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Effect Previews

Posted: Wed, 16th Dec 2009, 4:14am

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Darth Stazz the Powerful

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As a simple suggestion to the FXhome team, would it be possible to provide effect previews for the next update of the website? This would allow the users to see what the effect looks like, before downloading it.
Posted: Wed, 16th Dec 2009, 11:04am

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Simon K Jones

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Are you referring to the product pages, or the presets library? If you're referring to the products, which products do you mean?
Posted: Wed, 16th Dec 2009, 2:22pm

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Axeman

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I think he wants animated preset previews, but I'll let Stazz say for sure.

Animated previews would be cool. They would also be sweet within the programs, in the little preset Info pane.
Posted: Wed, 16th Dec 2009, 2:38pm

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Fxhome Dude

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I think that would be neat but it only takes at the most 3 minutes to download a preset and test it. If you don't like, well no big deal. It might be a helpful time saver though.
Posted: Mon, 21st Dec 2009, 8:40pm

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R.A.P

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of course it would be helpfull.......
Posted: Tue, 22nd Dec 2009, 1:05am

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TheOutlawAmbulance

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You mean like a little movie instead of just picture? Well Fxhome better start working because they have 31 pages to redo.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Dec 2009, 7:08am

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rogolo

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Agent 702 wrote:

I think that would be neat but it only takes at the most 3 minutes to download a preset and test it.
True, it may be 3 minutes, but that includes the relative annoyance of downloading, installing, inserting, and rendering a preset you may delete, whereas you could achieve roughly the same effect in under 5 seconds with video previews. Similar to the thumbnails here for example -- just mouseover for quick and easy previews. Much less hassle. smile
Posted: Tue, 22nd Dec 2009, 7:44am

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spydurhank

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No offense because theoretically... it's a good idea but the reason that I think that it wouldn't work or be as time saving or productive as you may think it would be is...
The person that created a certain pre-set... they had a certain type of camera and a certain type of lighting to go with that camera when they shot the clip that they used as a reference to create that pre-set. You cannot re-create the same situation to be able to make that pre-set work the same for your footage as it worked for their footage unless you're shooting in a closed indoor set which means... you would still have to download the pre-set and apply it to your footage to see how it works... and if you don't like, the simple and obvious answer is to... play with the settings till you get something that you like.

That means... if you have a crappy camera or lighting... adding a grade filter is not going to make it look better. You have to work at it because there is not a magic button that will make your footage look amazing.

Make sense?
Posted: Tue, 22nd Dec 2009, 9:39am

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Simon K Jones

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A spydurhank says, this isn't really something you could do effectively on the website because a preset is only relevant when compared against your own footage.