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felt_tips Moderator says

A few days ago I noticed that FPS value of 59.94 is missing from the drop-down list on stock footage upload form. I think it should be included as one of the standard ones, especially because some (if not all?) Canon dslr cameras output to that fps value (even though they state it’s 60fps inside the camera menu).

Now the only way to enter it is to either choose 60fps (which is misinformation) or choosing “Other”.

What do you think about this?

I guess most people who know what they’re doing enough with video to even know what 59.94 is, will also know how to convert 60 to 59.94. Presumably you’re talking about an interlaced format though… i.e. 59.94i. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but it would be a fairly non-standard format as progressive. And technically if you are talking about 59.94i, you’re talking about 59.94 fields a second, not 59.94 frames per second. As a frame rate, it would actually be 29.97fps, with each frame being divided into two interlaced fields.

I guess if you’re going to add 59.94, then you’d also need to add 23.976. :-)

They should probably be added to the drop-down though… along with a guide to video frame-rates for buyers.

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felt_tips Moderator says

Well… YEs i’m so freacking dumb :D All i had to do was to simply type *100 after the expression thisComp.layer("Elements").effect("^ci")("Checkbox")*100 Thank you guys for the help that you gave to me, even if i’ve found by myself.

Or you could have used an if / else statement as Motion Max suggested in the beginning. :-)

if(thisComp.layer("Elements").effect("^ci")(1).value) 100; else 0;

or a ternary… ( condition ? result 1 : result 2 )

tSwitch = thisComp.layer("Elements").effect("^ci")(1).value;
tSwitch ? 100 : 0;

Actually, these two are probably more generally useful than your *100, because they’ll allow for situations where the second value is not 0… for instance….

tSwitch = thisComp.layer("Elements").effect("^ci")(1).value;
tSwitch ? 70 : 20;

Or maybe on a color property…

tSwitch = thisComp.layer("Elements").effect("^ci")(1).value;
tSwitch ? [255, 109 ,73, 255]/255 :[0,0,0,1]/255;

or a 2D position property…

tSwitch = thisComp.layer("Elements").effect("^ci")(1).value;
tSwitch ? [50,199] : [200,45];

Watch out a little with refs to checkbox. It’s a good idea to specifically reference the value, rather than the container object. It’s usually okay, but sometimes you get into trouble if you don’t specifiy explicitly: effect("the checkbox effect")(1).value;

You’ll also notice that throughout, I’ve replaced (“Checkbox”) with the property index (1). This is a good habit. It’s shorter to type and universal (i.e. works in all language versions – very useful for templates).

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felt_tips Moderator says

I think that I learned simple lessons and I want to learn the lessons of a professional I do not know the way until he became a professional and I need your advice

Time…..

... is what you need. Maybe a few years before you even start to know your way around design and animation properly. You can call yourself a professional once you’re earning your living from it. That’s the definition of a professional isn’t it? Someone whose profession it is.

But anyway, you don’t just go off and do a couple of tutorials in a program and then you’re a professional. The program is just a tool; a means to an end. If you start in with this attitude, you’ll probably get very frustrated and disappointed very quickly, because no matter how many tutorials you watch, your stuff won’t look good.

But the thing is, that if you’re a good designer, and a good animator, then you can make amazing things in After Effects (or any program) with an absolute bare minimum of technical ability in the program…. or with paper, string and glue for that matter.

For that reason, I’d concentrate on the design side of things. Learning the program isn’t really so important.

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felt_tips Moderator says

Please post this question in the expressions thread. That’s what it’s there for.

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felt_tips Moderator says

Try this from Keiko @ Adobe…

Do you set "Show Layer Cache Indicator" ON?
If so, please try to turn it OFF.

To make it off,
1) Composition > New Composition
2) In Timeline, click flyout menu (right-top corner of Timeline panel)
3) Uncheck "Show Layer Cache Indicator" 

Hope this helps.

Thanks.

-keiko

Or you could try googling it yourself :-)

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felt_tips Moderator says

My advice. Forget the software. Concentrate on design.

The software is just the tool. It’s what you do with that tool that’s important, and good design has been good design since the days it was done with a pencil and paint brushes.

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felt_tips Moderator says

Are any of the changes in UI too drastic to where we have to update pre CC 13.1 template video tutorials for our AE projects?

No, not really.

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felt_tips Moderator says

Hello there :-)

I have the following problem. I would like to have the option to turn a sound on and off by script. It should work pretty much the same, as if I would use a general “checkbox control” but only with sound. I am not much of a programmer, so help would be really appreciated:-)

Any ideas?

Thanks a lot! Snow

Just turn the Audio Levels of the audio layer down to -48db according to the checkbox.

tChk = thisComp.layer("Controller").effect("Sound Off Checkbox")(1).value;
tChk ? [-48,-48] : value;
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felt_tips Moderator says


What do CC users think of the new blue interface in After Effects CC 13.1?

WHAT????

There is a Blue interface?

Yeah… text and highlights. The UI looks quite different.

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i dont know what is it problem!

It looks awful.That’s the problem.

You are not ready to be an author.You need a lot more practice.

Sorry to be so blunt,but that’s the way i see it.

I’ll second Unique’s opinion here, Fr0zen. The quality is simply too low from both a design and animation standpoint. Have you had any training in design?

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