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File size growing exponentially with each save
by David Cabestany 5 years ago
Hello all, I was wondering if someone would be kind enough to take a look at one file I'm working on which is increasingly taking longer to save, and getting bigger in the process. Last night it was 1
Re: File size growing exponentially with each save
by ronaldo montalvo 5 years ago
there is a preference under FILES called "save polygons for melange". i found that this can progressively increase file size (and the time it takes to save files) the way you are describing. i think m
Getting nice reflection straight on.
by Richard Windsor 5 years ago
Hi I am working on a short intro for someone and I am mostly done but I am having an issue getting a reflection on the blue part of the model. When the camera is at an angle the first time you see it
Re: Getting nice reflection straight on.
by ronaldo montalvo 5 years ago
are you using a fresnel in the reflection channel if so try removing it, might help.
Multiframe Processing Questions
by Brad Phillips 5 years ago
Hello All, I've made some recent upgrades to my system and I'm still having issues with multi-frame processing. The specs on my system are Mac Pro Workstation, 5.1 2x2.4 -6 core, 128 gb memory My sett
Re: Multiframe Processing Questions
by ronaldo montalvo 5 years ago
i have 32 gigs of ram and a fast external drive and even when afx is the only app running i get the same problem, initializing forever and then sits there. for me this happens with even light comps of
HDRI's don't show in content browser
by ronaldo montalvo 10 years ago
i can no longer view my HDRI's in the C4D content browser. (the C4D default hdri's seem to be the only ones that do still show up properly.) my hdri source folders show up in the content browser and i
Re: HDRI's don't show in content browser
by ronaldo montalvo 5 years ago
with C4D open go to top menu bar: Edit Open Preferences Folder Cinema4D R15_ prefs cache (the edit preferences folder button is lower left on the C4D preferences panel) on mac you can also go Users na
new 27" Retina iMac video card & premier compatibility
by ronaldo montalvo 5 years ago
my old powermac is dying, looking for a replacement and thinking the new iMac might work out. i'm trying to understand the current video card issues with premier and after effects. the new 27" 4.0GHz
Re: new 27" Retina iMac video card & premier compatibility
by ronaldo montalvo 5 years ago
thanks kevin, that's reassuring. wondered about the retina GPU use for that same reason vince. inclined to go for the reg HD screen for now. thanks.
Creative Cloud forcefully re-taking 'Open With' for CC products
by Jon Bennett 6 years ago
Hi, We're in the process of transitioning all the workstations here to CC gradually, but we still need to keep working in CS5.5 as not all machines are making the move immediately. The problem is that
Re: Creative Cloud forcefully re-taking 'Open With' for CC products
by ronaldo montalvo 6 years ago
What the F were you thinking (or drinking) when making such a tasteless and wildly inappropriate comment Shame on you Mr. LaRonde.
Animating Flight Paths - anyone done this before?
by sean bowering 7 years ago
Hi, I'm struggling with this one... can anyone help me figure out how to 'sphere-ize' a group of animated sweep nurbs over time i have a flat set of animated paths that represent world flight patterns
Re: Animating Flight Paths - anyone done this before?
by ronaldo montalvo 7 years ago
not sure if you have this worked out already but this is another approach that might help you from yader on vimeo (he's got some great tutorials): http: vimeo.com 67920323
Sierpinski pyramid in Cinema 4d
by Markus Karlsson 7 years ago
Hi! I wanted to create a Sierpinski pyramid (A pyramid within a pyramid within a pyramid and so on) But im stuck and probably not doing it right (have used Cinema 4d before but i would still call myse
Re: Sierpinski pyramid in Cinema 4d
by ronaldo montalvo 7 years ago
not sure how you would build those in c4d but maybe take a look at TOPMOD, a free modeling program, it has functions that allow you to create those kind of meshes and export them as .obj's. has lots o
interrupted GI prepass still useable?
by ronaldo montalvo 7 years ago
i have a 300 frame IR camera animation render going. it's on frame 200 of the pre-pass, taking quite a long time before it even gets to rendering the tiff sequence. i realized that i actually only nee
Adding thickness to my material
by James Kirk 8 years ago
Hi, I an relatively new to modelling, and am attempting to make a number of strange shaped tiles. An image of one of these tiles can be found here. What I want to do is give them a thickness, so that
Re: Adding thickness to my material
by ronaldo montalvo 8 years ago
try putting your plane in a cloth nurb, you can add thickness in the controls. you might not need to add any subdivision, it can be set to 0 and the thickness setting will still work.
