SFX for Vegas : cheap smoke & flames

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by les, Feb 16, 2008.

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    les Guest

    I have not used SFX in my previous edits, but now my sons want to
    make a home video, and will need to compost smoke, flames and
    "lasers" onto talent. (you know, aka power rangers)
    I've looked at several packages, like Boris, etc., but don't know which
    if any would get me where I need to go. This means I don't want to
    make stock shots of flames or smoke either, since I have no greenscreen
    availability.
    Can anyone suggest anything out there?
    Also, what about the laser idea?
    The end result can look cheesy, I don't expect much for the kid project.

    I have Vegas 4, Vegas 6, Premiere 6 to play with, and plugin.
    Thanks
    Les
     
    les, Feb 16, 2008
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    Mike Kujbida Guest


    Is $150 too steep for you?
    If not, take a look at Effects Lab Pro at http://fxhome.com/effectslab/pro
    They have all the effects (and then some) to keep you & your sons happy
    for a very long time :)
    There's also 34 pages of presets that have been uploaded by users that
    are free to download once you have the program.

    Mike
     
    Mike Kujbida, Feb 16, 2008
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    nnJ Guest


    Particle Illusion SE is a fairly low cost particle creator. (100 bucks)
    http://www.wondertouch.com/

    Easy to use as a video game.

    You import your footage that you want the smoke/flames/laser on into PI,
    then have fun and create your effects.
    You can play the sequence in real time and tweak your effects.

    Then the background you used as a reference is removed and the effects only
    are output as a video overlay you can then take into your NLE and place onto
    your video.

    The SE demo is fully functional for 30 days. No watermark, no limit.
    So you can give it a try and maybe even complete the project for free.
     
    nnJ, Feb 16, 2008
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