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Stock Footage:Explostions

Posted: Tue, 11th Aug 2009, 6:22pm

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scottblanks

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I just recieved footage:explosions from fxhome. When I put the explosion over video, you can see through the fire. How can I make the explosion look more realistic. As if its actually in the video.
Posted: Tue, 11th Aug 2009, 10:02pm

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rogolo

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Try changing the composite method for the clip.

To do this, first click the colored bar of the Explosion video clip.



Then, in the toolbox, play around with the composite settings.



A couple to try may be Add or Lighten.
Posted: Tue, 11th Aug 2009, 11:26pm

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Axeman

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Add or Screen, one of which is the default, are going to provide the most realism. The transparency you are seeing is a good thing; A solid opaque flame would look totally fake. However, it is very, very difficult to film an explosion or fire effect in such a way that simply dropping in a single layer of the effect will give convincing results. At least two layers are nearly always needed to add presence to the effect, and often adding additional layers, perhaps with a bit of blur applied, or a slight color shift, can add to the effect as well.

At the most simplistic though, duplicate the layer until you get the look you are after.
Posted: Sun, 16th Aug 2009, 4:28pm

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scottblanks

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Thanks