App to make Gunshots/Muzzle flashes?

swwack91

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Does anyone know of a good way to make muzzle flashes from gunfire?

I found the FXhome software, but i really hate it. I don't like the program in general and it runs extremely slow b/c it's not a Universal Binary.

suggestions?
 

ppc_michael

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If you have Final Cut Pro, Motion is probably what you're after.

But really, it's only a one or two frame flash, right? I think the way I would do it is to use Photoshop to create a still image of the flash, and just put that over the video.
 

P-Worm

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I use Shake, but it's overkill for a simple muzzle flash. I agree that the best thing to do would be to grab a paint program and paint what resembles the muzzle flash of your gun (you can check some of your favorite action movies for reference). Then bring it into Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro and use one of the blend modes to overlay the flash. I think the blend mode "Screen" would work pretty well.

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swwack91

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I already said i really don't like those products. They just ran all trashy on my computer. Everything was super slow.

i think its cuz they're not binaries and i have an intel machine.
 

damienvfx

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I use Shake, but it's overkill for a simple muzzle flash. I agree that the best thing to do would be to grab a paint program and paint what resembles the muzzle flash of your gun (you can check some of your favorite action movies for reference). Then bring it into Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro and use one of the blend modes to overlay the flash. I think the blend mode "Screen" would work pretty well.

P-Worm
Shake is pretty affordable now though. Might be a great way to go if you see doing more of these kinda things in the future.
 

swwack91

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well it's for kind of a comedy. it's not even a huge action thing.

like one, two maybe three gun shots at the most. a nightmare sequence - not even a real fire fight.
 

TheFuzz

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check here. you should be able to use them in fce, right? i'm not sure what's missing in final cut express as i've never used it.
 

zioxide

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After Effects + Photoshop ftw.

look for tutorials on videocopilot.net, they have some good ones for muzzle flashes and stuff.
 

ivan grev

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gun muzzle flashes

Is it possible to do the gun muzzle flashes using iMovie9 which does not have a time line to accurately place the flash?
 

AWalkerStudios

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I usually bring my files into Photoshop and edit them there. Photoshop recognizes video files with no problem and let's you edit frame by frame. Tedious yes but it does give you full control.