tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911Fri, 07 May 2010 19:55:10 +0000General SpecialistTips, tricks and tutorials for visual effects, broadcast design, motion graphics, animation and my other tinkerings in both 2D and 3D. Since I work mainly in Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, 3ds max, Maya and Cinema 4D, that's what I write about. My other ramblings are (also) for free!http://generalspecialist.com/index.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)Blogger155125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-5306488476782850501Fri, 09 Apr 2010 23:40:00 +00002010-04-10T01:43:22.045+02:00AfterEffectsworkbroadcastingSee What I Find at NAB 2010<a href="http://generalspecialist.posterous.com/"><img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/nab2008-754913.jpg" alt="" hspace="10" vspace="0" border="0" /></a><br /><br><br />I'm at the NAB 2010 show all week, and want to share what I find. Head over to <a href="http://generalspecialist.posterous.com/">http://generalspecialist.posterous.com/</a> where I'll post everything that's worth seeing!<br /><br />PS. If you're at <a href="http://nabshow.com/">NAB</a>, give me a call at +46-733-970000 or check my Twitter feeds at <a href="http://twitter.com/hummelstrand">@hummelstrand</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/casparcg">@CasparCG</a><br /><br /> <span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-5306488476782850501?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2010/04/see-what-i-find-at-nab-2010.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-1243351973546762692Fri, 09 Apr 2010 23:33:00 +00002010-04-10T01:38:19.584+02:00AfterEffectsworkFlashbroadcastingJust Released: Free and Open Source Broadcast Graphics Server<p><a href="http://casparcg.com/"><img src="http://www.casparcg.com/wp-content/uploads/Free_and_Open_Source3.png" alt="Free and Open Source" hspace="5" vspace="5" align="right" border="0" /></a>We’ve finally released the new version 1.8.0b4 of the CasparCG system, a broadcast graphics system that plays QuickTime and Flash out to SDI, HD-SDI, HDMI and DVI.<br />Download installers, source code and tools from <a href="http://casparcg.com/">http://casparcg.com/</a><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-1243351973546762692?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2010/04/just-released-free-and-open-source.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-3984355355931555734Tue, 19 Jan 2010 23:08:00 +00002010-01-20T00:13:46.608+01:00AfterEffectsGreat stroll down After Effects' memory laneThanks to Matt Silverman for posting this great video with an informal talk by three of the engineers of Adobe After Effects.<br /><br /><object width="400" height="300"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8803073&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8803073&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="400" height="300"></embed></object><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/8803073">SFMOGRAPH - After Effects Team</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user2905807">Matt Silverman</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p><br /><br /> <span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-3984355355931555734?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2010/01/great-stroll-down-after-effects-memory.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-2738754298957503339Thu, 11 Dec 2008 09:58:00 +00002008-12-11T11:51:33.829+01:00AfterEffectseditingPatches for After Effects CS4 and Premiere Pro CS4<img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/cs401-759422.jpg" alt="" border="0" vspace="0" hspace="10" /><br /><br />Don't miss the updates!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4085" target="_blank">After Effects 9.0.1 patch for Mac OS X</a><br /><a href="http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4086" target="_blank">After Effects 9.0.1 patch for Windows</a><br /><a href="http://www.adobe.com/support/documentation/en/aftereffects/cs4/Adobe_After_Effects_CS4_9_0_1_Readme.pdf" target="_blank">Read me file (PDF)</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4088" target="_blank">Premiere Pro 4.0.1 patch for Mac OS X</a><br /><a href="http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4088" target="_blank">Premiere Pro 4.0.1 patch for Windows</a><br /><a href="http://www.adobe.com/support/documentation/en/premierepro/4_1/Adobe_Premiere_Pro_CS4_0_1_ReadMe.pdf" target="_blank">Read me file (PDF)<br /></a><br /><br />Here's the goodies from the read me files:<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br />Notable fixes in the Adobe After Effects CS4 9.0.1 patch:</span><br /><ul><li>Miscellaneous performance improvements with MediaCore video formats.</li><li>General improvements to Dynamic Link workflows.</li><li>Mocha AE doesn’t read v210 QuickTime files correctly. (49015)</li><li>On some systems, the application may suspend rendering when the display turns off due<br />to power management or screen saver settings. (49146)</li><li>All Render Queue items are removed when opening or importing a saved project in which the first item has no comment, but other Render Queue items have comments. (49186)</li><li>Crash using “Open Layer” when multiple layers are selected if one of the selected layers does not have a source or has a collapsed transformation. (49207)</li><li>Auto-save is marking a project as saved; user can close project without being prompted to save changes, and multiprocessing can return old frames. (49209)</li><li>(Windows only) Custom eyedroppers in keying effects pick up wrong colors when clicked in custom thumbnail. (49248)</li><li>Exposure effect: negative offset values render garbage/underflow in 8bpc and 16bpc. (49294)</li><li>Puppet Tool: For a 3D layer, results are being clipped to layer bounds. (49267)</li><li>Importing a still sequence via Recent Footage imports only a single still instead of a sequence. (49265)</li><li>For some OpenGL effects in 32bpc projects, overbright colors are getting clipped.(1893997)</li><li>When the “Write XMP IDs to Files on Import” option is selected, MediaCore playback can make some files appear out of sync. (1880742)</li><li>Application may appear to hang for several minutes “Reading XMP markers from footage” (status message) with files that contain deeply nested metadata. (1874477)</li></ul><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">New in the Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 4.0.1 patch:</span><ul><li>OMF export<br /></li><li>Final Cut Pro import<br /></li><li>Edit in Audition (Windows only)<br /></li><li>Surcode support<br /></li><li>AAF import and export<br /></li><li>High quality motion<br /></li><li>Third-party support</li></ul><br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Notable fixes in the Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 4.0.1 patch:</span><ul><li>Attempting to trim locked tracks results in a crash (#1888355)<br /></li><li>Crash on Win and error on Mac when using Numpad-Asterisk keys to generate marker when<br />playing in Program Pane when Effect Controls pane is closed (#1890626)<br /></li><li>Crash when the Metadata panel is brought into focus when a DVCPro HD clip is selected<br />(#1884633)<br /></li><li>When a filter/search is applied in the Metadata Panel and then a different asset is selected, the<br />filter does not update (#1876954)<br /></li><li>Custom schema causes Adobe Premiere Pro to crash performing many basic operations,<br />starting with New Project (#1888938)<br /></li><li>Render of transition in imported EDL-based sequence fails; on Mac, causes application to hang<br />indefinitely, user must be force-quit application (#1873434)<br /></li><li>After ASND is saved, an effect is always ON if it turns OFF while playing (#1864978)<br /></li><li>Crash when attempting to load a project that contains a composition if headless Adobe<br />Premiere Pro is serving Adobe After Effects (#1871578)<br /></li><li>Exporting video as MPEG 4 will create a video file that imports at the incorrect length<br />(#1851063)<br /></li><li>Trimming both ends of a clip, then moving the clip will cause looped playback to be silent, or<br />only playback portions of the clip (#1868409)<br /></li><li>When exporting a timeline containing cuepoints, deleting a cue point via AME Batch-> Export<br />Settings, the cue point is still present in the output file (#1866690)<br /></li><li>Playing an audio-only file in the source monitor will cause the application to lock up (#1887330)<br /></li><li>Exporting any MT session as 24bit WAV leads to garbled audio – Mac only (#1881684)<br /></li><li>Adobe Premiere Pro allocates too much memory and reads too much data from disk when<br />loading project files on the Mac (#1890579)<br /></li><li>With camera connected, opening clip from Timeline into Source and selecting File  Debug<br />results in a serious error (#1889197)<br /></li><li>Export to tape is active from DVCPRO HD sequences (#1863718)<br /></li><li>Application intermittently crashes when exporting a movie (#1868405)<br /></li><li>Render and Replace of offline clips takes over 20 minutes (#1885273)<br /></li><li>Application crashes when cancelling “Normalize Audio Track” dialog (#1887615)<br /></li><li>When an AVCHD clip is inserted into a DV timeline with Scale to Frame Size applied, rendered<br />previews of the clip show artifacts during Timeline playback (#1863988)<br /></li><li>Using scale to frame size in a timeline lowers output quality and softens detail and sharpness;<br />typing in scale attributes manually or using Adobe After Effects produces much better results<br />(#1527669)<br /></li><li>Multiplexed MPEG files exported to HD size and then imported back in to Adobe Premiere Pro<br />show up as 601 color space instead of 709 color space and hence the colors of the imported<br />files are off (#1852977)</li></ul><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Known issues in the Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 4.0.1 patch:</span><ul><li>Important note: if you are using the Elemental Technologies RapiHD plug-in, you must update<br />to the latest version in order to use Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 4.0.1. You can update the plug-in<br />by visiting the Elemental Technologies web page: http://www.rapihd.com/?q=node/129.