AutoDesk Smoke :: How To Render Timeline Effects In Background On Single Machine

Aug 7, 2013

Is it possible to render timeline effects in the background on a single machine given the right licenses? I'm finding that CFX in particular take a lot of time to render.
Is there anyway to speed things up? Do multiple graphics cards work? I have a Quadro 4000 and some kind of ATi card installed (in a mac pro) - does it make a difference which one the monitor is plugged into?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Render / Process All Effects In Record Timeline?

May 26, 2011

what do you need to do to render/process all effects in a record timeline

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Changing Timeline Render Format

Jun 14, 2012

It seems that you can only decide on your intermediary at the point of first setting up the project? Is this true? Wouldn't it be a good (very good?) idea to be able to change this once you have embarked upon the project? It seems to me that you might want to use the ProRes codec when you are cutting and messing about with your project and then switch to DPX when you want to be careful about the quality of the render files?

Thus you may want to be creative in the render-room saving ProRes format when you can build up lots of decisions, but then switch finally over to the DPX format when you are closing in upon the final project. The current system (unless I have missed something) means that one you have chosen your intermediary render format, you are stuck in that project in that format?

TO mention Liquid for the second time today, you used to be able to right click in the timeline and switch the timeline render format (everything from dv to uncompressed). It could take any codec, frame rate and frame size but then you could decide and change your mind on the render format that you wished to use.

Smoke 2012/2013 on MacBookPro 2.6ghz i7 (mid 2012) with Nvidia650M, 16gb RAM, 768GB internal SSD, Thunderbolt Promise R6, AvidArtist MC-Color & MC-Transport, Intuos4 medium, 24in Apple Mon. Ageing 2009 Mac Pro with ATI5870, but want a 2013 one ;(

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Put Single Frame Clip Into Timeline

Dec 26, 2012

I have a single frame clip in my library, i want to put this clip into my timeline and i want it to be 10 seconds. I can just easily in/out in timeline and 'overwrite'. i don't like where i'm repeating a single frame and then still need to render it as 10 seconds clip.

This should be done like 'repeat' in the desktop tools. So in timeline when doing 'overwrite' , Smoke has to be smart to detect 1 frame edit so it just need to 'repeat' it not to 'timewarp' it.

And the another BAD thing , i can't have 'repeat' tool inside cfx . why ? so have to repeat the clip outside the cfx and go back into cfx.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Timeline Edit - Drag Copy Single Frame Is Broken

Dec 26, 2012

I'm using fcp hotkey , by default the 'drag copy (single frame)' is mapped to ' alt-c' . Normally this will work fine. But in some case where a cfx clip is selected or my time indicator is parked on top of a cfx clip in active timeline , then do 'alt-c' will give an error message "connectfx cannot be modified inside the containers. Proceed with edit ? "

So to solve this temporarily, i have to first deselect the cfx clip or move the current positioner on top of a non-cfx clip.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Copying Gap Effects On The Timeline?

Aug 24, 2011

It is possible to duplicate/copy a clip/gap effect on the timeline? Or do you *have to* drag/copy it to a Source Area first? In this particular case, I've got 3 gap effects that I'm essentially using as adjustment layers...for some reason I thought I could hold down F & drag them somewhere else in the timeline which would create a duplicate and drag them to wherever I dropped them. But maybe not...? In the meantime, I just copied them to a Source Area, and then dropped them back on the timeline where I needed them, which worked just fine.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Where Does The Background Render Files Store

Feb 2, 2013

Where does the background render Files store...?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Cannot Get Clips To Render To The Stone In Background

Jul 12, 2012

I can't get clips to render to the stone in the background. I am running 2012 SP2. I looked and the Backburner version is 2013.
How do I get rid of this? I have run the uninstaller, but that is less than a complete un-install it seems.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Retrieve Project From Time Machine

Oct 11, 2012

I lost an edit I was working on and Time Machine has complete backups for the past several days. I can see and find the backup copy in Time Machine in /usr/discreet/project/ . I can extract it from Time Machine. But how can I make Smoke aware of it and open it?

