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#mochat 88 – After Effects 13.0

Last week, Adobe released version 13 of After Effects as part of the Creative Cloud 2014 update. This week on #mochat, several members from the After Effects team at Adobe joined us to answer questions about the update. For a lengthy description of what’s new and changed, see Todd Kopriva’s extensive writeup on the After Effects blog.

Some of the top features called out in the chat are:

  • Effect Masks/Compositing – Opacity settings and masks per effect (even third party). Combined with the mask tracker, this is a pretty powerful feature.
  • Editable Text Templates for Premiere Pro – Unlocked text layers are editable in Premiere Pro through Dynamic Link. More on AE/Premiere Pro integration. And with expressions, editable text templates can provide some unexpected functionality.
  • New Curves UI/Functions – Larger UI in three sizes, new auto-settings. The new UI is the result of feature requests (so make sure you submit yours). The new auto settings are the result of user research.
  • HTML5 Panels – New UI panels built around HTML and Javascript. ExtendScript is still used for control over AE. SDK and more info is available at the Adobe Developer Connection.

When upgrading, it’s pretty easy to migrate settings, plugins, and scripts. Very few changes were made to the plugin architecture. The only notable incompatibility seems to be Element 3D.

A few interesting tidbits arose during the chat. The most notable might be that the raytrace renderer is EOL. 3D efforts will be instead focussed on Cinema 4D and supporting 3D plugins. No major changes to Cineware were made in this release. Also, pseudo/custom effects are not actually supported by Adobe. Though there’s a lot of interest on the user side of officially implementing something like this. Lastly background rendering can be accomplished in Adobe Media Encoder, which now supports 32-bit and alpha channels. It still does not support color management, but a workaround is to use an adjustment layer with Color Profile Converter inside of AE.

And direct from Adobe, these are the sites to keep an eye on: After Effects Blog, After Effects Forum, After Effects FAQ, and of course the Feature Request Form.

Read on for the full transcript of the chat.

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#mochat 79 – Red Giant Universe

On our last #mochat, we were lucky enough to have Harry Frank and Ruth Pierich from Red Giant Software to answer a few questions about Red Giant Universe. A few point brought up during the chat…

  • It’s still in beta, so abuse it and submit bug reports.
  • Everything GPU based.
  • Updates cab be turned around really quickly.
  • No Autodesk support… yet.
  • New plugins can be voted on by premium users.

And the next day, Ruth posted this link for prospective developers of Universe plugins.

Read on for the full transcript…

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#mochat 78 – NAB

NAB is a great place for video professionals to view soon-to-be and recently released products, take classes and see demos, and meet those people you’ve been typing to on Twitter for years. Unfortunately, not everyone can go. So we did the next best thing… talk about it.

A few of the highlights from the chat about the show (links are to blog posts for posterity, not product pages):

Read on for the full transcript…

[photo courtesy of Robb Cohen/NAB]

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Color Linking in After Effects

Learn how to link color across your entire project. In this tutorial, I show how you can use a color expression control to drive color for text across a project. This can also be used for shape layers or any other single-color element. Why would you do this instead of just setting all colors individually? This makes it easier to change colors for a few reasons—in my case, while I’m concepting, for later client changes, and versioning a video to different brand/product/style colors.

As you use this technique, I’d recommend defining color controls based on the color use, rather than the color itself. For example, I have “Item”, “Brands”, and “Price Point” instead of just “Blue”, “Gray”, and “Red”. This makes it easier later when colors inevitably change.

Steps in this tutorial:

  • Setup a comp, in my case called “_control”.
  • Create a new adjustment layer and Add an expression control – Effects:Expression Controls:Color Control.
  • Lock Effects panel so it is still visible from other comps.
  • Add a Fill effect to the text layer you want to control – Effects:Generate:Fill.
  • Option-/Alt-click the stopwatch for color.
  • Pickwhip the color control to your expression control.
  • Copy & paste effect or text layer as much as needed.
  • Change the color control as needed and see it reflected across your project.

Week in Motion – Dec. 20th

“Week in Motion” is a series of posts where we will cover a few motion design related events that occurred during the past week. These might be bigger posts/announcements you have heard, or some smaller things that slipped through the cracks. This week:

Krakatoa for Cinema 4D was announced.

ArtSmart v2 was released on Cineversity featuring some nice updates.

Ryan Summers posted Crazy Robo – Animation Test featuring some nice C4D animation and particles created in Photoshop.

Shader Effector for After Effects. SHADER EFFECTOR. AFTER EFFECTS.

Video Copilot released a new model pack for Element 3D: Future City Pack. Oh, it’s free.

Beeple just being awesome again. This time for The Glitch Mob’s Can’t Kill Us music video.

Greyscalegorilla has 40% off everything today only using code “40OFFGSG”

The Mac Pro is finally available for order, though you might have to wait until February or March to actually get one.

Slightly older, but Pantone announced on Dec. 5th that the color of 2014 is officially Radiant Orchid. (You can also view past colors of the year.)

What did you see happen this week?

#mochat 57 – Adobe AE 12.1 Talk

One of the things Adobe promised with the move to Creative Cloud as a more rapid release cycle with important, but perhaps not blockbuster features. They are definitely coming through with that promise with the upcoming release of After Effects 12.1.

This week on #mochat, Steve Forde, Todd Kopriva, and Michelle Galina were kind enough to answer your questions on the upcoming release. The features which seemed to get the most attention in the chat were

  • Rigid Mask Tracker
  • Property Linking
  • Center Anchor Point commands
  • Spring Loaded Folders
  • GPU usage improvements (OptiX 3)

There were also several feature requests made during the chat, including:

  • Über-twirl (Timeline folders)
  • NLE-based footage layer (think Premiere timeline, but editable in AE)
  • KB shortcut for closing other timeline panels
  • Better color swatch handling

All-in-all, another great chat! I’m very grateful to the Adobe team for helping out and taking everyone’s questions. Read on for the transcript…

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MoChat 29 T&S – AE 20th Anniversary w/ Andrew Kramer

Last night on #MoChat Andrew Kramer was kind enough to come out and answer questions as part of the ongoing celebration of After Effects’ 20th Anniversary. This was a whirlwind chat that even ended up getting #MoChat trending… even during the State of the Union address. So thank you to everyone who came out!

  • 607 Tweets (9.3 tweets per minute, One tweet every 6.4 seconds)
  • 139 RTs
  • 154 Participants (not including @videocopilot, @AdobeAE, or @MotionChat)
  • 55 posts from @videocopilot

For the summary portion, we simply present Andre Kramer’s responses. The full transcript will follow that.

