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There are several factors that comes to play with recording computer screens. As filzilla already mentions, sync is a major factor. In the old days CRT monitors was very challenging to film even with sync-locking. Depending on if you filmed on silver or on video you did get different results. With the exception of LED screens, LCDs also offer sync ...


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The problem with recording a video display with a video camera weather LCD, LED, or old fashion CRT is the frame rate often does not match the camera. Artifacts may include a vertical bar rolling through the screen. Even if your camera can match the frame rate of the display being recorded one may still end up with moiré pattern artifacts. Many productions ...


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I have not seen any movie that used any onset technqiuqes for this look. Of course you want the lighting to give away a certain mood to begin with but there are no special filters needed. For the post production workflow, there is a great plugin for several video tools like After Effects, Premiere and Final Cut from Red Giant called Mojo that makes it ...


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So after 8 hours of research, trial and error, I found a successful workflow for .mov footage from my Canon EOS Rebel T3i. The first part is that you can't import .mov "Apple / H264" files with Lightworks without purchasing the "Pro" version. The pro version costs $60 per year (which is actually a good price for what you get). So I bought that and was ...


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Depending on the fidelity of the video you can try to do a high pass filter on the video, in essence it will sharpen edges of the scene and help bring it out. The two steps I would do: 1) De-noise it (I use the neat video plugin for after effects) 2) Run a high pass filter (photoshop has this, but not after effects). To emulate this: a) Create a ...


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Any workflow that works for you is "correct". I don't see any obvious problems with your proposed workflow, though I would think you would want to do sound after VFX so that it can be properly timed to the VFX. Depending on the software you are using, you may not have to lock the shots but may actually be able to move directly in to working on the shots. ...


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I didn't view the entire video, but from what I saw it looks like a series of static slides. You could grab a still frame from each slide and create a (say) five second repeat of that frame, and use it to cover the section in the video where that slide appears. Every editing package I'm aware of can do this. Better yet, get the original slide stack and scan ...


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Adjust Metal to 0% and Specular Shininess to taste in the material options of the text layer.


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The general technique you're asking about is called motion tracking, of which there exist different types: Feature ("point") tracking, planar tracking, and 3D match moving. After Effects (and the bundled Mocha) is probably the best entry level software to each of these methods, but it definitely leaves room for professional growth. Apple's Motion includes ...


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Turns out that one should use the Motion effect and not the Transform effect for zooming in Premiere, even though they have exactly the same Position and Scale controls! Here is the result with the Motion effect p.s. The Anti-Flicker filter I discovered under the Motion effect was left to the default of 0, so that was not needed. p.p.s. I also found this ...


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The old school way is stop-motion animation. You basically take snapshots of the paper at regularly timed intervals, where you remove you hand and take the snapshot, then compile a video from the stills. You can use interpolation to smooth out the framerate. Another idea to remove your hand and pencil is to chroma-key your hand and drawing implement ...


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I have seen some trainwrecks by combining Nikon .mov with Vegas Pro 10. After tech calls into both Nikon and Sony it was determined that my machine didn't have enough resources. I need to upgrade from 32 bit to a 64 bit version of Win7, plus I need to go from a quad core to an i7, and from 4GB to 12 GB or better. I can use my Nikon files now but only if I ...


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I'm currently following this tutorial and at 12:44 i think i got the same problem as you did in this situation. When I turned on "Accept lights" my text turned white to my ...


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You can achieve an effect like this with a couple of distortion filters from most video editing or motion graphics packages. For example in FCPX/Motion, you could apply a couple of Bulge distortion filters to the upper right and lower left and adjust the scale and radius as appropriate. In terms of implementing it yourself, I agree that it's a question for ...


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About the newspaper headlines. I would not call it an effect at first. First it is a storytelling element, with the headlines actually telling something and often carrying the storyline forward - easily anything between three days to several months, plus that you could use it as a prelude for a jump in time of several years. What I'm trying to say is; this ...


