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A proffesional Lightsaber Video

Posted: Sat, 21st Aug 2004, 5:00pm

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XeroX

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Hi again !
Yeah i can make videos with Lightsabers but how i make it hmm " REALISTIC" because in my videos is that not really good I hope you can help me
When a Thread with this aviable is plz send it here in smile sorry i cant speak good english!
smile smile smile
Thx for the Help!
Posted: Sat, 21st Aug 2004, 5:07pm

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MrShmoe

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Could we get to see one of your videos so we can work out the problem???

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Posted: Sat, 21st Aug 2004, 5:08pm

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They're not looking real, he said that. How do they look fake?
Posted: Sat, 21st Aug 2004, 10:58pm

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BackOfTheHearse

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Well, considering that lightsabers don't actually exist, of course they'll look fake... razz

But honestly, see if you can either post a short video clip or a screenshot graphic so we can see what you can do to improve the look.

My top guesses would be tracking accuracy issues, too much/too little glow, or bad codecs for rendering. But we'll need an example.
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 1:44pm

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Ersie OHard

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do u just track them via a stick or something?
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 3:49pm

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theone

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that would be easiest, as the lenght of the blade would be hard to get a hold of without the stick. makes it look even more fake.
Posted: Fri, 27th Aug 2004, 4:03pm

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klut wrote:

Yes you have to use someting, it's good to use stick from your bruch or what it's called in english..[
The stick from you broomstick
Posted: Sat, 11th Sep 2004, 6:24pm

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Redhawksrymmer

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If you want really good results, buy an EL lightsaber or even better a Plasma lightsaber.

EL Lightsabers:
www.masterreplicas.com
www.parksabers.com

Plasma Lightsabers:
http://www.futurehorizons.net/saber.htm

Sorry, I couldn't find any more links, but just search on Google. I'm sure you'll find something.
Posted: Sat, 11th Sep 2004, 10:40pm

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NoClue

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Redhawksrymmer wrote:

If you want really good results, buy an EL lightsaber or even better a Plasma lightsaber.

EL Lightsabers:
www.masterreplicas.com
www.parksabers.com

Plasma Lightsabers:
http://www.futurehorizons.net/saber.htm

Sorry, I couldn't find any more links, but just search on Google. I'm sure you'll find something.
These all look really nice, but you can't fight with them or they'll break !!
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 2:01am

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GeeksGoneBad

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I made my own that you can put a 3/4" wooden dowel into for the combat... It was fairly easy to make, but you have to have a dremmel or similar... here's a screen shot... sorry for the motion blur, if you want I can take a picture of just the saber and dowel, etc... smile

and that's not me, that's my son... The spongebob shirt really adds to the "realism" don't you think? smile LOL

Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 6:42am

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Klut

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rcamuk wrote:


These all look really nice, but you can't fight with them or they'll break !!
Hmmmmmmm, whats the point if they'll break????
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 12:06pm

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GeeksGoneBad

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Those with the lighted blades are for show, props for costumes, etc... but some are made to take a wooden dowel or a lexan blade and those can be used to fight with... So make sure you know what you want to do with it before you buy it...

Although mine only cost about $15 to make, so I'll take that over a several hundred dollar one any day... and in the battle video you're not really looking at the hilt anyway (at least I'm not) smile
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 8:14pm

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Pooky

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Why use a plasma saber when you can simply recreate the lighting in post? It's simple stuff.
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 8:20pm

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GeeksGoneBad

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yeah and the lighted ones don't look like the movie sabers on film anyway... they're great for conventions and for the wall, etc...
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 10:17pm

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Evman

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the plasmas I suppose are used for lighting the actors and environment. I know in Episode II, they used real glowing saber props so that there would be a real glow on the actors in the dark scenes.
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 10:25pm

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Pooky

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Those EPII sabers were probably not plasma because they would have broken on each impact, and that is a terrible waste of money, even if they have lots of it smile

Anywho, the point is, for us amateurs plasma sabers are useless, because you can get a very realistic glow easily with chromy or AE. Just watch Aculag's lightsaber movie and you'll see.
Posted: Mon, 20th Sep 2004, 6:17pm

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irocnroll

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OK i can make the saber effect but im having a problem with the stick that im using apearing between the fram transitions. When it moves from one from to the next there is a split second where you can see the pole. What can i do to mask this. Because there is no way for me to get inbetween frames that i know of and hide this problem.
Posted: Mon, 20th Sep 2004, 6:58pm

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GeeksGoneBad

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You should be covering the stick with the Lightsword effect... Can you post a screen shot of that frame where the stick is visible? So we can see what you're talking about...

Oh, and if you are viewing the movie in AlamDV, don't.. Export it out to another format and watch that instead...