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Vampire Dusting Plugin

Posted: Wed, 19th Apr 2006, 1:23pm

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FXhomer5674

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Hi everyone,

I've been on the lookout for a VFX package and having lurked around these forums for a while I think FXhome might be the company I'll go for. Excellent products!
I have a project coming up where a couple of vampires need to get dusted. I've searched in the Library but cannot find the plugin from a couple of years back. I expect I'm looking in the wrong place. Can anyone help me out?
Also, the machine I use for trawling the internet is not the one on which I edit, as I need to keep that totally clean from even a hint of a bug. Therefore is it possible to download, say, FXLab onto this machine and then burn it onto a CD and transfer the program? Alternatively could I save it to an external hard drive and simply plug that into my workstation?

Any help the community could give would be much appreciated.

Thanks again,
Greg smile
Posted: Wed, 19th Apr 2006, 1:26pm

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Welcome to FXhome! You can indeed download the installer using another machine, then transfer it to your installation computer.

As for the vampire dusting, that can be found in the old AlamDV2 plugins library (in Support -> Extras). It's basically just a piece of stock footage, so can't be altered properly.

A much better alternative would be to recreate the effect using the particle engine in EffectsLab or VisionLab. This way you'd have total control over how the smoke moves and reacts and its positioning.
Posted: Wed, 19th Apr 2006, 1:57pm

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Many thanks for the prompt reply.

Great news as well about being able to transfer the program to another machine. That has basically clinched the deal for me!

When applying the smoke operator, is it possible to 'bend' it into the shape of the vampires' body, or would you add several individual operators to cover the arms, leg's, etc??

Thanks!
Posted: Wed, 19th Apr 2006, 2:15pm

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You'd need to apply several particle generators in most cases, I imagine. The complexity of the shot will dictate how many generators would be required.

However, once you had created the 'look' you want, you could save it as a preset, which would make applying it several times a really easy process. You'd only have to set it up once, each subsequent time you'd just have to position it and possibly adjust the movement direction etc.
Posted: Wed, 19th Apr 2006, 8:06pm

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FXhomer5674

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Tarn,

Thanks again for your response. I'll download the demo and give it a whirl.

Cheers,
Greg
Posted: Wed, 19th Apr 2006, 8:10pm

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The particle engine can be a little intimidating to begin with, so let us know if you have any problems. I'm sure somebody would be willing to whip you up a preset if you have any problems - and often the best way to learn is to use a preset then examine how it works.
Posted: Fri, 21st Apr 2006, 12:28am

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Wow, and in one day he owns it. smile
Posted: Fri, 21st Apr 2006, 8:23am

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Clearly a man of good taste. smile
Posted: Fri, 21st Apr 2006, 12:09pm

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FXhomer5674

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.....and dazzlingly good looking, to boot! biggrin