@CoreyWalkerCW: @videocopilot Aside from Element 3D content, do you anticipate most future tutorials won’t be AE exclusive & feature C4D/3DS Max? #mochat
@videocopilot: @CoreyWalkerCW Future tutorials are going to be centered around AE but count on a lot of integration for some more complex shots! #mochat

@zachfbstudios: @videocopilot Are you making Action Essentials 3? #mochat
@videocopilot: @zachfbstudios Should we call is Action Movie FX 3D!? #mochat

@MotionChat: @videocopilot @joshdjackson brings up a good point. Are you able to talk about new product roadmaps? #mochat
@videocopilot: @MotionChat We do have some non-3D plug-ins that will be available in the next few months. #mochat

@brunogbrito: @videocopilot Any interest to start explore game engines on your tutorials? (crytek, UDK) #mochat
@videocopilot: @brunogbrito We would love to, but most are PC only so it limits a lot of users. #mochat

@michaelwekall: @motionchat @videocopilot What do you see as the next big thing for After Effects? #mochat
@videocopilot: @michaelwekall I think AE has done a lot for the motion graphics world and I think compositing and VFX improvements are next! #mochat

@MotionChat: @videocopilot We’re also curious about the work/life balance issue @PXLPUSHER1972 brought up. #mochat
@videocopilot: @MotionChat It’s a challenge to balance work and family. I say family first always, it’s hard to work with trouble in paradise 🙂 #mochat

@KyvenH: how about importing animated models from maya into AE? #mochat
@videocopilot: @KyvenH I’m gonna post a big round up for exporting OBJ’s out of most 3D programs in maya, stay tuned to my blog. #mochat

@IggyVanZen: @videocopilot what’s the most important thing to remember when learning different effects? #mochat #Mochat
@videocopilot: @IggyVanZen When learning different effects don’t limit yourself to what you think the plug-in does. Imagine they have no names. #mochat

@joshdjackson: jus’ wondering, has adobe ever offered to buy videocopilot plug-ins and integrate them into upcoming versions of After Effects? #mochat
@videocopilot: @joshdjackson I was going to try and license After Effects and release it with Element 3D but didn’t work out. #mochat

@beatgram: Haha. Confused mochat tonight!!! #mochat
@videocopilot: @beatgram What?! Where am I? #mochat

@danilotard: @videocopilot what kind of books do you recommend for people wanting to become better in vfx? If any? #mochat
@videocopilot: @danilotard Mark Christionsen book is great for AE. I also think cinematography books are key. Everyone should learn to use a cam. #mochat

@AntonioVerona: Will there be any military/aircraft Element packs in development? #mochat
@videocopilot: @AntonioVerona Soon we will have some aircrafts and vehicles available. #mochat

@danilotard: @videocopilot why are you so awesome?! And do you sometimes laugh while recording your tutorials?!(outtakes please?) 😀 #mochat
@videocopilot: @danilotard I always have a good time recording tutorials. I laugh and say things I could never publish. #mochat

@digitalmeals: @videocopilot what cinematography books would you recommend? #mochat
@videocopilot: @digitalmeals There is a book called the 5 C’s of cinematography, very old, I remember it was so profound at the time! #mochat

@FootprintVideo: @videocopilot What about some modifiers for extruded text in Element3D…kind of like the effectors in #C4D? #mochat
@videocopilot: @FootprintVideo We are def looking at ways to manipulate models for E3D V2. #mochat

@danadamstw: When shooting video that will be motion tracked, are there tips of things to DO and NOT TO DO that will make tracking easier? #mochat
@videocopilot: @danadamstw So many challenges… Somehow it works out. One tip: don’t overdo it with trackers on a gren scrn. #mochat

@zachfbstudios: @videocopilot Will Element 3D2 be a free update? #mochat
@videocopilot: @zachfbstudios It will be discounted to customers but the upgrade price will be well worth it I’m sure. #mochat

@iyke28: does @videocopilot plan to interact more with users i.e. competitions, challenges e.t.c. ? #mochat
@videocopilot: @iyke28 I would love to do more challenges etc. Making an effort this year to do a lot more! #mochat

@CoreyWalkerCW: @videocopilot Can we expect any more awesome Blog Shows, or is life just too busy these days? #mochat
@videocopilot: @CoreyWalkerCW I have a few planned. Gotta have the right idea to make it fun and informative. #mochat

@AdobeAE: So many questions for @videocopilot. It’s impressive he’s able to see any of them at the speed they’re coming in! #mochat
@videocopilot: @AdobeAE Just jamming through em! #mochat

@paulslemmer: @videocopilot Who is your VFX hero?#mochat
@videocopilot: @paulslemmer Roto Artists! #mochat

@KyvenH: will you ever make a Live tutorial? #mochat
@videocopilot: @KyvenH I will. I think doing some live stuff this year could be fun. #mochat

@x1n30: @videocopilot Which is your favourite Michael Bay movie of all time? #mochat
@videocopilot: @x1n30 Favorite Michael Bay film The Rock. He wrecked half the city. Plus love the soundtrack. #mochat

@lasvideo: Will you be at the Adobe booth at NAB? #mochat
@videocopilot: @lasvideo I’m hoping to do another presentation at the Adobe booth this year at NAB. Will let you know! #mochat

@videocopilot: The thing about VFX is you can look at something and then recreate it but the key is having the vision to come up with it first. #mochat

@atmale: @videocopilot what kinds of things do you do to get ideas and keep them organized? #mochat
@videocopilot: @atmale Google Docs for organizing. Best thing that ever happened to me. #mochat

@calebbish: @videocopilot any chance basic 3D modeling will be possible inside of Element in future updates? #mochat
@videocopilot: @calebbish Eventually but we do plan on some ways of generating mesh in different ways for V2. #mochat

@OYCGabe: I find it really funny when i see Kramer’s tutorial outputs on reels. #mochat
@videocopilot: @OYCGabe I try not to show off… #mochat

@OKCTHUNDERHEAD: @videocopilot how old were you when you started AE? #mochat
@videocopilot: @OKCTHUNDERHEAD 15? I’m 28 now… #mochat

@mangababe: Wow. Hard to keep up with the fast & furious #mochat Q&A with @videocopilot !
@videocopilot: @mangababe Just grab on tight and don’t look down. #mochat

@NathanBoey: @videocopilot do you have any aspirations/plans to shoot a feature film? #MoChat
@videocopilot: @NathanBoey Absolutely! #mochat

@videocopilot: Advice? IDK be cool to work with, most people don’t like working with jerks. #mochat

@videocopilot: After Effects is 20! Almost old enough to drink. #mochat

@MitchellHart: Thanks for everything Andy K #mochat
@videocopilot: @MitchellHart Your welcome! #mochat

@videocopilot: I’ll be at AENY this month on the 28th. Will be Aharon Rabinowitz last meeting! You guys should come out! #mochat

@iyke28: @videocopilot if u find urself strugglin applyin a vfx, or if it seems impossible due to how d footage is captured – what next? #mochat
@videocopilot: @iyke28 That is tough, have to sort the first problem before moving on to the next problem. #mochat

@BKobs: @videocopilot, in your opinion, what does the future look like for creative media? specifically video and animation. #mochat
@videocopilot: @BKobs Prolific. #mochat

@Cenylee_Higa: @videocopilot You’re like my virtual teacher.. Thank you so much! #mochat
@videocopilot: @Cenylee_Higa I’m outside your house… #mochat

@Elementbob: hey Andrew! what is the best way to get into the VFX industry if school is not an option? #mochat
@videocopilot: @Elementbob The tools are there and the training is there, focus your weekends on making cool stuff. #mochat

