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ring of fire, wave of destruction?

Posted: Sun, 3rd Jan 2010, 5:07pm

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khobar95

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I have a video where my son stomps the ground with one foot in a very pronounced way, and I'd like to "enhance" it to send out a ring of fire or wave of destruction or somethig like that. I think the wave could be done using a ripple effect, but I'd like to explore other ideas too, especially fire.

I already have put in "force lightening" in one spot that worked out rather well with some quick help, and I'm hoping this will be a similar experience.

Any suggestions?

Paul
Posted: Sun, 3rd Jan 2010, 5:46pm

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Fxhome Dude

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My suggestion would be to enhance the video using blurs and camera shakes. Something like this preset. Combine that with a shaking camera effect (done by using the animation tool set to create movement) and I would think the effect would look pretty good.
A shockwave would be tougher. Try this plugin and see how it owrks.
Hope that helps.
Posted: Sun, 3rd Jan 2010, 6:21pm

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Axeman

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You will almost certainly have to use stock footage of some sort for this, if you want to add an effect other than ripple distortion or something. You can't really create a particle effect that emanates in an oval, and unless your shot is directly overhead, perspective will force the circular shape into an oval in your shot.

Something like the effect Agent702 linked, or a line of fire that could be warped to bend it around the arc you need could work. I suspect the effect you have in mind will prove trickier and more involved that the lightning you did earlier. Its possible, but more difficult.
Posted: Sun, 3rd Jan 2010, 8:38pm

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khobar95

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Thanks for the responses. I'm trying Agent702's idea at present and I'm rather tickled that the camera angle seems pretty close so not too much farting around - a good start. The effect is pretty good, too. Not sure if I can color it or manipulate the image stream itself but for now I'm good.

I am curious, though - the animation plays too slowly for my needs. If this were video I'd apply a time adjustment to it as a first go. I've not actually dealt with image streams before so I'm not sure how to proceed. I did attempt to select individual frames on the timeline but that didn't work.

Should I import the individual frames instead of the image stream? Is there a better way?

EDIT: found the time adjustment.

Paul

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Posted: Sun, 3rd Jan 2010, 8:45pm

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Axeman

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The easiest way is probably going to be to render the image stream into a video clip, then import the video clip into VisionLab.

You can use Vlab for this, just by importing the image stream then rendering, or you can use another piece of software, such as Quicktime Pro, if you have it. Once you import the video clip, you can easily manipulate the speed to fit your scene.