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Posted: Fri, 23rd Aug 2002, 10:03pm

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Hi People,

Lots of great news and information today. To start, we've just released AlamDV2.1.2 so go and grab it now. This update fixes a few little bugs and also adds a couple of nice features listed below...

Bug Fixes:-
1. Updated opening engine - fixes bug with Lens Flare and other complicated effects.
2. More detailed error reports now work correctly.
3. Installer message updated so it's less misleading.
4. The saving problem has been fixed that could make your alm file not update.
5. Better success when exporting in 24bit - THIS IS STILL NOT A SUPPORTED OPTION.

Features:-
1. AlamDV2 now asks you to relink your movie if you move it from its original location.
2. Warning if your import a Microsoft DV codec video without a better DV codec installed - you know the little blue box thing.

But this isn't the only great news. The AlamDV community has received a boost in many ways over the last week. Firstly, our population has increased to over 4500 forum members (that's a small town).

Secondly, we have passed the 400 mark with our free online plugins, which is quite amazing. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to make the plugins - I know we are going to hit 1000 by the end of the year if not before (our poor server will die under the stress) wink .

Also released this week were the already legendary "Tarn's Tutorial" movies. These tutorials are helping new and old users get more out of AlamDV2, and the good news is that Tarn has a selection of "AlamDV2 Professional" tutorials on the way - can't wait for those.

Now for something really interesting. As you may have noticed, AlamDV2 is really beginning to make waves in the video effects industry. With the CD release imminent we are finding ourselves in need for some high quality promotional movies. Because of the superb submissions we regularly get to the cinema section, we thought we'd ask for the help of our users in designing something that really shows off the power of AlamDV2.

Of course we don't expect something for nothing so we're making it a competition and aim will be to make a short trailer for AlamDV2, much like the one we made ourselves a while back. This trailer will play an important part in our promotion of AlamDV2 and the release of the CD. It will be the sort of thing we use at trade shows or magazine cover disks, and it will get shown to important people in the film industry. You will be properly credited of course, so it will promote your talents as much as it helps us. Oh, and the winner will also receive a bundle of computer goodies.

We are still finalizing the details of the competition but we thought we'd tease you into thinking about some ideas. When we have decided on the rules we will make another announcement with all the information - watch this space.

Schwar & Malone.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Aug 2002, 10:06pm

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We are still finalizing the details of the competition but we thought we'd tease you into thinking about some ideas
Grr! Burn Schwar, Burn!!!!! biggrin

Sounds totally awesome. I'll have to take some time off work and fit this into my schedule. Looks very promising, and I'm sure everyone will try to contribute to this little 'event'. Whoooooo! Can't wait! cool
Posted: Fri, 23rd Aug 2002, 10:07pm

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sweet, im in for the competition biggrin


EDIT: Flip, "work"...what the hell is that?
Posted: Fri, 23rd Aug 2002, 10:10pm

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Whats work?