@danadamstw: If you were going to make a feature film, what genre and what would it be about? #mochat
@videocopilot: @danadamstw I would say Thriller. Some action, some suspense… #mochat

@robotika_org: @videocopilot Due to your affiliation with @bad_robot, any chance you’ll get to do the opening crawl for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII? 🙂 #mochat
@videocopilot: @robotika_org Whoever does it, I hope they shoot it practically like the original! #mochat

@03OE: @videocopilot oh, and does making tutorials about blowing stuff up ever get old haha? #mochat
@videocopilot: @03OE Does a one-legged duck swim in circles? #mochat

@MotionChat: Holy awesome. #mochat is trending! http://t.co/aNc9n5U6

@videocopilot: @MotionChat Crazy! #mochat

@ChrisTarroza: If it wasn’t for the undo command I’d be so screwed. #mochat
@conigs: @ChrisTarroza Try working for a while with it set to 0. Seriously. It becomes way more interesting! #mochat
@videocopilot: @conigs I have it set to 12 seconds… #mochat

@rizkiahmads [protected tweet]
@videocopilot: @rizkiahmads Was thinking about some camera projection tips with Element 3D actually… #mochat

@the_smithy: #mochat hey Andrew thanks for everything so far. Love element. Been following you since creative cow days
@videocopilot: @the_smithy Good times! Creative cow has always been a great community. #mochat

@lasvideo: A tutorial on Element just came out on http://t.co/XqGLOVCq! #mochat
@videocopilot: @lasvideo I saw that! Chad perkins is a great instructor too. #mochat

@videocopilot: Best Video Cards? I think the nvidia cards are pretty amazing, particularly the 680 and 690. #mochat

@03OE: I think @videocopilot deserves around of applause for everything he’s done for us as a community, thanks man. #mochat
@videocopilot: @03OE Cheers! #mochat

@MotionChat: @videocopilot Alright, Andrew. In the last few minutes, anything _you_ would like to speak to? #mochat
@videocopilot: @MotionChat I would say that passion and hard work are 2 of the most powerful ways to achieve your goals. #mochat

@videocopilot: Thanks everyone for stopping by! I had a blast! #mochat http://t.co/sz7d4MLd

@videocopilot: I’m sure we’ll be able to do this again in the future and I’d love to do more live stuff, it’s exciting!
#mochat

@videocopilot: #mochat tonight… http://t.co/6fWTb4zq

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MoChat 23 Transcript & Summary

Last night on #MoChat we were fortunate enough to have Mary Poplin, Ross Shain, and Martin Brennand from Imagineer Systems with us to talk about motion tracking, and mocha in particular. If you’re not familiar with it, mocha is a planar tracking system which tracks 2D planes instead of small points. At the end of the chat, Andres Arosemena won a seat of Mocha Pro for correctly answering the trivia question “What was the first Imagineer product to introduce Planar Tracking?” (mokey).

Some highlights from the chat

  • mocha AE 3.1 and mocha Pro can solve a 3D camera.
  • Mocha can be used to help with rotoscoping.
  • The Imagineer crew had good things to say about the 3D camera tracker built-in to AE.
  • Face Replacement tutorial.
  • You can upgrade from the bundled mocha to mocha AE 3.1 or mocha Pro at a discount.
  • The MochaImport+ (US$40) script will help with getting data rom mocha to After Effects.
  • A couple examples of work using mocha.
  • Places to get help with mocha.

See the transcript below for all the details.

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Welcome to #MoChat everyone. Tonight we’re talking motion tracking. We have guests here from to talk about Mocha AE/Pro.9:00 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Around 10:55 ET, we’ll have a trivia question. The first person to correctly answer will win a seat of Mocha Pro. #mochat9:00 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Before we start, does the crew want to introduce themselves? I know we have here. #mochat9:00 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Welcome to #mochat, Imagineer folks! #mochat9:01 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Hi There, thanks for having me. I am the product specialist for Imagineer Systems. I’ve been working with Imagineer since 2010. #mochat9:02 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Ross Shain and Martin Brennand are here as well. You’ve got a whole Imagineer Systems crew. #mochat9:03 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Hello everyone on Mochat #mochat9:04 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Hi folks, I am Ross Shain, CMO for Imagineer. #mochat9:04 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Despite the obscure twitter name, I’m Martin Brennand, product manager of Imagineer Systems. 🙂 #mochat9:05 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

welcome to mochat #mochat9:05 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Hey everybody, psyched for tonight #mochat9:06 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

So let’s start with the basics. Many of us know about point tracking with the built-in tracker. How is Mocha different? #mochat9:06 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

In basic terms, a point tracker only tracks tiny features, which can become blurred or easily obscured… #mochat9:07 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

and will also weigh in, but point and feature trackers grab specific small bits of data… #mochat9:08 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

The planar tracker in mocha tracks areas of texture over time, so can ignore many of the problems a point tracker runs into. #mochat9:08 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Mocha does planar tracking, I don’t know if the built in tracker does that. #mochat9:08 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I thought the built in tracker just did 3D point tracking. #Mochat9:09 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

There’s a 3D camera tracker effect, and a separate point tracker in AE. #mochat9:10 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Specially a big one, like when the feature leaves the screen. A planar tracker solves this, a point tracker doesn’t #mochat9:10 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

mocha is actually not built into After Effects, it is a standalone program that ships with AE. All mocha tracks are planar #mochat9:10 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

planar tracking uses a smart image analysis engine to track larger areas…This means you can track impossibly hard shots. #mochat9:10 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

It seems like Mocha (Pro especially) can do a lot more than just basic tracks now. Can’t it be used in roto work as well? #mochat9:10 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Only my third time today using mocha for temp screen comps but I have to say it’s magic #mochat9:11 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Rotoscoping in mocha actually takes 1/3 of the time and 1/2 of the keyframes, becaue the roto moves with the track. #mochat9:12 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

: That is the one I was talking about. I know little of how it operates. Maybe will explain” #mochat9:12 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

mocha’s sweet spot is screen inserts, but wait until you try to track faces or out of focus shots. #mochat9:12 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Correct, and Roto is true even of the CS5 and CS6 version of the bundled mocha AE. In mocha Pro it can do a LOT much more. #mochat9:12 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

It is also very helpful when eliminating unwanted objects #mochat9:12 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Tune in to tonight’s #mochat featuring . Great op to get your questions answered about Mocha!9:13 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Thanks for adding the hashtag… I’m not good at that… #mochat9:13 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

i havent used Mocha so maybe ill learn something good tonight! #mochat9:13 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

How many of you know Mocha comes with , and has since CS3? #mochat9:13 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

the temptation is to only use mocha on hard shots, but I use it on all my shots because of the time savings #mochat9:14 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

My favorite demonstration of mocha yet is in Dave Torno’s face replacement work: http://t.co/JBtFhwLh #mochat9:14 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

*raises hand* i knew! #mochat9:14 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

j know it since cs4 #mochat9:14 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I think we started bundling it in CS4. #mochat9:15 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

