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  • Graham Quince

    December 5, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Unfortunately it looks like your screenrecording hasn’t shared, I’m getting a “failed to connect” message. But I have heard of this issue before, Adobe acknowledged in March 2021, it is a bug:

    https://adobe-video.uservoice.com/forums/911311-after-effects/suggestions/42068041-bug-report-resizing-the-composition-causes-the-3d

  • Graham Quince

    December 5, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Take a look at Adobe’s Character Animator. I use it in my tutorials for lip sync and have played around with the webcam feature for face-tracking. I particularly like that you can export the mouth shape values to After Effects.

    https://www.adobe.com/uk/products/character-animator.html

  • Graham Quince

    November 30, 2021 at 11:04 am

    It’s an older effect, but the included Particle Playground has an option for adding a constraining wall using a mask. You can use it fill up an irregular shape. The particles are 2D, but have position data and can use a texture.

  • Graham Quince

    November 29, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    I take it the Mosaic effect wouldn’t do this for you? It might not, just throwing it out there.

    There is an expression function called sampleImage() That’s probably what you’re after.

    Dan Ebberts has a pretty good tutorial on it: http://www.motionscript.com/design-guide/sample-image.html

  • Graham Quince

    November 29, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    That sounds strange. Have you saved your workspace recently? Is there a second effects control panel with a padlock?

    What happens if you double-click on the effect in the timeline?

  • Graham Quince

    November 27, 2021 at 10:35 am

    If it helps, I created some greenscreen assets for screens a little while ago, as I couldn’t find any:

    https://youtu.be/c3TybpIQ_ik

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  • Graham Quince

    November 17, 2021 at 10:47 am

    You hate it with the fire of a thousand suns? Wow, I mean I can imagine hating it with the fire of maybe 20 suns, but a thousand… 😉

    Try using CTRL + i to open the import dialogue instead… or set up your own keyboard shortcut. It might save your stress levels.

  • Graham Quince

    November 17, 2021 at 10:37 am

    As a fully paid up “renter”, I get your frustration at the pricing model, but my memory is a little hazy about CS6. I don’t think you can add output types to AE, but you should be able to render out your video as AVI with something like the Lagarith codec ( https://lags.leetcode.net/codec.html ) , then drop it into VLC or similar to convert it.

    My main reason for paying for Adobe CC: I always have the latest version of the software instead of having to save for three years to buy the new one only for it to go out of date within the year.

  • Graham Quince

    November 4, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    You’ve got your tunnel in 3D space in Blender,which you’ve rendered with a matchmove camera. So, now is time to stop thinking in 3D and think of the comp as containing two 2D videos, which you now have to blend together.

    If this was a weather map, you’d do exactly as you just in 1.5). So just think of it that way.

    In terms of help “sell” this effect, think about the contrast and the blurring on the object. Try to colour match the darkest parts of the tunnels to the darkest shadows you can see.

    You might also want to replicate part of the cliff wall, so that the join with the tunnel is easier to hide. And think like a magician, by which I mean draw the eye away from any edges where your VFX meet reality.

    Once you’ve got the tunnel blended into the shot, that’s when you start thinking in 3D again and add all the extra bits like barbed wire. Blender can export OBJ files, which you can import into either C4D Lite (or if you have the cash Element 3D from Video Copilot).

    My last bit of advice, I have a 4-second rule for VFX. Anything after 4 seconds and your eyes start to pick up on the little, telltale details. I’m sure plenty of professsionals disagree with me on this, but it works for me.

  • Graham Quince

    November 4, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Sorry, I didn’t see your reply. (Checking the little forum box now)

    Yeah, I’m really quite familiar with Element. It’s my favourite plugin (yes, I have a favourite plugin, don’t judge 😉 )

    These two screenshots should illustrate what I meant:

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