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Refraction for After Effects CC after Normality?
by Mike Gottschalk 3 days ago
hi I need to use 3D passes of a glass-like material to distort or refract layers in After Effects CC I understand that the plug-in Normality was able to achieve this effect very well, but that it no l
Re: Refraction for After Effects CC after Normality?
by Darby Edelen 2 days ago
Nuke's IDistort node is equivalent to After Effects' Displacement Map effect. Darby Edelen
Use 3D null position to animate a stroke of a line
by Michael Garske 6 days ago
Are there any effects that would allow me to use a null's position to draw on a stroke in 3D space I'm looking for an effect similar to what you can achieve using light emitters with Particular. I tho
Re: Use 3D null position to animate a stroke of a line
by Darby Edelen 5 days ago
You can apply two instances of particular to the same layer, or two layers each with particular. Link the emitter positions to a null instead of a light. Darby Edelen
Need an effect like beam, but with option to grow lines from one end to the other instead of from the middle
by Mike Watts 6 days ago
I need to do a connecting network animation. Problem with the beam effects is the length adjustment only scales it from the center out. I need it to scale from one end to the other to simulate growing
Re: Need an effect like beam, but with option to grow lines from one end to the other instead of from the middle
by Darby Edelen 6 days ago
Try the Time property of the Beam effect. Darby Edelen
Convert normal rate video to Time Lapse look
by Stephen Curry 3 years ago
Ive been searching the net to see if there's a tutorial on converting normal rate video shot with a camcorder into a Time-Lapse look. Basically a faux Time Lapse On one forum someone posted that it wo
Re: Convert normal rate video to Time Lapse look
by Darby Edelen 6 days ago
How is speeding up footage without frame blending any different temporally speaking If you speed up your footage playback without frame blending then you are literally doing the same thing: throwing a
Color grading R3D files in AE CS6
by Jeremy Haccoun 1 week ago
Hello, I'm color grading a film shot in Red Epic 5k in AE CS6, and finishing in 1080p. I've read a lot in the forums about AE Color space but not 100% sure I'm doing it right: First, calibrate my moni
Re: Color grading R3D files in AE CS6
by Darby Edelen 6 days ago
Your settings are fine in general. It's not strictly necessary to use your delivery color profile as the working space, but it usually doesn't hurt things too much. It's been a little while since I've
unwrap folder or move item out of folder?
by Kendall Shaw 4 months ago
I have top level folders and some nested folders. I want some of the nested folders to be top level folders. Is there a way to put them there, aside from maybe editing an aepx file I suppose I can hav
Re: unwrap folder or move item out of folder?
by Darby Edelen 6 days ago
Walter nailed it, but I thought I'd share my favorite place to drag items to move them to the root: to the left. The small area just to the left of an item's icon works to move items and it's the shor
Can't get Reshape to work...
by Christopher Young 1 week ago
See here: http: imgur.com a n1Kit I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Are my masks paths too complex with 49 points each Are the shapes too different Do I need still more correspondence points Is the r
Re: Can't get Reshape to work...
by Darby Edelen 7 days ago
Your masks were probably over complicated as well. There's really no need to bring the mask inside the folds of the shirt clothing. Make the mask more convex overall and you'll probably get better res
After Effects Expressions differences for JavaScript.
by Tiago Cav 1 week ago
I want some examples of the differences that After Effects Expressions has for its base, JavaScript. What is lost from the original JavaScript and what is added, to form the expressions of After Effec
Re: After Effects Expressions differences for JavaScript
by Darby Edelen 7 days ago
As I recall After Effects expressions use ECMAscript which (in addition to being ugly) is the standards controlled implementation of JavaScript. It's possible that ECMAscript does not implement all of
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Screen replacement in After effects with some roto
by Ben Lewis 1 week ago
Firstly thanks for let me asks this question. I genuinely find this site so useful. I've been vfx supervising on a shoot and i will also being post where i am needed to replace a few screens on iPads
Re: Screen replacement in After effects with some roto
by Darby Edelen 7 days ago
I'd key the green to get close and then roto as needed to fill in holes. As for the reflections I'd recommend using a despill method (I still like Channel Mixer) to remove the green from the table and
Change color of clipping mask area in viewport in R15?
by Ben Fallin 7 months ago
I want to change the color within my viewport of the clipping mask to something much more noticeable than the dark grey it is now. I have film format on so I can see action title safe but that doesn't
Re: Change color of clipping mask area in viewport in R15?
