Melbourne, Australia is, apparently the fox capital of the world. So round here chooks have to be locked up at night in a secure coop. And sadly, we’ve lost a couple of our hard working girls when I forgot to lock the door at night. Since machines never make mistakes I’ve built an automatic door … Continue reading ChookRobot – an automatic chook door system
Hey future self: you forgot how to set up fontconfig for FFMPEG on Windows again? No worries older Stib, here’s how you did it last time (and also the time before that, but then you forgot and had to go searching for it).
I get to deal with .srt files a lot at the moment. Not only does everything we produce needs to meet accessibility standards, but the default for social media video is that since it auto-plays without sound you need subtitles burnt-in so that people can watch it without clicking on it. Due to frustration with … Continue reading An SRT subtitle offsetter using powershell
Image sequences, love ’em. All those distributed renders and so on create hundreds of thousands of image files on my media drive, so it’s good to have a quick scrip for checking that a sequence has rendered completely without any gaps. Here’s one in Powershell. It tells you if any files are not in sequence … Continue reading A quick snippet for checking image sequences
I have some background elements that I want to wander around, and because I’m lazy I don’t want to hand animate them, so they just have a wiggle expression applied to their position channel and auto-orient switched on. Instant crowd scene! But I want them to have a drop shadow. Normally to keep the drop … Continue reading Auto orienting the drop shadow on an auto-oriented layer
…and this is what it took. Since Adobe removed multi-processing from After Effects I’ve been using the shell to run multiple instances of the aerender application. This can lead to massive performance gains – the screenshot below shows a 4,000% improvement in speed.
I’m doing a couple of month’s intensive After Effects work at the moment and I’m making tools to help the process. It’s a bit like making jigs for woodwork – a little time spent on a jig makes the whole process much easier later on. So here’s a little jig that helps with the sometimes … Continue reading This-n-that – a selection tool
A sigmoid function is useful for lots of graphics applications, it’s yer classic ease-out, ease-in curve for animation, and its a film-look response curve for colour.
From the “Posted on the Blog so I Can Remember it Next Time” department: A useful expression for making things symmetrical.
This is a script I should have written years ago. It’s fairly simple; it duplicates the selected layer in a comp, but unlike the built-in duplicate function it creates a new source for the layer in the project, allowing the copy and the original to be independent of each other.