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1.Re: need to crop videos
Posted by PictureGuy on 6/8/2006 11:36:34 AM
in the Pinnacle Studio 9 (possibly also avialable in Studio 10 but I use 9) picture-in-picture mode, you can crop and re-size the video.

Shoppping online, I found Studio 9 for $35,

2.Re: muzzle flash?
Posted by pictureguy on 7/21/2006 9:38:47 PM
demolitionfilms.com had some free sample clips of muzzle flashes
They're intended for chroma keying, but I'm not familiar with lsmaker so I'mnot sure if it would work with what you have.
3.Rotoscoping Human Torch Almost Impossible
Posted by pictureguy on 6/16/2006 3:32:44 AM
Note I said "Almost Impossible"

I tried that and a 10-second clip took over 6 hours to make and was a bit choppy.

No, you cannot do it with WMM alone, and everyone else I asked also recommended Adobe After Effects.

I'm working to see if I can make a shortcut using chromakey.
4.ChatFX "Comic Book" filter
Posted by pictureguy on 7/21/2006 9:42:30 PM
Has anyone seen the ChatFX, that applies comic book and halftone filters to your video?
a friend from work has it on his new iMac notebook, but I'm hoping someone has a version of it (or something similar) for Windows.

I googled ChatFX and found the website to download it for only $20, but it's on for Mac

Anyone?
5.Re: ChatFX "Comic Book" filter
Posted by pictureguy on 7/29/2006 3:24:47 AM
Yeah, apparently it's only for MAC users

$*@#&!@ Mac!!!!
6.Re: ChatFX "Comic Book" filter
Posted by PictureGuy on 7/31/2006 2:10:54 PM
Yeah, but the problem is I DON'T LIKE MAC!!!

I've used them before, but they are NOT easier to work on than PCs

This is my experienced opinion

maybe it's got to do with me being left-handed.

But, still, I DON'T LIKE MAC!!!
7.Re: burning movie dvd from a burnt movie dvd?
Posted by pictureguy on 6/16/2006 3:36:35 AM
I used to have Nero on my old computer, but it was only a CD burner.

Currently, I'm using Roxio and I burned a master DVD of some cartoons i made in Photoshop.
Stupid me, I erased the original cartoons from my hard drive after making the DVD.

But, I was able to copy the burnt CD directly to my hard drive and use those files as a master library.

Granted, this was my original content and nothing that was already copyrighted. (because that ...
8.Re: how do i get lightsabers to work in movie maker2??
Posted by pictureguy on 6/16/2006 4:17:04 AM
Here's an "old school" technique that my brother taught me after we saw the original Star Wars in 1977:

he took the rubber bicycle grips off his handlebars and wedged each one on a broom stick.
(mom was pissed we cut up 2 brooms)

then he covered the broomsticks with reflective tape. (or you could spray paint them with bright paint)

If you haven't already shot the scene: wear darkened clothes like Obi Wan and Darth did in the ...
9.Anyone know how to pixelate out only faces?
Posted by PictureGuy on 6/8/2006 11:39:22 AM
I've used the pixelate feature in WMM but it pixelates the whole screen and I only want to do the face, like how they blur out suspects faces on COPS or blur out genitalia

Any help?
10.Re: Drive-in Theatre ads?
Posted by pictureguy on 6/16/2006 4:21:12 AM
Like the one Comcast uses on their TV Ads? (watch closely and it's in the background of the musical "GREASE" as John Travolta sings "Stranded at the Drive-In")

I haven't found that specific ad with the hot dog, but www.archive.org has tones of public domain drive-in movie clips and even old OLD TV commercials

just do a search under the "moving images" header and look for "drive-in"
11.Re: Superman Effect Needed
Posted by pictureguy on 6/16/2006 5:24:15 AM
from what I remember on the OLD Superman TV show, you could do the X-Ray vision effect by using the blue screen effect and/or binocular effect I saw someone discussing on this forum.

As for the Phantom Zone effect, you might be able to use the flip/rotate transition in WMM, just have your "prisoners" press up against a glass door or plate glass window to get that flattened look.

