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Executive producer, Ian Dillon is the founder of Playroom Creative located in Huntington Beach, California. He has twenty-five years experience working as a producer, director, camera operator, editor, and graphics animator for clients of all sizes. ... [more]
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Ian Dillon 2 years ago
Call me today for a quote on your next video production project 714-969-3938.
Am I the only one that thinks these three problems make Premiere virtually unusable?
by Ian Dillon 2 years ago
Don't get me wrong, I use Premiere every day and have been using it for years, but these three Premiere problems literally make me want to smash my computer every day. Does anyone have the same proble
Re: Am I the only one that thinks these three problems make Premiere virtually unusable?
by Ian Dillon 2 years ago
It would probably fix the first problem. Not sure how it relates to the other two. Thx 20 Year After Effects User MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 16 GB Ram Adobe Creative Cloud Playroom Creative We
Stroke my alpha channel!
by Mark Warner 14 years ago
Is there an After Effects equilivant of Photoshop's live "Stroke" effect I have a composition that has an alpha channel in it, and all I want to do is "stroke" or add an outline to the alpha channel b
Re: Stroke my alpha channel!
by Aharon Rabinowitz 14 years ago
What I usually do is: - duplicate the footage that has the alpha - select the bottom of the 2 peices of dupolicated footage - Add the following effects: Image Control Tint (Set black and white to the
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Ian Dillon liked this 3 years ago
After Effects not saving sync settings to adobe.com, causing problems with workspaces too!
by Ian Dillon 4 years ago
Things working great for awhile, then recently started having problem. After Effects not saving sync settings to adobe.com, causing problems with workspaces too! I have the latest version. I've tried
Why does my time reversed footage make opening frames disappear?
by Ian Dillon 4 years ago
Why does my time reversed footage make one of the first frames disappear It happens every time I duplicate a layer, reverse it, and butt up against aforementioned layer. I end up having to overlap the
When I unplug second monitor I can't get all my AE panels back on laptop.
by Ian Dillon 5 years ago
When I take my laptop with me I can't get all my windows panels on the screen, even when I reset windows to standard. Can anyone help Thanks, Ian 20 Year After Effects User MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz Intel C
Re: When I unplug second monitor I can't get all my AE panels back on laptop.
by Ian Dillon 5 years ago
Thanks. That would work! After tinkering with it for awhile, I noticed that when I set it to standard view, there is a tiny vertical black line at the top right of the screen that allows me to grab th
Set Matte not working the way I would assume it would
by Ian Dillon 5 years ago
I am trying to find an easier solution than precomposing for this particular task. I have three video clips I am cutting together. I want to have the same soft circular mask for each clip. I know ther
Re: Set Matte not working the way I would assume it would
by John Cuevas 5 years ago
After effects looks at the layer before masks effects, with the set matte effect, so precomp the solid with feather and "Move all attributes into new composition". Johnny Cuevas, Editor Thinkck.com "I
There seems to be a bug when time reversing
by Ian Dillon 5 years ago
When I time reverse everything plays fine in the comp, but when I render it drops the first one or two frames. Anyone experienced it I can't even find a workaround. Thanks, in advance. Ian 20 Year Aft
Re: There seems to be a bug when time reversing
by Ian Dillon 5 years ago
OS 10.9.5 AE 13.1.0.111 Funny thing is, most the time I can't see the dropped frame when scrubbing timeline, but it shows up in render! 20 Year After Effects User MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 16
Where do I start?
by Marcelo Comerlato 5 years ago
I graduated a few months ago with a Bachelor's degree in Convergent Media (video production), but I don't have a demo reel to present when I apply for jobs, nor do I have any content from college to u
Re: Where do I start?
by Ian Dillon 5 years ago
If you want to do After Effects you can always put together a demo reel showcasing some logo animations from current brands by grabbing free logos and graphics online (Google Images) and adding some b
RAM preview needs 2 or more frames to playback.
by David Hamilton 5 years ago
Anybody familiar with this error and what causes it I have 16gb of ram with 13gb committed to AE. Every time I get this error I shut down AE and restart and I'm good for a short time before it gives m
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Ian Dillon liked this 5 years ago
Re: RAM preview needs 2 or more frames to playback.
