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  • Daniel Waldron

    March 3, 2020 at 6:30 pm in reply to: How to text effect?

    Shape layers and track mattes would do the trick.

  • Daniel Waldron

    October 16, 2019 at 4:55 pm in reply to: Drone rates

    Oh I agree completely. I’ve been in the business long enough to see what used to be a struggle to do on high-end NLE systems can now be done on a smartphone with a couple taps and swipes. I figure the companies are hiring me as a licensed and insured (and somewhat experienced) pilot. Anyone can rent or buy a drone, but as Mark alluded to, the pilot who has the legal, technical, and creative expertise is more rare. I only referenced the rental rates as what a prospective client might be expecting based on some Googling. I am aiming for higher, but I guess we will see what the market has to say about that.

  • Daniel Waldron

    October 16, 2019 at 4:27 pm in reply to: Drone rates

    Thank you both for your thoughts! Some good stuff to consider. I agree that on most shoots it will be used for a few establishing or creative shots and not needed for a full day. $200 seems like a fair rate as a “throw in” on a shoot. However, as Mark said I do need to account for all my costs including pre-production, license, insurance, travel, etc since I won’t necessarily be making money from the rest of the job. I looked up rentals comparable to mine and they range between $180-$300/day. That’s without a pilot. I do plan on asking around in my area to see what rates other companies are charging. That should also give me a better feel for rates as well.

    I appreciate the input!

  • Daniel Waldron

    September 13, 2019 at 4:46 pm in reply to: How to animate text rolling under a cylinder

    I’m not exactly sure what you are going for, but with some masking and use of a warp effect, you may be able to bend the text and have it disappear under the can.

  • Daniel Waldron

    September 13, 2019 at 4:42 pm in reply to: Smoke Bending (Gun Barrel)

    You can create pretty realistic smoke using a particle system like Particular and have much more control over it than using a stock smoke clip.

  • I realize this is an old thread, but Paul’s fix of finding and removing the extra line break was spot on for me. Thanks for that!

  • Daniel Waldron

    February 25, 2019 at 3:20 pm in reply to: Element 3D, Make the spiral surround the image!?

    Because AE is not really a 3D program, there is some trickery going on to make things appear 3D and you are running into some of the limitations. You’ll want to look into Element 3D’s depth compositing or world position pass options.

  • Daniel Waldron

    February 14, 2019 at 2:16 pm in reply to: Footage with alpha channel but no luma matte

    What is the clip of? Sometime stock sellers will say it has an alpha channel, when really they expect the editor to change the transfer mode to Screen or Add. I’ve seen this with dust, fire, etc. It sounds like that may not be an option for you, so you may want to contact Shutterstock and request a refund.

  • Daniel Waldron

    February 11, 2019 at 4:24 pm in reply to: Rendering taking a very long time

    That seems about right to me, especially if your footage is 4K. The unsharp mask and Denoiser are killing your render times. An external GPU would certainly help with the Denoiser effect, but I would question whether it’s worth it. Depends on how much of this type of thing you do.

    I’m assuming you’re exporting this 40 minute clip to be edited later? Or is it the final video? In general, I try to apply sharpening or noise reduction only to the clips that need it in the final video.

  • Warp Stabilizer should automatically scale up the footage to fill the screen. Did the Preserve Scale parameter get checked by accident? There is also an Auto-scale section under the Borders twirl down. Maybe something got changed there?

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