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Is it possible to create a shifting fog?

Posted: Sat, 6th Jun 2009, 2:12am

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I want to create a short film in which an object turns into a fog, then changes shape and reforms into a different object. Is this possible?
Posted: Sat, 6th Jun 2009, 5:55am

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Mmmm, to pull off that effect at all convincingly, you will probably need volumetric 3D particles. The best you could do in EffectsLab is to create a particle fog effect, or import some fog/smoke stock footage, and then use masks to create the shape that you want. Feathering the edges of the masks will help, but I still doubt you'll really get the look you are after.
Posted: Sat, 6th Jun 2009, 2:46pm

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Yeah, considering he probably wants the fog to move around within its silhouette instead of simply passing through it.And just in case you're thinking about the smoke monster in Get Lost...that was made a lot differently...
Posted: Sat, 6th Jun 2009, 4:36pm

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I have an idea but I'll get back to you when I'm sure so I'll try to hurry.
Posted: Sat, 6th Jun 2009, 6:11pm

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It's basically a wolf dispersing into a fog of particles, then reforming as a person.
Posted: Sat, 6th Jun 2009, 7:30pm

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Link from the Twilight Princess? wink

That will almost certainly need 3D imagery. I can't envision that being done with the Lab products. Unless the new products are very good *cough*better be*cough*
Posted: Sat, 6th Jun 2009, 7:35pm

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Have you seen finding nemo? Where the fish all form one shape? It's kind of like that, but there's a solid wolf, then the fog, like the fish, then they reform to a solid person. It'll be all silver, of course.
Posted: Mon, 8th Jun 2009, 1:17am

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Ok, this seems easy.

Get two shots of each object, don't move the camera at all.

Import it in your NLE and cut out some footage, so it transitions roughly. Like from one piece of footage to the other. (Like it goes from one scene, then abruptly goes to the other scene.)

Once you have that done, export it out of your NLE, and import it into EffectsLab.

Skip right down to the frame that you want to, and add a fog.

This is just the extremely easy way to do it, the fog won't MORPH shape, but it could if you add a couple masks, possibly. It'll just look like a wolf, then fog, then a person appears. Or how ever you do it.

Hope this helps. biggrin
Posted: Mon, 8th Jun 2009, 4:25am

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I think that's a kind of dodgy method. What he wanted was for a wolf to disperse into a fog cloud and then reform as a person.
Posted: Mon, 8th Jun 2009, 2:51pm

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That's why he said the fog won't morph shape.
Posted: Mon, 8th Jun 2009, 8:15pm

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Well, could I have a fog encircle a wolf, get denser and denser, then disperse leaving a person standing there?
Posted: Mon, 8th Jun 2009, 10:07pm

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I don't know. This was your idea in the first place. Will that fit in with what you're doing?
Posted: Mon, 8th Jun 2009, 10:09pm

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I'm not sure. I don't have much money for this, and I want to know if this is possible with this software before I spend $600 to buy it, in case I can't and I just waste it.
Posted: Mon, 8th Jun 2009, 10:17pm

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Give me until Thursday to make it. Ok?
Posted: Mon, 8th Jun 2009, 10:25pm

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Sure. Um, also, If I buy the VisionLab complete bundle, do I also need to get the effectsLab pro and compositelab pro?
Posted: Tue, 9th Jun 2009, 3:10pm

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vision lab is composite lab and effects lab combined into one, and quite a bit more besides, it's great biggrin
Posted: Tue, 9th Jun 2009, 8:53pm

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What about all the footage things, like fire, blood, smoke? Are they included as well?
Posted: Tue, 9th Jun 2009, 8:57pm

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No, they are the stock footage packages. You do get fx presets, where you can use existing fog, smoke, flame presets. Or create your own or modify the existing ones.
Posted: Tue, 9th Jun 2009, 10:13pm

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But the stock footage is more realistic (obviously! $_$) if less customizeable.