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Monday, August 14, 2017

Text antialiasing in Chrome not working

I have no idea what caused this issue. But somewhere along the line I fount that the fonts in chrome suddenly looked TERRIBLE. Like no anti aliasing what soever.

You can adjust clear type text. from your windows search bar (find it there) and turn that on but that seems to only effect windows fonts. After some more digging I found that it's a little setting in chrome you have to turn on.

Go to chrome://flags/

Search the page for GDI Text Printing Windows. Then set this to "ENABLED"

This fixed it for me! how incredibly annoying.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

3 Quick After Effects Productivity tips

I'll keep growing this list as I come across little tibits that help. In the mean time feel free to comment with a quick tip of your own and i'll add it to the list.

- How to resize or change the color of a solid after you've already created it.

Simply select your solid layer and press Shift-CTRL and Y. It will pull up the dialog box so you can change the color and size of the solid.

TIP 2 - Link two text layers content together with expressions 

If you want to link multiple text layers to one in AE so that you change one text layer and it will change the letters in the linked layer(s). This can be really helpful if you have an effect that relies on many layers of text all working together. For instance if you have a typo you need an easy way to change them all at the same time.

HERE IS HOW - Expand the text you want to link to a master text layer until you see text>source text. ALT click the little clock by "source text" to open up the expressions for it.

Now on the layer you want to link the text two expand it as well so that  "source text" is visible

Now in the slave text layer use the little pickwhip icon and drag it to where it says "source text" in your master layer. (it won't work if you juts try to place it on text or the text layer)

NOTE: This will not sync the font px size, those would still have to be synced manually.


TIP -3 Scale the selected layer to fit in your composition window

This is stupid but I always forget the hot keys so I figured i'd post it. To scale the layer to fit in your composition window use these hot keys

Ctrl+Alt+F - Fit All 
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+G - Fit Vertical 
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+H - Fit Horizontal 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Working with Arri alexa LOG C footage in after effects

Here is a quick tip about how to properly use Arri log C footage in after effects!

1. First set your after effects project settings to

32 bit Float and working space to sRGB IEC61966-2.1

2. Then import your footage into after effects

Now right click and press interpret footage on your shot or image sequence. Go to the color management tab.

Tick the little empty check box "Show ALL available Profiles"

And then for assign profile choose "Universal Camera Film Printing Density"

3. Click ok.

Now your video should display properly and be alot easier to work with. Now when we export we need to still use that same "Universal Camera Film Printing Density" setting in the export module.

That should do it!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

It's been a while since I posted but here's why...

Hi folks! For those of you who don't know I work as a VFX Supervisor and I got wrapped up in a BIG vfx project called Woodlawn for the last year.

I supervised a team of hand picked artists to create digital crowds for over 350 stadium shots. Many of which contained 25,000-50,000k digital people. We used a plugin called goleam for maya and rendered the crowds with vray for maya.

At any rate I got so busy I neglected posting to my tips blog,

If you are interested here is a short vfx reel showing some of the work we did.

Here is the article about the project on Goleams website

VFX isn't easy... keep plugging everyone. Thanks for visiting my blog :)