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How many layers can you composite?

Posted: Thu, 16th Apr 2009, 2:23am

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meast1431

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Currently I only have EeffectsLab Pro and iMove 09 (has some minor green screen abilities)but I am looking at some projects that will require more than what iMovie can do.

I was wondering if there was a limit to the number of layers that could be composited together in CompositeLab and VisionLab?

Here is what I am looking at doing:
Taking 1 guy and filming him playing guitar, bass, drums, harmonica and singing and then compositing it all into one film where it looks like the same guy is playing all parts at the same time.

Thanks!
Posted: Thu, 16th Apr 2009, 4:59am

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Axeman

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There isn't a limit to the number of layers you can have (or if there is, its huge. As in, Hundreds) in CompositeLab or VisionLab. Download one of the free demos and give it a spin; see if it will work for what you have planned.

Are you planning on greenscreening it all together? Will it be continuous, or will it have lots of shorter shots cut together?
Posted: Thu, 16th Apr 2009, 7:30am

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spydurhank

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Yeah dude,
The # is way up there, that's saying that there is a limit which I don't think there is.

What you're talking about is layers on your timeline right? such as video clips, effects or grade objects. I've heard of one of the guys on this site, in one of the forum posts... he said he had like 20 layers or some such thing. The only thing that having a ton of layers or video clips will affect is that the more you have the longer your clip will take to render.

You're better off having a clean backplate and shoot your actor playing all the instruments against a blue or greenscreen to make it simpler for you to composite. I hope that helps you at least a little.
Posted: Thu, 16th Apr 2009, 11:33pm

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meast1431

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I plan on doing all that and much much more. smile
So there is no danger of messing up my existing effectslab pro install?

I don't want to do any thing to mess that up.
Posted: Thu, 16th Apr 2009, 11:59pm

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spydurhank

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meast1431 wrote:

I plan on doing all that and much much more. smile
So there is no danger of messing up my existing effectslab pro install?

I don't want to do any thing to mess that up.
No danger what so ever. biggrin
It'll be cool to see your work once you're finished.