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Posted: Fri, 5th Feb 2010, 7:28pm

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CryisisFX

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Yeah, i know the displacement method to do the cloaking effect..... but isn't there a way to make it into a preset, so you just drag it on the video, draw a freehand mask and done...?
Posted: Fri, 5th Feb 2010, 7:45pm

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Axeman

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Can you explain more clearly what you are trying to do?
Posted: Fri, 5th Feb 2010, 10:00pm

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CryisisFX

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I am trying to achieve 'predators' Cloaking effect, you know, when it turns invisible. But with Presets, so i can use it quickly, more easily and without green screen(don't have one..)
So far no luck, i tried all engines but nothing, i was wondering if its possible, trough effects!!!!

PS. i know the displacement map thing, im not looking for that or any info about that!!!

PS2. This is the best explanation that i can give!!!
Posted: Fri, 5th Feb 2010, 10:55pm

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If you want to displace without using greenscreen, you will have to manually draw masks around the displaced person for each frame. Other than that, all that is involved in the effect is to apply a displacement map, which can be done just as fast as any preset could be applied. So I'm still not quite sure what you want to speed up by making a preset. You could certainly save the displacement map as a preset, and apply it that way, but it won't be any faster than just applying the displacement map. Although i guess if you are using specific settings for the displacement every time (which seems unlikely as the amount of displacement will relate directly to the proximity of the invisible person to both the camera and background), then a preset could save a bit of time in adjusting settings.
Posted: Fri, 5th Feb 2010, 11:26pm

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CryisisFX

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Bamn....You've dropped the bomb.... biggrin
Yes, i was talking about the masks. I had to draw lot of masks without greenscreen, and took me a couple of days for a 30 sec video .....
I tought there is a solution, a preset that you can add like a muzzle flash, and the person would disappear .....
Anyway my bad, sorry for the headache with my bizzare questions!!!!
Thank you for the answer!
Posted: Sat, 6th Feb 2010, 12:16am

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Axeman

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Ah, right. The whole point of using a greenscreen is so that the software can automatically detect where the person is for you. Without the greenscreen, there is no way for the software to know what part of the frame should be kept and which parts should be removed. So you have to define those areas manually, using masks.

No worries about the bizarre questions; that's how we learn.