I made a short with a lightsaber duel, would love input

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  1. koalaintheusa Jedi Padawan

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    Aug 18, 2011
    Hey so I write for a website called www.ihogeek.com and we started doing video shorts so I figured I'd practice my editing skills. The second episode we did has a lightsaber duel so please let me know what you think and share input =) And SORRY that the video uploaded so small when I rendered it from After Effects. I haven't figured out why it did that so if anyone has a tip to fix that let me know.

    Well here it is!

    http://youtu.be/CpzIg1uzmFU
  2. halibut Chosen One

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    Aug 27, 2000
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    First of all, congrats on getting your (presumably) first lightsaber film done!

    A couple of points

    The rotoscoping and masking is pretty good, so kudos. But some flashes when the sabers collide would make a massive improvement.

    But one thing really bugged me was the black frames inbetween each shot.
  3. koalaintheusa Jedi Padawan

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    Aug 18, 2011
    Yeah, I got a comment on the black spaces in between scenes so I'll be not including those in episode 3. I appreciate the rotoscoping compliment as it took me FOREVER to do 4 light sabers worth of it.
  4. koalaintheusa Jedi Padawan

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    Aug 18, 2011
    What would you recommend for flashes? I hadn't thought of that before.
  5. halibut Chosen One

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    Aug 27, 2000
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    A quick google search should help you out there. But what you shouldn't use is lens flares!

    Have a read of the lightsaber sticky thread at the top of the forum :)

    http://boards.theforce.net/fan_films_fan_audio_scifi_3d/b10015/22268323/p1/?256

    Hope that helps!
  6. ResisterOfEvil Jedi Grand Master

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    Oct 29, 2007
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    First lightsaber video? Amazing! My first one turned out so bad I never even posted it :p Well done!
  7. burkevader Jedi Knight

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    Jun 12, 2008
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    I'm on board with exactly what Resister said....for a first attempt pretty awesome!!!

    Props
  8. Ephisus Force Ghost

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    Mar 30, 2003
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    I've never really understood the desire to do flares without artifacts. I did a flare made to match the real flares from the sun, with artifacts, in my LCC entry this year, using kramer's optical flares plugin.
  9. VaporTrail Force Ghost

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    May 19, 2002
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    Cuz that's how it is in the movies? Sure, the sabers are inconsistent, but that's how the flares look.
    I just find the extra artifacting to be a distraction. The simple flash is enough.
  10. WormieSaber Force Ghost

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    Oct 22, 2000
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    Nice work with the lightsabers. I already read the sticky thread, and did some work with lightsabers in photoshop but I'm wondering if there is a good, easy to understand tutorial on how to do lightsabers in after effects. Any suggestions? I know this is a repetitive question, so sorry in advance. :p
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