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Animating A Fly

Posted: Fri, 4th Feb 2011, 9:02pm

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chrisg68

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Hi folks,
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this question, so if I'm in the wrong place please forgive me. The question is this: I want to animate a flying insect into some scenes I have shot, specifically a Fly. Is it possible to do this using FX home. If not can anybody advise as to the best software I could use to superimpose a convincing fly into my scenes.
Thanks
Posted: Fri, 4th Feb 2011, 10:49pm

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FXstudios99

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For any kind of compositing, EffectsLab is probably not the best choice. You'd be better off (if you have the money) getting an actual compositing program like CompositeLab. This is of course if you already have the footage of the fly.

Hope this helps!
Posted: Sat, 5th Feb 2011, 9:26am

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Helge

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I think this highly depends on the result you have in mind. Do you need to have a 'large', full detail, animated fly or would it be enough to add a small black dot to your original footage? Depending on the complexity of your scene both might be possible with EffectsLab.

The black dot thing might be the easier effect. Actually there are several ways to do this. You could for example add an small black Optics-Element or an image of that dot/fly and animate its position. If you use a png image including an alpha channel, EffectsLab will use this alpha channel for transparency.

If you have footage of an animated high detail fly you can use this as well. Again, make sure the footage includes an alpha channel, so the background is transparent but the fly isn't. Something similar to the dragonfly sequence at the beginning of MIB can be done this way. But as FXstudios99 already said - you will need to have footage of the fly for this one.
Posted: Sun, 6th Feb 2011, 1:23pm

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chrisg68

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Thanks folks for your help,I'll try both solutions THANKS.
Posted: Sun, 6th Feb 2011, 7:45pm

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davlin

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This is a wasp I done in Poser a few years back

www.davlin-studio.co.uk/fullduck.wmv
Posted: Mon, 7th Feb 2011, 5:04am

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Biblmac

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I believe I wrote a tutorial on how to do this with Vlab, I could edit it to work form Elab if you want? Let me know if you need it!

Have a wonderful day/night!

-Biblmac-
Posted: Sun, 13th Feb 2011, 1:28am

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Micah master studios

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You need BLENDER 3D ANIMATOR. It is FREE!!! biggrin smile cool razz wink surprised
Posted: Sun, 13th Feb 2011, 5:14am

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Biblmac

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Micah, no you don't.
Posted: Mon, 14th Feb 2011, 2:11am

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Micah master studios

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Why do you say that? I LIKE BLENDER!!!!!!!!
Posted: Mon, 14th Feb 2011, 7:48pm

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Biblmac

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Whether you like it or not doesn't change the fact that it is unnecessary. Sorry.
Posted: Mon, 14th Feb 2011, 9:01pm

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Micah master studios

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Well, you might as well get it anyway. razz



Posted: Mon, 14th Feb 2011, 9:59pm

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Azulon'sAssassin

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Eh, I sorta have to agree with Micha AND Biblmac. It's unnecessary, but EXTREMELY useful, so you really might want to check it out.
Posted: Wed, 16th Feb 2011, 4:03am

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FXstudios99

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Ya, maybe Blender is unnecessary for this project, but honestly, where else are you gonna get a free 3d modelling, animation, rendering etc. program. And besides, they just redesigned it so its actually possible to learn!
Posted: Wed, 16th Feb 2011, 5:11am

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Biblmac

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Firstly, I agree it is very useful to learn Blender, if that is the kind of thing you want to get into.

Secondly, the person who posted this hasn't actually replied, at all. Like ever.
Posted: Wed, 16th Feb 2011, 12:59pm

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Azulon'sAssassin

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Hmmm...true. He never replies,so I vote we all leave this topic alone till he replies!