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Rizwan
02-03-2015, 12:34 PM
Hi

I have made this animation in LightWave , now I want to add sound. How do I add sound to my lightwave animation?

Rizwan

prometheus
02-03-2015, 01:57 PM
Normally you add sound in some composting software like adobe premiere, drag and drop mp3, or wav files to audiochannels.

There is a free composting software called fusion..
https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/fusion/compare

or you could purchase newtek speed edit maybe, supposed to have a wide range of formats allowed to be dragged and dropped for compositing.

you normally render out your animation to image sequences, load them in composit software, and also load your wav, or mp3, or mp4 sound and add it to the projects, and then add it to the timeline and proper audio channels.

you could probably do it roughly in lightwave itself, by loading audio file in the scene editor, and try to render out to quicktime mov, but I donīt know for certain...it is also recommended to render out to images, in case your system halts..then you will have destroyed the clip
and have to re- render again...rendering to images, and you can continue to render from the last succesfull image rendered.

Michael

Rizwan
02-03-2015, 02:33 PM
Ok, how do I load the sound in to lightwave?

3dpete
02-03-2015, 02:47 PM
You can add sound by opening up your scene editor. The audio button is located at the bottom.

prometheus
02-03-2015, 03:09 PM
by loading audio file in the scene editor
Michael

as mentioned, but I would urge you to instead dowload free fusion version and load image clips and audiofiles in there, for best editing control, and you will also find yourself getting custom with compositing too.

prometheus
02-03-2015, 03:42 PM
as mentioned, but I would urge you to instead dowload free fusion version and load image clips and audiofiles in there, for best editing control, and you will also find yourself getting custom with compositing too.

Just tested some stuff directly in scene editor, some wav files donīt work properly, mp3 often work, but can be completly screwed up and shortened so you donīt get the full length etc,
and..after testing to render out to quicktime and avi, No sound is compressed or rendered to the mov and avi files, it may simply not work to render it out that way.

adding sound in lightwave can help matching some stuff with reference to the sound, but you probably need to mix it elsewhere...not sure if thereīs a plugin that otherwise can deal with rendering out the sound too?
you can also use sound to drive opcacity channel, light intensity, particle birth etc, making a heart expand and inflate by the sound loaded, or trigger light explosions from actual sound.

Soundwave might be of help, a free plugin...
http://walen.se/



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ild6X__IGzU

Michael

MonroePoteet
02-03-2015, 03:54 PM
I use command-line FFMpeg as a very simplicitic compositor for adding sound to animations. It's available here:


http://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/

and you'll need 7zip to unpack it:


http://www.7-zip.org/download.html

The simplest command line for combining two input files (one animation, one sound) into an output file is:


<location>ffmpeg -i myanimation.avi -i mysound.wav outputfile.mpg

where <location> is where you unpacked FFmpeg. The names provided are only examples, of course, and FFMpeg will figure out decoders and encoders based upon each file's extension.

There are a billion qualifiers you can add, but if you want more complex compositing the user-friendly, GUI-based packages being suggested are the way to go.

mTp

Megalodon2.0
02-03-2015, 04:06 PM
I prefer to add sound in the editing app. Try the free version of Black Magic Davinci Resolve.

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve

roboman
02-03-2015, 09:04 PM
For most real projects I do that in a video editor. Most often Premier. For quick projects I tend to use The RAD Video Tools http://www.radgametools.com/bnkdown.htm . It's mostly aimed at games, but is a nice quick and dirty tool for a lot of things and makes really small video files that are a lot better then you would think for the size. I also use it to make *.exe video files, that play every where, with out wondering if the customer has the proper codec.

erikals
02-04-2015, 08:03 AM
long time since i did it, but check >


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7f3CeBiNq8



and preview the audio/video in VPR>make preview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8PEvUr0NHI

it can be good to make previews for the sound in LightWave at times, (lip sync for example)
though mostly, like others said above, you'd want to do it in comp...

Rizwan
02-04-2015, 01:39 PM
I have downloaded this sound effect from the internet. I tried to load it in to lightwave I open the scene editor select audio go to load audio click on the sound effect but then I get this message can't open preview file. Why can't it open it?

erikals
02-04-2015, 03:08 PM
wrong format perhaps... not quite sure, try some other files / formats

shrox
02-04-2015, 03:35 PM
Do you have the manual? It contains some most helpful information.

prometheus
02-05-2015, 06:32 AM
I have downloaded this sound effect from the internet. I tried to load it in to lightwave I open the scene editor select audio go to load audio click on the sound effect but then I get this message can't open preview file. Why can't it open it?

Ask yourself..what sound format is it, then ask yourself..can lightwave load that :) then ask yourself..what kind of formats does it load:D

Check manuals..then again..as recommended, donīt bother on editing sound to the animation directly inside of lightwave, I think you are only complicating it for yourself.

djwaterman
02-05-2015, 07:30 AM
Generally you only load sound wave files into Lightwave to help with timing (lip sync or dance moves for example), or to use it to drive an expression for an effect. If your sound file is not opening it is the wrong format (or corrupted), convert to wave file or MP3, I know those work, as already mentioned, the correct formats should be listed in the manual.

Layout is for setting up and rendering animation, don't try to export a finished movie out of it, just render out your separate image sequences and do all that in a dedicated editing program. I'm pretty much repeating all the above advice in one post. Nobody edits, sound mixes or composites inside Lightwave, that would be painful.

erikals
02-05-2015, 07:49 AM
you can use free open source video / audio converter
http://www.mirovideoconverter.com

prometheus
02-05-2015, 10:19 AM
you can use free open source video / audio converter
http://www.mirovideoconverter.com

Thanks, always useful with open source free stuff, does miroivideo converter add any additional hidden software upon installation?, that is often the case in many free software stuff.

so we have free fusion 7 for editing and effects
da vinci resolve 11 for color grading etc.
krita for painting
verve for painting
blender for 3d
wings 3 for some modeling
sculptris for 3d sculpting
Audacity for sound effect editing.

need to make a list of all the free stuff..and with links, and of course there must be more:)

erikals
02-05-2015, 04:45 PM
does miroivideo converter add any additional hidden software upon installation?
not that i know / recall...

yes, many good free ones these days... http://erikalstad.com/backup/misc.php_files/smile.gif