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Posted by: Ross Daly on Sep 22, 2010 at 1:54:26 pm After Effects, final cut pro

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

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

No really, I’d love to hear about your workflow!

During a recent double over-nighter I found myself thinking about workflows. And the nitty gritty stuff too, like how frequently people version their project files, how they name their assets, and how they arrange their folder structures. I would really love to hear from anyone about the nuts and bolts of how you go about “going about your business” I know this is probably boring stuff to most people, but it can make or break a workplace. Here’s a list of other possible things to talk about.


Do you use any ingest management software? (such as fcp loader or flow by gridiron)
Network setup (do you edit off of a san / internal drives / external drives)
backup plan for old jobs?
do you have any network rendering set up? for what apps?
what do you use as your go-to codec?
do you have any must-have hardware?
how frequently do you version your project files?
(how) do you name your assets?
how do you arrange your folder structures?
Do you have a preferred bin structure in final cut?


Also, what are the worst parts of your current setup? Is there anything that you would like to implement but can’t?


Feel free to post in the comments, or private message me. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!





Posted by: Ross Daly on Sep 11, 2010 at 6:49:29 amComments (1) final cut pro, workflow



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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