<br /></li><li>Re-installing Adobe Premiere Pro CS4.0.0 after it has been patched will generate an error<br />dialog at the end of the installation. This dialog can be ignored.<br /></li><li>Uninstalling Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 after CS4 is installed will result in AME exports in CS4 to<br />fail with ‘Could not read from the source’. Creating a shortcut named Premiere alongside the<br />dynamiclinkmanager.exe that points to the Premiere.exe will fix the problem.<br /></li><li>When converting Final Cut Pro project with Color correction applied, the color correction will be<br />incorrect within Adobe Premiere Pro.<br /></li><li>When converting Final Cut Pro project with Bins, the bins do not appear in Adobe Premiere Pro<br />unless selected in the Final Cut Pro xml export.<br /></li><li>Multicamera enable sequence with HDV clips does not playback as normal; severe drop frame<br />or stopping playback occurs<br /></li><li>Audio in a nested 16 channel sequence does not simultaneously playback all of its audio tracks<br />in the Source Monitor.<br /></li><li>File>Adobe Dynamic Link>Send to Encore selection is available when a 16 channel sequence<br />is selected; however, Adobe Encore does not support 16 channel sequences.<br /></li><li>File>Export>Export to OMF... selection is grayed when the Audio Mixer Panel is selected on the<br />Mac.<br /></li><li>File>Export>Export to EDL... selection is grayed when the Audio Mixer Panel is selected on the<br />Mac.<br /></li><li>5.1 sequences use output mapping from the stereo channel column of the Preferences>Audio<br />Output Mapping dialog when the audio device selected from the Map Output for menu has less<br />than 6 channels.<br /></li><li>All 16 channels of a 16 channel sequence are summed to mono without attenuation when<br />exported as media when Audio>Basic Audio Settings>Channels is set to Mono.<br /></li><li>Both odd and even numbered channels of a 16 channel sequence are summed to both stereo<br />channels when exported as media when Audio>Basic Audio Settings>Channels is set to Stereo.<br /></li><li>16-channel selection does not appear in the Export Settings dialog Basic Audio Settings<br />Channels menu when a 16-channel sequence is selected.<br /></li><li>All channels of a 16 channel sequence are summed to Ls, Rs and Center channels when<br />exported as media when Audio>Basic Audio Settings>Channels is set to 5.1.<br /></li><li>Setting the Optimize Rendering preference to “Memory” is highly recommended when Max<br />Quality or Max Bit Depth rendering is on. These settings are designed for high performance<br />systems. Please check Adobe Online Support for recommended system requirements.<br /></li><li>Loading an existing project with a P2 sequence that is missing media may cause a crash.<br /></li><li>Adobe Premiere Pro crashes when importing AAF from Avid if it contains references to clips<br />with OMF audio (WAVE or AIFF).<br /></li><li>AAF may not provide consistent results for complex projects in formats other than DV or HDV.</li></ul><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-2738754298957503339?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/12/patches-for-after-effects-cs4-and.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)14tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-3032254519392428965Wed, 10 Dec 2008 23:10:00 +00002008-12-11T13:07:19.823+01:00AfterEffectsshootingeditingcamerasbroadcastingRED Finally Cuts in Adobe Apps<img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/redbeta-748337.jpg" alt="" border="0" vspace="0" hspace="10" /><br />While RED has published a picture of the <span style="font-weight: bold;">Premiere Pro 1.0 box</span> on their <a href="http://www.red.com/support/release_history/15" target="_blank">RED Adobe CS4 Installer (beta) page</a>, you'll actually need the newly released <a href="http://generalspecialist.com/2008/12/reds-latest-line-up.asp" target="_blank">version 4.0.1 of Premiere Pro CS4 and version 9.0.1 of After Effects CS4</a>.<br /><br />The system requirements aren't exactly designed for the famed "soccer mom's" of this world; you'll need to have a 3.0 GHz quad-core system, at least 8 GB of RAM and a 64-bit OS such as OS X or Vista 64 if you want to work comfortably, but using lower resolutions with lesser machines will work as well.<br /><br />Dave Helmly has posted a <a href="http://blogs.adobe.com/davtechtable/2008/12/native_red_camera_files_cs4.html" target="_blank">video workflow</a> (but could someone please help the guy with the design?)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-3032254519392428965?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/12/updates-for-after-effects-premiere-pro.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-4080484968532089893Thu, 04 Dec 2008 12:04:00 +00002008-12-04T13:29:04.472+01:00shootingcamerasbroadcastingRED's Latest Line-up<img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/scarlet-764359.jpg" alt="" align="right" border="0" vspace="0" hspace="10" /><a href="http://www.red.com/epic_scarlet/" target="_blank">The December 3rd updates</a> to RED's <a href="http://generalspecialist.com/2008/11/why-red-cameras-wont-be-seen-at-pool.asp" target="_blank">earlier announcements</a> seem to be moving in the right direction. However, I can't really figure out if we will be able to get a 2/3-inch Cinema Scarlet sensor with interchangeable lens mounts.<br />If we can mount 3rd-party lenses to it, with a <span style="font-style: italic;">REDhandle</span>, a viewfinder (<span style="font-style: italic;">BombEVF?</span>) and a recording module the price would presumably be in the vicinity of the $3,750 of the <span style="font-style: italic;">2/3-inch 8X Fixed Zoom</span> complete kit.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-4080484968532089893?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/12/reds-latest-line-up.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-6545166458248410437Thu, 13 Nov 2008 23:47:00 +00002008-11-25T08:57:52.467+01:00shootingcamerasbroadcastingWhy the RED cameras won't be seen at pool parties<img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/scarletnov08-722311.jpg" alt="" align="right" border="0" vspace="10" hspace="10" />If RED was aiming their new <a href="http://www.red.com/epic_scarlet/">Scarlet</a> to be a "<a href="http://reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?t=18710">DSLR killer</a>," they missed the mark, unfortunately.<br /><br />I love what RED is doing to the dinosaurs of the camera business, but I was hoping that a Scarlet would replace my prosumer gear and give me new possibilities. Unless the Scarlet with the fixed lens is dirt-cheap I don't see me getting it.<br /><br />Instead RED's proposed system may well be a revolution for motion camera design principles with the sensor being decoupled from the rest of the gear, but this current design won't mean anything for me based on these factors:<br /><ol><li><span style="font-weight: bold;">Stills resolution</span><br />For still images the 2/3" Scarlet's resolution is just 4.9 mega-pixels where at least 8 MP or more was needed to become a usable alternative to any cheap DSLR. You need to go up to the S35 sensor to get 13.8 MP.<br /></li><li><span style="font-weight: bold;">Movie resolution</span><br />No doubt this is where all RED systems excel, and the 2/3" sensor's 3K sounds like a sweet spot where the data rate is still manageable while you will still have the ability to crop or down-sample to HD / 2K. However, I'm pretty happy to get 1080p out of <a href="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/jibcamera01-700810.jpg">my cheap rig</a> or from a Nikon D90 or a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (which are just the first versions of what will surely become standard features of traditional DSLRs.)</li><li><span style="font-weight: bold;">Frame rate</span><br />The great 120 fps frame rate available in the 2/3" sensor drops down to a mere 30 fps in the other Scarlet sensors (unless you crop in on the sensor and loose resolution and DOF,) which is a bit of a disappointment. Being able to over-crank to get beautiful slow-mo has always been a dream of mine...<br /></li><li><span style="font-weight: bold;">Lenses</span><br />You also need to go up to the S35-sized sensor to be able to attach readily available still camera lenses from Nikon and Canon, which suddenly brings us to the next point:<br /></li><li><span style="font-weight: bold;">Price</span><br />Just the S35 sensor and mount for still lenses bring the price up to $7,000, without a viewfinder or any accessories. That's a far cry from something that a prosumer could justify spending on a camera body, considering Canon's and Nikon's bodies which go for under $2,500. If you get the 2/3" sensor you need to get new lenses with special mounts.<br /></li><li><span style="font-weight: bold;">Shallow depth-of-field</span><br />The 2/3" sensor is so small (see Stu Maschwitz's <a href="http://prolost.blogspot.com/2008/08/sensor-size-cheat-sheet-update.html">sensor cheat sheet</a>) that you won't get the cinematic shallow depth-of-field and bokeh that we all love, without putting a DOF adaptor and additional lenses in front of the 2/3" Scarlet. A super-16-sized sensor is way better most current video cameras (many features have been shot on super-16,) but it's not comparable with the size and look of a DSLR, even those with APS-C-sized sensors like the Canon 30D.<br /></li></ol>I was hoping for "3K for $3K": a camera body that would do 2K or more at at least 75 fps with a still camera lens mount and shallow depth-of-field-look, and at least same stills resolution that my old Canon 30D had. I guess I'll have to wait another couple of years...<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-6545166458248410437?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/11/why-red-cameras-wont-be-seen-at-pool.