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Posted: Fri, 12th May 2006, 5:42am

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Axeman

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Here I have compiled links to the various tutorials users have written for EffectsLab.

Tarn's Official video tutorials. More coming all the time.

Oeyvind's guide to understanding presets.

How to use stock footage. Another tute by Oeyvind, very helpful to new users.
Converting stock footage in Premiere by nimozap.

Masking a filter by JT9. Useful for altering color on small parts of your footage, such as casting glows from an explosion or light source.

Here's a new one on creating speed blur, similar to an effect seen in Smallville, apparently. Nice work from jrg2134.

Cloning in EffectsLab by JT9. Pushes the boundaries of the software to achieve an effect it was never designed to do. And another take on cloning from Videoace123.

Creating EffectsLab textures in Paint Shop Pro by malone. Handy if you want to create new textures for the particle engine.

And now, tutorials for the various effects engines.

Flare (the Muzzle Flash engine)
We have 2 tutorials by FXhome's own Tarn here.
Basic flashes introduces the Flare engine.
Automatic weapons focuses on, well, automatic weapon flashes. Because every movie needs an assault rifle.

Creating your own textures in Paint Shop Pro was put together by malone.

Creating textures from photographs details a process through which you can use Photoshop to create photorealistic texures for muzzleflashes or particle effects.


Neon Light (aka the Lightsword engine)
Lots of tutorials for lightsaber effects! First off for new users,
Tarn's official Basic lightsword tutorial
Authentic lightswords provides some tips on making your lightsaber effects look better in general.

Understanding The Neon Light Engine, Part 1 is a nice explanation of each of the neon light controls, by NickD.
Part 2 can be found here.

Lightsaber glow affection, by Oeyvind, will help you cast light from the lightsaber onto other objects in the scene, for greater realism.

ILM quality lightsabers by Redhawksrymmer uses two layers to create a very nice loking lightsaber effect.

A video tutorial by Turd Ferguson may be helpful for some as well. It has no audio, but does provide some visuals of the process that might clarify things a bit.

And a few by jrg2134.
Good quality, single-layer lightswords. jrg's own lightsaber techniques.
Lightsword cutting through a wall. You know, to simulate that melty metal effect from the beginning of Episode I.
Ship engines burning also uses a neon light effect, and is useful for jet engines or spacecraft.

Lightsaber ignition by NickD walks you through the process of turning a lightsaber on.

And, from Jabooza Clog Booza, a Bright Lightsaber Tutorial for lightsabers that look good in bright lighting conditions.

Also by Jabooze Clog Booza, A guide to understanding lightsaber activations, or ignitions.


Optics (aka the Lens Flare engine)
The basics of creating lens flares. An official tutorial by Cogz, the lens flare master. Excellent introduction to creating lens flares and using the Optics controls.

Penguin (the Particle Engine)
Firstly, an arduously produced and painstakingly researched tutorial on
Realistic fire by me, Axeman. This tutorial also serves as an introduction to particle effects, and explains each of the controls in the particle engine.

To be used in conjunction with penguin, webmaster Malone's tutorial on
Creating textures in Paint Shop Pro. Also referenced in the Flare section above.

A recent addition, creating Smallville style heat-vision using displaced particles, among other techniques.

Another great effect using particles and displacement, an Abyss-style water creature by Pixelboy. A very nice tutorial, implementing several layers to nicely integrate the effect into the background for a finished composite.

Creating textures from photographs details a process through which you can use Photoshop to create photorealistic texures for particle effects. I devised this technique for the textures in my fire effect above.

And incidentally, the Ship engine flares tutorial by jrg2134 mentioned earlier also uses a heat haze effect created in Penguin.

Hope everyone finds these helpful, and has two large servings of fun.

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Posted: Fri, 12th May 2006, 7:07am

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Nice tutorials! If you want to you could maybe add my lightsaber tutorial? Linky
Posted: Fri, 12th May 2006, 1:35pm

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Coolio, this is so much better! Thanks.
Posted: Fri, 12th May 2006, 1:37pm

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Yeah, this was much more accessable! smile Way easier to locate the tutorial you're looking for, thanx!

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Posted: Fri, 12th May 2006, 4:04pm

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Thanks a ton, Axeman. This is so nice. It's great to be able to access all of the tutes from one thread. +1

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Posted: Fri, 12th May 2006, 5:15pm

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Nice axeman +1! Hey is there room for this one?
http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=23694
Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 3:31pm

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irishcult

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Could you maybe add my Muzzle Flash tut? Muzzle Flash Tutorial by. Irishcult
http://fxhome.com/cinema/info_cache/movieinfo2203.html
No big if you dont. Im coming out with an updated version hopfully within the next 2 weeks if school goes good.

Well awsome Topic
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Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 5:24pm

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Awesome stuff. Thanks for posting it.
Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 5:30pm

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NickD

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Thanks for adding my tute, Axeman smile I know it's not a really great one, but it should help some new users. wink

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Posted: Sat, 29th Jul 2006, 7:29pm

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Hey, is it possible to do keying in EffectsLab Pro? When I click 'apply preset' to my media, it's got a category for 'key', but it's empty. Any ideas?
Posted: Sun, 8th Oct 2006, 8:34am

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Nice guide biggrin .
Posted: Mon, 9th Oct 2006, 8:07am

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frodo1987 wrote:

Hey, is it possible to do keying in EffectsLab Pro? When I click 'apply preset' to my media, it's got a category for 'key', but it's empty. Any ideas?
No, keying and the other matte tools are only available in CompositeLab and VisionLab Studio.
Posted: Wed, 11th Oct 2006, 7:28pm

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May some one add a rocket proplusion tutorial i could really use one or a link to one thanks







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Posted: Thu, 28th Dec 2006, 5:27am

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Does anyone have a tutorial for an explosion or knows where a tutorial is? I'm about to be doing a war movie and need to know how to do explosions.
Posted: Thu, 28th Dec 2006, 6:38am

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You are gonna want to use stock footage, most likely. Tutorials for the old AlamDV plug-ins as stock footage can be found above. Footage from sites such as www.detonationfilms.com or Sollthar's HD Stock explosions can also be used.
Posted: Sat, 24th Mar 2007, 11:28am

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darthomega1

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A lightsword/lightsaber flickering tutorial would be handy wink
Posted: Sat, 24th Mar 2007, 3:52pm

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Not sure we really need a tutorial for that one, just turn up the randomizer sliders in the lightsaber glow settings until the amount of flicker you desire is attained.
Posted: Fri, 8th Jun 2007, 3:32am

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Thanks this helped me out some more.
Posted: Mon, 13th Jul 2009, 1:38am

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DX6channel

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How about a laser gun tutorial?
Thanks, Max