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Composite filters only on effects objects? [ANSWER]

Posted: Thu, 27th Apr 2006, 5:55pm

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Woolgie

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Hey guys, hope someone can help,

I've gathered from searching the forum that composite filters are applied by selecting 'composite' on the timeline, however i have no option to add these effects in my eLab Pro. All i see in the timeline under each layer is: Grade, Animation, Mask. There's not a lot in the manual on this either.

Is there perhaps some prerequisite to this option appearing? Or am i doing something else wrong?

Thanks.
Posted: Fri, 28th Apr 2006, 12:09am

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Clintorules

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(just stating the obvious) but you made sure you downloaded Elab PRO. Just buying it doensn't do anything, you have download and install it first.

Sorry i couldn't be of more help, but i'm not at my computer, so i dont' have Elab to look at now, to give you more specific help =D

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Posted: Fri, 28th Apr 2006, 2:10am

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Wizard

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Woolgie wrote:

...composite filters are applied by selecting 'composite' on the timeline, however i have no option to add these effects in my eLab Pro. All i see in the timeline under each layer is: Grade, Animation, Mask.
Those are the options available for your media (your video file), I do not believe there should be any more. Have you checked the available options for an effect? I believe there should be composite filters for any effect you have placed on your time line and that is all. Try bringing a particle effect onto your time line, and see if there is a composite option at the bottom of the "tracking list".

Tell us how it goes.
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Posted: Fri, 28th Apr 2006, 8:06am

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Woolgie

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Ah, excellant! I see 'composite' under each effect i insert onto the timeline.

So i'm guessing it's impossible to create a displacement map from footage? But i thought a big key feature was the 'make someone invisible' effect. How can i do this just using one of the effects engines?

Thanks for your help.

Woolgie.
Posted: Fri, 28th Apr 2006, 8:24am

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Simon K Jones

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Complex compositing jobs are better designed for CompositeLab Pro. The focus in EffectsLab is very much on the effects themselves.
Posted: Fri, 28th Apr 2006, 8:29am

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Woolgie

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Tarn, that's exactly what i thought until i noticed the thumbnail in the filter browser - of a displacement map over a person's face.

I accept that this effect is not possible in eLab, but i think it is being advertised as such. not complaining.

Woolgie.
Posted: Mon, 15th May 2006, 8:26am

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simpak

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In the reference manual it`s pictures of how you displacement mapping, and it`s a picture of a man not a effect...
Posted: Mon, 15th May 2006, 6:30pm

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Wizard

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I can only speculate, but I would imagine the picture is meant as more of an example of how displacement mapping works, in general. Perhaps they were thinking that it is easier to illustrate the affects of a displacement map using an individual, rather than an effect. Writing it in this fashion also allows them to use this part of the manual universally (in the other applications manuals), as there is quite a bit to cover in each of the varying manuals.

Again, I can not say for certain why this would be, but those reasons would seem to make sense. I agree that this might be confusing to new users. If I did not know better, and was reading a manual that I thought completely applied to the program I was using, I would be looking for the option to apply a displacement map to my footage. Under different circumstances, I may even find myself here, asking if there is something wrong with my program.

Have a great day.
Wizard.