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kitkats

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In Topic: Radial Wipes

27 February 2015 - 11:51 PM

 

 

Actually, you can open a closed path in AE. You just have to select the two adjacent points you want to open, and then right click, and click on 'closed.' Took me a while to figure that out. For some reason it's not very intuitive, but there you go.

 

Holy crap, thanks for pointing that out.  I've seen that 'Closed' text but it was always greyed out.


In Topic: Radial Wipes

26 February 2015 - 01:44 PM

Shape Layers 'Trim Paths' function does have an Offset parameter which might help achieve overshoot.  Another option is to use a 'Merge Paths' set to intersect (or whatever) and rotate something like a triangle with one corner anchored to the centre of the circles - depends what you're doing exactly.

 

Are you missing the Layer>Create Shapes from Vector Layer command in AE? Most times, people make graphics in AI, import, convert to Shape Layers with that, and then use Explode Shape Layers script to ease editing by splitting and re-grouping the shapes (AE tends to make one horribly un-navigable layer). If you plan ahead you can create multiple layers in AI of course and save a few headaches.

 

I even have ft-toolbar setup with the Create Shapes command and Set First Vertex as one click buttons. Unfortunately I don't think there's a way to reverse path direction with that, you have to delve into the layer's parameters to do that.

 

EDIT: Incidentally, once you close a path in AE, there is no way to break it again like C4D's 'close spline' checkbox. The only way to do it is copy the path, paste into AI, delete the segment, and copy-paste back into AE. Which usually results in some offset in position, it's a pain.


In Topic: Intermediate Codecs

12 February 2015 - 10:26 PM

Quicktime PNG is great for archiving and when you don't need fast IO. Less great since OS X Quicklook stopped supporting it. I believe both QT-PNG and Animation are regarded as deprecated by Apple.  This is one reason why some are switching to ProRes 4444, or the XQ variant which is higher quality.  But the old codecs have greater cross-platform compatibility.  Looking ahead, the imperfect nature of the situation is why the MOX campaign was a recent success.


In Topic: Mac OSX users: If you are still using Mac OSX v10.8, let me know.

06 February 2015 - 06:53 PM

10.9 because the old Mac Pro has 3rd party SSD's that need Trim Enabler, which is defunct in 10.10

There is some utility that partially fixes the colour labels thing, I seem to remember.

In Topic: Matte Painting Setup in After Effects

04 February 2015 - 09:02 PM

TC Horizon is infinitely distant from the camera like a Sky object. There is a cheap plug-in on AEScripts called PowerSphere I think, that is a bit like CC Sphere but with more options, that may help as you can unfold the map from the sphere and hence have more-or-less curved planes.  If you're trying to match anything real though you'll struggle without a proper matchmover and 3D.