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Cutting off limbs and stabbing people :P

Posted: Tue, 9th May 2006, 2:26pm

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AntiGrav

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I'd like to know if anyone is aware of how to ''stab'' someone with a lightsaber, as well as cutting off their limbs. As far as I know, it has something to do with masking, but I am not fully aware of how to do that, because in the EffectsLab DV tutorial I believe it only includes masking body parts when the lightsaber is behind them (or going through them?) Can anyone run me through this process?
Posted: Tue, 9th May 2006, 4:02pm

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To stab people with a light saber well ofcorse use a light saber prop with no blade. Then add a blade in EL and animate it going threw the body then mask the actors body to where the light saber blade is going threw his body. To cut off limbs you will need to use a program like CLab to do that stuff. If you have a keying program and a photo shop program there is some great tutorials by sollthar on his website wich you can find all of the tutorials he has at this link http://www.nccinema.ch/etut.html well I hope this helps.
Posted: Tue, 9th May 2006, 11:21pm

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AntiGrav

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Thanks alot those are GREAT tutorials do you know how much Adobe Premiere/Photoshop cost? And are they two different products?
Posted: Tue, 9th May 2006, 11:30pm

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Have a look at Oeyvind's Norwegian Baseball movie here...

http://fxhome.com/cinema/info_cache/movieinfo2185.html
Posted: Tue, 9th May 2006, 11:47pm

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FXhomer6232 wrote:

Thanks alot those are GREAT tutorials do you know how much Adobe Premiere/Photoshop cost? And are they two different products?
Yes, they are different products, and list price on them is somewhere in the $500-700 ranger per product.
Posted: Wed, 10th May 2006, 8:03am

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It should be pointed out that while Sollthar used Photoshop a lot in his effects tutorials, you don't need to. Any compositing program should be able to handle it, such as FXhome's CompositeLab. I doubt even Sollthar uses Photoshop for all his compositing these days. smile
Posted: Thu, 11th May 2006, 1:02am

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So do you think i'd be able to cut off my friends limbs (and heads) is I get CompositeLab DV? Does it include instructions on how to start with a clean background then someone tossing a limb and stuff, like on the NoControlCinema.com tutorials?
Posted: Thu, 11th May 2006, 5:02am

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Yes, you could definitely achieve those effects in Compositelab. It does not come with tutorials specifically for those particular situations, but if you study the NoControlCinema tutes to understand the principles Sollthar was describing, you should be able to translate those ideas to CompositeLab. Keep in mind that for many effects of that sort, you have to prepare for the effect before you begin shooting, to make sure you capture all the elements you will need in camera, to simplify the effects editing process.
Posted: Thu, 11th May 2006, 1:04pm

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Oeyvind

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I've done this on my latest Norwegian Baseball as petet2 mentioned, and I can make a detailed tutorial on how to do it if anyone is interested..?

Oeyvind
Posted: Thu, 11th May 2006, 1:24pm

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We would love one. So do you guys have leagues over there smile Can't see the seasons lasting more then a couple of games razz
Posted: Thu, 11th May 2006, 3:11pm

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petet2

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I vote yes for a tutorial please Oeyvind. I think I can work out what you did but a tutorial would be better. I thought setting fire to the bush was a great touch at the end.
Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 12:10am

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FXhomer17871

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Is it possible to do it with effects lab?
Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 12:12am

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FXhomer17871

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O wait nvm. I saw ont he first post.
Posted: Sun, 21st May 2006, 4:27am

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I've done this many times, most recently for my student council election video (cut off my arm. the audience loved it smile). What i did was one the botom layer i had a background plate. on the second layer the normal video. and on the third layer the same normal video.On the thrid layer, I selected my arm with the garbage matte and made everything else transparent. On the second layer i masked out my arm. Then I just key-framed the third layer so it looked like it was just cut off and voila! I could write a tut, but i'l leave the hard work for Oeyvind, he's really good at them anyways!!