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lightsaber connected to hilt

Posted: Thu, 1st May 2008, 3:45am

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MichaelOmegatron

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Hey everyone,
This might be a confusing/unclear question, but here I go. When I make my lightsabers, I notice that the effect is a bit shaky where it connects to the hilt. This is because I don't know how to move the saber effect with the hilt proportionatly. If anyone has any tips to solving this minor problem, please let me know. Thanks!
Posted: Thu, 1st May 2008, 4:36am

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Axeman

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Do you have a blade in your hilt to follow while rotoscoping?
Posted: Thu, 1st May 2008, 1:49pm

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MichaelOmegatron

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Yah, I do. I don't think that this problem is completely avoidable. My lightsabers turn out good overall. It is just this little thing. I was just hoping someone had some tips to make it better.
Posted: Thu, 1st May 2008, 3:01pm

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Redhawksrymmer

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Could you upload a screencap of the problem to a free image host like Imageshack and post the link here, as it'll improve our chances of being able to help you. smile
Posted: Thu, 1st May 2008, 3:48pm

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MichaelOmegatron

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I don't know if this helps.

You see where the effects is connected to the hilt? This is sometimes shaky. For example, if I am holding the lightsaber relativly still, but move it a little, I need to move the effect also(obviously). But after I do this, the effect isn't always steady at the hilt, due to human error. That is why I think it may not be possible to completly fix this. Am I not being careful or steady enough during post-production?
Posted: Thu, 1st May 2008, 11:17pm

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Axeman

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I think the key is to select a certain point on the hilt which you will line up the corner of your effect with in every frame. That way it can eliminate some of the guesswork when placing the effect. Also, zooming in on the canvas can help with the accuracy of placement, as can keeping the canvas quality at full resolution.
Posted: Thu, 1st May 2008, 11:34pm

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MichaelOmegatron

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Yah, I think that's the answer. Becuase of the camera I used and the (not so good) hilts that I used, I couldn't tell where the hilt and stick were connected. I will have to think about that ahead of time in the future. Thanks!