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-5234108101722102794Thu, 09 Oct 2008 07:11:00 +00002008-10-09T10:00:22.837+02:00CheckItOutAfterEffectsCinema4DRecommendedReadingeditingcamerasbroadcastingLearn VFX from the Masters of the Universe<a href="http://server7.fxphd.com/bkd210-class00.mov" target="_blank"><img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/fxphd_movieOct08-712546.jpg" border="0" vspace="10" hspace="0" /></a><br />The world's best supervisors including <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0461306/" target="_blank"><span style="font-style: italic;">John Knoll</span></a>, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0820140/" target="_blank"><span style="font-style: italic;">Scott Squires</span></a>, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004375/" target="_blank"><span style="font-style: italic;">John Dykstra</span></a>, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0375666/" target="_blank"><span style="font-style: italic;">Pablo Helman</span></a>, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0613830/" target="_blank"><span style="font-style: italic;">Dennis Murren</span></a>, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0277842/" target="_blank"><span style="font-style: italic;">Mike Fink</span></a>, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0707822/" target="_blank"><span style="font-style: italic;">Ken Ralson</span></a> and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0508912/" target="_blank"><span style="font-style: italic;">Kim Libreri</span></a> are part of a course in the new term at <span style="font-weight: bold;">fxphd.com</span>. Imagine learning stuff from the people behind such milestones as <span style="font-style: italic;">Close Encounters of the Third Kind</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">Star Wars I to VI</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">Wargames</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">Back to the Future</span>,<span style="font-style: italic;"> The Abyss</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">Indiana Jones</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">Terminator 2 &amp; 3</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">The Matrix</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">Pirates of the Caribbean</span> and many more of the films that have shaped the last decades.<br /><img src="http://www.fxphd.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/photojar-base/cache/masters-grid-300x161.png" align="" border="0" vspace="10" hspace="0" /><br /><br />You already know <a href="http://www.google.com/custom?cx=011921281735112806323%3Avgtrvofgvjo&amp;cof=AH%3Aleft%3BCX%3AGeneralSpecialist%252Ecom%3BDIV%3A%23cccccc%3BFORID%3A0%3BGFNT%3A%23666666%3BL%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fgoogle.com%2Fcoop%2Fintl%2Fen%2Fimages%2Fcustom_search_sm.gif%3BLH%3A65%3BLP%3A1%3BVLC%3A%23551a8b%3B&amp;q=fxphd&amp;sa=Search&amp;adkw=AELymgVh7EMhavkARpZ_SkWtBLKOtMBd-21hnqO-HWGV6F6XjqlhPFGxrUMxZGyotJNJaa7dG7O6EDBHLgq3UN4r2DOT-pivvqiXTjSldUShds0Byd9-9XLNwHe0-4AydupZ1bwyMHC14-nEFGAcOsGXq0Z3S0ROAw&amp;hl=en&amp;oe=UTF-8&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;client=google-coop-np" target="_blank">how much I can recommend fxphd</a>, and the new term is even better than the last one. Make sure you look at <a href="http://server7.fxphd.com/bkd210-class00.mov" target="_blank">the overview movie</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.fxphd.com/courseInfo.php" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.fxphd.com/images/oct08-orientation-courses.png" align="right" border="0" vspace="10" hspace="10" /></a>Here's a <a href="http://www.fxphd.com/courseInfo.php" target="_blank">complete list of available courses</a>. The term starts on October 13 2008, but you can join later and have access to all the classes you've signed up for.<br /><br />I've been swamped with work, so I still have a couple of courses left from the last term to watch (a tip: convert the classes so you can watch them on a portable media player of your choice; I watch classes in bed while waiting for the kids to fall asleep.)<br /><br />This new term I'll be taking the <span style="font-weight: bold;">DIT</span> course, the new <span style="font-weight: bold;">RED</span> course and either Mark Christiansen's <span style="font-weight: bold;">AE</span> course or Tim Clapham's <span style="font-weight: bold;">AE+C4D</span> course. I wish I had time to dig into the <span style="font-weight: bold;">Fusion</span> course as well, but we'll see how it goes.<br /><br /><br /><a href="https://www.fxphd.com/lounge/payments.php" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/fxphdpr-omo-700578.gif" align="left" border="0" hspace="10" /></a>Oh, if you enter <span style="font-weight: bold;">humlan</span> in the <span style="font-style: italic;">Referring Member</span> field on the <a href="https://www.fxphd.com/lounge/payments.php" target="_blank">signup page</a>, I'll get an extra class, which would be really nice. Thanks in advance!<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-5234108101722102794?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/10/learn-vfx-from-masters-of-universe.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-8490727747682960596Wed, 08 Oct 2008 08:00:00 +00002008-10-09T10:42:13.939+02:00trickstipsbroadcastingWatch and Embed YouTube Clips in High QualityThe term <span style="font-style: italic;">"High Quality"</span> has to be taken with a bucket of salt when we're talking about YouTube, but there's an easy way to at least lessen the compression artifacts, which is especially useful for full-screen viewing. Even a lot of clips that don't have the "Watch in High Quality" link on the page actually exists in a less compressed version.<br /><br />If you are watching the clip at <span style="font-style: italic;">YouTube.com</span>, just add <span style="font-weight: bold;font-family:courier new;" >&amp;fmt=18</span> at the end of the URL. The easiest way to do this is the create a bookmark in your browser's toolbar. Just bookmark any site and then replace the URL of the bookmark's <span style="font-style: italic;">Location</span> with this simple JavaScript: <span style="font-weight: bold;font-family:courier new;" >javascript:window.location+="&amp;fmt=18";</span><br />Every time you're at YouTube you can just click the bookmark to see the clip with less compression (if it's available, otherwise the standard clip will play.)<br /><br />See the difference for yourself:<br /><ul><li><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1TcL0wZ-pM" target="_blank">Ira Glass (standard quality)</a></li><li><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1TcL0wZ-pM&amp;fmt=18" target="_blank">Ira Glass ("High Quality")</a></li></ul><br /><br />If you embed videos, you can do the same thing and even embed a larger version, but you have to append <strong style="font-family: courier new;">&amp;ap=%2526fmt%3D18</strong> to both URL's in the code, plus change the sizes in both places to 480 by 360.<br /><br /><object width="425" height="349"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/J1TcL0wZ-pM&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1&amp;rel=0&amp;border=0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/J1TcL0wZ-pM&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1&amp;rel=0&amp;border=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="349"></embed></object><br /><br /><object width="480" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/J1TcL0wZ-pM&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1&amp;rel=0&amp;border=1&amp;ap=%2526fmt%3D18"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/J1TcL0wZ-pM&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1&amp;rel=0&amp;border=1&amp;ap=%2526fmt%3D18" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="360"></embed></object><br /><br />You can also <a href="http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20080421213854552" target="_blank">watch YouTube videos with QuickTime embedded player</a> if you'd like, and easily download the clips (if you have QuickTime Player Pro.)<br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas<br /><br />Tip of the hat to <a href="http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/06/12/how-to-embed-high-quality-and-higher-resolution-youtube-videos-on-blog-or-website/" target="_blank">My Digital Life</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/tobiaslind" target="_blank">Tobias Lind</a>.<br /></span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-8490727747682960596?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/09/watch-and-embed-youtube-clips-in-high.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-8284294944393753356Fri, 29 Aug 2008 19:26:00 +00002008-08-29T22:39:22.728+02:00shootingtipseditingbroadcastingProRes 422 Codec Finally Cross-platform (Sorta...)<img style="width: 180px; height: 180px;" src="http://images.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/application_updates/images/appleproresquicktimedecoder10forwindows_20080828141047.jpg" alt="" vspace="0" align="right" border="0" hspace="10" />Before you get all excited about the <a href="http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/appleproresquicktimedecoder10forwindows.html" target="_blank">Apple ProRes QuickTime Decoder 1.0 for Windows</a>, let's remember that you can only render to ProRes 422 if you're on a Mac and have Final Cut Studio 2 installed. If you don't you'll be in the same boat as the Windows users and will need to install the <a href="http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/appleproresquicktimedecoder10formac.html" target="_blank">Apple ProRes QuickTime Decoder 1.0 for Mac</a>.<br /><br />So, for true cross-platform goodness you'll still be better off with the free (and in size and quality similar <a href="http://www.capria.tv/?p=141">or better</a>) <a href="http://avidtechnology.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/avidtechnology.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=76058&amp;p_created=1214232646&amp;p_sid=bGe_qycj&amp;p_accessibility=0" target="_blank">Avid DNxHD codec</a> that also supports an alpha channel.<br /><br /><a href="http://images.apple.com/finalcutstudio/resources/white_papers/L342568A_ProRes_WP.pdf" target="_blank">ProRes 422 White Paper</a><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-8284294944393753356?