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ben g unguren

dark hair, brown eyes, straight teeth, somewhat raspy voice, glasses
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Name of FIRST VISIBLE LAYER beneath text layer?
by ben g unguren 5 years ago
I've been trying to generate some code that names the first visible layer beneath a text layer. I thought I had it: for(i=1;i<=thisComp.numLayers;i++){ if(thisComp.layer(i).inPoint <= time && th
Re: Name of FIRST VISIBLE LAYER beneath text layer?
by ben g unguren 5 years ago
Thanks for the "break", Kevin & Dan -- very very helpful! Ben Unguren Motion Graphics & Editing www.mostlydocumentary.com
After Effects version of Envelope Distort?
by Brent Taylor 5 years ago
In Flash CS4, there's an option under Modify Transform Envelope for deforming objects. I really like this option, but I'm transitioning to After Effects. Is there anything like that there The closest
Re: After Effects version of Envelope Distort?
by ben g unguren 5 years ago
Try Liquefy. It's a bit more organic than you might like, but you can do some pretty cool stuff with it. Ben Unguren Motion Graphics & Editing www.mostlydocumentary.com
i want jaggy line of "one pixel"
by brice tokarz 5 years ago
Hello I want to animate line of perfect one pixel. I tried to turn off the best quality switch in the timeline, mosaic effect, 3D stroke .... As you can see in this image I only got the second one, I
Re: i want jaggy line of "one pixel"
by ben g unguren 5 years ago
Interesting dilemma. While not perfect, this got me pretty close: New Comp, New Layer -- I created a mask path, then applied the Stroke effect. I set it the effect to Paint on Transparent, Hardness to
import sequence without extra bin
by Brett Nelson 5 years ago
I know workflow gets discussed here frequently, sorry if I missed the answer to this question. I'm working with several editors on the same project. I import a selected sequence via Dynamic Link using
Re: import sequence without extra bin
by ben g unguren 5 years ago
This isn't the most elegant solution, but I've found that you can COPY PASTE from one PPRO project to another, and it will use existing clips where possible. Here's my process (again, not the most ele
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Final Cut Pro XML issue when imported in to PPro
by David Diley 7 years ago
I shot a music video for a friend who said he wanted to edit it himself as he couldn't afford me doing it for him. The footage was captured on a 7D in 1080p at 25fps. He edited it together in iMovie 9
Re: Final Cut Pro XML issue when imported in to PPro
by ben g unguren 7 years ago
Be sure to check the source files -- open them in some other player (QT, MPEG Streamclip, VLC, etc) to verify that they are indeed HD clips. Maybe they were transcoded to DV-esque footage as part of t
Relink media --> Audio Interpretation Lost?
by ben g unguren 7 years ago
I have a workaround, but I think there must be a better way: - QT files, Stereo L R audio, interpreted as DUAL MONO in Premiere CS6. - During the edit process, some of the source media has to go offli
TIP: Keep your FCP Studio 2 *QT* License on 10.7+
by ben g unguren 7 years ago
I'd been searching all over for an answer to this, and discovered a solution myself, so I figured I'd post it: I have FCP Studio 2 (not 3) and just upgraded my main computer to 10.8, where Studio 2 wo
Re: TIP: Keep your FCP Studio 2 *QT* License on 10.7+
by ben g unguren 7 years ago
Rafael: It worked! Here's what I did: - Locate the old 10.6 installer. - Open "Optional Installs.mpkg" located in the "Optional Installs" folder of the install disc (Incidentally, this installer runs
Premiere Pro CS5.5 extremely slow on MacPro
by Yannik Bachmann 7 years ago
Hi there, I'm having problems with Premiere Pro CS 5.5 on a Macpro. It's extremely slow when moving footage that is already in the timeline. I'm running Premiere Pro CS5.5 on a Mac Pro: 12GB RM, 8 cor
Re: Premiere Pro CS5.5 extremely slow on MacPro
by ben g unguren 7 years ago
Thanks for the information in this thread everybody. I'm on 10.6.8, and if the GUI starts to slow down (particularly dragging clips around in the timeline) I now resize the window. In most cases I can
Duik IK and Puppet Tool
by Pat Bray 7 years ago
Hi I was hoping to use Duik's IK tool to rig and animate a horse illustration. I followed the tutorial example he has on the website using a solid, precomping and then puppet pinning three points etc
Re: Duik IK and Puppet Tool
by ben g unguren 7 years ago
Check your parenting hierarchy. Also, make sure you select the layers in the correct order (hand- lowerArm- upperArm- handController). I've gotten that message and in most cases redoing the parenting
Grab Color from Another Layer
by Adam Kois 7 years ago
I'm trying to basically create a pixel wipe effects for some footage. Basically rotoscoping out a person and then having pixels move on top of them pulling the same color from the person so it looks l
Re: Grab Color from Another Layer
by ben g unguren 7 years ago
Have you looked at the Mosaic effect That might provide what you need in one go. Not sure if this is helpful, but there is a "Sample Image Expression" animation preset that will return a color based o
Way to check PPro project for integrity?
