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oogafish
04-08-2003, 01:44 PM
Hey, all.

Is there an efficient method for rendering individual passes of a LightWave (QuickTime or AVI) animation so that I can composite the diffuse, reflection and alpha channels of specified LightWave objects for use in After Effects?

In the Knoll Light Factory manual, John Knoll wrote, "Most of the tutorials included here are a combination of Electric Image and After Effects work - the elements were rendered in EI, then brought into AE for compositing. By having the individual layers available for tweaking in After Effects, you afford yourself much greater control over the composite, and can make subtle changes without the need for time-consuming re-rendering inside a 3D application."

Here's a link to the manual, along with final renders of the Air Knoll, Saturn, church and tree tutorials:

http://www.redgiantsoftware2.com/Light_Factory_Book.pdf

http://www.digitalanarchy.com/knoll/knoll_air_sm.mov
http://www.digitalanarchy.com/knoll/saturn_sm.mov
http://www.digitalanarchy.com/knoll/church_sm.mov
http://www.digitalanarchy.com/knoll/tree_sm.mov

Thanks for your help.

- Mark

Mylenium
04-08-2003, 11:36 PM
You can't render passes to animations. You always have to use images. This way you can use several plugins on the image filters tab to save all your buffers.

For Knoll you could use different special buffer IDs to get multiple track points at a time. Also if you replace your lights with nulls and assign them a surface type Hypervoxel you can easily create tracking points. If you make sure those markers are not larger than 1 pixel you may even use Knoll spectacular to handle multiple flares at a time.

Compositing is so nice.... :-D .

Mylenium

oogafish
04-14-2003, 04:32 PM
Mylenium,

Thanks for your help. I forgot that you can import image sequences for use in After Effects and export them later as a QuickTime movie.

Speaking of rendering image sequences and After Effects, here's an interesting tutorial on how to cut your render time in half, using the After Effects Render Engine (Production Bundle only) and a dual processor machine:

http://production.digitalmedianet.com/2003/04_apr/tutorials/aerender030408.htm

Thanks again for your help.

-Mark