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Neon Glow- Lightsaber questions

Posted: Sat, 8th Jan 2011, 3:13am

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FXhomer113062

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Hi! I just purchased and I have one question, when I use the 4 point tool in Neon light, usually, I draw the four dots around the lightsaber. That went pretty well, though, if I click the right button (Next frame), the four dots will automatically move.
So, my question is: How can I disable that automatic movement thingy?

Thanks
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Posted: Sat, 8th Jan 2011, 3:18am

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Graham Roman

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VisionLab and Effectslab use a system called Tweening, which means it interprets empty areas. If there are stray keyframes laying around in the timeline, you may have it moving where you don't want it to. The truth is, with lightsabers, you should be keyframing every frame or two anyway, so its not a big deal.
Posted: Sat, 8th Jan 2011, 4:14am

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Axeman

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Indeed, it likely has to do with the process you are using to animate the lightsabers. Though just to be clear, is it the effect which is moving, or the prop blade that is moving within the frame?

Typically, its best to start at the beginning and work straight through, with lightsabers. Position the effect on frame one, then advance to frame two and position it there. then move on to frame three and position that one, etc. until you reach the end of the clip. Sometimes you can advance two frames at a time, and just position every second frame, and the results will be acceptable, though working every frame almost always gives better results. An exception is if the lightsaber is just being held, and isn't moving much, in which case fewer keyframes can make for smoother movement.