I tried a few things like I have an existing project called "/usr/discreet/project/Project1", I removed it and put my backup in the same place with the same name, but that doesn't work either.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Access Timeline Within CFX

Nov 3, 2012

Is there a way to access the timeline within CFX ( much like in Flame ) ? I see the timing button but this doesn't seem to have the same control as a timeline for a specific clip.

Also, is there a way other then "explode one" or "explode all" to go within a CFX within a CFX ( pre comp ) ? i.e. a setup that is then put within the BG of action.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Get Rid Of Play Tab On Timeline?

Nov 15, 2012

Is there a way to get rid of the play tab on the timeline?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: How To Export In And Out From The Timeline

Jan 29, 2013

Is there a way to export the in & out from the Timeline?

It isn't done until it is finished.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Trimming With Stationary Timeline?

Feb 2, 2013

Is it possible to grab the head or tail of the video segment and have the timeline stay stationay and you drag the edge to the timeline position?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: View The Timeline Output?

Jul 25, 2012

While in CFX, Action, Text edit, Axis etc, is there a way to see the output of the timeline? I know while in CFX you can set the CFX output as a context but what if I have multiple CFX composites stacked up and I want to see the final output of the timeline while editing or modifying something inside a CFX or Action node?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Zoom The Timeline While Playing?

Jun 29, 2012

New to Smoke (DS 14 years, FCP 4 years) and hoping to learn it so I can purchase when 2013 is released. Is there a way to zoom the timeline while playing? I searched around but I can't seem to find if it can be done or if I just don't know how.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: How To Export Timeline With Handles

Sep 10, 2012

I have an edit and now I want to export as DPX sequence. A couple of questions:

First, is there an easy way to take a single edit and export it with handles? I realize that I can make a subclip but is there an easier/better way to do this?

I can't find an automated way to set handles on export. I have about 175 shots that I need to export .

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Exporting Proxy Res Timeline

May 30, 2013

We are working on a 4K HD timeline using Proxies at 1920x1080. Can we export an HD Prores using all the Proxy renders? Everything I do from export, Hard commit, burn letterbox all wants to start rendering the full res footage. Is there a workaround a trick to bake out a proxy res version?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: How To Extract Section Of Timeline

Oct 25, 2012

How do you extract a section of a timeline but keep sync further down the timeline?

I wanted to take a section out near the start, it just had V and A1, A2. There was A3-6 further down the timeline but they hadn't started yet.

For some reason I can't get Smoke to cut a track that hasn't got any media before that point. So, at the section I needed to remove I couldn't place a cut and so when I removed a section A3-6 stayed where they were.

I also tried marking in to out and extract but again it left the other audio tracks.

Such a simple thing, but I can't work out how to do it

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Move Keyframe In Timeline?

Feb 20, 2013

Is it possible to move keyframes in the timelime or do I have to go into the animation curves menu to do it?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: FCP Shortcut - Extend To Timeline?

Jun 18, 2012

There is a shortcut key that I have been using in FCP for years. That is to select the edge of a clip and hit "E" and the clip will extend to where ever the timeline is.

Is there a function like this in smoke 2013?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Importing TIF Image To Timeline?

Jan 29, 2013

Graphics import into the library with a default length of 1 frame. Is there a way to lengthen that so I don't have to zoom way in to grab the edge of the clip?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Timeline Contextual Menu

Oct 8, 2012

With PR4 the right click contextual menu for the timeline seems to have been re-arranged to accomodate new features.

As a result, when you right-click a timeline element to remove all effects you have to move your pointer up through a list of about 15 items to reach the "Remove Effect" command.

There also appears not to be an assignable keyboard shortcut to remove all effects from a selected timeline element. (apart from Option+Clicking on the effect in the effect bar which just removes a single item).

Would it not make sense to have this remove effect command at the bottom so that it appears right near your pointer when you activate the menu?A keyboard shortcut binding would be ideal as I realise the contextual menus are probably in a state of constant change at the moment.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Color Source To Timeline?