I'll look into that one for you and see if it works
12.Sorry for the third post, but I just finished trying my last advice in WMM
Posted by pictureguy on 6/16/2006 5:28:50 AM

I was thinking of another editing program. Windows Movie Maker doesn't have a flip/rotate transition.

I was thinking of something in Studio 9, and I'm not sure that would even work

Sorry
13.Finally! Something I have actually done that worked!
Posted by pictureguy on 6/16/2006 5:08:02 AM
OK, as for cheesy background driving footage, go to www.archive.org. and serve the moving images section for "driving" you'll scroll through many public domain driving films in color and BW.

Some were the old driving films and anti-drug/anti-drinking films i watched in school.

You can easily load these into WWM and take it from there, that's what I'm doing for a stupid high speed car chase scene.

I'll post in a second about the ...
14.Green screen: I know this works for Studio 9
Posted by pictureguy on 6/16/2006 5:17:21 AM
I bought Studio 9 online after the new version came out (thus making #9 cheaper)

Now, I can only affirm that this works with Studio 9, so hopefully it will work with you too

The chromakey paint only works if you can paint the floor, walls, etc., but it is cheaper than the "professional cloth"

I went to Target and bought a couple of plastic lime green tablecloths for $2.99 each.
I spread those over the table and all the ...
15.Re: Gun shooting bullets effect?
Posted by pictureguy on 6/16/2006 4:53:18 AM
I found a free chromakey sample from www.demolitionfilms.com, that has the shell casing as it ejects from the gun.

They also have muzzle flashes, but again it's chroma key.

I haven't been able to make a decent looking muzzle flash on my own, but if you add the sound effect of gunfire and have someone off camera gently toss an empty shell casing (or a pen cap or anything else about the same size & shape) up from under the gun, it's halfway decent.
16.Re: Star Wars III, hottest actress??
Posted by pictureguy on 6/16/2006 3:47:21 AM
Aunt Beru looks pretty damned cute, too.
She's only seen in the final scene on Tattooine, but hubba hubba!!!
17.Converting WMV to AVI
Posted by pictureguy on 6/16/2006 3:19:48 AM
I haven't been able to get WMM to convert, but STOIK is a free software that can convert back and forth from WMV to AVI.

(Do a google search for it, version 2.0 is what I have, and it's maybe 6 months old. Works great)

18.Re: .MOV files
Posted by PictureGuy on 6/8/2006 11:24:54 AM
VIDEOzilla is a $30 conversion software that converts MOVs to MPEG, AVI or WMV which can be used in WMM2

I used it to concert some free stock footage, and the only problem i have encountered has been making sure you have the proper codecs to view certain files. I's a rare problem that so far has only come up on 1 or 2 video clips.

I haven't yet found any free software that can convert MOVs, but VIDEOzilla did let me convert 3 samples for free

19.Re: What is a nother free movie maker
Posted by PictureGuy on 6/8/2006 11:11:19 AM
Microsoft used to give out copies of WinProducer for free with computer upgrades.

I got a copy with my new scanner, about 2-3 years ago.

They have since stopped making it, but it's still available online if you look around.

If you want to e-mail me at

blame$iton$dave(at)gm$ail.com Edited to prevent e-mail harvesting. Remove $ and replace (at) with @

I'll see if I can help you track down a copy
20.Re: Pinnacle Studio 9 Plus or Ulead video studio 9. help me out here
Posted by PictureGuy on 6/8/2006 10:56:46 AM
I bought Pinnacle's Studio 9 for $35 online. So I'd say it's the least expensive.

Most of the other posts recommend Ulead, which I haven't used.

So far, I like what Pinnacvle Studio 9 offers.
21.Re: Anybody know how to make the "Law and Order"-style intro?
Posted by PictureGuy on 5/24/2006 9:06:26 AM
Do you have access to Photoshop?

that's how I do most of my FX.

for the text, you can do a blue outline stroke and a red drop shadow effect (that just happens to be the default drop shadow in Photoshop)

Now, for the Sepia tone AND the halftone effect (L&O does that, the cast pix transition from halftones to regular photos as they change color) you can use a stip image in Photoshop as well.

I recommend making a duplicate ...
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