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Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 4:44 am
by Rasheed
Rhoel wrote: As for encoding to FLV, use Riva Encoder 2.0 - its free and does everything I need it to do, including making 480*270 16:9 widescreem frames. It can direct crunch a 7Gig HD film into a microscopic FLV file, in one pass.
and is Windows-only, and therefore not very useful for the competition.
Rhoel wrote:In respect to uploading to a public site, I'd suggest Atomfilms. This is for several good reasons.
  • You get paid for it
If this is going to be a professional competition, I'm definitely out. I have no intention whatsoever to earn money from my animation hobby.

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:14 pm
by rylleman
bupaje wrote:I would have to say no...
Ok, thanks, then I know.

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:00 pm
by Genete
Some question:
Once I have rendered the movie and it is ready, which content must be emailed to bupaje in the zipped folder?

- Anime Studio file(s)
- Image files used by the Anime Studio file(s).
- Soundtrack.
- Original files used? For example free sounds effects or other images. Or only their credits are needed?. I've rendered the props, so it is neccesary to include the images or only the credits?
- Readme.txt file
- Anything else?

As well as I use linux and cannot render a movie with AS, only the image sequence, I have to render them and composite with the audio.
For convenience (hardware limitation) I want to separate the title introduction the animation itself and the credits in three files. It is possible? I think so for the contest webpage but want to be sure.

Can I make use of other programs to composite images above the main animation?. for example. My animation is dubbed in spanish and I've decided to use subtitles in english. As well as I have some problems managing the main anme file (very slow)... Can I use a video compositor to include subtitles in the main animation?

Thankyou for the response.

PS: I have to renovate my computer...

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:18 pm
by bupaje
My thoughts would be to send everything zipped. Part of my thinking was that we would end up with anme files that people could run and learn from. If they are getting errors because many things are missing that would not help them. As for using a video editor to add subtitles I am ok with that. We'll still be able to see from the original file that the animation was actually done in AS.

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:51 pm
by heyvern
Not as pretty as doing sub titles in post but they could be done using notes layers in AS. Just turn the layer on to render.


Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 12:25 am
by Genete
That's a good idea but don't work well specifically with my animation. It have a black backgroung most of the time and as well as note color cannot be changed I cannot use them directly. I have putted a white shadow with a big offset and now can use them. Thankyou. It will simplify the subtitles.

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 1:00 am
by heyvern
Yeah, I tried that myself to see if I could "reverse" a note. I tried using the "difference" blend on the note layer but no go.

It would be nice if notes were just like other layers. A feature request!!! Cheap easy text in AS!


Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 1:06 am
by heyvern


On a note layer on the Shadows tab turn on Layer Shading. Set it to 100% white with no blur or offset. Set the "contraction" to a high number like 4 or something.



Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 2:36 am
by Rasheed
Two remarks: don't forget to uncheck Don't render this layer, and set the layer mode to Difference, so you'll get maximal contrast:


This doesn't always work (especially for midtones), but that also applies for black or white subtitles. White subtitles with black outlines would be the best solution, perhaps with two note layers.

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:00 pm
by Genete
And also don't forget to check out "Inmune to camera movements" if you want to keep your subtitles always at same position...

Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 12:23 am
by rylleman
Not sure if this has been mentioned somewhere, if it has I've missed it;
What are the prices for this contest?

Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 12:39 am
by Genete
I think it is a "CartoonSolutions Anime Studio Character Pack" but I don't know which pack is the price. Maybe the three characters shown here:

Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:16 am
by rylleman
Genete wrote:I think it is a "CartoonSolutions Anime Studio Character Pack"...
Oh... *

* (I wrote several longer replies here but decided against them on basis of trying to be a better, not so bitter, person.)

Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:59 am
by bupaje
It is your choice of one of the character packs. Please remember that this is not an official e-frontier contest. I also have no vested interest in the contest. Just had been a while since we had one and I thought it might be fun if I could round up a prize. Ryan was kind enough to offer one.

If the contest goes well I have had several unofficial emails from others who may provide additional prizes for future contests. Again, nothing in it for me other than doing a good turn for a forum community I happen to enjoy.

Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 2:25 am
by Rasheed
Well, I see one interest you might have in the contest: hope to learn something from what others have created. I guess that's why you want the original AS or Moho files, so people can study them.