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Lightsaber problems

Posted: Mon, 20th Sep 2004, 6:41pm

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irocnroll

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Ok is there a step by step tutorial on how to make a LS effect and put it into the frames. I am currently creating the effect frame by frame but when i do this the stick apears in the image inbetween frames. Which is defeating my purpose to make the LS effect. Someone please help me. I tried span effect. But that only seems to create an outline and doesnt put the LS effect in it. All i keep seeing is the movement of the outline in the animation box but when i switch to the movie view the LS effect isnt implemented. WHY? tard
Posted: Mon, 20th Sep 2004, 7:00pm

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BackOfTheHearse

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Are you running in 32-bit color depth? That causes a lot of problems if you aren't. Check your display options to see what level of colors you have running on your computer.
Posted: Mon, 20th Sep 2004, 9:16pm

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irocnroll

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Is there a topic or tutorial on how to use span. I hear it works better then actually placing the sword in frame by frame. When i use span it doesnt but the saber in there, it only puts in an outline.
Posted: Mon, 20th Sep 2004, 9:29pm

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Rawree

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irocnroll wrote:

Is there a topic or tutorial on how to use span. I hear it works better then actually placing the sword in frame by frame. When i use span it doesnt but the saber in there, it only puts in an outline.
Span?? If you meen tweening then it's not a very good idea as it often moved the saber in all kinds of ways so it's best to go frame by frame. As for your problem, can you give some more details (Which plugin exactly etc) and possibly a screenshot that would help a lot.
Posted: Mon, 20th Sep 2004, 9:44pm

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irocnroll

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Its a demo untill i get payed next week. I heard of the prog from a friend and wanted to give it a try. See i cant take screens of it cuz it happens in between frames.
Posted: Mon, 20th Sep 2004, 10:12pm

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Evman

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this usually happens with alamdv when its still inside the program. The playback on the program is a bit laggy, and you need to export it or still frame it in the program to really see whats wrong.
Posted: Mon, 20th Sep 2004, 10:32pm

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averagejoe

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If you are getting the wire-frame out line instead of your LS effect it sounds like you have dragged the spanning tool to the right spot. You still have to grab the " * " on the last frame of the effect and drag it to the spanning tool as well. Did that make sense? If you need a better explanation let me know.

Lastly tweening does work ok for sabers, but remember that is a mathmatical approximation of in betweens. You may have to adjust the placement every few frames to get it exact. Regardless tween is a time saver. That way you do not have to create a new effect for every frame.

Hope this helps biggrin
Posted: Mon, 20th Sep 2004, 10:48pm

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Simon K Jones

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The AlamDV2 manual contains a tutorial on creating lightsabers.
Posted: Mon, 20th Sep 2004, 10:50pm

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irocnroll

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averagejoe wrote:

If you are getting the wire-frame out line instead of your LS effect it sounds like you have dragged the spanning tool to the right spot. You still have to grab the " * " on the last frame of the effect and drag it to the spanning tool as well. Did that make sense? If you need a better explanation let me know.

Lastly tweening does work ok for sabers, but remember that is a mathmatical approximation of in betweens. You may have to adjust the placement every few frames to get it exact. Regardless tween is a time saver. That way you do not have to create a new effect for every frame.

Hope this helps biggrin
Lol it made a little sence.....can you kinda do a quick step by step on it. The mesh is there beginning to end in the exact place i want it. But id like to fill the mesh with the saber effect. Just a quick step by step from this point forward would be key.
Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 1:19am

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averagejoe

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In animation mode on the "span" row right click and drag the right side of the wire frame for spanning to the correct frame.

Then left click and drag the " * " to tween the effect to the span wire frame

Does that 'splain it? biggrin
Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 2:03am

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Evman

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here, give this a watch - http://fxhome.com/alamdv2/tutorial_movies/Tweeningproc.mov
Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 3:30am

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irocnroll

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averagejoe wrote:

In animation mode on the "span" row right click and drag the right side of the wire frame for spanning to the correct frame.

Then left click and drag the " * " to tween the effect to the span wire frame

Does that 'splain it? biggrin
That splains it thanks.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 3:34am

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averagejoe

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Glad I am still of use in the forum.

You are welcome BTW. Cheers!!