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making of a light sabre

Posted: Tue, 1st Jun 2010, 11:38pm

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rick58201

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I did a short video of a friend with a sword, now trying to make it into a light sabre.

Help.

Rick.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Jun 2010, 12:42am

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Mow Mow

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If you can wait a week or so "Bucees" is working on a video tutorial:)

Thats what what i am waiting for!
Posted: Wed, 2nd Jun 2010, 1:38am

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There already is a video tutorial. Not to take anything away from Bucees' work, but there is one available right now, along with the videos on all the other effects engines.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Jun 2010, 2:30am

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Yes sir Axeman, but it sounded like rick58201 was looking for something simple and in the new tutorial it is rumored to use that laser light saber preset.

Thats what i meant by "if you can wait."

Now that is not to condemn the four point way, (I think that is the best way) but for a first light sword test i think the laser preset is the best to use. Also if you want to see fast results you get it cause it cuts post editing time dealing with only two points, thats a plus:)
Posted: Wed, 2nd Jun 2010, 2:48am

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thanks guys, I appreciate the assistance. I will gladly accept any help here.

Warmest regards,
Rick.
Posted: Wed, 2nd Jun 2010, 2:51am

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These are all good ideas but I found the more you just play around with it the better you get. So, watch that tutorial and then just test it out a couple times to get used to it.
Here are the presets that I believe Axeman and mow mow were talking about. They are basically just lasers made to look like lightsabres. They didn't give you as much control but they only have two points making it much easier and quicker to learn:
http://fxhome.com/presets/view/2063/2-point-lightsaber
http://fxhome.com/presets/view/2516/blue-2-point-lightsaber
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2010, 2:17am

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so hows that turorial coming along. im still in a fog over this.
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2010, 2:46am

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I just got this message from "Bucees" it simply states, "hey im fixing to start editing the tutorial!"

So i can only assume it is coming along smile

Of course everyone knows that Awesomeness comes from taking your time, so i think he is doing pretty good since he started about three days ago biggrin
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2010, 11:00am

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awesome man! may the force be with you!
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2010, 11:55am

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1. Add a Neon Light effect to the timeline.
2. In the Toolbox, click the 4-point button to create a new shape.
3. Draw the 4 corners of your lightsaber blade on the canvas (hilt, hilt, tip, tip)
4. Advance to the next frame by pushing the right arrow on your keyboard.
5. Click on the canvas outside of your effect to clear the shape.
6. Draw a new shape in the correct location for that frame.
7. Repeat for each frame until you reach the end of your clip.

It really is that simple. There are a few tricks to make it easier though:
•Click the green circle next to the name of the effect on the timeline to turn it off. This makes it easier to see what you are doing. Once you have the animation done, turn it back on to activate the effect.

•Make sure the duration of your effect is long enough on the timeline, else it will disappear halfway through your animation. To adjust the length, just use the Crop tool to drag the end of the effect to a new frame.

This is all pretty comprehensively explained and demonstrated in the video I linked, though. If some part of that video is unclear, please let us know which step is giving you confusion, and we can try explain it further.
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2010, 2:22pm

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rick58201, have you tried what "Axeman's" been saying. It is more complex but it gives you more options and has more room for experimenting. I say you play around with it... see what style you prefer, (for one type of clip you may prefer one way, for another something completely different, Like Spielberg's Jurassic park & Jurassic park II)

Point is you can always go back and change what you messed up in Post... If you are in the mood, go for the four point, then later try the easier way.

LIFE FACT!, "You should not take the easy way out all the time, if you do you become weak when confronted with the hard times."

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Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2010, 2:27pm

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Mow Mow wrote:

(for one type of clip you may prefer one way, for another something completely different, Like Spielberg's Jurassic park & Jurassic park II)
Um, Spielberg directed Jurassic Park 1 and 2. Just FYI.
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2010, 2:29pm

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Of course he did, i just meant the style as in the first one was kinda bright and happy smile the second more dark and creepy unsure

I see now that wasn't a good example for what i really meant though.

Sorry about the confusion though.
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2010, 2:38pm

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Mow Mow wrote:


LIFE FACT!, "You should not take the easy way out all the time, if you do you become week when confronted with the hard times."
Your spelling is incredible. wink
But take axemans advice Rick. That's the best way to do it IMHO.
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2010, 2:43pm

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[quote="Fxhome Dude"]

Mow Mow wrote:


LIFE FACT!, "You should not take the easy way out all the time, if you do you become week when confronted with the hard times."
Your spelling is incredible. wink

Ya thanks, (there goes my self esteem, JK). Thats why i got a mac though, (I failed spelling every year i had it in school, I can not spell smile

But you do not need to spell to carry bricks or paint or put tin on a barn... or to add effects to footage, (Thats the cool part!)
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2010, 2:53pm

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Ya thanks, (there goes my self esteem, JK). Thats why i got a mac though, (I failed spelling every year i had it in school, I can not spell smile

But you do not need to spell to carry bricks or paint or put tin on a barn... or to add effects to footage, (Thats the cool part!)
Don't worry about it. We've all goofed some time or another.
Posted: Fri, 4th Jun 2010, 3:01pm

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Ah, my mistake, I was thinking you were comparing Spielberg's Jurassic Park with Jurassic Park II, when what you meant was compare the stylistic differences of the two films he did. I just read it wrong, sorry.
Posted: Sat, 5th Jun 2010, 3:04pm

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Wow, you leave for about 12 hours and come back,and Whoa!! I can't wait to try these awesomeness ideas! 'specially Axemans idea. still looking forward to the tutorial smile



nothing wrong with taking the EZ way... sometimes. just less to deal with.
Posted: Sat, 5th Jun 2010, 10:49pm

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Mow Mow

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Rick58201;

Well that tutorial is out. Heres the link,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIJ3Uh6Vzqs

I liked it, it is simple, the one thing he really doesn't touch on is when the saber goes behind an object, (like a head) you need to use a mask to take care of that. If you looked at both ways though, you should know how to do that.

Anyway, theres one of the easiest ways, and i hope it helps smile
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2010, 12:05am

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rick58201

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Wow! I'll be trying this later tonight. that is awesome guys!
Posted: Wed, 1st Sep 2010, 12:08am

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rick58201 wrote:

I did a short video of a friend with a sword, now trying to make it into a light sabre.

Help.

Rick.
Hi rick is your sword (fantasy sword) in the video turn already into a light sabre? Can you give me a link to your video?

Thanks