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how do i make an animation loop for a certain duration
by Jahari Coriano 7 months ago
I made a walk cycle animation and I only want it to loop for a certain duration so i can then animate the character differently. I used the expression, "loopOutDuration(type = "cycle", duration = 0)",
Re: how do i make an animation loop for a certain duration
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
This isn't as straight forward as you might like it to be. The loopIn() and loopOut() expressions are really intended to take over all of the animation before the first keyframe (loopIn) or after the
Shape layer keeps moving
by Joe Salter 7 months ago
Hi, I am making a simple map animation. With 2 circle shapes as location markers and a parth between them. I have added key frames and a camera to tilt and move the map how I want and then parented th
Re: Shape layer keeps moving
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
Are all of the layers 3D Were any keyframes accidentally added to the shape layers You can select them and press 'u' to check for animation. Darby Edelen
ease interpolation based on values
by Victor Lima 7 months ago
Hi guys, Please help me, I'm stucked while learning expression lenguage and CSV data driven animation in the same time. Now I'm making infographic charts. I have a very simple CSV database, 4 rows and
Re: ease interpolation based on values
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
You need to not round your slider at the beginning. Then I think you could work with Math.floor() and Math.ceil() to get the results you're after: v0 = footage("04_2_YourCSV.csv").dataValue( Math.floo
Animating Transformations Between Text Paths
by Lochlan Doyle 7 months ago
Hi all! I'm looking to create a smooth transformation from one font to another in after effects. Basically, I want to have either 1 word, (or if possibly 1 phrase) transform from Font A to font B to d
Re: Animating Transformations Between Text Paths
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
Setting the first vertex is a good first step, but for interpolating between complex paths I highly recommend looking into the Mask Interpolation window and it's options: https: helpx.adobe.com after-
Blending mode not working - Classic 3D render
by dorota sloma 7 months ago
Hi, I animated text, 3D Classic render, I added camera. Now I want to add the texture on the top of it and need to use Blending Mode. It is now working - I checked previous threads about it and I don'
Re: Blending mode not working - Classic 3D render
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
It's difficult to know without seeing more, or a simpler comp that shows the same problem, but one thought would be: do you have a black solid at the bottom of the comp Blend modes on transparency wor
How to make totally clean fractal noise blocks??
by Jon Emmerich 7 months ago
I need to make multi-colored blocks that are each 2x1, so I'm using fractal noise with the noise type set to block, complexity of 1, and the scale set to 200x, 100y. Then, I'm adding Colorama to contr
Re: How to make totally clean fractal noise blocks??
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
I'd try to use the mosaic effect to create sharp edges. However, this does add another layer of grid-ation (grid-izing ) to your visual. Darby Edelen
Automatically generate different timeless random numbers on the same layer
by Andrew Jehan 7 months ago
If I want After Effects to automatically generate a different timeless random numbers on each instance of a duplicated layer, I know how to do that by referencing the index. For example: seedRandom (i
Re: Automatically generate different timeless random numbers on the same layer
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
You'd need to replace 'index' with something like: thisProperty.propertyGroup().propertyIndex This is somewhat complicated by the fact that if the property you're applying the expression to is inside
Footage In 3D Space In Front / Behind Particles
by Glenn Dawick 7 months ago
Hi everyone, this has been doing my head in for quite some time.. I have some rendered footage from Houdini which I've bought into After Effects, along with the exported 3D camera. I'm using Particula
Re: Footage In 3D Space In Front / Behind Particles
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
What do you mean by bouncing around in space The footage layer should not be 3D. The camera is used to create the correct perspective motion in the particle rendering. The depth pass allows Particular
Adjust a blurred greenscreen from green to black
by Andreas Ruso 7 months ago
I have a greenscreen in the distance which is blurred out. I need to adjust the screen from green to blackish. Like if the screen are turned off. I used keylight, but the result of the keying was not
Re: Adjust a blurred greenscreen from green to black
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
Try using the advanced spill suppressor to remove the green. This may result in a gray color instead of black, but you could also create a spill map using Channel Mixer in monochrome mode, set the Red
Removing Specks from (Lit) Headlights
by Ed Hecht 8 months ago
Hi Fellow FX Compositors, I need some basic advice suggestions on how to tackle this shot: I need to remove the specks (which are likely internal dust or external hard water stains) from this shot. Th
Re: Removing Specks from (Lit) Headlights
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
You might be able to get away with doing a Channel Minimax in the 'Minimum Then Maximum' mode. This will reduce some detail in the shot, but you might be able to do this to a duplicate of the layer an
Specific question about the Speed Graph/ Easing
by Eduardo Ramos 7 months ago
Hello! Hope everyone's doing well in this crazy time. I have a question about the speed graph - Basically I have a camera that's moving through 3D Space. I want the camera to gradually speed up, maint
Re: Specific question about the Speed Graph/ Easing
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
You'll either need to lower the speed at the two 'peak' keyframes or move those two keyframes closer together. It looks like 500 px sec might be about the right speed if you keep the keyframes where t
Tips to optimize your expressions - Which expression to avoid?
