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Posted: Sat, 5th Mar 2005, 5:09am

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Jetwise

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In this regard, I'm slow. I have read FXHome forum posts for a year before posting my first one. About 6 months in I almost posted, so I grabbed an account name, but then didn't post. Now I'm well over my year mark and have maybe near 10 posts, but I read everything every day and download just about all FX tests and quite a number of the movies. Film editing is a passion, keeping up on it is too, but posting in forums isn't...not sure why...

And I've become convinced I need to buy AlamDV2/3. Here's my question: Is there anything out there that compares to this software? I know After Effects has similar elements but it really isn't the same. Is there anything that is? Google doesn't seem to think so. It's kind of my final hurdle to making the purchase I think (well that and my wife who won't know a thing smile ).

I can't really think of any other editing/film related software that doesn't have a rival equivalent. Let me throw out one more thing just for clarity: I mean comparative software in which money is not an issue. I know AlamDV is dirt cheap already...

Thanks!
Posted: Sat, 5th Mar 2005, 6:29am

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Steeb

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You won't be able to find anything like what AlamDV3's gonna be for anywhere near the price. There's still a short time left to buy DV2 and save some dough - if you hesitate much longer you'll have to pay the higher price for DV3. Go ahead and take the plunge. They're badass programs!
Posted: Sat, 5th Mar 2005, 7:13am

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Jetwise

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"... for anywhere near the price"

That's kind of my point. By saying that, you are implying that there is comparable software out there that is much more expensive. I'd like to know what that software is.

...This isn't about buying either AlamDV or a really expensive equivalent, it's about being able to compare features via web study, etc.

Thanks.

(And believe me I don't need a sales pitch, I'm already sold, have been for months, but I appreciate your reply nonetheless.)
Posted: Sat, 5th Mar 2005, 7:18am

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ben3308

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I think that it's alot like Wondertouch's Particle Illusion. Mostly particle effects and what-have-you, but similar nonetheless. Hope thar answers your question.
Posted: Sat, 5th Mar 2005, 2:32pm

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Mellifluous

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It's true, with most programs there are direct competitors, but with AlamDV2/3 they're really in leagues of their own.

No single program contains the features that AlamDV2 has, or AlamDV3 will have. You could get a wide variety of software & plugins that together do the things that AlamDV does but this would be a far more expensive/more time consuming solution.
Posted: Sat, 5th Mar 2005, 3:47pm

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Pooky

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ben3308 wrote:

I think that it's alot like Wondertouch's Particle Illusion. Mostly particle effects and what-have-you, but similar nonetheless. Hope thar answers your question.
Well particleillusion is only for particle effects, like ADV3's penguin. So particleillusion is obviously going to be better at particles because it's just for that, but ADV3 does much, much more than just particles. It's also 3 times cheaper smile

So now let me see, for lightsabers you could use Adobe After Effects which retails for something like 800$, and is much much more complicated than ADV3, and has the same, if not worse results.

For flare the closest thing I can think of is a 3D application like Maya or 3DS Max, with some sort of particle system. 3ds max retails for 3000$ and maya for 5000 or 7000$. They're also two very complicated programs that can take years to learn properly.

But then if you get into Digigrade and Chromanator, you'd be talking abou getting either After Effects or Combustion for the grading alone, and then some sort of plugin for the keying (AE's keying is horrible for DV footage) which go for 150$+. However if you want to have preset grading options like Digigrade is rumoured to have, you'll need to look into a plugin like Magic Bullet, which is 1000$ and renders extremely slowly.
Posted: Sat, 5th Mar 2005, 5:55pm

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Steeb

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Jetwise wrote:

"... for anywhere near the price"

That's kind of my point. By saying that, you are implying that there is comparable software out there that is much more expensive. I'd like to know what that software is.

...This isn't about buying either AlamDV or a really expensive equivalent, it's about being able to compare features via web study, etc.

Thanks.

(And believe me I don't need a sales pitch, I'm already sold, have been for months, but I appreciate your reply nonetheless.)
See Pooky's post above. He said it way better than I could...
Posted: Sun, 6th Mar 2005, 3:04am

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Jetwise

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Thanks for the replies everyone. Very, very much appreciated and exactly what I was after.

You will see an AlamDV icon attached to my name soon.