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Posted: Sat, 3rd Jun 2006, 9:56pm

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Giulez111

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okay i just want a program to edit movies with effects but theres too many diffrent products

2. How do i make a "force Jump" in any SW fan film movie
3. how do i add sound in a movie?

Thanks
should i get Effects lab or Composite lab/ whats the diffrence?
Posted: Sat, 3rd Jun 2006, 10:29pm

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Garrison

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An NLE and a special effects program are two different things. While you can edit within the FxHome software, it's not made for that.

As far as the differences between ELab and CLab it's stated on the product pages.

You add sound in a movie using video editing software. Import the sound you want, and place it within the timeline where you want the sound effect for.

If you need a free video editing program, you can find it here.

http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=22672
Posted: Sat, 3rd Jun 2006, 11:03pm

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Giulez111

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i filmed the movie and there was sound on my camera butwhen i upload it onto Vision lab it has no sound
Posted: Sun, 4th Jun 2006, 2:21am

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Garrison

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Well, Visionlab has no sound playback at all no matter what you import. Again, FX Home products can cut your video and add video to it, but that's not it's primary function (editing) and what it was made for.

You need a separate NLE for that.
Posted: Sun, 4th Jun 2006, 2:32am

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NickD

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What OS are you running? Here are some a couple free NLE's for you, but I'm sure you can find more:

Mac OSX:
iMovie
Avid Free DV

Windows:
Windows Movie Maker
Avid Free DV

Again, those are only a couple, but if you are on Windows, a good one to start with is Pinnacle Studio ($99), and on a Mac, Final Cut Express (I think students can get it for $100-$300)

Cheers,
NickD
Posted: Sun, 4th Jun 2006, 2:43am

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Harvey

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NickD wrote:

if you are on Windows, a good one to start with is Pinnacle Studio ($99)
Save yourself the trouble and don't get Pinnacle. It is too buggy and unstable and I am sure that other people will tell you the same thing.
Posted: Sun, 4th Jun 2006, 4:35am

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Axeman

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By "Force Jump", do you mean jumping very high? Film the person jumping for the take-off, then cut to the landing, and have them jump from a trampoline to get very high. You might be able to use reversed footage of someone jumping down off of something too, but it might be a little trickier to get it to look good.

Adding sound has pretty much been covered, you can usually take care of it in your editing program.

The difference between EffectsLab and CompositeLab is spelled out in their names. EFFECTSLab is for adding effects, and COMPOSITELab is for compositing. If you are working on a Star Wars fanfilm, you are probably going to want lightsabers, and EffectsLab is ideal for that; as well as for adding any other effects you want, such as lasers, explosions, and such. Star Wars films also use digital backgrounds frequently, which would require compositing your actors into the scene; if you have that sort of thing in mind, CompositeLab would be required.
Posted: Tue, 6th Jun 2006, 12:33am

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Giulez111

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well i thank you guys for the help but im TOTATALLY new at this thing ive used Windows movie maker and it came up with sound but when i imported it it diddnt. can you just give me some steps?

and can someone mail me a pic of good Lightsaber Stats

i mean like Feather, size thread because i dont know Whitch will look the most realistic

Thanks
Posted: Tue, 6th Jun 2006, 12:43am

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Garrison

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Giulez111 wrote:

well i thank you guys for the help but im TOTATALLY new at this thing ive used Windows movie maker and it came up with sound but when i imported it it diddnt. can you just give me some steps?
Do you mean you exported your Windows Movie (I'm assuming as an .avi file) and then imported it within VisionLab and the clip now has no sound?!?

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Posted: Tue, 6th Jun 2006, 4:18am

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Axeman

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The easiest thing for your lightsaber need is the preset system. Use some of the presets in the demo and see which ones look the best to you.

The other tricky thing with lightsabers is that the size of the glow and the spread and such will change almost every shot, based on how far the lightsabers are from the camera, so you kind of need to get the hang of adjusting them so they look good to you. But if you give the presets a try, all of the adjustments such as feather and size are already made, so they are a good starting point.