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Extending the duration of a neon light effect [ANSWER]

Posted: Mon, 18th Jun 2007, 12:22am

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outerringz

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Hey guys, I'm stuck on something with the neon light engine. I'm creating a mock computer screen and using the neon engine to create a glowing border around a sudo cmd line window. I created the effect by using the 4-point shape to create a box, and then a second 4-point inverted box to mask out the inner section leaving a glowing border. I'm then using the partical engine with a bunch of alpha character textures to create a text effect scrolling across the screen.

The issue is that I now need to extend the duration of the neon border so that I have more time to scroll text across the screen, but when I extend the duration either by right clicking and setting duration or by dragging the clip longer using the crop tool, the timeline object gets longer but the neon glow does not. The mask gets extended, but the glow still stops at the original length. I have checked the shape settings and all configuration options remain the same from the last original frame when the glow is on, to the first of the extended frames where the glow is off but the mask remains.

I can't figure this out. Any suggestions? Please let me know if I have not provided enough information or if my question came out like gibberish and I'll reiterate.

System Spec:
Windows XP Pro
VisionLab Studio (Latest Version)
Posted: Mon, 18th Jun 2007, 12:29am

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SilverDragon7

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Easy copy and paste the neon boarder and move the begining of the copyed on to the end of the original. You'll also have to extend the mask to the end of the second neon boarder.
Posted: Mon, 18th Jun 2007, 12:57am

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outerringz

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Copy and paste the neon object or the 4-point shape?

I don't think I fully understand because neither of these seem to address my issue. The scale of my neon object is animated at the beginning of my sequence. If I copy and paste the neon object to a later point in the time line where I need to extend time, I will again have that beginning scale animation when I really just need the border to be static for a longer period at this point in time time line.

If I copy and paste the 4-point shape, aren't I simply duplicating the properties of the shape but not effecting the duration of the clip?

Thanks,
Posted: Mon, 18th Jun 2007, 1:12am

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SilverDragon7

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Here is a picture explaining what I mean...




Copy the original and paste it above it, then move it to the frame right after the original.
Posted: Mon, 18th Jun 2007, 1:38am

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outerringz

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Okay, so I did understand you. But this still leaves me with somewhat of a convoluted work around. As stated in my previous post, the beginning of my sequence contains scale animation which I don't need in the extended clip. I understand that I can clip this animation off, but is this the only way to address this, by duplicating the existing layer, or is there a way to just extend what I have?

Thanks,
Posted: Mon, 18th Jun 2007, 3:01am

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SilverDragon7

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I can't help you there, I can't think of any reason for the effect not to extend with everything else.
Posted: Mon, 18th Jun 2007, 3:10am

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outerringz

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Thanks for your effort.
Posted: Mon, 18th Jun 2007, 5:05am

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Axeman

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I've tried to recreate this, and it worked fine for me, so I'm not sure what the issue is on your project. Have you tried drawing the 4-point shape onto the frames where it isn't visible? This is the only idea I can think of right now, that would perhaps get it working again.
Posted: Mon, 18th Jun 2007, 5:17am

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outerringz

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Axeman,

Thanks for testing this on your end. I wasn't sure if this was by design or if something wasn't working like it should. I just save the project out to another name, closed VLab, and then went back in and it worked as it should and allowed me to simply drag the neon effect using the crop tool.
Posted: Mon, 18th Jun 2007, 11:49pm

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Axeman

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Sweet. Always nice when a glitch works itself out.