Animating a rope into an helix shape
by Boris Wilmot 9 years ago
Hi, I'm getting started with C4D. I'd like to animate a rope, that is fixed on the ground on one end, and linked to a moving point on the other end. In between, I want the rope to move pretty much as
Re: Animating a rope into an helix shape
by ronaldo montalvo 8 years ago
hey adam, in that file you posted the dynamic spline, which i can see moving, doesn't seem to work with the sweep nurb. the sweep nurb sits static in the original position until the inheritance effect
how do get this "house building" effect?
by Ian Rajkumar 9 years ago
Hey Guys, help me out if you can please.. if you would have to create this effect, how would you go about animating the polygons to get this building effect http: www.istockphoto.com stock-video-64777
Re: how do get this "house building" effect?
by ronaldo montalvo 9 years ago
them bonze is tricky, sphere approach is very useful. thanks for those adam.
font book doesn't show installed fonts
by ronaldo montalvo 9 years ago
something happened to fontbook recently, perhaps after a crash, not sure. fontbook no longer shows any of the fonts i have installed, it only shows the default or system fonts, arial, courier, geneva
Creating splines
by Mitch Hardison 10 years ago
I have a .psd in illustrator and I want to create splines of the image so that i can import into cinema 4d. I do not know how to create splines around the image.
Re: Creating splines
by ronaldo montalvo 10 years ago
take a look at the documentation for illustrator TRACE. it will do what you want. save as illustrator8 for cinema4D.
can't copy photo
by jason zaloga 10 years ago
how do I make photos not be able to be dragged off a web browser or anything on the internet same thing with quicktime videos.
Re: can't copy photo
by ronaldo montalvo 10 years ago
flash. screen capture can still snag whatever can be seen.
How did they do that? think its form..
by Kasper Nyman 10 years ago
Mjello people! Been looking at this footage from Nike, True City: http: www.youtube.com watch v=Qet4NGswKfA Im talking about the intro scene, with the cicles form into world-map, and their logo. Can't
Re: How did they do that? think its form..
by ronaldo montalvo 10 years ago
probably other apps can do it too but a simple approach with C4D mograph i think might be two spline shapes, one for the type and on for the terrain map, mograph cloner clones and attaches the white s
Wow!
by Chris Bobotis 10 years ago
So this blew my mind... See: http: vimeo.com 7809605 Then See: http: vimeo.com 8200251 Cheers, Chris mettle.com
Re: Wow!
by ronaldo montalvo 10 years ago
don't apologize. that's a great link to an amazing piece of work. hadn't seen it, glad i did. thanks for sharing.
Can Typewriter Preset be limited to numbers as character value?
by Mitch Temkin 10 years ago
I'm trying to use the Typewriter preset to spell out a word over time, but I'd like to have all the temporary characters be numbers and or mathematical symbols that resolve to the final text. Anybody
Re: Can Typewriter Preset be limited to numbers as character value?
by ronaldo montalvo 10 years ago
who made up that rule
Frustrating times with audio automation
by Stuart Reid 10 years ago
I seem to have continual issues with the automation feature of PPro CS4. Projects I work with almost never automate correctly, with faders completely ignoring anything on playback. Adding keyframes to
Re: Frustrating times with audio automation
by ronaldo montalvo 10 years ago
if it's any consolation i found the same problems on the mac side. the audio mixer automation was totally unreliable, unpredictable and ultimately unuseable for me. would be nice if it worked properly
Illustrator to After Effects Vector Layers
by Chris Lones 10 years ago
My client just finalized a new branding kit, and has provided me with an Illustrator file from which I am to use the same "look" for an introduction video. I would like to get each separate element fr
Re: Illustrator to After Effects Vector Layers
by ronaldo montalvo 10 years ago
save the illustrator file with your artwork organized in the layers you want to work with and IMPORT the ilustrator file into after effects as a COMPOSITION. double clik the composition in the after e
Cant paste pic from Ai to AE as a mask
by steven källberg 10 years ago
ok. so im really stuck here. I have this picture of a dragons head that i need to paste into After Effects so I opened it into Illustrator as Tutorials shows me how to do. i use livetracing and made i
Re: Cant paste pic from Ai to AE as a mask
by ronaldo montalvo 10 years ago
it doesn't mattter whether the design came from a pen or a trace. you should be able to use the paths that trace creates after "expand" of the trace. the paste into a shape layer or a solid in AFX wil
PP CS4 Crashes - significance of red line above time line
by Rick Connolly 10 years ago
I've just noticed something that might be a clue as to what is causing the crashes. On the timeline you will see a variety of .avi clips all from the same camera imported onto the timeline. I noticed
Re: PP CS4 Crashes - significance of red line above time line
by ronaldo montalvo 10 years ago
you're always helpful and generous with your time here vince, a good example to us all. and you're right it's probably never useful or good manners to state the obvious. if offended, my apologies to s
New document size issues... Never before?
