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Animating a Grade effect

Posted: Thu, 12th Mar 2009, 2:58pm

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ccliffy

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I am trying to have a sky get gradually darker and am using the Dark For Night effect

Tried turning off effect on 1st keyframe and then 'ON' in the last keyframe
Problem is that I dont know what settings to use on 1st keyframe to make effect zero

has to be an easier way than manually inputting in parameters?
Posted: Thu, 12th Mar 2009, 4:30pm

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spydurhank

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You can use a transparency filter to the day for night filter to slowly animate or give the appearance of the sky getting darker.
1. turn the transparency down to zero at the begining of the video clip.
2. scroll to the end of the video clip and turn the transparency up to 100.

Or...
On the day for night grade filter,
1. Scroll to the end of the clip.
Leave the settings the way they are on the day for night filter and add a key frame.
2. Scroll back to the begining of the video clip and turn the day for night filter's attributes down to zero.

I've been working on something similar but it still needs a lot of work.
I'll post what I have so far in a few minutes and hopefully it'll help.
Posted: Thu, 12th Mar 2009, 5:29pm

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spydurhank

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Okay so here it is.
It still needs a ton of work.
I'm still trying to get the particles to move properly.
The lense flare, I threw in as a last minute thing and still needs some tweeking and the mask around the houses needs to be fixed towards the end of the clip.
Look close and you'll notice that the clouds behind the houses as well as the houses themselves change color and get darker as the sun sets.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWIStSO6lcc
Posted: Thu, 12th Mar 2009, 6:04pm

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ccliffy

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Thats what I thought. Hoping there was a one-step way on the 1st keyframe to have all parameters neutral

as for your clip: perhaps making top smoke/cloud layer a bit transparent?
Posted: Thu, 12th Mar 2009, 8:17pm

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spydurhank

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ccliffy wrote:

Thats what I thought. Hoping there was a one-step way on the 1st keyframe to have all parameters neutral

as for your clip: perhaps making top smoke/cloud layer a bit transparent?
Yeah, I tried that before with a subtle transparency. Been working on it for two days trying to get it to look right.
There's the sunset footage, lense flare, cloud footage then houses and particles with one last grade filter to blend everything together a bit better.
I used the ambient light filter with a few keyframes so that it changes color to match the sunset footage.
There are so many layers that it takes a while to preview the clip everytime a make an adjustment so it's taking some time to get it right.
Good luck on yours though. biggrin