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Stock footage not working on a bright background

Posted: Wed, 30th Dec 2009, 5:40pm

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Lerman Productions

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How can I get the stock footage to be visible when it's on a bright background?
Posted: Wed, 30th Dec 2009, 6:04pm

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It completely depends on the stock footage in question, and what method you are currently using to composite it. Can you provide some more details please?
Posted: Thu, 31st Dec 2009, 12:06am

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Lerman Productions

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I'm using the free gift stock footage from this website. What I did was I imported the stock footage and put it in the canvas on top of a bright background and then I changed the composite from normal to screen.
Posted: Thu, 31st Dec 2009, 12:26am

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Screen is going to give you the most realistic results, probably. You can try using multiple layers of the stock to make it more visible, or you can use some grading filters to adjust the colors of the stock, or you can try using a value key to remove the black, instead of the composite mode.

If none of those work, it may be that a different piece of stock footage is required to composite well into your scene.

For a good composite, the exposures of the background and the stock should be at least somewhat close. Not every piece of stock will work in every scene, which is one of the reasons its good to have lots of stock footage available.