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What determines video orientation (landscape or portrait) during playback?

If the video is meant to be played in a different orientation than its stored representation, then a rotation flag is set in the stream metadata. A compliant player uses that tag and rotates the video ...
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Does version control have a part in the video production workflow?

Version control in the sense of Git isn't very practical in the video world. You would need to make a specific version control tool for every audio and video tool out there as all work with their own ...
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Does version control have a part in the video production workflow?

Just to add to the previous responses: While there's nothing quite like Git for the video world, there are Digital Asset Management/Media Asset Management tools that can more or less do the same thing ...
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Layer dimensions in after effects

To find the pixel dimensions of a layer in AE, Hit 's' that brings up scale, then right-click Scale to bring up the Edit-Value dialog, then set units to pixels.
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Object moving to a position I didn't specify

It's because of Spatial Interpolation. You need the spatial interpolation to be set to linear, and by default it is set to Auto Bezier. Right click on the keyframe at 3'00, and select Keyframe ...
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Is it possible to export a Video with transparent Background? (No Image Sequences!)

Production codecs with alpha channel support Apple ProRes 4444 / Apple ProRes 4444 XQ From the Manual: Apple ProRes 4444 and Apple ProRes 4444 XQ are ideal for the exchange of motion graphics ...
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How to achieve this kind of masks and transitions

Let me start by saying what they did there is actually far, Far, FAR simpler than you think. I'll try to break it down shot by shot what is going on. On the title, there are three main elements. ...
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Does version control have a part in the video production workflow?

Version control doesn't really have as much of a place in video editing because it is by nature non-destructive. At the core of any NLE(non-linear video editor), the output is actually something ...
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How to resolve Shearing issue while rotating image in Adobe After Effects?

Make sure scale values are locked and set both to 100%:
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Video in After Effects composition panel is pixelated during scrubbing

It's because you're using Adaptive Resolution, where AE will attempt to let you scrub through quickly, by reducing the resolution it shows in the viewer. Higher powered computers will be able to show ...
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After Effects distance between two points

Hate to spoil all your good work, but it's a lot easier to use the built-in length() function: length(pointa, pointb) e.g. length(thisComp.layer(1).position, thisComp.layer(2).position) or ...
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Is it possible to "Blur a Transparent Background" in Adobe After Effects?

It's not possible. A generic blur effect relies on a function which smooths out pixel values within a specified radius. A mask combines the value of a pixel in the top layer with the pixel of the ...
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Duplicate layers X times and move 1 frame each time

Here's another trick worth knowing that will do the job without any third party software. To quickly duplicate your layers: first set the label colour to something you haven't used in your comp. ...
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How to correct shadows when parts are too bright and other parts too dark?

I can't give an After-Effects specific answer, but maybe this will help.. 1 - If you want to color a specific part of the image, deal with "region based filtering." In DaVinci-speak, that's Power ...
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Make a video look like it was taken from further away

When you shoot from further away you use a "longer" lens, in other words a lens with a longer focal length. This has a few effects, that you'll have to fake to make it look real. First, the ...
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After Effects - How to avoid annoying gradations if I render a mp4?

That's called: Banding. About Color Banding from Wikipedia: Colour banding is a problem of inaccurate colour presentation in computer graphics. In 24 bit colour modes, 8 bits per channel is usually ...
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Footprint or breadcrumb animation

A simple way in blender or any other 3d package would be to use a boolean modifier, if you want to subtract real geometry: use a array modifier to duplicate your shape create a path and aligning the ...
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Footprint or breadcrumb animation

here's a solution that I've used. It can be used to reveal a shape path, or as a way to add a smooth fade-out on the stroke effect as-is: Create your dotted path using the pen tool (or whatever you ...
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I'm having trouble scaling strokes in After Effects

If you created the shape with the rounded rectangle tool, then you won't initially have the same control over the transform as you would if you'd made the shape with the pen tool. But there's a ...
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How do you zoom in (animated) on a portion of your canvas?

Here's what I would do... Create a camera Create a null object Set the parent of the null object to be the camera Make the null object a '3D' object Use the null object's properties to zoom and move ...
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How to loop an animated mask?

This expression is not supported for Mask Path Property, because it's a User Defined Property, see the note of the error message. Workaround Mask Path animation once Precompose your layer an with ...
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How to remove Tracker points from green screen footage

You don't need to use greenscreen. You need to track markers, and put your footage above the markers and greenscren. Just lock position on markers points. Like in ...
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Cropping a Video based on a motion track

Here's one way to do it. I'll assume you have basic motion tracking knowledge already for the sake of brevity. AfterEffects Turn on 3D space for your footage layer. Track the player in your ...
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How do I resize a image preserving aspect ratio in After Effects?

Click on a layer name. You should see the control points on its border. Click on one of the border points but don't drag it yet. Hold down Shift key and then drag it. Release the mouse button when ...
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Separate all layers every "X" interval of time in After Effects

No scripting or expressions are needed, it's built-in to After Effects: Drop all your frames into a comp… go to the 5 second mark… with all layers selected, hit alt] or option] to trim the end of ...
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How to import 2D position data into After Effects

Found the answer here. Copying any positional keyframes out of After Effects generates a text file like this: Adobe After Effects 8.0 Keyframe Data Units Per Second 25 Source Width 100 ...
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How to upscale a 480p video to a 1080p with minimal quality loss?

You can upscale Premiere Pro footage using the Detail-preserving Upscale effect in After Effects via Dynamic Link. The results will never be as good as actual HD footage, but the Detail-preserving ...
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Best and easiest way to remove tracking markers from green screen video

You can do this quite easily without content-aware fill or anything like it. I'd tackle this by doing the following: create a rough shape for each tracking-point (the color doesn't matter) track each ...
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Intersecting animated masks

Simply copy the two animated masks to the 4th footage file and set them to "Intersect" instead of "Add". Then they will only reveal the footage that they are applied to when they intersect with ...
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What do you call it when the footage has a rippling effect?

They call this the rolling shutter effect. Also known as the jello or wobble effect and is caused by the side to side motion of cameras that have the CMOS sensor. The rolling shutter effect can be ...
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