by Ryan Patch 7 years ago
Hello - I am working on a rather large documentary project with a fair amount of footage (about 5 gigs). The project file has been growing and growing, and we're at 80 mb now, expanding quicker now th
Re: Way to check PPro project for integrity?
by ben g unguren 7 years ago
David Ghast "He was asking how to create a more stable project, not how to entirely destroy it by using fcp." Funny.... But in fact, this technique never uses FCP -- not the application, at any rate.
Correct Sequence Settings for t2i/HDSLR footage in CS4
by Steffen Wiegand 7 years ago
Hey, after the start up, you have to chose the sequence settings for your project. The preset most fitting for the t2i footage in CS4 seems to be the "HDV 1080p24" setting. However, several things are
Re: Correct Sequence Settings for t2i/HDSLR footage in CS4
by ben g unguren 7 years ago
In the project window, drag one of your clips over the "new sequence" icon and it will make a sequence that matches your clip settings (1920x1080, 1.0 pixel aspect ratio, etc). Then you can delete tha
effect()index out of range, expression disabled!!!!!!!!!
by Stefan Sorin 8 years ago
Hello, I'm trying to use an expression to copy the color from a layer and represent it to another. I've tried replacing "index-1" with "1" and it works, but I'm using a gradient as the parent layer, a
Re: effect()index out of range, expression disabled!!!!!!!!!
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
I don't understand why you're using "index-1" in the first place. "Index" will return your layer number, but you have it referencing your effect. so if the expression-ed layer is, say, layer 50, then
I'm having so much trouble
by Ryan Gibson 8 years ago
I'm animating still photos for a video project. I've imported a scanned letter, blown it up with Continuous Rasterization and animated it. It renders just fine at 60 fps. Wonderfully smooth. I upload
Re: I'm having so much trouble
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
Yea, it's judder. You need to slow it down, or at least vary the speed, maybe add in a little rotation on the Z axis (like the camera is rolling back and forth a bit), and you should probably add moti
All Paint Strokes(Clones) Parented to one Null
by Bobby Dorrance 8 years ago
Is there a way to attach multiple strokes (clones) to a null with tracking data
Re: All Paint Strokes(Clones) Parented to one Null
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
I use expressions for this; it's a simple pickwhip for where the clone is applied, but you also need to put in an expression for the clone is sampled (assuming you want it to move the sample point as
How to reveal a mask in a layer?
by mike cantor 8 years ago
Hi, I have a layer with 100 odd masks in it. I find it nearly impossible to match the masks as represented by yellow outlines in the comp window with their respective rows in the timeline panel. What
Re: How to reveal a mask in a layer?
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
hmmm... Not sure this will work, but when something is selected, pressing the 'x' key will move your timeline to focus on that layer. Maybe it also focuses on masks Maybe ... (never tried it -- let us
Renders are choppy and lighter than preview
by Jeremy Bornhald 8 years ago
Hi, I have been learning AE and C4D over the last 6 months on the side treating it like a hobby. I am using After Effects and Media Encoder cs5.5. The problem: Ever since my first test render from Aft
Re: Renders are choppy and lighter than preview
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
I'm sure there is something in your settings that could be tweaked in AME to get acceptable results, but if it's working for you in QT Pro, then go with that! Ben Unguren Motion Graphics & Editing www
Premiere Pro On Mac not recognizing AVCHD
by Tyler Linden 8 years ago
I have Premiere Pro 5.5 on my iMac, and my raw videos are AVCHD (.mts). When I try to import the videos into Premiere it says the compression type is unknown. Is it the mac, or premiere Is there a way
Re: Premiere Pro On Mac not recognizing AVCHD
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
No codec causes me headaches like AVCHD. I have used Voltaic in the past. It has always gotten the job done, if a bit slowly: http: www.shedworx.com voltaichd Ben Unguren Motion Graphics & Editing www
Most rookie question ever. export?
by Marcel Lee 8 years ago
Hi all, for the last 3 years i have been editing with FCP 7, but as i am totally disappointed with FCPX, I have decided to go back to my roots in Premiere. Its been a while but native editing of avchd
Re: Most rookie question ever. export?
