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The Lightsaber Effects Thread

Discussion in 'Fan Films, Fan Audio & SciFi 3D' started by krnbanguboi, Oct 23, 2005.

  1. Kaat

    Kaat Jedi Master star 4

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    Yeah, it's cool. I like a good bit of yellow around the core of a green saber myself. As you said, it simply looks hotter, more menacing that way, which is cool.
     
  2. drewjmore

    drewjmore Jedi Knight star 4

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    hee, hee.






    horny.
     
  3. VaporTrail

    VaporTrail Jedi Master star 6

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    Well, Clone Wars' sabers are getting better.

    Season 1:
    [image=http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/4003/vlcsnap2010100108h59m47.png]

    Last week's episode, Season 3:
    [image=http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/5900/vlcsnap2010100108h43m54.png]


    So that's something.
     
  4. krnbanguboi

    krnbanguboi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Does anybody have the short raw footage clip from RvD1?
     
  5. Evil-Henchman

    Evil-Henchman Jedi Master star 4

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    Notice that the blade is in 3D perspective but the glow around it is not. Man if you're gonna make a 3D cartoon, EVERY element in it should be done in 3D as well... at least in my never-popular opinion.

    Nope, don't care how hard that would be to do for the FX peeps/animators. Don't care one bit.
     
  6. Vidina

    Vidina Jedi Master star 4

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    [link=http://www.ryan-w.com/ryan-w/clips/rvd_set-1_untouched.mov]Here yo go.[/link]
     
  7. krnbanguboi

    krnbanguboi Jedi Padawan star 4

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  8. Draconis

    Draconis Jedi Youngling star 1

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    I bought a new, pretty cheap, HD camera. and i shot this. It's basically just a playaround to test quality, and very rusty rotoscoping skills.


    [link=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEfPT1cXD3s]This is Just a Test[/link]

    He Who Sees Voices,
    Draconis
     
  9. VaporTrail

    VaporTrail Jedi Master star 6

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    [image=http://thegamecast.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/maulkiller.jpg]
    I didn't save my results, but I messed around with white sabers in an old project file after playing through TFU2. The Maulkiller skin, eh, whatever, but I found myself using/liking the look of the silver saber crystals quite a bit.

    To achieve a white saber that looked luminous, I took the basic saber setup prior to color balance, tacked on an adjustment layer switched to Add. I got some weird results. Nothing would happen at first, but then I applied Levels to the Adj layer and before I even did anything, the saber would be totally blown out. Not sure what was going on there, but I tweaked the Gamma switch until it had the right consistency. For a bit of extra brightness, I added some blue highlights to taste to get that ever-so-slight bit of bright aura right around the core. It helps it pop a bit.

    One of my film ideas does call for a whitesaber, so it's good to know it's workable if I ever shoot that movie.
    Maybe the next LCC, just cuz.
     
  10. VaporTrail

    VaporTrail Jedi Master star 6

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    Hm. Found this dusty ol' thread tucked away on page 4. Brought it out since I was playing with the daysaber method some today:
    [image=http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/7748/image89fx.png]


    Red's not quite red enough, gotta work on the base color some more, but I'm liking it overall. I could probably stand to make the blue pop a bit more as well. Contact flare is on screen mode.
     
  11. jedi573

    jedi573 Jedi Master star 1

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    That's not bad at all, Vapes.

    Happen to have the original to play around with? :)

    Andy
     
  12. VaporTrail

    VaporTrail Jedi Master star 6

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    Always.
    [image=http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/2897/image89u.jpg]
     
  13. ShadowDuelist

    ShadowDuelist Jedi Master star 4

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    Um, Vapes? Your blade is inside hers, why is she not dead?
     
  14. Covert-Sniper

    Covert-Sniper Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Because he preferred to keep that nice little tangle going on instead of killing her. I'd do the same.
     
  15. drewjmore

    drewjmore Jedi Knight star 4

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  16. jedi573

    jedi573 Jedi Master star 1

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    My take on it.

    Click on image.
    [image=http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/8310/vaportrailroto7b.jpg]

    And with the original colors from what shots you used to post!

    Click on image.
    [image=http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/4144/vaportrailroto7c.jpg]

    :)

    Andy
     
  17. VaporTrail

    VaporTrail Jedi Master star 6

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    Heh nice.
    I was worried they looked too bright but part of the difference is just how close up this shot is. It's an illusion that the core is brighter, when in fact there's just more of it. I like my red okay, but I'm loving the saturated blue aura hugging the core on yours. That looks really good.

    Good color coverage, btw. I will be needing that green in this location as well. [face_whistling]
     
  18. jedi573

    jedi573 Jedi Master star 1

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    Vapes,

    My thoughts exactly! The proximity of the swords to the camera prompted me to add another layer. I duplicated my normal Linear Dodge layer, blurred it out to ninety pixels, and dropped its opacity to 50%. This gave a little more pop to the color away from the sword without being too much right next to it.

    I like your red a lot too! The cores are a little bright on mine, but I also noticed you changed the contrast on yours between the original and finished shot.

    As far as contact flashes go, I get good results from doing subtle linear dodges rather than screen.

    Looking forward to seeing more; if you have more raw images to work with, I'd love the opportunity to practice on them to compare techniques.

    :)

    Andy
     
  19. Vidina

    Vidina Jedi Master star 4

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    One day, Vapes will get a DSLR, and shoot in 60FPS, meaning he will have not only ONE screen grab, but 60 per second. I'll do a test and/or duel this summer in 60FPS to check out how it works. Sure, the T2i might have a rolling shutter, but paired with a 50mm f/1.4 lens and high shutter speeds, we'll suffer less distortion than with a stock lens.
     
  20. VaporTrail

    VaporTrail Jedi Master star 6

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  21. Vidina

    Vidina Jedi Master star 4

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    Okay, but they still don't look half as good :p
     
  22. Corrin_Wyndryder

    Corrin_Wyndryder Jedi Master star 4

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    I was running through a few 3DS Max tutorials and stumbled across reference to the glare output shader for the Mental Ray renderer. I played around with a few settings and quickly produced a couple of simple glowing objects. (Yes, they would also illuminate a scene around them)

    [image=http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b378/corrin_wyndryder/Sabers.jpg]

    What do you think?
     
  23. Teague

    Teague Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Looks like Return of the Jedi. [face_peace]
     
  24. DarthSmuggler

    DarthSmuggler Jedi Youngling

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    This song was created out of lightsaber effects

    Future Lab Rats - Vader's Saber
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNqiI2fuFvQ
     
  25. Bushy162

    Bushy162 Jedi Knight star 1

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    Very Nice :)