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Faster Way To Create A Lightsaber

Posted: Sun, 25th Jan 2009, 6:36pm

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I know how to make lightsabers, but it takes way to long, is there anyway to make them faster?
Posted: Sun, 25th Jan 2009, 6:40pm

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Get a tablet? Or work faster smile
Posted: Sun, 25th Jan 2009, 6:43pm

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No. If there was, ILM would have come up with it by now. As it is, they still do it frame-by-frame too.

Don't be so impatient. smile Good results take time. The only way to speed up the process it to accept lower quality effects. You can use keyframing and only place the blade every second or third frame, and the effects will be close, but they're never going to consistantly line up the way they should. You can also use the Neon Object effect, but only if the blade is holding fairly still.
Posted: Sun, 25th Jan 2009, 7:58pm

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Yes. Of course there's a faster way. Didn't you notice the 'click here to make a lightsaber' in effects lab? Its off on the right hand side under effects. biggrin

No. JK. There really is no fast way to make a lightsaber. There is no click here to make the effect faster. It takes a while and can be a real pain sometimes. But hey, a good film is the product if hard work. Sometimes, that hard work just pays off. Take it a little bit at a time. Having a scene to edit that may have multiple actors and lots of effects to do van be overwhelming. Break it down into more managabl sections. If you look at my computer during post, often times it has files like scene 23 part F or scene 23 part G. Then those are broken down into scene 23 part F (effects done) and scene 23 part F(effetcs and compositing done). I don't know if that sounds dumb, but it helps me out. And gets you organized. smile
Posted: Sat, 14th Feb 2009, 1:31am

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If you do part 1 of a lightsaber with a feather of six it makes a pretty good lightsaber without having to do every frame twice, you only have to do each of them once.
Posted: Sat, 21st Feb 2009, 9:30pm

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Well, there's always the, "Laser effect," it works like the neon effects, except instead of 4 points, there are 2 points. One on one side, and one on the other side. All you have to do, is thicken the laser to the right size and you'll have a much easier time making light sabers. Though you do give up having the motion like movements, the light saber will look more like glowing sword, but I guess it's close enough.
Posted: Sun, 22nd Feb 2009, 1:45am

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Posted: Wed, 25th Mar 2009, 8:48pm

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It's not that hard. Turn on an audiobook or music to pass the time and settle into a rhythm. You can also zoom if necessary for more accuracy.