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Sijo Joseph
General Smoke Questions
on Apr 4, 2012 at 3:11:14 pm

Hi,
I'm new to Autodesk Smoke,coming from AE & Nuke background.and I'm using smoke from Flame Premium 2012ext1.Following are my first set questions after a brief exposure inside Smoke.

01.How to control the duration of a paint stroke? for eg, I need a paint stroke active from frame 5 to 10.

02.How to select multiple gmasks? Is there any hotkeys to nudge the vertices of gmask? (in AE its arrow keys and in Nuke its Numpad arrowkeys).

03.Is it possible to do CC & CW together.I've done some CC to a clip by softfx.but lost the CC information when I switched to CW in the same window.

04.What is the step by step procedure of consolidate & unrender before archive?

05.please suggest a easiest method to do a simple composite in Timeline.I've a BG clip. I want to put a title over it with a rays effect.I felt that its not that easy as AE.

06.Any idea about websites I can find 'Batch' Tutorials?

Thank You


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moody glasgow
Re: General Smoke Questions
on Apr 5, 2012 at 4:49:10 pm

1. It sounds like you want to use Auto Paint. Its a a great tool, I use it all the time. In auto paint you can track a paint stroke to your background, and change the start point and end point.

2. One way to select multiple Gmasks is to tie them together with an axis node. To se the node view in the keyer, hit the esc key.

3. No. In batch you could do a CC first then use a CW node right after it.

4. I think this was covered in a previous post. Personally, I don't find a need to consolidate, but I know others do. I do unrender older versions before I archive though.

5. Timeline compositing is limited. If you are having problems getting the effect you want in the timeline, I suggest you move into batch.

6. If you are new to Batch, I would go to Autodesk's website, and there are some good getting started guides for the Flame that include an overview of Batch.

Since you are new to Flame, you might want to consider going to a class. Autodesk offers a pretty good class, or the reseller who sold you the Flame should be able to tell you what is offered locally.

moody glasgow
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http://www.thereelthinginc.com


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Sijo Joseph
Re: General Smoke Questions
on Apr 9, 2012 at 1:07:52 pm

Thank you Moody. Autopaint is a nice feature.Batch basics inside autodesk wikihelp is very useful.Looking forward to Batch>2 more Q
How can I export multiple movies/timelines from library at a time through Export media?
Doing some animation inside action.Want to add or delete keyframes.How Can I fly to the keyframe section of parameter that I'm adjusting inside Animation Editor(Graph Editor)? Its taking time to findout when I go manually.


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