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Adding lightning to video scene

Posted: Tue, 4th Oct 2011, 1:47am

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sumthinwong

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I have an existing 3d animated scene which I would like to add the lightning effect so it looks like a lightning storm in the distance. How to add this effect and place/size it for effect? Thanks in advance of your help.
Posted: Tue, 4th Oct 2011, 2:22am

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awesomefilmsvideos

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drag the lighting effect onto the clip in the area you want it, then ajust the attributes, and the settings until you get the effect you want. the attributes are at each end of the lighting, and look like little squares. go to http://fxhome.com/support/lab-tutorials and watch the wizard combat tutorial on the energy beam for a little more info on using lighting.
Posted: Tue, 4th Oct 2011, 3:14am

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sumthinwong

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Thank you very much for your quick reply. One other question, when I play the video it jerks and is slow, it was rendered at 30 fps, any idea what is wrong?
Posted: Tue, 4th Oct 2011, 4:15pm

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Axeman

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Are you talking about playing it back in-program, of after rendering? If you have rendered, which format and codec did you render to?
Posted: Tue, 4th Oct 2011, 6:54pm

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sumthinwong

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Play within the program in the preview window its an avi. Thanks for reply.
Posted: Tue, 4th Oct 2011, 8:56pm

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awesomefilmsvideos

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videos don't typically play very well within the program. if you want to see the video play totally smoothly, you'll have to render it. if you don't want to do that, just scrub through the footage instead of hitting the play button. it still won't be super smooth or fast, but much better than if you just hit play.
Posted: Tue, 4th Oct 2011, 11:35pm

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Axeman

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Erm, scrubbing isn't the best option, there is a RAM preview system built into the software, so you need to make sure you do a preview render before playing it back.
Posted: Wed, 5th Oct 2011, 10:01pm

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awesomefilmsvideos

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Axeman wrote:

Erm, scrubbing isn't the best option, there is a RAM preview system built into the software, so you need to make sure you do a preview render before playing it back.
oh, i didn't know you could do that. biggrin that could be really helpful for my projects too. thanx!