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Moving objects and Masking

Posted: Fri, 25th Feb 2011, 4:50am

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ChrischinLoois

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Ok, so obviously I'm new at this whole thing, but the tutorial on masking hasn't helped me with MOVING objects. The stupid british Todd explains how to mask but he only does it on a still image, that's a no brainer I mean if i wanted that I'd just do photoshop or something. I can't find any videos on explaining how to mask moving objects. Do I have to re-mask whatever is moving in front of my explosion EVERY frame or is there an easier way to do this? Thanks to any help
Posted: Fri, 25th Feb 2011, 11:31am

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Simon K Jones

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The stupid british Todd
Thanks. Assuming you're talking about one of my tutorials, what's my nationality got to do with anything?

I can't find any videos on explaining how to mask moving objects. Do I have to re-mask whatever is moving in front of my explosion EVERY frame or is there an easier way to do this? Thanks to any help
If you move to a new frame and then adjust the mask, a new keyframe will be created on that frame. The mask will then animate between the keyframes.

The number of keyframes you have to use will depend on the specifics of the shot - if you're trying to mask a rapidly moving subject then you'll need to place more keyframes than if you're masking the edge of a building, for example.
Posted: Fri, 25th Feb 2011, 4:08pm

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ChrischinLoois

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Ha I'm sorry man I'm just SO frustrated and theres no videos helping me with this one thing i need lol

But yea that's what I've been doing, i was hoping maybe there was a faster way to do it cause it is a fast shot im falling with a dust explosion behind me and its just taking forever for this maybe 2 second shot
Posted: Fri, 25th Feb 2011, 4:14pm

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That's how visual effects work. If you want good results, they generally take a long time and a lot of tedious work.

In a worldwide, international community, racist comments aren't the best way to go about asking for help.
Posted: Fri, 25th Feb 2011, 4:42pm

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ChrischinLoois

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Ok SORRY about the british comment i have nothing against british people? that wasn't racist at all the "stupid british guy" wasnt saying the fact that he was british was stupid i was just saying because the masking tutorial wasn't very helpful. His other ones are very helpful but this one specific one happens to be the only one that I actually needed and no other video has help on this subject. Every video i look up is for after effects.

And I'm aware it takes a while I'm not complaining I just felt like I was doing something wrong because it seemed like i was, thanks for the help at least i know I'm doing it right.

No offense to the british comment again it was very early and I had to finish it and it frustrated me how it kind of skipped the process of keeping the mask in place on the object.

Your tutorials are great sorry for any offense
Posted: Fri, 25th Feb 2011, 4:44pm

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Simon K Jones

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No problem, these things happen. smile

It might be worth checking out some of the other tutorials, like the timeline tutorial or the animation tutorial. Although these don't focus specifically on masking, the concepts covered in them still apply to how you'd animate a mask.
Posted: Sat, 26th Feb 2011, 2:05am

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ChrischinLoois

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Oh I've watched every tutorial lol The day I got it I went step by step, I guess I just couldnt connect some things to masking. Just when i was doing it it didn't seem right because in all the videos I've seen the masking looks dead on perfect and mine look sorta obviously masked, I guess it just takes practice lol This video I'm making is just VERY important like it will pay for all my college expenses if done right and not being able to get passed this part frustrated the hell out of me lol

Thanks for the help Todd, keep doin what your doin!
Posted: Sat, 26th Feb 2011, 2:07am

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ChrischinLoois

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Or Simon..? lol I thought in the tutorial you said it was Todd, my bad lol
Posted: Sat, 26th Feb 2011, 8:11pm

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Tarn. biggrin