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Posted: Tue, 8th Dec 2009, 9:57am

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KELLIMARIE

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As a VFX and animation junkie, I'm interested in what software you lot are using. Here's my list.....
Vision Lab Studio
After Effects CS4
Premiere Pro CS3
Photoshop CS4 Extended
Particle Illusions 3 with Pro emitters
Ultra CS3 with all their virtual sets
Audition 2
Carrara 7 Pro
Daz Studio
Cinema 4D R10
Imaginate 2
Combustion 4
Sketch Up 7 Pro
Animator DV 9
Toonboon Animate 7
To name but some of my software, I also have a powerful quadcore computer with a 24 inch widescreen HD monitor...plus tons of Daz 3D models (Stonemason etc)...I told you I was a junkie, I'm also in a lot of debt because of it but heck, I think it's worth it...but my husband is ready to kill me because half of it is on his credit card and he claims I'm obsessed. My answer to him....And?
Posted: Tue, 8th Dec 2009, 11:15am

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pdrg

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Ha! Now you just need to make that stuff pay for itself!

If you invest time into that lot the same way you've invested cash, you could/may already be massively skilled smile Take that skill and become a one-stop-fx-shop for filmmakers, make some cash back, and make the Mr a happy man wink
Posted: Tue, 8th Dec 2009, 12:43pm

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Oh snap!

That's a lot of software. And a lot of money too.

I'm not too familiar with all of the animation programs, although I do use some of the programs for 3D modeling. Speaking of software, you should register your Vision Lab on the site. Then you get the logo and the FXPerience. That registration page is available here.

Perhaps if I hadn't spent quite so much on my computers and my ever growing gaming hobby which is really going to kill me, I could have afforded After Effects. Oh well. As far as convincing your Mr. to drop cash on your hobby, I'm sure it's much the same way to try to convince your spouse you need the newest ATI graphics chips on CrossfireX. VFX is a worthy hobby though- quite enjoyable and can actually be a good source of income. And if you just do it on the side, heck, everybody wins!

Cheers
DV

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Posted: Tue, 8th Dec 2009, 1:37pm

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DVStudio wrote:

Oh snap!
That's a lot of software. And a lot of money too.
DV
Just say she got a windfall from Bill Gates.
Posted: Wed, 9th Dec 2009, 5:57am

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KELLIMARIE

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Just say she got a windfall from Bill Gates.[/quote]

I wish...it'll be over a year before I've paid off this lot especially as I keep buying stuff from Daz 3D and Renderosity. And yes, I have made some money back from doing the VFX on different short films, nothing big but we all have to start at the bottom. Photoshop CS4 Extended is the best, 3D layers onto video and so many other things it would take too long to list, still learning the software as I've only have it a few months. After Effects CS4 can import 3D layers from Photoshop amongst many other things. VisionLab Studio is fantastic but it can't work with 3D layers etc besides, look at any big budget VFX movie, they don't use just one VFX company but several so why rely on just one piece of software?
Posted: Wed, 9th Dec 2009, 8:52am

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Hey, say what you will but I realized a long time ago notching up a list of how much money you spent on how much equipment you acquired isn't impressive or worth bragging about.

Doing something with that equipment is. Alls I'm saying. If I hadn't someone else would've eventually.
Posted: Wed, 9th Dec 2009, 9:41am

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KELLIMARIE

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Deleted my posts eh, I can see this is a pathectic male dominated forum just like all the others. Females should be quiet, look pretty and not interfere in a male dominated world. Funny as I don't see many other females on this furum. What have you done, scared them all away?
Posted: Wed, 9th Dec 2009, 9:49am

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KELLIMARIE wrote:

Deleted my posts eh, I can see this is a pathectic male dominated forum just like all the others. Females should be quiet, look pretty and not interfere in a male dominated world. Funny as I don't see many other females on this furum. What have you done, scared them all away?
What are you talking about? I deleted Atom's rude comment because we don't encourage that kind of behaviour here, and then also had to delete all the replies relating to Atom's initial rude post, as without it they didn't make any sense.

That left the topic tidy so that the discussion could continue without interference.

