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Posted: Tue, 27th Jan 2004, 12:51am

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Evman

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In Alam Dv2, is there any way to designate a certain effect to a key on the keyboard? I am doing a test movie with a lot of lightsaber effects and half the time I spend going- special effects-movie/tv-lightswords-and choosing which one I want. Are there hotkey options? Please help!

-Thanks
Posted: Tue, 27th Jan 2004, 12:54am

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Brettsta

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Why do you do that? Just stretch the effect to the amount of frames you want. Right click the blue line at the end of the effect (control + click for mac) and drag it however many frames you want. THen, Click the star in the span bar for the effect and drag it till the end of your clip. Now you have a lightsaber that lasts for however long you want! Watch Tarn's tutorials. You may think I can learn everything by myself, but youll be suprised of the stuff that you miss along the way.
Posted: Tue, 27th Jan 2004, 1:00am

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Evman

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thanks so much, i didn't think i could do that
Posted: Tue, 27th Jan 2004, 1:04am

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Evman

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did i say thank you??? I meant THANK YOU!!!!!!!
Posted: Tue, 27th Jan 2004, 1:07am

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Brettsta

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Have you read about Tweening or Masking?

Tweening: When you do what I said, you can click a frame where you want the saber (or laser or wahtever) to start. Then where it ends and AlamDV2 fils in the frames for you automatically! The only problem with this is that lightsabers have a human movement to them, so youll have to be filling in a lot of the in between frames. For sabers I recommend going into alamdv 1 mode. This allows you to click the hilt and the top of the saber,and fit the saber perfectly to your toy saber. Then change back to DV2 mode when the saber is pretty still.


Masking: Say a lightsaber or any effect should go behind something, a person, a wall, anything. For this you will need to make a mask. Masks in AlamDV2 are in preset shapes. Say you want to have a lightsaber go behing someone. PLace the mask over the person where it goes behind them at the desired frames. For light effects, use a feathered mask, becuase this will result in a light spillage. For other effects, use a hard mask.

Watch some of Tarn's Tutorials for more information
Posted: Tue, 27th Jan 2004, 2:48am

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Evman

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Thank you so much... I watched Tarns Tutorials before i posted this and did not completely understand what to do. Thank you very much for the help. Its people like you who make this system great!!!!!!

-Thanks again!