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  1. I'm curious to see what the performance difference really is between these and the 8-cores. Are the extra 4 cores worth the extra $1500, and how much ram do you have to cram in these to make them worth it....
  2. a while ago I made a spot that was deliverable in SD but the possibility of needing an HD version was lingering, with that in mind I did all the work in HD and when it came time to render I took that and dropped it into a SD comp resized and rendered. Now the client wants the HD version, I haven't done any tests, but should the rendering in HD take longer or the same? Originally I was thinking it should take the same time, because to render the SD version it renders the HD frame and then scales, but someone told me differently. I'm unable to make a test at this point because I'm off location, but the client wants an ETA.
  3. So, I'm thinking about getting one of the Mac pros that came out last week. This machine is going to be 80% mograph (AE), 20% editing (FCP, dvcpro HD). I'm still trying to figure out the storage issue. A client of mine has HDPros on his machines and I love them, but they are overkill for me. What are you guys using these days?
  4. long story short, if you don't like expressions, then don't use them. But going to the extreme of villifying (however that's spelled) sounds more like a personal issue to me. A lot of us use them, and will continue to use them, and when asked a "how to" question, if the most efficient way is to use an expression, well, that's what we'll suggest. We all have features, methods and techniques we won't use or come near to, but if they work for someone else well, who are we to preach against them?
  5. as are third party plugins, presets, poor techniques and who knows what else. Point is, poor use of ______ doesn't mean that _______ is bad and not worth learning.
  6. Why are those two things mutually exclusive? I would've thought that any trick/tool you have under your sleeve would be a good thing to have. At the end of the day what we do is a combination of art and technique, why not expand on your technical abilities? There are MANY ways to screw up a project, not sure why you are targeting expressions in particular. Just as you talk about a particular example of a project being screwed up by bad expressions, I'm sure a lot of us can talk about projects that have been saved by expressions as well as projects that have been screwed up and had nothing to do with expressions. Long story short, if there's something I can do with expressions in 2 minutes that would take me two hours doing by hand, it's time well invested in learning.
  7. Yeah, I'm with you on that one. As of lately I'm doing as much stuff with expressions as I can, seems more streamlined. Not sure why that wiggler thing happened, it's only on one machine, I tried it on my laptop with the exact same setting and it had no problem. weird.....
  8. yep, I've done this a lot in the past, this is the first time I see this happening.....
  9. I'm on AE CS3, I have an element that I want to ad some random position keyframes to. The thing is that the wiggler is generating the keyframes, but they are not random, it's just adding keyframes to whatever position the elemnet happens to be in at the time. I've tried using jagged and smooth, overly exagerated the magnitude and frequency, but nothing... any ideas?
  10. eley


    dealbreaker....... j.k. I live close by so no hotel for me.....
  11. I'm guessing the same people that needed our congress to spend... how many months? on hearings about the use of steroids in baseball..... I wonder what comes next in their list of priorities...
  12. That's what I thought/feared. My income has grown over the last year or so, so I'm not sure they would count my "new" income; average it, or take the old "verifiable" one. I'm guessing that when you're in a situation like ours, your credit score doesn't have that much of a positive impact. Our last place was bought under a "first time home buyer" thing, we got 100% financing, no PMI, and a pretty good rate. The other thing I'm wondering about, is that since technically this would be my first time, do I qualify for that sort of thing (assuming those plans are still around, which would quite frankly surprise me)?. I'm guessing today's answer to all these questions will change a lot within the next months, on one hand they have to be careful not to make the same mistakes, on the other, they can't just stop lending money. ETA.. I found this, not very encouraging... http://www.mytwodollars.com/2008/09/02/qua...s-a-freelancer/
  13. I have a question for those of you who are incorporated/LLC'd or any of those. What happens when you go apply for a mortgage? What do they look at as income? and what if any particular hurdles have you encountered? I ask because a few years ago when we bought our first place it was just my wife (w-2) on the app, the logic was, she makes more than enough to cover the loan, and the broker told us that not putting my income in would make things more straight forward, I just didn't bother asking exactly what that meant. This time around since we just relocated to a much more expensive area we will have to include my income, so before I'm curious to see what I'm going to be up against...
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    Is this Legal

