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teleporting actors

Posted: Fri, 4th Sep 2009, 3:45am

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FXhomer54438

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Hey I was wondering how I could teleport actors. Would I split a clip of an actor and change the new layers postion a few frames later? any special effect that could help give the teleporting "look" to the actor? thanks!

P.S. You guys have been a tramendous help in all of my questions. Thanks for the amazing support! God bless everyone of you guys! Thanks again.
Posted: Fri, 4th Sep 2009, 4:55am

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Axeman

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You might be interested in this dvd, the Superheroes part of which includes teleportation tutorials.

As with most effects, there are many different ways to do it, and which one is best will depend on the needs of the particular scene. The two basic ways are greenscreen and splitscreen. Either way, you need to shoot a background plate (a plate is basically a background without the actors), then a second layer will contain the actor(s) in the foreground. If you add the actors via greenscreen, its easy enough to have them disappear, or teleport. For a splitscreen technique, you need to lock off the camera, so that it doesn't move AT ALL between shooting your plate and your actors. Then you stack the two layers, and when you remove the top layer, containing your actor, the background remains intact.

There are a couple o text tutorials here on split-screen techniques, which aren't actually for CompositeLab, but the principles are covered nicely. The Tutorials forum also has several tutorials on cloning in EffectsLab, which are all based on the split-screen concept.
Posted: Sat, 5th Sep 2009, 10:08am

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LeeGillan

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Hi, Axeman

What you are saying is understandable but once I have composited the footage how do I make it look more SFX-Like, because by doing what you said the footage will be me standing in one shot and then it changing and me disappearing

Thanks for your help
Posted: Sat, 5th Sep 2009, 3:44pm

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Axeman

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Correct. The embellishments to the effect, to make it look more cool, are entirely up to you and what works for the scene. There are lots of options for that particular kind of effect, from a quick bright flash of light to a puff of smoke like nightcrawler, to a gradual disappearance a la Star Trek.
Posted: Fri, 9th Oct 2009, 9:46pm

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bbarranco

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I shot on location and did not use greenscreen or get a background shot. Is it possible to still teleport?
Posted: Fri, 9th Oct 2009, 10:14pm

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spydurhank

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Yes... if you happen to have at least one frame right after you walk off camera. You can take that single frame and extend it by using the crop tool. You may have to render it as a single frame first in order to lengthen it on the timeline.
Posted: Sat, 10th Oct 2009, 1:42pm

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bbarranco

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Great idea!!! Thanks for the speedy reply. Unfortunately I do not have any such footage. Any other suggestions?
Posted: Sat, 10th Oct 2009, 6:22pm

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spydurhank

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Well... make me use my brain why don't you? biggrin

Is your actor standing still for the entire shot? If so... you're pretty much screwed and your best bet is to plan ahead the next time you shoot. Oh and you should just re-shoot the scene.

or

Does your actor walk from one side of the set location to another? If so... then you're in luck.

1. On your timeline... find a frame where your actor is to the farthest left of the camera frame, then find a frame where your actor is to the farthest right of the camera frame.
2. Using the "slice tool" cut those two frames from the rest of the video clip.
3. Stack those two frames on top of each other in the timeline.
4. Then simply mask out the actor in each of those frames and it should look like you have a single frame without your actor in it.
5. Then all you have to do is "Render current frame" Save it, name it and import it into your program.
6. Place the single frame on your timeline and right mouse click on it's name and select "set speed" this option allows you to extend the single frame into as many frames as you may need.
Posted: Sat, 10th Oct 2009, 8:30pm

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pdrg

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+1, good answer Spidurhank!
Posted: Sat, 10th Oct 2009, 8:57pm

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spydurhank

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Thankyou, thankyou very much. biggrin
Posted: Thu, 15th Oct 2009, 9:32pm

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bbarranco

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You are the man. That is insane that you know that much. Worked beautifully. Thanks again!!