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Effects behind other objects

Posted: Tue, 4th Jun 2002, 11:03pm

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DigiSm89

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I have a question about hiding effects behind objects. I'm right now making a starwars movie and I have the lightsaber halfway seen and halfway covered. How could I show that without showing all of the lightsaber.
Posted: Tue, 4th Jun 2002, 11:11pm

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Gibs

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Use a mask. Masks cover up the effect. Although there are only basic shapes for masks (square, circle, triangle), it still turns out pretty well when you use them.
Posted: Wed, 5th Jun 2002, 11:36pm

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DigiSm89

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but can't a mask be seen? If I use one, it will cover my actor. All I want to do is to place an actor in front of a lightsaber(middle of lightsaber) so only the end of the lightsaber and the handle can be seen.
Posted: Wed, 5th Jun 2002, 11:41pm

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TMM

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the mask won't be seen, although when u use the effect it does leave a big white shape, when u come to export it, you don't see it, give it a go...

or u could just apply two lightsabnre effects in each frame u need them, with a gap inbetween...
Posted: Fri, 7th Jun 2002, 6:54pm

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Hajiku_Flip

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But when your using the mask, make sure it's against the actors body outline perfectly, or whatever object your masking over, otherwise if your not careful, you'll end up with an empty space between the lightsaber and the person. Looks weird. tard
Posted: Fri, 7th Jun 2002, 8:54pm

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DigiSm89

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I heard that the masks cover up the effects, but is there anyway you can choose what effect you want to cover up. Because if you have two effects on top of one another and only wanted one effect to mask, you wouldn't be able to do it, would you?
Posted: Fri, 7th Jun 2002, 9:00pm

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Hajiku_Flip

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Nope, I was thinking about that the other day too. I'm pretty postive the mask covers up every effect in it's path. I was thinking, maybe the mask would only cover the effects on the layers on top of it, and any effects on layers below the mask, wouldn't be covered. Any thoughts? tard
Posted: Fri, 7th Jun 2002, 9:16pm

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TMM

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put the one u don't want covered last, and then it will be "above" the mask, which means it won't be affected...

well ti worked for me anyway....
Posted: Fri, 7th Jun 2002, 9:20pm

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Hajiku_Flip

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Yeah, thats exactly what I'm talking about. But for me, the mask effects everything. Humph...weird crazy
Posted: Sun, 9th Jun 2002, 3:57pm

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Gibs

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Or, you can export with just the effect you don't want covered up, and then import it into AlamDV again, then use the mask and effect you want masked.