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Locking a Light's POI?
by Charles Ferran 8 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 5 months ago
Anti-blonde and anti-women jokes aren't funny.
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How Do I Create A Tint Cycle Like This?
by Gary Ellison 5 months ago
Hi all, Check out this video: https: www.youtube.com watch v=9iDBFsoLnwE&feature=youtu.be There's a cycle of a color tint, although it appears to happen in different areas of the frame at different ti
Re: How Do I Create A Tint Cycle Like This?
by Darby Edelen 5 months ago
It looks like something you can do with a blending mode. You might try the Color or Hue mode on a layer with a 4 color gradient effect above your footage. You could generate the color on the top layer
Output settings Similar to Quarter Quality RAM preview?
by Brent Taylor 6 months ago
I made a puppet character in Illustrator After effects. I wanted to make sure I could re-use the puppet in a variety of settings (in one scene I might want to zoom in very close to his face, for examp
Re: Output settings Similar to Quarter Quality RAM preview?
by Darby Edelen 6 months ago
There is a separate menu for "Render Settings" that usually defaults to Best Quality. This is in the After Effects render queue, I'm not sure if it's available if exporting through Adobe Media Encoder
Creating a "movement map" still image from footage.
by Rory Cotter 6 months ago
I am working on a project based on body language and I would like to convert footage of politicians making speeches into a still image which shows where most of the movement in the footage takes place
Re: Creating a "movement map" still image from footage.
by Darby Edelen 6 months ago
The only way I know of to generate motion vectors data that can be visualized in After Effects is using Re:vision FX's Twixtor: http: revisionfx.com products twixtor after-effects However, it sounds l
Stencil alpha doesn't quite uphold once new layer added below
by alex ezorsky 6 months ago
Seems like a simple problem here. I have an image of these roots. I'm trying to add a dirty fractal noise layer with a color burn blend mode to get a dirty look. Of course I need the fractal noise lay
Re: Stencil alpha doesn't quite uphold once new layer added below
by Darby Edelen 6 months ago
My suggestion is to keep the top layer set to stencil alpha and apply a Shift Channels effect to the lower layer and set Alpha to Full On. Even the Preserve Transparency switch can leave color fringes
How do you maintain stroke width while animating using parent/child?
by Carolyne Anthony 6 months ago
I'm trying to make an animation where all shapes retain their stroke width, even with parent child relationships. I have a little guy whose head hair face arms need to follow his body, and then other
Re: How do you maintain stroke width while animating using parent/child?
by Darby Edelen 6 months ago
You should be able to find the absolute x-scale of a layer no matter how many parents it has with this expression: length(fromWorldVec( 100,0,0 )); The y-scale would be: length(fromWorldVec( 0,100,0 )
valueAtTime based on time remapping
by Steff Rahaim 6 months 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 6 months 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
AE incorrectly interprets External Composition tag
by Tim Simmons 6 months ago
I'm trying to import position,rotation and scale data from an cinema 4d animation using external composition tag. The motion trajectory seems to be correct, but Z and Y rotation axis seem to switched,
Re: AE incorrectly interprets External Composition tag
by Darby Edelen 6 months ago
With the 'solid' property enabled on the external compositing tag an AE solid will be oriented facing along the Z-axis (the orientation of the axis is all that matters, the way the mesh is facing has
Move Object Without Moving Mask?
by C. Blake Davis 7 months ago
Hello! I have an image file I would like to move WITHOUT moving the mask it contains. Normally I would just use a trackmat, but this image file already has an alpha matte, so I have to use a mask on i
Re: Move Object Without Moving Mask?
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
However, if you continuously rasterize a layer then the TRANSFORMATIONS stage occurs before the EFFECTS. This can be useful for effects such as Set Matte where you don't want the matte to travel with
Screen Space Subsurface Scattering with Zdepth Buffer
by Hayden Martin 7 months ago
Hi I'm looking to use a zdepth buffer from C4D as a way to denoise a render without softening bleeding hard edges - I created a comp that does this, but only in 8bit (255 black values)... I'd ideally
Re: Screen Space Subsurface Scattering with Zdepth Buffer
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
The displayed color values do not necessarily correspond to the internal color values. Check the color display options in the info panel and make sure they're set to Auto or floating point (location a
Detailed, subtle tweaking of keyframe velocity in AE's Graph Editor
by Xavier Bonet 7 months ago
Is there any way to manually edit a keyframe's velocity in the Graph Editor in a detailed, subtle way Other tools allow you to hold the CMD-key in order to make subtle changes. But as I'm pressing eve
Re: Detailed, subtle tweaking of keyframe velocity in AE's Graph Editor
by Darby Edelen 7 months ago
Xavier Bonet "Is there any way to manually edit a keyframe's velocity in the Graph Editor in a detailed, subtle way Other tools allow you to hold the CMD-key in order to make subtle changes. But as I
Transition in into the next peak keyframe
by Anders Hattne 10 months 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 10 months 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 3 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 10 months 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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
Making a pie chart with expressions
by Joshua Menco 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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
