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Gradient and Blur on Motion
by Sam Dawson 6 days ago
Hi all ! I've been using After Effects for a while so consider myself an advanced user, but this one has stumped me... I'm animating this Amuzo logo... http: kubeproductions.co.uk wp-content uploads A
Re: Gradient and Blur on Motion
by Darby Edelen 5 days ago
A radial blur might give you a finer degree of control. You could tie the amount of blur to the rotation speed using an expression. Darby Edelen
Combining Passes from a VRay example
by Daniel Hartlehnert 2 weeks ago
Hi guys, i am really at a loss here and i hope maybe someone can explain what is going on here. Please take a look at http: www.cgdigest.com vray-render-elements The post there is already pretty old,
Re: Combining Passes from a VRay example
by Darby Edelen 2 weeks ago
The PSD file provided on that page is not using a linear profile. As you've already discovered, if you want your AE results to match PSD then you need to not linearize your profile. It looks to me lik
Rotating a Rectangle on Different Anchor Points
by hooman hashemizadeh 2 weeks ago
I really frustrated on this problem imagine a set of rectangles, then a ball hit one of them. I tried to show the boxes reaction which some fall on the ground and some rotating in different angles to
Re: Rotating a Rectangle on Different Anchor Points
by Darby Edelen 2 weeks ago
Newton is a great suggestion in this case. Though if you're interested in using more than one 'anchor point' in the future you can parent your layer to a series of Nulls, each one can serve as a cente
Is Keyframing really the solution?
by Josh Arms 4 weeks ago
Hi. I'm keyframing some footage of a bat flying towards the screen. Unfortunately there's a branch in the way. Other than keyframing the branch out frame by frame, does anybody recommend another techn
Re: Is Keyframing really the solution?
by Darby Edelen 4 weeks ago
If the camera is locked down then the Difference Matte effect may help you. You'll probably still need to do some roto work but it might give you enough for some good edge details. Darby Edelen
timeRemap expression adding frames
by Alexandre Papakonstantinou 4 weeks ago
Hi everybody, Once again I ride to you seeking your counsel. It's always interesting playing with expressions and in this particular case I'd like to play with timeRemap by adding "+ 50 frames" to the
Re: timeRemap expression adding frames
by Darby Edelen 4 weeks ago
framesToTime(50) will do that for you. Darby Edelen
How to mask green key cutout
by Iason Arvanitakis 4 weeks ago
Hi there. I am not really an after effects user but I was asked to do something as part of another project and I was wondering how that could happen. My situation is this. I filmed a dancer improvisin
Re: How to mask green key cutout
by Darby Edelen 4 weeks ago
If you've keyed the dancer then you should be able to use that keyed footage as an alpha track matte for the wave footage. Look into track mattes in the documentation. Darby Edelen
Linear space and alpha channel output
by Andrew Somers 3 months ago
I am wondering if there is a plug-in to handle this: When working in a linearized color space but outputting to a gamma encoded space such as Rec709, the ALPHA channel is not output correctly - the al
Re: Linear space and alpha channel output
by Darby Edelen 4 weeks ago
Andrew, if you ever found time to collect some workflow examples I'd love to take a look at them. Darby Edelen
New Adobe CC Update UNINSTALLS previous versions by default; How to keep them
by Walter Soyka 2 months ago
Today's Creative Cloud application update uninstalls previous versions of your applications by default. I'd recommend keeping previous versions installed until you decide to manually uninstall them. T
Re: New Adobe CC Update UNINSTALLS previous versions by default; How to keep them
by Darby Edelen 1 month ago
Walter Soyka "In fairness, for a lot (most ) other applications, updates always install over existing versions, without the option to run different versions side-by-side." In my experience this may b
Gaussian blur in After Effects from a still that shows depth of field
by alice smith 2 months ago
Hi CC, I was wondering if it is possible to use an image that is a rendering of the depth of field in a virtual space and use it to create an adjustment layer in After Effects so one could recreate th
Re: Gaussian blur in After Effects from a still that shows depth of field
by Darby Edelen 2 months ago
I believe you're looking for the Camera Lens Blur effect. Darby Edelen
Imported jpegs and PSD's all looked washed out or dull compared to the originals
by Joshua Chaulk 2 months ago
In the Comp preview window all my jpegs, psds etc. look washed out. I've never noticed this happening before with other work I've done but I usually just work with video footage in after effects. In T
Re: Imported jpegs and PSD's all looked washed out or dull compared to the originals
by Darby Edelen 2 months ago
In that case select a working space so that you can interpret your JPEG PSD properly. It sounds like they have embedded color profiles. When you're not using a working space AE will ignore the embedde
Very basic problem importing tiff images with alpha
by Martin Pedraza 2 months ago
So, i need to touch up some stop motion footage, and for that purpose, I made a first chroma keying pass in AE, and then exported a tiff sequence, for me to finish up in PS. Now, whenever I import the
Re: Very basic problem importing tiff images with alpha
by Darby Edelen 2 months ago
If you would prefer to use tiff for another reason then you could create a Photoshop action that creates a selection from the alpha channel and then masks unlocked layer. Alternatively you can render
Changing DPI question
by Zvi Twersky 2 months ago
So I've read a lot about DPI and resolution so I'll dive right into the question that's bothering me. (I'm rounding numbers so it's easier to understand.) Since DPI is just the amount of dots printed
Re: Changing DPI question
by Darby Edelen 2 months ago
I'm not quite sure I understand. If you make an 80x30cm document at 200dpi then of course the resolution is different than an 80x30cm 300dpi document. Just because we're talking about dpi doesn't mean
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by Darby Edelen 3 months ago
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File: Red Gradient Straight TIFF
by Darby Edelen 3 months ago
tif file A file for exploring the difference between gamma and linear working spaces when alpha blending. http: f1.creativecow.net 8810 8810
Change color of clipping mask area in viewport in R15?
by Ben Fallin 10 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 10 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago
c4d file Removed incorrect geometry at bottom of bottle. http: f1.creativecow.net 7888 bottle-geometry-fix
Lighting Interiors
by Jared Benson 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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.
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
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


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