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Bullet holes in VL...?

Posted: Mon, 19th Jan 2009, 4:48pm

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Gino East

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Howdy All,

Is there a way to create bullet hole in VL?

I've been working on a test clip, trying to teach myself how to use this awwsome program. I've got the muzzle flashes, blood splatters, smoke and debris looking pretty good (for a first time test, anyway), but what's missing is the bullet holes themselves. I'd like to have a impact hole that will remain in position on a wall for the legnth of the clip.

I looked through the presets. There's a couple under the AlamDV2 download section, but I can't seem to get those to import into VL. Do those AlamDV2 presets even work with VL? If so, Is there a way to make it work with my Mac, if the preset states (in the information window)that it's a PC zip file?

Thanks!
Posted: Mon, 19th Jan 2009, 5:09pm

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spydurhank

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I'm not sure about the Mac thing,
Visionlab can't creat things like that.
You can either use a photo editor like photo shop to creat your own or some thing like "Gimp" which is free to download.
But you can download the plug in Zip file that you found.
After you unzip it, make sure you know where it is located. Documents, desktop, or whatever foldior you put it in.
Open V.L. and when you click to open a file look for "Image Stream" click on import as image stream.
Go to the plug in's location.
Open foldior.
click on images.
click on the one that reads v1 I believe. there may be v2, v3, depending on what you downloaded. they are just different images that you can open.
that should be about it.
You can stick it on the time line.
Resize, scale and position it to where ever you like. biggrin
Posted: Mon, 19th Jan 2009, 8:16pm

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Axeman

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AlamDV plug-ins are not presets. It is a small but critical difference, as they function completely differently from presets. For many of the old AlamDV plug-ins, as spydurhank mentioned, "Import Image stream..." is the method for importing them. Bullet holes are likely to only be a single frame though, and for any AlamDV plug-ins that are a single frame, you will want to use the "Import media" command. If you import a single frame as an image stream, you can't adjust the length. If you use Import media you can drag the length to whatever you require.

That being said, a bullet hole is a fairly quick and easy effect to do practically, and applying a hole to the wall while filming is almost guaranteed to bring better results than doing the effect in post. You probably can't put a hole in the actual wall, but applying an image of a hole on-set is surely not going to be more difficult than applying a picture of a hole digitally.
Posted: Mon, 19th Jan 2009, 10:26pm

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Gino East

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Thanks guys, you rock!!!

Your help is much appreciated. Sharing your knowledge of the program has made this "newbie" experiance way less aggrivating as compared to other applications I tried to learn in the past.

Keep up the great advice! biggrin
Posted: Mon, 19th Jan 2009, 10:45pm

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Moonloon1

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They make stick on bullet holes available at most Harley shops and I have seen them at auto stores. From a distance and on a video they will look real.
Posted: Tue, 20th Jan 2009, 1:02am

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spydurhank

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Hey Axemen and Moonloon1,
It may seem simple but I think that's a great idea, A sticker on a wall.
That's awesome... No motion tracking needed for that one.
It'll save hours of work too. Thsnks! biggrin