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AlamDV2 or wait for 3?

Posted: Thu, 5th Feb 2004, 4:18am

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jbanker

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Hello,

Question: Should I wait for AlamDV3? Will AlamDV2 even work for me as I'm not using OS9?

I've been reading posts here for at least a year now. (I was made aware of AlamDV while reading some posts in a FCP forum from creative cow.)

I finally made my first movie...a Star Wars movie with kids. My movie is ready for lightsaber work now. (I finished editing, music, sound fx, titles, credits.) It's been on hold since Nov and I was hoping for AlamDV 3 before Christmas...oh well.

I'm working with a mac G5, OS10.3, FCP and all of this has ben a fun, but a steep learning curve. (I've only used PC's for the basic word, excel...)

I really need this project to be done before mid April and I'm surely going to need time to understand how to create lightsaber effects using AlamDV.

Any help or suggestions?

Jon
Posted: Thu, 5th Feb 2004, 4:19am

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Brettsta

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ADV2 worked on my G5, under classic, but would shut off without warning. If you want you can try it and see if it works. Youre getting the free update to ADV3 when it comes out anyway.
Posted: Thu, 5th Feb 2004, 4:24am

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jbanker

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How big is the file?

I'll be downloading using dialup and AOL. (And AOL seems to lose my connection randomly, so it might take more than one attempt.)

Jon
Posted: Thu, 5th Feb 2004, 4:25am

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Brettsta

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AlamDV's file? It says on the download page.
Posted: Thu, 5th Feb 2004, 7:15am

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Axeman

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If you are having difficulties with your connection, what you need is a download manager. Zip over and download iGetter here for OS X. Then if your connection gets cut off, you can resume the download after you re-connect. The iGetter download is 1 MB.

AlamDV2 will run in Classic Mode, and the Plugin Installer actually runs much better in OS X that 9. Make sure to save often, just in case you have a problem. I would recommend getting it now. You could wait for version 3, but if the project needs to be done by April, it would probably be best to get started on it. Lightsabers are a somewhat time consuming effect, as nearly every frame has to be placed individually. And if AlamDV3 should show up in the meantime, well, you have a free upgrade and a bit of experience with how the program works.

The AlamDV download is 7.44 MB with the bare minimum. 15.82 MB if you want to include the manual and a few plug-ins. You can download any plug-ins you need individually. Again, if your connection is slow (like mine), then you will find iGetter very useful for downloading them as well, since some of them are rather large. I usually drop a few plug-ins into iGetter and start them downloading right before I go to bed. If you get disconnected during the night, you can pick up where you left off later.
Posted: Fri, 6th Feb 2004, 3:44pm

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jbanker

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I just bought AlamDV2 and I'm waiting for my email to download it. I'm hoping to get started on it this weekend!


Frame by frame lightsaber work, oh man... this is going to take a long time.

Thanks,
Jon
Posted: Fri, 6th Feb 2004, 7:26pm

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Axeman

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Cool! If you run into any difficulties, just give a shout out and somebody will help you through it.

Yeah, lightsabers can take a long time, but stop for a moment and think about the fact that it is even possible to have lightsabers in a home movie today. Ten years ago, an effect like that would have cost you many thousands of dollars. As you work through it, peice by piece, stick the finished ones together in the final edit so you can see your results. It helps to keep you going if you have many minutes of footage to wade through. It is slow, but in AlamDV, each frame goes pretty quickly. A few hours can get you through a pretty decent amount of footage.