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Lightsaber duel with a mask .

Posted: Fri, 19th Jan 2007, 10:22am

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FXhomer12989

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Ok first of all I just finished my first little test vid and I Love this software.
One question has came to mind though . During a duel the swords will cross over one another several times so I assume a mask will be needed to layer the swords properly .
If you were to animate one of the swords through the scene , would you be able to add a mask and turn it on and off at different points or would you have to animate seperate , small segments for the points where they would overlap so that the mask would not be there through the whole scene ?
Posted: Fri, 19th Jan 2007, 10:33am

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Simon K Jones

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Are you referring to lightswords here? If so, you don't need to mask them if they're just passing behind one another.

If they're passing behind your actors or scenery, then you will need to mask them.

You can add as many mask shapes as you wish. When you're finished with one, simply make it transparent or drag it off the canvas. How many mask shapes you need will depend on the shot - sometimes you'll only need one and can animate that for the entire shot, other times you might need to combine different ones.

Check out this tutorial on masking:

http://fxhome.com/support/vidtutes/?t=3&f=%2Bcat%3A1&cat=1

However, it should be noted that for lightswords, using an inverted freehand neon light shape is better than using an actual mask. The mask will also remove the glow, which you normally don't want.

Check this out for info on lightswords:

http://fxhome.com/support/vidtutes/?t=4&f=%2Bcat%3A3&cat=3
Posted: Fri, 19th Jan 2007, 5:24pm

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But if you don't then isn`t the second light sword going to always be on top of the other ? Even at points where it is supposed to pass behind ?

I'm just wondering if this is something that anybody would notice .
Posted: Fri, 19th Jan 2007, 5:26pm

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They're lightswords, so when they pass behind each other the light just combines - like if you take a red coloured light and a blue coloured light and mix them together. They don't obscure each other as such - they actually combine.
Posted: Fri, 19th Jan 2007, 5:29pm

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FXhomer12989

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Ohh wait ... I guess I could just use different layers rather than animating each sword all the way through one at a time .
Posted: Fri, 19th Jan 2007, 5:30pm

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FXhomer12989

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oh , ok .

Thanks for the help , and I'll give it a try when I get some better footage .