: love me some Mocha.” #mochat9:15 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT the temptation is to only use mocha on hard shots, but I use it on all my shots because of the time savings #mochat9:15 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I had a question on the difference between AE built-in camera tracker vs mocha’s camera solver? #mochat9:15 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

There are lots that mocha Pro can do that the bundled mocha AE can not. http://t.co/kZhxBNOa #mochat9:15 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I recommend looking at our tutorials online: http://t.co/BUyQfZAX #mochat9:15 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

right, i was talking about the built in 3d & point tracker added in CS6, I believe. #mochat9:15 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Well now I look silly. CS4, not CS3. #mochat9:15 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : I had a question on the difference between AE built-in camera tracker vs mocha’s camera solver? #mochat9:15 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

sweet. will do! #mochat9:16 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Most useful! #MoChat9:17 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

David Torno rocks! This music video video was influenced by his face track tut: http://t.co/QOtRmCGO #mochat9:17 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

“Who is this? What’s your operating number?!” #mochat9:18 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

mocha uses tracked planes to solve the camera, whereas AE’s tracker uses points. Different methods for the same task. #mochat9:19 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

AE’s camera tracker uses traditional “feature tracking” while mocha’s uses planar to solve. #mochat9:19 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Ah, yes, got it. No, After Effects does not do any kind of planar tracking, just 3D tracking. But they do have point track #mochat9:19 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Are there certain shots that are better suited for Mocha’s camera solvers over the built-in? Or vice-versa? #mochat9:20 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

#mochat tracking planes versus point tracking. Much more rock solid!!!9:20 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I used to get a lot of camera track/compositing jobs, but not anymore, fallen out of the loop lately. #mochat9:20 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

this might be biased. But I honestly think all tracks are better suited to Mocha. #mochat9:21 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

mocha is better for single plane set extensions than full set extensions, because we are solving for a plane not the scene #mochat9:22 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

2 CS6 Cam Tracker is not great with out of focus shots or really obscured bg’s. But it is very well designed! #mochat9:22 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : Are there certain shots that are better suited for Mochas camera solvers over the built-in? Or vice-versa? #mochat9:22 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

that being said, the trickiest are more suited to mocha. Blur and warp, we got that covered #mochat9:23 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

So what are some good resources to learn Mocha? There were a couple of links going around already. #mochat9:24 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : that being said, the trickiest are more suited to mocha. Blur and warp, we got that covered #mochat9:24 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

don’t forget targets that move out of frame! 🙂 keeps on tracking! #mochat9:24 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Where the mocha solver will find it hard is where you have a moving camera but only 1 plane to track, as there is no depth. #mochat9:24 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

(30 minutes to trivia question for a Mocha Pro seat.) #mochat9:25 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

hello peeples.. #mochat9:25 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I think we are inclined to agree, but I am a little biased myself. #mochat9:25 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

oh oh the answer is 42!!! #mochat9:25 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

And mocha Pro exports to most 2D and 3D apps beyond AE. But again, we have lots of respect for the new AE cam tracker. #mochat9:25 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

damn it ronn you bumped my timeline lol #mochat9:25 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

aways 42 #mochat9:26 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Just to throw this out there… Anyone have cool mocha projects to share with us? Or challenging shots to try and stump? #mochat9:26 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

sawry #mochat9:26 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Welcome back Ronn! #mochat9:26 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

i forgive you… jerk. #mochat9:26 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I see you guys brought your towels… #mochat9:26 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

don’t leave home without it #mochat9:26 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT . Anyone have cool mocha projects to share with us? Or challenging shots to try and stump? #mochat9:27 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Unfortunately my experience with Mocha AE as been basic screen comps. Fairly straight forward. #mochat9:27 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I never panic 8) #mochat9:27 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Is there an upgrade path/discount to Mocha Pro for mocha AE owners? #mochat9:28 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

sadly my fav mocha job was already part of your old reel (and a tut with nuke) But still a fun track. #mochat9:28 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : I think we are inclined to agree, but I am a little biased myself. #mochat9:29 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I’m sure that Mary has more, but here are some links for getting help with mocha-AE: http://t.co/TxNTYtjz #mochat9:29 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

There sure is! http://t.co/P7V2yFpE #mochat9:29 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

This is one of my old fav customer videos. A great combination of motion design with difficult tracks. http://t.co/e7Vi5Dh4 #mochat9:29 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I swear there was a sale on black friday.. for like 40% off I thought? #mochat9:29 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Excellent question! RT : Is there an upgrade path/discount to Mocha Pro for mocha AE owners? #mochat9:29 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I thought there was. But if not, they always have amazing sales. I’ve been buying/upgrading since cs3 #mochat9:29 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

This is from a friend’s project, but how well would Mocha have worked for the root? http://t.co/M02Trgd3 #mochat9:30 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

We also have a forum, we are more likely to respond to it: http://t.co/TYLdlwEu #mochat9:30 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

. ROTO. #damnyouautocorrect #mochat9:31 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I would Like to see more of this project. #mochat9:31 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Well, depending on the movement, mocha should really help with that roto. Full 180 degree turns still need love… #mochat9:31 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I was picking up what you were putting down. #mochat9:31 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

What are some questions you have about Mocha? Now’s your chance to ask . #mochat9:32 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

There is an upgrade patch from the version that ships with AE to mocha AE and mocha Pro, heavily discounted. #mochat9:33 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I’m drinking a mocha right now #mochat9:34 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

: I’m drinking a mocha right now #mochat” Ha. Anyone else?9:34 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

not sure if there is a g+ hangout after this tonight, but if so maybe some live Mocha is in order #mochat9:34 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

are there any feature differences on the camera tracker between pro & regular version? #mochat9:34 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : There is an upgrade patch from the version that ships with AE to mocha AE and mocha Pro, heavily discounted. #mochat9:34 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

OK heres my Mocha question how does feel about the MochaImport script? Also how do U account for motionblur in roto #mochat9:35 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

The only thing I know of that stumps Mocha Pro is using the Remove tool with interlaced sources. #mochat9:35 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

http://t.co/Vh4mpaYB You can find details for upgrading there. #mochat9:35 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Yes – mocha Pro exports to FBX for Nuke, Autodesk and most 3D apps. #mochat9:35 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

How has round-tripping been improved for Mocha? I know when I started using it, it was a little cumbersome. #mochat9:35 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Interlacing just needs to go away and so many problems would be solved. #mochat9:36 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Mathias Möhl is a genius. We love his work. http://t.co/8T7KGftg #mochat9:36 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

We love #mochaImport. It helps solve some of AE’s limitations with corner pin and pre-comps. Mathias makes great training. #mochat9:37 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Thats actually one of the reasons we love the mocha import script by it makes roundtripping easier #mochat9:37 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

How do you guys plan to take this awesome tool and make it even more awesome sauce? Tell us secrets! #mochat9:38 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

For CS6 we add the “send to mocha” command and yes mochaImport is useful as well. #mochat9:38 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

they are adding bacon #mochat9:38 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

