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Posted: Wed, 3rd Dec 2003, 10:26pm

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When you use Alam, should u do it scene by scene or the whole thing. Also should you add the sound fx before, or import it back into the editing software. Can somebody give me step by step on what to do. Like first edit then do this...etc.etc... It took 5 hours to render a 5 1/2 minute movie. Anything I can do to speed it up? Thanks
Posted: Wed, 3rd Dec 2003, 10:41pm

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sound effects second, scene by scene
Posted: Wed, 3rd Dec 2003, 10:54pm

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Step by step:

  • Import the files from you camera to a folder on your computer.
  • Import each file from the folder into alam ONE AT A TIME.
  • Add effects in Alam
  • Export your files and save them in an organized fashion (number system or something.)
  • Bring the effected clips and the original clips into your editor.
  • Since Alamdv2 doesnt retain sound, you must match up the sound from the original file with the footage from the new clips.
  • Finish editing and export
  • Show it to your friends and be happy. biggrin

Posted: Thu, 4th Dec 2003, 2:27am

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Just to add to the step by step diagram.

After you import the footage from your camera onto your computer, I'd do a first run of editing to remove excess footage. That way, alam doesn't have to deal with as much when exporting.
Posted: Thu, 4th Dec 2003, 10:19am

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E.g. If you have a 5 minute scene, in which there is a lightsaber fight, & the fight only lasts 30 seconds, edit out the 30 second sequence, save it & then insert it into Alam to apply the lightsabers - DON'T PUT THE WHOLE 5 MINUTE SCENE IN.

When you're applying effects, always isolate just the footage that needs the effect, otherwise it is going to take ages to render.
Posted: Thu, 4th Dec 2003, 10:39am

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Here's the method I personally like to use:

1. Import all your footage (can do this however you like).

2. Edit your movie until you're happy with it.

3. Export the effects shots individually from your editing program.

4. Work on each effects shot one at a time in AlamDV.

5. Export each effects shot.

6. Import the effects back into your editing program.

7. Place the effects shot into the correct place. This should also mean the sound is aligned properly, if you do it right.

It's always best to make sure you edit your movie first, at least roughly, that way you'll know which shots you are using, so you won't waste time adding effects to shots that eventually get cut.

When I was making M&J2, my first cut was considerably longer than the final version, and had more scenes involving the CG character Bob. As such, I spent loads of time animating these shots (and they were some of the most complex in the whole film...), only to have to cut them from the final version. Quite painful, and there's always a temptation to include ALL the effects shots simply because they're cool effects shots. But, in the end, you have to view an effects shot like any other shot - and if it isn't right for the movie, you pull it out.
Posted: Fri, 5th Dec 2003, 7:54pm

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Thanks for your help. I did it slightly different then you said when I did it and it was a big mistake... I edited it, but I then exported the whole thing rather than the scenes that needed it... I will do it your way, I believe that will work much better. Thanks and I'll hope to be posting my movies shortly! biggrin