I really wasn't expecting you to then complain, given that I'd deleted Atom's post specifically in your defence. I would do the same for a male or a female poster. That you are female is entirely irrelevant to my decision and actions.

Why does trying to keep a forum polite and friendly make it male dominated? Where on earth are you getting the impression that we think women should be quiet, pretty and not interfere?

I'm sorry, but I'm entirely perplexed by your post. If you could explain where there is any sexist content in this topic or in my intent to tidy up the inappropriate content I would be most appreciative.

As for this forum being male dominated, that is true, but it's not because women are not welcome. It's simply the case that the vast majority of amateur, young filmmakers are male - although this is increasingly changing, which is a very good thing.
Posted: Wed, 9th Dec 2009, 10:38am

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Hey KELLIMARIE, glad to see an FXhome product in that extensive list of video and graphics products!

Are there any examples of your work online that we can see?

Welcome to the forums - posts which go off topic are often cleaned up, please don't get the wrong idea about FXhome or the community.
Posted: Wed, 9th Dec 2009, 1:53pm

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Fxhome Dude

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I have actually been impressed that for the most part FXhome has remained free of racial, orgin, etc. discrimination.
Posted: Wed, 9th Dec 2009, 2:06pm

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Simon K Jones

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Thanks Agent. We've always tried hard to ensure that FXhome.com is a place without any form of bigotry or discrimination. Neither have a place here.
Posted: Wed, 9th Dec 2009, 2:11pm

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Fxhome Dude

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BTW: i don't mind being called Wes. It makes things simpler.
Posted: Wed, 9th Dec 2009, 2:25pm

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Hey KELLIMARIE (that's a whole heap of capitals!),

Please take a little time to review the site, and you'll see there's no gender/race/etc bias here - all we care about is that you want to/do make films and keep an open mind. We have our share of confrontations from some members, but they're usually balanced out by other members and the site is well-moderated. You cannot judge a whole community by a small sample of its members.
Posted: Wed, 9th Dec 2009, 2:58pm

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The only kind of discrimination they tolerate here is if you don't like Indiana Jones 4...you will not be welcome!

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Posted: Wed, 9th Dec 2009, 2:59pm

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We debated adding a filter to posts that detected whether you liked Transformers 2 or not and deleted appropriately, but decided it was overkill.
Posted: Wed, 9th Dec 2009, 3:02pm

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Bryan M Block

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Tarn wrote:

We debated adding a filter to posts that detected whether you liked Transformers 2 or not and deleted appropriately, but decided it was overkill.
biggrin
Posted: Wed, 9th Dec 2009, 8:32pm

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Atom

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Heh, lolz. Transformers 2.

If only you guys knew how big of a can of worms saying I liked the movie in front of my film professor opened for me this semester.
Posted: Thu, 10th Dec 2009, 1:28am

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KELLIMARIE wrote:

Deleted my posts eh, I can see this is a pathectic male dominated forum just like all the others. What have you done, scared them all away?
Hmm. Interesting. In the 2 years I have been here, I have almost never seen anything racial/sexist on the site. And anything that may have hinted at such a thing was nuked. The FXH staff does a terrific job cleaning up what would sure be quite a mess at the end of the day.

Tarn wrote:

We debated adding a filter to posts that detected whether you liked Transformers 2 or not and deleted appropriately, but decided it was overkill.
XD. I'm sure Schwar could have worked something up!

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Posted: Thu, 10th Dec 2009, 3:42am

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Atom wrote:

Heh, lolz. Transformers 2.

