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#41 rgr

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 11:17 PM

virtualdub doesn't support the mac platform, but there is something similar (though not as capable) called avidemux available here: http://avidemux.sourceforge.net/

Avidemux is multiplatform, but again, virtualdub is a more capable product so you are better off with that if your platform is supported.

Great list!

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#42 davidwww

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 03:56 PM

For all of those you who want to make Scifi movies and need to film deep space, I have found Celestia its a planetarium program but with it you can use green screen to add your own ships or use some of the addon ships and film them using the program, the planets rotate but very slowly, so just increase the time factor and watch them go , also you can learn about space and stuff.

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 02:03 AM

Patchmaker used to be sold for around $250, now its free, no idea why. Download the demo. The file is unlocked (or Exposed) so no registration is required, its a fully working download.

Patchmaker is a motion tracking tool, you can use it to track either a static image or a video file on any surface. You decide the starting parameters. The image, or video, is locked to the surface and moves with it, so no need for keyframing.

Here is a test file I made in a few minutes using the hidewire demo file where I gave the girl a tattoo. The first part is the raw footage with the wires and all, the second part is with the wires hidden and the tattoo added. Not very good I know, but I really did not try too hard to make it good, just wanted to see what it could do.

http://blackaceprodu.../Tests/Bird.wmv

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http://www.patchmake...u/downloads.php
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#44 primaveranz

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 04:27 AM

QUOTE (BA @ Jan 3 2010, 01:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Patchmaker is a motion tracking tool, you can use it to track either a static image or a video file on any surface.

This looks like it could be really useful. I wonder if I can track a whirling propeller onto my airship with this? Best go and try.
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#45 EugeneE

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 09:31 AM

I have a few more programs that can help in developing Moviestorm Movies.

Wings 3D is an open source 3D Modeller. There are downloads for Windows, Linux and Mac. You can get this program at http://www.wings3d.com/ . Also, the Windows/Mac version can import/export FBX files (3D format created by Adobe), just in case you come across this file format. This program can also import/export 3DS/OBJ files also.

ngPlant is an Open Source plant modeling package. This program allows you to create 3D models of plants, trees, etc. The exported model can be loaded in Blender. Program is for Windows and Mac OS X. You can get this from http://ngplant.sourceforge.net/ .

PlantStudio is a commerical program which was re-released for free download. It's a tool for creating 3D plant models and 2D illustrations. 3D Models created in this program are exported as DXF files. IIRC, Blender can load DXF files. You can get this program from http://www.kurtz-fer...om/download.htm and the registration code from http://www.kurtz-fer...t.com/order.htm .

Ivy Generator is a program for creating Ivy, the kind of ivy that you see running on vines. This program is avaliable for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. You can get this program from http://graphics.uni-.../ivy_generator/ . They also a tutorial on how to get the exported model into Blender.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 03:16 PM

Delgine has now gone open source. It is a 3D modeler/Level designer; nip over to the web site to find out more. There always has been a free version now the full version has been released, although it is now called a Community Edition. There are plugins available too.

http://www.delgine.com/

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 05:15 PM

I'd like to add as a recommendation the long awaited brand new version of the Windows based audio/video editor Trakax. Version 3.0 has, as usual, basic and pro versions, giving the user the chance of a 30 days trial. Trakax is a very powerful and easy-to-learn and intuitive tool, even in its basic version. Note that Trakax was conceived originally as a sound-editing tool with video editing features, gettint to be right now a quite well balanced tool for sound and video. Pro is a really a great deal (just 24.95 USD). You can check the main features and differences between basic and pro versions. Enjoy.



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#48 Forbiden1

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 12:20 PM

Finally! List updated and fixed! a BUNCH of programs added. Special thanks list updated! Thaks to everyone that has collaborated so the list can become the great resource that it already is!
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#49 primaveranz

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 03:46 AM

QUOTE (BA @ Jan 3 2010, 01:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Patchmaker used to be sold for around $250, now its free, no idea why.

Looks like they were in the death throws - the domain name seems to have been parked now. Maybe Supermep (who speaks Russian) can enlighten us wink.gif

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 01:57 AM

Transcoding on a Mac is a serious pain, especially since MS only supports very limited codecs and only the AVI container format. As of this post, the only video format that MS is supposed to handle for adding video to prims is MP42 in an AVI container. This is what it generates when it renders it's own video.

There seems to be a bug in handling this on Mac platforms though because adding video to a prim doesn't always work, even when using video rendered by MS itself. Some of the time it doesn't even play, and many times it crashes before you get to the cutting room.

In any case, a great tool I found in trying to debug this problem is ffmpegX, for MacOS X:

http://www.ffmpegx.com/

The download instructions ask you to download mpeg2enc.intel and a tar file containing mplayer and mencoder. They fail to tell you to unzip the archive and select the unarchived binaries during the installation phase, so the steps are:

1) Download ffmgepX (IMG file) and mount it, drag it to the Applications folder.

2) Download the mpeg2enc.intel file

3) Download the gzipped tarfile of mplayer and mencoder and unarchive it

4) run ffmpegX from the Applications folder and when it asks for the installation location of these files, use the finder browser to locate each file separately, even though it says to locate the tar file for both mencoder and mplayer.

Once the install completes, play around with settings and transcode 'til your heart's content!

