Oct 24, 2018

Moved my tools to Github

I moved my set of SendTo_FFmpeg batches to a Github repoSo if you have issues, ideas, request, you can post them there.
There's also new AEExprTool I develop for myself. It's After Effects script for adding/removing error handling code to AE expressions in bulk. It's already a huge time saver for me. Would love to have some feedback cause I plan to make it a reliable full featured tool one day.

Aug 27, 2018

C4D, Redshift, Relighting and the Normals

Recently met the task of relighting in post and had a range of troubles trying to make it in After Effects. I do not recommend anyone doing it in AE :).
The free Normality plugin is barely compatible with the modern CC versions and produces crazy burnt highlight values and dirty edges (at least that was my experience of using it with AE CC2017). There's a better and payed alternative like Pixel Cloud now although dealing with all the required passes is not an easy task for starters.
Oh, the main reason for this post was actually just leaving a memo for any one who cares including myself. It's about C4D's standard renderers' normal pass specs that I've managed to match during the work/tests. Since I am a dedicated Redshift user I was able to identify that C4D's normal pass is a Camera space normals of unsigned values of 0 .. 1. Redshift by default operates on signed -1..1 values. So to get the equal normal pass from the Redshift you need something like this

With the RS State node set to Camera transform space.

Aug 24, 2018

Golden Ratio preset for Affinity Designer

A useful asset for Affinity Designer I made for myself.
Get it here

Jul 10, 2018

How to add comment field to any windows Folder

I think it can be really useful in your workflow to have a comment field for your folders.
So I searched for simple way of adding a comment without using any additional software.

1. Right-click the folder and select Properties.

2. From the Properties dialog box, select the Customise tab, and then click the Change Icon button.

3. In the Change Icon dialog box, select an icon from the selections and click OK. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box. If you'd like to keep the normal folder icon, you can simply choose it from the selection when changing the icon, it is the exact same.

4. Open the folder, locate the Desktop.ini file, and double-click it (its a hidden file, you need to enable its visibility in explorer or enter its name directly). Add new line InfoTip= under the [.ShellClassInfo] section and type your detailed description immediately after the = sign. Go to File -> Save and close Notepad.

You'll see your detailed pop-up description the next time you hover the mouse over that specific folder or when you enable Comment field displayed in your explorer windows.