by David Hamilton 5 years ago
Thanks - It's not just limited to audio scrubbing. The same error happened today while I was moving the time indicator arrow across the work area to view my animation. Restarting AE temporarily fixed
Audio Effect Not Exporting
by Ian Dillon 5 years ago
I'm trying to export a clip that has the denoise effect applied to it so I can use in After Effects. I am exporting AIFF. Why does the effect not export 20 Year After Effects User MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz
Weird RAM Preview Problems
by Ian Dillon 5 years ago
I have a new MacBook Pro and Adobe CC latest versions. I'm getting weird RAM preview issues like playing the video back to slow, playing the video back to fast, saying it needs two or more frames to p
Re: Weird RAM Preview Problems
by Ian Dillon 5 years ago
I've been using AE for twenty years. The slowing down and speeding up effect of the RAM preview seems to be a new problem for me, although the "Needs at least 2 frames to RAM preview" notification pro
Media Cache Files FOLDER
by Eric Barker 8 years ago
We recently upgraded from CS3 to CS5 at my TV Station. We store and work on our projects on a network server, as we've done for the past 4 years. In CS3, when conforming audio and creating .pek files,
Re: Media Cache Files FOLDER
by Ian Dillon 5 years ago
I just switched from FCP7 to Adobe Premiere Pro and noticed this cache storage problem immediately. Come on guys. What were you thinking Mac Pro 2x2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon 8 GB Ram Blackmagic Dec
Trying to edit AVCHD footage professionally in Premiere 5.5
by Ian Dillon 7 years ago
I am a 15 year editor and I am trying to make the switch from FCP7 to Premiere 5.5. I have done many searches online about what to do with my AVCHD camera footage and everyone says just import it like
Re: Trying to edit AVCHD footage professionally in Premiere 5.5
by Richard Cooper 7 years ago
Hi Ian, I feel your pain. There are a couple of issues here. I too had sluggish timelines when working in CS5.5 on prety much the same system that you have. ProRes, AVCHD even XDCAM was very sluggish
Retina Display MacBook Pro vs. Standard MacBook Pro For Editing - Many Differences
by Ian Dillon 7 years ago
Hi Community, I am a twenty year editor building a Mac laptop edit station and would like some suggestions from those of you who have dealt with these two very different machines; the Retina Display M
Re: Retina Display MacBook Pro vs. Standard MacBook Pro For Editing - Many Differences
by Ian Dillon 7 years ago
Thanks for the info about the NVIDIA Kepler architecture in the Retina version. That is why I posted here, so I could get that kind of info! I do plan on moving to Premiere so that helps my decision s
What file format should I convert AVCHD and H.264 footage to, and what converter should I use?
by Ian Dillon 7 years ago
I am making the switch to Premiere 6 from Final Cut 7. Now I am converting my Sony NEX VG-10 camera's AVCHD footage to Pro Res using the Log and Transfer function in FCP 7, and converting my Canon 7D'
Re: What file format should I convert AVCHD and H.264 footage to, and what converter should I use?
by Lisa Talley 7 years ago
This is the exact reason I made the jump, head first, in to Premiere from Final Cut. I got hit with a project that needed to be cut in a very short time frame and couldn't find anything to convert AVC
How do I do a Track Matte transition or Alpha Transition?
by Ian Dillon 7 years ago
I used to use the alpha transition effect in FCP7, but I can't seem to find it in FCPX. I have a top clip which is my animated graphic with alpha channel, and I have my matte layer (white w black). Ho
Re: How do I do a Track Matte transition or Alpha Transition?
by Ian Dillon 7 years ago
"Put the matte above the outgoing clip and set Blend mode on the matte to "stencil luma". You then have to compound those clips." OK. Thanks for the demo. So let me get this straight. The key differen
Issue with Scratch disk allocation - CS5 Mac
by Alex Dunn 8 years ago
Hi, I am currently in the process of taking a look at Premiere Pro with an eye to moving from FCP in the wake of the FCPX debacle. While trying to set up a project to have a look around PP CS5 I have
Re: Issue with Scratch disk allocation - CS5 Mac
by Ian Dillon 7 years ago
I too am making my first step to move away from Final Cut. I am having the same problem. This is not a good start Adobe Premiere! I am not very happy with you. I can't even start a project Mac Pro 2x2
Colors appear washed out
by Ian Dillon 7 years ago
One of our employees that works remotely has started using Final Cut X and the colors appear washed out on the exports he sends us. This is noticeable on the intro graphic that we use consistently upo
Re: Colors appear washed out
by Jeremy Garchow 7 years ago
Where are they appearing washed out In QT, FCP7, X What format codec etc
Import image from Photoshop with alpha channel and shadow?
by Ian Dillon 7 years ago
In the old days of Media100 I used to import a Pict file with an alpha channel and shadow and DONE! But now, there is no pict file so I am trying to import a PS file with an alpha channel and shadow.
Re: Import image from Photoshop with alpha channel and shadow?
by Ian Dillon 7 years ago
OK. My new friend PNG! Thanks, Ian Mac Pro 2x2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon 8 GB Ram Blackmagic Decklink Studio 2 Card Playroom Creative We are an Orange County Video Production and Marketing company.
