Special Effects Recommendations

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Garrison32, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. Garrison32 macrumors newbie

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    What would (or what do you) use to add special effects like gun flashes or lightsaber stuff in a video?
     
  2. kaltsasa macrumors 6502a

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  3. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Ya ok, good luck finding that program anywhere useful, oh wait you download it, silly me.

    anyway, use Adobe After Effects, basically the de-facto standard of "effects" and layering.

    yes there are others that do the job better, worse, easier, harder, cheaper or more professionally.

    but you wont find any program that has MORE resources available online for doing the kind of things you seem to want to do.

    After Effects is the SHIZZLE, and youll love it.

    The FXHome program looks awesome, but is kinda limited.
     
  4. Garrison32 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm not looking to do composites or keying just yet. I am trying to start to mess around with special effects, and I am illiterate when it comes to this so maybe I can't add these muzzle flashes, and sabers without compositing and keying? But even if I needed to composite and key, does Adobe Effects have the ability to do those things? I don't think it states that and the price is more than I was thinking of spending. The FX is less expensive.

    Again, I'm a newbie. All I've done so far is a streetbike and paintball video, but man oh man am I dreaming of better things!
     
  5. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Compositing and keying is what After Effects is for. If you google something like "light saber effect" or "muzzle flash effect" you'll find a number of inexpensive, do-it-yourself guides.


    Lethal
     
  6. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    yeah its been done to death by plenty of Nerds across the internet.

    Find someone you know, you must, who has After Effects and give it a try, its a good one to learn and does many many things.
     
  7. iris_failsafe macrumors 6502

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    Special effects are compositing optical tricks into footage...

    If you want to learn from the pros try this forum

    http://www.fxguide.com

    go to the forum and start asking questions
    :cool:
     
  8. bigandy macrumors G3

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    ooh that looks good :D
     

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