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Here is a tutorial that I worked on recently for cloning using FX Home Composite Lab Pro. Hopefully it isn’t too hard to follow or understand and I hope the pictures help to make some of the more confusing looking steps (in writing) easier to understand. PM me if you need help!
What you’ll need
-A pet or someone who wants to be ‘cloned’
-A video camera
-A tripod (a must)
-FX Home Composite Lab Pro
Okay, well now that we’ve gathered the materials, I will begin to walk you through the cloning process.
1. You need to find a suitable location to film the effect. Make sure it is in a low traffic area so no one interrupts the shot. For this first time, we will do the effect indoors, although it is very possible for an outside effect.
2. Setting up the camera and tripod. This is the most important step as this needs to be precise. The tiniest camera movement will completely mess the shot up.
3. Get you actor/actress/pet ready for the shot and on screen.
4. Record the video. The best thing to do is to press start and let the camera run until the end of the filming portion of the effect. This is best as you will not accidentally disturb the camera’s position by pressing the record button and will leave the shot steady. (of course, if your camera has a remote control, this is a good alternative option.
5. For this tutorial we moved the subject (the dog) around into 3 different areas of the shot (note: we did not move the camera, just the dog)
6. After the filming is done and you got all the positions you want (again, recorded into 1 scene), press the stop button on the camera
1. Open Composite Lab Pro
2. Select ‘select video clip’
3. Select your first video clip (will be layer 1)
4. Open your other video layers (in this case 2 others)
5. Under the settings for video 1 click the drop down arrow under matte and choose garbage matte
6. Choose the square option
7. Drag the edges to cut off the unneeded part of the video (this is where the second overlay will fit in)
8. It will look like this when it is done:
9. Now, drag the second video clip into the screen and repeat the garbage matte process, but place the square matte on the opposite side of the new video clip:
10. It will look like this when you click out:
11. Now drag the third video clip in, and apply another garbage matte to this clip (this matte will be placed above the third clip as to cut out the area the other two clips will take up)[(sorry if that is kind of confusing- the picture will help]
12. When you click out of the garbage matte, this is what you should have so far:
13. Now your cloning effect is finished and you can now fool around with it to adjust lighting, contrast, or add some cool grading effects!
Hopefully someone can find that helpful.
P.S. I also wanted to add this link to a video I did a while back with cloning my dog: cloning/disappearing dog This can be done with making the video layers fade in and out using an NLE.
P.P.S. Check out my tutorial on cloning in an NLE here