Episode I is complete and available for download. PM me for the link :)
It's my birthday! I felt like sharing:
I've completed my edit in Sony Vegas and I'm ready to create my DVD. The question now is, how?
Do I render my video file as an AVI using my Lagarith codec and then convert it to mpeg? Do I render out the audio channels separately? The goal is a dual layer 5.1 audio dvd. I'll be building the DVD with DVD lab pro.
Who has some directions for me? :)
The edit is 99.999% complete. Th video edits and audio are all locked down. The rotoscoping is finished. All that remains is the opening crawl. I've been having some problems rendering it, but I'm getting some help on that front shortly.
I'm pretty happy with how it's shaping up. It'll be nice to finally sit down and watch the whole thing.
Here's the trailer:
Hey Brash, could you PM me the link too please?
Much obliged, thanks Ady :)
What do you find is the best way to work with after effects? Do you render out the piece of video you need from vegas, work with it in AE and then render the result and insert it back into vegas? Or do you take the raw video into AE, find the segment you need, do you work, render that out and insert that into Vegas?
Here's a thought: Maybe you could keep the original Star Wars logo from the film and just mask out the crawl until the logo has disappeared. At that point switch over to your blank starfield for the rest of your custom crawl. Aside from that the only thing I could think of would be trying to make the title in Macromedia flash which is vector based and animate it receding there. Might work, I'm not sure.
Alrighty, here's a new attempt that hopefully takes care of the pyramid and empty space problems:
My edit doesn't truly require much effects work, but there is one shot I need to fix. I've restructured the duel so that Qui-Gon and Darth Maul do not get trapped by the shield doors, only Obi-Wan does. The way I've edited this sequence requires that I remove Obi Wan from the shot where Obi can be seen running towards Qui Gon and Maul in the far background as they duel down the shield corridor. it's a couple of seconds and he's barely visible except for his swinging lightsabre as he runs. what's the best way to go about this? I have Photoshop, After Effects and Vegas, will I need other programs?
Perhaps it's my love of subtitled films, but I don't find they bother me at all. But you know how it is, different strokes and all, which is pretty much the reason fan editing exists at all ;)
I like your idea about the trade fed ship, I'd been trying to think of something that could fill that void. Here's another attempt:
Just goofing around while I work on the audio. Here's my cut of the pod race with a temp soundrack:
To put all the confusion to rest, it was my bad. I'm using Vegas Pro 9.0 :p
Yeah, I saw the Sir-Not-Appearing-in-this-film gag, too funny ;) I didn't notice the whole pyramid angle, I'll have to see about that :p
Alrighty, so this time the test render came up with only 1 flash frame. So that's a huge improvement. Here's a question Ady, for your vegas template I notice yours is set to 25 fps (PAL). For those of us working in NTSC should we be going for 24 fps? I chose the 23.97whatever itvc film because that's what my AVI is natively. Is that correct? or should I bump it to 24, or 25?
I'm using Adobe After Effects CS5 version 10.0.0.458 and I'm finding my windows aren't matching yours. For instance my render settings template doesn't include the line: Sotrage Overflow.
I'm using Vegas Studio Pro 9.0
My understanding was that the procedure I followed gave me a progressive scan anamorphic lossless AVI. I don't know if that means the pulldowns have already been removed.
Tried another test render of my tone poem experiment. This time using the lagarith codec as I had for the initial AVI. The picture is super interlaced which is upsetting. Some, but not all of those flash frames were eliminated. Not sure what else to do or what I'm doing wrong.
Mine is a lagarith AVI that I'm editing, but I've just been using the default AVI encoder when I render out. I'll have to figure out how to switch it to lagarith. Cheers for the info Ady, much appreciated.
TV's Frink said:
Did you solve your Vegas problem with the extra frames?
Alas I have not as of yet :\
I also need to figure out how to do some minor special effects. I need to remove Obi-Wan running towards the dueling Qui-Gon and Darth Maul ina couple of scenes as I've re-ordered that fight so that Qui-Gon and Maul are never caught in the shiled door passage, only Obi-wan is. He's super small in the fram so I can't imagine it will be too terribly difficult.
I have just completed the last video edit. All that's left is some dialogue track replacement, some subtitles, a high res render of the opening crawl, and some credits.
I love Maul's tone poem. I couldn't find a good place to use it though... in TPM that is. However, since Maul returns as General Grievous in my edits I fully intend to use the tone poem in Episode III. And the best part is no lip synch required!
The choppiness of that experiment stems from 2 factors. The first is the limited amount of angles to work with in that scene, the second is trying to find decent matches for Qui Gon's dialogue. I don't want him visibly talking during quiet sections, nor do I want Anakin to appear to be talking at all. The other problem is the render, there are a number of flash frames that aren't present when working in Vegas that appear when the section is rendered out. Unfortunately, every closeup of Anakin includes his background.
That's an excellent idea about the Liam dialogue from Batman, I'll have to go back and rewatch it, see what I can use.
Knocked together a poster for my edit tonight. Will do a dvd cover shortly. What do you all think?
Information and clips of my edit linked in my signature.
Knocked together a Poster for my edit tonight, what do you all think?
It seems that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, as when I render out my video files I'm often finding frames that I cut reappearing in the final video. It's like the render is inserting the single frame after a cut before moving on to the next scene. Some examples of what I'm talking about:
at 2:22 there's a brief flash of Obi-wan before cutting to the trade fed bridge.
Just way too many instances to list :\
So, who here is a Vegas Guru who either knows why this is happening or how to avoid it?