All requests and remarks posted on this blog, have been shared with the developers of the concerning products. The Feature Requests blog is my independent way of sharing, and recording both ideas and annoyance about software. Improvement is the main goal.

woensdag 20 november 2013

Calculations in After Effect parameter input fields

After Effects should be able to do more calculations inside input fields.
E.g.: when typing *2, it multiplies the fields value with 2, but when typing *-2, the result is '-2'. It does not recognize that we want to multiply with a negative factor.

In this case:
75,5 * 2 = 151
75,5 * -2 = -2

What a pity.

maandag 18 november 2013

c4d should show the name of a shader when editing it

Any idea which shader is edited here?

It is the ChanLum, but C4d does not tell that when it is open...
Maybe the panels title should call: Material Editor / ChanLum.

Thanks again,

C4d: Constrain viewport to film aspect ratio

When working with Maxon Cinema 4d, many times I adjust the size of the viewport (even while using Layouts). I would love to have a checkbox in eacht viewport to Constrain Viewport to Film Aspect Ratio, defined by Width and Height in Render Settings. So when your render settings are 16:9, checked viewports are 16:9, no matter what happens.

donderdag 14 november 2013

An idea for Cinema 4d: memory slots for light settings

I am working on a very complex tv-studio-vizualisation, and need to render a ton of stills, all with different light setups. I do this by switching objects Visible and Invisible and by tweaking parameters.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a sort of 'settings' recorder, just like a theatrical light mixer with automated faders!

In my dreams, this is a list with 'memory slots', where each slot records all current settings of lights and camera's (and in the future maybe all objects).

Maybe this should be an addition to the Camera Morph and Stage possibilities: let C4D morph everything!

woensdag 13 november 2013

In Maxon Cinema 4d, when the user ctrl-drags an object in the Object Manager, a copy is created with a '.1' suffix in the name.
But in the Material Manager, a ctrl-dragged copy, has exactly the same name as the original, which can be confusing.

My suggestion: be consistent and ad the suffix tot the copy of the Material as well.

woensdag 6 november 2013

After Effects, Proxy or Not? A better indicator.

Can you tell which of these two footage items is a proxy and which is the hi-res footage?

Wouldn't it be better to make the indicators a bit more expressive? Like this:

maandag 4 november 2013

Give After Effects the same grouping possibilities as Photoshop

In Adobe After Effects, it is possible to make PreComps or use Parenting to set their relation. Pre Comps do not offer all functionailty, especially in 3D situations, and Parenting does not keep layers in sync.

A lot of times, I just want to stay layers together, in time and/or order. Wouldn't it be nice to have an advanced group option, to keep layers together (even in folders that can collapse and uncollapse?).