rdelavega wrote:There's this plugin of a pair of wings...how would you turn this into stock footage
There are various ways that are mentioned through out these forums, if you would prefer, I can go find a couple of posts regarding how to do this. For now, I am just going to give you a quick re-cap of those posts. Many suggest using your "NLE" (N
ditor). You would simply have to import each image into your time line, then save as a QuickTime.MOV file format (this is the only format accepted by EffectsLab Dv as stock media). This can be tricky when figuring out the correct frame rate to set for each image (how quickly each frame "plays"), so you will have to test with that.
Another method is using Chromanator
. You will first need to remove the folder that contains the images from the plug-in folder (this is usually called Vc1
. There may be more depending on the plug-in.) Put this folder in an "easy to find" location (Desktop). Start a new project in Chromanator just as you would do normally. Look to the right, and locate "Media List
", just as you would do to import a movie file.
Instead of selecting "Import Media" you want to select "Import Image Stream
". Locate the folder that contains the image files, then open it (import). Drag it to the desired point in your time line, and then render in the appropriate QuickTime file format. You may also have to play around with frame rate using this method as well.
One other method that I know of makes use of AlamDv2
. Import a film strip (movie) of just black frames
, and make sure it is at least the length of the effect you are converting. Now, select your effect, and place it were you want it to be on the black frames. Now render as QuickTime, and it should now be ready for use as stock footage. There are certain codec’s that you can select from in AlamDv2 that will not be accepted by EffectsLab Dv; so if you encounter a problem with your first converted plug-in, try using a different codec (Example: QuickTime Dv-Pal).Note
: There are problematic areas with each of the methods suggested above. Try each method to find out which is best for you, and the plug-in you are converting. If you require more details, or need any help, I would be happy to post the links that cover doing this, and you can feel free to private message me if you like. For a more pleasent experience, it may
also be a good idea to not attempt converting any non-light based plug-ins, unless you are aware of the problem that will ensue, and are capable of retaining/adding an alpha channel.Edit
rdelavega wrote:...then give them some tweaking and put them behind your actor?
If you are familiar with masking, you would simply have to place a mask over your Stock Media
in the appropriate area. If you are not familiar with masking, you should read the "Quickstart
", and the full length manuals. Those should provide you with a more then adequate answer.