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Shaky Lightsword

Posted: Thu, 26th Apr 2007, 7:28pm

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Luke Skyfocker

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I have issues with smoothness in movement of my lightsaber...meaning that when the lightsaber is moving slowly, say like a couple of inches, the effect is choppy...it's not uniform with the emitter section of my hilt. The effect jumps quite a bit. Can anyone help? What can i do to make it move smoothly?
Posted: Thu, 26th Apr 2007, 10:59pm

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Plainly

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Do you use betweening, or do you add a keyframe for every field?
Posted: Fri, 27th Apr 2007, 1:30pm

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Luke Skyfocker

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Yes, most of the time I use betweening, maybe I'm just too lazy because of the time consumption...should I just add the effect to mostly all the keyframes to prevent this shakiness?

Thanks!
Posted: Fri, 27th Apr 2007, 3:50pm

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petet2

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Does this occur on rendered footage or only when playing back from the timeline within Effects Lab?
Posted: Fri, 27th Apr 2007, 4:26pm

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Merrick

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Make sure that when you draw the saber all of your points are on the same spot as they were before. For example: if you put your first point on on one side of the hilt in one frame, then skip ahead and put it on the other side in the next, the two points will have too switch sides. This will make your lightsaber appear to shake. A good way to avoid doing this is to click and drag your points when you move them instead of drawing the whole shape again.
Posted: Fri, 27th Apr 2007, 6:00pm

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Luke Skyfocker

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This Shakiness occurs on the rendered footage...I havent taken a look at the timeline to see if there is the same movement...I definitely think there will be as I move through the key frames.

Thanks Merrick...I think that will solve the problem!

Thanks for the help fellas!
Posted: Tue, 29th May 2007, 1:07am

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FXhomer19268

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I just rendered my forst time today as shown in the attached URL. I noticed mine was shakey only when at the top I rotatrd the laser when the handle area sar more still than moving.

http://prohosted.com/SwardRev1_SM.mov
Posted: Tue, 29th May 2007, 1:18am

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SGB

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Not relying on tweening so much should help you.
Posted: Tue, 29th May 2007, 1:46am

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Axeman

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The key to good lightsabers it to manually place all four points, in the same order, for every frame. It will take a bloody long time, but there is no other way to get perfect lightsabers.