a message saying that that Firmware Up
Re: Sony PXW-X70-My Macbook Pro can't seem to see it.....
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
Sorry for the obvious question, but did you use the USB cable originally supplied Per Sony, using any other cable does not guarantee success. Have the memory card out, camera on, and try various USB p
LUTs from Sony?
by Tom Galli 4 months ago
Aloha all! I've just been asked to edit a short that was shot on a Sony A7Riii using Cine-4. I'm looking for some handy LUTs, and am not having any luck. Does Sony not have a LUT library available Tha
Re: LUTs from Sony?
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
Tom, yes it is absolutely a disappointing collection considering it is Sony. I guess they assume many people are creating saving their own based on their needs. For some shoots, I actually use a color
2020 13" MBP + EGPU = issues
by Marc Weakley 4 months ago
Hi team. I just purchased a fully loaded 13" MBP: MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports) 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 32 GB 3733 MHz LPDDR4 I m hoping someone out here with far more
Re: 2020 13" MBP + EGPU = issues
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
Do you get the same issue when you set the external monitor to the same settings (Res, Refresh, etc) as your laptop screen is set to ------------------------------------------------- Video Producer Di
can you normalize in the Track Mixer?
by Samuel Frazier 4 months ago
I'd like to normalize various clips on a track so that the max peak of each clips is raised or lowered to a given level. I know I can do this in the timeline if I select all the clips, right-click, go
Re: can you normalize in the Track Mixer?
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
Chris, good to know if that is the case. Everything I read usually suggests it's destructive, but regardless I usually manually keyframe my audisoand then use a compressor. Also, if normalizing, I fee
TUTORIAL: Using a Color Checker in DaVinci Resolve
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
Accurate colors matter. That s why I use a color-managed workflow. I take a quick reference shot with the DataColor SpyderCHECKR 24 in the scene. I shoot in log with my Sony FS7. If you re not familia
Interactive video
by Nick Bruzek 4 months ago
I m working on a pop up book type animation. I ve got all my characters and scenery set up in After Effects. I want my pop up images to animate when a mouse button is clicked over it, likewise the tex
Re: Interactive video
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
You may want to check out Mobfish or 3D Vista for adding the interactivity, they may offer a solution for you. ------------------------------------------------- Video Producer Digital Marketer Gear Re
Syncing up many clips of people singing the same song
by Matthew Belinkie 4 months ago
Hi guys. I sent ten people a karaoke track, and asked them to listen to it with headphones and make a video of themselves sing along. I am trying to sync up those recordings to make everyone singing i
Re: Syncing up many clips of people singing the same song
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
If everything is recorded on one track, it makes it more difficult because you have the music (which will be in sync) and the singing (which will not be perfectly in sync) all together. You can use th
How to improve & tweak my audio for YT - audition newbie
by Harry Snell 4 months ago
Hey guys, I'm new to Audition and trying to work out the essential sound panel. Can someone give me some advice on improving my YT video audio I've recorded a video to show how fat I've got with it...
Re: How to improve & tweak my audio for YT - audition newbie
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
The Multitrack editing area is a non-destructive workspace. When you enter waveform view, it becomes a destructive workspace and allows effects that require processing. -------------------------------
Editing keyframe behavior to multiple layers starting at different times
by André Macedo 4 months ago
Hi All ! Hope you re doing Ok! I need to animate a city map with a few dozens of icons that will be fading and scaling in, along my compostition timeline, through out time. I would like to give these
Re: Editing keyframe behavior to multiple layers starting at different times
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
If you will be adjusting all the keyframes an equal amount (for example, you have them fade in over 30 frames but now you want them all to fade in over 15 frames), you can select all layers and reveal
Rendering Out For Play On North American Smart TVs Progressive?
by Scott Clements 4 months ago
Hi, Guys. I am originally from Canada, but moved to the UK many years ago. Back in Canada, I made a short film that was finished on standard def Digital 8 at 29.97. I have just now upscaled to HD it i
Re: Rendering Out For Play On North American Smart TVs Progressive?
