Jan 28, 2012

IDEA: Numpad Hotkeys

Hai guys!
So lately I've been practicing Matte Painting, and it's hella fun!
I have a Wacom Bamboo Craft, and if you've worked with one, you know how awesome it is!

But, it has few shortcut keys (only 4 on the side) so I end up having to have my left hand on the keyboard, on standby for Ctrl+S, Ctrl+Shift+Z and so on.
These things get tiring. Especially undoing can cause some strain on the hand. Sure, you could remap the bamboo keys, but I've already mapped them to my liking for other things like middle click, touch on/off, etc.

So I got an interesting idea...
What if I got one of these small portable numpads (below) and somehow remapped it's keys so I could map Ctrl+S to, say, 5.

Yea, probably a white/black one would look better, but you get the idea, right?

This way, I could have the small numpad right by the Bamboo (close to the 4 buttons on it) and then have my left hand on that instead, only accessing the keyboard for minor shortcuts like cutting and pasting...
Which means (oh the excitement) I'd have 20 keys to map as shortcuts (4 on the Bamboo + 16 numpad)!


What do you think? Got any ideas of how this would work? Drop a comment below!! :-D

...In the meantime, I'll be Google'ing a solution...

Jan 5, 2012

AE Workflow Tips

A few days ago I was looking into workflow solutions, mainly stuff that will help you work more efficiently in AE. This includes (especially) reducing render times and how to get stuff done quicker.

If you haven't read it already, I'd suggest you check out "10 Things I've Learnt in AE That I Wish You to Know Before it's too Late". You'll find some great tips there as well.

So there's a few things I wanna talk about here, in no particular order:

  1. Workspaces and Shortcut Keys
  2. Shy, Markers and Colors
  3. Nulls and Parenting
  4. Preferences and Settings
  5. In-Out Points and Work Area
  6. Pre-Compositions, Guide Layers and Collapse Transform
  7. Resolution aka Down-Sampling and Proxies
  8. Advanced Render Settings
  9. Expressions, Animation Presets and Scripts

So what is all this? Well, we'll be looking at that in a series of posts, rather than one long one. Each is quite simple, in fact expressions are explained quite a bit on this blog (like the ebook)(see related posts below). Will also have an ebook on all this coming out when the series is done.

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Looking forward to it!


Jan 1, 2012


Hey everyone!
Wishing you a happy new year and an awesome one at that!
Looking forward to what the future holds for all of us!!