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lightsaber effect

Posted: Sun, 3rd Apr 2005, 5:06pm

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j man

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i have been trying to get the lightsaber effect to work. I tried to do the full stretch effect but it just makes the saber stay in the same spot throughout the movie. Also, is the lightsword fanning effect supposed to be one of the effects that came with alamdv2 or is it a plugin? If you do need to do the saber frame by frame, how do you keep it the same size and glow? Someone please respond.
Posted: Sun, 3rd Apr 2005, 5:41pm

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TimmyD

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To make your effect longer, all you have to do is right-click on the effect in edit mode and drag it. To make the fanning effect, you have to travel through the frames and transform the saber. I suggest, for more in detail help, you go to the online chat. (~click~)
Posted: Sun, 3rd Apr 2005, 7:04pm

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Serpent

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Erm, watch the tutorial videos, all of them.
Posted: Sun, 3rd Apr 2005, 9:51pm

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j man

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ok but why would you ever copy an effect because the saber is never going to be in the same position. Does that mean you have to highlight the saber in every frame.
Posted: Sun, 3rd Apr 2005, 9:56pm

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Serpent

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Listen, watch the tutorial videos. It doesnt take time and you will master it when you do if you have patience. They are also quite entertaining.
Posted: Sun, 3rd Apr 2005, 10:43pm

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j man

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i have already watched all of the tutorial videos. He says the basics, but i still dont understand a lot of things
Posted: Sun, 3rd Apr 2005, 11:55pm

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j man wrote:

i have been trying to get the lightsaber effect to work. I tried to do the full stretch effect but it just makes the saber stay in the same spot throughout the movie. Also, is the lightsword fanning effect supposed to be one of the effects that came with alamdv2 or is it a plugin? If you do need to do the saber frame by frame, how do you keep it the same size and glow? Someone please respond.
Ok then. Here goes. First, select the lightsaber plugin. Double click it. right click the blue slider, drag it as long as you want it to last. Then drag the blue star that says span to the end of that. Next, go to frame one, put the light saber where you want it by dragging the corners if you are in AlamDv2 mode (the one it starts in.) Now, if the motion paths are complex, do it frame by frame, if it is a basic straight swing, you can usually skip a frame. Anyways, if it is complicated, arrow over one frame and move it again. Do this throughout the whole effect. You can rotate by right clicking corners and dragging it around. This is called keyframing, you can do it with glow, and rotation as well.
Posted: Mon, 4th Apr 2005, 1:12am

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j man

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thanks for the help. Ill try it out