This is a conversation we have had before, Tim. I agree. 🙂 #mochat9:38 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I know… but I can dream. #mochat9:38 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Will Mocha Pro always be something you upgrade to or will it be included eventually? #MoChat9:38 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Agreed. RT : Mathias Möhl is a genius. We love his work. http://t.co/1bnrN7Ou #mochat9:38 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Here’s an awesome project my buddy worked on using Mocha: http://t.co/Pr5roZEM #mochat9:39 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

it also just makes working between AE and Mocha more seemless. #mochat9:39 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Good question! We are hard at work at next gen planar tools: stereo, multi-view and a lot more cool stuff coming. #mochat9:39 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

(15 minutes until we post the trivia question for a chance to win Mocha Pro.) #mochat9:39 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I really wish I thought of Mocha more often before I get to far into an impossible track #mochat9:40 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

We have a lot of things in the works. You’ll see some interesting features coming down the track. Oooh mystery! 🙂 #mochat9:40 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : (15 minutes until we post the trivia question for a chance to win Mocha Pro.) #mochat9:40 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : (15 minutes until we post the trivia question for a chance to win Mocha Pro.) #mochat9:40 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

In order to keep developing our tools with new ideas and features, we need to have mocha Pro be a purchasable upgrade. #mochat9:40 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

like i said… adding bacon >_< #mochat9:40 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

quick everyone look over there!!.. <<waiting for trivia>> #mochat9:41 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : RT : (15 minutes until we post the trivia question for a chance to win Mocha Pro.) #mochat9:41 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Sweet project, I wonder if he’d want to contribute to our 2013 reel? We are looking for more contributions! #mochat9:41 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

How did Mocha end up being bundled with AE? Did Adobe initiate that or you? #mochat9:41 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

is there any intergration with #FCPX #mochat9:42 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

You can solve that issue by using mocha on every project at the start of the project, it has spoiled me! #mochat9:42 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Is there a by-month rental option? #Mochat9:42 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

That is good point. Once you use mocha more, it becomes a tool that you can rely on daily. #mochat9:42 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I love suspense! Looking forward to seeing what you guys do. And another reason to upgrade from v3.0.1 Take my money #mochat9:42 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

mocha is my go to tracking tool now. I start there. #mochat9:42 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

The more you track, the more you see which shots require which technique. Scrub the timeline many times before tracking!! #mochat9:42 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

i’ll take your money. i already took your beer. #mochat9:43 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

We’re up to 3.1.0 now. 3.1.1 will be out next week! #mochat9:43 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : is there any intergration with #FCPX #mochat9:43 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

thanks , I saw on upgrade versions you have this thing called a dope sheet? Its not related to WA states Init 502? #mochat9:43 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

There currently is not, but we have had people ask for it. It is something you can discuss w/ sales.com #mochat9:44 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I use mocha regularly to do mattes for tricky grades. When a power window track won’t cut it. #mochat9:44 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

mocha v1 came first. Then we came out with mocha AE v1 on our own. Adobe team and the users helped make it happen. #mochat9:45 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

that’s kinda an awesome thought, never thought of it for that. #mochat9:45 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : Interlacing just needs to go away and so many problems would be solved. #mochat9:45 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

(9 minutes until the trivia question.) #mochat9:46 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

that’s a great use of it #mochat9:46 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Sorry… Dope Sheet is geek for keyframe interface! #mochat9:46 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

The dope sheet is really handy for shortcutting tedious keyframe tasks. #mochat9:46 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I recall exclaiming for joy when our product manager mentioned that we were talking with Imagineer about this. #mochat9:46 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

what was the thinking when u guys revamped product line and created mocha pro? #mochat9:47 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Ive been diving more and more into mocha AE. Im gonna pickup MochaImport cuz I hate having to cut & paste my tracking points info 8) #mochat9:47 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : (9 minutes until the trivia question.) #mochat9:47 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

did I understand wrong or mocha can generate a 3D scene from the planar tracks?? I didn’t know it could do that #mochat9:47 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

We have not done anything to support FCPX, but we do support the newest Apple Motion. Who is using FCPX professionally? #mochat9:47 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

#mochat is happening now #VFX #planartracking #film #video #AVID #PremierePro #FCP9:48 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

anyone else catch the Coolio Zombie Mocha Demo at NAB in April? #mochat9:48 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : (9 minutes until the trivia question.) #mochat9:48 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Does it resolve geometry? Or just solve for the camera? #mochat9:48 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Thats awesome, we love to hear about how our users are working with mocha! #mochat9:49 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Oh #SNAP wait were you asking for reals? #mochat9:49 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : I’m sure that Mary has more, but here are some links for getting help with mocha-AE: http://t.co/TxNTYtjz #mochat9:49 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

it helps that I can export multiple mattes at once now. #mochat9:49 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

our 1st product was mokey, then monet, then motor. We simply got to a place where users wanted all the tools in one app. #mochat9:49 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Yes. Yes we were. We were asking if you wanted to send us stuff to potentially put on our 2013 reel. #mochat9:50 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

5… #mochat9:50 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I’m using both, but I’m enjoying the ride with #FCPX #mochat9:50 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : My favorite demonstration of mocha yet is in Dave Torno’s face replacement work: http://t.co/JBtFhwLh #mochat9:50 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

It’s just a camera solve with nulls. The nulls are still and the camera moves. Exports as AE or FBX to nuke or other 3D #mochat9:50 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

yeah I think I remember that demo was a hoot. #mochat9:50 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

omg omg omg!! #mochat9:50 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Yes. We actually are curious as to who is using FCPX for pro work. Is there a great need for mocha support? #mochat9:51 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

4… #mochat9:51 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

That would be excellent! I use it at work and change computers with every project so it makes more sense to rent. #MoChat9:52 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Sorry , no habla Mac.. #mochat9:52 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

An ti ci pation #mochat9:52 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

3… #mochat9:52 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I didn’t know Mocha was capable of solving a 3d camera! that’s great news! #mochat9:52 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Thanks, we try to make the demos watchable and entertaining. #mochat9:52 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Good think we sprekken ze linux, mac, and PC then… #mochat9:53 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

ah mah gawd!! #mochat9:53 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : #mochat is happening now #VFX #planartracking #film #video #AVID #PremierePro #FCP9:53 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

2… #mochat9:53 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

We’re also interested in any tutorials you would like to see, and if you have footage you would like us to try a tutorial with. #mochat9:53 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

1… #mochat9:54 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : My favorite demonstration of mocha yet is in Dave Torno’s face replacement work: http://t.co/JBtFhwLh #mochat9:54 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I hate that tweetchat has this delay.. Im not even in the running.. 8( #mochat9:54 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I see a lot of vids showing the power of mocha but i can affrod the cost of buying it on Argentina #mochat9:54 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Absolutely. Try to stump us! The trickier the better, actually, because then we can show y’all how to solve hard shots. #mochat9:55 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