by Remi Monedi 8 months ago
Hi everyone, I'm using more and more expressions in my AE projects and sometimes expressions make them quite slow (duplicating a layer with a lot of expressions takes a while , or preview render a com
Re: Tips to optimize your expressions - Which expression to avoid?
by Darby Edelen 8 months ago
The expressions you're using as examples are functionally different. Method 1 is most likely the fastest as I would assume it hooks into some lower level function. Method 2 is using an arbitrary time
Changing time from seconds to frames in expression
by Obed Ampong 8 months ago
Hello, Please, the expression below has the time duration in seconds however I would like to change it to the number of frames. Thank you in advance. Regards, Obed function easeInOutCubic(t, tMin, tMa
Re: Changing time from seconds to frames in expression
by Darby Edelen 8 months ago
There are also expressions to convert a value in seconds to frames and vice versa: timeToFrames(seconds); framesToTime(frames); Darby Edelen
COVID-related internet throttling
by Oliver Peters 8 months ago
https: www.zdnet.com article youtube-follows-netflix-in-limiting-streaming-quality-amid-coronavirus-outbreak Still think we can move everyone to the cloud for business Especially our business - Oliver
Re: COVID-related internet throttling
by Darby Edelen 8 months ago
Bob Zelin "But there is only one "next big thing" - the pipeline, that needs to be run by the cable companies. I cannot ever conceive that the current owners (Spectrum, Comcast, Cox, RCN, AT&T, etc.)
Is there a way to calculate the maximum velocity between two keyframes?
by Tim Harwell 8 months ago
Hello, I'm wanting to calculate the maximum speed between the most recent two keyframes and then use that value to initiate an exponentially decaying sine wave. This is about as far as I've gotten: th
Re: Is there a way to calculate the maximum velocity between two keyframes?
by Darby Edelen 8 months ago
When you say 'between the most recent two keyframes' do you mean the maximum speed that is reached at any point in between those keyframes or the maximum speed at one of those two keyframes Darby Edel
Locking a Light's POI?
by Charles Ferran 11 years ago
This is such a stupid question, how do I lock the POI of a light so I move the light around it Presently, when I grab the light and move it around, the POI goes with it, can someone help me out in thi
Re: Locking a Light's POI?
by Amy Young 4 years ago
Anti-blonde and anti-women jokes aren't funny.
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valueAtTime based on time remapping
by Steff Rahaim 4 years ago
Hi all, I'm trying to work out the following scenario and running into a bit of a wall - I have a piece of base footage which has some complicated time remapping on it - i.e. there are several keyfram
Re: valueAtTime based on time remapping
by Darby Edelen 4 years ago
You can provide any arbitrary time value (in seconds) to the valurAtTime() method: t = thisComp.layer("Time Remapped Layer").timeRemap; valueAtTime(t); Darby Edelen
Transition in into the next peak keyframe
by Anders Hattne 4 years ago
I'm moving a layer using keyframes created from a waveform (percussion). Problem is, because of the "attack" of the sound the keyframes move from 0 to 100 from one frame to the other, then fade down t
Re: Transition in into the next peak keyframe
by Darby Edelen 4 years ago
The easiest thing to do might be to smooth() the incoming property. This will also have the effect of diminishing the peak, but you can counter that by scaling the result of the smooth by multiplying
Loop out defined set of keyframes
by Jason Jantzen 7 years ago
Is there a way to loop just a set of keyframes, like maybe with markers or something My basic set up has 3 keyframes and I'd like to loop out, but not include the first keyframe. Any ideas Jason Jantz
Re: Loop out defined set of keyframes
by Darby Edelen 4 years ago
I can't decipher the expression you included, but based on your description it sounds to me like you just need: loopIn("cycle", 2); Darby Edelen
GI Indoor Scene Problem
by Flo Fency 5 years ago
Hello folks, I've just begun setting up a very basic indoor scene and did a little testrender with the following settings: R16 physical Renderer GI on - IC + Lightmaps on Mid My Scene is lit by either
Re: GI Indoor Scene Problem
by Darby Edelen 5 years ago
You can also use the Compositing Tag to force QMC sampling on only certain surfaces. Darby Edelen
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Very basic problem importing tiff images with alpha
by Martin Pedraza 6 years 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 5 years 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 6 years 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 5 years 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
Change color of clipping mask area in viewport in R15?