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
You can also use the Shift-V shortcut in an editor view to access the view configuration settings. Darby Edelen
Reproduce fresnel falloff curve as in 3Dmax
by Jeffrey Levenstone 8 months ago
Hello Eeveryone, I was watching this tutorial http: bit.ly XzLen2 and at 6:39 he uses a technique for creating a fresnel curve with a Falloff curve. Where can I find such a curve in Cinema 15 to do th
Re: Reproduce fresnel falloff curve as in 3Dmax
by Darby Edelen 8 months ago
Jeffrey Levenstone "Are you talking from the point of view of the VrayAnvanced shader (Vray4C4D 1.9) " No. Are you asking from the point of view of the Vray Advanced shader :) That's important to inc
Selecting polygons.
by Javier Lopez 8 months ago
Good afternoon gentleman, Can anyone please provide some advise on how to selecto the inside polygons of the following bottle inside Cinema 4D, I had attempted to use: Select, loop selection, edge mod
Re: Selecting polygons.
by Darby Edelen 8 months ago
There are extra polygons that are not properly connected at the bottom of your bottle. I selected the internal ones and Collapsed them, then selected the external ones and Collapsed them. Here's a fix
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File: Bottle Geometry Fix
by Darby Edelen 8 months ago
c4d file Removed incorrect geometry at bottom of bottle. http: f1.creativecow.net 7888 bottle-geometry-fix
Lighting Interiors
by Jared Benson 9 months ago
Kind of a newb here and I have a very detailed model that I am working on. I am trying to make a cross section of it, using near clipping on the camera but none of my light sources will illuminate the
Re: Lighting Interiors
by Darby Edelen 9 months ago
Clipping planes on the camera do not actually remove geometry before the shading stage of rendering. You have to modify the geometry either through a boolean operation or by cutting and removing geome
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External Compositing Tag Solid Issues in After Effects CC 2014
by Brad Magnus 10 months ago
I'm working on a pretty simple animation to show off my clients new iPhone app. The problem I'm having is 2 fold, first when I use Cineware, the screen plane that I have an external compositing tag on
Re: External Compositing Tag Solid Issues in After Effects CC 2014
by Darby Edelen 9 months ago
If you render the screen black then making the screen appear behind the reflective glass isn't too tough in composite. The aptly named 'Screen' blend mode does a great job. Pretty much the only time I
Control Cloner Color with Formula Effector
by Kevin Snyder 10 months ago
I have an object made up of cloned planes in z-space. I am using the formula effector to make each plane fade from pure black to pure white. The formula I have right now will fade the first plane from
Re: Control Cloner Color with Formula Effector
by Darby Edelen 10 months ago
Answered this on another forum but perhaps you check here more often: clamp(0;1;t-id 5) The divisor value can be increased from 5 for more overlap or decreased for less. When it's 1 you should have th
File: HDR Adjustment
by Darby Edelen 10 months ago
zip file Using an HDR footage item to adjust its own highlights. http: f1.creativecow.net 7650 hdr-adjustment
Is there a way to keep a block of text always vertically centred?
by Darryl Torke 10 months ago
I am making a template for a basic AE user in which the user inputs some text. The paragraph setting of the block of text is set to 'center', so that handles itself. However, I was wondering if there
Re: Is there a way to keep a block of text always vertically centred?
by Darby Edelen 10 months ago
Here's an animation preset that will center text vertically. 7634_centertextvertically.ffx.zip The preset applies two sliders to the text layer. The first one needs to match the line height of the tex
File: Center Text Vertically
by Darby Edelen 10 months ago
ffx file An animation preset to center text vertically. http: f1.creativecow.net 7634 center-text-vertically
File: Cinema 4D Matrix Transformations
by Darby Edelen 11 months ago
c4d file Using matrix transformations to transfer relative motion between a moving object and a moving camera to a new moving camera with a stationary object. http: f1.creativecow.net 7580 cinema-4d-m
File: White Balance for Indoor Scene
by Darby Edelen 11 months ago
zip file Simple white balance approach for an indoor scene. http: f1.creativecow.net 7577 white-balance-for-indoor-scene
need to change the layer from an expression by changing the slider number
by constanti dinu 11 months ago
hey, i found myself in a bit of a problem here. i have a map with countries, each country is a layer on the map. now, for example: -i've got the opacity of Russia layer linked to the opacity of a laye
Re: need to change the layer from an expression by changing the slider number
by Darby Edelen 11 months ago
constanti dinu "The number to change = thisComp.layer("got a slider here").effect("slider"); thisComp.layer("position" + the number to change).transform.opacity" Have you tried using something like t
Making a pie chart with expressions
by Joshua Menco 11 months ago
Hi everyone, I'm in need of some assistance finetuning the controls for a pie chart. So here's the deal: I made a pie chart in AE using circular shapes of different colors. I animate them on with a ra
Re: Making a pie chart with expressions
by Darby Edelen 11 months ago
I think "trashed" was supposed to be "reaches" auto correct was punishing me for posting from my phone. Darby Edelen
After Effects random position as a loop
by Ian DUrward 11 months ago
I am trying to animate a line that moves randomly in the Y direction. This is easy enough but the problem is that I need the start and end frame to be the same so that the result is a constant loop. T
Re: After Effects random position as a loop
by Darby Edelen 11 months ago
This adjusts the last endVal to be the same as the first startVal. Changes to your original code are bold red. segDur = .5; loop = thisComp.duration; x = 1; n = loop segDur; if(time loop - segDur) x =
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controlling keyframes
by Shahed Naderi 11 months ago
hello I have a bunch of keyframes that drives an animation , I need to control the begging of it. tell it when to begins in seconds by using an slider control. anyone can help with that expression
Re: controlling keyframes
by Darby Edelen 11 months ago
Time remapping is the easiest way to do something like that. In that case an expression would be optional depending on how you want it set up. Darby Edelen
Keying with math expressions?