That’s kinda a cool idea using user submitted footage for tutorials, things never seem to work the way the tut’s show for me #mochat9:55 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : 1… #mochat9:55 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Okay, here comes the question… first person to correctly answer will win a seat of Mocha Pro… #mochat9:55 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I see on your site, mocha doesn’t support windows 8? #mochat9:55 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Here it is: What was the first Imagineer product to introduce Planar Tracking? #mochat9:55 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Monet #mochat9:56 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

mokey ! #mochat9:56 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Yeah, just make sure we have permission to use the shots and release a tutorial online using your footage. #mochat9:56 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Mokey #mochat9:56 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

bacon? #mochat9:57 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

er mocha? #mochat9:57 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I’d love to see tutorials where the trainer tries to solve a shot with no prep so I can see the troubleshooting thought process. #mochat9:57 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I will be sending out invites after all tonight for the Hangout after #mochat. Let me know if you are interested 🙂9:57 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Monet? #mochat9:57 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

#mochat … mocha?9:57 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

monet #mochat9:57 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

motor #mochat9:57 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Good idea! #mochat9:57 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

I actually make visits all over Los Angeles where I do just that in the studio. I am available for demos. #mochat9:57 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

monet sorry #mochat9:58 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

bate’s MOTEL? #mochat9:58 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

mocha-ae? #mochat9:58 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : Id love to see tutorials where the trainer tries to solve a shot with no prep..see the troubleshooting thought process. #mochat9:58 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

monet… I sent it with a #mochat not a reply 🙁9:59 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

DAMMIT WHAT IS IT?!?! #mochat9:59 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Also we love to demo at user group meetings. Contact us if you are part of a local group. #mochat9:59 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

monet? #mochat9:59 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

And I do the same for Australia, although for some that may be more of a trip. 🙂 #mochat10:00 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : Also we love to demo at user group meetings. Contact us if you are part of a local group. #mochat10:00 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

the correct answer is Turd Ferguson. #mochat10:00 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

The correct answer: Mokey. The first person to get it: . Congrats! #mochat10:00 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Nice one! #mochat10:00 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Awww. I mean YAY!! congrats… #golfclap.. 8) #mochat10:00 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Exactly, and by local users groups, we mean local to you. Not local to LA. #mochat10:01 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Congrats! I envy you! #mochat10:01 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : The correct answer: Mokey. The first person to get it: . Congrats! #mochat10:01 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

great!!!!!!!!! Thanks!!! How does this work? Do I get a free license? #mochat10:01 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Gratz, Enjoy it! #mochat10:01 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Missed this in the flurry of #mochat messages. I need to upgrade! Thanks for the heads up!10:02 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Yes. We will put you in contact with the right people to get you your license. #mochat10:02 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Awesome topic/chat tonight! #mochat10:02 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : The correct answer: Mokey. The first person to get it: . Congrats! #mochat10:02 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

congrats #mochat10:02 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

So that does it for tonight’s #mochat, but feel free to keep the conversation going.10:02 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Special thanks to and for joining us tonight and answering questions. #mochat10:02 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Look for the #mochat transcript & summary tomorrow. Until then, #GoMakeSomething!10:03 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

woot congrats forreals now #GoMakeSomething 8) #mochat10:03 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Imagineer needs to get into financial services. Mo’Money #mochat10:03 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

is there a second prize for picking the second app to use planar tracking? 😉 #mochat10:03 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Congrats #mochat10:03 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : I see on your site, mocha doesnt support windows 8? #mochat10:03 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

that’s awesome!!! Thanks!! Specially now that I found out that Mocha can solve 3D cameras!! #mochat10:03 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

If you give me your e-mail address, SSN, and original birth certificate, I’ll get you Mocha. 😉 #mochat10:03 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

A hardy virtual handshake? #mochat10:03 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : Look for the #mochat transcript & summary tomorrow. Until then, #GoMakeSomething!10:03 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : Special thanks to and for joining us tonight and answering questions. #mochat10:03 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

RT : So that does it for tonight’s #mochat, but feel free to keep the conversation going.10:03 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Thanks!!! I will do!! #mochat10:03 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

thanks!! #mochat10:04 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

Thank you all. Feel free to contact us with questions, comments requests, etc: http://t.co/0bJTnPlc #mochat #mochat10:04 PM ET Dec 11th, 2012

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MoChat 18 Transcript & Summary

Last night on MoChat we discussed getting started with expressions in After Effects. Adobe posted links off the bat for examples and basics. As far as the go-to & first learned expressions, loopOut() and wiggle() seemed to be the most common. For learning more about expressions, there is Harry Frank’s After Effects Expressions series, an FXPHD course taught by Harry as well, AE Enhancers, or a bonus chapter in Creating Motion Graphics. Keeping track of all those expressions we learn & write becomes a task over time. Some people use text documents, the Expression Toolbox script, or other programs like Codebox & Evernote. Of course, Adobe seems to be aware of this, too.

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Welcome to tonight’s #MoChat everyone. Tonight we’re talking Expressions.8:59 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

wiggle me this, wiggle me that… #MoChat9:00 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Here are some expression examples & links to resources that we’ve pulled together: http://t.co/PZpIWwAy (incl links to MotionScript) #mochat9:00 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

If you haven’t already, you can help by donating to the American Red Cross. http://t.co/JbL92F2s #mochat9:00 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

But first, I’m pretty sure it goes without saying that we’re all thinking of everyone on the US East Coast who went through #Sandy. #Mochat9:00 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

And off the bat with the links! #mochat9:01 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : If you haven’t already, you can help by donating to the American Red Cross. http://t.co/p09ibkby #mochat9:01 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : RT : If you haven’t already, you can help by donating to the American Red Cross. http://t.co/p09ibkby #mochat9:02 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Let’s start off simple. What were some of the first expressions you learned? #mochat9:02 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

what expression do you use the most other than wiggle lol #mochat9:02 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

If you’re looking for basic definitions and such for expressions, start here: http://t.co/XCpiQWO5 #mochat9:02 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Pick-whipping, followed by wiggle(). #mochat9:03 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

loopOut(), and sometimes loopIn(). #mochat9:03 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : If you’re looking for basic definitions and such for expressions, start here: http://t.co/XCpiQWO5 #mochat9:04 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : Welcome to tonight’s #MoChat everyone. Tonight we’re talking Expressions.9:04 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

my first expression was probably loopOut(“cycle”), to make something loop #mochat9:05 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

hear hear! other than wiggle it was a lot of pick whipping and doing positions and stuff for me #mochat9:05 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

interesting, i didn’t think of pick whipping as expressions but that’s exactly what it is #mochat9:05 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

I use the loopOut expression method a lot. And the linear interpolation method. #mochat9:05 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : If you’re looking for basic definitions and such for expressions, start here: http://t.co/XCpiQWO5 #mochat9:06 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

wiggle and pickwhipping for me #mochat9:06 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : I use the loopOut expression method a lot. And the linear interpolation method. #mochat9:06 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : If you’re looking for basic definitions and such for expressions, start here: http://t.co/XCpiQWO5 #mochat9:06 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

i dont use #ae on a regular enough basis to really ‘learn’ any usefull expressions i think. but that will change #mochat9:07 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

copied and pasted expressions a lot to #mochat9:07 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Yup, loopOut is amazing. RT : I use the loopOut expression method a lot. And the linear interpolation method. #mochat9:07 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

definitely wiggle() #mochat9:07 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

next short movie i gotta make a head explode and i think blood seep outta walls…. mwahahahaha #mochat9:07 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