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
Normally, upload the same frame rate as your content is, with the caveat that de-interlacing is recommended. NTSC or PAL upload makes no difference on YouTube. YouTube will reencode your file anyway f
After Effects + EIZO CG279x
by Matteo Ferreccio 4 months ago
Hello everybody. I am working on a project and grading it in After Effects. I am working on a ASUS ROG laptop, Windows 10 (I currently don't own a workstation, I will in the future). I managed to get
Re: After Effects + EIZO CG279x
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
You have a monitor that supports both profiles and you can set your color working space in the project settings. However, where is your video intended to be shown Rec.709 is going to give you a larger
Constant speed along one axis. More complex than it seems...
by James Hamilton 4 months ago
Hello I am trying to replicate an ECG heart monitor that displays cardiac rhythms. I have an object moving from left to right along a motion path resembling a graph. As the object travels from left to
Re: Constant speed along one axis. More complex than it seems...
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
Maybe someone here has a more automatic method to help you, but the old-school way is math. If you know how long you want it to take to go across the screen, then you basically know the speed (in this
adding "chapter" markers to an mp4 file?
by Kevin Carlson 5 months ago
Hi, I can't seem to find out how to add chapter markers to an mp4 file. They come through fine in a .mov wrapper, but I can't seem to get it compressed enough (with acceptable quality) to fit on the f
Re: adding "chapter" markers to an mp4 file?
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
I haven't done this, but I don't think this is something you can do in Adobe software. I have not heard anything about Subler. I believe Handbrake only supports existing chapters, not adding them, so
How do I record microphone singing with MP3 backing track without de-syncing?
by Paul Nicholson 6 months ago
My band's mixing desk sounds terrible when plugged into the blue line in port of my computer, so I want to record myself singing to MP3s instead. I have the MP3 backing track set in track one of Adobe
Re: How do I record microphone singing with MP3 backing track without de-syncing?
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
Some things to try: The Automatic Speech Alignment tool in Audition can help fix audio drift by referencing the song track with your recorded track. You also have the ability to stretch or compress th
Fotopro T-Roc MAX pro tripod is solid
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
I get a lot of questions on tripods for DSLR mirrorless cameras, especially from photographers looking to shoot more video. I recently reviewed this tripod and its a winner: https: photofocus.com revi
Looking for DVD authoring services
by Greg Ball 5 months ago
Hi All, I need a precise quote for this project, as I'm shopping it around. So your best price would be helpful. Here's my project: I have a client with a film that is 63 minutes long. I already have
Re: Looking for DVD authoring services
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
A company I use for this: https: floridadigitalstudios.com ------------------------------------------------- Video Producer Digital Marketer Gear Reviewer Author -- www.AndyFordVideo.com --
Audio Buzz When Camera and Recorder Connected via HDMI
by John Irvine 6 months ago
Hi - has anyone had the problem where a distinct audio buzz is heard when the HDMI cable is connected between camera (Panasonic GH5) and recorder (Tascam DR-701D) It's like an earth hum or electronic
Re: Audio Buzz When Camera and Recorder Connected via HDMI
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
It's possibly a grounding issue. Do you hear it when you use a different HDMI cable ------------------------------------------------- Video Producer Digital Marketer Gear Reviewer Author -- www.AndyFo
Article: Bring Images to Life with Paravent
by Andy Ford 4 months ago
Adobe After Effects Bring Images to Life with Paravent Paravent is a useful script for Adobe After Effects, available for download for a donation or for free, and used to fold and unfold layers in Af
Apurture or....?
by Frank Miller 10 months ago
Hi All! I work in the marketing office at a small university and have (maybe) gotten the OK to buy some new video lights. What we have now were purchased about 10 years ago (LED) so I'm pretty confide
Re: Apurture or....?
