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Effect During Model Swapping

Discussion in 'Plans & Ideas' started by Pluribus, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. Pluribus
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    Pluribus Common Minion

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    So, it seems you can change model mid stream, but I think it would be nice to be able to have some kind of effect happen so it's not just a jump cut. It's easy enough to imagine why someone would want to change character mid performance. Dragons and demons are famous for taking on disguises and such.

    So, thought I would make a thread to try and brainstorm some ideas with you guys.



    Ninja smoke bomb, an old classic.

    curtains that lower/raise or close/open

    A photocopier light bar that slides over the character and replaces it with another (or a MLP Changeling style if you're so inclined...)

    One character slides off to the side or bottom, new one slides in. Combine with a background rotation and this could even make it look like the camera is switching between two people in a scene.
     
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    I agree
     
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    Its possible, but by programing. I will search, but I dont see doing this by myself. Any coder on duty?
     
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    The only thing with this is, when you switch over characters the stream/program freezes during the transition. Having these would have to be used as an animated prop, and manually done right before you switched. I don't see this working currently as you envision.
     
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    I was afraid of something like that. I guess that means that of the things suggested so far only the curtain or the "exit stage right" would actually work. The curtain would require making a somewhat complicated prop, but I think there's potential in making the character leave frame before disappearing.

    Although, the smoke bomb might still work if you do stylized clouds instead of actual particles. I know I've seen that style before, but I can't think of a reference other than "kind of like Paper Mario".

    I kinda knew the photocopier bar would be the hardest, as it would basically require having two models loaded at the same time, but hey brainstorming. Still hoping to hear ideas from others, even silly ones. . . Especially silly ones.
     
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    "exit stage right"

    you can actually manually do that right now using the character settings.
     
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    Yep, but doing it manually would be kind of clunky. Quite doable in a recorded performance, but awkward when live. Hopefully a programmed option could enable small tricks like having one exit to the right, and another enter from the left. Perhaps even incorporating background rotation.
     
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    For switching between characters, there is now a splash screen on your end whenver you change characters, but i don't know if its shown over the camera. (in "nextversion" branch)
     

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