If only you guys knew how big of a can of worms saying I liked the movie in front of my film professor opened for me this semester.
Haha, my film studies classmates almost killed me today when I told them it isn't even close to being the best film of the year.
Posted: Thu, 10th Dec 2009, 3:46am

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DVStudio wrote:

KELLIMARIE wrote:

Deleted my posts eh, I can see this is a pathectic male dominated forum just like all the others. What have you done, scared them all away?
Hmm. Interesting. In the 2 years I have been here, I have almost never seen anything racial/sexist on the site.
In my 6 years here, I've seen sexism only once: right here, by 'Kellimarie' on false, sexist accusations. Pathetic male forum? Yeah, sounds about slanderous enough to me.
Posted: Thu, 10th Dec 2009, 3:49am

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KELLIMARIE

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My question to Atom...how is having a passion for your hobbly, working hard to get all the stuff you need, sharing this information with other film makers and being interested in what software they use...bragging? I have a stressful job and this helps me to relax. I'm not spoilt or a daddies girl, just a passion for a male dominated hobby. So I made a list, was that really such a crime?
Posted: Thu, 10th Dec 2009, 4:47am

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Heh, no I was just giving you a hard time. Nothing but some, perhaps too harsh, sarcastic commentary. I apologize for the brashness- welcome to FXHome! I think, if not now, in time you'll find this is a truly unique and wonderful community with lots to offer!

Perhaps that's why I reacted the way I did- this isn't DVXUser; we aren't all here to talk about what one person has over the other monetarily. (And, I mean, you have to admit the whole 'I bought some of it on my husbands credit card and he's now in debt' material is funny a little bit.) It's just somewhat of a humorous faux-paus that's wiggled it's way into these forums over the years- new users coming on just to list all the things they spent money on, as if a list of words has any credibility or impressiveness behind it.

Mind you, I did the exact same- but not unlike the Christmas list forums we do annually where everyone writes these elaborate posts on all they want and got for the holiday season- it gets to a point of self-parody. Because, as we all know, it doesn't matter what you have but what you do with it.

Bragging is exactly the kind of thing those Christmas threads and this thread are- even if it's not purposeful. I'm sure you were completely well-intentioned and honest, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with sharing what you've made and what you've got- but when it becomes a clear-cut list of expensive programs and everybody begins listing theirs, it changes slightly. As I said, pardon my language, but it becomes the proverbial 'dick-measuring contest'. Why? Because in the end, if we're all just listing what we have had the money to buy someone's gonna end up embarrassed or eclisped by the funds someone else has- and that's never a fun feeling, you know?

I'm certain you've got a lot of passion for visual effects and I wish you the best of luck with it- I hope to see some impressive and interesting stuff given those wonderful programs you've got- I'm just giving you a hard time. wink

Welcome! Hope you have as good of a time here and get as much out of it as I have the past several years!
Posted: Thu, 10th Dec 2009, 4:48am

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The hinge of his argument, it seemed like, was that you listed so many things that it almost sounded like overkill, then noted that you were able to splurge because you spent part of it on someone else's credit card; therein putting them in debt for your indulgence.

Where most people come from, that comes off as really self-indulgent and just, well.......kinda off.

You probably didn't mean it that way, just saying that "oh, here's all the stuff I got!!!!!" is okay, it's the addition of "and yeah, I know it's a lot so I didn't even pay for some of it!!!! I used someone else's money and they're in debt now for it!!!!". And yes, I'm aware credit cards do things other than put people in debt. biggrin Just saying, that's how it sounds to some people.
Posted: Thu, 10th Dec 2009, 4:56am

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KELLIMARIE

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ben3308 wrote:

The hinge of his argument, it seemed like, was that you listed so many things that it almost sounded like overkill, then noted that you were able to splurge because you spent part of it on someone else's credit card; therein putting them in debt for your indulgence.

Where most people come from, that comes off as really self-indulgent and just, well.......kinda off.

You probably didn't mean it that way, just saying that "oh, here's all the stuff I got!!!!!" is okay, it's the addition of "and yeah, I know it's a lot so I didn't even pay for some of it!!!! I used someone else's money and they're in debt now for it!!!!". And yes, I'm aware credit cards do things other than put people in debt. biggrin Just saying, that's how it sounds to some people.
Self-indulgent and 'I didn't even pay for some of it' I think not, I expect nothing for nothing and pay for everything. Don't make me out to be a freeloader. My husband fully supports me and even helps me on my projects. At least Atom's response was more friendly this time, yours was just another attack. Haven't you got anything better to do?
Posted: Thu, 10th Dec 2009, 6:04am