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/08/prores-422-codec-finally-cross-platform.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-4736642063873126401Sat, 16 Aug 2008 19:54:00 +00002008-08-17T00:26:19.153+02:00AfterEffectsAfter Effects CS4 Will Not Work on PPC Macs<img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/36936472_4d6063f413_b-742225.jpg" alt="" align="right" border="0" vspace="0" hspace="10" />The next version of After Effects (CS4) is dropping support for PPC Macs. While this may upset some people, I think it's better to spend development effort on new features and an improved software rather than supporting legacy hardware.<br /><br />A cheap PC or Mac that will run AE just as fast or faster than an old top-of-the-line PPC Mac costs under $600. If you don't want to upgrade your hardware you'll need to stay on After Effects CS3 (but remember it won't be sold anymore once CS4 is shipping.)<br /><br />Read more about the reasoning behind focusing on the newer platforms on <a href="http://blogs.adobe.com/keyframes/2008/08/after_effects_cs4_mac_powerpc.html" target="_blank">Product Manager Michael Coleman's blog</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><br /><div style="text-align: right;"><span style="font-size:78%;">Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/remydwd/" target="_blank">Dan Dickinson</a></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-4736642063873126401?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/08/after-effects-cs4-will-not-work-on-ppc.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-7477877801090451080Tue, 12 Aug 2008 22:47:00 +00002008-11-14T10:41:36.114+01:00AfterEffectsshootingeditingcamerasImporting RED (.r3d) Files Into After Effects CS3 and Premiere Pro CS3<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://www.reduser.net/forum/uploaded/1_adobe1.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; float: right; cursor: pointer; width: 200px;" src="http://www.reduser.net/forum/uploaded/1_adobe1.jpg" alt="" border="0" /></a><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://www.reduser.net/forum/uploaded/1_adobe2.jpg"><img style="margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; float: right; cursor: pointer; width: 200px;" src="http://www.reduser.net/forum/uploaded/1_adobe2.jpg" alt="" target="_blank" border="0" /></a><span style="font-weight: bold;">UPDATE 2:</span> It's been a long wait, but <a href="http://reduser.net/forum/showpost.php?p=321938&amp;postcount=1600" target="_blank">it now looks like the plugins will be released on Nov 20th 2008</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">UPDATE:</span> Here's a <a href="http://blogs.adobe.com/davtechtable/2008/08/new_red_camera_adobe_support_1.html" target="_blank">sneak peak from Adobe with RED including workflow videos</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?t=16967" target="_blank">According to Jim Jannard of RED</a>, they will <a href="http://www.reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?t=17408" target="_blank">soon</a> release a plug-in that will let users of Adobe After Effects CS3 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 import the raw files from the RED camera(s).<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-7477877801090451080?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/08/importing-red-r3d-files-into-after.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-7722981032623667966Mon, 04 Aug 2008 19:02:00 +00002008-08-13T10:54:40.525+02:00shootingcamerasbroadcastingBuilding a Pro Camera Crane / Jib, part 1<div><a href="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/20080709-194135-763250.JPG"><img style="FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; CURSOR: hand" alt="" src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/20080709-194135-762812.JPG" border="0" /></a>I was once told that my favorite interest seemed to be collecting hobbies. That may be truer than I'd like to admit, and for the last six months I've added yet a new project to all my previous (unfinished) tinkerings.<br /><br />I have a Basic Stamp micro-controller and USB programming board left over from <a href="http://generalspecialist.com/2006/06/interval-timer-for-canon-eos-350d.asp" target="_blank">another project</a> that I never finished. One day I realized that a fun use for it would be to build a <strong>joystick-controlled pan/tilt camera head</strong> that could be placed on the end of a camera crane.<br /><br />After 30 minutes with a search engine I realized that buying a ready-made crane was out of the question, as the ones I found cost several thousand dollars. Working at a TV broadcaster I have first-hand access to professional jibs and saw that they weren't as mechanically complicated as I had initially thought. I imagined the hard part would be controlling the camera head with a joystick. As the build have progressed I have come to understand that I had seriously underestimated the amount of mechanical work required.<br /><br />My initial plan was to built a jib with a total length of 3 meter, based on that I found <a href="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/jibfirstarm-755371.jpg" target="_blank">two light and sturdy metallic pipes</a> (25 mm in diameter) in a local hardware store. These would be used as a parallelogram so that the camera head would always be vertical no matter how the jib was raised or lowered. With an arm of that length it would also be easy to fit the jib inside a car.<br /><br />As the project has progressed I've abandoned these pipes for two reasons. Firstly I've found it hard to fasten the six ball-bearings to these pipes, since they aren't very sturdy and I wouldn't be able to make holes in them without weakening them too much. And secondly, I got megalomania and realized I wanted a longer arm that could still be stuffed into a car, so I decided to abandon the cheap pipes and go with two 3 meter long pieces of rectangular aluminum tube that could be assembled into a 5 meter crane. An added bonus is that the length of the arm can be shortened if necessary.<br /><br />Using a single arm means that I need to use <a href="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/jibpulley-758420.jpg">two pulleys with a wire</a> between them. One pulley will be fastened to the camera head and the other to the tripod mount.<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/jibtripod01-771907.jpg"><img style="FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; CURSOR: pointer" alt="" src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/jibtripod01-771898.jpg" border="0" /></a>Without a sturdy tripod as a base, the jib would become wobbly and unstable. Luckily I found a great <span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Manfrotto </span>tripod with a fluid video head and detachable dolly wheels on Swedish ebay. You can't complain about the price: $200 including shipping!<br /><br /><a href="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/jibmount01-732197.jpg"><img style="FLOAT: left; MARGIN: 0px 10px 10px 0px; CURSOR: hand" alt="" src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/jibmount01-732193.jpg" border="0" /></a>To attach the arm to the tripod I've bought a heavy construction bracket used for securing wooden beams. All I had to do was to chop off the protruding flanges and drill a hole for the tripod mounting screw. I'll even be able to use the pre-drilled holes to fasten the axle!<br /><br />The controller is housed in the clear acrylic case from an <span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">iPod Shuffle</span> and is made up of a 9V battery, a <a href="http://www.parallax.com/Store/Microcontrollers/BASICStampModules/tabid/134/ProductID/7/List/1/Default.aspx?SortField=ProductName,ProductName"><span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold" target="_blank">Basic Stamp BS2p24</span></a> and a <a style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold" href="http://www.parallax.com/Store/Accessories/MotorServoControllers/tabid/160/ProductID/491/List/1/Default.aspx?SortField=ProductName,ProductName">Pololu DC Motor Controller</a>. Power to the motors come from an external 6V lead-acid battery that will be used as part of the counter-weight on the arm. The joystick is from a <span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sony PlayStation 2</span> and I'm using three potentiometers that will be used as separate pan and tilt speed adjustments plus a zero-point sensitivity adjustment. The code is still pretty rough, but I've added a routine that sets the zero-point of the joystick at boot time. I'll publish the source-code when everything is working, if anyone's interested.<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/jibcamera01-700810.jpg"><img style="CURSOR: pointer" alt="" hspace="5" src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/jibcamera01-700802.jpg" align="right" border="0" /></a>As a camera I'm using my <span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Canon HV-20</span> with a <span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">RedRock Micro M2</span> lens adapter with a used follow-focus (thanks to ebay again!) Unfortunately the HV-20 doesn't have a LANC port so I'm using a 5 meter long optical fiber to send the IR remote signal from the back of the jib. A bit of a hack, but this is a rebel-style jib after all!<br /><br />Yes, I know that with only one joystick I don't yet have focus control, but based on previous experience I've chosen to complete version 1.0 before adding any more features. The motor controller can only be connected to two motors, but with my follow-focus I can easily attach a servo to the gear and control that directly from the Basic Stamp.<br /><br /><br /><div><em>- So what will it be used for?</em> you ask. Well, now we get into serious denial-territory. I've tried to justify the time and money spent so far with being able to sell really cool shots at iStockPhoto from our upcoming trip to the Norwegian coast , but lately I've come to terms with the fact that I just need the challenge.</div><br /><br /><div>I'll keep posting with more pictures as I get closer to final assembly!