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  • in reply to: Warp? #9592

    Adrian Grey
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    any of you guys go golfing? I’ve been thinking about doing just that… I heard it actually improves your PERSONALITY! Is this true?

    in reply to: Error Loading DSK: Coordinator is running low on memory…. #8864

    Adrian Grey
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    It is an upgraded Trinity without the time machine system installed. I see in “Installed Cards” it lists 109 : Switcher V1.2 (128MB). So I assume it does have the full 128MB ram. The controller computer has 1GB ram.

    What is the going price of this 1MB chip and where can I find it? I remember installing one in my timemachine-equipped globecaster so I may as well get one for this machine if it’s known to help the situation.

    in reply to: Brand New Time Machine: playing pink/green video #8733

    Adrian Grey
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    A quick call to tech support revealed a missing part in the instruction manual on the orientation of the 24 pin cable running from JP1 and 2 to the inputs.

    When switched it worked perfectly fine.

    in reply to: About small-view button in ANIMATOR/COMPOSITOR #4932

    Adrian Grey
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    It may just be because it is very late and I am quite tired, but I am not understanding your question. 😳 Could you clarify for me? I will try my best to answer.

    Thanks!

    in reply to: Time Machine #4928

    Adrian Grey
    Member

    You could be having a clip index problem, which is fixable, but if you just want to format your drives, you should have that option in the start menu.

    Go to the folder where your other programs are listed and you should see a program called ‘time machine format.’ Run that program and you will have a fresh set of drives.

    If you would like more information on the clip index restore program, visit the Knowledge Base for more information.

    in reply to: Custom Keyboard #4884

    Adrian Grey
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    Well, I think that everyone already realized this, but I’ll make it official. There will not be an order for the custom keyboards.

    I would like to hear some feedback from those of you who are doing different kinds of labeling. I have visited the hooleon site listed before and I am curious as to how many of you have ordered from them and what your thoughts are. Did you buy customized items or the do-it-yourself kit? Which is better and why?

    We would like to have some places to recommend to those who ask, so any feedback would be appreciated. If anyone wants to send me some pictures, that would be great, but let’s not take up a lot of space in this thread. Just PM me and I will get them for myself.

    Thanks to everyone, we will continue to try and least spark some conversation on what everyone would like and if we can not provide it directly, perhaps we can all come up with some ideas for where else to go.

    in reply to: Using Globecaster for Newsbreaks #4881

    Adrian Grey
    Member

    Any time that you want to perform multiple functions, you should utilize the ‘lock’ button.

    The best example is for virtual sets where I need a framestore and a DSK to come on at the same time. Make sure the ‘lock’ button is highlighted and then use the SPACEBAR, if you don’t have mix or FX selected, then it will cut and trigger the DSK at the same time.

    This should work for your newsbreak effect as well.

    in reply to: Virtual Set #4880

    Adrian Grey
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    Ok everyone. This has not ever really been put out as clearly as it should have been. I now include it in all of my training. The following document is the one I use–thank you for your assistance Karl Soule.

    If you decide to read this, bear in mind that you are reading part of my actual training class, so you will need to send us the monetary equivalent. Just kidding. 8)

    The most complicated step is making the effect and saving it out. This takes precise, step-by-step work, or the set will not function.

    When setting up the workspace, you should set the duration of the effect for 1 frame, and create a pause point. Leave the timeline slider on 00:00:00:00.0. Now, drag and drop your objects, and position everything the way you want them to be. Use a PROGRAM video plane where you want your talent to be.

    To make reflections, go into the OBJECT PROPERTIES of the object you want the reflections on. In other words, if you want the floor to look like a mirror, open up the object properties on the floor. In SURFACE SETTINGS, set the REFLECTIVITY to a value between 1 and 255. We have found that 80 looks really good.

    The first crucial step in the saving process is to set the video plane in the set to 255 luminosity. Select the plane in the object window, and click the OBJECT button. Choose SURFACE SETTINGS. Look for the value called LUMINOSITY, and set it to the maximum value, 255. If you do not do this, the people in the set will be semi-transparent.

    You will save out the effect twice. The first time, go into the EFFECT PROPERTIES panel. Turn on WARP. Leave GRAPHICS off. Turn on CHROMA KEY. If you are using reflections, it is recommended to set ANTI-ALIASING to MEDIUM or higher. If you are just doing training, leave it at low for time’s sake. Hit MAKE EFFECT. Once the effect renders, hit SET PICON, and save it out to a new folder. Name this effect EFFECT.tfx

    I follow a simple naming convention to start with because it is easy to get confused in the next step.