Feb 13, 2013

In 2012 it was very easy to select a gap segment and click color source in the soft effects. In 2013 it appears to be much more difficult, you need to create it in a folder then edit it into a sequence. Am I missing something? I wish there was a color source option in the effects ribbon.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: How To Select Clips On Timeline

Oct 30, 2012

I have got some questions:

1. How can I select many clips on the timeline? (I work with a Wacom tablet.) When I press the pen onto the tablet and move it, I can only pull the gap. In connect fx it works, when I hold cmd.

2. If I set markers in the timeline, is there a way to also see them in connect fx?

3.There is a function in Final Cut: When I I select a clip from the timeline and press "f" , I can go on working on its source clip in the viewer. Is there something similar in smoke? I cannot find the name for this function, so I cannot search for it in the keyboard shortcuts.

4. If I render something, is there a way that Smoke automatically copies the file (without copying the effects)? The reason for that question is: I applied timewarp to a clip, then I wanted to go on working on the clip in connect fx, but the length of the clip changed - it was shorter. When I went on working in action and put some lense flares and rendered it, everything was bended and looked weird. It looked great but I did not intend to do something like this.

The next questions are no real questions but rather problems.

5. When I work with audio (audio clip locked), I cannot really cut on the music, because 5a. sometimes the amplitudes do not match the music. An example: There is no amplitude, but the music goes on for 2 seconds. 5b. And when it is correct and I cut on the beat and render it, it is not sync anymore some moments later or when I restart smoke. (It only displaces 1 or 2 seconds from the sync.)

6. Since I have updated from pre-release 4 to pre-release 5, I cannot export anymore. I have read a lot on blogs, but I could not really find my problem. I cannot even press the export button.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Red Footage Resizing On The Timeline?

Jul 11, 2013

I'm looking for the workflow for Red Footage.

In our facility, we are shooting 4k HD format.  Then we can finish our final project as HD.

I installed Red Rocket and the Red Footage as Half premium debayer (1920x1080) playback in realtime at preview window of the "Media" tab.

However, I insert the same clip on the timeline (1920x1080, same as Half premium debayer), smoke automatically puts resizing effect.  When I open the effect, I notice this effect doesn't do anything.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Delete A Keyframe From Timeline

Feb 27, 2013

Is it possible to delete a keyframe from the Sequence timeline using a hotkey, similar to ALT-[ in the editor?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Ripple All The Layers Of A Timeline?

Aug 2, 2012

How do you ripple all the layers of a timeline? I can't find hide nor hair of it in the manual.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: What Does Exactly Mean Red Line Under A Clip In Timeline

Sep 19, 2012

what does exactly mean the red line under a clip in the timeline ?

I noticed the clip with red timeline has red effect, but it doesn't seems to mean i have to render them.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Re-interpret Footage In Timeline

Oct 14, 2012

What would be a bonus is at anytime I could go to the timeline and click on an imported piece of footage and tell smoke to Include YUV headroom after the fact of it being imported and used.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Make PIP In Timeline With Axis

Aug 29, 2012

I'm trying to make a PIP in a timeline with Axis. PIP is a easy thing so I made it of course.

But the problem is When I use multiple PIPs. There's no Global axis like in Action, so I couldn't control PIPs at once. I thought make a Gap effect with axis or Container would be work, but It didn't work as I thought.

Do I have to make a mask for PIP? Is there any way to move, rotate, scale them together easily? & Axis could have only one image? In animation view, there's a Global axis and a image axis.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Looping Clips In The Timeline

Feb 24, 2012

I was wondering if when I stop a looping clip playing in my timeline, I could have it stop at the frame I stop on instead of stopping at the positioner or in-point. This is a very vital problem I'm having.

I have come up with a work-a-round but it doesn't work near as smoothly as I would like it to.

All I do for the workaround is instead of hitting space when I stop, I hit right alt to set an in point then hit space to stop and "A" to move to my newly created in-point. But it doesn't work as smoothly as it should. I would really like it to perform like playing a clip in the desktop works. It just loops around and when I stop, it actually stops.

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