Favorite Transporter Visual Effect

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Vger23, Oct 14, 2021.


Which visual effect for "beaming up" is your favorite

  1. TOS Sparklies

  2. TMP Cylinder

  3. TWOK-TUC Energy Separating

  4. TNG Energy Rain and Sparklies

  5. TNG Movies / VOY Era

  6. Kelvinverse Snap Crackle Pops

  7. DSC era

  8. Other (because I know someone will be "that person" and want another option)

  1. Vger23

    Vger23 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Apr 19, 2014
    Enterprise bowling alley
    What version of the transporter beam effect is your favorite? I'm tied between the TWOK-TUC movie era visual and the TNG era visual.

    I guess I'll go TNG era.
  2. Crazy 4 XmasLights

    Crazy 4 XmasLights Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 7, 2020
    I liked Voyager's transporters, myself.
  3. Bad Robot

    Bad Robot Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 13, 2018
    So I voted TMP Cylinder, just because I feel like a lot of TOS movie fans are going to vote TWOK-TUC.

    But really I like how sinister the TWOK effect was, with its artificial lens flares and more industrial-sounding hum. TWOK had transporters that looked like they could really take you apart if not calibrated properly.

    The remaining TOS movies, their transporter beams to me appear to be based off the TMP cylinder (Just like the production designs seemed to go back to TMP after they returned whatever generic props Nick Meyer used to give TWOK its more analogue look). With the exception that they realized a cylinder might look ridiculous from the vantage point of materializing off-site. Not to mention "TMP, only cheaper" seems like the guiding mentality behind the TOS movie warp-outs, In which the TMP effect got composited/cleaned-up for TWOK, reproduced more cheaply from scratch the second time in TWOK, and then cheapened again for the remaining films.

    Seems to me VOY's effect was also based off TMP, similar with with the warp core which was definitely TMP-influenced.

    TNG movies, honestly seem to use more refined versions of their TV series effect -- with the exception of whatever the hell they were doing in Generations. FC had the healthiest take one TNG effect, Nemesis had the leanest and meanest, Insurrection had the most anemic (the effect really looked awful in Insurrection, like an SD television effect blown up for the big screen).
  4. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2001
    Ferguson, Missouri, USA
    TOS sparkles. Just get it done.
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  5. Unionized Elf

    Unionized Elf Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jul 23, 2001
    The Wormhole
    I'm That Person who voted Other, as I really dig the effect used in Picard.
  6. Vger23

    Vger23 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Apr 19, 2014
    Enterprise bowling alley
    I like the S1 Ferengi effect with the ridiculous spirals...but I'm not going to be That Person

  7. ThrorII

    ThrorII Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Dec 15, 2020
    I voted TOS sparkles. I'm a sucker for originals. I might have voted "other" for the TOS Klingon transporter beam from 'Day of the Dove'.
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  8. KamenRiderBlade

    KamenRiderBlade Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 24, 2012

    This might help with the Transporter VFX visualization.

    I like a combination of Voyager & TNG "All Good Things" Future Timeline version of the Transporter VFX

    Traditional Transporter VFX takes about 3 seconds for DeMaterialization or ReMaterialization.

    ST:Picard takes 9/24 frames of video ~⅓ second.

    Jeebus! ST:TMP took nearly 10 seconds to ReMaterialize!
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  9. Ríu ríu chíu

    Ríu ríu chíu Fleet Admiral Admiral

    May 10, 2005
    Mr. Laser Beam is in the Confederation of Earth
    I always liked the Klingon transporter from TNG's "The Mind's Eye".

    It's red, and has a cool sound effect. What's not to love? :klingon:
  10. at Quark's

    at Quark's Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 15, 2012
    Most of these transporters were supposed to work on the same general principle, right ? (at least, the Federation transporters). Astonishing how each one of them produced such radically different visual effects :) Personally, I like the Voyager transporter effect. A small touch I do like is that generally, the more advanced the transporter tech is supposed to be, the faster the materialisation sequence seems to become. (though there are of course exceptions). For example, it's faster in the 'All Good Things' future.
  11. JesterFace

    JesterFace Fleet Captain Commodore

    Jun 1, 2014
    Suomi Finland
    TOS sparkles makes sense, if want to call it that, because the effect doesn't appear from any certain direction or have different kinds of flashes bouncing around. It just looks like the entire body or object is disappearing "evenly".
  12. Cash or Credit

    Cash or Credit Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 12, 2011
    astral plane
    It's not even close for me. TOS.
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  13. Qonundrum

    Qonundrum Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    TOS looks like TV static mixed and overlaid.

    TMP looked great, until one sees the silly flower motif patterns.

    TWOK-TUC is almost overly-done

    TNG TV was decent

    TV movies meh

    VOY has a very nice look, if not overproduced

    Kelvin/DSC/PIC overproduced, albeit a logical extension as the technology is enhanced, refined, and improved

    My vote's for the flaming TWOK/TUC effect. It's the best of both worlds. :D
  14. GNDN18

    GNDN18 270 Rear Admiral

    Mar 21, 2013
    TOS on any series.

  15. F. King Daniel

    F. King Daniel Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    A type 13 planet in it's final stage
    I like the Kelvin swirls. Especially in Beyond (seen at the very start), where Kirk doesn't vanish all at once, the beam goes top down on him so his legs are still there after his head and torso are in transit to the Enterprise.
  16. Stevil2001

    Stevil2001 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 7, 2001
    I guess because Voyager was the first show I watched regularly, that effect is kind of the "default" one in my head (as are the Voyager sound effects). But I am not a big fan of it; both it and the TNG effect seem kind of... cheap to me. I do really like the original series movie effect; it feels powerful, as one imagines punching a matter stream through space ought to.
  17. King Bob!

    King Bob! The King of Kings Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2001
  18. Unimatrix Q

    Unimatrix Q Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jun 26, 2015
    I like the effect from TNG the most.

    Not sure about it, but i always had the impression that the transporter effect was more detailed and slower during the first seasons than later.

    If that's true, i like how it was at the beginning more than what was later.
  19. KamenRiderBlade

    KamenRiderBlade Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 24, 2012
    You are correct in a general sense, althought your time table is a bit off.

    Watch the YT videos I linked above.

    ST:TOS Movies had a Transporter effect that took 10 seconds for De-Materialization VFX or Re-Materialization VFX

    ST:TNG era had ~ 3 seconds for De-Materialization VFX or Re-Materialization VFX

    ST:PIC era has ~1/3 second for for De-Materialization VFX or Re-Materialization VFX

    Either way, Transporter is far faster and beats taking the Shuttle from Planet-side, to Space, and docking/parking.

    Same with taking a Rocket Launch into Space and meeting up with the ISS for docking.

    The amount of time needed and prep just to get into Orbit is several Orders of magnitude in time difference, even at the slow 10 seconds for De-Materialization VFX or Re-Materialization VFX.
  20. Unimatrix Q

    Unimatrix Q Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jun 26, 2015
    I mean i had the impression that there were differences in lenght for the transporter effect between early TNG and the later seasons of that show.