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Model Ship Flying Fast!

Posted: Sun, 22nd Feb 2009, 6:16am

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Moonloon1

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This tutorial will show you how to make a model space ship, jet airplane or nearly anything fly fast. The background will be moving more than the model.

Things you will need:

Shown is a snap-tight Revell Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter model ($10.00 at WalMart), you can use anything (prop planes will be a little harder unless the prop is motorized).

Well lit greenscreen wall and a stick with the same color as your wall. I just glued a scrap of greenscreen material on the stick and drilled a small hole in the back of the ship the same size as the stick/dowel from WalMart's craft department $1.00. Lights for the model. I used two compact fluorescents 6200 lumens full spectrum with umbrellas on stands ($10.00 each from eBay not including the fluorescents).


A very long panoramic photo in this case a photo downloaded from http://www.sxc.hu/photo/668974 (free download).

Obviously a video camera (Cannon HV30 used here), NLE (Final Cut Pro used here) and VisionLab Studio.
I rested my hand on a support with the HV30 LCD pointed towards me. I turned the model, rolling stick between my fingers, right/left and still. Imported footage to NLE created movie.

In VisionLab import video and super wide photo (this .jpg is a super long, very large pixel, panoramic of Death Valley, CA). You could also use stock footage or go out and video driving down a country road.
Apply Color difference filter, settings will vary I used Black point 2, White point 24 (adjust settings as needed ), Blur gaussian 2, Erode white 1 and Spill suppression. Apply square masks left right and top. You may also need one on the bottom. Leave only the model.

Now take the long panoramic at beginning of the timeline, select Animation, slide photo all the way to the left, move to the end of timeline and slide photo all the way to the right (depending on the orientation of the model). This will create a background that moves very fast across the screen.
Next do keyframe movements of the ship, angle/rotation, scale (if the ship banks scale the ship smaller or larger as needed).
Next I used Jet Engine preset for exhaust. I keyed about every three to five frames. Render and see how it looks. Models can give a realistic look and are easier than using CGI. Hope this helps. The video of this is on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftf-g_IqjHU

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Posted: Mon, 23rd Feb 2009, 10:20am

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Simon K Jones

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Nice one! That's a nifty greenscreen setup you've got there.

The finished composite works well, although I think the movement of the ship could have matched the rolls a little more tightly.

Very cool, though. I'm hoping to do some stuff like this myself soon.
Posted: Mon, 23rd Feb 2009, 10:36am

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cavickers

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cool hehh i am trying to do that with some Lego an maybe create a model in my life saver,3d max
Posted: Mon, 23rd Feb 2009, 10:42am

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Excellent tutorial man and good looking effect!
Posted: Mon, 23rd Feb 2009, 4:30pm

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Moonloon1

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Thank you all, I made a long starfield .jpeg with Graphic Converter (shareware) and I'm working on that now. I am putting dual engine exhaust on that one (the ship has two). I want to get a multi axis bering to attach to the support so the rolls are smoother, I see a tiny bit of shake in my hand. I suggest not putting the exhaust on until you are sure of the ship movement. I will also build the same model and put a stick in the bottom for turns, into & away from the camera. And my only other complaint is the multi lights in the ships canopy, I will have to diffuse the glare a bit.
Posted: Tue, 24th Feb 2009, 11:21pm

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Very nice. biggrin
Posted: Sun, 8th Mar 2009, 7:10am

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Moonloon1

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Tarn wrote:

Nice one! That's a nifty greenscreen setup you've got there.
Thank you Tarn, thats in the recording studio, new musicians/clients almost always ask "What's the green wall for?" Tho only thing I don't like about it is I have to put my lights away every time I record bands. I lost one of my large Compact Fluorescent Lamps the other day while recording guitar OD's (Guy was LOUD!!!), I forgot to put one away, drums are the worst. I just looked on-line and the price has more than doubled.