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Which is right for me?

Posted: Sun, 1st Feb 2009, 4:03pm

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I'm a train watcher and a video making fanatic, but I think it is time for a movie making program update. I do quite a bit of greenscreening, I like adding little flares and effects here and there.
Which one of these FxHome products is best for me?
Thanks as always!
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Posted: Sun, 1st Feb 2009, 4:12pm

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Hi there Pixel Edit-
I am glad you are considering an FX Home product. They are really awesome. I have purchased 2 of them so far and have loved them.

For you, as you said, you need to do compositing (greenscreening) and some visual effects. Right?

Composite Lab Pro ( http://fxhome.com/compositelab/pro )is a great program for the greenscreening and can also do awesome grading and bluescreen as well. Composite Lab Pro gives you the Composite Lab user icon and 400 FXperience points which allow you to have an avatar and increase your prestige in the community and bring you up in the rankings.

Effects Lab Pro ( http://fxhome.com/effectslab/pro )is also an awesome program for the visual effects. It can do almost anything you want including some grading. Effects Lab Pro gives you 400 fxperience points and the Effects Lab user icon.

This said, I am not sure how much your budget is, but Vision Lab ( http://fxhome.com/visionlab/ )is probably the best choice for you (unless you purchase both Composite Lab and Effects Lab). Vision Lab is basically Effects Lab and Composite Lab combined. it can also do lightning generation, better compositing, etc. Not to mention it comes with a commerical license. All oft his for just a little bit more money. You should check this out. Vision Lab also gives you 1000 FXPerience points and the Vision Lab user icon.

Here is a comparison webpage of the FX Home produsct-
http://fxhome.com/products/comparison

Hope this helps you out in your decision. let me know if you need more help! smile
Posted: Sun, 1st Feb 2009, 4:28pm

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Hmm I think I might try to get Vision Lab studio, I was looking at the specifications for the computer, I know it will work on windows XP, but will it work on windows vista?
Thanks!
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Posted: Sun, 1st Feb 2009, 6:00pm

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Pixel edit wrote:

I know it will work on windows XP, but will it work on windows vista?
Thanks!
Pixel Edit cool
Yes.

http://fxhome.com/visionlab/technical-specification
Posted: Sun, 1st Feb 2009, 6:02pm

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Thanks man.
You make me feel stupid for missing that part on the product.
LOL
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Posted: Sun, 1st Feb 2009, 9:11pm

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Glad to hear you made up your mind smile
Posted: Sun, 1st Feb 2009, 10:03pm

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Yes, go for VLS I bought CLP then ELP and quickly upgraded to VLS. I wish I would have just broke down and bought VLS to begin with. But to FXhome's credit they did let me upgrade at a discount.
Posted: Mon, 2nd Feb 2009, 7:17am

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Glad to hear that you're getting V.L.
It's an awesome program.
You can do some fantastic things with it.
Plus there's tons of help in the forums if you need it.
Congrats on your choice and have fun. biggrin
Posted: Mon, 2nd Feb 2009, 8:48pm

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Well I Noticed with vision lab there is a One-Computer commercial license but what if the computer you have it on crashes, what do you do?
I mean do you loose your license with it?
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Posted: Mon, 2nd Feb 2009, 9:44pm

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Seriously Pixel how old are you?
Posted: Mon, 2nd Feb 2009, 10:26pm

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Virtually all software has a one-machine license, its not an unusual thing. If your computer crashes, you re-install the software, along with everything else.

You can download the latest installer at any time, from your account on the website, as often as you need or want to. And if you should switch from PC to Mac or vice versa in the future, you're still covered. The license covers both platforms, so you can download either installer.
Posted: Mon, 2nd Feb 2009, 11:30pm

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Ok so its not like the software is actully shiped to you on a disk, you download it. Right?
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Posted: Mon, 2nd Feb 2009, 11:40pm

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Pixel edit wrote:

Ok so its not like the software is actully shiped to you on a disk, you download it. Right?
Pixel Edit cool
In the case of Vegas you can choose for either a digital download... OR pay a little extra and have it shipped to you. However even if you choose the latter option you will still be able to immediately download the software.

Pretty much the same deal with the FXHome products.

Hope that helps,

NR
Posted: Mon, 2nd Feb 2009, 11:50pm

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Could someone please correctly explain to me exactly what is a one computer commercial license?
Thanks!
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Posted: Tue, 3rd Feb 2009, 12:10am

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http://letmegooglethatforyou.com/?q=one+computer+commercial+license
Posted: Tue, 3rd Feb 2009, 12:30am

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Any time you purchase software, you don't own the software, you own a license to use the software. Since every copy of the software is the same code, that code is owned by the company who created it. They hold the copyright, and when you buy it, they give you the right to use a copy, according to the limitations in the license.

A one computer commercial license means you can have the software installed on one comuter at any given time. If you own a studio with 5 computer stations, you cannot install the same copy on all of them, you need to purchase a seperate license for each machine. 5 computers, you need 5 one-computer license. The "commercial" part means you can use your license to make money, a.k.a. you can sell the productions you create using the software, and owe nothing to the owners of the software.
Posted: Tue, 3rd Feb 2009, 1:15am

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Thanks for the explanation, Im pretty much new to in depth film making so I'm just beginig to build up knowledge about filmmaking. I appriciate your kind help.
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Posted: Thu, 2nd Apr 2009, 12:35am

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Alright, I've got a question. This basically fits into this thread, so I thought another thread would be useless. But how much is the upgrading price from Effectslab Pro to Visionlab? Would it be cheeper then just purchasing Visionlab? Thanks.
Posted: Thu, 2nd Apr 2009, 5:09am

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The upgrade itself is $409, as compared to the $499 price of a standard VisionLab license. But of course, once you figure in the $149 price of EffectsLab as well, it ends up costing more in the long run ($59 more) that buying VisionLab straight off.
Posted: Fri, 3rd Apr 2009, 10:14pm

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Axeman wrote:

Virtually all software has a one-machine license, its not an unusual thing. If your computer crashes, you re-install the software, along with everything else.

You can download the latest installer at any time, from your account on the website, as often as you need or want to. And if you should switch from PC to Mac or vice versa in the future, you're still covered. The license covers both platforms, so you can download either installer.
Hold on! So you are saying if I buy an Fxhome product, install it, get a new computer a month or so later, I can't register it on that computer?!?!?!? That's terrible! sad No offense Fxhome. biggrin
Posted: Fri, 3rd Apr 2009, 10:15pm

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You can, you can un-install it on one and install it on the other, just not both at the same time.
Posted: Fri, 3rd Apr 2009, 10:16pm

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Oh that makes sense.
Posted: Sat, 4th Apr 2009, 1:19am

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I know it works for Vista because I use a Vista. So yeah.

If you like "greenscreening and a few flares and flashes", then get Clab and the sparks or muzzle flashes stock footage. But if you want the entire thing, get Vlab.
Posted: Sat, 4th Apr 2009, 5:15am

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One computer means you can install it on one computer at any given time. It seems pretty self-explanatory. If you install it on one machine, then get a new one, you cannot install it on both. If you want the program on the new machine, it has to be uninstalled from the old one.

A commercial license means you can use the program commercially without violating the license agreement. You can use it in any way you see fit, on any job, paying or not, and it is ok. As opposed to a non-commercial license, which allows personal use but often doesn't allow you to make money using the program. In the case of EffectsLab and CompositeLab, you can still make money using them, as long as you can include a credit for the software somewhere in the project.