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  1. I've read all the tech support docs I could find related to this issue, but alas, I am at a loss. The scenario I'm on a Mac Pro (2x2.66 Ghz Dual Core Xeon, 16gb RAM, OS X 10.5.8), and when I try to launch C4D R12, the icon pops in the doc, sits there for about 5 seconds and then goes away. No dialog box, no "light" under the icon in the doc, nothing. The IT department reinstalled C4D. No go. They reinstalled OS X and then reinstalled C4D. Nothing. They deleted prefs, updated prebinding and logged in as a different user. Nothing. The plot thickens?... I have a hunch, but I don't really know how to test it. A few days ago, I was getting an error message when launching Final Cut Pro. I can't remember the error, but I was able to Google it and solve the problem by disabling secondary monitor output via my BlackMagic DeckLink preferences. I'm wondering if something similar is happening with C4D. The trouble is, the IT team upgraded the DeckLink software and I can see no clear option that would be the same as the old "disable" checkbox I used before. Here's the new prefs screen: I've tried physically disconnecting the cables from the BlackMagic card, but that didn't work. Help? Any ideas? Thanks all!
  2. Hey all, Bran Dougherty-Johnson and Jake Sargeant have been hard at work preparing the first ever (to my knowledge) industry census directed specifically at motion designers. If you have 5-10 minutes, please take a moment to complete the survey: http://motionographer.com/2009-motion-graphic-design-census/ More info on the project: http://motionographer.com/2009/12/01/2009-motion-graphic-census-who-what-why-and-how/ Thanks all!
  3. Thanks so much to both of you. I re-rigged my scene using spline dynamics, and it works flawlessly now. I'll posts some video soon so you can see what the hell I've been talking about.
  4. Hmmm... that sounds like a much better approach than what I'm doing. Thanks for that!
  5. Can you explain what you mean by "spline dynamics"? I'm working with splines (using Sketch and Toon to render them).
  6. I'm running R11, but I haven't installed the latest update for it. I'll try that and report back.
  7. I have some simple cubic splines, each with Soft Body Springs (Structural) on them. I've put them in a Solver along with Gravity and they work fine: they wave about randomly like ropes in the wind, exactly what I wanted them to do. But then for some reason, they'll stop moving. I'll hit play (from frame 0) and they don't move. It's as though the Solver becomes inactive. Sometimes they'll animate for like 20 frames and then stop. Sometimes two of my splines will animate, while the others are frozen. My Solver is set to be active for the entire length of my animation (instead of the default 0-90 range), so that's not the problem. Choosing Dynamics > Clear All Solvers does nothing. I'm wondering: a) Has this happened to any of you? Know any workarounds/solutions? Thanks in advance! UPDATE: If I close Cinema and restart it, this appears to fix the problem... for a little while. Does Cinema have some equivalent of RAM caching that's causing this issue?...
  8. Crap. Didn't read this before posting the above...
  9. Yeah, I'm curious how many Intuos 4 purchases are upgrades vs. first-times. While I think the new features are sexy, I don't think they justify the expense of upgrading to what is essentially the same device as the Intuos 3. If you're someone (like me) who's been on the fence about plunging head-first into the cool waters of Wacom, however, maybe it's a bit more tempting...?
  10. Oh boy. Just in case it's not clear to those who might be a bit newer to mograph.net: I'm Justin Cone. And now I'm writing in a thread with my name in its title. This is a bit surreal. I haven't read the whole thread, I just wanted to make a couple points, straight from the horse's mouth, as it were: While I appreciate the compliments, I am not a businessman by any stretch of the imagination. (My friends will vouch for me on this, I think.) I do what I do because I love it. (That goes for everyone involved with Motionographer.) I don't do it for money or any kind of business-related gain. If I did, I'd actually make money from all this stuff. The ads we run on Motionographer are merely there to subsidize our other ventures—things like F5 and travel expenses for speaking at conferences. ( Yes, I pay my own way for most of my speaking engagements.) So you must be wondering: If I don't make many any money from this, how do I pay my bills? a) Through the good will of very special people who care as much about motion design as I do. By doing freelance and consulting gigs. I'm very careful not to take jobs, however, that jeopardize my "editorial clarity," if I may be allowed to use so lofty a term. c) I'm married to a woman who actually has a real job. Like, with a paycheck and stuff. As naive as it is, I spend most of my energy trying to figure out ways for me to keep doing Motionographer-related things without getting rich. Why? I truly believe in the power of motion design. I truly believe that it is the lingua franca of the 21st century, and that as such, it needs custodians and critics and cheerleaders. The coolest thing of all? It all started here at mograph.net. Tween (Motionographer's predecessor) was essentially an outgrowth of work I found here. I will always revere the people who post their work and thoughts here. I have learned—and continue to learn—so much from everyone here. Thank you.
  11. <shameless plug> Ed Ulbrich will giving a talk at F5 (twice as long as the TED talk, incidentally): http://f5fest.com/speakers/ </shameless plug>
  12. Hey all, since I've talked to a few people about this in the NYC area, I thought I'd chime in. Here's what I know: - it was set up by Stephen Price (at Stash Magazine) to help freelancers deal with the problem of more and more studios not hiring 1099 freelancers anymore - the Freeworld "service partners" are Employer of Record companies that convert freelancers to W-2 - Freeworld has already signed up several freelancers (Digital Kitchen is referring folks there) It's on the up-and-up, and it seems like a smart move. And the whole thing is set up explicitly for people who switch gigs every 2 weeks.
  13. You also have an open <div>. Not sure if it matters, but it's worth fixing: <div id="-------{Daniel Miller}-------"> doesn't have an accompanying closing </div>
  14. Hey guys, thanks for the feedback. And just for the record: I agree that the current comment flow sucks. I like the forum, because it encourages deeper discussion and discourages drive-by haters (for the most part), but what I really want is a way to automatically generate a forum thread when a new post is made. I'm pretty sure it's possible, but I have a feeling it's going to be a daunting task. I'm going to take a look at all the pertinent PHP this week to see if I can make any sense of it. Thanks again, everyone. UPDATE Just found this: http://lussumo.com/addons/index.php?PostBa...amp;AddOnID=262. Haven't tested it yet. UPDATE 2 After nearly destroying the forum, I've gotten the aforementioned plugin to work. Awesome! Now posts are linked to automatically generated forum threads. UPDATE 3 Fuck it. Old comments are back. How's that for "arrogant"?
  15. So what'd you guys think of this year's event?
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