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Lightning reaction

Posted: Wed, 20th Jun 2007, 10:31pm

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The Duelist

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I've been running into a problem during a lightning scene I'm creating: I can't seem to find one good plugin for the lightning crawling all over the person's body or widening out. The streams all look terrible on someone or something because they emit from, and stream to a single point. The "Storm's lightning" is almost perfect, but it isn't loopable and forms into a ball at the end. But the shimmery static effect was perfect. Any suggestions on how I should go about doing this? (Use of the neon light would not be time-efficient). Thanks,
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Posted: Wed, 20th Jun 2007, 11:03pm

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I'm thinking that finding someone with access to alighting generator, in After Effects perhaps, and having them create a clip for you according to your specifications might be your best bet.
Posted: Thu, 28th Jun 2007, 1:19pm

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By "Storm's lightning" I assume you mean the AlamDV plugin? if the answer is yes why not just delete the images were it changes to a ball effect, so when you import it it only has the effect you need. Then once the animation has finished make a copy, place it a frame after the original finishes, but run it in reverse so it appears to continue on. You could then just make more copies of these 2 clips place them following on from the last, that way it lasts as long as you need.

Posted: Thu, 28th Jun 2007, 1:39pm

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Try handanimating the lightning. Even though it's an old technique, I still use it and it works perfectly fine.