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#51 Forbiden1

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 08:46 AM

List updated! One new program added under the Converters section. The list got a little messed up while trying to decorate it but I will fix it soon.
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#52 MikeLyons

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 09:54 PM

I often buy the magazine called PC Utilities.

It comes from the UK, but it is available in North America (I buy in at Chapters here in Canada).

It comes with a DVD full of software each month. Most of it is freeware, though they also regularly include full versions of commercial software (typically an earlier version than the current one).

There are many categories of software on the disc, including those for graphics, and for audio/video.

For the price of the magazine, I find it good value when I find a useful utility. Most of them could be downloaded, but having them on the disc saves the time you'd spend finding and downloading them.

Maybe MovieStorm should approach the magazine about getting on the Coverdisc -- great way to increase the user base.

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 04:37 PM

IrfanView is a free image viewer for Windows (the latest version includes support for avi and mp3 as well)

http://www.irfanview.com/


It can read psd, dds and a whole range of image formats (some formats require a plugin)

http://www.irfanview...ain_formats.htm

#54 Vivian89

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 07:21 AM

Thanks for sharing. Another Free and powerful Video Converter tool can be recommended to all of you--Sothink Free Video Converter which can convert videos and audios with high speed and quality. What is more, it is Free. For details,

http://www.sothinkme...ideo-converter/


#55 Forbiden1

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:12 AM

Wow its been a great long while since I last visited this site! So I did and decided to check the thread! Im still around! So guess what?

List updated!

2 more programs added
Special Thanks List updated

Thank you ALL for your support! Thank you for helping me make this list such a wonderful resource for everybody here at MOVIESTORM!
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#56 EugeneE

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 02:03 AM

I figured that I'll add some more free/open source programs (I found a few more over the past week).

I like to mention Synfig Studio at http://synfig.org/ which is an open source 2D Animation program. This program is available for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X.

Next up is a freeware program called MaPZone located at http://www.mapzoneeditor.com/ . MapZone is a texturing tool and produces high quality textures.

Jeskola Buzz is a freeware modular audio creation program. This is a very powerful program. Download the program from http://www.jeskola.net/buzz/ first and download the giant machine collection at http://www.buzzmachi...com/getbuzz.php .

CrackArt is an Open Source 3D Texturing application that includes Texture Painting, Texture Baking, Procedural Materials and Textures, and much more. Download is available at http://www.crackart.org/

eLynx Lab is an open source image processing software. Currently, binaries are available for Windows only. You can download this prog from http://elynxlab.free.fr/en/index.html .

Insight 3D is an open source program for creating 3D models from pictures. Binaries are available for Windows and Linux at http://insight3d.sourceforge.net/ .

Joksher is an open source multi-track audio studio. Avaliable for Windows, Ubuntu 10.04, 9.10, 9.04, 8.10 & openSUSE 11 at http://www.jokosher.org/download/ . Source code is available so if one Linux, you will have to build the prog yourself.

Khed is a freeware 3D modeling software created mainly for creating low polygonal models for computer games. You can export your models in 3DS format to load into Google Sketchup. This prog is for Windows and you can get in at http://khed.glsl.ru/ . I have this prog on my computer because it can import/export Half-Life 2 models (I'm thinking of trying Half-Life 2 Machinima also).

Luminance HDR is an open source graphical user interface application that aims to provide a workflow for HDR imaging. HDR aka High dynamic range imaging produces realistic imaging. Versions for Windows and Mac OS X is at http://qtpfsgui.sour...net/?page_id=10 . Linux users should ask their operating system vendors for pre-packaged binary.

Musescore is a MuseScore is a free cross-platform WYSIWYG music notation program that offers a cost-effective alternative to commercial programs such as Sibelius and Finale. You can save the music that you create as a midi file. Versions are available for Windows, Mac Os, Linux, etc at http://musescore.org/en/ .

This is all that I going to list for right now. I have a few other progs that I'm going to check out.



#57 Forbiden1

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 03:55 AM

And here I thought that we had all the free programs. EugeneE proved me wrong. Thank you for your contribution!

I may not be in the MovieStorm scene since they started charging for the program but I can try and continue this so keep posting I'll be coming back and checking it up!

List Updated! New programs!

1. Synfig Studio
2. MaPZone
3. Jeskola Buzz
4. CrackArt
5. eLynx Lab
6. Insight 3D
7. Joksher
8. Khed
9. Luminance HDR
10. MuseScore
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#58 aroundworld

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 07:12 PM

Here is another video converter. It works OL for those of you who don't want to DL another program, and is free up to 100MB. That is about 7 to 8 seconds of video.

http://www.online-convert.com

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:19 AM

I often use Gim Photo. A nice software!

#60 EugeneE

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:28 AM

I have a few free/open source progs that might be of use to Moviestorm directors:

Fracplanet is an open source program for creating planets or terrain using fractals. This program at http://www.bottlenos...lanet/index.htm for Linux. There used to be a Mac version but the site that host's it is done, so you will need to download the source code from http://sourceforge.n.../?source=navbar and compile it for Mac. There is a Java version avaliable at http://terraj.sourceforge.net/ .

Mandelbulber is an open source 3D fractal software. It allows you to create 3D fractals which might be use-ful to some directors, I'm not sure. You can download versions for Windows at http://sourceforge.n...elbulber/files/ , source code is avaliable at the site also (don't know if Linux binaries are available because I installed this prog thru the Ubuntu Software Center.




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