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Camera Shake Help

Posted: Tue, 10th May 2005, 9:47pm

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Underdog Productions

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I have a 1 minute sequence in a film I have finished where explosions are going off and people are getting zapped. To help sell the illusion I want to use camera shake.

I have read the tutorial on Artificial Camera shake back to front but have a couple of questions. Firstly, how often should i set the footage to a new angle? Every frame? Every 3 frames? Every 8? That doesn't seem to be covered in the tutorial.

My second question. Is there any animation presets out there? The example clip in the tutorial is a couple of seconds long but my sequence is 1 minute! Gonna take an age to do! Or am i just being lazy? biggrin

Cheers guys
Posted: Tue, 10th May 2005, 10:21pm

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TimmyD

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There could possibly be a shake plugin in your NLE, check there first.
Posted: Tue, 10th May 2005, 10:31pm

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BlueSmudge

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The number of frames depends on how intense you want your shakes to be. For huge explosions or zaps near the camera you could go every 1 frame. Dont space them out too much though. Anyhting past maybe 5 or 6 frames would look weird. Stick between 1 and 3.



To acomplish this faster do this:

Split the clip up using the razor blade tool. Then make a couple of presets for a few shots spaced out through the entire thing, and then alternate using those presents on shots that they would look best on.
This should really speed you up.
Posted: Tue, 10th May 2005, 10:36pm

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Underdog Productions

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Good advice Smudge. Cheers. You're right as well. Just had a go at different intervals and 5, 6, and 7 frames looks too slow. 1 to 3 will be what I need.

Another question! How much angle blur is best? I'm presuming the obvious thing is the faster the shake the bigger the blur.

Should I have the blur high at the start of the shake then set it to zero 3 frames later so it fades down?

I know the best way is to just do it, which I am as I write these posts, but any help would be great.

Thanks again
Posted: Wed, 11th May 2005, 2:01am

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BlueSmudge

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You only want it to fade down if the shake fades down. The amount of blur is up to you.