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I kind of expected, but do not see, that the upper most layer in a stack of Motion effects Rows on my Matrix would take precedence over the rows below it. For example: The background would be on the third layer, the middle layer would have some sort of moving image, and then the top most row would have a foreground image through which I should see the moving middle row and the static background. Instead all the layers merge or melt together giving a muddy mess.

I tried using the let and right sides of the Motion Effects screen with two of the images as well - I can't seem to find a setting that lets the let window be ON TOP OF the right window without them mixing in some way. Perhaps I am simply not getting my settings correct...but I am not having good results at all!

A real-life example of what my images would be are: top layer, a black mask with a circle cut out of the center of it - the middle row would contain the the snowflake effect, the back or third row would be the picture of the inside of a snow globe. The circular "mask" on the top would be to restrict the snowfall effect to happen only inside the snowglobe.

Can anyone tell me how to accomplish what I am trying to do?

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Im sorry I can’t help you with S5 but I’m sensing some Adobe layer talk here..??? Could you just make it in after effects and load it in as a movie effect.

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Well - I suppose I could - but then, to me, that defeats the purpose of using sequencing software.

And, that was just an example --- what if I wan a fish/shark (don't go there! LOL) to swim across in front of some kelp? If I try that i get a sezbra fish because the kelp melts into the shark as a blend.

Or if I fly a bat in front of the moon - or a cat in front of a pumpkin o santa and his sleigh in front of a christmas tree...etc....they all blend together. I want each layer to remain distinct and in its place (by that I mean the layers in back should stay back there and not try to join in the un in front!

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I don't know about layer priority in S5 Motion Effects either.  I do know that layer priority was a request that got implemented a couple years ago in SuperStar (where I do essentially all my sequencing).

 

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Thanks! I have not yet tried using SS in S5 - perhaps I should try that before I give up on S5 and go back to S4. The only reason I have not simply switched back is that I moved to a new house and thus had to create a whole new display layout - which I have done in S5. I will have to recreate my whole display again in the visualizer, etc. in S4 and I was hoping to use all the work I put into creating the preview in S5. I also have added a number of additional pixels this year and probably will have to spend big bucks to cover all of my pixels in SS.

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The one advantage that S5 gives for SuperStar licensing is that you don't have to have a large enough SS license to cover your entire display at the same time.  In S4 (assuming you sequence your entire display in one visualization as I did), you need a large enough SS license to cover your entire display, whereas with S5, you only need as large a SuperStar license for the largest prop or group that you will use for Insert SuperStar Effects.  Using my display as an example, except for my P5 and P10 Tune-To panels which I'm not sequencing in SS, my entire display is about 11,600 channels, so I need a 12,000 channel SuperStar license in order to sequence the entire display together.  In the S5 concept, since the largest prop is my 24 x 100 pixel tree (7,200 channels), I could get away with only a 9,000 channel SuperStar license.

 

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Not 100% sure what I did at the time - but it gave me a message when I clicked on Insert SuperStar effect instead of Insert Motion Effect to the effect that I was many pixels short on my license. I looked at the pricing and it seemed astronomically high to me....of course I may not have looked at the right option since there seemed to be several hundred options to choose from! LOL

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Yep, SuperStar is expensive, but in my opinion, worth every penny.  I have been using SS since 2012 and have upgraded several times as my channel counts went up.  Currently at 12,000 channels.  I don't currently expect to upgrade it again, but that could change...

 

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17 hours ago, k6ccc said:

Yep, SuperStar is expensive, but in my opinion, worth every penny.  I have been using SS since 2012 and have upgraded several times as my channel counts went up.  Currently at 12,000 channels.  I don't currently expect to upgrade it again, but that could change...

 

Well - I"ve had SuperStar and used it for several years - this is the first time it's complained about number o pixels to me - I know I've added some - but thought I"d bought the top o the line icons when I got it several years ago. I was a bit disillusioned when I clicked and saw the pricing now. , Maybe I need to investigate it more fully as I may not have been reading it properly.

 

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On 9/29/2018 at 11:21 AM, jamills706 said:

A real-life example of what my images would be are: top layer, a black mask with a circle cut out of the center of it - the middle row would contain the the snowflake effect, the back or third row would be the picture of the inside of a snow globe. The circular "mask" on the top would be to restrict the snowfall effect to happen only inside the snowglobe.

To create a snowflake effect that is restricted to a circle or oval, then in the Motion Effect Generator:

1) On the left side, set the effect to Snowflakes

2) On the right side, set the effect to SimpleShape, with the shape set to Oval. Adjust width, height, left/right, top/bottom settings as needed. Color does not matter as long as it is not black.

3) In the middle, set the mix to Mix_Rt_Reveals_Lt

Matt

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