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
If you have FCP installed you can still use prores. But a lot of other editors (myself included) are using DNxHD from AVID instead. It's cross-platform and free. And it looks great. Ben Unguren Motion
Workflow with Prores and PC
by Mónica Calderón 8 years ago
Hello, I have an AE project with ProRes footage made on a Mac. My illustrator and animator has a PC. He can't see the footage. How can we make it work We have a tight deadline for the project. Thanks.
Re: Workflow with Prores and PC
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
I think they just need to install the latest free version of quicktime player. It should be able to play prores-encoded files. Or do an encode of everything with the Animation codec, or even as an ima
premiere pro timelapse question
by Ben Oliver 8 years ago
2 Questions. 1. I am producing a few timelapse shots for a client, and I have a rather standard Sony handicam camera. It shoots AVCHD, and is model number hdr-cx700. For what it is, it is pretty amazi
Re: premiere pro timelapse question
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
I'd do 60p -- 60i introduces an entirely new set of technical hoops that you don't want to deal with. Ben Unguren Motion Graphics & Editing www.mostlydocumentary.com
Move Y Postion on Shine based on Linear Wipe Completion
by Lukasz Pason 8 years ago
Hi! So I'm boggled and I have no idea what to do here... I'd like to move the source point of Shine with a linear wipe from a linear wipe based off of its completion. I used the interpolation method o
Re: Move Y Postion on Shine based on Linear Wipe Completion
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
Your linear wipe has a single value (0-100%) while the shine position requires two values (X and Y). It sounds like you are only animating the Y value, so something like this would work: yVal= your li
Expression for constant speed?
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
Hi all I have over a hundred paths being carved out with multiple instances of the Write-on effect with the 2D Brush Position being animated. Some of these paths are quite long, others pretty short, a
Re: Expression for constant speed?
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
Works perfectly! You are singularly awesome, Mr. Ebberts. Your use of linear in there is great - and I can just swap in "ease" instead to soften the motion. Very helpful; that taught me a lot! Ben Ung
ValueAtTime on Scale property
by Jamil Yamani 8 years ago
HI all I have been using Dan Ebberts code modified for Colour and various other things with great success. I have tried applying it to a Scale property and it did not work. The scale value once the ex
Re: ValueAtTime on Scale property
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
Scale is multi-dimensional, so you need to produce 2 or 3 numbers (3 if the 3D switch is enabled) instead of 1. It's easy enough to do; just assign a variable to the last line: a = thisComp.layer(1).t
Cow is blocked at my office network
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
I don't think I've done anything wrong... But I had Chrome set up to load a number of Cow forums upon opening -- maybe the system thought I was up to no good. Here's my current IP at the office: 67.17
Re: Cow is blocked at my office network
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
Thanks for checking Abraham -- it's back again. I think it was because I was opening multiple forums at once when I launched Chrome, it probably set off an alarm with the ISP. So I'm doing it individu
Burning in timecode and filename for dailies
by Angelo Lorenzo 8 years ago
I've seen this asked before in this and the Premiere forum since there is no mechanism to burn in both timecode and the filename into dailies for clients. I wrote a little After Effects expression for
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Re: Burning in timecode and filename for dailies
by Frederic Lumiere 7 years ago
Brilliant. Thank you!
Mac Pro & Apple Cinema Displays
by Darin Griffith 8 years ago
I'm a professional video editor so making videos is a big deal for me. I'm always looking for the best system that I can get to push me to the next level. I've recently upgraded my setup to a Mac base
Re: Mac Pro & Apple Cinema Displays
by Jacob Kerns 8 years ago
I was in the boat with the same spec Mac minus the drive setup and ATI card. Which was fine for Final Cut. Shoot 1080 on Sony-HXR2000u and was having the same issues with Premiere CS5.5. I download th
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Photoshop Touch Scribble Selection Tool
by Marten Kopp 8 years ago
Hi, I just saw a presentation about Photoshop Touch. They where talking about a new feature callen "Scribble Selection Tool". Stunningly! Is there any news about this feature comming to Desktop versio
Re: Photoshop Touch Scribble Selection Tool
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
The Quick Selection tool in Photoshop (next to the wand tool) does this. Hold the option key while "painting" the selection to remove from selected areas. Ben Unguren Motion Graphics & Editing www.mos
SHIFT + CMD + 3 (or 4). Safe to Use with Photoshop?
by Freddie Hill 8 years ago
I have a question regarding JPEG quality degradation, and wondering if someone could kindly help me out. I have only been using photoshop for a month. I'm studying with the manual and things are getti
Re: SHIFT + CMD + 3 (or 4). Safe to Use with Photoshop?
