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Getting started with the basics on Composite Lab

Posted: Wed, 29th Dec 2010, 3:24am

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FXhomer125821

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I just bought my 14 year old son the program to play around with as well as his new green screen that we bought him as well. We both looked over some of the tutorials and honestly find it very confusing. Can someone tell a few amateur filmmakers where to get started?
Posted: Wed, 29th Dec 2010, 4:21am

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Axeman

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Without knowing which tutorials you looked at and found confusing, its a bit tricky to know where to direct you, but I'll give it a go.

To learn how the interface is laid out, and how to get around it, I'd recommend watching the Lab Interface Tutorials in the order listed here:

http://fxhome.com/support/lab-tutorials/

Then, I would move on to the Lab Compositing Tutorials on that page, again, in the order listed.

For the most basic and simple explanation of creating a greenscreen composite, perhaps this article in the knowledgebase.

The more specific you can be with your questions, the easier it is to answer them. Are you having trouble creating a project? Selecting the right Project settings? Importing footage? Removing your greenscreen? Getting a cleaner Key? Making the layers of your composite match? Exporting the finished footage? More specific questions like these are easier to answer, as they give a more definite direction to go with an explanation.

Also, don't get too worried that it all looks a bit confusing at first. Digital video editing is a complex hobby, and even the pro's are continually learning new things. Once you get the hang of the basics though, you'll get get more comfortable with it, and will soon be experimenting with more advanced techniques.
Posted: Wed, 29th Dec 2010, 7:33pm

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FXhomer125821

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Thanks for your quick reply and it was helpful. Ok here is a more specific question. The knowledge base link you sent me stated that I had to import my green screen footage and background footage. I assumed that the software came with a variety of backgrounds. Is this correct if so , where do I find it? If not, then what do others do for backgrounds? We filmed my son looking like he was flying on the green screen and then went outside and taped the sky. We got the scene ( learned that he should not have been wearing green!) and also discovered that the green screen should be as wrinkle free as possible.

Many thanks

Dan
Posted: Wed, 29th Dec 2010, 8:32pm

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Axeman

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The software doesn't include any background footage. Most of the time you will want to film your own background, and import that. Other options are to purchase stock footage from a website or other stock provider, or to Render out a scene from a 3D application, for people that have the knowledge to do so.

And yes, if you are planning to remove all of the green from a scene to add a new background, then wearing green should be avoided, unless you are trying to make parts of the person invisible. If you have to use a costume involving green, then you will want to film in front of a bluescreen instead. Good, even lighting is also important to get a clean key, so wrinkles, which create shadows on the screen, should also be avoided.