by Ben Fallin 6 years 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 6 years 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 6 years 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 6 years 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 6 years 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 6 years 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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Lighting Interiors
by Jared Benson 6 years 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 6 years 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 6 years 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 6 years 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
Is there a way to keep a block of text always vertically centred?
by Darryl Torke 6 years 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 6 years 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
need to change the layer from an expression by changing the slider number
by constanti dinu 7 years 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 7 years 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
Alpha Pre multiplied and Matted with Color in photoshop
by Ashton Rosendahl 7 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 7 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
Counting from 0-150 in 151 frames ?
by Louis Ferrante 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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
Export separate video channels R, G, B, etc
by Jim Arco 7 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 7 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
Volume Caustics
by Darby Edelen 8 years ago
I've been playing about with volume caustics over the last couple of days trying to find settings that work well. I'm close to results that I like but I can't eliminate that last bit of graininess fro
Volume Caustics - Solution (sort of)
by Darby Edelen 8 years ago
I came up with a work around. If I render my multi-pass image with Caustics enabled and then render again with only the Atmopshere component and Caustics disabled I can use the 'Subtract' blend mode i
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Thinking Particles Group Interaction
by Darby Edelen 8 years ago
I'm trying to get one group of particles to attract another group of particles exclusively. Repulse & Bounce isn't giving me what I want as it causes both groups to attract each other. I tried setting
Re: Thinking Particles Group Interaction
by Darby Edelen 8 years ago
I managed to get a decent look by adding a PFriction node and giving the Repulse & Bounce an inverse square falloff. Not exactly what I wanted, but it seems to be close. Darby Edelen
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Rotating objects round null facing forwards??
by Ben Hartley 9 years ago
I have a null in the middle of three objects (all in 3d space) and need to rotate them round the null (by parenting as normal) but so that they stay facing FORWARDS. (see image) It would be great if s
Re: Rotating objects round null facing forwards??
by Andy Galloway 9 years ago
Hi mate, There will be a better way of doing this but if you are rotating an object around a null you could apply the following expression to the objects y Rotation. transform.yRotation-thisComp.layer
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Corner Pin Question
by Eric Goldstein 9 years ago
Hi, I just corner pin tracked a shot to go into a screen. The track worked well, but I need to extend the edges of the layer (beyond where the corner pin targets are) being corner pinned into a screen
Re: Corner Pin Question
by Kevin Camp 9 years ago
actually, the transform effect would work too just to scale it up slightly. Kevin Camp Senior Designer KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW
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Darby Edelen liked this 9 years ago
PSD Gradient still has banding issues once brought into FCP
by Bryan Haney 9 years ago
I know this is an old and timely problem. But can anyone help me or point mein the right direction. I have created a BKGRND screen in PS, it contains a gradient. It's a reddish color gradient that is
Re: PSD Gradient still has banding issues once brought into FCP
by Darby Edelen 9 years ago
In all honesty I'm not a regular FCP user. It's been years since I used it in school. From what I remember, I would recommend checking your scopes to make sure you're getting good distribution of colo
GPU Question
by Darby Edelen 12 years ago
Hey everybody, just a quick general question here. In your experience, does a GPU benefit a PPro user much Where does it help Where would you like it to help Let your imagination run wild :)Darby Edel
Re: GPU Question
by David Dobson 12 years ago
Smoother playback
Trouble in Paso
by Darby Edelen 12 years ago
Dear Ron & Kathlyn, Today I heard it through the grapevine that a friend's father had an 'interesting' couple come into the winery where he works. Apparently this couple owned some sort of a 'COW' for
Re: Trouble in Paso
by Jerry Hofmann 8 years ago
I can't believe it's been 4 years since that trip. I did enjoy the wine! Jerry
Using After Effect material in Premiere Pro without encoding (twice)
by Mark Gordo 12 years ago
This might be a really obvious question, but after searching through Google I didn t come up with a useful answer (to me at least). The question is, is it possible to use material created in Adobe Aft
Re: Using After Effect material in Premiere Pro without encoding (twice)
by Darby Edelen 12 years ago
Steven L. Gotz "However, if you are working with DV AVI files in Premiere Pro, and you export from After Effects to DV AVI, and you are then exporting from Premiere Pro to DV AVI, you will not have t
Best way to cut out face in a photograph?
