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Masking Bushes [ANSWER]

Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 3:09pm

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CTLW83

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Hey Everyone,

I am currently attempting to simulate a meteor hit and explosion using Effects Lab light. In the shot I need to mask out some bushes in the foreground so it looks as though the meteor is going behind them. The problem is, there are a lot of small branches and holes in the bushes, so it makes for complex masking. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for making it easier?

I am all for making it as realistic as possible but, the problem is the bushes aren't exactle crisp in focus which means it is hard to get a handle as to where the bush really is. I have been playing with feathering and transparency on the masks to see if I can prevent it from looking too blocky. So far I am having OK success but, not the desired results...
Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 3:26pm

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Andreas

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my suggestion will "only" work if you have a static shot. no cameramovement whatsoever.

and here it is: simply replace the bushes with new ones on top of everything. either take them from the original footage, or go outside take some new ones or find some stock.

ofcourse there is a certain degree that everything will look very 2 dimensional. but with some cleaver colorcorrection and adding camerashake in postproduction you'll probably not be able to see it.

adding camerashake is a good way to hide you're mistakes and bad compositing. that is if camerashake suits your shot, you could probably get away with your "OK" results now. just make it dirty and quick so the eye will not be able to see - what not to be seen.
Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 3:34pm

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CTLW83

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Yes, that seems like it would work. I'd have to photoshop a still shot and then set it up as a preset. That could work. Thanks Andreas.

Sometimes we don't think of the simplest way to do things, and instead try to make them more complicated....

Unfortunatley I am not using VisionLab, I wish I could say I was, but, I currently lack the funds. As of right now I am just using effects lab light. I am still transitioning from AlamDV 2 because I just havn't had the time to mess with it up until now. Although, I bought it when the first public release was available.

Hey, by the way, whatever happened to your power of imagination video from years back? I kinda miss that one... I've been here since 2002, just like you have...LOL Just not as active.
Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 4:51pm

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Andreas

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CTLW83 wrote:

Hey, by the way, whatever happened to your power of imagination video from years back? I kinda miss that one... I've been here since 2002, just like you have...LOL Just not as active.
Hope stuff works out! And ooh, power of imagination. haven't thought about that one for a long time. It can be downloaded from www.ajpictures.se along with my other movies.

Later smile