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from effects lab to composite lab

Posted: Thu, 7th Dec 2006, 5:23am

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Darth Stazz the Powerful

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hey guys, my friend and i are gonna purchase composite lab pretty soon, probably sometime around christmas. we have a concern, however. composite lab is only for, well, compositing and effects lab is only for special effects. will we be able to transfer our projects from one program to the other and be able to resume normally with them?
Posted: Thu, 7th Dec 2006, 5:56am

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You can't open an EffectsLab project in CompositeLab, or vice versa.

Instead, you have to render the video from one program and then import the video in the other program.

Or, with EffectsLab Pro, which I see you have, you can just render the effects layer(s) individually with an alpha channel, and then use CompositeLab to combine the layers all together on top of your underlying video track.

Also, in addition to its obvious compositing tools, don't forget about CompositeLab's colour grading and 2D animation features. smile
Posted: Thu, 7th Dec 2006, 6:00am

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Darth Stazz the Powerful wrote:

will we be able to transfer our projects from one program to the other and be able to resume normally with them?
This is a "yes" and "no" sort of question, depending on what it is you mean when you say "transfer" your projects from one program to the other. You are able to render the footage from one, and import it into the other, and begin working, yes.

If you are asking whether or not you will be able to transfer projects from one to the other, by way of a "Jump to" feature, or by opening a project file from one application, in the other, then the answer would be no; project files can not be exchanged between the two programs.

This is not to say the two programs do not work great with one another, but simply, you will have to render the project from one, then import it into the other to be edited, etcetera. If this is not what you intended to ask, please let me know.

As a word of advice, it is recommended to do any visual effects before any grading work, so it would be wise to do any work that requires EffectsLab first, and then transfer over to CompositeLab. Naturally there are exceptions, and this would not always be the case, but this is generally a good work flow when using the two in conjunction.

Edit: Heh, good answer Hendo, not intending to be an echo.

Enjoy CompositeLab.
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Posted: Sat, 9th Dec 2006, 6:22am

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Darth Stazz the Powerful

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no no, you answered my question well. is it better to do effects first, then compositing? or compositing first, and then effects?
Posted: Sat, 9th Dec 2006, 7:13am

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Typically you will create the effects first, then, once you have all the visual elements for the scene, you can composite them together. Check out Tarn'sOrder of Production tutorial which goes through the general order of the steps.