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A lightsaber question

Posted: Fri, 3rd Oct 2003, 6:02pm

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Riese

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Hey Guys and Gals

I am putting together some old lightsaber footage I have of a buddy who is leaving town. I am making a small video about him and all his friends. Anywho, I have positioned the lightsaber through out the film using stretch effect. But the effect is not showing up through the film only on the first frame. I know this is a stupid mistake but I cant figure it out.



RIese
Posted: Fri, 3rd Oct 2003, 6:07pm

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After you strech the end of the effect (the line) strech the astreix * to the end smile
Posted: Fri, 3rd Oct 2003, 6:41pm

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Riese

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It wont allow me to stretch the Span Astrik. The postion astrik changes through out the clip because of the change in position. The span will not though
Posted: Fri, 3rd Oct 2003, 7:01pm

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That post totally confused me. So a screenshot would be handy smile
Posted: Fri, 3rd Oct 2003, 7:40pm

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Riese

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how do you post a screen shot
Posted: Fri, 3rd Oct 2003, 9:18pm

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Marek

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Upload a screenshot to a server.
Type the following, replacing "your picture's url here" with the pictures url:
[img]your picture's url here[/img]
You can find out the url by going to the site and right clicking on the picture, go to properties in the menu, and copy-paste the url.
Posted: Sat, 4th Oct 2003, 3:56am

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BackOfTheHearse

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Maybe I can help. If not, shoot me razz


With lightsabers, it's best to work from shot to shot. Use your NLE to split the shots and angles apart after you've established what you want the final film's layout to be. Esport each shot and bring each separately into AlamDV.

Place the lightsword on the timeline for the shot you are editing. Then right-click and drag to extend the span of the effect. Next, LEFT-click on the asterisk and drag it to where you had dragged the other bar to extend the span. (If you are altering where your spans are and not going completely in equilibrium with your alterations, I can't help you. I've never done that, and I don't know how to start. If you're doing as I seem to be explaining, then continue reading).

Now that you have developed the length of time the plugin will be on the screen, go to the beginning of its duration, and place your first quad on the frame. I would recommend using the AlamDV1 I-face (four-point click), as it is a little easier to deal with. Once you have placed it, go onto your next frame, and so on and so forth. When you're done, just export that shot and move onto the next.

As a side note, I'd recommend keyframing every frame, unless tweening is absolutely necessary. Otherwise, if you make any changes, in the middle, you could fudge up what you did in the beginning of the clip and be forced to start over.

When every clip is done and exported, bring it back into your NLE and put them all in order. Done.

Hope this helps. Hope I am not shot.
Posted: Sat, 4th Oct 2003, 10:28am

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fertesz

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I had same problem with lightsaber appearing only on the first frame.
I dealt with it by using ctrl+c and ctrl+v, so I have one effect for one frame.
Using mentioned key combinations and enter (edit effect) u can make whole sequence rather quickly.
Hope this can help u.
Posted: Sat, 4th Oct 2003, 3:49pm

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BackOfTheHearse

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Are you in 32-Bit Color Depth?