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when to add lighsabers

Posted: Sun, 9th Jan 2005, 10:15am

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silencer

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Hi, i need to ask your opinions on adding lightsabers, here's the thing: i have the edited greenscreen footage from premiere 6.5, should i now use chromanator to add the backgrounds then add lightsabers in AlamDV or, create the sabers first then add background and then go back to AlamDV to add final effects. Oh and if i want someone sat in a cockpit should i greenscreen the chair or is it just as easy to mask over the chair in Chromanator

Thanks in advance

Silencer
Posted: Sun, 9th Jan 2005, 11:20am

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Simon K Jones

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If you create each part as a separate layer, it doesn't matter what order you do it in. Keep everything separate, then you can composite all the bits together right at the end. This also gives you much more flexibility to play around with compositing methods.
Posted: Sun, 9th Jan 2005, 11:37am

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Arktic

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As Tarn says, it might be a good idea to create a seperate video of the lightsabers, just exported over a black background, and then using Chromy to composite all the sections of the video later (the backdrop, then the actors, then the sabers).

Or, if you just want to composite as fast as possible, then you should add the background in chromy first, and then add sabers in Alam.

If you do it the other way round, you won't be able to key out the background properly because of the 'glow' created by the sabers.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Sun, 9th Jan 2005, 12:25pm

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silencer

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thats great thanks i thought about the glow so i'll do the export on black i think...is that easy to do or is it quite advanced
Posted: Sun, 9th Jan 2005, 2:33pm

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TimmyD

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You just choose the option to export on black in one of the dropdowns. In Chromanator, use the luminosity key to key out the black.
Posted: Sun, 9th Jan 2005, 3:10pm

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Rawree

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Actually in chrimanator you would change the composite mode to "Add", messing around with luminosity keys takes too long and would not look as good (in AE you would set the transfer mode to "Add" or "Screen")
Posted: Sun, 9th Jan 2005, 3:11pm

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Brettsta

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Or right click and change the clip to add.