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February 2017

Opening Multiple Instances of Adobe After Effects

Opening Multiple Instances of Adobe After Effects

I am a long-time After Effects user from back in the Cosa days. This was before it was bought out by Adobe. This is a little trick that even when I show it to some power users, their jaw will drop in surprise. Yes, you can open and run multiple instances of After Effects. You can do this on the same computer and at the same time. This trick is so lame and easy to set up. It is crazy that After Effects does not do this out of the box and you have to set this flag.

after effects properties window

Set-Up

All you need to do is go in the properties window. You do this by right-clicking on the icon and choosing properties (get info on Mac OSX). After the command to open After Effects you can see that you can enter your own text. In this area, append a -m. This is the flag for multiple. Now you will now be able to open up several After Effects projects all at once.

CoSA After Effects

One of the funny things that I encounter is that most people think that Adobe has always owned After Effects. I started using After Effcts somewhere around 1995. In 1995, Photoshop was at version 2.5 and did not yet have a layering system. You could save selection sets, but once that image was deselcted that was that. I had been doing all these animations fopr CD Rom games in Photoshop. This was laborious. Around that time someone showed me CoSA After Effects which was like “Photoshop with a timeline.” It took me a few months to get up to speed.

CoSA After Effects

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Filming Stan Lee with Stereo Red Weapons in 8k

Filming Stan Lee with Stereo Red Weapons in 8k

Last week I had the amazing experience of filming Stan Lee with Stereo Red Weapons in 8k. This was for a virtual reality interview with Kevin Smith. This was a stereo shoot and took place in Stan’s small office in his home above Sunset Plaza. The shoot was for Legion Entertainment. They wanted to document important people in the comic book industry so that we could view them in Virtual Reality in the future. Which is why we went with the new Red Weapons in 8k. Stan was there with his wife and daughter and was very engaging and friendly with everyone.

red dragon 8k stereo

Behind the Scenes Filming Stan Lee

Derrin Turner, our resident VR Director and Head of Production, frames the camera.

On set with Stan Lee
on set with Stan Lee and his wife

Technical Details

As the Technical Director for VR Playhouse I designed the camera system that we used. For this shoot, we used the new Red Weapon 8K. We shot the cameras as stereo pairs on an offset nodal rig. We made sure to keep all action in one shot. This was why we had to use such a wide angle lens. This way we could shoot a clean plate, then the whole interview from one position. After the interview was finished, we then shot the remaining angles of the office.

Stitching

This way we were able to blend between the interview footage and the rig removed clean plates. In the end we shot eight wedges at 8k resolutions. We were able to get decent stereo stitches out of Cara VR for Nuke. It will be challenging to rectify the lighting between the final wedges, and will probably require some finessing.

Red Weapon Stereo Arii 8mm Primes
Stereo Red Stan Lee

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