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  1. @ anothername, I'll have to try parenting all the 3D layers to the 3d null object. Yea, I parent a null to the camera and then animate the null object instead of the camera. It works so much easier than animating the camera.
  2. I'm working on a personal type project. 1st, I've laid out my animated text in the 3D space, in a way that I liked, added a floor plane and a background plane. Then 2nd when I add a camera move I have to readjust all my text animation to account for the camera move. Mainly I had to re-adjust the position of the text. What I wanted to know is there a better way to start the project so that I'm not readjusting my position of text and wasting time readjusting the position of the text. I'm not sure this is a normal thing to do. We were really not taught how to do camera moves in AE at school. So I've just fumbled around with it. Hopefully this clears things up a bit. Thanks.
  3. It's been a question I've had for a few months. When setting up a camera move in AE with text animation or graphic animation, what is the best way to start the comp? 1. Block out a camera move first, then add text/graphic animation? 2. Block out text/graphic animation first, then add a camera move then then adjust the text/graphic animation to compensate for the camera move if needed? I'm kinda a beginner at the camera and want to streamline my work process. Hopefully this is worded OK. Any suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  4. Binky, Yea the transition from print to motion is sometimes a hard think to grasp. Thanks for the great advice. It gives me something to think about when starting my projects. I'll have to see what I can come up with to change the intro. Thanks again, I appreciate the advice and feedback!
  5. Thanks for the feed back High Five. I plan on doing some personal mograph projects here soon. I'm also doing some tutorials for C4D in my spare time. Sometimes I don't think I have enough time in a day to do all that I want...lol. Since out of school, I'm not looking for my dream job, but looking to get my foot in the door somewhere. I know I'll have to start at the bottom and work my way up, which is no problem for me. I have the passion and drive to do well in anything I do, and I plan on pushing myself as hard as I can to get to where I want to be. Thanks again for the feedback. I appreciate it!
  6. I just recently graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. I was looking from some feedback on my demo reel. Any Feedback is welcome. http://dreighard.squarespace.com/motion-graphics/
  7. Thanks for the feedback AromaKat! I appreciate it. I have a few ideas, for personal projects that I want to produce, so hopefully I'll be able to get them done here soon! Again, thanks for the feedback.
  8. Anyone else want to critique my reel?
  9. I'm in my last quarter and ready to graduate in about a month. Thanks for the critique Jamie.
  10. Thanks for the reply Dave. I'll put together a few personal projects to include into my reel, for the type of work I would like to do.
  11. Hi all, please critique my first student reel. I'm about ready to graduate from the Art Institute of Philadelphia here soon, and plan on staying in the Philadelphia/Allentown, PA area. Any helpful criticism is welcome. Student Demo Reel: http://vimeo.com/20344004
  12. It's the time code for each comp. If I put my main comp (Comp 1) at 0:00:00:00 and then I open up another comp (comp 2)in my project it may be off a few sec. I'm using CS4, on a mac with snow leopard.
  13. Hi, I'm doing a school After Effects project that has multiple comps. in it. Some of the comps are in sync and some are out of sync. Is there a fix for this? Thanks!
  14. I kinda figured that. I just though I would throw the questions out to the forums.
  15. What's your thoughts on the Motion Designers Toolkit that Digital Juice has? Would it be something that could be put into someone's reel? Would it be considered to be use in a professional Motion Graphics house? I just wanted to get you guys thoughts on it. Thanks!
  16. This may be a stupid question, but I'm still in school for Motion Graphics. Can you explain what a hold is and what the reference to the second hold is? "If a company wants to put you on hold for a period, give them a second hold regardless of whether or not you have a first." I'm assuming the hold is when a company puts you on a standby for a gig. Thanks:)
  17. I was thinking the same thing in 2006, but only with graphic design. I personally decided to go back to school. I only had an associates degree in graphic design. So school wouldn't hurt. I'm now about to graduate in spring with a bachelors degree in VFX and motion graphics. The print shop I worked at was great the first 2 years. I learned a lot and then a few years went by and the work we got was all crap, it was alot of basic business card, letter heads, and envelopes. Boring work! My creativity went down with it. I doubted my work too. My suggestion would be take a vacation first. Have some fun! You need to think positive and get in a good mind set, you are a creative person or you would not be in this field. We all have creativity in us. Do some freelance work on the side if you want or do some personal projects. These will get the creative juices flowing. If your not happy with your job, start looking around. It can't hurt. The good thing is you identified the problem. Don't let your creativity suffer. Like someone said your creativity is like a muscle. If you don't use it, it goes away. Good luck in your decision.
  18. The old logo is so much more "classy". A simple design can go a long way. What's with the blue square?
  19. Maya, it crashes way too much! I do have a legal copy of it and it's always crashing. I guess it's because it's so deep and you can just about do anything with it, if you want. Myself, I'm a C4D guy, it just works:)
  20. Is there a way to delete a potion/side of a solid in After Effects and then apply a feather to that one side that was deleted? The deleted and feathered portion would be transparent. Something like if you would take a solid color in Photoshop use the marque tool and make a selection, then feather that selection. And then use the feather option to feather the deleted section and save as a PSD for transparency. I know I can create it in Photoshop and import it into AE. Thanks
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  22. Thanks for the info. finegrit, I really appreciate it. I created a big box with no stroke and no fill and it worked. I must of misread my book somehow. I have a visual quickpro guide book for AE CS4 and the chapter for importing AI files said used "Composition-Cropped Layers: Imports each source layer at it's native size", which I would of though was the size of my graphic from AI. "Composition: Imports each source layer at the document's size." Which I though would of been the actual AI document size. Thanks again.
  23. Hey guys. I'm having a problem importing a Illustrator file into After Effects. Hopefully someone can help. I'm on a Mac using CS4. I have a 3768px by 1332px graphic I created in Illustrator (AI) and I'm trying to import it into After Effects (AE). Yea I know the size is super big. I imported the file as a Composition in the "Import As". So it should of retained the 3768x1332 pixel size in AE, but it imported it as a 3469x1101 size. I tried a .AI, .EPS, and .PDF file extension and nothing worked. I even tried all the options under the "Import As", Footage, Composition, and Composition - Cropped Layers and nothing worked. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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