</div><br /><br /><div><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span> </div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-7722981032623667966?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/08/building-pro-camera-crane-jib-part-1.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-7714055192289840293Tue, 22 Jul 2008 14:20:00 +00002008-07-22T16:51:07.848+02:00CheckItOuttutorialsRecommendedReadingbroadcastingEven More Great VFX Courses<a href="http://www.fxphd.com/article33.html" target="_blank"><img alt="" hspace="10" src="http://fxphd.com/images/jul08/courses.gif" align="right" border="0" /></a>I've been on a long vacation, so I haven't had a chance to write about the new term. I won't bore regular readers who already know <a href="http://www.google.com/custom?cx=011921281735112806323%3Avgtrvofgvjo&amp;cof=AH%3Aleft%3BCX%3AGeneralSpecialist%252Ecom%3BDIV%3A%23cccccc%3BFORID%3A0%3BGFNT%3A%23666666%3BL%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fgoogle.com%2Fcoop%2Fintl%2Fen%2Fimages%2Fcustom_search_sm.gif%3BLH%3A65%3BLP%3A1%3BVLC%3A%23551a8b%3B&amp;q=fxphd&amp;sa=Search&amp;adkw=AELymgVh7EMhavkARpZ_SkWtBLKOtMBd-21hnqO-HWGV6F6XjqlhPFGxrUMxZGyotJNJaa7dG7O6EDBHLgq3UN4r2DOT-pivvqiXTjSldUShds0Byd9-9XLNwHe0-4AydupZ1bwyMHC14-nEFGAcOsGXq0Z3S0ROAw&amp;hl=en&amp;oe=UTF-8&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;client=google-coop-np" target="_blank">how much I can recommend fxphd</a>.<br /><br />Here's a <a href="http://www.fxphd.com/article33.html" target="_blank">complete list of available courses</a>. The term started on July 14 2008, but you can join later and have access to all the classes you've signed up for.<br /><br />If you want to know more about fxphd, take a look at the <a href="http://www.fxphd.com/movies/bkd209-oweek.mov" target="_blank">fxphd Tour Movie</a>. There's also a great <a href="http://www.fxphd.com/article20.html" target="_blank">FAQ</a>.<br /><br />I think I'll choose <strong>AFX302 - After Effects Masters</strong>, <strong>C4D202 - Cinema4D and After Effects in Production</strong> and <strong>DRK301 - VFX and Indie Films</strong>.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.fxphd.com/lounge/payments.php" target="_blank"><img alt="" hspace="10" src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/fxphdpr-omo-700578.gif" align="left" border="0" /></a>Oh, if you enter <span style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">humlan</span> in the <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Referring Member</span> field on the <a href="https://www.fxphd.com/lounge/payments.php" target="_blank">signup page</a>, I'll get an extra class, which would be really nice. Thanks in advance!<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-7714055192289840293?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/07/even-more-great-vfx-courses.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-8904104203555150313Sun, 11 May 2008 21:18:00 +00002008-05-12T00:00:29.594+02:00CheckItOutinspirationPhun and Typography 2.0Not enough distractions? Here's a couple of ways to seriously kill your productivity:<br /><br /><a href="http://phun.at/" target="_blank"><img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/phun-763465.gif" border="0" hspace="0" vspace="10" /></a><br /><a href="http://phun.at/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Phun:</span></a> Real-time Physics Sandbox<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://fontstruct.fontshop.com/" target="_blank"><br /><img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_imaqes/fontstruct.gif" border="0" hspace="0" vspace="10" /><br /></a><a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://fontstruct.fontshop.com/" target="_blank">FontStruct</a><a href="http://fontstruct.fontshop.com/"><span style="font-weight: bold;">:</span></a> Online Typography Editor<br /><br /><br />And when you're done, make sure you watch <a href="http://fc01.deviantart.com/fs13/f/2007/077/2/e/Animator_vs__Animation_by_alanbecker.swf" target="_blank">Animator vs. Animation part 1</a><br />and <a href="http://alanbecker.deviantart.com/art/Animator-vs-Animation-II-50891749" target="_blank">Animator vs. Animation part 2</a>.<br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-8904104203555150313?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/05/phun-and-typography-20.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-9217667753041728420Sat, 12 Apr 2008 21:05:00 +00002008-04-27T20:53:20.834+02:00CheckItOutshootingcamerasbroadcastingWhat happens in Vegas doesn't stay thereStuck at home? Me too...<br /><br />Here's how to keep tabs on <a href="http://www.nabshow.com/" target="_blank">NAB</a>. I'll keep on updating the links as we go...<br /><br /><img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/nab2008-754913.jpg" alt="" border="0" /><br /><br /><br />Basically, if you want the latest as it happens, get a Twitter.com account and follow the people below!<br /><ul><li>Mike Seymour of fxphd.com is <a href="http://twitter.com/mikeseymour" target="_blank">twittering</a> and <a href="http://gallery.mac.com/mseymour7#gallery" target="_blank">posting images</a></li><li>...as are his colleagues <a href="http://twitter.com/johnmontfx" target="_blank">John Montgomery</a> and Jeff Heuser (<a href="http://neonmarg.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">blog</a> + <a href="http://twitter.com/neonmarg" target="_blank">tweets</a>)</li><li>fxguide.com's <a href="http://www.fxguide.com/redcentre" target="_blank">redcentre podcast</a> #3 discusses RED's NAB announcements</li><li><a href="http://www.fxguide.com/fxguidetv.html">fxguidetv</a> and <a href="http://www.fxguide.com/fxpodcast.html">fxpodcast</a> has episodes from every NAB day<br /></li><br /><li><a href="http://www.freshdv.com/nab" target="_blank">FresHDV's NAB videos</a> (please de-interlace, dude!)<a href="http://twitter.com/freshdv_mobile" target="_blank"></a></li><li>DigitalContentProducer is hosting a <a href="http://blog.digitalcontentproducer.com/nab/" target="_blank">BlogLive</a> and a <a href="http://blog.digitalcontentproducer.com/briefingroom/category/2008-nab-newslink/" target="_blank">Virtual Press Conference</a><br /></li><li><a href="http://www.digitalproductionbuzz.com/" target="_blank">Digital Production Buzz</a> had videos and podcasts from NAB last year, not sure what they will have now...</li><li>Mike Curtis' <a href="http://provideocoalition.com/index.php/mcurtis/" target="_blank">HD for Indies</a> is blogging from the floor</li><li><a href="http://www.studiodaily.com/blog/?cat=33" target="_blank">StudioDaily</a> (I guess their <a href="http://www.studiodaily.com/main/news/" target="_blank">News section</a> might be a better place to look, we'll see...)</li><li><a href="http://twitter.com/5tu" target="_blank">Stu Maschwitz</a> is tweeting on Twitter.com<br /></li><li>...as is <a href="http://twitter.com/alexlindsay" target="_blank">Alex Lindsey</a> from the PixelCorps<br /></li><li>...and <a href="http://twitter.com/ronbrinkmann" target="_blank">Ron Brinkmann<br /></a></li><li>...and <a href="http://twitter.com/careyd" target="_blank">Carey Dissmore</a></li><li>...and <a href="http://twitter.com/melorama" target="_blank">Mel Matsuoka</a></li><li>...and <a href="http://twitter.com/dorkmanscott" target="_blank">DorkmanScott</a></li><li>List of <a href="http://nabpartylist.com/" target="_blank">all the <span style="font-weight: bold;">parties</span> at NAB</a> as well as <a href="http://twitter.com/partylist" target="_blank">a Twitter feed</a>.</li><li>The <a href="http://media-motion.tv/IMUG-list.html" target="_blank">IMUG mailing list</a> has a <a href="http://twitter.com/imug_nab08" target="_blank">NAB08 Twitter feed</a></li><li><a href="http://twitter.com/NABfeed" target="_blank">Carolina FCP Users Group is twittering</a><br /></li><li>LostRemote seems to be <a href="http://www.lostremote.com/" target="_blank">blogging</a>, <a href="http://twitter.com/lostremote" target="_blank">twittering</a>, shooting <a href="http://www.youtube.com/group/nab2008">video</a> and <a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/nab2008/" target="_blank">images</a><br /></li><li><a href="http://www.digitalmedianet.com/" target="_blank">Digital Media Net<br /></a></li><li><a href="http://nab.broadcastnewsroom.com/" target="_blank">Broadcast NewsRoom's NAB page</a></li><li>VideoMaker.com had an <a href="http://www.videomaker.com/blog/category/nab" target="_blank">NAB blog last year</a></li><li><a href="http://www.flickr.com/search/show/?q=%28nab+OR+nabshow+OR+nab2008%29+-strobist&amp;m=tags&amp;d=taken-20080410-&amp;ct=0" target="_blank">Flickr images tagged with NAB</a></li><li><a href="http://nabshow.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">NAB's own blog</a> (right now showing three RED videos)</li><li><a href="http://www.dv.com/">DV.com's home page</a> has up-to-date news items<br /></li></ul>If you are actually at NAB, the nice people at fxguide.com has written an <a href="http://www.fxguide.com/article474.html" target="_blank">fxguided Tour: Getting the Most Out of NAB</a><br /><br />Oh, if someone could please record <a href="http://www.nabshow.com/2008/conferences/sessiondetail.asp?id=1207302" target="_blank">this key-note</a>, I'd be a happy camper.<br /><br />What sites did I miss? Write a comment and I'll add them...<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas (also on <a href="http://twitter.com/hummelstrand/" target="_blank">Twitter</a> since today)<br /><br /><span style="font-size:78%;">Image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cwsteeds/" target="_blank">Clinton Steeds</a></span><br /></span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-9217667753041728420?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/04/what-happens-in-vegas-doesnt-stay-there.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-7444407682704180498Wed, 09 Apr 2008 13:06:00 +00002008-04-09T23:36:43.230+02:00CheckItOutAfterEffectstutorialsRecommendedReadingeditingbroadcastingDon't Miss the New Term at fxphd.com<a href="http://www.fxphd.com/article33.