It says I am in moderation but I've been a member for many years and done nothing wrong.
by Ian Dillon 8 years ago
Hi, Whenever I post to a job request I receive a message saying that I am in moderation because either I am a new member or have not obeyed forum rules. I have been a member for many years and don't r
Re: It says I am in moderation but I've been a member for many years and done nothing wrong.
by Ronald Lindeboom 8 years ago
Hello Ian, You are not in moderation. But ALL JOBS & JOB REPLIES are moderated. No exceptions. There were too many fights and insults in the jobs area and so we have moderated the whole section, every
Alpha transition's glowing edge becomes inverted?
by Ian Dillon 8 years ago
I am creating an alpha transition similar to flying through a glowing white circle. I rendered it out in After Effects (w straight alpha) and it looks perfect when I layer it in FCP, with a soft white
Re: Alpha transition's glowing edge becomes inverted?
by Terry Jun 8 years ago
In AE, make sure that you are exporting out as PRORESS 4444. Also select RGB + ALPHA. This is the important part: Make sure you choose STRAIGHT not PRE-MULTIPLIED. This should take care of your proble
When I open a new project my Favorite Effects are gone
by Ian Dillon 8 years ago
I'm kinda a newbie so I don't know if I am doing something wrong or there is something wrong with my system When I open a new project my Favorite Effects are gone. Then I have to recreate all my alpha
Re: When I open a new project my Favorite Effects are gone
by walter biscardi 8 years ago
Your Favorites are tied to your Prefs. If the Prefs get corrupted or trashed, they will disappear. You need to move them to an actual project. Here's an FCP tip I did on this very problem. http: vimeo
Just bought a Decklink Studio 2 card but it doesn't play out H.264. Any suggestions?
by Ian Dillon 8 years ago
I just bought a Decklink studio 2 card. Unfortunately I can't play out H.264 video in my FCP timeline which is essential for my new client. Since I opened the package, B&H will not let me return it. I
Re: Just bought a Decklink Studio 2 card but it doesn't play out H.264. Any suggestions?
by Kristian Lam 8 years ago
Hi, Although H.264 decoding can now be done via the host computer, not every application will support it's output via a video card. If you use the DeckLink Studio in Adobe Premiere Pro, you will also
Decklink Studio card only displaying a freeze frame on monitor
by Ian Dillon 8 years ago
I have a new Decklink Studio 2 card. The 1080p H.264 video plays back fine in Final Cut timeline and viewer, but only displays a freeze frame on my monitor. I've tried the composite and S-video connec
No component video to my Sony PVM-14M4U monitor
by Ian Dillon 8 years ago
I just got a new Decklink Studio 2 card. I am getting component input out to my BetaSP deck but can't get anything to appear when I hook the connections directly up to my Sony monitor. I guess the car
Slot Configuration with a SATA card
by Ian Dillon 8 years ago
I placed the Deckilnk Studio card in slot 4 per the instructions. I placed my SATA card in slot 3. I choose option 2 in the expansion slot utility per the instructions (x16 Lane Graphics Slot + Two x4
Re: Slot Configuration with a SATA card
by Fred Jodry 8 years ago
Borrow some small test size hard drives and set up some tests. It s worth a shot.
Need 8-port sata raid controller card suggestions
by Ian Dillon 8 years ago
I was very pleased with my 8 drive SATA RAID 0 tower until my Power Mac died so I am stuck with a useless 8-port PCI-X Sonnet Tempo-X eSATA RAID controller card. So now I have purchased a used Mac Pro
Re: Need 8-port sata raid controller card suggestions
by Ian Dillon 8 years ago
Yes. You are correct. I have a separate connection for each drive. If anyone can suggest an inexpensive 8 port that would be great (if they make one in PCI-E), or if yall have any other suggestions, s
What video player should I use to present my demos on my website?
by Ian Dillon 9 years ago
I'm asking in this forum for two reasons, because you guys have video production websites, and to follow up on an older thread I started asking about the most compatible video format for the web. That
Re: What video player should I use to present my demos on my website?
by Dave Gage 9 years ago
I've been using this Flash player for video and audio for a few years and have had great luck with it using H.264 files: http: components.earthscienceagency.com The support is excellent and there is a
Motivated Media Sales Rep Needed for Production and Marketing Firm
by Ian Dillon 9 years ago
Hi, We are a full service Media Production Company (TV, We, Print) located in Huntington Beach, CA. We provide a wide range of services and media packages for the general business and corporate commun
Am I supposed to be able to hear FCP output in Log and Capture?
by Ian Dillon 9 years ago
It's been awhile since I've messed with it so I can't remember if I am supposed to be able to hear the Decklink output as I digitize in Final Cut Pro or only monitor the input. Monitoring the output w
Re: Am I supposed to be able to hear FCP output in Log and Capture?
