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Best Lightsword Plugin

Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 2:01pm

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Zea

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Hey, I have been messing around with the lightsword plugins..and I was wondering which one is the best and closest to ILM's. I'm entering the rotoscoping contest and I'll post that in General, but can i have a direct link to the best plugin? I downloaded a few that look fine, but they are more than a frame long. I can cut them down, but the large bar is still there taking up space on the timeline. So, just recommend a few..thanks!

-Z
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 2:04pm

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Since Tarn is entering some AlamDV3 footage into the Rotoscoping competition over there, I'd advise giving up now. Though it'd be good seeing how the two programs compare.

I'm not personally sure if there is a sure best lightsaber plugin, but that may well because I've never paid hideous amounts of attention to them. I'd advise trying them all out briefly and seeing which you are happiest with. After all, it is your submission to the rotoscoping contest and not the programs smile

Good luck!
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 2:34pm

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Zea

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Hey thanks. I did find one. Is tarn using Alamdv? (probably)

-Z
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 2:41pm

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We would rather nobody enters anything from AlamDV2 as it can only look bad compared to someone spending hours in AfterEffects.

AlamDV3 should look as good as anything else out there and be much quicker - Tarn is using the AlamDV3 beta for the competition.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 2:55pm

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Ahh no fair. I am working in alamdv 2..but since im entering is there any way i could use the alamdv 3 beta also? so i have a fair competition? I did buy it already...(i hiope so)

-Z
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 2:59pm

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Heh, good one.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 3:03pm

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Ah..well i guess im too funny sometimes razz

Ill just have to show everyone how good alamdv 2 can be smile

-Z
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 3:42pm

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Zea - it's cool that you want to use one of our products to enter the contest, but let me explain our reasoning for preferring you not to.

AlamDV2 is several years old now, and does not represent our current level of quality, as you will all shortly discover when AlamDV3 is unleashed. We don't want to be promoting AlamDV2 at all, as it will give people the wrong impression of the program and where we're at now.

Bear in mind that only a small portion of the internet visits FXhome regularly and knows the status of AlamDV3 and our other developments. To everyone else, they'd see an AlamDV2 clip and presume that's the current level, when we can actually do much, much better.

It's not a reflection on your skills at all, it's just that we know much better results can be accomplished with AlamDV3.

By giving TFN (a very prominent website when it comes to Star Wars and fanfilms in general) a clip from a very old program, it could potentially turn people away and cost us sales, which in turn could harm future development of the programs and FXhome.

If we submit an AlamDV3 clip on its own, on the other hand, it could create interest and help sales. I hope you see our point of view on this one, sorry to have to be such party-poopers.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 4:48pm

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Alrite i agree with you totally. But as I'm working on this..it is looking as good as a Photoshop or AE job (I used to use those before alamdv2) Ill PM or IM you first..and you can tell me if its good enough to submit. I could also say i used photoshop during the submission, and not give any credit to fxhome if thats what you want. But either way, ill show you the completed vid before submission. Thanks

-Z
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 5:13pm

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Saying you used Photoshop when you actually used AlamDV2 would null the whole point of TFN's contest.

Of course, no one can stop you from submitting but CSB have made valid points. Any submissions made for the contest act as an ambassador for the creator of the effects. I personally would prefer the ambassador for AlamDV to be v.3 & not 2. It could confuse people there to have entrants using AlamDV2 & AlamDV3. Seriously.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 5:29pm

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O.K, I'll seriously take that into consideration..thanks a lot smile

-Z
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 5:39pm

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You can always make your lightsaber in MS Paint. razz
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 5:45pm

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hahaha. Using that tutorial will surely give me the best results...nah razz im going to use photoshop unsure

-Z
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 5:47pm

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Good luck wink
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 7:02pm

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can someone post a link to this contest? im interested biggrin lol

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Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 7:22pm

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http://boards.theforce.net/Fan_Films/b10015/18496431/

smile


-Z
Posted: Wed, 2nd Mar 2005, 8:19pm

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Well, here it is. This was made with alamdv 2...but i havnt submitted it yet. (I dont wanto make any fxhomers unhappy smile But anyway, check it out. And tell me if its ok to submit it to TFN saying its alamdv. And if you think it sucks and will lose promotion for alamdv3..tell me and ill re do it in photoshop for the contest. Thanks.

http://www.neonproductions.5gigs.com/images/stories/Movies/starwarscontestfinal.mov

-Z

(It may take a little while to load, but its under 20 megs. Shouldnt be too long)
Posted: Tue, 5th Apr 2005, 7:50pm

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Man, what's wrong with the good ol' MS Paint biggrin .

I make all my plugins with-it... razz