Main Entry: [1]work
Pronunciation: 'w&rk
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English werk, work, from Old English werc, weorc; akin to Old High German werc work, Greek ergon, Avestan var&zem activity
Date: before 12th century
1 : activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something: a : sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result b : the labor, task, or duty that is one's accustomed means of livelihood c : a specific task, duty, function, or assignment often being a part or phase of some larger activity
2 a : energy expended by natural phenomena b : the result of such energy <sand dunes are the work of sea and wind> c : the transference of energy that is produced by the motion of the point of application of a force and is measured by multiplying the force and the displacement of its point of application in the line of action
3 a : something that results from a particular manner or method of working, operating, or devising <careful police work> <clever camera work> b : something that results from the use or fashioning of a particular material <porcelain work>
4 a : a fortified structure (as a fort, earthen barricade, or trench) b : plural : structures in engineering (as docks, bridges, or embankments) or mining (as shafts or tunnels)
5 : plural but singular or plural in construction : a place where industrial labor is carried on : PLANT, FACTORY
6 : plural : the working or moving parts of a mechanism <works of a clock>
7 a : something produced or accomplished by effort, exertion, or exercise of skill <this book is the work of many hands> b : something produced by the exercise of creative talent or expenditure of creative effort : artistic production
8 : plural : performance of moral or religious acts <salvation by works>
9 a : effective operation : EFFECT, RESULT <wait for time to do its healing work> b : manner of working : WORKMANSHIP, EXECUTION
10 : the material or piece of material that is operated upon at any stage in the process of manufacture
11 : plural a : everything possessed, available, or belonging <the whole works, rod, reel, tackle box, went overboard> <ordered pizza with the works> b : subjection to drastic treatment : all possible abuse — usually used with get <get the works> or give <gave them the works>
- at work 1 : engaged in working : BUSY esp : engaged in one's regular occupation 2 : having effect : OPERATING, FUNCTIONING
- in the works : in process of preparation, development, or completion
- in work 1 : in process of being done 2 : of a horse : in training
- out of work : without regular employment : JOBLESS
synonyms WORK, LABOR, TRAVAIL, TOIL, DRUDGERY, GRIND mean activity involving effort or exertion. WORK may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force <too tired to do any work>. LABOR applies to physical or intellectual work involving great and often strenuous exertion <farmers demanding fair compensation for their labor>. TRAVAIL is bookish for labor involving pain or suffering <years of travail were lost when the house burned>. TOIL implies prolonged and fatiguing labor <his lot would be years of back-breaking toil>. DRUDGERY suggests dull and irksome labor <an editorial job with a good deal of drudgery>. GRIND implies labor exhausting to mind or body <the grind of the assembly line>.
synonyms WORK, EMPLOYMENT, OCCUPATION, CALLING, PURSUIT, MÉTIER, BUSINESS mean a specific sustained activity engaged in especially in earning one's living. WORK may apply to any purposeful activity whether remunerative or not <her work as a hospital volunteer>. EMPLOYMENT implies work for which one has been engaged and is being paid by an employer <your employment with this firm is hereby terminated>. OCCUPATION implies work in which one engages regularly especially as a result of training <his occupation as a trained auto mechanic>. CALLING applies to an occupation viewed as a vocation or profession <the ministry seemed my true calling>. PURSUIT suggests a trade, profession, or avocation followed with zeal or steady interest <her family considered medicine the only proper pursuit>. MÉTIER implies a calling or pursuit for which one believes oneself to be especially fitted <acting was my one and only métier>. BUSINESS suggests activity in commerce or the management of money and affairs <the business of managing a hotel>.



Whew. Also, I think our little 'Agency' as it was formerly called, will come into play for this. me
Posted: Fri, 23rd Aug 2002, 10:10pm

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The prizes are gonna be pretty sweet as well smile
Posted: Fri, 23rd Aug 2002, 10:20pm

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I "quite" off, doing nothing now... Still waiting to get a copy of premiere 6.5

But i can make a "alamdv movie" for you guys... next saturday?

Should it be like that trailer of you'res or what?
Posted: Fri, 23rd Aug 2002, 10:22pm

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Cool, that's some great news. Tarn's professional tutorials? Thought he covered almost everything in his current movies smile The competition is great idea, I think we are going to see some very creative trailers out. Sweet Prizes, w00t. Just watching other people win stuff is fun.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Aug 2002, 11:13pm

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What will the time limit be for the trailer? Or will there be one?
Posted: Fri, 23rd Aug 2002, 11:40pm

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Does sound interesting indeed... thats gonna give a hell of a trailer when the community´s sticking together... hehe... Im really looking forward to see it... smile
Posted: Sat, 24th Aug 2002, 1:05am

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This sounds like its gonna generate some truly fantastic stuff.

I think it should be done by the community as a whole, though.
That would produce something totally awesome!! smile

(Praps I’m just not competitive enough!)
Posted: Sat, 24th Aug 2002, 1:20am

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If only i had a camera, then i would make my own little ad for the program smile

ah well, best leave it to the proffessional amateurs, or something like that crazy

GOOD LUCK!!!
Posted: Sat, 24th Aug 2002, 1:49am

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As if trying to finish LEGACY OF THE SPELLMASTER wasnt going to give me enough pressure........

I have racked my head for great new uses for these FX, and I hope that if you see anything in any movie of my you like, that you take it. IF I can get LEGACY finished before it sucks all the remaining joy of life out of me, you will see the following things which I did all with ALAMDV:::

Spirit Summoning
Volcanic Geysers
and I dont dare give anything else away.

Some things I hope will just turn your S**T white.
Posted: Sat, 24th Aug 2002, 4:49am

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Just a suggestion for the AlamDV crew: secure rights to tamper with submitted footage so that you'll be able to splice together bits of every clip into one massive (and ultra hip) 'best of' movie.
Posted: Sat, 24th Aug 2002, 10:11am

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Yes, why not make it like:

Everyone can submit a short clip - something about 5 to 10 seconds - and than you can put them all together... If one can produce a short clip you can put all your effort and abilities in that, so it would be better than if you spread your time in a whole trailer... That would give many people the chance of helping out with the trailer...