by Mike Watts 11 months ago
I just learned a bunch of great keying techniques in nuke, and one of them involved using expressions to create an alpha channel. Example would be having the alpha= r*1.5 g*.8 I can't seem to find a w
Re: Keying with math expressions?
by Darby Edelen 11 months ago
I'm assuming you're using the Expression node in Nuke to do that. That's an entirely different beast than AE expressions and is used for a different purpose. However, the example you posted can be don
File: Modifying Vertex Map with Effector
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
c4d file An Xpresso setup that passes a Mograph Effector's strength into a Vertex Map. http: f1.creativecow.net 7152 modifying-vertex-map-with-effector
File: Screen Reflections
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
zip file Convincing reflections on a flat surface in AE. http: f1.creativecow.net 7080 screen-reflections
Alpha Pre multiplied and Matted with Color in photoshop
by Ashton Rosendahl 1 year ago
Hi Everyone! I ran in to this problem recently and cannot seem to find any solutions on the internet. In After effects if you right click on an image from your project tab, go to interpret footage, an
Re: Alpha Pre multiplied and Matted with Color in photoshop
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
There are a couple of options that may work for you. One is to apply the alpha as transparency to a layer and use the Layer Matting Remove Black Matte function. Unfortunately this doesn't work when us
File: Unpremult/Premult Compositing in AE
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
zip file This matches a Nuke composite that uses Unpremult on the render passes before merging and a Premult after merging. http: f1.creativecow.net 6978 unpremultpremult-compositing-in-ae
File: Fixing Premultiplied Edges
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
zip file Compositing against black before re-introducing alpha. http: f1.creativecow.net 6964 fixing-premultiplied-edges
Playing bottom part of clip before top part.
by Julius Juul 1 year ago
Hey CC. So i was looking at this clip and trying to figure out how to achieve this effect. https: vimeo.com 77693017 (especially the part from 0:47 where he comes around the corner) I figured it must
Re: Playing bottom part of clip before top part.
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
You should be able to get a similar result with the Time Time Displacement effect. You'd use a linear ramp as the input. I'd highly recommend working in at least 16bpc as otherwise you wouldn't have m
Basic Time Remapping question
by Dave Wittekind 1 year ago
I'm trying to follow a tutorial in Trish & Chris Meyer's book about time remapping. I added the TR property, but after that, they say to twirl down the arrow just to the left of the stopwatch to revea
Re: Basic Time Remapping question
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
I'm willing to go out on a very sturdy limb here and claim that the jump from AE 6.5 to AE 7 was probably one of the biggest in the history of the application... well, definitely in the interface :) G
Keying
by Marc Lucas 1 year ago
Why do you get a black line like in the pic when pulling a key with Keylight 1.2 It has happened more on one side than the other. Using XDCAM from an EX1
Re: Keying
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
Marc Lucas "The side it happened on was the side the back light was on so yes something to do with how the light is interacting with the footage and green screen when trying to key" That makes sense.
File: MoExtrude with a Fracture Object
by Darby Edelen 1 year ago
c4d file For added control. http: f1.creativecow.net 6775 moextrude-with-a-fracture-object
Counting from 0-150 in 151 frames ?
by Louis Ferrante 2 years ago
OK I am trying to do degrees in increments of 1 for a weather app on android and I am having trouble with the expression seen below! 4 Is not the right count duration and I cant seem to figure out the
Re: Counting from 0-150 in 151 frames ?
by Dan Ebberts 2 years ago
How about this: Math.min(timeToFrames(time),150) Dan
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Thin white outlines around objects after "New Layer via Cut" - why???
by Eddie Adams 2 years ago
I'm selecting a part of the image using the magnetic lasso tool, then going "New layer via cut" -- and it results in a a thin white line where my selection was. Why don't the two layers merge seemless
Re: Thin white outlines around objects after "New Layer via Cut" - why???
