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Post by Rasheed » Sat Jan 13, 2007 4:44 am

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.
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Post by rylleman » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:14 pm

bupaje wrote:I would have to say no...
Ok, thanks, then I know.
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Post by Genete » Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:00 pm

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...
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Post by bupaje » Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:18 pm

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.
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Post by heyvern » Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:51 pm

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.

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Post by Genete » Tue Jan 16, 2007 12:25 am

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.
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Post by heyvern » Tue Jan 16, 2007 1:00 am

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!

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Post by heyvern » Tue Jan 16, 2007 1:06 am

I DID IT I DID IT!!!!

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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.

REVERSED OUT NOTES!!!! WOOOHOOOO!

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Post by Rasheed » Tue Jan 16, 2007 2:36 am

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:

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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.
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Post by Genete » Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:00 pm

And also don't forget to check out "Inmune to camera movements" if you want to keep your subtitles always at same position...
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Post by rylleman » Sun Jan 21, 2007 12:23 am

Not sure if this has been mentioned somewhere, if it has I've missed it;
What are the prices for this contest?
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Post by Genete » Sun Jan 21, 2007 12:39 am

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:

http://stormvisions.com/pages/contest.php
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Post by rylleman » Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:16 am

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.)
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Post by bupaje » Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:59 am

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.
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Post by Rasheed » Sun Jan 21, 2007 2:25 am

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.
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