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Just bought gore FX

Posted: Tue, 18th Aug 2009, 3:31pm

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FXhomer82812

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Hello,

This is my first experience with This brand....

I have an older video editing system. I am already pretty competent at adding digital blood effects through a combination of real squibs and frame by frame video enhancement...(slow but effective)

I bought the FX gore package and what I received was a series of splatter effects on a white background...

So here is my question: How does one remove the splatter effects from the white background???

I don't have such a setting on my own video software...Do I need their video editing system to use this special effect or is there something I am missing...

Please advise.

(IF the FX had been on a transparent background I would no problem manipulating it.)
Posted: Tue, 18th Aug 2009, 3:36pm

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spydurhank

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In the fxhome lab products, you would simply use a "add" or "screen" blend mode for stock footage with black backgrounds or "multiply" blend mode for white backgrounds. I'm not sure if you can do this in your video editor.
Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 4:11am

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FXhomer82812

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No I think that my video editor is too old for this...

Tell me then about this company's video editing software...

Is it easy to use for someone experiecned at working with drag and drop video editing software...
I have produced about 100 videos...some of which have been shown at film festivals...many for sale..so I am producing a decent product.

I don't mid upgrading but i would hate to have an extremely long learnign curve...
Most of my vids are made using the Panasonic DV 100


Thanks
Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 4:47am

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If you are producing that decent of a product, then the chances are quite good that your video editor can handle this. It isn't new technology; changing composite blend modes has been possible for a decade at least. What program and version are you using? Likely someone can offer more specific help, if you can't find it in the manual.

FXhome doesn't make a video editor; they make Effects software (EffectsLab), and Compositing software (CompositeLab and VisionLab Studio). All of which have full functionality demos available, so you can try them out before you buy.
Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 5:41pm

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FXhomer82812

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Hi

It is a very simple editor called Video Explosion...(not sure if this is somethign familiar to you)

As I say I am willing to upgrade...I am a semi pro. (I get paid for my horror/action work) There is a budget for a new editor...but I'm just used to this particular software.

I did watch the gore FX video before I bought it..and it looked very promising.

So if you are familiar with this particular software great...but as I say I am also open to making a switch to a new editing program wherein it is clear how to do green room...make backgrounds such as the ones on the gore fx transparent etc...this is worth investing in...

Thanks
Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 6:55pm

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GeorgiaHoosier

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Video Explosion could best be described as a "proto-Vegas". The interface and timelines are virtually identical to the later Sony products and if you bought one of the Vegas NLE programs you'd feel right at home.

I still use Nova's Video Explosion when I want to do quick editing, but there are a lot of limitations. The version I have doesn't even do greenscreen. Also there's no ability to edit HD size footage.

I'd recommend visiting Sony's website for Vegas products and check out their demo software, there are versions of Vegas that can be had for under $100 and except for the updated features, you won't even notice that much difference from VE!

In a moment of insanity I purchased Magix Movie Edit Pro 14+ rather than just buying a new version of Vegas. It's a decision I don't necessarily regret, but I think my next purchase will be from Sony.
Posted: Wed, 19th Aug 2009, 11:24pm

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FXhomer82812

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Thanks!

This is exactly the kind of help I have been looking for.

If "Vegas" is an upgrade from Video Explosion with easy to use green screen and FX blending settings I will get it.

I think it runs in the $100-150 range...so not all that expensive.

Is that about right??
Posted: Thu, 20th Aug 2009, 1:18am

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GeorgiaHoosier

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FXhomer82812 wrote:

Thanks!

This is exactly the kind of help I have been looking for.

If "Vegas" is an upgrade from Video Explosion with easy to use green screen and FX blending settings I will get it.

I think it runs in the $100-150 range...so not all that expensive.

Is that about right??
I'd say that's right, Vegas isn't technically an upgrade since the project files will not transfer from one program to the other, but the timeline and effects layouts are almost identical.

Take a look at the page for Vegas Movie Studio 9 http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/moviestudiopp and you'll see it's almost identical to the Video Explosion interface.

The highest priced program before making the jump to the pro series is around $115.

Hope that helps!
Posted: Thu, 20th Aug 2009, 10:42pm

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FXhomer82812

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Thanks...

Yes I see three tracks for screens...and a small screen off to the side to monitor the edit. Very similar.

I will be calling Sony to ask about software.

This really helps a lot and will be worth the money.