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#1 jamoram62

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 05:02 PM

This is just a minor mod, primarily created for internal experimentation and research, but it's been made publicly available for whoever might be interested.

 

From the README file:

jm_LaserBlast, by jamoram62

Last Update: 2017/06/14

A few props for implementing laser/energy beam blasts:
- Laser bolt: 8 variants. Mobile and scalable. 
	Usage: place on set and hide; when activating: unhide, move and hide again when hitting the target.
	Note: the prop is provided with a conical handle to make easier its selection and manipulation; that handle is  invisible to the camera. Also the prop can be resized, for simulating energy blasts of a range of different calibres.

- Laser flash: to simulate the impact on target. 3 variants. 
	Usage: place on set and execute initialization animation 
	When needed, perform the flash and flash off animations.
	It's a mobile prop too, so it can be also used for:
		- pretending an energy bolt darting towards its target.
		- simulating the impacts of a series of successive blasts

	
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NOTES: 

Take into account this is mostly an experimental mod. 

So far, for simulating the discharge of a energy beam weapon in Moviestorm I'd been using 
two procedures:
- by using a fireball prop moving at high speed
- by using the laser prop

Though both procedures described used to work most of the time, I was looking for something 
more akin to the laser blasts we use to see in space opera productions and their 
"slow light" beam weapons, with discrete elongated bolts.

One final word about the laser flash prop: for some reason, pyroprops when placed on the set 
have their pyro effect active, so it's required to execute an "initialization" animation to 
turn that pyro effect off, unless intended otherwise.
Interestingly enough, this doesn't apply to held pyroprops.

A short video clip demo'ing this props can be watched at http://www.moviestor...w&vid_id=112017

 

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As usual, the mod archive can be downloaded from the shared folder at https://drive.google...aTNsSFBuN0sxZHM

 

File name: jm_LaserBlast_*.zip

 

 


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#2 aroundworld

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:44 PM

Your amazingness never stops!


There is no try, only do or do not.

 

Learn story telling in the MOVIESTORM education forum. 

 

START HERE:  http://www.moviestor...showtopic=13153


#3 jamoram62

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 02:11 PM

Thank you so much, Steve, but there's nothing special about it: they're just rods with an emissive texture moving fast.

 

BTW, I've updated the mod with 8 new bolt variants.

 

Attached File  TEST---Laser-Blast2_Main-Camera_150617-160314.jpg   57.47KB   1 downloads

 

I have a few more ideas, for more exotic forms of energy bolts, but they will be left aside for a while.


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If you want to tell jokes then use Muvizu; if you want to make 'Movies', use iClone; but if you want to tell stories, use Moviestorm - PrimaveraNZ
 
Shared addons & stuff for Moviestorm: https://drive.google...aTNsSFBuN0sxZHM



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