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Jim Gravina

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  1. Please help! I'm looking for a real from someone from a few years back. I believe he was from Germany or holland or something. I wanna say his last name is oswalt or something. I can't find him or the reel! The reel started with a caricature of him and then his reel went through explaining different design styles (splines, 2.5d, 3d, etc) Please help find this reel! Thanks!
  2. Yeah, maybe thats what it was and my thinking isnt clear. It was quite awhile ago. Ill look into that a bit more. Thanks!
  3. Hey Guys, So a few years ago, I remember using a script that allowed me to grab the end of a precomp and extend it out in time as i desire. In turn, it would automatically lengthen the layers within that comp. Basically, if the precomp was 5 seconds long and i bring that into a 10 second long comp, all i had to do was drag the trim handle to the end of my 10 second comp and the layers inside the presomp would be exteded to 10 seconds as well. I have searched all over and cannot find this. I was certain it was one of the ones from aescripts.com but i cant find the one i had, unless its been updated and doesnt look familiar to me anymore. Please help if anyone knows what I am talking about! Thanks! Jim
  4. Yup, thats exactly the one. I didnt even watch it yet, I could just tell it was it by the name. I knew if I saw the name again I would know it immediately. Thanks so much, such a great reel! Jim
  5. It was made by a German fellow. It opened and ended with a little 2.5D character. It had a cool way of explaining different design techniques (2.5D, stroke, symmetrical logos, etc). Its bee around for awhile but the name slips my mind! Thanks for the help, Jim
  6. Haha yeah, new one has been in the works...this one is fairly old Jim
  7. YES!!! As soon as I saw "what barry says" I knew that exactly what it was. I couldn't for the life of me think of the title. Thanks so much! Jim
  8. This may be hard to explain but I am looking for a motion graphics piece done a few years ago. I dont remember much about it but I believe it was done by a guy named Tim (forgive me for not knowing the last name). I want to say it was a short piece on war with a brown and red color scheme. Sound familiar? Thanks Jim
  9. Well, I think I got SOMEWHERE. I noticed that I had 3 different scratch disks selected in Photoshop and the temp files I was having issues with was on the very last drive in my list. I opened the hard drive contents of my FIRST drive and tested a document and I saw the temp file get created, and immediately went away when I closed PS. So for now, I just choose ONE drive as a scratch disk and looks like its working as it should. Jim
  10. Strange things are happening.... Photoshop keeps making temp files on my scratch disc, but does not get rid of them when I close the program. To my knowledge, I thought photoshop deleted these files on your scratch disk upon exiting. Whats more confusing, is even with photoshop closed, there are certain temp files I cannot manually delete. Anyone else experiencing this? Any thoughts or solutions? Thanks, Jim
  11. I agree with the PC route. I have built my past 3 machines and have saved a ton of money and have had 0 problems. But again, you just need to make sure everything is compatible with each other. I have nothing against macs at all, but if i can save half my money for the same, if not faster hardware, im gonna do it! Just my two cents... Jim
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    Thought I would chime in here as I am also looking for a decent RAID solution. Haven't looked into it too much yet but a friend of mine pointed me to Mercury Elite Pro. Any thoughts on there? Jim
  13. No, pre-comping isn't really a problem, it was more just curiosity i guess. I was just curious if it was theoretically possible. Thanks for the input! Jim
  14. Hey everyone, Im looking for an easy way to stop the time on ALL of my layers, without having to go through and freeze frame or time remap every single layer. My layers are regular video as well as animated position and scale properties. The idea is my animations are going then the screech to a halt for a second or two...then continue animating. I know i could make a new comp out of the damn thing but im trying to do it withing the comp itself. Thoughts? Thanks Jim
  15. Interesting...I do not have a "composition" setting, but using straight alpha worked great for me! Hmmm.... Jim
  16. Yeah, i have it too. I think they just recently came out with version 7 actually. i am pleased as well! Jim
  17. Yeah, when i do key, which isn't often, i usually use the screen and status matte view, however, i will take a look at the combined matte view this time around! Thanks for the input! Jim
  18. Yeah i'm using keylight and what you said is exactly what i thought and have actually done in the past, i was just curious. Ive keyed stuff before un color corrected with no problems, I just didn't know if I would benefit any WITH color correction applied first. Thanks for the help! Jim
  19. Hey guys, I don't need to key that often, but im working on something now that requires it. Is it best to color correct and/or adjust levels BEFORE or AFTER you key? Obviously i can get a much better "green screen," if i CC, but is this the way to do it? Thanks, Jim
  20. Hmmm...i dont think i see these "mask modes" you are speaking off.... Jim
  21. Yeah, i had read that the layer stacking is very important, so I tried several layer orders with no results. I am very new to the program, so I may just not have my mask set up properly, and its killing me! Jim
  22. Hey guys, This might be a hard one to explain... I have a talent holding a green card with tracking marks on it. Everything works and tracks beautifully. I started playing around with monet's ability to remove tracking marks using the "brightness filter" under the INSERT tab. For the most part, it works great, EXCEPT when the talents hands come in from of the board, which is to be expected. Her hands then get blurred with the blurring of the board. Now, I tried masking out her hands to exclude them from getting blurred with the board and it doesn't seem to work. I played with layer order and everything and still nothing. Is this just not possible? Or am I doing something wrong here? Thanks for the input! Jim
  23. Thanks guys. I didn't think there would be a simple solution. Thanks for your input! Jim
  24. Good morning everyone! I have a rectangular solid in an AE comp which will house some text. Lets just say its 200px high x 500px long. If possible, I would like to set something up so as I type letters, it will resize based on the size of the solid. In other words, i would like my text to fit within the box without going outside of it no matter how long it gets. I know you can take the text tool and drag a rectangle to fit the box, but this method will only jump your text to the next time, and not resize it. Does that make sense? Is there a simple expression out there? Or a script that will do this? Thanks alot! jim
  25. Dan, You definitely want to be working off of RAID arrays, especially if you are working with HD footage. I'm no "professional" and I don't work in HD that often but from what I have experienced with DV footage, having a RAID set up is the way to go. You could also look into solid state drives as those would be the fastest, but for the amount of space you will need if you have HD footage, it will get quite expensive as SSDs are still a bit pricey in my opinion. Now if you go with regular hard drives, I would wait a little bit till the SATA 6Gb/sec drives and motherboards become a little more popular, they are just starting to surface now and could potentially by twice as fast as the current 3Gb/sec SATA drives. I will tell you to NOT get the Western Digital Studio II external eSATA hard drive. Its a 2TB 3Gb/sec drive in RAID...by itself, great drive. The problem is that it has this "power save" mode that is not user controlled and cannot be turned off. This is a pain because if you are working with files off the drive in AE and lets say you go to lunch with the project still open...well when you return, the drive has entered its power save mode and takes awhile to boot back up, sometimes it has even cause lock ups in AE for me. Hope this helps...again, i'm not a hard drive expert, this is just what ive heard and experienced. Jim
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