AutoDesk Smoke :: Workflow For Creating A Morph Between Two Clips?

Dec 22, 2012

As we don't have the warper module. Is there a workflow for creating a morph between two clips?

MacBook Pro Retina
2.7GHz Intel Core i7

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Select Multiple Clips In A Long Sequence With Many Clips?

Feb 25, 2013

How do you select Multiple clips in a long sequence with many clips? I am cutting a short documentary and I need to move around a large quantity of clips. How do I quickly select a bunch of clips?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: AAF Workflow With MP4 Files

Aug 18, 2011

I'm working on a feature film and I have a question about relinking AAF to mp4 material.First let me explain the steps I took:

-source material mp4 files from camera
-transcoded to .mov files so we could use it in Avid
-export AAF from Avid.

-imported all the source clips (mp4 files) with the gateway into Smoke
-imported the AAF file
-put the AAF file in same reel as mp4 files.
-choose Tools/Unlink/Relink and enabled 'Use Clip Name' and Use Timecode.

The problem now is that all the clips are getting linked by timecode only.I discovered that it's because the clips used in avid are .mov files that I want to relink to the mp4 files.

Is there a workflow to substitute the .mov for mp4 in Smoke somehow?I hope there is because now I have to do a lot of manual work (and there is not enough time for)

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Best Export Workflow For DCI - DCP Conversion

Nov 5, 2013

I have finished a project for broadcasting. Now it is going to be used for cinema use as well.
How should i go about it? Export a normal ProRes4444 and that is it? Or how could i (and should i) flip it into XYZ colourspace before exporting?
I want to deliver the material that gives the least risk of error during the image conversion.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Feature Length RED Workflow

Jan 25, 2013

I am investigating best practice workflows for a feature length project shot on 2 Red Epic cameras and editing was done in Final Cut. I need to grade and finish the movie along with many other finishing requests like screen replacements, set clean up involving tracking and many other common DI requests and fixes. I use Resolve for most Grading but since there are so many FX shots that need work I was contemplating keeping everything in Smoke so I can make adjustments to the grade and FX in context of the whole edit.

Is this advisable for a 90 + min edit with Red footage? It might be doable but is it feasible meaning would performance be very sluggish? I have a 2009 Mac Pro, 24 GB RAM, 8TB RAID, RedRocket and Quadro 4000 card.

Would I be best off having the editor break the movie up into 10 - 12 minute sequences and then import each XML as its own sequence into one Smoke project?

If I import the Red footage at half res, because of performance, I am only using half of the info in the file. I have a RedRocket so should I import full res 4K to get maximum quality? Then let Smoke do a resize to 2K which is the final deliverable format? I figured that might be best for doing resizes and for sharpness.

If I work with proxies would all of my tracking and paint work be valid when I switch back to the 4K version for final render?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Noise Reduction In Workflow

Jun 2, 2013

I have a question about applying noise reduction. Where in the pipeline should noise reduction take place? Should it happen before color correction or should it be applied after?

And what should drive such a decision on a per shot basis?

I figured you do not do this pre-comp, due to the fact that noise reduction has the effect of removing detail quite often and may effect edges.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Can't Dissolve Between Two Clips

Oct 25, 2011

I'm trying to add a dissolve on the timeline between two clips as I have many times before and one of them will not allow me to dissolve to or from it. It won't allow any dissolves at all actually.

Both are 1920x1080 10bit clips rendered out of action. Any attempts to put a dissolve on the cut ends up with it being only on the end-tag (the second clip). If it tell it to be centered it puts a one frame dissolve on the end-tag. If i tell it Up To Cut it does nothing. From Cut works as expected.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: How To Add Clips To Existent Archive

Jul 22, 2013

I can't find a way to add clips to an existent archive....

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Copying Clips From Other Projects

Aug 30, 2011

What I don't get is when it says "navigate to the project that contains the clips you want to copy." Does that refer to /usr/discreet/project/<project name>? Because when I navigate to there, I don't see any media to import.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Unrender Clips Before Archiving

May 14, 2013

I have a folder of clips that I'd like to unrender then archive so that I just end up archiving the metadata. I can't find a way to do this in Smoke 2013. When I choose archive links only the archive seems to be massive so my guess is it is still archiving rendered shots.

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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 :: 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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AutoDesk Smoke :: Loading Avc-intra Clips

Apr 13, 2011

We're having an issue loading avc-intra clips. The audio is coming in fine but we only get black for video.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Fully RGBA Clips

Jul 12, 2012

is it hard for Autodesk to have/create fully RGBA clips (clips with embedded alpha).I'm not so sure what's the main advantage to have clip with separate matte (black & white), since all compositing software even FCP can handle it.

I found that this function a bit outdated n you end up doing lot of steps even to accomplish simple result.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: How To Relink Or Get The Clips Inside CFX

Oct 21, 2012

I unarchived a 2013 Linux sequence.

I took all of the clips an unlinked them in 2013 Mac.

I then gathered the source material on to a new USB portable drive. I then went through a conform and relinked all fo the clips that aren't in a CFX.

I can't see how to relink or get the clips inside the CFX show up.

I dragged the clips from the Sources folder, and collected them into a new folder in my Media Library.

If I collect those "checkerboard" clips into a new sequence and look at it via the Conform tab, it shows that the clips are Linked, as parts of them were also in the main timeline.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Moving Clips Between Tracks?

