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How to create effects for beginners

Posted: Thu, 16th Sep 2010, 2:35am

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DirectorKid1031

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Hey guys- so I'm new to FXLab Pro, and its pretty cool so far. I know there is a way, however, to create your own effects (or presets, if that's what they're called, or if thats a different thing altogether, is it?), but I am unsure how to go about it. Could someone please explain how to do this, as if speaking to a five year old (when it comes to this program, I'm not much more advanced than one)? Or if there's an extremely basic guide for beginners that you could direct me to, that'd be great as well. Hopefully this can be used as a reference for other new people too. Thanks!
Posted: Thu, 16th Sep 2010, 8:34am

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Simon K Jones

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Have you checked out the presets chapter in the manual?
Posted: Thu, 16th Sep 2010, 11:27am

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DirectorKid1031

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Yes I did, but it was somewhat unclear to me. It says: "The first step is to create the actual content of the preset. This will be either a configured effects engine (the particle engine set up to create smoke, for example) or a combination of filters from any timeline object". I'm not entirely sure what this means. Again, I am brand-new at this so much of that didn't make sense. Sorry for the trouble!
Posted: Thu, 16th Sep 2010, 4:04pm

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Axeman

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It wrote:

"The first step is to create the actual content of the preset.
A preset has to contain something. Before you make a preset, you have to create the content, you have to create what the preset will contain.

It wrote:

This will be either a configured effects engine (the particle engine set up to create smoke, for example)
A preset can contain an effect. All affects must be created using an effects engine. You create an effect by configuring the controls in a particular effects engine to get a specific result. For example, you could use the particle engine, and adjust the controls to create a smoke effect.

It wrote:

or a combination of filters from any timeline object".
A preset can also contain filters for altering the appearance of video. So if you have a video clip on the timeline to which you have added various filters, perhaps Brightness, Saturation, and Gaussian Blur, you can save the settings for all of those filters in a preset, to quickly apply them to other footage at a later time. The preset doesn't save the video, just the filters you have applied to it. You can also apply filters to an effect, instead of a video. For example, in the particle smoke effect we mentioned earlier, you could apply a contrast filter to the smoke. then when you make a preset of the smoke effect, the contrast filter can be included in the preset as well.
Posted: Thu, 16th Sep 2010, 10:12pm

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DirectorKid1031

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Okay, I'm sort of getting it. So say you wanted to create a realistic explosion- how would you go about doing this? Thanks for your help in this- I'm hopelessly lost unsure
Posted: Thu, 16th Sep 2010, 11:20pm

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Axeman

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I would get some stock footage of an explosion, and composite it onto my video. I would not use a preset. And while this is totally possible in EffectsLab, using a program designed for compositing, like CompositeLab or VisionLab Studio, will give you much greater control. You might take a look at the explosions available here to start with, then follow these instructions to composite them into your project.

Have you watched through the free video tutorials in the support section? They are the quickest way to get familiar with the basics of the software, for most people.
Posted: Sat, 18th Sep 2010, 12:37am

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DirectorKid1031

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Thank you! Just one more question, sorry; is there a way to change the opacity of the stock footage when you overlay it on your video? Like, I downloaded an explosion, and its a little transparent when I apply it on my video. Is there a way to avoid this? Thank you!
Posted: Sat, 18th Sep 2010, 3:31am

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Axeman

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Knowledgebase'd!!! That article deals specifically with that subject. There's lots of useful info to be found in the support area if you look around.

I'd explain it here, but since I already did in the knowledgebase article, I figured I'd just link to it. Plus its nicely formatted and stuff already, so it should be clearer.