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BulletProof BMW

Posted: Thu, 25th May 2006, 12:17pm

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Garrison

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Aloha People,

My first effect clip posted here. My friend Mark let us film him using his BMW. I altered the color in FCP (I didn't use Visionlab because I'm not as familiar with it yet), and then wanted to use Axeman's Spotlight preset as light reflection from the bullet hits.

The bullet hits are a few of Axeman's Presets and most of stock footage some of it converted from the old Alam DV sparks.

Thanks to Serpent for helping me with this.

Let me know what you think.

-Darren


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Posted: Thu, 25th May 2006, 12:21pm

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Simon K Jones

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Cool stuff! Use of the spotlight is very clever and works well. A couple of suggestions for improvement:

- Alter the contrast. Not sure how you can do this in FCP, but in VisionLab you can use the Contrast Pro filter. Raise the black point slightly to make sure the shadows are properly black. Currently in your clip they are slightly washed out, even in the graded clip. Making the blacks properly black always helps to make a shot look more pro and dramatic (although make sure you don't take it too far and make the shot too dark! You only want to make the very darkest areas black).

- The bullet hits seem to have a lot of yellow in them, which doesn't really match with the grading scheme of the main clip. They need to be graded to have the same purple tone. The forthcoming update will introduce grading objects, which will enable you to grade everything in one go, which would be very useful for this example.
Posted: Thu, 25th May 2006, 5:16pm

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Thanks Tarn,

I'll try your suggestion on the contrast, although grading is something I am the weakest at. Like if I look at a clip, I'm not sure what to change, and even if I did, I wouldn't be able to know how to change it because of my inexperience. I'm sure I will get more confident in it as I play with grading more. There is so much VisionLab can do, I feel like I only scratched the surface.

I didn't grade the bullet hits like you said, and I realize I missed that step to make it match. Gotta remember that next time.

I did like the use of Axeman's spotlight. That's a great preset!
Posted: Sat, 27th May 2006, 6:23pm

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Before I even watch this, I will suggest that 24mb is a bit much for such a short clip. If you have FCP, you have quicktime pro, so you can compress this to about 1mb.
Posted: Sat, 27th May 2006, 6:28pm

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rypcat wrote:

Before I even watch this, I will suggest that 24mb is a bit much for such a short clip. If you have FCP, you have quicktime pro, so you can compress this to about 1mb.
I understand. However, just because I have FCP, does not mean I have Quicktime PRO. But I will try and compress it to make it easier. And re-post the link.
Posted: Sat, 27th May 2006, 6:29pm

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When I installed FCP on my computer, it automatically upgraded my quicktime to the pro license. Maybe cause I have final cut studio, but I thought it worked with FCP alone.
Posted: Sat, 27th May 2006, 6:33pm

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Yeah FCP Studio does come with Pro I believe. However I only have version 4.5. I'll try and get MPEG Streamclip to compress it to a .mp4 or something. I wanted to make sure that Axeman's Spotlight preset was very visible. Instead of garbage matting a lightflash, I just thought I would use the preset as a bypass.

Worked well.
Posted: Sat, 27th May 2006, 8:47pm

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Looks cool but I would suggest adding the effects THEN color grading. The sparks looked to orange for what the rest of the enviroment looked.

EDIT: Whoops... yeah what Tarn said ha (thats what i get for not reading ahead)
Posted: Sat, 27th May 2006, 8:56pm

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LOL... thanks CX3
Posted: Mon, 29th May 2006, 5:42am

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rypcat wrote:

Before I even watch this, I will suggest that 24mb is a bit much for such a short clip. If you have FCP, you have quicktime pro, so you can compress this to about 1mb.
Okay, I've changed it to 3MB .mp4. Thanks for your patience.
Posted: Tue, 6th Jun 2006, 2:54am

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That was a pretty cool short fx clip. You should keep trying at all of your available effects. I can tell they're going to be good.
Posted: Tue, 6th Jun 2006, 6:58pm

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Seargent wrote:

That was a pretty cool short fx clip. You should keep trying at all of your available effects. I can tell they're going to be good.
Thank you for the kind words.
Posted: Tue, 6th Jun 2006, 7:24pm

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This was really cool, especially how you made it "break-down" style. My only two objections are the grading of the general clip and the color of the bullet hits. The stage where it shows the spotlight added is awesome, and I think with some smaller-sized, maybe even lower opacity bullet hit stock footage, you would've gotten a better effect.

Then again, you've already heard all this, so I'm just gonna go ahead and sum it up. I liked it, but some stuff was a little out of place. Altogether, cool little test.

3/5, it would've been 4, but the grading erked me a little too much. biggrin
Posted: Tue, 6th Jun 2006, 7:48pm

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ben3308 wrote:

This was really cool, especially how you made it "break-down" style...The stage where it shows the spotlight added is awesome...
I wanted to do it that way especially since I used Axeman's Spotlight preset (brilliant stuff) as a shortcut to making my own masks for every bullet hit.

ben3308 wrote:

My only two objections are the grading of the general clip and the color of the bullet hits...and I think with some smaller-sized, maybe even lower opacity bullet hit stock footage, you would've gotten a better effect.
Yeah, I will pay attention to that more next time around. I carelessly missed that.

Thanks for taking the time to comment and vote.