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.fxphd.com/images/apr08/apr08-orientation.gif" alt="" align="right" border="0" hspace="10" vspace="0" /></a>Regular readers know I'm a big fan of <a href="http://www.fxphd.com/" target="_blank">fxphd.com</a> and that you can't get any more current and professional training even for ten times the price. I've been a member from the start, and the things I've picked up from the past seven terms come in useful every day in my work.<br /><br />I'm hoping to shoot a documentary in the fall, and can with confidence say <span style="font-style: italic;">"I really think we should rent a <span style="font-weight: bold;">Red One</span> for this shoot"</span> based on that I know I have both fxphd's training and forum discussions to lean on for figuring out the workflow. Priceless...<br /><br />Last term <a href="http://hypa.tv/" target="_blank">Tim Clapham</a> held a great course on motion graphics in After Effects, and this term he's in charge of a Cinema 4D course. And <a href="http://www.fxguide.com/modules.php?name=News&amp;file=article&amp;sid=463" target="_blank">the creator of 250 HD effects shots in 5 months</a> holds an After Effects course.<br /><br />I really enjoyed the <span style="font-weight: bold;">Photography for VFX</span> course last term which is repeated this term, and I am happy to see a <span style="font-weight: bold;">SynthEyes</span> course that I will definitely take.<br /><br />Here's a <a href="http://www.fxphd.com/article33.html" target="_blank">complete list of available courses</a>. The term starts on April 14 2008, but you can join later and have access to all the classes you've signed up for.<br /><br />If you want to know more about fxphd, take a look at the <a href="http://www.fxphd.com/movies/fxphd-tour-v5.mov" target="_blank">fxphd Tour Movie</a>. There's also a great <a href="http://www.fxphd.com/article20.html" target="_blank">FAQ</a> and the <a href="http://www.fxphd.com/bkd208-class00.mov.2B49ATM9NRRXA158-1.torrent" target="_blank">Orientation Week movie</a> (torrent link) that covers all the upcoming classes.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.fxphd.com/lounge/payments.php" target="_blank"><img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/fxphdpr-omo-700578.gif" alt="" align="left" border="0" hspace="10" vspace="0" /></a>Oh, if you enter <span style="font-weight: bold;">humlan</span> in the <span style="font-style: italic;">Referring Member</span> field on the <a href="https://www.fxphd.com/lounge/payments.php" target="_blank">signup page</a>, I'll get an extra class, which would be really nice. Thanks in advance!<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-7444407682704180498?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/04/dont-miss-new-term-at-fxphdcom.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-6697308740429162635Thu, 03 Apr 2008 08:08:00 +00002008-04-03T21:05:40.371+02:00PhotoshopPhotoshop CS4 Will Be 64-bit on Windows OnlyWhat does this mean for you as a <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2956650-10490887" target="_blank" onmouseover="window.status='http://www.adobe.com';return true;" onmouseout="window.status=' ';return true;">Photoshop</a> user? That working with large images on Windows Vista64 machines will be a lot faster. Don't expect everything to be faster in 64-bit, though, as <a href="http://blogs.adobe.com/scottbyer/2006/12/64_bitswhen.html" target="_blank">Photoshop architect Scott Byers wrote in 2006</a>.<br /><br />So why won't the OS X version of Photoshop CS4 be 64-bit when the recently posted <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2956650-10461415" target="_blank" onmouseover="window.status='http://www.adobe.com';return true;" onmouseout="window.status=' ';return true;">Lightroom</a> <a href="http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom/" target="_blank">2.0 beta</a> is 64-bit? All "older" Mac applications such as <span style="font-style: italic;">Photoshop, After Effects</span> and even Apple's <span style="font-style: italic;">Final Cut Pro</span> and <span style="font-style: italic;">iTunes</span> are developed on the <span style="font-style: italic;">Carbon</span> framework. Last year Apple canceled the 64-bit roadmap for <span style="font-style: italic;">Carbon</span> so only applications built on the newer <span style="font-style: italic;">Cocoa</span> framework will be able to be 64-bit-enabled, even though Steve Jobs in 2006 said <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/52233/2006/08/liveupdate.html" target="_blank">"You can have fully native 64-bit UI Carbon or Cocoa applications."</a><br /><br />For more in-depth explanations (and conspiracy comments) please see Adobe Product Manager <a href="http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2008/04/photoshop_lr_64.html" target="_blank">John Nack's blog</a>. There's also an <a href="www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/photoshop/pdfs/ps_cs3_64-bitsupport_FAQ.pdf" target="_blank">FAQ: Plans for 64-bit processing support in Photoshop</a> (PDF.)<br /><br />It's still unclear if Photoshop CS4 will run on Windows XPx64 or if Vista64 (oh, the horror!) will be required.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-6697308740429162635?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/04/photoshop-cs4-will-be-64-bit-on-windows.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-3744177944100152619Thu, 06 Mar 2008 01:57:00 +00002008-03-27T01:14:44.865+01:00tricksAfterEffectstipsLocking After Effects' Layers So They Can't Be Moved<span style="font-weight: bold;">UPDATE:</span>You can lock the position with a <a href="http://jalea.tv/archives/34" target="_blank">script put together by Jalea</a>. If you want to lock more properties, <a href="http://redefinery.com/" target="_blank">Jeff Almasol</a> (scripter extraordinaire) pointed out that <a href="http://www.nabscripts.com/" target="_blank">Nab</a> has <a href="http://www.nabscripts.com/Downloads/downloads_en_2.php?id=5">a script that locks/unlocks all properties</a>. Also, check out his <a href="http://www.nabscripts.com/Experiments/Plugins/experiments_plugins_en.php" target="_blank">plug-in experiments</a> and <a href="http://www.nabscripts.com/Experiments/Scripts/experiments_scripts_en.php" target="_blank">scripting experiments</a>. Truly amazing!<br /><br />**********************************<br /><br />When you lock a layer in After Effects, you don't just lock the position; <span style="font-style: italic;">you can't do anything with it at all</span>. This is particularly frustrating when you have <a href="http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/8.0/WS3878526689cb91655866c1103906c6dea-7e98.html" target="_blank">Adjustment layers</a>, <a href="http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/8.0/WS3878526689cb91655866c1103906c6dea-7e9a.html" target="_blank">Solids</a> and <a href="http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/8.0/WS3878526689cb91655866c1103906c6dea-7cf9.html" target="_blank">Mattes</a> where you want to tweak effects but you definitely don't want the layer to be nudged (which is easily done just by selecting it.)<br /><br />This is often a problem in complex compositions where you can spend hours figuring out what went wrong when you accidentally moved a layer. Users of node-based compositing program (i.e. almost all others, like <span style="font-style: italic;">Shake</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">Fusion</span>, and <span style="font-style: italic;">Nuke</span>) find this extra irritating since this never happens when you work with nodes.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Here's how to make sure your layers can't be moved:</span><br /><ul><li>Select the layer you want to save from accidental moves.<br /><br /></li><li>Hit <span style="font-weight: bold;">P</span> on your keyboard to reveal the <span style="font-style: italic;">Position </span>property.</li></ul><img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/Lock_1-795736.gif" alt="" border="0" /><br /><br /><ul><li>Hold down the <span style="font-weight: bold;">Alt </span>or <span style="font-weight: bold;">Option </span>key and click the stopwatch to create an expression on the <span style="font-style: italic;">Position </span>property.<br /></li></ul><img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/Lock_2-754900.gif" alt="" border="0" /><br /><br /><ul><li>Look at the current position values for the layer, and enter the same values like this, depending on if it is a 2D or 3D layer:</li></ul><img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/Lock_3-738266.gif" alt="" border="0" /><br /><br /><ul><li>Click outside the layer, or hit the <span style="font-style: italic;">Enter</span> key on your numerical keypad.<br /></li></ul><br />If you animate masks and rotoscoping, this is almost a must-use tip, since AE is so sensitive to where you click on mask handles.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-3744177944100152619?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/03/locking-after-effects-layers-so-they.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-3310440803272503673Thu, 07 Feb 2008 08:42:00 +00002008-02-07T10:01:26.249+01:00AfterEffectsbroadcastingQuickTime 7.4.1 Fixes Rendering Bug<img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/qt74-796501.jpg" alt="" align="right" border="0" hspace="10" vspace="0" />Those who were <a href="http://generalspecialist.com/2008/01/avoid-quicktime-74-for-now.asp" target="_blank">too fast to upgrade to QuickTime 7.4</a> were bitten by rendering problems, not only in After Effects, but also in RED and even Final Cut Pro. Apple just posted a patch that is designed specifically to fix these issues:<br /><ul><li><a href="http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/quicktime741forleopard.html" target="_blank">QuickTime 7.4.1 for Leopard</a></li><li><a href="http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/quicktime741fortiger.html" target="_blank">QuickTime 7.4.1 for Tiger</a></li><li><a href="http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/quicktime741forpanther.html" target="_blank">QuickTime 7.4.1 for Panther</a></li><li><a href="http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/quicktime741forwindows.html" target="_blank">QuickTime 7.4.1 for Windows</a></li></ul>However, I'll still stay on QuickTime 7.3 (I even have a machine on 7.1.3.) I mean; who wants to find out what other <a href="http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2007/08/31/PH2007083102045.jpg" target="_blank">surprises Apple has in store for us</a>?