    I used to be in a similar situation, 'for profit company' owned by a non profit. People under the profit side were pretty much exempt from the rules. But the people under the actual non-profit, boy were they screwed. First they had a big fat clause that not only you had to be of their religion (somewhat understandable), but you had to be a member of their particular church. Part of being a member entailed "strictly following all the rules" in particular the one about thything (however it's spelled). Sad thing is, apparently it was perfectly legal.........
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    Path Question

    Cool... do I detect a hint of sarcasm?.... thanks!!
  16. eley

    Path Question

    Funny, I thought of the expression thing back in... before CS3 when expressions were not available for masks, I wasn't ware that they were now. Thanks Lloyd!
  17. interesting topic. The way we (my wife and I do it) is that she is on salary which worse case scenario (knock on wood) can cover all our expenses, without tapping into our savings, but also without saving any real money. So, I'm part of the "shove 30% into the bank as soon as you get the check" tribe, that's just for taxes. I also make it a point to set some aside every month for our retirement, a vacation every now and then etc. The beauty of having one of us on payroll is that I as a freelancer don't have to worry about medical insurance, which can be a killer if you don't have access to a group policy. I send quarterlies to the IRS (almost regularly), and I have been penalized for the lack of regularity. I had been considering forming an S-corp, but a couple of people were telling me that it's a pretty big mess to keep everything kosher, and that some of the tax savings are more myth than reality. A cameraman that I used to work with a lot suggested an LLC. To be honest I have yet to look into it, but he's not the first person to mention that his life got easier (and cheaper) since he went LLC. I have heard thought that the whole S-Corp vs LLC is sort of a controversial topic.
  18. two part question, first part, Is there a way to create a mask path from a motion path? more specifically, track a point and instead of the final product being a motion path, I would like a mask. Second part, and I know this has been answered before, but I have a very short attention span. Is there a way to link path shapes? lets say layer 1 has a mask that I animate, and I need layer 2 to have an identical mask. Is there a way of doing this without copying and pasting the mask from layer 1 into layer 2? I'm asking because A, there will be several sets of layers so keeping up with what layer needs which mask could get complicated, and B these mask will be tweeked a lot. Anyways, thanks guys
  19. Well, as of next weekend count me in, I'm moving into that area. Is there any head hunting service for mograph people in the area?
  20. eley

    Your first love

    Atari 1040 ST.....
  21. Thanks for the answers, it's good to know I'm not TOO far off base. As I've mentioned before, I'm relocating (where to at this point is up in the air), and some of my clients want me to keep working for them. I would LOVE to get a full time gig and take care of them on the side, that would be the ideal scenario. Behind Door #2, I still work with these guys and look for new ones wherever it is I end up. The common denominator between options A & B, is that I keep working with some of my existing clients from a distance. The one thing that struck me as odd of your responses is the "referral" part, has this been referrals from one post house to another, or from end clients? I ask because at least where I am now, getting production place 1 to refer you to production place B is pretty much impossible, as a matter of fact, some people wont book you based on who else you have worked with. Anyways, as usual thanks for the input, I have to say that I've gotten better advice from this site than from any other out there....
  22. I haven't worked with them specifically, I was listed with the Art Squad and with The Creative Group. The art squad never even bothered calling me, I have friends that got work from them all the time, but it was always web or print stuff. The Creative Group got me a booking once, and from what I gathered they didn't really have any experience dealing with motion graphics and video. So long story short the two I mentioned are great if you do layout, writing or web stuff. I'm guessing they either don't have enough demand for people like us, so they don't know how to push and sell us. I am interested in hearing more about these people though.
  23. I've been freelancing for about 4-5 years now, but it's always been with people I'm am within driving distance of. So I guess this question is directed to those of you who work with people that for all you know could be in the other side of the world. How do you guys get your footage from clients? Tapes, FTP, a combination? By the same token, how do you guys deliver final product? The next question is more of a business thing. How did you make initial contact with a client, and what do you feel made them comfortable with working with someone from a distance? I'm guessing it was harder than to just send resume+reel to every single post in the listings looking for artists, or was it?
  24. wireddrive.com is pretty much the coolest thing out there as far as I know, it's also prohibitively expensive. I don't remember the exact figures, but we're talking about a couple of $K to get setup and a hefty monthly fee. at this point my choice would also be xProve though
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