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Re: The Pivot Point from Hell Feature
by Edward Wu on Apr 11, 2012 at 5:43:08 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Roland, The Pivot Points should be a lot easier to work with in version 5 than in version 4. You can adjust the Pivot Point from the Info section in the Object Controls Panel as well as the Effect Controls Panel in After Effects. If you are i
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by andrew toutant on Mar 29, 2012 at 11:31:48 pm
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Re: serpentine head caps
by sebastian conley on Mar 29, 2012 at 7:10:53 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Thanks very much to Edward and the whole Zaxwerks team for putting together such a fast fix!
Re: serpentine head caps
by Edward Wu on Mar 29, 2012 at 7:05:14 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
For anyone else running into this issue, please e-mail me at ed@zaxwerks.com. The issue is resolved and we now have a fix for this scenario. Best, Edward
Re: Zaxwerks Export 3D Object = Crash
by Edward Wu on Mar 29, 2012 at 7:02:59 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Lisa, The demo version won't allow you to export objects until the software is authorized. I didn't run into any issues using your project file, but I sent you a reply with another way that you can try exporting your objects. Best, Edward
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by andrew toutant on Mar 29, 2012 at 4:31:48 pm
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Re: Zaxwerks Export 3D Object = Crash
by Lisa Myers on Mar 28, 2012 at 11:48:04 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Thanks Edward! I am using 3D Invigorator Pro 4.5.1. I downloaded 5.1 and ran it from demo mode. However, the feature I'm trying to use "export 3D object" is dimmed out. I'm emailing you the original file for assistance. Thanks again, Lisa
Re: Zaxwerks Export 3D Object = Crash
by Edward Wu on Mar 28, 2012 at 6:25:40 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Lisa, Which version of 3D Invigorator are you currently running? If you are not using 3D Invigorator PRO version 5.1.0, please download it from our page below: http://zaxwerks.com/download/ If you are having issues with version 5.1.0, pl
Zaxwerks Export 3D Object = Crash
by Lisa Myers on Mar 27, 2012 at 11:05:09 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
When trying to export a 3D object from Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator, I instantly get "After Effects error: crash occurred while invoking effect plug-in "3D Invigorator." It's a fairly simply shape that was imported from Illustrator. Suggestions? Specs:
Recreating an animation - bending a flat plane in 3D space
by Dustin Parsons on Mar 26, 2012 at 11:11:29 pm
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
I'm trying to recreate the simple animation found here, but I can't seem to get mine to look as good. The main problem I'm having is getting the outer skin layer to appear 3D because my 2D version just isn't cutting it. Is there a free plugin simi
Re: templet for a book image?
by Edward Wu on Mar 22, 2012 at 8:22:31 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Nelson, You can view our video tutorials from the link below: http://zaxwerks.com/training/ Keep in mind the newer tutorials are for ProAnimator version 5, so the interface and features will be different than what is included in version 4
Re: 3D Text
by Tudor "Ted" Jelescu on Mar 22, 2012 at 3:21:11 pm
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
For fast 3d text you can use ShapeShifter AE from Mettle. You can then link the positioning controls in SSAE to a Null that has track info for positioning. There's a few good tutorials here on the Cow on SSAE, none that include tracking as far as I
Re: Zaxwerks Layer Tools in AE CS 5.5
by Roland R. Kahlenberg on Mar 20, 2012 at 2:03:50 pm
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
You should post this in the COW's Zaxwerks Forum. Cheers RoRK
Zaxwerks Layer Tools in AE CS 5.5
by Jason Brown on Mar 16, 2012 at 1:06:10 am
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
I have layer tools...have been using it in CS3 and CS4. Recently using CS5.5 now and installation instructions followed doesn't show up in keyframe assistant menu. On the site, they quote it as working with CS3-5.5. Do I need new files? Same ones
Re: Vector Deform along path
by Edward Wu on Mar 15, 2012 at 12:00:48 am
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Matthew, You can pull off that effect using 3D Serpentine. To do this, create the path of the rollercoaster in After Effects using a small Solid Layer. Keyframe the position to create the path. Then, apply 3D Serpentine to a Comp-Sized Solid
Vector Deform along path
by Matthew Beall on Mar 13, 2012 at 8:40:49 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
I have a vector file of a music staff with notation.. I would like to deform it along a path, and reveal the notes as they are heard.. Is this possible with any zaxwerks product? Serpentine? similar to this: http://vimeo.com/20462506
Re: Boris BLUE 3.0?
