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01 January 2003, 09:29 PM
I have now seen one too many people making lightsabers the painfull way... I think I should share the wealth.

<edit> The tutorial used to be right here, until I made it into a PDF </edit>

The tutorial is located here,

Take a look a bit farther down to see my final render.

CHEERS! :beer:

01 January 2003, 09:29 AM
I can not follow along since I have never worked with ae expressions

That would be an awesome full tutorial

01 January 2003, 12:14 PM
Sounds great. Do you have a preview for us?

01 January 2003, 03:10 PM
Ok ok... I'll make you guys a full tutorial with screenshots and everything else...

Give me a few hours... I need food first. :)

01 January 2003, 04:03 PM
Food, what's that? I'm too lazy to get to the frikkin' frigurator hehe.

So, there's a tutorial hanging in the sky? That'll be great! Please eat quick ;)

01 January 2003, 08:41 PM
Phew! *big sigh of relief*

Here ya go guys...

Please give me any comments or corrections you have, especially corrections... There's probobly a good dozen typos in there.

My final render is located here...
I know, i know... only 2 seconds... whatever.

CHEERS! :beer:

01 January 2003, 10:27 PM
Thanks Sector996! I just saw the final render, looks cool too! I'll check out the PDF tomorrow, I'm sure you're technic rules ;)

Thanks again mate!

01 January 2003, 09:59 PM
Hey Sector 996, thanks for making us this wonderfull tutorial! It looks like you've put a lot of time in it:thumbsup:
I'll experiment with it and show you some results soon.

Thanks again mate!

01 January 2003, 10:06 PM
Your very welcome!

I have also discovered the error in my ways... the pixels are not square... it screws up the math in the expressions.

I will fix it up soon... as soon as I figure it out how to do it. :p

01 January 2003, 11:22 PM
Thanks sector

Why do you find this easier than rotoscoping your clip

01 January 2003, 12:44 AM
'Cause you only have to track the two points, and it automatically does the proper arc, and the round corners, and the curved edges.

It can also be ajdusted very easily (ie, width of blade, width of motion blur)

It may take a while to set up, but for projects of more than a few seconds, it is well worth the trouble.

...And I have also made a few big advancements in the area of lightsaber developement, and will release version 1.1 of my tutorial... eventually... gotta remake it.

I figured out the whole 'the tip point ain't lining up properly', the scaling issue, arc width adjustment, flicker, multiple blades, colisions with objects, colisions with other sabers, sabers going behind you, and so on... I think I've gotten a little too adicted to making tutorials.

I'm now working on one for having multiple copies of the same character interact with each other, and that hollow man thing from, you guessed it, Hollow Man. They involve a bit more than just AE... They go into shooting techniques, AE, and some 3D stuph using Cinema 4D R8. I'm also planning on a 3d compositing one...

Feel free to give me some more ideas, I'm really addicted to this now.

ADIOS! :beer:

01 January 2003, 02:41 AM
u got my attention i also use c4d........can't wait

03 March 2003, 08:14 PM
So is the update to this tutorial still coming?

03 March 2003, 11:58 PM
Eventually... ;)

Some bigger work came up and I actually... completely forgot!

But I have to make a LARGE volume of educational stuph for one of my classes next year... so I shall post as I make. Most of them will be for C4D... but with a good deal of integration with AE... so there should be something for everybody!

03 March 2003, 09:37 AM
The tut's gone!! :(

- Jonas

03 March 2003, 01:31 PM
Sorry bout that! :rolleyes:

It has been restored at the URL above... I'm gonna try and find time this Saturday to update it... but don't hold your breath...


03 March 2003, 05:35 PM
Thanks! Looks good!

...but... now the final render's gone... :-/

- jonas

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