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
If you don't need rgb lighting, the dracast kala is a great bicolor or solid color dimmable light that is durable and inexpensive. Probably get a 3 light kit with stands for not much more than 1 apurt
cpu usage not 100$% when converting
by bob ovit 7 months ago
ffmpeg -i source.mp4 -cpu-used 4 -vn -ar 11025 -f wav out.wav it seem not optimal dan very long to get wav file any wrong or need any parameters
Re: cpu usage not 100$% when converting
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
Need more info on your audio length and computer specs ------------------------------------------------- Video Producer Digital Marketer Gear Reviewer Author -- www.AndyFordVideo.com --
How to tape oneself giving scripted message, using laptop
by Neil Orman 7 months ago
Hi, I have to advise our layman (non-video person) CEO, at the nonprofit I work at, how to videotape himself using a laptop, and also, if possible, use the same laptop as a teleprompter. Is that possi
Re: How to tape oneself giving scripted message, using laptop
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
Reading directly from prompter software on your laptop makes the reading more noticeable due to the closeness. There are cheap beam splitter mirrors that work with ipads, more expensive ones that work
FS7 settings for sunset shots
by Kevin Raichl 1 year ago
I am shooting a demo for a landscaper next week- a fabulous job that includes several waterfalls and extensive foliage and lighting. I plan to shoot the hour before and after sunset to get that "Golde
Re: FS7 settings for sunset shots
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
I would shoot slog2 or 3 (your pref) with a color checker reference shot for better and more adjustable color accuracy. ------------------------------------------------- Video Producer Digital Markete
H264 1080p main profile export
by Juan Juig 5 months ago
Until now I have always exported my h264 videos in 1080p at 25fps, using main profile and 4.1 level, since these are default h264 match sequence settings in Premiere Pro. I just used different bitrate
Re: H264 1080p main profile export
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
The High profile delivers enhanced quality over main. The tradeoff is it's more complex, which means it is harder for devices to decode. Back in the day you may have had to use baseline for certain de
Article: Creating Fog with Fractal Noise
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
Adobe After Effects Creating Fog with Fractal Noise This is just one quick example of many on how to use Fractal Noise to create fog.   2020 06 11 Author: Andy Ford
ISO online platform for video arranging and delivery
by Mike Little 6 months ago
Yes, I used the term "arranging." This is a super complicated project. I work for a big company that has dozens of sub corporations. The project I'm on deals with providing video for the delivery of h
Re: ISO online platform for video arranging and delivery
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
Brightcove may have a solution for you. They just rolled out some new offerings, so it may be worth a quick call to them. They are responsive and you'll know in a day if they can help or not. --------
Filming into direct sunlight... is it bad?
by Spencer Maxwell 7 months ago
I want to hear from the pros on this one: This burning question (pun not intended) has been in my head for years... is there damage to your camera sensor when shooting into direct or indirect sunlight
Re: Filming into direct sunlight... is it bad?
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
There is a difference between taking shots of sunsets and sunrises and pointing your camera directly into the sun. The sun's energy is vastly lessened relative to you when it is lower in the sky. Dire
Safe zones and other limits
by Anthony Atkielski 6 months ago
In this day and age, is it really relevant to worry about safe zones on the screen or avoid using the first or last of 256 levels for pixels Since the demise of CRTs, I haven't sen any flat-panel disp
Re: Safe zones and other limits
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
I still respect safe title out of habit. That being said, for asthetic reasons it's nice not having text at the very edge of the screen. I do a lot of videos for tradeshows and I've run into issues wh
Thinking of switching from Sony FS7 to Blackmagic URSA Mini G, good move?
by Ben Burman 6 months ago
Hey Creative Cow's, I'm a freelance self-shooting director filmmaker and I'm thinking of trading in my trusty Sony FS7 for a Black Magic Ursa Mini G2. I'm just after a little bit of advice and to see
Re: Thinking of switching from Sony FS7 to Blackmagic URSA Mini G, good move?