I recently started using linear() to trigger a keyframed animation on a layer marker. #mochat9:08 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Does anyone have some questions on basic expressions? (Remember, you have 140 characters, so don’t get too complicated.) #mochat9:08 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Dude. It’s a derivative of JavaScript. Get on it! 😉 #mochat9:09 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

i know, and thats what makes me such a sad panda 🙁 #mochat9:09 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

No power. In the middle of a big project and as I tweet this my phone is at half full. Ah the life of a mograh artist #mochat9:11 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Say you have something which ranges from 3-8 and you want it to drive values between 0-100, linear(v,3,8,0,100) #mochat9:11 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

are there any training courses purely dedicated to expressions? i havent looked around yet. #mochat9:11 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

This is probably the expression I use the most: autofade http://t.co/IUQc2ab5 #mochat9:12 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

has some pretty good stuff… #mochat9:12 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

A good link was put up at the start by http://t.co/k5BLld2g #mochat9:12 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

harry frank has a series on expressions #mochat9:12 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

that would be great if i could afford DT lol #mochat9:12 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

The script I find most useful is distribute layer for quick tests of frames and graphics in x, y, z space – please recommend me more #MoChat9:12 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

yup, im looking at those right now #mochat9:13 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

http://t.co/kzkuYTRl #mochat9:13 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Stay safe. How are things out there? #mochat9:13 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

There are good examples and explanations for the linear interpolation method here: http://t.co/P7ud6ZxG #mochat9:13 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

I know had a question about how to stop an expression on a certain frame. Anyone have a good solution for that? #mochat9:14 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

here is an oldie but goodie on expressions http://t.co/cfARfYuu #mochat9:14 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : There are good examples and explanations for the linear interpolation method here: http://t.co/P7ud6ZxG #mochat9:15 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Also, has the Expressions Bootcamp course again this term: https://t.co/hlS1NCeK #mochat9:16 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

ill see if i can borrow money from mitt romney lol #mochat9:17 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

You don’t “stop” an expression, per se. But you could use an if statement to use the keyframed value at certain times. #mochat9:18 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

People are safe and well I think. Now comes the reality. “Oh let go on my computer” crap I am having mograh withdrawals #mochat9:18 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

The expressions “bonus” chapter of “Creating Motion Graphics” is a pretty good exploration of the possibilities. #mochat9:19 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : There are good examples and explanations for the linear interpolation method here: http://t.co/P7ud6ZxG #mochat9:19 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

And there’s no way to get the result of an expression at a certain frame, is there? valueAtTime only looks at keyframes? #mochat9:19 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

hello chatters.. #mochat9:19 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Look who showed up! #mochat9:20 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

That’s correct. Expressions are evaluated on the current frame and don’t know about expression values on other frames. #mochat9:20 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

whats the topic for tonight? #mochat9:20 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

can’t you just link to sliders for more in/out controls? #mochat9:20 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

One way that people “stop” an expression at a specific time is to keyframe a relevant parameter to 0 (like amt for wiggle). #mochat9:21 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Oh, absolutely. And my layers have an assortment of them. But would be cool to ignore expression results after a marker. #mochat9:21 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

For that, you’d just call the value method for the time after that marker. #mochat9:22 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Expressions. Read up, son! #mochat9:22 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

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That’s what I was thinking. It can be a little inflexible (for example mid-loop), but gets part way there. #mochat9:23 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

I hear you, that would be great. Sounds like it would be too time consuming to set up though, if possible. #mochat9:23 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

See this example: http://t.co/cIs5iDOx #mochat9:23 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

gotcha yep 0 out a KF at the moment in time is a good way to stop an expression & quickwhip w/ expression controllers = Win! #mochat9:24 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

http://t.co/0UI7aKmK Yes this is a great series.. wish I knew about it when it came out. #mochat9:25 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

that makes a lot of sense! Good commands for starts and stops, thanks. #mochat9:25 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

“Expression example: Start or stop wiggle at specific time”: http://t.co/cIs5iDOx #mochat9:26 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

So what are some people’s favorite/most-used expressions? (If it doesn’t fit in a tweet, post a pic or use something like CloudApp.) #mochat9:26 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : If you’re looking for basic definitions and such for expressions, start here: http://t.co/XCpiQWO5 #mochat9:26 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : “Expression example: Start or stop wiggle at specific time”: http://t.co/cIs5iDOx #mochat9:28 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

late for #mochat. what i miss 🙂 #mochat9:28 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

I like expressions that link properties to audio, like one here Nathan uses for ducking audio: http://t.co/oY8akXSo #mochat9:29 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Triggering something at a marker. Commented: http://t.co/9YB50FSU Compact: http://t.co/z3TgC5KB #mochat9:29 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : If you’re looking for basic definitions and such for expressions, start here: http://t.co/XCpiQWO5 #mochat9:29 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

i like sampleImage tied to text layers, can be helpful to have in context sample results. i know did a post on this #mochat9:30 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

inertial bounce FTW! #mochat9:30 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : If you’re looking for basic definitions and such for expressions, start here: http://t.co/XCpiQWO5 #mochat9:30 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Just a few people expressing themselves… get it? Expressing? Expressions? Anyone? Is this thing on? #mochat9:31 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Do you ever look at the other easing expressions, like the ones in Ease & Wizz? #mochat9:32 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

recently did a great expressions course over . think its repeating this term. great stuff even for advanced users #mochat9:32 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

no, but only cause ive never needed too. i was actually looking at that today 🙂 #mochat9:32 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Just checked and it is. Was a great course. I took it last term. #mochat9:33 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Here’s a forum thread in which I show how to make a color sampler with a text layer and sampleImage: http://t.co/gVc86E4N #mochat9:33 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

#MoChat I use lots of wiggle and simple interpolation expressions. Embarrassed to say the math hangs me up often when move to the deep end.9:33 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

At ‘s suggestion I’ve started learning to keyframe some of them, actually. #mochat9:33 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Easy ans Wizz is great.. Theres also Mamoworlds. iExpressions which Ive never used but you can pick it up in segments #mochat9:34 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

basic but handy- wiggle in one dimension http://t.co/zmRg0DMg #mochat9:34 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

linear is great when tying together different paramaters. #mochat9:34 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

wrote up a snap in/out expression ive used quite a bit. #mochat9:34 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

#MathIsHard #mochat9:34 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

yeah the math can be tricky.. but just bringing in Math.sin or cos can help w/ tedious motion and even use for decay. #mochat9:35 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

my problem is i dont tend to save my expressions or if i do i lose them. #mochat9:35 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

speaking of math, how adept are you power users? Do you survive without that trig knowledge? #mochat9:35 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

We should do something to make that not a problem. #mochat9:35 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Did you ever use Expression Toolbox? #mochat9:35 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

i need an expression right now to get power on in lower manhattan and maybe some subways going so i can go back to work. #mochat9:36 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

