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Original Enterprise (1960s) plugin

Posted: Sat, 17th Feb 2007, 3:30pm

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FXhomer13983

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Does anyone have the time/abilty/interest in making a version of the original Star Trek Enterprise to use as an Alam DV plugin or as a media file that I could import into VisionLab? Or maybe someone has some good quality stills from the show or of an accurate model on a website that I could download from. Either way, I would appreciate any help.

(I did see the movie version of the Enterprise in the AlamDV plugin section of this site, but I need the older, TV version.)

Thanks!
Posted: Fri, 23rd Feb 2007, 9:05pm

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Bryan M Block

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here is a tutorial:

http://www.mediacollege.com/video/special-effects/star-trek/transporter/
Posted: Fri, 23rd Feb 2007, 10:45pm

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Aculag

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Bryan M Block wrote:

here is a tutorial:

http://www.mediacollege.com/video/special-effects/star-trek/transporter/
Is it really that hard to read the only post in a thread?
Posted: Fri, 23rd Feb 2007, 10:50pm

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FXhomer13983

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Thanks - that's an excellent tutorial! I'll have to give it a shot. But, it's the actual 1960s Enterprise I am looking for.

I have been working with a couple of good stills I downloaded, but I can't seem to get them right for importing into VisionLab. Basically, I have been trying to figure out how to turn them into AlamDV2 plugins, which I could then import as media files, but I am a little stumped on how to isolate the Enterprise from the starry background it's on now. I am using PageMaker and the old AlamDV2 plugin maker. I'll keep working on it. I think I'll be able to figure it out eventually.

But the tutorial you pointed me to will be helpful later on.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Feb 2007, 10:57pm

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Axeman

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The old AlamDV plug-in maker will be utterly useless for what you are trying to do. There is no reason for the AlamDV plug-in maker to ever, ever be used again. Just to get that straight.

Now, what you need to do with your image is add an alpha channel that isolates the ship and masks out the background. You will need an image editor such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro. I'm not sure Pagemaker can do this. The manual should cover creating alpha channels, but if you still need help, let us know what image editor you have.

Once you have created the alpha channel, you just have to save the image in a format that supports alpha channels, such as TIFF, TGA, or PNG. Import that image into Vlab and you will be good to go. (This is all the stuff you would have to do before using the AlamDV plug-in maker anyway; all the plug-in maker actually does is write up some code so AlamDV knew how to use the images.)
Posted: Mon, 26th Feb 2007, 1:20pm

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Bryan M Block

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Aculag wrote:

Bryan M Block wrote:

here is a tutorial:

http://www.mediacollege.com/video/special-effects/star-trek/transporter/
Is it really that hard to read the only post in a thread?
Actually I was scrolling through alot of threads and I thought I read one that was asking for the transporter effect, when I pulled that link for the tutorial and came back I must have posted it in the wrong thread.
Obviously it offends you greatly...
Posted: Mon, 26th Feb 2007, 11:08pm

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Aculag

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Sorry mate, but when you're posting the only reply to a thread, you have no excuse for not knowing which thread you're in. HOOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWOW
Posted: Tue, 27th Feb 2007, 4:26am

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Bryan M Block

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Well, if you notice there were two Original Star Trek threads in this section- I just got my info and came back and clicked on the wrong one and just posted - I'm just trying to help, I'm sorry it disrupted your little world.
Posted: Wed, 28th Feb 2007, 11:04pm

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Aculag

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It did disrupt my world. I am highly offended. I wish I could sue you for this. The damages are... immeasurable... *sob*
Posted: Sun, 4th Mar 2007, 2:29pm

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FXhomer13983

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Axeman -

You're 100% right that the old AlamDV plugin maker is pretty much useless for this. The more I played around with it, the more I realized that. I am trying to work out my understanding of Pagemaker to accomplish my goal. I have read up on the whole Alpha Channel thing, and Pagemaker can do this, but I think I need to read more before I come back with any more requests for help.

Thanks for your input.
Posted: Sun, 4th Mar 2007, 5:03pm

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Bryan M Block

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You can donwload free 3d models for this from places like: http://www.trekmeshes.ch/

now you just need a free 3D application that reads those model formats- which I believe there are plenty available on the internet- blender is one, DAZ studio is another, but I'm not sure of all the file formats those read-

Anyway, open the model in the 3D app and then you can animate it and export the animation with an alpha channel (transparent background) and use that in your editing program or in your fx home product.