Your original trailer was made using several scenes of movies... Maybe we should stick to that? Every user can pick a scene of a movie he likes and copy it with AlamDV effects.

That possibility should be given to more than one of the community...
Posted: Sat, 24th Aug 2002, 11:48am

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Nice idea to mix together several clips from lots of different people....but it hits technical problems of how to get the full-res clips to the Master Editor in time for all the work to be done.

Of course, there's nothing to stop people teaming up and working together on projects. But I think a community-wide coordinated effort would be too tricky an undertaking this time round - maybe that should be a more long-term project for another time.
Posted: Sat, 24th Aug 2002, 11:56am

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You think so?

How about making a thread where everyone who wants to do this can post what movie-scene he is working on (so others can see if theyr favorite scene is already taken). If you have 5 or 10 seconds clip you can export it at very good quality in less than 3 Megabytes, wich should be okay..

Maybe there would be another thread needed where people can post the links to theyr scenes...

I think this would be doable without too much effort. I think if you split the effort of a trailer liek that, you can get better results, wich is the main cause, isn't it? And so, the whole community can help out...

I think thats the best strength of AlamDV. It's community. There are very talented people in there, so why don't take advantage of ALL of them? smile
Posted: Sat, 24th Aug 2002, 12:41pm

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I agree that if we could find a way then it would be a great thing to do.

But then who would get all the nice competition-winning goodies? smile
Posted: Sat, 24th Aug 2002, 12:48pm

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Ah.. right... the prizes... Well... Maybe there should be other,smaller prizes... if there even have to be prizes.
I mean, having a scene you made published like in an AlamDV-Trailer is prize enough, no? :)
Posted: Sat, 24th Aug 2002, 5:30pm

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The only problem I see with this is, alot of people on this site that make movies, aren't 18. Therefore, they will require a Release form, that is signed, to prevent legality issues. I'm pretty sure you guys have already thought of that , but just wanted to bring that up in case you haven't wink
Posted: Sat, 24th Aug 2002, 9:40pm

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I have a dispicable hatred for the legal system.

It doesn't work, get rid of it.

we'll just go looting and ripping of ideas, and everyone knows thats a more meaningful life biggrin
Posted: Sat, 24th Aug 2002, 10:13pm

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I think Sollthar’s suggestions are right on the money. Well said!

I don’t think the legalities would be too much of a problem. I posted an actors’ consent form on this very site not so long ago. Books like The Guerrilla Film Maker’s Handbook have samples of the relevant legal stuff for the UK people; the US guys could use a book called Film and TV Contracts; and our friends in other parts would surely be able to find similar stuff.

Its my opinion that a more collaborative approach would produce a much stronger final product. As for prizes - perhaps we could vote on the most original contribution?
Posted: Wed, 28th Aug 2002, 3:37pm

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i also think sollthar's idea is interesting, maybe not spot on, but something that can be adapted...

it would be easier to show a series of clips, (like the current trailer) of lots of people's work though, rather than just one, so people can see that lots of users have used the program, maybe idicating it's easy to use or something crazy

i also agree that the legalties are not a problem, but then again, i don't know much about it, but i can't see any problems arising in what i do know...
Posted: Thu, 29th Aug 2002, 5:14am

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Hello people.


I'm back.


Can we have other special effects created by other programs as well? (bluescreen, 3d work, etc..)?
Posted: Thu, 29th Aug 2002, 5:30am

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Oo, that's a good point, Sidewinder. Having non-AlamDV effects might be construed as false advertising. Unless there is a disclaimer stating that the clips may contain elements made in other apps, which sort of defeats the purpose of an AlamDV-demonstration 'trailer'. If I had a stake in the decision making process, I would say no, but hey, who cares what I think anyway? lol
Posted: Thu, 29th Aug 2002, 5:46am

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a suggestion: script/storyboard out a 'commercial' that you guys (csb-dig) want - e.g. 1)beam-up scene from star trek. 2)saber slashes. 3)cool gun fight scene, etc. Then have everyone 'sign up' for which scene/s they want to compete in to ensure each scene is covered. Pick the best for each scene - piece em together. Maybe specify a universal compression format. The storyboard can be generalized or specific. smile
Posted: Thu, 29th Aug 2002, 9:04am

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Hehe, yeah... Id want to do a Matrix-Move... Maybe with a Background that is burning... Or something else that make it look even better than the original... biggrin