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Erm, yeah you sort of indicated that your husband is in debt due to you spending money on the expensive equipment. Ben's hardly attacking you, and what's more, he's right. As a member of the forum for a few years now, I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that none of these guys (at least a majority of them) have no intentions of attacking you smile
Posted: Thu, 10th Dec 2009, 6:28am

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Lady, really, you're making enemies with the wrong people. wink

While I can't speak directly for my bro (though lord knows I try to many-a-time) I think he meant it 'seemed like' and 'could come off as' self-indulgent; not that such was the truth- making it understandable (even if not condoned) that you might receive a reaction such as, well, my initial one. Come on, you can't respond with such testy emotion to every response you receive- that just puts you on the defensive unnecessarily and makes it........well........harder for us to be welcoming and all that jazz. smile

Like I said, I hope you stick around as this is a fun and friendly place to be- all you have to do is break into it! biggrin

Thrawn wrote:

it's safe to say that none of these guys...have no intentions of attacking you smile
Uh oh, double-negative! We're all going to attack her now!
Posted: Thu, 10th Dec 2009, 6:56am

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The Beatles had it right with this one: "In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."

And now I can't get that drum solo out of my head.
Posted: Thu, 10th Dec 2009, 7:05am

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Atom wrote:


Thrawn wrote:

it's safe to say that none of these guys...have no intentions of attacking you smile
Uh oh, double-negative! We're all going to attack her now!
I'm glad you've discovered my secret message Atom. I really don't not appreciate it. smile
Posted: Thu, 10th Dec 2009, 9:13am

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KELLIMARIE wrote:

Self-indulgent and 'I didn't even pay for some of it' I think not, I expect nothing for nothing and pay for everything. Don't make me out to be a freeloader. My husband fully supports me and even helps me on my projects. At least Atom's response was more friendly this time, yours was just another attack. Haven't you got anything better to do?
I think Ben was trying to clarify how your initial post could have been misinterpreted. Nobody is making you out to be a freeloader: he was just pointing out that your own words could inadvertently have given that impression (particularly given that lots of people that post here are young and/or students with little in the way of funds). It's great that your husband fully supports you - but we had no way of knowing that based on a single post.

Anyway, hopefully the misunderstandings are all cleared up now.

So: software! Isn't it awesome?
Posted: Thu, 10th Dec 2009, 9:49am

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One thing I might note/mention is- if you've already bought Visionlab Studio (as it is on your mighty list) is that you setup/use the account that you purchased/acquired it on.

This will show that you've bought it with a little logo in the top right corner of each of your posts, and grant you 'FXperience' which will allow you to create a decently-sized avatar for your username.

These things, together, add somewhat of a face to a name and can help you break into the community more-easily, as someone with a purchased product, picture, and name like KelliMarie is much more memorable than pictureless FXHomer13456769009095086903.
Posted: Mon, 21st Dec 2009, 5:03pm

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MVPstar stole my name wrote:

These things, together, add somewhat of a face to a name and can help you break into the community more-easily, as someone with a purchased product, picture, and name like KelliMarie is much more memorable than pictureless FXHomer13456769009095086903.
Whaddaymean by that?! upset upset

*Cries*
Posted: Mon, 21st Dec 2009, 9:42pm

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Bryan M Block

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MVPstar stole my name wrote:

One thing I might note/mention is- if you've already bought Visionlab Studio (as it is on your mighty list) is that you setup/use the account that you purchased/acquired it on.

This will show that you've bought it with a little logo in the top right corner of each of your posts, and grant you 'FXperience' which will allow you to create a decently-sized avatar for your username.
Why don't I have a logo in my posts? I have FX Lab lite...
Posted: Mon, 21st Dec 2009, 10:49pm

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Arktic

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I believe the 'lite' icons were removed once that product line was discontinued.

You still have 'gold user' status though, as you can tell from the little golden man:by your username
rather than the little blue dude:that non-gold users have.

Cheers,
Arktic smile
Posted: Mon, 21st Dec 2009, 11:33pm

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I've noticed ben and adam, user of alam DV (I believe) are gold, yet only have the movie and the windows icons...interesting.