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JeDiBoYTJ
May 31, 2005, 01:34 PM
I made this in after effects... took about a half hour. its not 'perfect', I was just kinda 'rushing' to see the results. not too bad i must say for a rush job, lol

www.va-films.com/lightsaber_test.mov

(no thats not me, thats my brother, lol)

im going to work on a 2 lightsaber battle later. Also going to incorporate a lightsaber battle in a star wars 'ghetto' style spoof short series im working on. :p



zelmo
May 31, 2005, 01:40 PM
Hey, that looks pretty nice. Looking forward to the "battle" scene, hopefully filmed at night to capture the lightsourcing and reflections.

btw, you have one of my favorite 'tars.

JeDiBoYTJ
May 31, 2005, 01:58 PM
Hey, that looks pretty nice. Looking forward to the "battle" scene, hopefully filmed at night to capture the lightsourcing and reflections.

btw, you have one of my favorite 'tars.

I actually am filming it at night... and since the two toy lightsabers I have actually "light up", you'll be able to see the colored light glow on their face for added realism.

its funny, I did this in After Effects, yet I have a Motion 'tar :p

wrldwzrd89
May 31, 2005, 02:01 PM
For a quick job, it sure is convincing. Good work - I look forward to seeing more of this.

ChrisFromCanada
May 31, 2005, 02:16 PM
You did a great job on that!

Maybe you could post a guide on what you did in after effects.

yellow
May 31, 2005, 02:19 PM
That looks pretty good! Your brother has big dogs.

notjustjay
May 31, 2005, 02:46 PM
I like it!

(Big dogs?)

Daveway
May 31, 2005, 02:51 PM
How exactly do you achieve this effect? :)

hudson
May 31, 2005, 02:52 PM
That is totally cool. You definitely have to do a battle scene now.

doumbek
May 31, 2005, 02:57 PM
I like it!

(Big dogs?)


I believe he thinks he has big feet.

munkle
May 31, 2005, 03:26 PM
Nice job! Like others, I'd like to know you did it as well, I'm particularly impressed with the sound effects.

Not lame, so you're safe from becoming the next Jedi Kid! :p

wwooden
May 31, 2005, 03:32 PM
another vote for showing how you did that. did you buy some lightsaber toys and then added the effect? The sound is right on as well.

xli_ne
May 31, 2005, 03:40 PM
another vote for showing how you did that. did you buy some lightsaber toys and then added the effect? The sound is right on as well.

I would also like to know how you did that.

ravenvii
May 31, 2005, 03:42 PM
Hey, that ain't bad at all! I second (third?) the guide request! The way I know involves export the clip as a sequence, and adding the lightsaber in each frame one by one in Photoshop. That takes forever (and the results aren't that great, since the light doesn't stay exactly smooth, there's a little "jittering" from the slightly different positions the "saber" takes on each frame).

Gee
May 31, 2005, 03:55 PM
And I fourth the request...

iLikeMyiMac
May 31, 2005, 04:07 PM
Pretty Cool. :cool: I would also like to know how you did it.

mcarnes
May 31, 2005, 04:20 PM
Fifth the request. How'd you do the sound?

Chubypig
May 31, 2005, 04:20 PM
Ooooooh me likey. Is there anyway I could learn this power? :)

chameeeleon
May 31, 2005, 04:37 PM
Yes, please share! Not that I own, or have ever used AfterEffects, but I'm curious.
And if you've got any techniques on how to do it in Motion, I'd love to hear those too.

mduser63
May 31, 2005, 04:39 PM
You did a very impressive job. I'd also like to hear about how you did it.

AliensAreFuzzy
May 31, 2005, 04:49 PM
I want to know also. That's like what? 10?

ZoomZoomZoom
May 31, 2005, 05:20 PM
Whoa, that's pretty kickin'. I add on another request.

JeDiBoYTJ
May 31, 2005, 05:35 PM
wow what a response, lol. I'll be sure and write something up about how I did it.

BTW, the sound effects came from the game "Jedi Academy" for mac (pc, xbox...etc), i just extracted the archived pk3 packages, and took the lightsaber sound effects from it (all in mp3 and wav). then I took the exported footage from after effects, imported to FCP, then added all the sounds there. :)

sjpetry
May 31, 2005, 06:58 PM
That was sweet. (Especially for an hour an a half job.)

Phat_Pat
May 31, 2005, 07:02 PM
add me to that how to list

lol

thecrunge
May 31, 2005, 07:04 PM
That was really great. The whole motion and sound of the lightsaber really blended together nicely. Again, great job!

iSaint
May 31, 2005, 07:08 PM
totally impressive!