<br /><br />Also, don't miss John Montgomery's article <a href="http://www.fxguide.com/article462.html" target="_blank">Pro Living in a Consumer QuickTime World</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-3310440803272503673?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/02/quicktime-741-fixes-rendering-bug.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-4385799119291698796Thu, 17 Jan 2008 09:35:00 +00002008-01-23T09:37:31.216+01:00AfterEffectsAfter Effects 8.0.2 Update Available Now<img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/802update-781971.gif" alt="" align="right" border="0" hspace="10" vspace="0" />The update just went live via <span style="font-style: italic;">Adobe Updater</span> (choose <span style="font-style: italic;">Update...</span> from within a CS3 application) or via the web (<a href="http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=13&amp;platform=Macintosh" target="_blank">8.0.2 for OS X</a> and <a href="http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=13&amp;platform=Windows" target="_blank">8.0.2 for Windows</a>) but before you do, please note that you should <a href="http://generalspecialist.com/2008/01/avoid-quicktime-74-for-now.asp" target="_blank">avoid QuickTime 7.4 at all cost</a>, since the iTunes DRM causes rendering errors in all versions of After Effects.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Important installation note:</span> Quit all web browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera etcetera) before running the updater, and <span style="font-style: italic;">stop yourself from starting any web browsers while the update is running</span>. This is because the browsers lock certain <span style="font-style: italic;">Flash </span>components that must be updated.<br /><br />If you have created your own interpretation rules (by editing the <span style="font-style: italic;">interpretation rules.txt</span> file) you need to copy and paste those into a new file, as detailed in this article: <a href="http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=kb402947&amp;sliceId=2" target="_blank">Custom interpretation rules don't work after the After Effects 8.0.2 update is applied</a>.<br /><br />If you have been having gamma shift issues (QuickTime renderings appearing darker or lighter compared to inside AE,) the 8.0.2 patch tries to circumvent these QuickTime issues by not following Apple's guidelines so strictly and instead applying different meta tags depending on what QT codec is use (matching the quirks in Apple's own products that don't follow the standard.) <a href="http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=kb402801&amp;sliceId=2" target="_blank">More about these gamma issues</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">New features in 8.0.2:</span><br /><a href="http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/8.0/help.html?content=WS16FF592F-CAB0-44cf-B4F1-E27AF8551DC8.html" target="_blank">Work with Panasonic P2 video</a><br /><br /><br />Here's the goodies from the <a href="http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=kb403043&amp;sliceId=2" target="_blank">Read Me file</a>:<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Noteable fixes in After Effects 8.0.2:</span><br /><ul><li>On Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard), Dynamic Link didn't work correctly in Premiere Pro when switching between UI and non-UI versions of After Effects. Fixed. (5482671/W1610284)</li><li>On Mac OS, clicking a folder alias in an import or replace file dialog box in All Acceptable Files or All Footage Files mode displayed a “Can’t import file” error. Fixed. (45378)</li><li>On Mac OS, OpenGL and hardware acceleration used all VRAM on the GPU until the driver failed, causing display corruption of the OS and After Effects, or possible crash. Fixed. (44855)</li><li>On Mac OS X v10.5 on PowerPC with OpenGL enabled, received an error "composition too complex..." on NVIDIA GeForce 6800 graphics card. Fixed. (45295)</li><li>On Mac OS with OpenGL enabled and project in 32bpc mode, colors were dropped. Fixed. (45475)</li><li>PSD layers didn't import properly from PSD files with layer groups. Fixed. (45320)</li><li>Crash when saving a project with a custom output simulation when output profile is the project's working color space. Fixed. (45404)</li><li>On Mac OS with OpenGL enabled, better memory management on low memory cards. (45492)</li><li>Fixed support for AJA's QuickTime codec suite. (45351)</li><li>On Mac OS X v10.5: After Effects dock icon was not updated while RAM previewing: the progress bar appeared on the AE icon after RAM preview starts and it stayed on. Fixed. (45791)</li><li>When Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously was enabled, there was a significant pause >12 sec, on an 8 core, 16gb Mac between when RAM preview finished building and when it started playback. Fixed. (45181)</li><li>When you import a PSD file with vector masks inside layer groups using the import Composition - Cropped Layers/Layer size option; the PS vector masks are no longer offset from their original location. (45319)</li><li>If you import a PSD file with Photoshop shape layers into After Effects 7, save the project, and then open that project in After Effects CS3, the masks created from the Photoshop vector masks are no longer scaled up to fill the composition. (45341)</li><li>Linear light footage setting is now preserved cross-platform. (45653)</li><li>When animating type to drift slowly, the tops of the type (when moving vertically) and side (when moving horizontally) of the letters were clipped on every other frame. Fixed. (45898)</li><li>Low-end laptops that don't meet minimum OpenGL requirements crash on quit in some cases. Fixed. (45937)</li><li>Adaptive motion blur for layers in collapsed compositions was based on the local speed in the composition, rather than the effective speed---so static layers only got two samples of blur even if the precomposition layer was moving fast in the containing composition. Fixed. (45967)</li><li>Preserve Underlying Transparency is no longer ignored when layer styles are applied. (45974)</li><li>Layers that are inside of a PSD layer set no longer have the layer set's opacity applied twice. (45975)</li><li>Photoshop clipping group was applied twice on import. Fixed. (45976)</li><li>Layers inside a PSD layer set with a mode other than "pass through" were cropped to document bounds rather than reflecting layer data. Fixed. (45977)</li><li>Footage conformed to a higher frame rate left footage frozen on a frame before the end is reached. Fixed. (45986)</li><li>After Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously was enabled, After Effects CS3 would show high CPU activity even when idle. Fixed. (45993)</li><li>QuickTime gamma handling scheme broke WYSIWYG color management workflow common to video users. Fixed. (46027)</li><li>QuickTime footage that imports with SDTV/HDTV profile will be assigned an sRGB profile on Power PC, or with the "Match Legacy After Effects QuickTime Gamma Adjustments" option checked on any platform. (46032)</li><li>After Effects CS3 v8.0.2 fixes Mac OpenGL support for supported video cards under OS X v10.4.10 and v10.5. See also <a href="http://www.adobe.com/products/aftereffects/opengl.html" target="_blank">http://www.adobe.com/products/aftereffects/opengl.html</a>.</li><li>Multi-machine rendering rendering of Photoshop files failed with error <span style="font-style: italic;">"The Photoshop Library operation failed because the file name was not valid"</span>. Fixed. (46119)</li><li>Error occurred when using <span style="font-style: italic;">Increment And Save</span> if the project was saved at the root volume of a boot drive. Fixed. (46120)</li><li>The current frame didn't finish rendering if you switched away from application. Fixed. (46128)<br />To enable this fix, please modify the preferences file and restart the application:<br /><span style="font-family:courier new;">['General Section'] 'Allow Idle Application Rendering in 8.0.2' = 01</span></li><li>Wav files listed as 24-bit 48 KHz played back as noise or highly distorted. Fixed. (46149)</li><li>Camera raw files now display correctly after being adjusted in the Camera Raw dialog box on import if color management is off. (46194)</li><li>Important bug fixes for encoding and decoding H.264-compressed content.</li><li>On Mac OS, support has been fixed for Apple's Uncompressed 10-bit (v210) codec when FCP Studio 2 is installed. (45324)</li><li>Incorrect layout and functionality of localized PSD choose-layer dialog/radio buttons has been fixed. (45273)</li><li>A mask path or shape path can now be correctly extended from its first point using the Pen tool. (45365)</li><li>Decoding of PAL v210, UYVY, and 2vuy formats has been corrected. (46201)<br /></li><li>With Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously enabled, QuickTime footage was sometimes not included in rendering by background processes if any QuickTime footage was missing when the project was opened. Fixed. (45302)</li></ul><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Known issues in After Effects 8.0.2:</span><br /><ul><li>Layer blending modes and opacity are not honored for imported <span style="font-style: italic;">Illustrator CS3</span> files. Please set the blending modes and opacity in the After Effects composition in the <span style="font-style: italic;">Timeline</span> panel after importing Illustrator footage items. (45067)</li><li>When <span style="font-style: italic;">Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously</span> is enabled, <span style="font-style: italic;">Save RAM Preview</span> and <span style="font-style: italic;">Save Frame As > File</span> render slowly because they do not used the cached rendered frames. (45202)</li><li>Crash may occur with <span style="font-style: italic;">ATI x700</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">x800</span> graphics cards if the project's color depth is 32bpc and <span style="font-style: italic;">Transparency