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Donkey noise in After Effects?


I may be going crazy (probably in fact) but last night I was up super late rendering a bunch of things out of After Effects and for some reason they were all failing. I had 5 or 6 renders fail, and then right before bed one of them failed and it made a really loud donkey whinneying noise. Has anyone else ever heard that? Is it an easter egg, or an “undocumented feature”


I’m going to try to recreate it, but I don’t have high hopes. Let me know if you’ve run into this before.



Donkey noise in After Effects? Republished by Ross Daly

Posted by: Ross Daly on Aug 15, 2011 at 10:57:12 pmComments (4) After Effects, error sound
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How to hijack the Mocha for AE tracker for use in other apps. (like NUKE!)

Mocha is awesome. Its inclusion in the CS5 suite is amazing, and I think it has really blown open the world of what entry level vfx artists (and even amateurs) can do. One problem with the AE-only version is that it is AE-only! It prevents (or rather doesn’t enable) you to use it with other apps. It exports its data in a specific format meant for after effects and it does a great job of that.


At work I am working my way through nuke, and it is really a pain to be able to use Mocha with AE but not nuke. The simplest fix would be to buy Mocha for nuke, but the powers that be haven’t done that yet, so I had to figure out a way. I got to thinking the other day, and tracking data at it’s simplest is only x,y points, so what is stopping me? It turns out that the only thing is formatting!


I whipped up a quick applescript to strip the x,y data out of the MochAE exported text file and put it into 4 separate txt files for nuke. It’s really that simple! One thing that you need to do in nuke is to set the y axis to (frame height-curve) because the two apps have a different coordinate system.

After all of this I have a passable workflow, but I want to stress that if you have enough dough to be using nuke, buy Mocha! This app is intentionally a little rough around the edges because I don’t like the idea of taking away anyone else’s business. It also isn’t a replacement for the standalone Mocha; it doesn’t offer any of the other (quite worthwhile) features. It’s a fun little hack, and hopefully it helps someone out of a jam somewhere, but if you need this, then you need to buy the full version of mocha!
Click here to download the MochAE to Nuke converter




Posted by: Ross Daly on Nov 12, 2010 at 7:29:59 am After Effects, nuke
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VFX anthem “Gettin’ Money With a Mouse and a Wacom Pen”

At long last, our people have a voice!



Money Money Money – “Gettin’ Money With a Mouse and a Wac... from Brad Chmielewski on Vimeo.




Posted by: Ross Daly on Sep 22, 2010 at 1:54:26 pm After Effects, final cut pro
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Glitch – Why can’t I bring my Photoshop Layered comp into After Effects?

I was bringing a layered psd into after effects and trying to preserve the layer structure (i.e. bring it in as a comp, not flattened) I tried every which way I could, and despite selecting comp or comp – original file size, it flattened it every single time! The solution seems to be more of an undocumented feature than a bug, but it’s a fine line: You need the psd to be in rgb. I know that everything should be in rgb regardless, but the weird thing is not that it rejects it (as it would if you brought in other cmyk assets) but that it allows it to go through and mangles it on the way in.


So, keep it RGB, and stay in school!




Posted by: Ross Daly on Sep 15, 2010 at 3:22:18 pm After Effects, photoshop
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Want to get the hand tool back in cs5?

We recently upgraded to cs5, and for everything good that it does, it also has a few weird quirks. The most notable is that using the space bar to temporarily select the move tool (the one that looks like a hand) does not work. This is a known issue, but it still sucks. The only workaround is equally quirky: shut down your web browsers. I can’t say why it happens, but hopefully that one trick will keep you from throwing your machine against a wall. I was really close!




Posted by: Ross Daly on Sep 13, 2010 at 2:03:24 pm After Effects, cs5
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Hello all, this is my little corner of "the cow"! I'm a vfx artist and I work in final cut, nuke and after effects. I love finding workflow hacks, and I'm always looking for a new keyboard shortcut! For more posts check out You Down With FCP
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