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compositing a character from existing footage

Posted: Fri, 8th Jun 2007, 7:54pm

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alien slayer

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i want to take some footage from an actuall movie and cut out one charater that i can use in my movie. can i do that with the fx effects lab lite?

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Posted: Fri, 8th Jun 2007, 8:33pm

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Rotentatorsalad

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Is your movie on dvd or an old video tape or is it on your computer?
Posted: Sat, 9th Jun 2007, 12:00am

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If it's on your computer, then all you'll have to do is place an inverted mask around the character you want. Then, frame by frame, make the mask match the movement of the character.
Posted: Sat, 9th Jun 2007, 2:13am

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SilverDragon7

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1) The movie has to be on the computer
2) You need to open it and the movie you're making in Effectslabd
3) Drag and drop the movie you need the person from into the canvas
4) Start masking the selected area
Posted: Sat, 9th Jun 2007, 5:29pm

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alien slayer

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the clip i need is on a dvd but im pretty sure that i can get it to the computer. sot thanks for the replys everyone.
Posted: Sat, 9th Jun 2007, 6:16pm

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alien slayer

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does anyone here know if there is a program that would let me convert what type of video file to another?
Posted: Sat, 9th Jun 2007, 7:29pm

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Quicktime Pro is the ultimate, and its only $30. Also, VirtualDub is available for Windows only. Most editing apps have some coversion capabilities as well. But the original and destination formats will have some impact on what softwre can do the job.
Posted: Sat, 9th Jun 2007, 10:07pm

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alien slayer

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is there any programs that are free?
Posted: Sat, 9th Jun 2007, 10:35pm

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Axeman

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It depends what you are converting from and to. I don't know of a free one for Mac, off the top of my head. I'm guessing you are on Mac, since VirtualDub is free but you are asking for another? If you are on windows, then Hendo's MOVCreator is also free, and can be a handy tool to have around. But regardless, Quicktime Pro is worth way, way more than the paltry $30 they ask for it.
Posted: Mon, 11th Jun 2007, 6:33pm

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alien slayer

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ok i have the movie on the computer and i got it on effects lab now my only problem is that the image that is being masked is always transparent. i can see through it and to the back of my movie. i tried lowering the transparincy of the inverted mask but that just shoes the whole movie in the backround. is there any way that i can fix this?
Posted: Mon, 11th Jun 2007, 8:07pm

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Axeman

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That is the downside of trying to use EffectsLab for Compositing. By default EffectsLab used either Add or Screen overlay on any media that is imported, unless said media has an alpha channel. There is a way to work around it, though it is a little complicated. In the Text tutorials post at the top of the EffectsLab forum, you can find this tutorial which explains the basic of getting multiple layers of footgae in EffectsLab without the transparency.
Posted: Tue, 12th Jun 2007, 1:07am

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alien slayer

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thank you axemani got it to work finally. i thank you all for your help.now with this noladge i will be able to make my own movie smile
Posted: Sun, 1st Jul 2007, 1:27am

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darkleader11

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if your movie is on a dvd to get it on your computer use a capture card and import it into your editing program