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Hi Guys. I'm Getting Started

Posted: Sun, 27th Dec 2009, 1:08am

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jakaiden

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Hi, Basically I would like to know if I have everything I need 2 get started on my movies. My goal is to do a lot of super hero type films. Marvel characters in general(Hulk, X-men, Superman etc)After doing a little research I'm getting the Canon hv40 (and accessories) something similar to this:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Canon-VIXIA-HV40-High-Definition-Camcorder-Brand-New_W0QQitemZ220530310962QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCamcorders_Professional_Video_Cameras?hash=item3358a17f32

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http://www.amazon.com/ACCESSORY-ACCESSORIES-Definition-Camcorders-Waterproof/dp/B0024KFZAE/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1261874469&sr=8-6[/url]

and the Visionlab bundle kit offered on this site. I will probably get a light and a green screen stand from tubetape.com

I hope this is all I need 2 get started. Please fill me in on anything else I might need. I would film inside my house and in the backyard. I use Windows XP, would it be necessary to get a Mac later on? Now, until I get all my items I just look over videomaker tutorials on various pages. Thanks for the help guys and I look forward to getting started.

Jack
Posted: Sun, 27th Dec 2009, 3:02am

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Fxhome Dude

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Hey,
It's great to see you getting ready to do some films and best of luck with your endeavor. I would recommend checking out the superheroes short that was made by FXhome and the accompanying tutorial. You have some excellent tools to get going. About PCs and Mac, there's no need to be in a hurry. The difference will not affect your filmaking in the first few years. If you intent to go into a career a Mac may be needed but again nothing to worry about now. Greenscreens are a great tool and again best of luck, I hope to see some of your film soon...
Posted: Sun, 27th Dec 2009, 3:28am

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Rockfilmers

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If you intent to go into a career a Mac may be needed but again nothing to worry about now.
I don't want to launch a Mac vs PC debate here, but which ever OS your running makes no difference to your film making. I literally had a man in his 50s telling me that I would never be able to make good films without a Mac. He didn't even bother taking a look at my films, he just assumed that they weren't good because I used a PC and Vegas instead of a Mac with FCP. I use a PC and I have no plan of switching over unless some one else pays for it smile

It looks like you are covered for starting out, but take a look at Sollthar's film making guide, and read up on actual film making. Good luck.
Posted: Sun, 27th Dec 2009, 6:30am

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spydurhank

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Hey, congrats on your choice to begin making films. biggrin

1. Look into getting a Video editor unless you already have one. "Virtualdub" and "Wax" are free to download and use.

2. Try to get yourself an audio editor as well "Audacity" is a free audio editor which you can download and use.

3. Also look into getting a photo manipulation program like "Photoshop" and "Corel". "Gimp" is a free photo editor which you can download and use. You can use these programs to create titles, 2D matte paintings or matte paintings which you can import into a 3D application for compositing with your live footage, and you can use them for rotoscoping if the need ever arises and also for concept art and storyboarding.

4. There's a free Script editor "Celtx" which will help in formatting your scripts.

5. There are many other factors to look into which you will need to learn but you can cross that bridge when you get to it but in the mean time, you should definitely take a look at the links below. They provide tons of useful knowledge as well as links to other helpful articles, software and sites.

http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=24147
http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27135
http://fxhome.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=42
http://support.fxhome.com/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=view

Here are some very good dvd tutorials.

http://fxhome.com/store/category/4/tutorials

There are also a few good ones on youtube.

Hope this is helpful.

Frank.
Posted: Sun, 27th Dec 2009, 4:15pm

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jakaiden

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Thanks guys advice taken. I have never found the Sollthar's Filmmaking Guide 2 page. Thanks man this is what I was looking for! And no I don't have any of those video editors. I thought that the Visionlab and the Sony Vegas was enough. I will use the ones you mentioned especially since they are free.

I have a question about the stock footage Special Effects collection. Is the Special Effects Collection a sampler or is it all 10 dvd's I see on the Accessories page? I want the Motion Backs:Space dvd or is it already included in the Stock footage? Thanks again guys.
Posted: Sun, 27th Dec 2009, 5:35pm

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Fxhome Dude

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I think visionlab, vegas and audacity ought to be enough. I've lived without any software besides those three.
About the special effects, it's a collection of over 1000 movies, so yea everything you need is probably there. What exactly do you mean by "Motion Backs:Space dvd." Netheir the tutorial or the backgrounds are included in the special effect DVD to my knowledge. Is that what you mean?
Posted: Sun, 27th Dec 2009, 5:40pm

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spydurhank

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Oh... I see that Vegas come with the bundle that you're getting.
If you're getting Vegas than you're fine. It is a very good video editor.

That special effects dvd contains many instances of stock footage but does not contain all 10 dvds' in one. A good idea would be to create a stock footage library as large as possible... as many of the guys say on this site... you can never have enough stock footage. It is fairly simple to composite and is tons safer than using practical explosions squibs and blanks.
Posted: Sun, 27th Dec 2009, 10:29pm

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jakaiden

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Agent 702 wrote:

What exactly do you mean by "Motion Backs:Space dvd." Netheir the tutorial or the backgrounds are included in the special effect DVD to my knowledge. Is that what you mean?
The accessories are here
http://fxhome.com/blockbuster-movie-kit/accessories
I guess I will just look at the stock footage 1st then see what I may need 2 buy later.