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lygher
post Jan 17 2008, 04:28 PM
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Working on a project that I know will require ALOT of layering via chroma keying or what have you. I was wondering, what was the best way to get a smooth blend of layers so it doesn't look like they're layers?

Are there camera angle tricks or tutorials I need to watch?

What program is better for smooth layering, After Effects or Vegas?

Any assistance would be appreciated

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p.s.-also, lighting, shading and smoke/dust seem to be elude me as well. any tips on lighting with WMV or WMapV?

p.s.s.- edit is a screenshot of what i'm talking about...see under the bug? has no shadow. also the outline around his body isn't exactly fluid, you can see a few odd color pixels.

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post Jan 17 2008, 10:36 PM
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There is such word in terminology - Feather. This function does what you need, blurs the edges among layers.

That specific outline was created not by chroma key itself, but by some build-in color correction function (of chroma key plug-in). Just lurk for it.

Lighting, Shading and Smoke with Dust in WMV? Forget about it. Use WMV for capturingin the highest quality as possible only. Everything else just ain't capable of serious machinima there.

P.S. If your movie is going to be in the same style as the screen below, I'd suggest to create some color corrected themes for it, so it looks more attractive :)


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post Jan 18 2008, 02:35 AM
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QUOTE (Justin @ Jan 17 2008, 04:36 PM) *
There is such word in terminology - Feather. This function does what you need, blurs the edges among layers.

That specific outline was created not by chroma key itself, but by some build-in color correction function (of chroma key plug-in). Just lurk for it.

Lighting, Shading and Smoke with Dust in WMV? Forget about it. Use WMV for capturingin the highest quality as possible only. Everything else just ain't capable of serious machinima there.

P.S. If your movie is going to be in the same style as the screen below, I'd suggest to create some color corrected themes for it, so it looks more attractive :)



any suggestions on how to create a dust effect? closest thing i found in model Viewer was like...dragon breath with a color correction. but shadows? i know AE can do great shadows, but all i am lookin for is the standard issue wow shadow (circle under model)

also, your avatar....spot on....that chick is HAWT!!!!!

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post Jan 18 2008, 05:21 AM
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For dusk effect you'll need to find some appropriate layer, I haven't tried that before, but probably Particle Illusion has one. There was some VideoCopilot.com tutorial where they have shown the way you can shoot your head off (soldier with a shaking gun) and they used dust and fog there. IF you're so lucky to find it :)

Forsuch shadows simply make a circle in Paint or anything else. Then rotate it in 3D, apply opacity and blur.


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post Jan 19 2008, 01:59 AM
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QUOTE (Justin @ Jan 17 2008, 11:21 PM) *
For dusk effect you'll need to find some appropriate layer, I haven't tried that before, but probably Particle Illusion has one. There was some VideoCopilot.com tutorial where they have shown the way you can shoot your head off (soldier with a shaking gun) and they used dust and fog there. IF you're so lucky to find it :)

Forsuch shadows simply make a circle in Paint or anything else. Then rotate it in 3D, apply opacity and blur.



wow that is simple....i feel dumb....but smarter at the same time.

justin...did you just enlighten me? i feel queazey :)


ty again, i appreciate the help
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post Jan 19 2008, 09:06 AM
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who knows who knows ) I know a lot but don't have time to make a lot


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