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  1. NY is tough (as in "hell"), especially after working in LA. Not a lot of class in the city.
  2. once you get the background separated, you might consider Illustrator's Live Trace, which will convert to vectors, a little better than magic wand.
  3. I just keep thinking about the apple billions being hoarded offshore, sitting there doing nada. motion graphics artists aren't supposed to think about anything except personal career path, but nonetheless it bugs me.
  4. expressions = software rot. the idea of graphics apps are to supply intuitive tools. There's always the pull by boneheads to undermine that concept, and take things away from artistry and back to bonehead comfort zone. The last shop I worked in, entire comps were nothing but expressions and scripts by a worker who was scared shitless that a real talent would work easily in his project and get his job.
  5. I haven't liked Apple since the old man kicked the bucket. I wish there were something else.
  6. I have a Canon Canoscan 9000F. It works fine for motion graphics. It was real cheap, as I remember. Epson used to be used by everyone, then they started getting flaky. Canon seems to be the new Sony.
  7. a day volunteering for audubon is good burnout relief, gets you out doors, and your mind off the computer. Plus it feels good to do something for wildlife and the continuum. http://www.nycaudubon.org/conservation
  8. Toad- You take waaaay too long with insipid 2-d lines before getting to the cool stuff in 3d space. Most art directors would stop watching before you got there. Really nice path with 3d elements springing up as you go. Nice displacement and other 3d work. You just need to brutally cut it down.
  9. Scary times. I've been in the biz long enough to remember being crucified by a buggy Premiere, At that time, Adobe flatly refused to clean it up, apparently because of not wanting to step on the toes of Avid. I remember editing corporate videos in After Effects. It was hell, but at least a 5-day render didn't crash in the final 10-minutes, and ruin the entire render. And AE didn't annihilate other video files on the hard drive. Only when FCP came along did Adobe think about making Premiere decent. My fear is what will happen when Adobe has the low-end editing monopoly again. Also Adobe has this tradition of attempting to herd all of its users to peecees - rumor had it that Adobe was being paid for the courtesy. For these reasons, I am going to try to stick with FCP, and hope.
  10. not a fan of NY. Came here from LA a while back, and never got over the low class treatment of designers. In LA, companies generally respect designers as professionals. Not so in NY. Let me give you just one example. In LA, when a company calls to ask availability, and you tell them you can work, you are immediately brought in on the job. In NY, they'll call to ask availability, then you'll never hear from them again. This is because they've called 20 designers, to then pick the one they want. This is just one example, and certainly not the worst.
  11. tomcat

    Woo Hoo!

    https://www.odesk.com/jobs/After-Effects-Minute-Video-Creation_~~97d0d8a53b5af584?utm_source=Indeed&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=Indeed
  12. Aaron, I notice you're in Canada, which may have something to do with your treatment and perspective. I envy you for having landed a stable, reasonable workplace. They are very hard to come by in Gotham. My very last job was actually decent, until the inevitable management change, and our sweetheart of a boss was axed. Don't get too comfortable. You need to keep those skills up because if that job that seems like it's going to last forever, ends, you'll never catch up with the freelancers. This happens a lot here with TV station designers. Oh Yeah, and I've worked the full spectrum of the industry, from film studios to TV networks to post houses to small boutiques.
  13. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/us/politics/mitt-romney-offers-praise-for-a-donors-business.html?pagewanted=all
  14. After 15 years, I realized that it was not going to get any better, I was sick of walking around in a state of nervous exhaustion. Five years ago, I decided to quit. It has taken that long to make a full break. All I can say is thank God I did. The money is piss poor in motion graphics. We make below blue collar workers, like plumbers and electricians. You are a slave to a computer at work, and on week-ends you stay glued to the computer keep up with the field. I guess some people find that having a fulfilling life. They are welcome to it. For gifted young people, motion graphics is a black hole.
  15. Great bounces! I haven't had time to go through the tutorials though.
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