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First Tests

Posted: Mon, 19th Mar 2007, 2:10pm

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Johnbear

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I came across fxhome.com and their products on the web last week, got the demo and was totally hooked. Bought VisionLab Studio, and here are my first two effects tests!

The first is a simple tommygun test, to get used to tracking and keyframing.

The second is a hand grenade going off. Features several layers of individually graded effects, a custom particle system and some luma screened stock footage from detonation films. The camera shake was done in After Effects.

VisionLab Studio rocks!


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Posted: Mon, 19th Mar 2007, 2:30pm

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Xcession

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Woah, aside from the props, those tests are pretty superb for a first try!

Remember to set the muzzle flash to randomise, rather than use the same one every time. The lighting was good though, although probably could have been even brighter. The muzzle flash itself also could do with being bigger, as well as randomising.

That grenade was excellent however. What particle effects from what software are you using there?
Posted: Mon, 19th Mar 2007, 10:39pm

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Johnbear

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Cheers for the tips! The tommygun was the very first thing I did, so it was a learning experience with the VisionLab Studio interface as much as anything else. There is a *tiny* bit of random variation in the flare shape from frame to frame, but clearly not enough wink

As for the grenade, other than one piece of "dirt hit" stock footage from Detonation Films for the big plume of smoke in the background, all of the dust/particle effects are generated by VisionLab Studio.
Posted: Tue, 20th Mar 2007, 12:43am

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Dancamfx

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Hey can you post a version in .Mov format for us mac users. I love checking out effects tests and i was pretty dissapointed when I started to download it and it was in AVI format. frown
Posted: Tue, 20th Mar 2007, 10:24am

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Johnbear

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I'm at work at the moment, so I'll see what I can do when I get home.

I have a Mac myself, and there's a free app called Perian that adds DivX support, etc, to Quicktime - it's great! Doesn't seem to work with the browser plugin, but if you have .avi files encoded with DivX/XviD, it'll play them back no problem:

http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/video/perian.html
Posted: Tue, 20th Mar 2007, 10:39am

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DavidLittlefield

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Cool. That's really great for your first test. I look forward to seeing what else you can do.
Posted: Tue, 20th Mar 2007, 8:13pm

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Johnbear wrote:

I'm at work at the moment, so I'll see what I can do when I get home.

I have a Mac myself, and there's a free app called Perian that adds DivX support, etc, to Quicktime - it's great! Doesn't seem to work with the browser plugin, but if you have .avi files encoded with DivX/XviD, it'll play them back no problem:

http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/video/perian.html
Ok, I will try that. Thanks.
Posted: Tue, 20th Mar 2007, 10:41pm

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Garrison

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Love the grenade explosion.
Posted: Tue, 20th Mar 2007, 11:19pm

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Dancamfx

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I was able to view them and they were both pretty good. The grenade effect was the better of the two, I had to view it frame by frame to see how you made it. Good Job!
Posted: Wed, 21st Mar 2007, 9:51pm

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wow, really good grenade effect biggrin 2 thumbs up.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Mar 2007, 7:42pm

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Cool tests man. That gernade explosion felt really "there" thanks to attention to subtleties like optics, glow, and camera shake.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Mar 2007, 9:37pm

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Johnbear

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Cheers for the comments guys! The grenade test was a great way to learn masking and keying, and how to layer effects to achieve a sense of depth.

If anyone's interested, I could post a wee movie showing the different layers being added one at a time?
Posted: Thu, 22nd Mar 2007, 9:47pm

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Johnbear wrote:

If anyone's interested, I could post a wee movie showing the different layers being added one at a time?
Go for it!
Posted: Thu, 22nd Mar 2007, 11:25pm

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Corby

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YES! I (and i assume a lot of people on here) would really appreciate that!
Posted: Fri, 23rd Mar 2007, 1:18am

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Awesome grenade effect! Great job. Especially for a first test. This goes to show how easy the FXhome software can be learned. smile
Posted: Sat, 24th Mar 2007, 3:05pm

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Fingon

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Hey Mate,

I love the Granade test. And I would also like to see your "How to". Got for it soon please.

All Thumbs up!

Fingon
Posted: Sat, 24th Mar 2007, 5:52pm

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Excellent work! The gernade effect is one that I haven't seen done that well. A tutorial would be fantastic and allot of us would benefit. The muzzle flashes were good as well, but obviously not as much layering & masking like the gernade. Could one achieve the camera shake in Fx or Vision lab as well? Anyone could comment. Once again, excellent work.
Posted: Sun, 25th Mar 2007, 3:41am

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Wow, the grenade is amazing! Way to go!
Posted: Mon, 26th Mar 2007, 9:30pm

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Fantastic grenade. Simply awesome. That must have taken quite a while to perfect, but it was obviously worth it. Great job.
Posted: Fri, 6th Apr 2007, 1:33am

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Dorl

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OMG dude that grenade blast was friggen awesome!
Posted: Mon, 9th Apr 2007, 12:25pm

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Johnbear

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Hi guys!

Again, thanks for the comments smile

I've finally convinced my web host to allow me to share files in Quicktime format, so I've updated the movie links to point towards .mov versions.

I've also finally gotten around to putting together that "making of" for the hand grenade test! Hopefully it'll be given the all-clear by the Fxhome team soon, and will appear on the movie page. Hopefully it'll give you guys some idea how the shot was put together.

I did notice though when I was rendering out the making of that VisionLab Studio corrupted a few of the frames? I've left them in the final cut so you guys can check them out - is that something I should report as a bug? If so, how would I go about doing that?

Cheers!

John
Posted: Wed, 11th Apr 2007, 3:32pm

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Johnbear

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Howdy,

Movie links have been given the all clear by Fxhome - enjoy! Let me know if anyone has any questions re: the making of.

John
Posted: Sat, 19th Jul 2008, 10:32am

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Wow the grenade test..Where'd you get the VFX from?