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EffectsLab vs CompositeLab

Posted: Wed, 22nd Mar 2006, 11:16pm

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90hitpoints

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Hi. I 'm really sorry if this had already been asked before. But, I was thinking that I would save up some money and buy a Fxhome product. But I think that i'll only have enough money for one. So I was wondering if you guys could give me some pros and cons to each program to help me make my choice.

Thanks in advance.

P.S.- I was thinking between EffectsLab DV and CompositeLab DV.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Mar 2006, 11:23pm

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Harvey

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It all depends on what you want to do. EffectsLab is for muzzle flashes, optic lensflares, particle and neon light effects, and that kind of thing. CompositeLab is for greenscreen compositing and color grading. So if you'll be doing a lot of greenscreening then you'll want CompositeLab and if you're doing a lot of effects work then you'll want EffectsLab. You can't compare CompositeLab and EffectsLab because they serve different needs. Both programs are great at what they do, you just have to decide what you'll mostly be doing. Also download and play around with the demos before buying to make sure they're what you want.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Mar 2006, 11:33pm

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rogolo

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^^^^^^^^
What he said. smile
Posted: Thu, 23rd Mar 2006, 1:18am

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SlothPaladin

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For general movie making purposes I find CompositeLabs more useful. The grading options can do so much to make your film look more professional, where as poorly graded footage with tons of effects looks like some untrained kid got some fancy software. If you only need a gun flash ever once in a long while you could make one in Photoshop on black and import it into CompositeLabs as stock footage, however if you have tons of weapon shots it would be much easer to do in EffectsLab. Don’t lock CL into the green screening only box, it can do so much more!
Posted: Thu, 23rd Mar 2006, 3:08am

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Serpent

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Ok, guys. What's better, cars or cheese? smile

I actually like CLPro much more than EL because it can be used for so many more things. I also am trying to make less VFX-like films because it is what I prefer to make and watch (speaking VERY generally. Serenity is one of those beautiful films that uses visuals, there are exceptions, but I just see CLab applying to more things.) But in any genre CLab can be used. Not too many normal films (non scifi action) need EL for visuals, but CLab can be applied really anywhere and it is just a great program. It's tools compete and surpass all of the big name kits that you can get for AE etc.
Posted: Thu, 23rd Mar 2006, 12:13pm

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90hitpoints

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Thanks for all the advice guys its really helping me out. I think I'm gonna go with Clab. But can you guys tell me, in detal, what it does besides Green/Blue screening?
Posted: Thu, 23rd Mar 2006, 12:19pm

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rogolo

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Cloning, inserting/deleted things from a shot (i.e., someone's head), filters, and grading/color correction are some I know of.
Posted: Thu, 23rd Mar 2006, 12:25pm

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Oeyvind

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90hitpoints wrote:

Thanks for all the advice guys its really helping me out. I think I'm gonna go with Clab. But can you guys tell me, in detal, what it does besides Green/Blue screening?
It does alot more... If you're creative you can make VERY much with masks and stuff. I find it very good for everything from grading\keying to making funky posters and images. It has alot of great filters, (and of course you'll be able to take advantage of the big preset libary's amounts of filters.)

More details here.

Oeyvind