Grid</span> is enabled during OpenGL interaction. Please check <a href="http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html" target="_blank">http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html </a>for availability of updates. (45250)</li><li>When you import or place a PNG file that was rendered from Adobe After Effects CS3 or earlier into <span style="font-style: italic;">Adobe Flash CS3</span> or <span style="font-style: italic;">Adobe Illustrator CS3</span> and earlier, the image is several times larger than expected. See also <a href="http://www.adobe.com/go/kb402369" target="_blank">http://www.adobe.com/go/kb402369</a>. (45274)</li><li>Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard): Crash when previewing per-character 3D text animation if the project's color depth is 32bpc. Please check <a href="http://www.apple.com/" target="_blank">http://www.apple.com</a> for availability of OpenGL support updates. (45814)</li><li>When importing a Photoshop file as a composition, vector mask blending modes are incorrectly set. Please set the blending modes in the After Effects composition in the Timeline panel as needed after importing. (46017)</li><li>Launching After Effects CS3 v8.0.2 under Rosetta on Macintosh Intel hardware breaks P2 import. To reset the functionality, please delete the following file: <span style="font-family:courier new;">~/Library/Preferences/com.Adobe.After Effects.8.0.2.plist</span><br />(46180)<br /></li><li>Freeze or crash when you start on a system with <span style="font-style: italic;">Realtek HD Audio</span> (Windows XP). See also <a href="http://www.adobe.com/go/kb402308" target="_blank">http://www.adobe.com/go/kb402308</a></li><li>Multiprocessing performance issues with multi-core machines, especially high-end 8-core hardware. When all 8 cores try to render a complex or memory intensive composition with <span style="font-style: italic;">Render Mutliple Frames Simultaneously</span>, the application can become memory starved if each process has insufficient memory. To remedy this, there is a text preference to control the maximum number of cores that <span style="font-style: italic;">Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously</span> will use. Open the text preference file and look in the <span style="font-family:courier new;">["MP"]</span> section for:<br /><span style="font-family:courier new;"> "MaxNumberOfProcesses" = "0"</span><br />"0" is the default setting, which disables this preference setting. For better performance on an 8-core machine with 8GB RAM, for example, change the "0" setting to "4" and save the preference file and restart After Effects. This restricts multiprocessing with <span style="font-style: italic;">Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously</span> to 4 cores, each getting approximately 2GB of RAM.</li><li>For other performance tips using large dimension or complex compositions, see the "Improve performance" section of <a href="http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/8.0/help.html?content=WSF13D6BED-C53B-408a-B2D6-C8B4205D4FB7.html" target="_blank">After Effects CS3 Help on the Web</a>.</li></ul><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-4385799119291698796?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/01/after-effects-802-update-available-now.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-4749425460975071030Fri, 11 Jan 2008 07:59:00 +00002008-01-11T10:05:57.476+01:00CheckItOutAfterEffectsRecommendedReadingbroadcasting30 Courses to Die For<a href="http://www.fxphd.com/article33.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.fxphd.com/images/jan08/jan08-orientation.gif" alt="" align="right" border="0" hspace="10" vspace="0" /></a>I've been meaning to post about great training resources for my beloved After Effects, but here's something even better; training for the entire video / animation / graphics / broadcasting / film business.<br /><br />Regular readers know how I'm a big fan of <a href="http://www.fxphd.com/" target="_blank">fxphd.com</a> and that you can't get any more current and professional training even for ten times the price of one term. I've been a member from the start, and believe me; you won't get as much value for your money anywhere else!<br /><br />You have 30 courses to choose from, ranging from <span style="font-weight: bold;">motion graphics in AE</span> with <a href="http://hypa.tv/">Tim Clapham</a> and <span style="font-weight: bold;">typography </span>with <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Jonen">Frank Jonen</a>, to <span style="font-weight: bold;">RED production</span> and <span style="font-weight: bold;">3D tracking</span>.<br /><br />Here's a <a href="http://www.fxphd.com/article33.html" target="_blank">complete list of available courses</a>. The term starts on January 14, 2008, but you can join later and have access to all the classes you've signed up for.<br /><br />If you want to know more about fxphd, take a look at the <a href="http://www.fxphd.com/movies/fxphd-tour-v5.mov" target="_blank">fxphd Tour Movie</a> and the <a href="http://media.fxphd.com/bkd207-class00.mov.JDG4GU715K9HP82N.torrent" target="_blank">Orientation Week movie</a> (torrent link) that covers all the upcoming classes. There's also a great <a href="http://www.fxphd.com/article20.html">FAQ</a>.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.fxphd.com/lounge/payments.php" target="_blank"><img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/fxphdpr-omo-700578.gif" alt="" align="left" border="0" hspace="10" vspace="0" /></a>Oh, if you enter <span style="font-weight: bold;">humlan</span> in the <span style="font-style: italic;">Referring Member</span> field on the <a href="https://www.fxphd.com/lounge/payments.php" target="_blank">signup page</a>, I'll get an extra class, which would be really nice. Thanks in advance!<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-4749425460975071030?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/01/30-courses-to-die-for.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-4456655491514747792Thu, 10 Jan 2008 22:59:00 +00002008-02-21T16:28:26.842+01:00AfterEffectsAvoid QuickTime 7.4 for Now<img src="http://generalspecialist.com/uploaded_images/qt74-796501.jpg" alt="" align="right" border="0" hspace="10" vspace="0" /><span style="font-weight: bold;">UPDATE:</span> <a href="http://generalspecialist.com/2008/02/quicktime-741-fixes-rendering-bug.asp">QuickTime 7.4.1 Fixes Rendering Bug</a><br /><br /><span style="font-size:78%;">*******************</span><br /><br />Just like with <a href="http://generalspecialist.com/2007/11/quicktime-73-posted-better-or-worse.asp" target="_blank">QuickTime 7.2</a>, the newly updated QuickTime 7.4 seems to be creating problems when rendering, not only from After Effects but even from FinalCut Pro. People report getting a errors like:<br /><blockquote>After Effects error: opening movie - you do not have permission to open this file (-54)</blockquote>There are some suggestions that this is the movie rental DRM in iTunes that tries to verify the copy-protection in all open QuickTime movies every 10 minutes.<br /><br />The work-around is to render to a file sequence, such as TIFF, and then either assemble that into a QuickTime movie in <span style="font-style: italic;">QuickTime Player Pro</span> or by importing the sequence into AE and rendering out a movie from that sequence.<br /><br /><a href="http://discussions.apple.com/category.jspa?categoryID=122" target="_blank">Apple's discussion board: QuickTime</a><br /><a href="http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1344527&amp;tstart=0" target="_blank">Thread about AE and QT 7.4</a><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-4456655491514747792?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/01/avoid-quicktime-74-for-now.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-2527539546943920255Thu, 10 Jan 2008 12:40:00 +00002008-03-27T01:17:55.310+01:00tricksAfterEffectsBetter Corner Pinning with MochaWhen you import tracking data from <a href="http://generalspecialist.com/2007/10/planar-tracking-for-after-effects.asp"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Mocha</span></a>, you get the four corners applied to the <span style="font-weight: bold;">Corner Pin</span> effect. To get better edges, use the same data but apply it to the <span style="font-weight: bold;">CC PowerPin</span> effect instead, which has better edge anti-aliasing and also supports expanding the layer outside the actual tracking points.<br />Just line up the corners of the two effects on the first frame and copy the keyframes from the Corner Pin effect and paste it into a CC PowerPin effect, or link each point with an expression.<br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas<br /><br />Tip by Danny Princz on <a href="http://media-motion.tv:8100/Lists/AE-List/Message/13543.html" target="_blank">AE-list</a></span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-2527539546943920255?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/01/better-corner-pinning-with-mocha.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-15817911.post-1099940674970841490Thu, 10 Jan 2008 09:30:00 +00002008-01-11T10:37:24.379+01:00CheckItOutbroadcastingChoosing a Professional MicI'm no audio guy, but I am a geek fanboy, so I just couldn't resist the temptation to link this <a href="http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/right_mic_brockett.html" target="_blank">thorough review on how to choose a mic</a>. It even has has sound samples and cool looking graphs for all the tested mics. Respect!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/right_mic_brockett.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.kenstone3.net/fcp_homepage/images_right_mic_brockett/SchoepsCMC641Two.jpg" alt="" border="0" hspace="0" vspace="10" /></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size:85%;">- Jonas</span><div class="blogger-post-footer">_________ From http://generalspecialist.com/ _________<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/15817911-1099940674970841490?l=generalspecialist.com%2Findex.asp' alt='' /></div>http://generalspecialist.com/2008/01/choosing-professional-mic.aspnoreply@blogger.com (Jonas Hummelstrand)0