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New Here: Got a Question About Alam DV and effects, etc

Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2004, 2:12am

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PacMan2005

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Hey guys,

I have Pinnacle Studio 8 for my editing software. I would like a program that can do effects. This summer, I am thinking of making a movie which has guns in it, so muzzle flash would be great.

My question is this...I am new to all of this and don't know a WHOLE lot about this all. Can Alam DV and Pinnacle co-exist as a effects program and a editor, or will one not be compatible with the other?

Where do you recommend are the best places to buy Alam DV?

Lastly, what are plug-ins? I've heard this phrase for years but really never knew what it is. Thanks!
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2004, 2:18am

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Brettsta

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You can buy alamdv from this site for now. Yes, alamdv is a seperate program and can work with any editors (such as pinnacle). You just export the file, and open it in alam, usually files under 30 seconds. Plugins are effects u download when u have the program that extends what you do with alamdv. Giving u explosions, smoke, and over 1000 more.

Check here for more info
http://fxhome.com/alamdv2/plugins/about.html
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2004, 3:42am

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PacMan2005

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Thanks...has there been cases that, when you export you 30 seconds of footage into alamdv and then create the effect...when you import back into the original editing program, it cannot read the footage because effects have been added to it? I'm just curious if there are cases like that out there.

How easy would you say it is to use and make, for example, muzzle flashes. I ask because I have NO experience with this.
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2004, 3:47am

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Slick

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Download the demo here.

Simple answer is that yes your editing program will be able to read the clips exported from alam, and no there has never been a case of this happening that I know of.

AlamDV dose not support sound so once you add effects the original sound of the clip will be lost, meaning that you will have to add it back in, in an editing program like Pinnacle.
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2004, 3:58am

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PacMan2005

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Oh, that's good to know. Maybe this won't work for me then because in Pinnacle, the video and audio are a package. When the video is gone, the audio is gone and vice versa. They cannot be divided.
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2004, 4:00am

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Slick

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Then you can use effects in places where you do not need sound form the original clip, and just add soundeffects and perhaps some music.
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2004, 4:05am

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PacMan2005

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Thanks. I downloaded the demo, but before it starts it states I need to set my color depth the 32bit True Color. Anyone know what that means?
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2004, 4:16am

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Marek

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If you are in windows you need to go to your properties and to 'settings'. There you will see a drop-down menu for color depth. Select 32 bit, and Alam will run just fine smile
Posted: Sat, 5th Jun 2004, 9:30pm

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Gibs

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PacMan2005 wrote:

Maybe this won't work for me then because in Pinnacle, the video and audio are a package. When the video is gone, the audio is gone and vice versa. They cannot be divided.
Actually, they can be. When you are ready to replace the original video clip with one from Alamdv, just lock the main audio track, and then delete the original video clip. Now drag the clip from Alam where the other clip used to be.
Posted: Sat, 5th Jun 2004, 10:21pm

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4036Douglas

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PacMan2005 wrote:

Thanks...has there been cases that, when you export you 30 seconds of footage into alamdv and then create the effect...when you import back into the original editing program, it cannot read the footage because effects have been added to it? I'm just curious if there are cases like that out there.

How easy would you say it is to use and make, for example, muzzle flashes. I ask because I have NO experience with this.
There are... Happens to me all the time. The way i get around it is i dont export as uncompressed in alam, i export with a codec. Pinnacle doesn't like uncompressed footage for some reason.
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 12:04am

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Gibs

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4036Douglas wrote:

There are... Happens to me all the time. The way i get around it is i dont export as uncompressed in alam, i export with a codec. Pinnacle doesn't like uncompressed footage for some reason.
Actually, Pinnacle just doesn't like uncompressed footage with an alpha channel (millions of colors+). If you set it to export from Alam with "millions of colors", or run the footage through Virtual Dub first, you can use uncompressed avi files in Pinnacle.
Posted: Sun, 12th Sep 2004, 4:35am

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Huntercda

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PacMan2005 wrote:

Oh, that's good to know. Maybe this won't work for me then because in Pinnacle, the video and audio are a package. When the video is gone, the audio is gone and vice versa. They cannot be divided.
Actually, you can drag the video clip down into the place where you normaly place audio clips, and it will only play the audio from the video track. Then use the sound effects tracks to make your effects have sound.

~Hunter~