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  • So Common is Dead as far as updates, but isn’t it good enough as it is?

     Jason Shrumm updated 4 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 3 Posts
  • rickm1

    April 20, 2006 at 10:59 pm

    I’m fairly new to commotion (I know, it’s a little late 😉 but I bought a copy along with Matt’s tutorial a few months back. Isn’t the software (4.1) still really good even though no updates? Especially if a guy/gal has no more money to spend on tools like this right now (such as Silhouette roto, etc)?

  • Dean Sensui

    April 30, 2006 at 3:46 am


    The software is still very good but it’s starting to show some signs of aging. For example, text values in the windows sometimes don’t update or highlight properly. Also, once the Macs go over to the Intel processor, who knows how stable Commotion will or won’t be by then?

    I still use it for motion tracking, painting and some roto work. But all of that will probably be done in AE now that I upgraded that to the production bundle.

    Also, AE’s Keylight seems to be able to pull a better key than Primatte does in Commotion. At least that’s what I observed at the AE booth during NAB this week.

    Fortunately AE and Commotion seem to share roughly similar user interfaces and conventions. Learning one will certainly mostly apply to the other, although you’ll still need to deal with specific differences. But the basic fundamentals are similar.

    Dean Sensui —

  • Jason Shrumm

    July 30, 2021 at 10:18 am

    It might be weird that we started with Commotion Pro at college. But you should always know the basics and the peculiarities of the oldest tools that had been used before the variety of other software services appeared like mushrooms after the rain. I show the similarities and differences to my students in my research case studies online.

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