Big Man wrote:Hello, I am new, and my 'company' is BiG MAN Entertainment.
Let me start by saying welcome to the site. I hope you enjoy your time here as much as I have so far. This is a great place to learn a few tricks to spice up your movies, and you can always count on the members trying their best to answer your questions, or give you advice (most of them).
Big Man wrote:First, what are the differences between the demos and the real software? If there arn't many, I would just like to download the things.(we have very small budgets at Big Man)
I believe the difference between the demo versions of the CSB products and a purchased version is basically that you can not render (save a final version) your movies completely with the demo. If you were to attempt I assume you would be instructed to purchase the program, or it would render your movie with writing across the picture as an attempt to stop you from saving your movie with graphics added by their program for free.
Note: If it is AlamDv
you have downloaded the trial version of then you would not be allowed to access the library of "Plug-ins" (graphics made by others that can be used for your own personal use) supplied here at FxHome. I imagine the same is so for the "stock footage" library that will be installed in the near future for EffectsLab Dv
Depending on how small a budget your company has these programs are not that
expensive. These programs are definitely the best, most powerful programs you can purchase at these prices.
Big Man wrote:Next, what is a cheap but good video capture divice? How does green screen work, and what systems are needed?
I am not all too well versed with cameras at this time, so I couldn't give you much advice. I have read much about cameras in the forums here at FxHome, so I can imagine you would find some useful information there
. You can even make another topic asking for an opinion.
Green screening works by removing a specified color(s) (Blue, Red, or Green). Depending on if you use it correctly, the quality of your Green, Blue, or Red screen, lighting, and your imagination, you can come up with some pretty "neat" (for lack of a better word) effects for your movies. Chromanator
is a relatively easy to use program for this kind of task. I would suggest downloading the trial version and reading the manual to make sure you know how to use it, and that the program agrees with you.
It is an ideal program for working with bad green screens, but it does have its short comings. It would most likely work for everything you need, and has done a great job for many members of FxHome (Me being among these members). There is always help for you, and the video tutorials
show you some interesting things you can do with the program. I believe all of these programs work for Windows 2000/XP and Mac OS X, but there may be more in that list...perhaps some one could say if there are others.
Well, I think that about sums it up. If you have more questions, or if I missed something, feel free to ask. Again, welcome to the site.
See you around.