by Matt Sepeta 11 years ago
So this morning I tried to create a 500 x 500 rgb 8bit 72dpi document. And it appeared a bit rectangular, as opposed to square. When I go to image- size, it says it is 500 x 500, a square. However, wh
Re: New document size issues... Never before?
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
perhaps under VIEW, see if the "pixel aspect ratio correction" is turned on.
Retouching video clip - length of clip changes!?
by Susan Dempster 11 years ago
Hi All, I'm hoping someone can shed some light on my situation - I have a 104 frame video clip exported from FCPro as a quicktime movie 1920x1080p 23.98fps. I have spent literally DAYS retouching each
Re: Retouching video clip - length of clip changes!?
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
that's really good advice tips tiago has about using sequences, avoids a lot of potential problems. i also tend to use sequences (picts tiffs) for 3D rendering and the kind of retouch rotowork you wer
working with 300 dpi in AE for 2K video project that need to be transfered to FILM
by Jason Lee 11 years ago
Hello Cow members, I am working on 2K 2040x 1152 pixel (16:9 ) project that need to be transfer to Film at the end. My editor told me that i should import still images with 300 dpi because it's going
Re: working with 300 dpi in AE for 2K video project that need to be transfered to FILM
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
"But a 720x540-pixel document remains a 720x540-pixel document." well, not exactly. when you look at the IMAGE SIZE menu panel (commmand option i) in photoshop it uses the terminology DOCUMENT SIZE to
How is this slideshow done?
by Bernhard Oehler 11 years ago
Hello guys, who can tell me what is used to create this slideshow. I think it's after effects with a template or maybe a special slideshow software http: blip.tv file 2357802 thanks for your help, Ber
Re: How is this slideshow done?
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
maybe check out photopresenter by boinx software too. another template based slide-prez software, can use stills or video with it's motion and BG templates, might be mac-only. for certain jobs and bud
100 layers into 100 jpgs images at once?
by David Del 11 years ago
I have a file that has 100 images and I want to be able to save individual images as jpgs - I know I can do it manually by turn off on the eye and saving each file, but I didn't know if there was a ti
Re: 100 layers into 100 jpgs images at once?
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
maybe look at FILE SCRIPTS export layers to files.
Pixel aspect ratio in Adobe Media Encoder
by Knut Högvall 11 years ago
The problems never end, do they Okay, so I've created two AE compositions - one for computer screens (square pixels) and one for TV (4:3 pixels). I render the square pixel one in Adobe Media Encoder (
Re: Pixel aspect ratio in Adobe Media Encoder
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
sorry, maybe i'm misunderstanding what you are trying to do. do you want a 4:3 aspect ratio image for 4:3 TV or are you trying to get a widescreen 16x9 image for a 16x9 widescreen TV (which displays r
720x404 MPEG2 from NTSC 720x480 wide source
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
i have rendered out animation codec movies from afx comps set to NTSC DV widescreen 720x480 16x9 (1.2), 29.97 no fields. when i import those into a premierCS3 NTSC DV widescreen project they look corr
Re: 720x404 MPEG2 from NTSC 720x480 wide source
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
mpeg2. i think what's going on is a discrepancy between apple quicktime reading of the mpegs size and the way adobe and media encoder are creating it reading it. i found an cow afx thread on this wher
convert photo to line drawing
by Rick Wise 11 years ago
Realtors in my area like to print line-drawing versions of houses for sale. These are clearly made from a photo with photoshop. I have been trying to duplicate the clean line work of these with very l
Re: convert photo to line drawing
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
hey rick, your technique works pretty darn well, ends up being a slightly thick dark line that looks good at small repro sizes but is bit chunky rough viewed at actual size. i think i prefer the resul
What effects or process is used to create this?
