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Cloning in Composite Lab Pro

Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 1:38pm

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EJR32123

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Does anyone have a idea on how to make clones in composite lab pro( with out greenscreen)? One way is to record a scene of like you sitting on the right side of a bench, then without moving the camera record you on the other side. then import them into CompositeLP and use a garbage matte on the top layer to reveal the other clone. but the problem with that is that where the garbage matte is the videos are not graded the same way(one side is brighter with more contrast ETC. Another is to put video 1 on video and set top layer transparency to 50%. But the problem with that is, is that the clones are 50% transparent. Does anyone have a better Idea?
Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 3:25pm

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Axeman

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Without greenscreen, there are two basic ways to clone. The first is splitscreen, which you mentioned. The second, is to use masks to manually cut the person out of the video frame-by-frame, so they can then be added into a second video. The second method involves a lot more work and time.

With ANY method of cloning, it is critical that you make sure the lighting match from one shot or element to the next. This is equally true of split screen or greenscreen shots. If the lighting in all the pieces doesn't match, you won't get a convincing result. So make sure the lighting doesn't change between the first and second shots of your splitscreen. Often, this means you either need to film the scene inside, where you can have full control over the lighting. If it has to be filmed outside, then you may need some decent lighting tools to make sure that the light is consistent. This could be powerful lights, or a very large shade.

Here are a few of the cloning tutorials already available in this forum, which a quick search of the Tutorials Forum for the word 'cloning' brought up:

http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=39833&highlight=cloning
http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=25753&highlight=cloning
http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=39119&highlight=cloning
Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 3:55pm

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EJR32123

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Thanks