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help with a gleaming eye.

Posted: Thu, 1st May 2008, 6:44pm

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griffus21

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hello again everyone. in the video for fxhome products on the home page there is a war scene with a blue man who has glowing yellow eyes. i have tried different ways to get the glowing eye effect and just can't seem to figure it out. i can using neon with effets pro then putting gleam on it but it doesn't have the natural looking iris of the opeining video. just wondering if anyone knows how to get a natural looking glowing eye effect? any help from you geniuses would be appreciated.
Posted: Fri, 2nd May 2008, 2:44am

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Darth Stazz the Powerful

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what you can do is duplicate the video layer and mask out the eye. then, add a gleam composite to it. that should do the trick.
Posted: Fri, 2nd May 2008, 4:38pm

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griffus21

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yeah that is a good idea. i tried it though when i was just trying to figure it out on my own. it does change the eye with whatever filters you choose but it won't gleam out from around the edges of the mask. so i tried putting a heavy feather around the mask to see if it would then gleam out and it still doesn't. now i'm kind of at a loss for how the effect is created. thanks for the advice though if i figure anything out i'll post so everyone can learn from it. if you figure anything out let me know maybe we can figure it out. thanks again.
Posted: Fri, 2nd May 2008, 6:57pm

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Darth Stazz the Powerful

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m pretty sure there is an easier way to do this than the way im about to give you, but what you can do it mask the eye out, render it, then bring it back into the timeline. that way, the gleam wont be restricted to the borders of the mask.
Posted: Mon, 5th May 2008, 2:28am

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jawajohnny

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Here's a tutorial, but it might only work in Visionlab.
Posted: Tue, 6th May 2008, 4:59pm

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griffus21

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great ideas. i did look over the tutorial and it does seem to only work for vision lab. i thought the masking the eye and rendering was an awesome idea so i tried it. i thought it would work and i never even thought of doing it so thanks for the idea however, in order to make the background matte with the eye still in it show through you have to add the foreground matte. that allows the gleam from the background to shine through all over and ruins the effect. it does make the eye gleam as well though. the best i can come up with is a combination idea where you mask out the eye then put a background matte in while still in comp lab. make the background matte bright then render. bring the newly rendered file in and then gleam it tweeking the gleam light enough so the not so bright features of the shot won't gleam but the bright eye will. it does work but it's just not what i'm really looking for. thanks for the brilliant ideas if you come up with something different let me know and i'll try and help you if i can in the future. good luck on your projects may they all be blockbusters.