by James Carver 11 years ago
how do you create this effect on images that is used pretty commonly on movie posters examples are on this guy's website that was sent to me: http: www.davehillphoto.com are there any tutorials or som
Re: What effects or process is used to create this?
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
google "dave hill photo look" or "dave hill style" and you'll find quite a bit of info (best guesses) about his photoshop techniques.
Image Sequence BATCH PROCESSING
by John Hunter 11 years ago
I want to export a clip out of FCP (as an image sequence) so that I can apply the Live Trace effect (or any certain look for that matter). 1) What is the best format to export out of FCP for Illustrat
Re: Image Sequence BATCH PROCESSING
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
1) What is the best format to export out of FCP for Illustrator - pict, psd, tiffs or jpeg best quality sequence should all work. i use jpegs. you probably don't neeed 30 fps. i frequently use as few
Live Trace Invert Black and White
by Paul Kennedy 11 years ago
Hi, I'm working on a mostly black and white animation and using live trace on images in Illustrator before I start to animate them. I was hoping to know if there was anyway to invert the black and whi
Re: Live Trace Invert Black and White
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
under object live trace trace options, on the left side of the trace options tab there is a check box to export swatches. after you do the trace, double klik the black swatch it exported and globally
Applying a Gradient to a Text Layer
by Eric Christians 11 years ago
Morning Everyone, I have been working with AfterEffects, Premiere and Photoshop since 1998 and am pretty well versed in these Adobe products. But I recently got Illustrator and although I am comprehen
Re: Applying a Gradient to a Text Layer
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
duh.... of course that's much better. thanks for the right answer vincent. misconception corrected.
illustrator cs3
by penny scroggins 11 years ago
I am new to illustator and am confused. I created a new document thats 14x48 and that is my art board. I want to select the art board and fill with color to be the background of my document. I have tr
Re: illustrator cs3
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
don't think you can change artboard color (in cs3 anyway) so usually i create a separate layer, then create a rectangle that is the size color of the colored background you want (14x48), position it w
Photoshop transparency to alpha channel
by Eric Jurgenson 11 years ago
Is there an EASY way to convert transparency to an alpha channel in Photoshop I know about using quick mask, and loading and saving selections as alpha, but it seems that Photoshop, being a very sophi
Re: Photoshop transparency to alpha channel
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
i don't think you'll see an individual action file for that. it's part of the file in the pshop actions folder called "Video Actions.atn". look at the ACTIONS menu under WINDOW in pshop. you should se
3D Effects - Any idea how these images are created?
by Mark Turner 11 years ago
Hello! I've just come across these images: http: www.thefwa.com assets site_wallpapers firstborn_fwa_dreamcatcher_800x600.jpg http: www.thefwa.com assets site_wallpapers fwa_milk_800x600.jpg http: www
Re: 3D Effects - Any idea how these images are created?
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
the first group seem to me to be done in a true 3D program. the italian portraits with vector overlays are almost certainly some combination of photoshop blending modes, illustrator and great artistic
Shortcut to go to next video frame?
by Nicholas Toth 11 years ago
Anyone know the shortcut to go to the next video frame in photoshop I'm MUCH more efficient at painting in photoshop than afx, but its annoying having to click on the 'next frame I ' button. I've been
Re: Shortcut to go to next video frame?
by ronaldo montalvo 11 years ago
it seems like an obvious useful thing but i don't think it's there. i ended up recording a couple of simple actions commands to just step forward one and back one frame and assigned it to F3 & F4 keys
apple itunes email ads
by ronaldo montalvo 14 years ago
does anyone know how to author something like the apple itunes ads that i get in email weekly. they come into my apple mail program with extensive artwork and layouts intact and links that take you di
Re: apple itunes email ads
by ronaldo montalvo 14 years ago
that does help. i'll investigate further. thanks curtis.
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