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  • Hey Bern,
    As Greg mentioned, it’s a common problem.

    Try creating an adjustment layer and adding the Effect ‘Add Noise’. Set it to a low number like 3% and it should smooth out your gradient. ‘Add Noise’ is a lot more cost effective than ‘Add Grain’.


  • Mike Sevigny

    March 27, 2019 at 12:19 pm in reply to: Handbreak compression

    It depends what you’re trying to do. I personally use AME unless I need to do otherwise. For example, when AME couldn’t compress h264s larger than 4096×2304 I used MPEG Streamclip.

    Everyone should have MPEG Streamclip kicking around. It’s 100% free and mac/pc compatible.


  • Mike Sevigny

    March 27, 2019 at 11:52 am in reply to: Scripting – DropdownList Selection/Enabling issue

    Hey Will,

    I’ve been working with dropdowns for a while now and I’ve never had to de-select anything. If I programmaticly select a new item in the dropdown, the previous item is automatically de-selected. I’m surprised to see that both items are selected in your screengrab so maybe I’m missing something but try to comment out the lines where you de-select the item and see if it works for you.

    It’s a bit difficult to put your code to the test with the given excerpt. I’ve found that I get a better response if I can boil the problem down to a small GUI (dropdown and checkbox) running the problematic function so that the code is easily executable for anyone to help. This is useful to help solve particularly sticky problems and it frames it in a way that is easy to post if it still can’t be solved.


  • Hey Stefan,
    Keylight does not key white/grey/black, only colors. There are other plugins that do but I don’t think this particular clip will key very well. You can try it for yourself though.

    Keying > Extract
    This plugin is native to After Effects. It clips the White/Black of the image into Alpha (like crushing the blacks but the crushed pixels become alpha).
    Red Giant Primatte (Keying Suite)
    This keyer will key Black/White (as well as color) and has some interesting features that keylight does not
    Composite Brush
    This might be your best bet at an automated solution. It’s a new plugin that is producing the best results I’ve seen yet. I don’t know that it will be able to extract her shirt but it’s worth trying. (

    If you can’t get a clean automated solution, the sure-shot method is to rotoscope the target area and treat it on its own layer.


  • Mike Sevigny

    March 19, 2019 at 7:05 pm in reply to: How to preview when rendering?

    I believe this was replaced with the use of “Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue”.
    If you send your renders to AME, you can continue to use AE and keep adding to the queue as you work.


  • Mike Sevigny

    March 19, 2019 at 7:03 pm in reply to: How to change/copy opacity keys to scale keys?

    You can just use the standard pickwhip from the scale to the opacity

    You can then look at the resulting expression under the scale


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  • Mike Sevigny

    June 19, 2018 at 10:57 am in reply to: how to export 4096×4096 VR with moderate bitrate?

    Encoding H.264s at a resolution of 4096×4096 on PC/Windows

    Step #1
    Export your video in a highres codec. On macOS you can make an Apple Prores and on PC I would recommend an image sequence like PNG or JPG (depending on the quality of the original image). Export the audio as a separate file if you’re using an image sequence.

    Step #2
    On the PC side, download the latest version of VirtualDub 2 and launch the application. It comes with a couple of executables in the zip file, use VirtualDub64.exe if you’re on Windows 64bit.

    VirtualDub is a free video processing utility for Windows
    Download Link:

    Step #3
    Open the media in VirtualDub by clicking on File > Open video file..
    Note: If you did not render an image sequence in Step #1, skip to Step #6

    Step #4
    Adjust the framerate by clicking on Video > Frame Rate. By default the FPS is set to 10 for image sequences. This default value can be changed in the preferences so you don’t have to change it every time.

    Step #5
    You will need to insert the audio by clicking on Audio > Audio from other file… and selecting the audio file you exported in Step #1.

    Step #6
    A) Click on File > Save as…
    In the ‘Save as’ pop-up select ‘.mp4’ from the ‘Save as type’ dropdown menu and then click on the ‘Change’ button.

    B) In the pop-up window, select ‘x264 8bit – H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec’ and click on ‘Configure’ to configure the h264 compression

    C) In the new pop-up window under ‘Rate Control’, select ‘Single pass – bitrate based (ABR)’ and set the average bitrate as desired.

    Step #7
    Click ‘OK’ on both windows. Change the audio settings to what you need and click the ‘Save’ button

    Check your final output for artifacting and tweak the output settings as you see fit.
    Hope this helps.

    Mike Sevigny
    CTO – Torus Media Labs

  • Hey Steve,
    are you on mac or pc?

    Mike Sevigny

  • Mike Sevigny

    January 25, 2018 at 2:48 pm in reply to: VR problem with 2D Green Screen subject

    Hey Tolu,
    This is actually a common problem in 360 and is based on several factors.
    I explain what’s happening and how to fix it in this tutorial [@ 36:52]:
    Hope this helps

    Mike Sevigny
    CTO – Torus Media Labs

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