MacFan25863
Jun 1, 2005, 12:42 AM
Did you use the Ryan-W (http://ryanw.michaelfrisk.com/ryan-w/tutorials_sabers.html) method? It looks kind of like his work, although I havn't seen the pulsating blade before....

efoto
Jun 1, 2005, 03:31 AM
That was awesome!
I linked a couple of friends who are SW-home-movie fanatics and they definately want to know details on how you did that, a writeup is a must!

Thanks again for the great work, awesome job.

JeDiBoYTJ
Jun 1, 2005, 11:08 AM
Did you use the Ryan-W (http://ryanw.michaelfrisk.com/ryan-w/tutorials_sabers.html) method? It looks kind of like his work, although I havn't seen the pulsating blade before....

actually yes I did. I was in the process of tracking back down that page... though I dont like the way he explains it, makes it seem harder than it is... he is almost a little too detailed I guess.

_pb_boi
Jun 1, 2005, 11:24 AM
Impressive!

Keep it up.

andy.

fox2005
Jun 1, 2005, 11:39 AM
Great... I'm looking forward to the how to guide...

sigamy
Jun 1, 2005, 11:58 AM
Very nice job. Very clean.

For those of us who don't have the time (or skill) for AfterEffects, Virtix Arsenal is a great iMovie plugin that can do lightsabers. It is integrated right in iMovie. It's a bit expensive, but it is worth it.

http://www.virtix.com/imovie/products/ArsenalFilters.asp

Next step up is EffectsLab DV. This used to be called AlamDV. It's a full fledged FX app that has been years in the making check out http://www.fxhome.com

ps--Here is me and my kids goofing off...
http://homepage.mac.com/brian.andrews29/iMovieTheater38.html

ziwi
Jun 1, 2005, 12:09 PM
There is another alternative as well to the AE and Virtix - I saw this in my web meanderings...it is called crimson FX and the cost is $0...
http://www.macmerc.com/news/archives/2306 there is a link off the site. I am interested if anyone was able to do this using motion as well - if so do tell. There are also many other tips and tricks to making the star wars type of effects on theforce.net site...
http://theforce.net/fanfilms/tutorials.asp
happy sabering ;)

nw43
Jun 1, 2005, 12:23 PM
To the 'how did you do that?' list I also would like to be added.

Very sweet that movie is. ;)

Chubypig
Jun 1, 2005, 04:11 PM
There is another alternative as well to the AE and Virtix - I saw this in my web meanderings...it is called crimson FX and the cost is $0...
http://www.macmerc.com/news/archives/2306 there is a link off the site. I am interested if anyone was able to do this using motion as well - if so do tell. There are also many other tips and tricks to making the star wars type of effects on theforce.net site...
http://theforce.net/fanfilms/tutorials.asp
happy sabering ;)

Thanks for the link to that free program! It seems really cool, and I'm testing it now. Good stuff!

MovieCutter
Jun 3, 2005, 04:13 PM
I used to do lightsaber effects this (http://theforce.net/fanfilms/software/premiere/rotoscoping/rotoscoping_finley.asp) way a few years back when I had time to do Star Wars movies. In Final Cut Pro, you would just export your clip as an image sequence, bring the frames into Photoshop and paint in the saber, then have QuickTime compile the new images in sequence. I've done it a few times recently...still looks top notch.

Jaffa Cake
Jun 3, 2005, 04:26 PM
Impressive I'm looking forward to seeing the battle! :)

ham_man
Jun 3, 2005, 04:47 PM
That was certifiably awesome man. Better than some of the early movies...;)

Wonderl33t
Jun 5, 2005, 08:43 PM
pretty nice. For those wondering how, I've done it with Photoshop/Premiere and iMovie for importing the sounds

Chip NoVaMac
Jun 5, 2005, 09:41 PM
Very impressive. Did it take long to do?

tech4all
Jun 6, 2005, 12:03 AM
That was pretty cool! Love the sound effects and syncing with the video :)

brian9271
Jul 5, 2008, 03:28 AM
Did you use the preset from Andrew Karmer?

ziggyonice
Jul 5, 2008, 03:47 AM
Did you use the preset from Andrew Karmer?

And you just gave life to a topic that hasn't been touched in three years.

brian9271
Jul 6, 2008, 07:15 AM
And you just gave life to a topic that hasn't been touched in three years.

Lol, yes indeed, my bad

brian9271
Jul 6, 2008, 07:15 AM
And you just gave life to a topic that hasn't been touched in three years.

Lol, yes indeed, my bad