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aquasloth is not online. Last active: 2/6/2005 9:06:49 PM aquasloth
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"Sky Captain" effect
Posted: 08 Dec 2004 11:52 PM
Hi everyone!

Tinkered around with this one a couple months back after seeing "Sky Captain." Just now realized I hadn't posted it yet (oops!)!

Copy, paste text below into notepad and save as "skycaptain.xml" in Program Files/Movie Maker/Shared/AddOnTFX file (if no "AddOnTFX" folder, create new folder).

<TransitionsAndEffects Version="1.0">
<Effects>
<EffectDLL guid="{E673DCF2-C316-4c6f-AA96-4E4DC6DC291E}" >
<Effect name="Sky Captain" iconid="28" comment="Sky Captain">
<Param name="EffectID" value="13"/>
<Param name="Control1Value" value="5"/>
<Param name="Control2Value" value="5"/>
<Param name="Control3Value" value="10"/>
</Effect>
</EffectDLL>
</Effects>
</TransitionsAndEffects>

This will give you a nice, soft, grainy diffusion, similar to the look of "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow." You can also experiment with the look by adding "Film Age, Old" to it, or by adding a desaturation effect (available on Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition or the Pixelan downloadable FX packs).

Hope you have fun with this one!

(No, I haven't found an XML code for making a digital recreation of Sir Laurence Olivier to appear in your movie.....Rehan, wanna give this one a go? ha ha ha ha ha)

Aquasloth
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Re: "Sky Captain" effect
Posted: 30 Jan 2005 10:44 PM
Cool thanx for this, it will come in handy

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Mik is not online. Last active: 6/13/2005 6:05:07 AM Mik
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Re: "Sky Captain" effect
Posted: 01 Feb 2005 04:04 AM
Yes i've tried, and is a very cool effect. If is not a problem i have made some little modifications, one where the noise and "bloom" effect are doubled; and one where the noise is zero and the bloom is enanched.
aquasloth is not online. Last active: 2/6/2005 9:06:49 PM aquasloth
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Re: "Sky Captain" effect
Posted: 01 Feb 2005 11:06 PM
Sounds cool....do you have the code? I'd like to check it out. (I guess I could do my own tweaking, but tweaking is such a subjective art -- your judgement might be better than mine).
Mik is not online. Last active: 6/13/2005 6:05:07 AM Mik
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Re: "Sky Captain" effect
Posted: 02 Feb 2005 03:38 AM
Code? No, I've just only played around with the numbers to see what change... nothing really hard.
Mik is not online. Last active: 6/13/2005 6:05:07 AM Mik
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Re: "Sky Captain" effect
Posted: 02 Feb 2005 03:41 AM
Anyway, your Sky Captain effect is very good, and "adjusted" fit perfectly my needs for a nightmare/vision/dream sequences.

Good work.
Jon G is not online. Last active: 2/24/2006 12:40:16 PM Jon G
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Re: "Sky Captain" effect
Posted: 02 Feb 2005 09:41 AM
Very nice effect. Thanks.

Mik, question for you (I'm unfortunately code-illiterate). How do you adjust "bloom" and "noise"? (I'm not even sure what "bloom" is!) Are these the Control Values in the code? If so, which is which and what is the range of values for them?

Thanks for your time.

Jon
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Re: "Sky Captain" effect
Posted: 03 Feb 2005 04:15 AM
I've called "bloom" the white bright that is in the Sky Captain effect (and a "bloom" option in the video section of Thief 3 and Deus Ex IW, so this is the reason why i've called it).

Anyway, i'll post here what i've changed. As i've said, is only a matter of changing numbers, no code writing or changing...
Make a copy of the .xml file (or create a new one) and paste this into:

<TransitionsAndEffects Version="1.0">
<Effects>
<EffectDLL guid="{E673DCF2-C316-4c6f-AA96-4E4DC6DC291E}" >
<Effect name="Sky Captain2" iconid="28" comment="Sky Captain2">
<Param name="EffectID" value="13"/>
<Param name="Control1Value" value="7.5"/>
<Param name="Control2Value" value="7.5"/>
<Param name="Control3Value" value="15"/>
</Effect>
<Effect name="Sky Captain3" iconid="28" comment="Sky Captain3">
<Param name="EffectID" value="13"/>
<Param name="Control1Value" value="2.5"/>
<Param name="Control2Value" value="5"/>
<Param name="Control3Value" value="15"/>
</Effect>
<Effect name="Sky Captain heavy" iconid="28" comment="Sky Captain heavy">
<Param name="EffectID" value="13"/>
<Param name="Control1Value" value="2.5"/>
<Param name="Control2Value" value="15"/>
<Param name="Control3Value" value="15"/>
</Effect>
</EffectDLL>
</Effects>
</TransitionsAndEffects>

Sky Captain2: More noise and more "bloom" (respect from the original)
Sky Captain3: Less noise and more "bloom"
Sky Captain Heavy: No noise (or a very little amount) and more more "bloom"
Jon G is not online. Last active: 2/24/2006 12:40:16 PM Jon G
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Re: "Sky Captain" effect
Posted: 03 Feb 2005 08:13 AM
Thanks for the reply, Mik.

I just found the "creating custom effects" article the other day and have been trying to learn more about how these effects work. These kinds of posts have been very helpful.

Jon G
aquasloth is not online. Last active: 2/6/2005 9:06:49 PM aquasloth
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Re: "Sky Captain" effect
Posted: 04 Feb 2005 09:59 PM
Nice! I think I like your effects better than mine! #2 is more subtle to me...which I like. #3 actually is a nice added effect for brightening the picture slightly without using the "Brightness" effect (which is often too much for me). And the Heavy effect is surreal and strange (I love it!). It could either be used for an angelic piece, or for a cool flashback sequence.

carefree chris is not online. Last active: 7/18/2007 3:16:13 PM carefree chris
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Re: "Sky Captain" effect
Posted: 20 Feb 2005 10:15 AM
A good effect!
freedoggy77 is not online. Last active: 3/8/2006 11:48:02 AM freedoggy77
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Re: "Sky Captain" effect
Posted: 23 Jul 2005 01:27 PM
sweet thanks!

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Re: "Sky Captain" effect
Posted: 06 Apr 2006 12:48 PM
hi..am newbie here... how to import it into wmm? I've copy this code into notepad then save in XML format follow instructions as above..but where can I see it in my wmm? please help me...
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Re: "Sky Captain" effect
Posted: 06 Apr 2006 01:52 PM
First, make sure you have version 2.0 or 2.1 (go to Help > About and look to the 4th line). If you are on the older version, it can't do effects.

Second, after restarting Windows Movie Maker, look under 'Video Effects'. You should see 3 new ones for Sky Captain. Drag them onto your clip to apply the effect.

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