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  1. Gah! Nevermind. I had my import setting wrong. I was bringing in my psd as footage. It needs to be brought in as a comp in order to convert to editable text.
  2. I wanted to revive this thread so I can drop some font knowledge on you all. There is a new trend by small foundry's and type designers to require upgraded "broadcast or film use" licenses. So even though you legitimately purchase the correct number of "desktop licenses" for all designers who will possibly touch a font, that's not good enough if you want to use it for broadcast or film. These "upgrades" can run anywhere from $10,000 for a single typeface to an additional $100 for an entire family. It is all dependent on how you're using it, what the designer deems it worth for that purpose, and how good at negotiation you are. I have basically had to become the Priceline Negotiator + paralegal because part of my job is to purchase fonts and maintain our font licenses. Also, just to make this shit MORE complicated, there is only ONE entity that is legally qualified to offer these upgrades. So let's say you buy a font from Myfonts.com…you think you're all good, right? Nope. you have to read that EULA, and if you see the word "Upgrade" "Extended" or "Broadcast" anywhere in it, you will need to contact the entity listed in the EULA (usually the designer, but sometimes a designated foundry or distributor) and negotiate the use. Now, as a designer, I'm definitely FOR designers getting paid for their work. This is why I always pay for fonts, and never give them to vendors. EVER. But this is ridiculous. By the way, this extra money you are paying doesn't buy you limited exclusivity like, let's say, a Rights-Managed stock image does. Nope, you can still see your pricey font used on a dog food commercial too. We just got hit with a bill for $6000 for ONE STUPID SCRIPT FONT, that we used on a title treatment for one of our ridiculous made-for-tv movies. We already owned 20 desktop licenses, but we didn't have the upgraded broadcast use license. Not kidding. Which leads me to my final thing: DO NOT USE THE FONT - KAILEY.
  3. Aroma, I thought of that first but I don't see this option in Creative Cloud. Unless I'm totally missing it.
  4. Hi all, it's been forever since I posted anything, but I'm back doing a little animating and curious if anyone knows if there is a way to maintain the "contextual alternates" open type option for live text in AE CC? it's kind of like using ligatures, but it just alternates the font options. It's an option in photoshop. Also, did AE CC do away with converting psd layers to live text? Ugh. I'm so freakin' out of the loop. any help is appreciated. thanks, fb
  5. I've been in the same place. Just as an art director, not as a motion graphics person. So I've basically forgotten how to mograph. I will be picking all of your brains soon enough though. I am seriously going to finally FINALLY learn C4D. It just occurred to me that I should.
  6. It's OK vozzz. I'm not that important. Just a crabby old lady who used to hang out here back in "the day".
  7. Hi. Remember me? I remember you mutherfuckers. sorry if I offend, I use foul language more than I ever did before.
  8. Firebetty

    New Reel

    Hey there, I agree with pretty much everything Mr. Bink says. Probably the most poignant thing he mentions, and the thing to take away from this critique is the following. "The projects are what you make of them. You have to MAKE them interesting. That's actually a big part of your job. Find a way to take mundane stuff and help it become compelling." This is ABSOLUTELY the truth. (Well said Binky) As for your reel, I think that you show promise. You have a decent sense of timing, and while your choice of music isn't my cup of tea, you aren't terrible at editing. You need to work on your typography, but I pretty much tell EVERYONE that. Mostly because motion graphics people are not always type geeks. LEARN TO BE. Type is the whole point. I would start out by changing the typeface on your intro/outro to something that doesn't look like you just used the default in illustrator. Kerning and leading and font selection need to be carefully scrutinized as an integral part of motion graphics, not just as something that "goes over top" of them. If you can master type, it will show that you are meticulous, anal retentive and snobby. These are good things.
  9. Bill Clinton is one smooth mutherfucker.
  10. I'm the weirdest person I know, but I'm also wildly popular. I have no idea how that happened.
  11. I think a possible reason that there seem to be more men has to do with the fact that women tend to want social lives. Working 13 hours a day just isn't conducive to my real life. A culture of workaholics has been created in this industry and many women don't relate to that. We're too busy getting our nails done.
  12. Hey man, just wanted to let you know that we have been unable to get ahold of Vernon...no idea why. Have you been in contact with him lately? Anyways, it's the weirdest thing. He just disappeared off the face of the earth. Let me know.


  13. didn't realize I had a status on mograph...

  14. images sequences sure...but illustrator sequences? I'm not buying that.
  15. IT IS FIXED! There's a box that was clicked, called...."Illustrator/PDF/EPS Sequence" I'd like to know why this is the default upon install? Who uses this? I agree that the double click vs. option double click makes more sense...however, this should have been implemented from version 4. Not Version 9. Many of us have been using AE for over 10 years...and these changes are basic and intrinsic to our workflow. Of course they make more sense. and of course I'll get used to them...but when I have a project due, and I have to learn an update...that's not the time to discover that basic things are drastically different. It's like taking Shift Command C and making it Control Command F. Tha's all I'm sayin.
  16. these are "slick and professional" and if you can't afford an expensive designer...and uhh...ok....thank you a lot. I am in no way affiliated with Adobe. also, umm..the career choices are endless, you could um...do..um..and then umm..that do different..um...are responsible for...and identity.
  17. for an entire composition, I check "composition" or "cropped composition" but for just a layer, the only real option is footage, which in the past has always seen the layer for what it is...a layer, not a quicktime sequence footage file. it also does this if I want to bring an illustrator file in as a merged footage file. this is a bug.
  18. I only like change when I want it. also, thanks. Now anyone got any ideas about the imported Ai file coming in as a piece of footage?
  19. I was actually going to try to make it, but I ended up working later than I thought I would...sorry guys, woulda been nice to hang.
  20. Ok so now when I want to open a precomp from a layer, (control + double clicking) it gives me some kind of wacky drop down menu first...?? It won't let me double click a layer to open it up in the mask editor/footage window. is there a recent update? We just got this installed about 2 days ago. So far I'm not impressed. Don't even get me started on the new Magic Bullet "Looks." Great, another plug-in I can't use in past projects. FUCK. Edit: Oh and did I mention it's also trying to bring a layer from illustrator (CS4) in as a piece of actual footage? WTF.
  21. I understand what philmadelphia was trying to ask here..."is it ok that I'm accepting a job where I may not be doing the coolest stuff ever?" and we've been giving him the usual mograph jab, but honestly, Philm...yeah, it's ok to take a job where you may not have the most creative freedom, where you might have to <gasp> work on corporate projects that make absolutely NO FUCKING SENSE, because the reality is, this will not be your only job through your career..if you are good, you will make of it what you can, learn as much from it as you can, and make connections that will perhaps one day get you a job that is a little more fun, more creative, or more lucrative. Sarcasm aside, yes, IF they offer you the job, and the pay is good, and you like what they are offering you, take it. But another thing to mention is: don't go in with the attitude that you're better than everyone...because they will smell that a mile away, and not only will they not offer you the job, but you may get smacked. hope this helps. :H
  22. Consolidate your student loan. Once you get a job, have them auto-deduct it out of a bank account - this will usually knock the interest down a quarter percentage point. (sound meager, but over the long run it's worth it) Lock in a low interest rate for the next 10 -20 years. Your credit will be worse if you can't pay your loans because the interest is too high, or you lose one of the 8 bills you'll be getting from all the various lenders, and pay it late. Also as far as I can tell, you have an interview right? They haven't actually OFFERED you the job yet. Seems a bit presumptuous to think they'll give it to you over, say... any number of more experienced designers without jobs right now that they are probably also interviewing.
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