by Ian Dillon 9 years ago
I FINALLY SOLVED THE PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I disabled "Set Black Video Out To Deck When In Capture" in the Decklink control panel. It's default is "on analogue out". Since I am using a black burst ge
Can't monitor output audio in log and capture (Final Cut Pro)
by Ian Dillon 9 years ago
I'm not a newbie, but I haven't edited in a couple months, so I can't remember how to make this work. Should be something simple that I'm forgetting. I have Final Cut Pro and Decklink Extreme card and
Re: Can't monitor output audio in log and capture (Final Cut Pro)
by Ian Dillon 9 years ago
I FINALLY SOLVED THE PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I disabled "Set Black Video Out To Deck When In Capture" in the Decklink control panel. It's default is "on analogue out". Since I am using a black burst ge
Can't monitor output audio in log and capture
by Ian Dillon 9 years ago
I'm not a newbie, but I haven't edited in a couple months, so I can't remember how to make this work. Should be something simple that I'm forgetting. I have Decklink Extreme card and am trying to moni
Re: Can't monitor output audio in log and capture
by Ian Dillon 9 years ago
I FINALLY SOLVED THE PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I disabled "Set Black Video Out To Deck When In Capture" in the Decklink control panel. It's default is "on analogue out". Since I am using a black burst ge
Ultimate sample typical contract for newbies
by Mark Suszko 10 years ago
Template contract for typical beginners. Modify to your specific needs. I, (name here) henceforth to be referred to as "the dummy", will contract to work on your ill-defined project for an unspecified
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Katya Austin liked this 7 years ago
Re: Ultimate sample typical contract for newbies
by Ian Dillon 10 years ago
OOPS! We all forgot this one! "Dummy" understands that RENDERING IS FREE. After all "Dummy" is now taking a sip of his coffee and talking to the client about the project while this is happening. "Dumm
Re: admin: Job board RESPONSE policy - read before responding to any post
by Frank 12 years ago
I want to ask a question on this forum but am not sure if its appropriate. My question is whether its useful to get Adobe certifications at all. I'm looking for work and am wondering if it would be he
Re: admin: Job board RESPONSE policy - read before responding to any post
by Ian Dillon 12 years ago
As far as I'm concerned certifications and schools don't mean too much. Experience and a website with playable examples of your good work is the way to go. My 4 year video degree was expensive, and I
Playroom Creative Offers Video Production & Editing
by Ian Dillon 12 years ago
Check out the Playroom Creative website at www.playroomcreative.com for examples of high-end and middle-end work we've done. We love to do TV commercials and almost anything else. Playroom Creative ww
I used to be able to make DPX files w/ FrameLink. Now I can't.
by Ian Dillon 13 years ago
I used to be able to make DPX files w FrameLink. Now I can't. I must be doing something differently and wrong. I have a 1920x1080p 23.98 fps movie that I'm exporting from FCP using Quicktime current s
Re: I used to be able to make DPX files w/ FrameLink. Now I can't.
by Ian Dillon 13 years ago
Thanks, I switched to BMD Uncompressed 4:2:2 and it worked. By the way, is the RGB way better IAn
Does Anyone Have This Problem with the Z1U and Century Optics .6 Wide Converter?
by Ian Dillon 14 years ago
Does Anyone Have This Problem with the Z1U and Century Optics .6 Wide Converter I noticed that the back focus is way off. Is this normal I zoom out all the way, then put my focus to infinity, and the
Re: Does Anyone Have This Problem with the Z1U and Century Optics .6 Wide Converter?
by Ian Dillon 14 years ago
I have the cheaper, single lense, .6 wide. Again, the description reads that you loose full zoom capability. This is true. The problem is, you also loose the ability to achieve infinite focus by zoomi
Auto Desk Aquires Alias - Will this be the End of Maya?
by Adam Duguay 14 years ago
I
Re: Auto Desk Aquires Alias - Will this be the End of Maya?
by Ian Dillon 14 years ago
Studio Max will become a 3-D game development platform, and Maya will become a reality platform, but you will need both plus a couple more programs to have the whole production suite. Just as in so ma
Sony BetaSP UVW 1800 & M100i
by Tim Hook 14 years ago
I know I've read somewhere that this deck doesn't like hooking up to NLE's w o a separate blackburst generator. But I've been using this setup for years. (Run composite out of M100 BOB and use as my R
Re: Sony BetaSP UVW 1800 & M100i
by Ian Dillon 14 years ago
You can buy a cheap Horita BSG-50 for around $100.
What is the last version Mac OS, and Quicktime to work with 8.2?
by Ian Dillon 14 years ago
What is the last version Mac OS, and Quicktime to work with 8.2
Re: What is the last version Mac OS, and Quicktime to work with 8.2?
by Michael Raff 14 years ago
Thanks for the update, Peter. I stand corrected. Mike Raff Richmond, VA
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