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
It's a risky practice at best. For one thing, your image might not be at full resolution when you take the screenshot. Then there are color-space and -depth issues that could cause problems, as a scre
Has traffic on Premiere Pro forums increased over the past few months?
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
In the midst of all my conversations about the future of editing and where all of us FCP expats are going to end up, I find myself arguing that Premiere will fill a major part of that gap. The basis o
Re: Has traffic on Premiere Pro forums increased over the past few months?
by Abraham Chaffin 8 years ago
Hello Ben, Most definitely there has been an increase in traffic in the PP Forum from just after the release of FCPX (mid June '11). Abraham
Delace scanned photo
by Manuel Politis 8 years ago
using CS4 on a mac. I would like know how to Delace a photo I scaned from print material. thank you
Re: Delace scanned photo
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
Do a search around the web for "descreening," which is what I've heard it called most commonly. There is a lot of advice out there, and I won't bother rehashing it all here: Ben Unguren Motion Graphic
3d Error: "Could not complete your request because it is not the right kind of document."
by Isaiah Bugarin 8 years ago
I made a 3d model in Blender and I exported it out as a ".obj" file. Whenever I tried to import the file into Photoshop, it gives me the error: "Could not complete your request because it is not the r
Re: 3d Error: "Could not complete your request because it is not the right kind of document."
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
This one imports for me fine (it's a slightly modified Suzanne on a plane). Give it a try: TestForIsaiah_Sep2011.obj.zip If it imports fine, then the problem must be on the blender side of things -- y
multi page PDF to images?
by Tom Ma 8 years ago
I have a large number of PDF files that are multi page. I need to process this so that each page is an individual image, either JPG, PSD whatever.. just not PDF (they have alpha channel issues that do
Re: multi page PDF to images?
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
I know this can be done with Adobe Acrobat -- you can save each page of a PDF as a tiff image. Ben Unguren Motion Graphics & Editing www.mostlydocumentary.com
Movng Transform Handles
by John Phillips 8 years ago
Hi all, I have a project where I'm trying to exactly align up the corners of four very large maps so that I can build a single map image out of them. Each one is about 40" x 30" in size. Since they we
Re: Movng Transform Handles
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
I don't think you are able to do individual corners numerically (though I agree it would be useful sometimes!) Ben Unguren Motion Graphics & Editing www.mostlydocumentary.com
Chromatic Aberration (2)
by Stuart Samuels 8 years ago
Hi. Appologies for the re post but I realaised the link in my earlier post did not work... I'm trying to achieve an extreme Chromatic Aberration look for a project I'm working on but though I can get
Re: Chromatic Aberration (2)
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
Take a look at the PSD file I provided (link in previous post of this thread). I use the Channel Mixer filter: Set the Red to 100% and Blue and Green to 0% for the Red channel, Blue to 100% and Red an
Equvialent for Option+CMD+L in FCP?
by walter biscardi 8 years ago
In Final Cut Pro hitting Option+CMD+L brings up an Audio Level dialog that allows me to adjust a single or a grouping of clips by a set level. Very useful when I raise all the voice overs by the same
Re: Equvialent for Option+CMD+L in FCP?
by Jon Barrie 8 years ago
Hey Walter, Yes there is, but you will have to assign your own shortcut key to it. It is under Audio Gain (I have assigned Shift+G) for me and select all the audio clips I want to lift and hit my shor
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NVIDIA flash animation advert slows my computer to a crawl!
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
I'm turning back into a COW addict, but the last week or so I keep getting the spinning beachball of death, and it's making me want to spend less time here. I'm 99% sure it's related to this flash adv
Re: NVIDIA flash animation advert slows my computer to a crawl!