by Marcus Warren on Mar 13, 2012 at 5:43:46 pm
in the Boris FX Forum
Thanks for the update on Blue. When Blue was first introduced I wasn't sure what it was "all about" until someone made a general comparison to Zaxwerks Pro Animator; then Blue made sense. I have always been intriqued with Pro Animator, but decide
Re: 3D Serpentine: Error message: fail loaded external module (48§46)
by Edward Wu on Mar 12, 2012 at 7:18:57 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Fred, Sorry for the late response. I missed your message somehow and I just saw your message now. I apologize. Try re-downloading 3D Serpentine and see if that helps. Sometimes, the product may not be downloaded properly so the plug-in d
Re: unrolling paper
by John Cuevas on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:15:18 pm
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
Zaswerks 3d warps can do it. http://zaxwerks.com/3dwarps/index.shtml
Re: How do I over come this error
by John Cuevas on Mar 6, 2012 at 3:28:07 pm
in the Adobe After Effects basics Forum
AE is looking for a plugin - "3d serpentine" - You can install the trial and continue with your project. http://zaxwerks.com/3dserpentine/index.shtml You will need to buy it though if you want to use it without the watermarks.
Re: Create this effect with Invigorator pro?
by Edward Wu on Mar 6, 2012 at 12:21:37 am
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Allen, Can you e-mail the project file to me so I can see how you are setting up the project? My e-mail is ed@zaxwerks.com. Thanks. Best, Edward
Re: Zaxwerks interface
by Edward Wu on Feb 24, 2012 at 8:35:44 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Jeffrey, Great. Glad to hear that it fixed the issue. Thanks for the update, and have a good weekend! Best, Edward
Re: Zaxwerks interface
by Jeffrey Rowe on Feb 24, 2012 at 2:10:30 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
That appears to have fixed it. Had to enable hidden folders Mac OS to find User>Library>Preferences. Thanks!
Re: Zaxwerks interface
by Edward Wu on Feb 23, 2012 at 9:09:03 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Jeffrey, It's the Control key on both Mac and Windows. When holding down the Control key, be sure to hold down the key until the window opens up. If this is still not working for you, try going into the 3D Invigorator Set-Up window, then goin
Re: Zaxwerks interface
by Jeffrey Rowe on Feb 23, 2012 at 8:58:29 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
What's funny is that is what I did to get this size. Previously, the window was larger, but still could not resize. So i tried holding down CTRL and launching the window. That when it got stuck even smaller. I just tried it again and still can no
Re: Zaxwerks interface
by Edward Wu on Feb 23, 2012 at 6:20:59 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Jeffrey, Try holding down the "Control" key while clicking either the little red ball or the Options button to go into the Invigorator Set-Up window. This will reset the Window size, and you should be able to resize the window by dragging the
Zaxwerks interface
by Jeffrey Rowe on Feb 23, 2012 at 3:34:34 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
I am having issues resizing the Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro 5.0.9 in Adobe AE CS5.5. Cannot drag corners of interface to make window larger. Running Mac OS X 10.7.2, 12-Core, 64GB, ATI 5870, on 27" LED cinema displays. Window is stuck at about 900x50
Re: Reloading AI files within Object Controls not working correctly with version 5.0.9
by Matt Rhodes on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:42:18 am
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Brett. Please email me with your contact information. We'll send you an update with a fix to your "replace layer" problem. Thanks. Matt Rhodes Zaxwerks, Inc. Email: matt@zaxwerks.com
Re: Reloading AI files within Object Controls not working correctly with version 5.0.9
by Matt Rhodes on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:48:29 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Brett. There does seem to be a problem with reloading a layer. I'm looking into it. Stay tuned. Matt Rhodes Zaxwerks, Inc.
Re: Long time to enter set up window
by Matt Rhodes on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:40:33 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Dan. Glad you're up and running. The tool tip problem only happens on some systems. For some reason, our tool tips (and we have a lot of them) can take a long time for the system to process. On most systems, they're prepared in the blink
Re: How to set motion blur when using the COMP camera?
by Matt Rhodes on Feb 22, 2012 at 4:49:32 am
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Ariel. There was indeed a bug with PA, the Comp camera, and motion blur. It was fixed this afternoon. I'll make sure Ed gets you the fixed version. Matt Rhodes Director of Engineering Zaxwerks, Inc.
Re: How to set motion blur when using the COMP camera?
by Edward Wu on Feb 21, 2012 at 6:42:00 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Ariel, Sorry about that. I thought you meant when you are using the Comp Camera, but moving the ProAnimator objects around. I just checked moving the Comp Camera around, and it is not working properly right now. Thanks for pointing that out.
Re: Slow rendering 3D object
by Tudor "Ted" Jelescu on Feb 20, 2012 at 8:15:21 pm
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
Never had luck with PSD 3d layers- always slow and hard to work with. Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro on the other hand is much faster.
