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I stumbled upon the FXhome site tonight and I'm intrigued. I've never heard of VisionLab but after checking out the site I must admit I'm very impressed. Before I continue, I will admit this is more or less a stupid "is this software for me?" post.
Like most people here I'm an aspiring filmmaker and visual effects artist, and my favorite genre is sci-fi action. My most recent short film ("Barrage") won IFC's Media Lab contest and was played five times on the Independent Film Channel this past November & December. I've taught myself to use a load of editing and compositing software, most recently Apple's Shake (loving it btw.. bye-bye AE!). My 3D app of choice is Eovia's Carrara 5 Pro (now owned by DAZ), along with Hexagon for higher-end modeling. Particle Illusion is also in my toolbox.
So before I lull you to sleep any further with my ramblings, I have a few basic questions (I did read / skim the FAQ):
1) Does VisionLab support SynthEyes (matchmoving app)? Or would I need to process matchmoving & tracking shots with the assistance of Shake? This is a biggie for me. What happens if I need to track bulletholes and sparks on a panning shot, for example? Can tracking be done directly within VL?
2) How well (honestly) does VL run on Intel-based Macs? I have an iMac C2D / 2.33GHz / 2GB RAM / 256MB ATi X1600. I am really, really trying to avoid purchasing non-Universal software at this point. And please.. don't make me use Windows...
3) I think I read somewhere that VisionLab does not have 3D capabilities - yet I could swear I saw some effects that looked 3D (rotating muzzle flashes I think). Can someone explain?
I'm sure I'll think of other questions, but it's late and this should get me started. I think VL might be the missing link to bringing my vfx elements together. I can tell right away that this community is friendly, helpful, and quite active (this is a big plus to me). I've already learned about "grading" just by hanging around here for a few hours. Had no idea how important this was.
ANYways, some guidance, advice, and comments from new and veteran users alike would be most appreciated. In the meantime I will download the demo and most likely get absolutely nothing done at work tomorrow.
Thanks gang, I appreciate your time.