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Questions about FX Lab before I purchase it.

Posted: Thu, 7th Jul 2005, 2:47am

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Skellington

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Hi, i'm very interested in buying FX lab dv for making short films and stuff. I downloaded the demo, and I have some concerns about the program.

1. Lag. I don't know if the program is supposed to do this, but everytime it reads a new frame, it lags to go to the next frame, un-read frames I assume are shown by a little square. And when I click on a frame with a square it lags to load that frame. Is it just my computer or is this supposed to happen. Is the program very laggy or is it just me?

Screenshot of what I mean: (the little squares are circled in black)

http://img124.imageshack.us/img124/6858/fxlab6tk.jpg

Also, when I tried adding lightsaber effects, I couldn't seem to figure out how to change the lightsaber color, I know this is possible, am I just stupid or does the demo not allow me to choose a different lightsaber color other than green? On a similiar note, I couldn't use any of the tools on the lower left hand side, again, I could be computer challenged or the demo just doesn't allow me to do that.

Same picture, tools circled in red:

http://img124.imageshack.us/img124/6858/fxlab6tk.jpg

Thank you to anyone who can help me with these questions and hopefully I can look forward to purchasing FX Lab.
Posted: Thu, 7th Jul 2005, 3:07am

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Serpent

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Uh, yeah, you can change color, use the manual. The lag in unrendered areas is because your computer is not super and is probably set to render a full quality. You can change that at the top. Also, give us information about your computer.
Posted: Thu, 7th Jul 2005, 3:21am

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Skellington

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The computer that i'm using:

http://www.ciao.co.uk/Compaq_Presario_2500__5346891/TabId/4
Posted: Thu, 7th Jul 2005, 3:32am

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Mellifluous

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With those little squares it lags for me a little, but I think this is normalish. I hope it is, my pc's pretty awesome...

To change colour, click on the blade glow triangle to the left & then double click on what comes up. Should bring up the menu to your right to change the colour. But yes, reading the manual is always a good idea.
Posted: Thu, 7th Jul 2005, 3:53am

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Serpent

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That's a pretty decent machine. I get a small lag on my machine which is a rather dashing one. Check my profile to see the specs and I still get a lag. I have to set it to pretty low quality to avoid it. Here is what I do when rotoing, I turn of the blade, the glow, everything except the box and roto it up. It seems to go much more smoothly from there.
Posted: Thu, 7th Jul 2005, 3:57am

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Hendo

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Skellington wrote:

The computer that i'm using:

http://www.ciao.co.uk/Compaq_Presario_2500__5346891/TabId/4
According to that web page, your laptop has 256 MB RAM. If you can, it would be worth adding some more RAM, perhaps doubling it at least. Also, it says that your hard disk speed is 4200 rpm. Most hard disks for desktops come at 7200 rpm, which is quite a difference.

Here are some ways to improve performance in EffectsLab:


  • Change your "Preview Quality" setting to the lowest setting: "Third". Do this via the drop-down menu at about the centre of your toolbar.
  • When working with lightswords and moving between frames, disable the "Blade Glow" setting. Do so by toggling the green circle on the "Blade Glow" bar in your timeline. It will turn red to indicate that it is disabled. Rendering the glow can take up time. Disabling the glow lets you draw the lightsword shape very quickly on each frame without having to wait for it to render. Once finished, turn it back on and then render your completed movie.
  • Use the "View Single Track" toolbar button to work on one effect at a time. That way, EffectsLab doesn't have to render all the tracks for each frame.
Posted: Thu, 7th Jul 2005, 4:28am

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Skellington

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Thanks everybody for the help, I look forward to purchasing FX Lab soon.
Posted: Tue, 12th Jul 2005, 1:56am

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Steeb

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Skellington wrote:

Hi, i'm very interested in buying FX lab dv for making short films and stuff. I downloaded the demo, and I have some concerns about the program.

1. Lag. I don't know if the program is supposed to do this, but everytime it reads a new frame, it lags to go to the next frame, un-read frames I assume are shown by a little square. And when I click on a frame with a square it lags to load that frame. Is it just my computer or is this supposed to happen. Is the program very laggy or is it just me?

Screenshot of what I mean: (the little squares are circled in black)

http://img124.imageshack.us/img124/6858/fxlab6tk.jpg
When you first open the project, make sure that you set the "Out Frame" to the last frame of the video. After that, go up to "Render" and select "Preview Render Timeline". That will make Effectslab go through and do a quick render on the whole video, so that you can scrub through it without having to wait for it to render each frame. Hope this helps.


Oh, and get more RAM. biggrin