Alpha Pre multiplied and Matted with Color in photoshop
by Ashton Rosendahl 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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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PSD Gradient still has banding issues once brought into FCP
by Bryan Haney 6 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 6 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
Problem Importing Sequence to after effects
by Rob Tyler 6 years ago
Hi all, I have seen similar posts on the site but none have provided me with an answer, so hopefuly someone can help me out here :) I have made a short animated scene in Maya with some very simple cam
Re: Problem Importing Sequence to after effects
by Darby Edelen 6 years ago
If I had to guess, you're exporting to a file format that is not JPEG, and you're giving it the JPG extension. This can cause programs to get confused. Double check your render settings. If this is th
GPU Question
by Darby Edelen 9 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 9 years ago
Smoother playback
Trouble in Paso
by Darby Edelen 9 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 5 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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
Particular Alpha Bounce
by Ari Grunzeweig 9 years ago
Hi there, Is there a way to use the alpha of a layer as the boundaries to bounce off particles For example, in the linked image, I'd like to have my particles bouncing inside the red tube. The red tub
Re: Particular Alpha Bounce
by Darby Edelen 9 years ago
You can do this in Particle Playground, which ships with AE. The effect renders much slower than Particular, but it allows you to set boundaries in which the particles will bounce around using masks.D
networking issues
by chris newman 9 years ago
i have an issue that's been happening more often lately. i'm on mac (G5 dual 2.7, 10.5.2) that accesses shared clients on a windows network. more often than not, i have no problem mounting those clien
Re: networking issues
by Darby Edelen 9 years ago
chris newman "is there a way to give the network a refresh, for lack of a better term i don't know why it's happening, which is also frustrating. " Try relaunching the Finder. Use Force Quit (cmd-opt
Importing Vector Images into CS3, help!
by Michael Lansdell 10 years ago
This is a bit lengthy, but please bear with me and help if you can. A while ago I posted on here about trying to get Photoshop 7 working properly on my Mac (specs below), too which I was told (to summ
Re: Importing Vector Images into CS3, help!
by Darby Edelen 10 years ago
Michael Lansdell "When I try and do this with CS3 it creates what it calls a Vector Smart Object" Although this doesn't work for what you're trying to do, I recommend you look into Smart Objects, the
Camera RAW Image sequences and a sensible workflow in FCP?
by Sean Kapleton 10 years ago
Good morning friends, I just had a new project handed to me and I was given a huge drive of Camera RAW File image sequences which I have been directed to Batch resize down to 1920x1080 in Photoshop (r
Re: Camera RAW Image sequences and a sensible workflow in FCP?
by Darby Edelen 10 years ago
The File Scripts Image Processor... included with Photoshop provides an easy way to resize and resave the RAW files as PSDs. The process becomes slightly complicated by the aspect ratio of the RAW ima
Can this image be made crisp and clear (and usable)??
by Mike Costantini 10 years ago
Hello, I have some sheet music that was originally created in a software program but the project file has since disappeared. All I have now is the hardcopy book. The music notation itself does not nee
Re: Can this image be made crisp and clear (and usable)??
by Darby Edelen 10 years ago
Scan it in as grayscale (as it looks like you are doing), then in Photoshop try using Image Adjustments Threshold to get a black and white image. If you want you can bring this black and white image i
Why is Photoshop 6 so rubbish on Intel based macs?
by Michael Lansdell 10 years ago
Mine seems to crash on every third save, but the powers that be won't stretch to a new copy after buying me a new computer for the online suite. I use Photoshop (and illustrator) for Astens in our tel
Re: Why is Photoshop 6 so rubbish on Intel based macs?
by Darby Edelen 10 years ago
Michael Lansdell "So, there's no update for Photoshop 6 that will allow it to work correctly on an Intel mac What about 7 I really don't think they're going to enjoy me saying that we need to buy a n
Workflow for Blu Ray
by Chris Mechling 10 years ago
Hi, I am running Final Cut Studio 2 on an 8 Core Mac Pro. I'd like to be able to create finished Blu Ray discs, complete with menus, copy-protection etc., that will play in a standard home player. If
Re: Workflow for Blu Ray
by Darby Edelen 10 years ago
Thom Obarski "i know it works for hd-dvds i would assume that if u have a burner and a media disk that is capable of burning blu-rays you could run that same workflow." HD-DVD and Blu Ray are entirel
Jagged edges arounds all fonts in Photoshop
by Dan Danner 10 years ago
For some reason all my fonts in Photoshop CS3 have jagged edges around them. When you move the text the edges move around.The only change I can get is when I change the options in the text menu from "
Re: Jagged edges arounds all fonts in Photoshop
by Darby Edelen 10 years ago
Sounds like an issue with antialiasing. What size text are you using At what DPI Darby EdelenDesignerLeft Coast DigitalSanta Cruz, CA
Programs regularly scheduled...
by John Nelson 10 years ago
After hours of waiting and talk with Apple over problems I was having with IWorks, they finally said: "reload OSX, get the upgrades and have a nice day." The good news is IWorks, works. The bad news i
Re: Programs regularly scheduled...
by Darby Edelen 10 years ago
Unfortunately, I have little experience with PS 7 under OS X. If you've installed all of the appropriate updates then I'm not sure what the issue is. There are some notes on Adobe's Support site about
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