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green screen help

Posted: Thu, 9th Jul 2009, 1:35am

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karenlynn58

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I am using a trial version of CompositeLab to see if this is the software that I need. What I want to do is make a video of something similiar to the Ipod commercials. The one with the silloutte dancers against a bright colored background. Will this software do this and if it can, how? Please help!! This is my first time to use this program.
Thanks in advance!!
Karen
Posted: Thu, 9th Jul 2009, 1:52am

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Axeman

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Yes it can. Where are you running into problems? The basic process is going to be:

1. Import your greenscreen footage and place it on the timeline.
2. Apply a key to the footage and adjust the settings as necessary.
3. Import your background and add it to the timeline below the greenscreen footage (unless you want a black background. For black, skip this step).
4. Grade your footage to eliminate all color and create the silhouette.

The video tutorials here will explain basics of keying, masking, and key grading if you aren't familiar with the basics there. Id also recommend taking the time to watch the Interface tutorials on that page, to get up to speed on the fundamentals of using the program. If there is a particular step that is causing you trouble, let us know and we can offer further assistance. If it is the key itself that is giving you trouble, we will need to see either an image or a clip of the footage at full resolution to offer more specific advice.
Posted: Thu, 9th Jul 2009, 2:09am

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karenlynn58

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Thanks so much for your quick response. I am probably trying to do something before I learn the basics!! Seems like I always manage to put the cart before the horse....
I will take your advice and watch the tutorials and then try again....I am so glad to know that I can do it with this program though...
Thanks again....
I will be checking back in with you for more help!!
Karen
Posted: Thu, 9th Jul 2009, 6:51am

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spydurhank

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First off... FXhomer138808.
Welcome to the community and congrats on choosing the FXhome lab products. You may at first find that the FXhome lab products are strange and perchance unfamiliar to you... but no worries.
They are in fact one of the most user friendly programs out there. The learning curve is not as great as you may think and you will soon be accomplishing great and amazing visuals with the program. I say this because of the forums and my personal hero... simply called "Axeman"
which you already met. If you have an issue with one of your video clips that for whatever reason needs working out... You give this guy enough detailed info and he can for sure figure it out for you.

And to 2nd Axman's response... what you are trying to achieve is in fact possible and very simple to do so, once you figure out the basics.
So check out the video tutorials so you can get a head start on your project, this will make it easier and faster on you once you get down to planning, filming and then finaly adding your effects to your video.

And remember... if one of us can't answer your question... well there are a ton of other folks here that can and are willing and able to help.

So once agian, welcome and good luck on your project.

p.s.
Axeman... I wasn't brown nosing dude. That's not my style!
I was just stating a fact when I say that 98% of the things that I can do with Visionlab, I either wouldn't be able to do them right now or it would have taken me way longer to figure out on my own without your help that's all, so thanks man.
Posted: Thu, 9th Jul 2009, 11:44am

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karenlynn58

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I can already tell that I am going to like ya'll alot!!!
Seems like ya'll are going to be so willing to help....
and man......I think I am going to need some help!!
Hopefully, this weekend, I will be able to devote some free time to it!!
Thanks guys!!
Karen
Posted: Fri, 10th Jul 2009, 4:54am

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Axeman

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Heh, thanks spydurhank. Glad I could be of help.

And karenlynn58 - there are lots of people around that are willing to help when you get stumped, so feel free to ask questions when you need some help.

I feel I should mention that the silhouette part of the iPod commercials is relatively easy; if you want to replicate the part where the ipod and earbud cable is a different color, that's a bit more involved. Still possible, but not quite as easy.
Posted: Sun, 12th Jul 2009, 3:07am

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karenlynn58

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Easy.....I don't think so....I have played with this all day!! It's driving me nuts!!
I'm not trying to insert an Ipod....I just want the dancing Silhouettes...
Posted: Sun, 12th Jul 2009, 5:25am

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Axeman

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Heh, perhaps I should have emphasized the "Relative" part of relatively easy more. Though I suspect the difficulties you are having now are just part of the learning curve; while you get the hang of a new software application and new processes. Once you are familiar with the program and techniques, it will be much easier.

Where are you running into difficulties? The more specific you can be, the easier it is to offer detailed advice. If you are having problems with the actual key (removing the green), then either an image or clip of your greenscreen footage is almost essential for us to be able to specifically give suggestions for that footage.