    Now, hide the video plane by selecting it in the object window, and right-clicking in the object window. Choose HIDE TRACK from the menu. Go back to the EFFECT PROPERTIES panel, and turn off WARP, turn on GRAPHICS, and turn off CHROMA KEY. Also, turn off QUICK RENDER. Now make this effect, set a new picon, and save it out to a bin. Call this one INTERMEDIATE.tfx.

    Minimize the Effects Generator application, and head over to the Switcher. There is one final step you need to do in the Switcher. Make sure that the Framestore Settings are set for no motion interpolation, and framestore format. Double-click the INTERMEDIATE effect you created, and press AUTO.

    You’ll notice that when you do that, the effect loads in a DSK channel. This is because the effects generator software doesn’t have the ability to save out a framestore. We need to convert the image into a framestore. Click the SNAP button, and drag the framestore up into your Vset bin. Name it FS.tfs. You can now delete the INTERMEDIATE file – you’ll never need to use it again.

    To run the virtual set, load the framestore, and cut to it. Now load the EFFECT, and AUTO it. It’s just like the teapot effect (in the bins/fx/sets bin) at that point.

    in reply to: pic on picon #4854

    Adrian Grey
    Member

    You are correct, you do have to have clip grab–forgive me for forgetting that. We are shipping clip grab cards standard now, so I forget that it didn’t used to be that way.

    in reply to: pic on picon #4840

    Adrian Grey
    Member

    Load your fx in switcher.

    Open the bins/stills/test folder. You will see the program (circle) and preview (triangle) framestores.

    Load them up in the appropriate busses.

    Drag the t-bar to the point that you like.

    Right click on the fx and select ‘properites.’

    Click on ‘set picon’ then click on ‘save over original file.’

    in reply to: Clean Feed Output card #4827

    Adrian Grey
    Member

    The clean feed output card will go in the output slot that is in line with the layer of DSK that you are going to get rid of.

    For example, if you put the CF ouput card in line with your first dsk card (dsk layer 2) then layers 2, 3 and 4 will be eliminated through the CF output card. If you want to only get rid of layer 4, then you line the card up with layer 4. It is always going to eliminate the layer it is in line with and everything downstream of it.

    Layer one will always be there, you can not get rid of dsk layer one. So, you can use layer one for a corner bug or something of that nature.

    I’m not sure about the information on the website, I’ll look into it.

    in reply to: GlobeCaster won’t come up??? #4792

    Adrian Grey
    Member

    As I mentioned, I am still waiting for some responses from California (which may not make it today, there are some well-deserved vacations happening).

    If you have the time, I would still try the jumpers. It is possible that 2.8.2 handles them differently. That is what I am waiting to hear from CA. If it works, you are back up and running today, if not then the guys can move on to their next thought instead of exploring this one.

    I know that it is not how you want to spend new year’s eve, but there is a possibility that it could work. If you don’t want to try it, that’s okay too, it just might be a few days before I can get the definitive word from the guys in the know.

    in reply to: GlobeCaster won’t come up??? #4790

    Adrian Grey
    Member

    Okay, here is one idea from California, and I quote directly:

    I would suspect that the “spin-up on power up” jumpers are missing or incorrectly installed on the drives, and the software times out before the three drives respond. We do set the drives with these jumpers active at the factory.

    The way to test for this is a bit time consuming – the drive array on a system would need to be taken apart and the jumpers for “fast start” or “fast spinup” would need to be removed. Then, try launching the software.

    I do not suspect a failing drive, simply because everything works after the initial powerup sequence.

    Happy new year, huh? I am still expecting at least one more voice to chime in, but perhaps this will solve things.

    in reply to: Irritating bug!!!! #4784

    Adrian Grey
    Member

    Well, I am in the same place that Pete is. I can replicate everything that you say except that I can delete the file.

    The colon is not a character that you can use in a filename, so you will have to find another way to name your clips.

    When you say that you can get rid of the clip by ‘reformatting,’ what exactly do you mean? I am guessing that you don’t mean that you are refomatting your host PC hard drive and I can’t imagine you are reformatting your TM drives, so I don’t know what you are saying.

    Let me know what you have to do to get rid of the file as well as if there are any other problems that you are experiencing. Perhaps there is an issue with Windows? What OS are you using and what version of software?

    in reply to: GlobeCaster won’t come up??? #4783

    Adrian Grey
    Member

    Ok, we are taking a look back at the code to see what we can find. One thing that I can suggest is to uninstall the software and do a full install of 2.8.2 from a disk. If you don’t have one, email support and we will try to help you out there.

    There may be a couple of other options, but I am waiting for official word from R&D. They have already asked a few questions, so I know that they are working on it. We’ll just have to wait and get their response.

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