It appears we’re at the link-sharing portion of the evening. Favorite resources to learn? Favorite links to expressions? #mochat9:36 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

another one i DLed and then never used #mochat9:36 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

loopOut is a great little expression that does just what is says loops between 2 kf, add 3rd kf it delays the loop by that amnt #mochat9:36 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Start bugging for that one. They’re also working on a time-travel one at ‘s urging, too. #mochat9:37 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

think my main issue is after writing something up to get it portable fo ruse in other projects #mochat9:37 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

I have it, and have been using it, but it seems to have issues with line breaks & tabs for new expressions. #mochat9:37 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

quickwip> lightbulb to generator.. #mochat9:37 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

sooner you know how to plot those eases yourself the sooner you reach for em everywhere. #mochat9:38 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

That sucks up so much of my time. It’s easy to get caught up in that when (at the time) it just needs to get done. #mochat9:38 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

I have an evernote notebook with my frequently used expressions #mochat9:38 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Still waiting on #FXPHD gathering of Expression on Bootcamp did we get that yet? #mochat9:39 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

saving them as an animation preset is handy. #mochat9:39 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

i learned a lot by threads at places like http://t.co/svSPRNiF great to learn by seeing people work through expression #mochat9:39 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

It will loop through any number of keyframes. #mochat9:40 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

yah, i have a page set up for that too. i just forget to use it #mochat9:40 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

itd be kinda cool if expression were more node base using the quickwip like Xpresso.. #mochat9:40 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Doesn’t look like it: https://t.co/88le28dP #mochat9:41 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : itd be kinda cool if expression were more node base using the quickwip like Xpresso.. #mochat9:41 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

ahh see I usually used only 2 then added the 3rd one for offset. so if my kf were 1 sec apart. the 3rd one could offset it #mochat9:42 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

or writing them was like a developer environment with autocomplete, suggestions, etc. i think adobe makes a few of those… #mochat9:42 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

I’d love that. I’m _this_ close to writing a custom Coda library to help write longer expressions. #mochat9:44 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

But it would be great to have autocomplete/suggestions in the Expression box instead of a “dumb” text field. (cc ) #mochat9:45 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

time is my favorite.. plug that sucker anywhere & you have infinite movement or evolution or whatever. 8) then add some Math.__ #mochat9:45 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

DMN!! Comon HARRY!! #mochat9:46 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : “Expression example: Start or stop wiggle at specific time”: http://t.co/cIs5iDOx #mochat9:46 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

what about loopin and loopout? dont be a hater man #mochat9:48 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

not only do i second/third this, i infinity this… >_< #mochat9:49 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

yeah time rocks, use it often #mochat9:49 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

With about 10 minutes left, does anyone have questions on some basic Expressions? #mochat9:50 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

lupin makes your expressions hairy every full moon.. and then you gotta shoot it w/ a silver bullet.. #BadWolf #mochat9:50 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

: I use Codebox for things like this, easy to store data on Dropbox and link up to many machines.” #mochat9:50 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

I encourage you to submit feature requests here: http://t.co/yE59kCiY That’s the best way to have your vote tallied. #mochat9:50 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Best way I know to turn expressions off is to link a variable to a slider you can animate. Works well for wiggle #mochat9:52 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

RT : If you’re looking for basic definitions and such for expressions, start here: http://t.co/XCpiQWO5 #mochat9:52 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

yep yep.. those expression controller I ignored for years are actually very handy.. #HeSaidMildlyEmbarassedToAdmit #mochat9:53 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

My main concern with expressions is that, for me, they tend to take longer to write/look up than to just keyframe/adjust manually. #mochat9:54 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

It depends on what you’re trying to accomplish, and how flexible it needs to be. #mochat9:55 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

the layer expression effect and sider expression effect i use all the time. #mochat9:55 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

I had a comp with hundreds of parented layers. A few sliders on the parent controlled all the children. Saved time. #mochat9:55 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

I’d say yes to that for overly complex ones. but the time you spend on the back end pays off during post time. #mochat9:55 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

tying expression params to the layer effect helps reusing complex expressions and retargetting to another layer #mochat9:56 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

personally i use scripts a bit and put them in my workspace as panels #mochat9:56 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

the posterize expression is also great when doing stop motion projects. can KF as usual but motion happens on X frames. #mochat9:57 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

feature request submitted! #mochat9:57 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

If someone is nervous about using expressions because they’re complicated, I recommend starting with these: http://t.co/EjcdTS8u #mochat9:57 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

distance to layer expressions can go a long way with that, actually. Write once, then save it for future. #mochat9:57 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Which expressions did you use mainly for that project? #mochat9:58 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

posterizeTime is great! #mochat9:58 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

IMO 3 most extremely helpful expression terms to learn & use daily. time/value/index learn to use these and watch your skills grow #mochat9:58 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Custom stuff based on difference of indexes btwn child & parent controlling z-distance, opacity, and solid composite. #mochat9:59 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

def need to try out posterize soon – great tip! #mochat9:59 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

I’d add valueAtTime to that list. #mochat9:59 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

the angle of the dangle is proportional to the heat of beat #mochat9:59 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

is there a hangout tonight after #mochat? I’m actually home in 10 minutes!10:00 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Im down.. #mochat10:00 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Ohh thats what I love about mochat I always learnz something. thanks PC.. #mochat10:01 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

I also have been using propertyGroup a lot for linking lately. #mochat10:01 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Touche, that does sound nice to have a formula with a project like that. #mochat10:01 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

you guys are trying to cut into my xbox time arent you…. #mochat10:02 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

I was using that to trigger already keyframed animation at layer markers. Super useful. #mochat10:02 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

That about does it for tonight everyone. But feel free to keep the conversation going. #mochat10:02 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

Also, remember to help with #Sandy by donating to the Red Cross http://t.co/JbL92F2s or other efforts. #mochat10:02 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

If you have friends on the East Coast, get in touch and see how they’re doing. And let them know we’re thinking of them. #mochat10:02 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

And a reminder to everyone that there will be no #MoChat next week. Go vote in the US!10:02 PM EDT Oct 30th, 2012

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MoChat 13 Transcript & Summary

Earlier this week on MoChat, we discussed round-tripping between various apps. The most common transitions seem to be PS/AI>AE, C4D>AE, AE>NLE. Some of the highlights of the chat:

  • Dynamic Link between AE & Premiere Pro can work well if you know the limitations.
  • Info on interchange between After Effects and other Adobe apps.
  • AE CS6 has the functionality of Automatic Duck from their acquisition last year.
  • People tend to prefer importing AI & PSD at layer size, but importing at doc size can have its benefits.
  • ⌘/⌃E for editing documents in their original apps from AE.
  • Make sure to have the most recent plugins from Maxon for moving between AE& C4D.
  • PNG works great as an image sequence out of C4D, but can be slow to render out of AE.
  • OpenEXR, RPF, and RLA are other options to look into when rendering out of C4D.
  • If using the new Camera Morth tag in C4D r14, you will want to use AEC files instead of importing the C4D file directly into AE.

 
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