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lightsword/other effect Frame by Frame?

Posted: Fri, 16th Apr 2004, 12:58am

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Cutty201

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Hey guys Sorry to bother you with what must sound like stupid questions but I have another one. I am messing around with demo because someone said (in referring to the lightswords in another post) that it had to be done frame by frame. HOWEVER I am in the demo now and I am able to "tween" the light sword effect however it only lets me do it up to 11 frames sad... I am going to play around with this some more but is it supposed to be frame by frame and by some stroke of luck and ingeniousness stumbled upon something crazy smile (I highly doubt that). Thanks guys smile
Posted: Fri, 16th Apr 2004, 1:02am

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Evman

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right click the blue bar in the animation mode and drag it farther left... this will extend the sword's duration and you can then add more key frames. alos, once you do that, left click the blue * and drag it to the line you just moved...
Posted: Fri, 16th Apr 2004, 3:00am

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Gibs

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The tweening that you refer to it what Alamdv is designed to do, it is also called keyframing. In general, people will say you have to do the lightsabers "frame-by-frame" because even though you can keyframe the beginning and end of a swing, you will still have to go back to each individual frame and tweak it to make it perfect.
Posted: Fri, 16th Apr 2004, 9:30am

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Simon K Jones

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The tween system in AlamDV2 means that it is entirely up to you how many keyframes you place. The more keyframes, the more accurate the animation - but it also takes longer, of course. Some effects you can get away with very few keyframes, other require more time spent.

Lightsabers tend to require patience - although I find you can do every-other-frame, which halves the workload.
Posted: Fri, 16th Apr 2004, 2:38pm

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Cutty201

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Ya I am finding it a little odd working with frames in AlamDV. I am used to working in Macromedia Flash and the frame layout looks very similar to AlamDV's but working with is much harder I find. I wish it would highlight the frame you click on if you can manipulate it or not. Also how do I add more a keyframe?

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AH I GET HOW THIS DURATION THING WORKS NOW!! thanks guys..
Posted: Fri, 16th Apr 2004, 2:58pm

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Simon K Jones

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Keyframes are added whenever you alter the effect.

AlamDV3 will have a much, much better timeline with a far easier keyframe system. Check out the Chromanator demo if you want to get a general idea of how AlamDV3's timeline will feel.