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
aaaaaaargh! Ben Unguren Motion Graphics & Editing www.mostlydocumentary.com
How to separate audio channels?
by Richard Lapthorn 8 years ago
Hi guys, I'm a new Premiere user coming from Avid and I have some confusion working with audio right now. I filmed some interviews with a radio mic on channel one and channel two was recording from th
Re: How to separate audio channels?
by Richard Lapthorn 8 years ago
Edit; I managed to find out how to do it. Basically, I should have mapped out the audio of the clips before I put them on the timeline, by right clicking and modifying, then changing the stereo track
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A quick keyboard shortcut question. FCP - E in Ppro?
by Ewan Lim 8 years ago
I've got a quick question, I am a quick cut on the timeline kind of video editor and I was wondering if Ppro has this. I've looked about but haven't found its FCP equivelant. Is there a shortkey funct
Re: A quick keyboard shortcut question. FCP - E in Ppro?
by Ann Bens 8 years ago
There is a shortcut called: trim in point to playhead or trim out point to playhead. ----------------------------------------------- Adobe Certified Expert Premiere Pro
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RSS w/part of message in it... can it be done?
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
Hi COW team I like to monitor some of my favorite forums via RSS in Google Reader. My COW forums, however, only show the post titles, and don't give any additional content: Is there a way to get the R
Why use FCPX if you plan on moving up in the industry?
by Dustin Parsons 8 years ago
There's a lot of speculation on these boards as to what impact FCPX will have on the post-production industry. My thoughts right now are very mixed because the work that I do could very well be done o
Re: Why use FCPX if you plan on moving up in the industry?
by Scott Douglas 8 years ago
Hi Dustin, I'm in a very similar setup as yours, and carry basically the same responsibilities as you. I was given the green light to get FCPX when it comes out. I too have held off buying it, I'm goi
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600 signatures and counting...
by Juan Morales 8 years ago
http: tech.fortune.cnn.com 2011 06 27 600-filmmakers-sign-complaint-about-final-cut-pro-x Don't forget to add yours! ;) http: www.petitiononline.com finalcut petition.html
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Re: 600 signatures and counting...
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
Almost to 2300 now!
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Hotkey considerations: FCP, FCP-X, Avid MC, Premiere
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
With the recent drama of FCP X, I (with countless others) have been tentatively exploring editing software alternatives. I'm a hotkey fanatic, especially in FCP and After Effects. As I've fiddled arou
Re: Hotkey considerations: FCP, FCP-X, Avid MC, Premiere
by Michael Hancock 8 years ago
If you're learning Avid, learn the Avid keyboard shortcuts. They're incredibly logical when you get down to straight cutting and trimming. 90% of your editing can be done with your left hand on the ke
Defending Apple
by MIke Guidotti 8 years ago
There are a lot of folks on here defending Apple. The real question is why isn't Apple defending itself They could at least explain their decisions, and maybe even a glimpse at their road map for the
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Re: Defending Apple
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
Chris Kenny "I think it's far more likely that Apple knows exactly what's missing from FCP X, and is working on adding it... but saw no reason not to ship as soon as they had something useful to a de
Bummed on FCPX, too bad Avid MC5 is back to full price
by Matt Devino 8 years ago
After reading all of the negative reviews I'm glad I decided to wait to download FCPX, I think it has potential but I don't see it being ready for pros for a while. I work in Hollywood, and Final Cut
Re: Bummed on FCPX, too bad Avid MC5 is back to full price
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
Keep in mind that there's a 30-day fully-functioning trial of MC available for anyone who wants to give it a run....
Wonder what they're saying in Cupertino...?
by Mike Chapman 8 years ago
Unless Apple has unplugged themselves from the grid, they must have heard the resounding thud that FCP X's launch has produced, and must be able to hear the grumblings of the masses. I'm sure their co
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Re: Wonder what they're saying in Cupertino...?
by Chris Harlan 8 years ago
My guess is that they were just expecting this, and that they are looking at it as acceptable, minor collateral damage. They make phones and pads now. What other stuff they still make, really needs to
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FCPX for schools
by Bill Dawson 8 years ago
We have 20 edit stations using Final Cut 7 and some use Smoke. That means we are now teaching a dead Apple product. There is no point to continue on with 7 because the students will not be able to buy
Re: FCPX for schools
by ben g unguren 8 years ago
For the university where I teach classes, we're going to wait at least until the end of 2011 to see what Apple does (we currently run FCP 7 on everything, and Avid on a few machines). If Apple doesn't
After a couple of days here is what it comes down to.
by Russell Lasson 8 years ago
Now that it's been a couple of days since the release, this is what I think it comes down to. The hour glass has started. Apple has to start updating soon and adding in basic pro features. We'll see w
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Re: After a couple of days here is what it comes down to.
by Mark Suszko 8 years ago
I'm a Cubs fan; I can out-wait you ALL:-)
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