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  1. Huh. A mograph specific phishing scheme? Go figure.
  2. Wait, when you say quicklooks works again are you talking about all the legacy formats they abandoned a few years back? If so, I'm finally contemplating updating from 10.8.5.
  3. Found it! For anyone that's interested : http://editudeshop.com/products-page/commercial_plugins/lonlat-v2/
  4. Hey guys, maybe I'm imagining things but I remember seeing a plugin a few years back that allowed C4D to generate a globe or map with easy to select countries that could be textured, extruded and animated. I can't seem to find it online anywhere, does anyone else remember seeing this?
  5. Spence

    Long Overdue

    Thanks for the thoughtful feedback Binky, you've given me a lot to think about. I have to say your feedback is probably the biggest reason why I still come back to this site after all these years. I'm definitely going to revisit the edit and tighten things up a bit. I'll see what I have to replace the NBA shot, and the last section of the CBS spot as well.
  6. Spence

    Long Overdue

    After a long 3 years I've decided to update my website and reel. I'd love to get some feedback, especially from a certain cat-avatar'ed fount of wisdom. www.AlexanderRupert.com
  7. I'm on 10.8.5 for the colored tags, as well as to avoid the annoying auto-converting when using spacebar previews in finder.
  8. I'll second the retina MBP. I'm using the 2012 2.6ghz model and everything aside from C4D rendering is silky smooth. My favorite thing about these newer MBP models is the lack of overheating that so many laptops suffer from. I can push this thing to the limit and still have it sit comfortably on my lap.
  9. Oh wow, Sagmeister's doing something other than brag about his sabbaticals.
  10. How does the pay in London compare to major american cities? I was thinking of heading over there this fall, but I've heard mixed things.
  11. I haven't tried them yet myself, but it looks like Kendo shaders should do what you're after.
  12. Seems like it was laid out better before. I guess you can never make everyone happy.
  13. Thanks for the info Todd. I'll try disabling the cache markings now.
  14. Good to know I'm not the only one. On a potentially related note. I'm finding that I have to constantly clear my cache or else AE's menus and shortcuts slow to a halt. I know this used to be an issue with prior versions, but I'm fully up to date. It could potentially be related to duik as I haven't run into it with other recent projects that haven't been using it.
  15. I've been using DUIK 14's animation expression panel quite a bit recently with AE CC and I've been noticing a huge amount of slowdown whenever I parent one layer to another that has one of the DUIK expressions applied to it. It's almost as if it's doing some heavy math on every frame instead of just where keyframes are present. I'm not sure if this is the fault of AE or of DUIK, but I don't remember this happening with prior versions (of both AE and of DUIK). Has anyone else encountered the same problem?
  16. The ADBNE opening titles did the same, but used the puppet tool to make the image follow the contours of the body. I'm not 100% sold on the execution, the tracking gets wonky at parts, but all in all I really like the result. Edit: I just noticed its by the same studio that did the true detective spot. I guess they've found themselves a niche.
  17. Stability > everything else But if we are talking speed, workflow improvements (most of which you've already mentioned are in the works) would be vastly preferable to sheer software speed. Honestly, I've never had AE slow down on me that much unless a project is poorly built, or a studio decides to waste my time and theirs putting me on a 5 year old machine.
  18. I think before you come up with some of these premisses you really have to define what motion graphics actually is, which is really not such a simple matter. Just ask anyone in the industry how annoying it is to explain to the uninitiated exactly what it is that we do. From what I gather, you seem to be limiting the industry to greyscale gorilla / Andrew Kramer / JR Canest / infographics categories of animations. While these are definitely popular styles, they're by no means the limits of the definition. By limiting your view of motion graphics to just a handful of styles, of course your going to think the industry is stagnant, but this is an issue of semantics, not reality. What is motion graphics then? I think the easiest way to figure out what it is, is to compare it to all of those other industries that we skirt the edges of, and look for the differences. What separates motion graphics from classical animation for example? Not much, especially with the growing popularity of smooth, hand drawn effects animations from studios like buck. What separates us from a graphic designer? Well, this one at least is easy enough, we work with a time based medium. I guess we don't need to know a few technical skills like dealing with DPI, paper stocks, or using pantone, but the same core skills are at play. What separates us from a VFX artist? I'd say in most cases nothing more than level of specialization to a specific task/piece of software. What separates us from a film maker? Again, not much at all. Most self proclaimed "motion graphics" designers I know are relatively well skilled with a camera, composing a shot and telling a story. Motion graphics is just a catchall term to describe people who don't fit the conventional titles of those 4 other already established fields (and I'm sure some people would argue many more as well) but share a hybrid skill-set with them. We come up with concepts, we design style frames, we design interfaces, we animate with keyframes, we animate traditionally, we program animations, we composite, we do 3D, we shoot video, we edit video, we work in small teams and we work in large teams. Some of us do all of those things, most of us specialize in some and neglect others. All of that said, the term is so vague that it's really impossible to criticize in the way that you're attempting to do. How can you criticize it for being commercial, when you seem to be excluding anything non-comercial from your definition? How can you call it uncaring when you seem to be ignoring all of the pieces produced for charities? (there are lots, hell, just look through the first few pages of motionographer and you'll find some) How can you call it lacking in creativity and not thought provoking when there are hundreds of thousands of people on vimeo creating beautiful short films and animations, not for profit. If anything, I'd argue the antithesis to your thesis. We are living in a creative renaissance, and motion graphics is a huge part of it.
  19. I stand corrected. That's a really interesting turn of events. Though, I still wouldn't want to be paid in them.
  20. I mentioned Silk road being raided not because it has anything to directly do with how you're operating, but because it's severely damaged the bitcoin economy. From what I understand, cashing out is much more difficult today than it was a few months ago. I understand the appeal of an anonymous currency, especially considering all the surveillance issues coming to light lately, but beyond that, I just don't see any advantage to using bitcoins. Since I don't use services like silk road, being paid in bitcoins would be the equivalent to receiving highly volatile stocks instead of dollars.
  21. Silk road, the largest market for bit coin interactions got raided. I believe some of the exchange services got raided at the same time. Bit coins just seem like a financially risky currency that only pays off if you're doing something illegal.
  22. Hey, spray painting everything black and gold doesn't come cheap.
  23. Thanks for the info Todd, helpful as always. I'm assuming though there's no possibility of this becoming a feature in older releases though?
  24. Last I heard, PS and AI are officially supported. That said, I've been using a retina MBP for the past year (with the 1920 x 1200 setting) and I've never been all that bothered by the very slight jaggies that you get at weird zoom ratios. It's also possible to download a free program to set your display to the native 2880 x 1800. Images will be beautifully crisp, and you'll have all the screen real-estate you could ask for on a laptop. The only problem is that your eyes might start bleeding after a few hours. http://wineskin.urgesoftware.com/tiki-view_blog_post.php?postId=51
  25. Sometimes I really have a hard time understanding these companies and their stance on anti-piracy. Almost all the big software companies try the same half baked techniques over and over. They're making their products more and more cumbersome on the actual consumers, yet torrent sites have cracks to bypass it all within a week of release. It's pretty insane that we've reached a point where it's not uncommon to have to resort to pirating a product you own because it's more secure and reliable than the official version.
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