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by Chad Watrous on Feb 11, 2012 at 9:19:22 pm
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Re: 3D Reflector - reflection has hard edge when reflecting object with Lens Blur
by Edward Wu on Feb 1, 2012 at 12:35:10 am
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Steve, I'm not seeing the reflection in the image that you provided. Can you send the project file to me at ed@zaxwerks.com? I'll take a look at your setup and see if I can see what you're running into. Best, Edward
Re: 3D Motion Graphics in after Effects.
by Tudor "Ted" Jelescu on Jan 24, 2012 at 6:11:02 pm
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
You may also want to look into Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro. It's a great 3d plugin for AE that enables you to bring in 3d objects, link them to 3d layers in AE for easy animation, texture and light them. For a cartoon style look you can check out ToonIt
Re: Is there something like optical flares but free?
by Andrew Somers on Jan 23, 2012 at 9:43:10 pm
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
You can do *nearly everything* that the 3rd party plug ins do, right in After Effects, using the built in plug ins. The 3rd party plug ins just "make workflows faster/more efficient". Personally, I like to design/create my own effects using the
Re: 3d fro PS to AE
by Andrew Somers on Jan 22, 2012 at 7:31:00 pm
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
I agree - the PS 3D to AE is not a particularly useable solution, but Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator is quite reasonable in price, and very useable. The one caveat is that 3D Invigorator does not integrate will with other 3D layers, and effects like Trap
Re: Pro-Animator 4 - Spikes on ai imported text
by Fernando Mol on Jan 21, 2012 at 4:02:24 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
The spikes can be reduced using the "Mesh" button. I don't exactly recall where it is, but it's an option for the object. There's a video tutorial for 3D Invigorator and Illustrator files. You can google for it. Oh, got it: http://zaxwerks.com/
Re: 3d fro PS to AE
by andrey Migalovich on Jan 21, 2012 at 2:52:04 pm
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
Thanks for the quick reply! I'll try to find out more about Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro
Re: 3d fro PS to AE
by Tudor "Ted" Jelescu on Jan 21, 2012 at 10:18:45 am
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
Unfortunately there is no good news. 3d PSD layers in AE slow down the software even on the fastest machines. In theory it should work great, but the reality is different. I would recommend using Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro for any serious 3d work in A
3D Serpentine: Error message: fail loaded external module (48§46)
by Fred Benac on Jan 20, 2012 at 5:07:24 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi there, At first excuse my english, please. I was using 3D serpentine V1 in AE CS4 since many time without matter. But now i have to use AE CS5.5. I'm in windows 7 64 bits with a nvidia Quadro 4000 card. I download 3D serpentine V2 and install
Re: Can't import 3D model
by Matt Rhodes on Jan 19, 2012 at 3:52:12 am
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Stephen. It seems we have a bug when the object filename extension (.3DS, .OBJ, etc.) is in caps. If you make the file extension lowercase, you should be able to import the .3ds and .obj versions. If you have any questions, please email m
Re: Another 3D MindChallenge
by Walter Soyka on Jan 17, 2012 at 10:16:10 pm
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
With Zaxwerks, you can have 8 different sets within the same instance of the effect. You'd have to put both gears in the same layer and same instance of Invigorator, but in different Invigorator sets.
Re: Another 3D MindChallenge
by Tudor "Ted" Jelescu on Jan 17, 2012 at 7:02:52 pm
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
Zaxerks Invigorator Pro can help you here. Since you can link a 3d object to a AE 3d layer, you can have flat images of your gears (2d layers in 3d space) setup in the positions you wanted and then animate them. After this you need to bring in your
Re: An important question about plug-ins.
by John Cuevas on Jan 14, 2012 at 11:07:20 pm
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
The answer is both. Shine for instance can be recreated using a combination of effects that ship with AE. There are scripts and tricks to doing what Horizon does. On the other hand, Trapcode Lux(as far as I know) can't be easily recreated in
Re: Beginner 3D animation questions
by Tudor "Ted" Jelescu on Jan 12, 2012 at 1:24:06 pm
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
When it comes to AE Walter is right- not a lot to offer for animating 3d objects. For simple stuff Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro can help. The new version can allow you to import a few objects and link them to AE 3d layers. This means you can animate them
Re: Beginner 3D animation questions
by Walter Soyka on Jan 12, 2012 at 1:12:00 am
in the Adobe After Effects Forum
AE isn't meant for this sort of 3D work. If you really want to use a 3D model in AE, you might consider Zaxwerks Invigorator (though I believe it requires OBJ files, not 3DS). C4D is a nice choice, and they have a downloadable demo you can try, s
Re: Can't see texture when importing .OBJ files into IPro Invogorator 5
by Edward Wu on Jan 10, 2012 at 8:33:29 pm
in the Zaxwerks Forum
Hi Mike, When you import a .obj object into 3D Invigorator PRO, the object will not have any materials applied to it. To apply a texture map, go into the Material Editor panel, and double click the Color box. This will open a window where you ca

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