by Larry Watts 13 years ago
Please do not answer this question unless you are highly experienced. Please don't be offended! - I need more than the casual answer. (If a "beginner" answers then people think the request has been an
Re: Best way to cut out face in a photograph?
by Darby Edelen 13 years ago
You could use Image Calculations to calculate some raw mattes from blue or green screens. Generally the way you would do this is by taking a Maximum (Lighten operation) on the Red & Blue channels and
Car hit effect
by Mike Martel 13 years ago
I saw on Andrew Kramer's web site - videocopilot.net on his demo reel a shot of him walking out onto the street and getting run over by a van. I was wanting to use that effect in my next film but have
Re: Car hit effect
by Darby Edelen 13 years ago
I haven't seen the specific example you're referring to, but I can tell you that it probably relies heavily on the action being quick. The subject is green-screened and keyed out, then animated to app
Action Movie Essential Programs
by momo ushido 13 years ago
I was wondering which programs are compatible with mac, I know theres that list on videocopilot, but all those are really expensive. I was wondering which mac programs (leopard) are compatible, hopefu
Re: Action Movie Essential Programs
by Darby Edelen 13 years ago
AE is not an editing program, it doesn't allow you to playback in real-time until it has rendered the frames that you want to playback. Even if it's just video, AE needs to render it first. Use RAM Pr
After Effects error: unable to allocate space for a 2200 x 1465 image buffer.
by JingYu Wen 13 years ago
Hi guys: I'm a newbie to AE. I bought Riot Gear and Evolution from VideoCoPilot and I made some projects of my own. Here's the problem: As I export, through Render Queue, a Composition only having Rio
Re: After Effects error: unable to allocate space for a 2200 x 1465 image buffer.
by Darby Edelen 13 years ago
JingYu Wen "Here's what I've done so far: I format the disk, I played around with the Maximum Memory Usage and I have used 15000MB for disk cache..." That's probably far more than you need or want fo
Advice for bullet-shot (as featured on vcp).
by David May 13 years ago
Hello there everyone. I'm not sure if anyone here can help me, but I thought I'd give it a go. I'm sure many of you are famaliar with VideoCoPilot and I'm really looking forward to Andrew's new 'Advan
Re: Advice for bullet-shot (as featured on vcp).
by Darby Edelen 13 years ago
David May "Now, on with my question, how would you go around the physical filming on a shot like this Would you assume there are any limitations restrictions to the angle of the shot, the speed of th
Particles orbiting in 3D
by Pouyan Fard 13 years ago
Hello and thanks in advance I have made an orbit path (in Z space) for my particular imitter (using video copilot preset). I want to place a picture in the middle of the orbit so the particles would c
Re: Particles orbiting in 3D
by Darby Edelen 13 years ago
Particular has a feature in the 'Visibility' section called 'Obscuration Layer.' You must assign this property to the 3D layer you want to be in the center of the particles. This needs to happen becau
How to achieve the following effect?
by Steve Burns 13 years ago
Hi all I'd like to ask if I may, if anyone knows how Andrew Kramer achieved the effect in his twitch promo video, the distortion. The effect I am looking to immitate is what appears in the very first
Re: How to achieve the following effect?
by Darby Edelen 13 years ago
I don't know what the preset does exactly... But if I were doing that in AE only then it looks like the opening slate is separated into at least 5 or 6 different layers. Three of them are probably Red
Bullet - Time w/o 3D Tracking??
by Florian Zeitler 13 years ago
Hi there people. I was wondering how to achieve an effect like this without the use of 3D Tracking: http: www.videocopilot.net blogstuff bullet_hd.mov As said in the comments, this effect was achieved
Re: Bullet - Time w/o 3D Tracking??
by Darby Edelen 13 years ago
Florian Zeitler "So..is there a way to do this entirely in AE Seems like it." It seems like that may have been done without any 'real' camera moves at all, which would require much less work to match
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