I did something similar that can be seen here
This is how I would do it. If this doesn't make sense, I can make a visual breakdown of my effect so maybe that will help. Let me know!
First you need to film your actor jumping into the air. Then film a "clean plate" (aka a video of the background with no actor). Do the same with the destination area.
Then put the clean plate under the video of your actor. Cut the video in half (I can't remember what tool does that, I will look it up if need be), then slow down the next clip substantially and shorten it to 3-10 frames. Crop around your actor with the mask tool and move him around the clean plate as needed, probably want to add some blur, gaussian blur or motion blur.
Then cut to the clean plate of the "destination" and do the opposite of what I described above. Start by taking a part of the video where your actor is in the air and slow it down substantially, then cut it down to 2-10 frames long. Animate, grade, and blur as need be and then cut to the action in the clip of your destination with your actor that corresponds with his position at the end of his "arrival".
Have a wonderful day/night!
Clean Plate: A video or image of a specific place with no actors/actresses in them from the same angle at which you filmed the scene with the actors/actresses.
Locked Off: When you put your camera on a tripod it is "locked off", in other words it isn't moving.
Color Correct: this is when you change your colors, using different grades in order to fix any colors that are the wrong shade, or whatever.
Grading: this is when you add different grades in order to achieve a certain look.Things you will need:
1 to 3 shots of your actor Jumping (from the take off area)
1 clean plate of the "take off area"
1 to 3 shots of your actor jumping (onto the landing area)
1 clean plate of the "landing area"
Vision Lab Software
Some NLE (if nothing else is available use Windows Movie Maker (for a PC) or Imovie (for a Mac)
A photo editor that can save PNGs. This tutorial will explain it in GIMP
which is free (for PC or Mac)Filming: Step 1
Go out and film your scene. Make sure to get as many takes as you can! The more takes the better! Make sure your camera is locked off. Make sure to film all
the shots at one location from the same angle. DO NOT MOVE THE CAMERA WHEN YOU FILM THE CLEAN PLATE
(after filming the actors). Film the actor(s) first that way the clean plate will always match the exact angle at which your camera was at when filming the actor(s).Editing:Step 1
The first thing you want to do is import all of your footage into your editing software (in this case I will be describing this in Windows Movie Maker). Assuming you know how to get your video into windows movie maker, we will move on. Start by picking the takeoff you like the best. When you have it, drag it to the timeline. I will refer to this from now on as Shot 1
. Step 2
Crop the video so that it starts at the beginning, and ends right after your character leaves the ground. (This should probably be done in your NLE). Next, use whatever tool it is to take a picture of the very end of that video. Save it.Step 3
Do the same thing with the landing video. Find a spot when your actor(s) is in the air, before they land, and create a picture from it. (This time you will be taking a picture of the beginning of the video rather than the end). Save that picture as well.Step 4
Open Gimp. Open your first picture in there (the takeoff one, I will refer to it as picture 1
from now on) and right click on it. Click "Add Alpha Channel." Adding this will make it so that you will have a transparent layer under your picture layer. Use the "Eraser" tool to erase everything except your actor. This does not have to be perfect because you will be blurring it later, but do your best! Make sure to save it as a PNGStep 5
Do the same with the landing picture (which I will now refer to as picture 2
Bring Shot 1, and Picture 1 into vlab. Put Shot 1 into the timeline and then place Picture 1 immediately after it. Note
Picture 1 will have what appears to be a black background. Bring your clean plate for Shot 1 into Vlab as well. Place it under Picture 1.Step 7
Now match up Shot 1 with Picture 1 so that when shot 1 ends picture 1 begins and it is completely fluid.Step 8
Now it is time to animate Picture 1. Click on the Animation tab under the clip on the timeline. Move it, scale it, rotate it, as necessary. Now, go into the grade tab, and blur it as necessary. It will look best (in my opinion) if you blur it slightly, at first and increase the blur as time goes on, but do whatever looks good to you.Step 9
Eventually he needs to either A)
blur out completely or B)
fade out. You can make him fade out by turning the opacity down, which I believe is also in the grade tab. Step 10
Render the clip out as whatever file type you will be using.Step 11
Redo steps 6-10 with Shot 2 and Picture 2.Step 12
Put them into your NLE (probably Windows Movie Maker) and put them together how you want them to be. Then save it as a movie file and bring it back into VLab.Step 13
Grade the entire thing. You don't have to wait till the end to grade, and some people would say this is a bad idea, however I prefer to do it this way. You may grade them individually after you do finish the effect, but I like to see my video side by side as I grade them. It is all up to you. Keep in mind that if you want to grade each shot individually and see them side by side you can always use the "slice" tool to cut the clips and grade them separately.Step 14
When you are happy with how it looks render it out as an AVI or MOV depending on what your NLE supports and your personal preference.Step 15
Now you need to import them into your NLE, add titles, credits, and sound. You can pick out whatever sounds you want, music or anything else you want to add before you are done.Step 16
Save as a movie file. You're done!
If you need anymore help, do not hesitate to ask.
Have a wonderful day/night,
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