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Laser Fire Help!!!

Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 8:19pm

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I just got AlamDv today, I have used the demo, but I do not know how to animate laser fire. I am having troble with lightsabers too. Like if the lightsaber goes behind something, AlamDv has the lightsaber floating in the air. I'm in a mess. Help if you can.
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 8:27pm

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AndrewtheActorMan

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Welcome to Alamdv - register and enter your magic code to become good-ol-gold.

Anyway, as far as the lightsaber "floating" when it was supposed to be behind some one:

You need to do a process of MASKING. In AlamDV 2 the masks are basic shapes, thus u will have to use many masks. In AlamDV 3 there will be a fully customizable mask tool. Just set masks on the object that you want the effect to go behind: so, in your case the person.

Animating you use KEY FRAMES:

Use the rightclick mouse button to stretch the effect from 1 frame. Then, when ever the saber/laser fire moves, just move it into place, AlamDV 2 makes the frames in between for you! So, go back and check to see that it moves correctly, if not, when it gets out-of-place - just move the object.


Enjoy AlamDV and FXHome


Andrew biggrin

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Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 8:51pm

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Welcome to the community!! Please Register biggrin

Actorman is right on the money! If you have further questions the Manual for ALAMDV2 has a great explaination of most commonly used plugins like light swords, lasers and masks. If you have anymore concerns or questions let us know!
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2003, 11:14pm

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wpl

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Sup dude?

Welcome!

AndrewtheActorMan wrote:

That is, unless, you dont have a magic code....
I hate it that all the new guys just asume that all the newer guys are trying to rip the proggy. wink

btw
I havn't seen you in awhile avengerjoe. What's up?

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Posted: Fri, 26th Dec 2003, 12:13am

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Brettsta

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Welcome to AlamDV

As stated above, what you need to do use masks. To find out all you need to know about AlamDV go to http://fxhome.com/alamdv2/tutorials.html This should solve all of your confusion. I recommend you to watch all of the tutorials as it will help you greatly.

Anymore questions feel free to ask. Register online with the attatched magic code sent to your e-mail.

Have fun with AlamDV!!!!!!! biggrin
Posted: Fri, 26th Dec 2003, 12:14am

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Brettsta

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Anonymous wrote:

I just got AlamDv today, I have used the demo, but I do not know how to animate laser fire.
Ahh... The power of tweening!


EDIT-I submitted this because I forgot to click edit... Sorry

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Posted: Fri, 26th Dec 2003, 12:16am

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AndrewtheActorMan

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Ahh... The power of the Edit Button!
Posted: Fri, 26th Dec 2003, 5:53am

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averagejoe

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Looks like you registerd. RichardS PM'd me here is what he said:

Hey thanks alot. There is one more thing though. Do you draw the mask over the "saber" as it moves behind the person, or what? And if I tween the laser fire it goes to slow, how do I make clean, smooth, fast laser blasts? Thanks for listing!
Here was my response:

Yes, draw the mask over the saber where it would be behind an object or person. I would use one of the "soft" masks becuase they have feathered edges and will allow a little light "spillage" around the object or person.

If that laser is moving too slow for you try key framing by hand. Assuming you used the "tween" or "stretch" plugin method on the timeline I would move the laser bolt a little closer to the target on each frame. If the is still not fast enough you can always move the laser bolt off the video on every other frame and move the remaining bolts closer to the target on each of their frames. Less frames means it will appear to the eye to move faster. By moving every other or every third frame off the video you can keep the "tween" or "stretch". In other words it will save time. smile
BTW thanks for registering now we will treat you better twisted
Posted: Fri, 26th Dec 2003, 2:38pm

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Brettsta

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To add to what average joe said, you can make a laser go from point A to point B in about 9 frames, it looks fast and good( you might want it even faster like 4 frames). Many times in AlamDV it is hard to tell the final outcome of what it will really look like bec ause it does not play real time. You just have to fool around until you get your personal preference.
Posted: Fri, 26th Dec 2003, 7:46pm

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FiveIronFrenzy

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Thank you Guysa for your help...IT worked for me!!!

-Nathan