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Transparent muzzle flash! [ANSWER]

Posted: Fri, 7th Jul 2006, 10:45am

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newpornographer

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Ok, so I added a sweet muzzle flash, and it looked fine in the effectslab player. However, when i render the flash, and put it in imovie the effect appears transparent, as so - (used Grab application on Mac)



http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/3156/goodgun6nq.png


To complicate things more, I had to use the Grab applicaiton because when I actually saved the frame in question through imovie as a picture file, in order to demonstrate the transparency, the effect appears fine - as shown here



http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/6995/badgun5ou.jpg

no im not wrong in saying that's messed up - is it just something to do with the imovie player that wont affect the effect itself when i export it to dvd?

thanks in advance if anyone can figuire out this craziness
Posted: Fri, 7th Jul 2006, 10:49am

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Joshua Davies

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You've appled it to only 1 field in EffectsLab therefore when its rendered back to full frames its only appearing on every other line of your footage - transparent.

Simply extend the muzzle flash in EffectsLab so it last 2 fields rather than 1 and when it renders the footage it'll appear correctly.
Posted: Fri, 7th Jul 2006, 10:56am

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newpornographer

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wow thanks dude that was super quick - only how do i make it lat two fields?

thanks alot that really helps me complete my epic movie event smile
Posted: Fri, 7th Jul 2006, 11:00am

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Joshua Davies

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Just drag the length of the object on the timeline so it covers 2 little squares rather than 1.

In splitfield projects EffectsLab splits your fields (interlaced footage has 2 fields per frame) so each frame you see inside the program is actually 1/2 a frame of footage. This is so the interlacing of your effects perfectly fits your footage when you render.
Posted: Fri, 7th Jul 2006, 11:18am

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newpornographer

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is it wrong of me to still be confused? the object (i take it you mean the muzzle flash) doesn't cover one square but is stretched out over the whole clip. so when you say strech it over two sqaures instead of one, i get confused. i think i am just being dumb.
Posted: Fri, 7th Jul 2006, 11:23am

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Aha, you are switiching it on and off to make it flash? Right just make sure it appears on the canvas for (what appears to be) 2 frames rather than 1.
Posted: Fri, 7th Jul 2006, 11:58am

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newpornographer

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lol sorry to be a nuisance, but ive been trying to extend it for two fields and have come to the conclusion i still dont understand. here is a pic of what it looks like in effectslab -



http://img128.imageshack.us/img128/4365/timeline7rm.png

so how can i extend this to two fields when the object lasts for longer than that?
Posted: Fri, 7th Jul 2006, 12:10pm

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That muzzle flash is also about 30% too big smile
Posted: Fri, 7th Jul 2006, 3:19pm

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Are you using the 'rate of fire' slider to randomise the appearance of the muzzle flash? If so, you won't be able to force it to appear for two fields at a time.

The way round this is to set the rate of fire to 100%, then manually turn the muzzle flash on and off in its attributes whenever you want it to appear.

We're going to look into making this easier for people working with interlaced footage.