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
I'm a Sony FS7 user. Haven't used the BlackMagic camera you are comparing, but here are some opinions: 1) The Sony FS7 sensor is pretty good... in fact its the same sensor that's in some of their high
Tutorial video: Fix reverb with the DeVerberate 2 plugin
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
https: library.creativecow.net ford_andy Fix_Reverb_Issues_With_DeVerberate_2 1 Video Producer Digital Marketer Gear Reviewer Author ----- www.AndyFordVideo.com -----
Advice on Selling Sony EX1-R
by jim brodie 12 months ago
Hi Everyone, I'm interested in selling my EX-1R camera that is in excellent condition. Have other people had any success selling through Adorama or do they prefer a social media site directed at profe
Re: Advice on Selling Sony EX1-R
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
I use a dealer in the area first. They have an expansive network and usually know other pros looking for gear. That usually works for me, but if that fails then I go the ebay route. Video Producer Dig
Tutorial: 3 Ways to Improve Video Engagement
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
3 Ways to Improve Video Engagement Engagement is my favorite metric to track, as it represents the overall performance and health of your video. Unlike vanity metrics such as Views (which simply show
Applying essential sounds tag to an entire layer
by John Balazs 10 months ago
I have 8+ tracks for my film, 4 dialogue, 3 sfx, 2 atmos and 2 music tracks. Is there a way to apply the essential sounds tag to each separate layer rather than each clip file When I do select all on
Re: Applying essential sounds tag to an entire layer
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
I do not believe that is an option at this time. Video Producer Digital Marketer Gear Reviewer Author ----- www.AndyFordVideo.com -----
Audition 2019 vs Audition 2020?
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
How do they compare in stability etc I'm wary of Adobe's updates. Mostly because of accounts of Premiere Pro versions. Thanks, Robert Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York C
Re: Audition 2019 vs Audition 2020?
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
I've had no issues with it thus far, although I realize there are many factors that go into it working properly for each person. Adobe has actually stated that 2020 improves stability, so whether that
Ambient noise affected the interview
by Mariusz Potyralski 7 months ago
Dear colleagues, Hope you are all keeping well. Could you please express your opinion on below video in terms of the sound of the interview. https: youtu.be JJA5blVUycY I've almost finished creating m
Re: Ambient noise affected the interview
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
Hi, Two things you can do. I know you said you tried Noise Reduction, but there is a delicate balance between finding a clean noise print of the sound and removing just enough to not affect your talk
Sony FS7
by Olivier Prudhomme 2 years ago
Is this actually a good place for topics on this specific camera Los Angeles - TV Promo Editor - FCP - AVID
Re: Sony FS7
by Andy Ford 10 months ago
The Sony XDCA-FS7 Extension Unit is required to output 12-bit 4K RAW footage to external recorders. This would be up to 59.94p and up to 60fps. It's been a while since I've done this, but I believe in
Missing font - HELP!
by Sam Mallery 13 years ago
Hi- I created my own CD art recently and sent it off to get manufactured. The manufacturer called and said two fonts are missing. I searched my computer and found what appreared to be the missing font
Re: Missing font - HELP!
by Andy Ford 13 years ago
...just to correct the above Mac PC talk. Macs do use extensions. Just because you probably have them turned off or because the extensions (such as .dfont, .ttf, etc.) don't show on all fonts doesn't
Burn Quicktime Movie to DVD Using WIndows Software
by Andy Ford 14 years ago
Hi, I do the majority of my editing using FCP on the Mac. However, I've noticed that iDVD doesn't do a quality job on most of my DVDs. I use DVDSP4 for the important stuff, but I'd like to find a good
Re: Burn Quicktime Movie to DVD Using WIndows Software
by Roman Melekh 14 years ago
Windows solution: try to use Cinemacraft Encoder or Canopus ProCoder
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