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Old December 7th, 2006, 02:42 AM   #1
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Christmas Star / Comet Simulation?

hi, forumers.
would anyone know of any plugin/footage/special effect simulating either a shooting star/comet or just a static bright star? this is for a Christmas scene simulation in a video. thanks.
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Old December 7th, 2006, 05:11 AM   #2
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star effect

Aram,
imovie has a built in effect like this. Not sure if your a mac person
but ive used this star on many dvd's ive dont you can custimize it to.

hope this helps
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Old December 7th, 2006, 06:38 AM   #3
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thanks for the reply, Shawn. yes, i'm a mac guy and i mostly use imovie. which plugin did you mean? nothing comes to mind apart from "fairy dust". is that a 3rd party plugin?

p.s. i'm using imovie hd 5.
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Motion can do all sorts of things like this. But you would need to learn how to use the software first...
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Old December 7th, 2006, 09:23 AM   #5
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thanks, but i mean something i can apply straight away. for example, a well-drawn animated gif, which i would insert into the footage through the picture-in-picture plugin.
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Old December 7th, 2006, 10:20 AM   #6
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Couldn't you just use a photo with an alpha channel? Not sure legalities, but NASA offers a lot of their stuff for free I think.

Comets don't really move. They almost look like a photo in the sky, so why not just use one. If anything just add a keyframable glow around it so the glow has a slow 'pulse' to give it some life, but even in real life they don't do that. I've seen many in my 8" reflector telescope and I feel like it's a photo.

Or, heck, just use one of those countless lens flares in most NLE packages. Just tweak it 'till it looks right.

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Old December 7th, 2006, 01:21 PM   #7
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thank you, Scott, for the ideas. will look into all of them.
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