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I need help rotoscoping a fancy cursive L

Posted: Sun, 19th Oct 2008, 9:54pm

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ChampMM JRMMA

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Hi

I need help rotoscoping a fancy cursive L.

I want to

animate the L so it comes into the picture...(Exp: you don't see it, then you slowly see the L appear)I don't want a fade.

I don't have a very good text engine just my NLE (Sony Vegas 8 Platinum Edition)

is there an easier way than using ultra complex masks?

Champ
Posted: Mon, 20th Oct 2008, 7:20pm

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spydurhank

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hey, i could be wrong in understanding what you need but you can try having the "L" outside the camera view at the start of your intro then skip a few frames to where you want the "L" to be seen and then just move the "L" to where you would like it to be. when you play your intro the letter should float into the camera view. there's no need for masking or anything if you key whatever color you have behind the letter. you should also be able to animate the letter. rotate it and flip it, stuff like that. hope this is helpful and good luck.
Posted: Mon, 20th Oct 2008, 7:33pm

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tlawork

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Let me add some information here - I am the one who has procurred the services of Champ JRMMA to do this special effect for me. Just like the networks have a little button in the lower right corner of the screen with their logo, I want to have the same for the video I'm producing.

I want it to be animated when it appears and I want it to be a semi transparent cursive letter L that appears as if someone is writing it with an invisible pen - then conclude with a sparkle at the very end of the animation.

Once the letter is drawn, I intend to leave it as a still in the lower corner of the screen as a watermark or logo just like the networks.

---tlawork
Posted: Tue, 21st Oct 2008, 12:13am

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Axeman

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The two easiest ways I can think of to do it are:

1. Creat the "L", hide it entirely with a mask, and then animate the mask to gradually reveal the L as if it was being written.

2. Animate it traditionally. Figure out how long in seconds you want the writing to take, multiply that by 30 to get the number of frames it will take (based on NTSC, for PAL multiply by 25). Then, get a finished version of the "L" exactly as you want it to look, and use that as a template to start animating. Lay a sheet of paper over your template, ans trace a small portion of the L, and take a picture with a still camera, shoot a frame into your NLE through your video camera, or take a quick clip of video, whichever method works best for you, though video clips will require more work. Draw the line slightly longer, and take another pic. Do the math so that you finish the L at the last frame number that you canculated earlier, then sequence the frames and process the L to get the final look you are after.
Posted: Tue, 21st Oct 2008, 4:32am

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ChampMM JRMMA

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is there a way to do this in composite lab?

Champ
Posted: Tue, 21st Oct 2008, 5:36am

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See option 1 above.
Posted: Tue, 21st Oct 2008, 2:08pm

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ChampMM JRMMA

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I tried doing # 1

the animation is so blocky that the footage is worthless

Champ