Aug 1, 2013

Is there an equivalent command to the FCP alt up/down arrow to move a clip up and down between tracks? I can drag but it doesn't snap to the anything ie where the clip originally was on another track.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: How To Keep Sync With Clips That Have Audio

Apr 30, 2013

How is the best way to keep sync with clips that have audio. In Premiere for example, when a clip contains audio it handles both video and audio as a single thing until I explicitly unlink them. But in Smoke, even with the option Select linked, which as far as I can tell it only works for selecting and activate that little arrow (do not remember the name of the function) in the tracks table, keeps all ok but only on that track.

This is the normal operation of Smoke? He really will always treat the audio and video of same clip as separate things? Am I missing something? Because at least for me, that's came from Premiere, always be remembering to set all the tracks and always go to the menu and select Enable linked is what most complicates the editorial work in Smoke.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: 2013 - All Video Clips Are Black?

Sep 19, 2012

Whenever we try to import video clips they show up as all black. The length of the video is there, so it might be 15 minutes of black. But no matter what video (Sony, Red, etc.) it's all the same.

We're running pre-release 3 on the latest iMac. As far as we know the graphics card is compatible.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Copy Multiple Clips On Desktop

Oct 1, 2012

It's not a show stopper but if you select more than one clip on the thumbnail desktop and pen copy they don't copy to where you place them but jump to be half hidden off the source area.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: How To Move Clips To Local Storage

Dec 1, 2011

I imported a Final Cut sequence via XML into Smoke. The media is 1080p25 ProRes 422 HQ and is located on our SAN. I need to do some green screen work. I have two clips and an Axis effect on the upper clip.

Adjusting the keyer and scrubbing that segment of the timeline is painfully slow so I want to copy just the two clips I am working on, to the local storage.

Is there a way to do this directly from the timeline? I only want what's in the timeline. Not the whole length of the original media.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Constraining Movement Of Clips In Timeline

May 1, 2013

I'm coming from a Symphony and FCP background. I do a lot of keying in the timeline when I'm finishing, so I'm often moving the green screen clip from track 1 to 2 and then putting the BG on the lower track. I'm used to being able to constrain the movement of the clip so that it doesn't slide around on the timeline and get out of sync when I move it. Does smoke have a hotkey for this? I've noticed if I hold shift, I get some indication of where Smoke is lining up the clip relative to other clips by some highlighting, but this does not constrain the clip I'm moving.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Disconnecting Nodes Or Clips In CFX Not Working?

Feb 26, 2014

When i'm drag the cursor across the connecting line between a clip and a node or between two nodes.

The arrowed line is missing , i can only move the node not able to cut the link between them.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Clips Aspect On Viewing Panel

Jun 21, 2013

accidentally turned off the Aspect Ratio on the clips of my Viewing Panel. What is the shortcut or the option located to turn it on again?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: How To Get Transitions Between Clips By Using Transition Button

Dec 3, 2012

I have tried to get transitions between clips by using the transition button by the FX button on upper left of timeline box and by using the hotkey shortcut command T neither inserts a transition.... What am I doing wrong

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AutoDesk Smoke :: 2012 SP2 Source Area Clips?

Jun 29, 2011

I have recently upgraded to Smoke 2012 sp2 and have a small issue regarding the reordering of my clips in the source area.

On 2011 when you placed clips in the source area in a specific order and saved it to the library and when you recalled it from the library it would put the clips back in exactly the same place you left them. Now in 2012 when you do that it re-orders them in some sort of chronological order.

Is there a setting that I'm not aware of that will stop doing that as I place them in a specific structure which makes sense to me and is easy to find and understand on large builds, now I'm having to sift through the clips and waste time finding what I did last and checking through versions to find the latest one.

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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 :: Can Publish Export Clips With Alpha Channels

Nov 24, 2013

I haven't tested every single combination yet in the publish menus.  To save me trying them all, is there any option that works to publish all the shots in a sequence together with alpha channel?
I have a sequence of CFXa clips with matte output connected in CFX, I duplicate the sequence and commit cfx... every clip has a matte container.  So far, so good.  Now I want to output the whole sequence as individual shots with alpha.
Tried the EDL option, changing file type to OpenEXR... no alpha.  Tried EDL, changing output type to movie and then selecting ProRes 4444.  Alpha was solid black.
Is it possible to get publish to create individual movie files for each shot at all?  Everytime I try this it writes one continuous quicktime file even though I select a shot number token.  Writing individual shots seems only to work with image sequences, is that the case?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Why Doesn't Selecting Clips In Timing View

Jan 15, 2013

Why doesn't Selecting clips in the "Timing" view in CFX reveal which clip it is the Schematic? I realize there is a very small corresponding number, but a nice yellow surround would be nice.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Laying Out Multiple Clips To Tape - Output To VTR

Apr 12, 2013

Laying out multiple clips to tape from smoke 2013 (maybe in excess of 20 - 30 clips at one time) without having to 'ctrl/click' on each clip individually. In every previous edition of smoke I would be able to go to media library, highlight the folder with all the clips in and press 'output' and all clips would be taken to I/O menu. This is a must for multiple playouts to tape which some of us still have to do on a regular basis. AND don't get me started on having to re-timecode every clip individually because someone thought it a good idea to remove the 'step' (increment) timecode button.

And why if i use smoke2013 without the mac menu at the top do I not have an 'Output to' or 'Capture from' VTR menu.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Get Source Clips To Gang With Record Sequence?

Dec 18, 2012

I can't seem to get source clips to Gang with the timeline in the record area, did we lose this? I always gang up my reference with my conform so I really hope we havn't lost this!

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AutoDesk Smoke :: How To Sync Externally Recorded Sound To Clips

Jun 13, 2012

i'd love to see a tutorial on how to sync externally recorded sound to clips.

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