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To add onto what Professor Sparkles said and to give more of a specific answer to your question, I believe this is done entirely in post (but I could be wrong because I have no experience on set). If anything, one could definitely reproduce this (or very close to it) in post by performing a few things: Remove Noise Balance your R,B,G channels Juice the ...


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There isn't really a magic "enhance" button like on CSI. If there isn't enough information to see even part of the numbers (at least a blur where they are) then it is impossible to tell what is there because the information simply was not captured. It is most likely clipping, which means that everything in that area is the maximum possible whiteness and ...


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Taking a closer look at the footage now that I'm at home, it's mostly the level of activity and motion in the shots. Even in the Sony video, the quality absolutely falls apart any time that there is high motion and unstable video. The way video compression works, it depends on predictable and smooth motion to achieve good compression results, especially ...


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Jim Mack's answer hits on most of it, but you will also want to look at the term rotoscoping. Generally speaking, this kind of thing is a highly manual effort to get best results. If you can separate layers using green screen, then you can place distinct color elements in your black and white shot (or vice versa) but if they are all on the same shot, then ...


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As you suggest, the scenes are shot in color. There isn't much of a special task for the director, it's almost completely a post-production challenge. In some cases a high contrast take can be made to assist in masking. This would be unusual for scenes involving actors, since the high-con pass wouldn't be well registered. It may also be possible in some ...


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Mostly any commercial video editing software should be able to do this. Premiere Pro would be my go-to option, there are different ways to accomplish a color pass effect with it. You can set the color you want to be passed, the tolerance, chose if you want softened edges ... Premiere basically can do everything you can wish for regarding color pass. But then ...


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Subtle cuts are cuts that are blended such that you don't notice they are occurring. They are the hardest type of cuts to pull off. You can do them during a quick pan or if you have a near stationary scene. The key point that Walter Murch is getting at is that jump cuts, cuts where the viewer is jarred in to noticing the cut, should generally be avoided ...


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There is not a spot heal tool in PremierePro, but there are a couple of things that you can try. If the spot is on a stationary portion of the video clip, you can... Export a frame using the frame export button located under the program monitor. Then clone the spot out in Photoshop using your retouch tool of choice. Erase all of the frame except for the ...


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I'll echo AJ on most of his response, but I would caution against doing color correction after compositing unless the elements are already fairly congruent. Ideally you would apply at least gross color correction to each layer or element. The notion of shooting 'flat' or low contrast IMO is a holdover from film, where you could pull contrast from the ...


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I would probably approach it by first measuring the size of the area that you want to crop to. This can be done by exporting a frame of the image and cropping in another program (like Photoshop). I would then create a sequence based on the other settings of the video, but alter the resolution of the sequence to be that of the portion of the video you ...


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Oliver, have you tried changed your sequence settings to the new dimensions? You can also restrict/define dimensions in the export settings under 'Basic Video Settings'. Hope this helps!


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Any set of samples would really have the same problem. How do you find what you are looking for within them? If you can draw, story-boarding has traditionally served this purpose. Part of it could also be to get better editors. If your editor's are good, they should be able to produce things in a visually interesting way with or without your help and, ...


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I like @stib's suggestions, and I have another option. (This will only work if the actor/actress doesn't move across frame much, and the camera isn't moving.) Shoot the actor/actress in front of a green screen. Take a still of the background, and doctor it up in Photoshop or some similar program so there is a "glow" around that part of the image. When you ...


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You certainly could get a long way in camera. You might want to add a diffusion filter to your lens - or a stocking if you can't afford one, certainly a strong backlight, and by the looks of it maybe a touch of diffused fog. Then in post grade it up until the skin tone is starting to get crushed to white.


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My process is always to start from the recording media, move the files from recording media to a 12TB external RAID5 array with a utility that verifies the integrity of the transfer. This is my long term working archive. While I don't do this at this time, I'd recommend making periodic off-site backups of this array (either to a cloned array or to tape) ...



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