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A couple of newb questions...

Posted: Thu, 27th May 2004, 5:12am

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Taniko

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First off I must say wow!! Where was this site 20 yrs ago when I needed it? Stumbled onto this site via google looking for some sound samples.Ive been reading the hell out of the site and ingesting way too much info for my tiny mind to absorb in a 48 hr period. Ive finally amassed enough computer knowledge to take the next step and start with video editing and whatnot. I DLed the demo to check it out. Needless to say Im pretty much clueless on a lot of stuff, But Im figuring a lot out by trial and error. Im starting simple with something I (and apparently every other person) have dreamt about since I was a kid, A light sabre effect. A simple turn it on, wave it around and turn it off clip to help familiarize myself with the software. Before running across this site I was approaching it the only way I knew how to, With Photoshop and Pinnacle 9. A long and tenuous task for such a simple thing. My questions are these, When applying the effect each frame I found it inconvenient to rotate the effect via the 'rotate' icon at the top. Is there another manual way to rotate the blade as the sword is moved? Second, Can I lock the effect so I dont accidently change the demensions of the blade while editing? And thirdly, When I played back the clip, It didnt play at full speed, It looked a little slow. I checked the frame rate and it coincided with the 30 fps (29.979), But was a tad slow. Sorry for the dumb neb questions, But Im in my infancy of all this. Just trying to learn something that Ive wanted to do for nearly 25 yrs now.
Super cool site!! Thanks..
Posted: Thu, 27th May 2004, 1:52pm

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CoolKabe

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I can't help with all of the questions, but I'm positive that the reason it dosen't playback at full-speed is because your computer isn't fast enough. (It takes a pretty fast computer to run any video editing program at full speed and high quality.) I wouldn't worry too much about it.

This link should help you a little bit with the rest of your questions, I hope.

-Hope this helps,
Adam twisted
Posted: Thu, 27th May 2004, 3:58pm

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Taniko

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Yeh, I thought that as well. But Premeire and Pinnacle playback fine, Why should this one be any different?? Thanx for the link too. I had watched everyone of those tutorials except the one that answered my question!! I just now watched it, Thanks!
Posted: Thu, 27th May 2004, 6:34pm

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Brettsta

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It doesnt play back full speed in alamdv itself, thats normal and simply because its not exported. It u export, it is fine, normal speed. To rotate I think you can right click the corners of the effect and move it like that. Make sure you check out the alamdv tutorial page for more info on how to do things.
Posted: Thu, 27th May 2004, 7:31pm

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Evman

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yeah, it'll be fine once you export it. As for the lock down thing, I don't think that there is a way to do this in version 2, but that sounds like a possibility in version 3! Its coming! Its coming! biggrin biggrin biggrin

If you are having to rotate it, it might be easier to switch to Alam DV1 mode. Just click the interface button when in the animation mode and switch it to ADV1. Then click reset quad under that. Then click 4 points in a two on the hilt then two on the end of the blade fashion.

You should get better results for when the saber is moving that way. When it is relatively still, switch back to DV2 mode and you can keyframe it.
Posted: Fri, 28th May 2004, 12:40am

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Axeman

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As far as the rotation issue, I try to avoid the rotate controls when adding lightsaber effects, because the tweening system can throw things off between your rotate keyframes. The best way, I think, is just to drag each corner of the effect to where you want it, without using the rotate controls at all.
Posted: Fri, 28th May 2004, 6:18am

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Taniko

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Maybe Im missing something here, But if youre moving the sabre in the clip, then you have to rotate the blade inorder to keep it straight relative to the hilt. If you drag the corners, You just skew the blade. Ive only messed with AlamDV for a day or so and havent bought it yet., So I may be missing something. As far as the tweening goes, I understand the basic premise of it, But how can you use it when the hilt is in constant movement on different axis's? Dont you have to rotate the blade as the hilt turns?
Posted: Fri, 28th May 2004, 2:46pm

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Axeman

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You can rotate the blade by dragging the corners. Try this. Drag the top left corner over to the top right corner, drag the top right corner to the bottom right, then drag the bottom right to the bottom left, and the bottom left up to the top right. Your lightsword blade will now be turned 90 degrees, and as long as you keep the points relatively rectangular, there will be no skewage. Make sure you keep the same corner of the effect on each corner of your prop blade in every frame. Then as long as you make sure they are 'squared' off of the hilt, it should work fine.
Posted: Fri, 28th May 2004, 5:24pm

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Taniko

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Thanx!! Sorry for such the lame questions.
Posted: Fri, 28th May 2004, 7:21pm

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Evman

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why would you drag the corners? just switch it to alamdv1 mode so that you can manually place the saber. Its much faster and quicker than fiddling with the quad!