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EffectsLab Pro vs. AE Muzzle Plug

Posted: Sun, 2nd Mar 2008, 4:21am

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Mr Film Maker

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Hey everyone,

I am new to this site. I downloaded the demo Effects Lab and loved it!
I also have AE and was wondering which would be the better option ..
EffectsLab Pro or AE Muzzle Plug?

Any advantage for either or? Any differences? I did not see a direct comparison between these two in FAQ.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Mar 2008, 4:56am

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If you are already going to be in After Effects, MuzzlePlug is an excellent way to add muzzle flashes to your movies. There are a few nifty advantages to MuzzlePlug over the EffectsLab engine as well, such as dynamic updating and an improved render engine.

But if you think you might also want to add neon light effects, optics, or particle effects, then you might look at EffectsLab, which has all these capabilities, as well as a decent selection of basic grading tools, in addition to the Muzzle Flash engine. MuzzlePlug is the muzzle flash engine, and that's it.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Mar 2008, 2:57pm

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Thanks Axeman. It sounds like EffectsLab has more feature than the Muzzle plug.
Although the muzzle flash is my biggest selling point .. I also liked the optics and particle effects. A I think I am going to go with EffectsLab.

I'm assuming rendering effects in EffectsLab then exporting to AE is a smooth transition?
Posted: Sun, 2nd Mar 2008, 5:00pm

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Yep. There are a lot more features in EffectsLab. And EffectsLab renders to either .mov or .avi format, either one of which can then easily be imported into AE.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Mar 2008, 5:36pm

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Thank you for the info.

Last question I have .. I see effectslab has FXpreset Library.

I am still not familiar with effectslab yet .. is that like a plug-in?

Can AE plug in also use the presets?

Thanks for the clarification.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Mar 2008, 6:37pm

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A preset is just a saved configuration of the controls for a given effect. when you add a muzzle flash, for example, there is a default flash that is always added, unless you use a preset. If your scene was involving an uzi, for example, you could use an uzi preset that has already been configured to the proper color and shape, rather than making the adjustments yourself. Of course, all presets can be modified after they are added as well, for complete customization.

MuzzlePlug has a preset system as well, but the preset structure is different, so they aren't interchangeable with EffectsLab. Thus far, there are no new presets available on the site for the AE plug-ins, although they do come with a decent selection already installed.
Posted: Wed, 5th Mar 2008, 3:45am

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Thanks Axeman for the quick responses. After playing with the demo, I certainly like it more and more! Last question (I promise) .. I was wondering if you can mask in effectslab. I saw in some of the tutorials that you can mask the gun so muzzle flash does not cover the gun and another tutorial I saw a man dodge a fireball also done by masking. Could this be done in effectslab or need one of the other programs?

Thanks for your help.
Posted: Wed, 5th Mar 2008, 5:15am

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Yep, you can mask like crazy in EffectsLab. Each layer on the timeline has a "Masks" section, where you can add masks in any shape you need. Click on "Masks" in the timeline for the layer you want to hide a piece of, and the masking tools will appear in the Inspector.
Posted: Thu, 6th Mar 2008, 1:42am

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Thank you again for the reply. I am going to get it this weekend. Only question left is should I download it or get the box mailed? I see a difference of $30 between download version and hardcopy one. Is there a difference between both?

Thanks
Posted: Thu, 6th Mar 2008, 1:51am

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Well, with the boxed version, you get a spiffy CD of the installer, and a pretty cardboard box. After you install it, you will have to download the latest update anyway, as the cd's were pressed a while ago, and there have been updates since that you are definitely going to want.