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Lifting subject out of background [ANSWER]

Posted: Wed, 26th Mar 2008, 7:33pm

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StuntMusic

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I've been having some fun and learning the3 product pretty quickly, so here is another question.

I've seen an effect on some documentaries that has a picture start as a 2d image, then the subject seems to "lift" off the background and move slightly above the background.

Wondering if CompositeLab could do something like this?

If I import a PNG file, does CompositeLab recognize the transparency layer?

Can you import a single bitmap image and make an image stream out of it?
Posted: Wed, 26th Mar 2008, 9:04pm

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Rockfilmers

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Composite lab does suport PNG transparency files (I found that out myself a few days ago smile )
Posted: Wed, 26th Mar 2008, 9:12pm

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GeeksGoneBad

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I've used After Effects for these kinds of animations - basically you have to separate the pictures elements so that you can move them around in 3d space seperately...

I know there's a tutorial out there for this somewhere and I'll hunt it down if AE is an option for you smile
Posted: Wed, 26th Mar 2008, 11:49pm

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StuntMusic

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Unfortunately, AE is not an option.

I'd love to have AE for some of the stock projects I've seen out there, but I can't afford the price tag for Adobe products anymore.
Posted: Thu, 27th Mar 2008, 12:03am

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Axeman

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Yes, CompositeLab can do that, if I am correctly understanding what you are trying to achieve. Are you talking about a picture lifting from the background, or an element of the picture, such as a person, lifting out of the picture? Either way it is do-able, though the first is going to be easier than the second.
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 5:09pm

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StuntMusic

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This is actually the latter.

I saw a program on Magellen and they had a drawing of him on a parchment of sorts, with maps and other itmes in the drawing. At one point, the drawing of him lifted off the picture and moved towards the camera, with a drop shadow under him and then the rest of the picture went out of focus, a real nice depth of field illusion. My guess is that is was a layer in After Effects and could be done easily.

I saw a few videotaped shows, like The First 48 Hours police drama, where they have a video of a cop and then the video freezes, he gets outlined and cut out of the picture and put on another backgroud, like a while or black, with text, etc.

Ever notice how perfect the cut outs are on shows like that?
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 10:29pm

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Axeman

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Yeah, that would be easier in After Effects than in CompositeLab, but its still possible. There are two ways you could go about it; first, use a garbage matte to carefully isolate the person or item from the photograph, second, to shoot the person as a separate element to begin with, and then composite them into the photograph.

You would have to add and animate a second layer to create the drop shadow, and keyframing the bg going out of focus would be relatively easy.