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Quick attempt at HP commercial effect

Posted: Sat, 25th Sep 2004, 7:51pm

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KungSanGun

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OK...so here's my quick attempt at the new HP commercial "Picture Book" effect inspired by a previous post in this forum.

I don't have any motion tracking software so I decided to try and do it in Chromy......

With more time it could look smoother but this was as much time as I had...

Whatchya think?

http://www.cyberanswers.net/picturebook.wmv
Posted: Sat, 25th Sep 2004, 7:58pm

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ssjaaron

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that was entertianing, nice work!
Posted: Sat, 25th Sep 2004, 8:05pm

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Tarn, care to do a tute or let him do one? smile
Posted: Sat, 25th Sep 2004, 8:06pm

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That was awesome! Good work.
Posted: Sat, 25th Sep 2004, 8:12pm

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Marek

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That was cool, I've been wanting to try that for a while now. It's a pretty simple effect really, but looks really cool smile
Posted: Sat, 25th Sep 2004, 8:43pm

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haha, that was pretty slick man.
Posted: Sat, 25th Sep 2004, 9:00pm

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That was really good, don't suppose you care to pass on how you did this? Got to say I am impressed, its very effective. Well done mate.
Posted: Sat, 25th Sep 2004, 9:06pm

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Right on, man. Glad that worked.
Posted: Sat, 25th Sep 2004, 9:10pm

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that was great.
Posted: Sat, 25th Sep 2004, 9:13pm

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good job! smile Probably would have been easier with motion tracking and corner pin, but it looks just like the commercial! smile did you have to rotoscope pretty much the whole thing? ouch! smile
Posted: Sat, 25th Sep 2004, 9:16pm

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Evman

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probably nothing compared to lightsaber rotoscoping.
Posted: Sat, 25th Sep 2004, 9:21pm

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True! I WISH I could track a lightsaber duel... now THAT would save some time! I've tried everything from tape to ping pong balls... But that sounds like a subject for another post smile
Posted: Sat, 25th Sep 2004, 9:40pm

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Hey That was SWEET!! KungSanGun could you post how you did this please, there ar alot of people wanting to know.

thx
Posted: Mon, 27th Sep 2004, 12:46am

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KungSanGun

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The basic idea of how I did this was...
Took a snapshot of the exact frame (timecode) I wanted the picture frame to change from hollow (empty) to a static picture and then used Paint Shop Pro to cut out just the inside of the white frame and create a small .tga file with an alpha channel. So I had three .tga files, two with my face and one with my dog.

For the first and third "passes" I just overlayed the appropriate .tga file at the exact timecode the original image was taken and then used Chromanator to keyframe the quad of the image to stay inside the white frame.....lots and lots of keyframes!

For the second "pass" where I place the frame around my neck I just keyframed the quad of the image from the initial start of the white frame off the table until I got to the timecode from which the static image was taken...once again ...lots and lots of keyframes...

Thats about it....with more time the keyframes could've been more accurate and a slight motion blur could've made the result more effective.

I initially tried this in Vegas 5 with trackmotion 3D compositing but couldn't get the motion to look right...maybe it was my unfamiliarity with the interface of Vegas..I don't know....but Chromanator was a breeze to work with once I got the "hang" of it's keyframes...

So I hope this helps and is not too cryptic of an explanaton. Like Marek said ...it's a pretty simple effect really.... but the genius is in the concept. Wish I would've thought of it wink
Posted: Mon, 27th Sep 2004, 3:00am

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Very nice, +1. Off to try it myself ---
Posted: Tue, 5th Oct 2004, 8:44am

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CurtinParloe

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Nice effect.

Nice dancing too biggrin
Posted: Thu, 7th Oct 2004, 4:34am

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very nice job.
Posted: Thu, 7th Oct 2004, 7:07am

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Coureur de Bois

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SWEET! Since I originally saw this commercial I've been thinking about how I would achieve the effect. Nicely implemented.
Posted: Fri, 29th Oct 2004, 10:47am

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saw this on b3ta. related to you or just flattery though imitation?
Posted: Fri, 29th Oct 2004, 4:19pm

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That was sweet biggrin

Wonder if I could do something like this for one of my weddings. Hmm?

/me wanders off thinking about possibilities..............

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Posted: Fri, 29th Oct 2004, 6:06pm

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Ive just come across this tutorial video for Digial Fusion that shows exactly how to do this effect:

Check it out:
http://www.cmivfx.com/m/hp_style_cmivfx.mov
Posted: Wed, 28th Sep 2005, 3:59am

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does anyone know how to do this in vegas videoi?
Posted: Wed, 28th Sep 2005, 12:58pm

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WOW!!

Nice recreation!

Thats a great quality of an editor/filmaker is that you can mimic ANY effect...Thats a sign of profession...I love it!

Great work and keep it up!
Posted: Fri, 30th Sep 2005, 12:56am

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effstops

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Very very nice. It is quite an awesome effect, and you pulled it off well. That's one of my favorite commercials.

swg33k wrote:

Thats a great quality of an editor/filmaker is that you can mimic ANY effect...Thats a sign of profession...I love it!
Actually, although it's fun and educational to mimic effects like this (I certainly do a lot of it), I don't think it's a great quality of a filmmaker. It's good to boost personal skills, but basically, it's copying. It's really the idea that is so compelling about the hp commercials. It's brilliant. Being able to mimic it so precisely does not help you grow as an artist-- only grow as a technician. There isn't enough creativity involved.

KungSanGun, great job nonetheless.

--Colin
Posted: Fri, 30th Sep 2005, 1:09am

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irishcult

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Really good. Hard to do it looks like some day i'll have to try that.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Oct 2005, 5:13am

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miker

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Ever since I saw that commercial I was thinking of how I could pull it off. You did it. Nice job dude.
Posted: Mon, 10th Oct 2005, 10:58pm

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irishcult

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i found this
HOme Made HP