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
This happens because the selection is anti-aliased and alpha blending between the semi-transparent pixels (like those that result from anti-aliasing) does not resolve to a fully opaque pixel. In After
Suppress greenscreen reflection on metalic surface
by Matej Hajaš 2 years ago
Hi there everyone. First, sorry for my English. It is not my mothertongue. Secondly. I have a little problem and and i'm getting desperate. I've got clip shot in front of green. There are only hands h
Re: Suppress greenscreen reflection on metalic surface
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
Those answers work for keying. For suppression I recommend this: http: forums.creativecow.net readpost 2 1027628 The 50 50 split on Red Blue in the Channel Mixer is a good starting place. You can adju
Export separate video channels R, G, B, etc
by Jim Arco 2 years ago
I have been working with some video in Photoshop CS5.5 and I'd like to be able to export save one channel of the video file. So, for instance, I'd like video (or image sequence) of just the red channe
Re: ALLLRIGHT !!! was Re: Export separate video channels R, G, B, etc
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
Interesting. Well if you'd like any help finding alternate methods to achieve a similar result feel free to post back. I'd like to see the miraculous still frame before after :) Darby Edelen
Transform without perspective distortion (?)
by Tiago Cotrim 2 years ago
I'm a fairly advanced PS user and maybe for the first time ever I'm trying to do something I can't find out how to or anything about it, which is to "distort" an image by squeezing one of its sides, b
Re: Transform without perspective distortion (?)
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
Expanding or contracting one side of a rectangle is going to necessarily introduce distortion unless the software has a way to scale the contents of the rectangle adaptively across the rectangle to re
can't fade to transparency
by Martin Pitchard 2 years ago
Pretty new to Photoshop - using CS6 - and can't solve what must be a pretty basic opearion. I want to fade images to trasparency from left to right, right to left, etc. I've followed tutorials using t
Re: can't fade to transparency
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
What you've done in the image you posted is blended a white gradient with transparency into your image. If you look at the layer thumbnail in your layers panel you may notice that the one on the left
Distort underlaying layer like heat exhaust?
by Eric Chard 2 years ago
How would one distort the underlying layer as if affected by a high-temperature exhaust TNX! ++++++++++++++++ "Putting the HARM in 'harmonica' since 2005." ++++++++++++++++
Re: Distort underlaying layer like heat exhaust?
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
John Cuevas "I'd create a heat like look with fractal noise in a precomp. Drop that into the main comp and use that to drive a Distort Displacement Map effect." To take that a step further you could
Compositing mountains in to this footage
by Malcolm Birch 2 years ago
Hi there, I have some footage that I would like to add some mountains or some such in to the background of and it's not something I have really learned to do properly before. I thought maybe you would
Re: Compositing mountains in to this footage
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
Malcolm Birch "An issue I found was getting the footage to look like it belongs there and not like one of those obvious green screen shots in old movies." Here's a short look at how you might use col
Ramping high Frame rates back to real time using phantom footage
by Wim Steytler 2 years ago
Hi guys. I am shooting a job where there will be alot of ramping required. So for arguments sake - we shoot a shot at 1000fps and I want to ramp it back to 25fps(realtime) in post. From what I hear it
Re: Ramping high Frame rates back to real time using phantom footage
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
Wim Steytler "So for arguments sake - we shoot a shot at 1000fps and I want to ramp it back to 25fps(realtime) in post. From what I hear it looks terrible as I have to loose frames and add motionblur
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How to determine size of object in composition after mask applied
by Phil Johnson 2 years ago
Hi I hope someone can help me. I'd like to know how I can determine the exact dimensions of an object layer in the composition window after I've applied a mask to it. Like this: http: 2share.co.za Fil
Re: How to determine size of object in composition after mask applied
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
There are a couple of ways to do this. My recommendation would be to select your mask and press cmd-shift-m ctrl-shift-m (Mac PC). This will give you a dialog that has the offsets of the mask's boundi
new to PS. transparency question...
by Lon Waitman 2 years ago
hey , i normally use fireworks, but some plugins i like no longer work in it, so am finally trying to learn photoshop... i have a stock image collection and the software with it creates .tiff's with t
Re: new to PS. transparency question...
by Darby Edelen 2 years ago
Some applications treat Alpha Channels as transparency. Photoshop does not. If you want to use an Alpha Channel as a transparency in Photoshop then you'll likely want to record a couple of actions as
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