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How can I re-create the invisible man effect? [ANSWER]

Posted: Fri, 7th Dec 2007, 9:43pm

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mdslammer

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Hello,

I just bought Vision Lab Pro. I'm very new to compositing but I'm really hooked. I have a project due next week for my lighting class final exam. I'm trying to find out how to make my character disappear at the end of the film.

If anyone can help on how to achieve this or give me a tutorial link (don't seem to have any of this efx) I would be very grateful.

Thanks for your time and patience.

Regards.

Mark Dalzell / Sin City Productions
Las Vegas, NV / USA
Posted: Fri, 7th Dec 2007, 10:37pm

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Axeman

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You have to film the character as a separate element. One way is to lock off the camera, and film a background plate, without the actor, and then film the scene with the actor. The other way is to film the actor in front of a greenscreen, and add him to the background plate. Either way, you can then use a transparency filter to fade out the layer with the actor, and he will disappear.

Also, I've moved this out of the EffectsLab Help forum, since it is regarding VisionLab.
Posted: Fri, 7th Dec 2007, 10:50pm

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mdslammer

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Thanks for the reply Axeman. I filmed my subject in front of a green screen. I'm not sure what you mean by the "background plate". Can you please elaborate. In the meantime, I will try the transparency filter you spoke of.

Sorry about the wrong area for this post.

Thanks again.

Mark
Posted: Fri, 7th Dec 2007, 10:52pm

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Dead Iris

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By background plate, he means the picture behind him. You can either film that place you want your actor/actress to disappear or find a picture that fits your video dimensions and add it as the bottom layer.

That help?
Posted: Fri, 7th Dec 2007, 11:03pm

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mdslammer

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Mequellios, I have a piece of Art Beats behind my subject. It's a space
shot.
So, can you explain how to use the transparency tool Axeman spoke of?

Thanks to you both for your time and help.

Best.

Mark
Posted: Fri, 7th Dec 2007, 11:33pm

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Axeman

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On the layer with your actor, apply a transparency filter. Then go to the frame where you want him to begin fading out, and set the transparency to 0. Now go the the frame where you want him to be completely invisible, and set it to 100. Between the keyframes you set, he will smoothly fade into nonexistence.
Posted: Sat, 8th Dec 2007, 12:09am

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mdslammer

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Thanks Axeman. I'll give this a go.

Regards.

Mark
Posted: Sun, 23rd Dec 2007, 5:08pm

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Sagerman

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Axeman wrote:

On the layer with your actor, apply a transparency filter. Then go to the frame where you want him to begin fading out, and set the transparency to 0. Now go the the frame where you want him to be completely invisible, and set it to 100. Between the keyframes you set, he will smoothly fade into nonexistence.
Layer, transparency filter and all that. I'm a doofus an beyond a doofus.
What are these things? Forget, better idea. Is there a video that actually shows one step by step how to do this displacement for invisbility?
Posted: Sun, 23rd Dec 2007, 6:33pm

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Axeman

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Even Better. There is an entire series of video tutorials to help you get familiar with the basic functions of the program. Its best if you acquire a good understanding of how the program is laid out and operates, before you dive into an effect as complex as the invisible man.