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Michael Beckematte effect to make an object appear cut out with scissors
by on Jun 1, 2010 at 5:21:32 pm

Hi all,
I'm having some trouble trying to achieve a certain effect.

I have some footage of a person shot on green screen and I am going to make it look like stop motion cut out pieces of paper.

I have everything working except the cut out part.

I have keyed out the footage.
I have added my crumpled paper layers to add some texure.
but now I want to add the paper edges onto the character.

I have tried a "glow" effect and then used "roughen edges", but then I can only get organic borders and not sharp edges and straight lines as if it were cut with a pair of scissors along straight paths. (even with the scale settings very high in "roughen edges")

I have been looking all over the place and can't find any help on this topic.

I want to avoid manually making the cutout shapes by hand if at all possible.

Many thanks for any help,
Mike



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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: matte effect to make an object appear cut out with scissors
by on Jun 1, 2010 at 5:39:10 pm

I'm afraid that for that kind of straight edge paper cutout effect you'll have to animate a mask- there's no plug-in that I know that can do what you are looking for. It will be interesting to see if someone has a different solution for this one.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist
Bucharest, Romania
http://www.ennstudio.ro


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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: matte effect to make an object appear cut out with scissors
by on Jun 1, 2010 at 5:43:31 pm

Here I am, right after I said that there's no work around...
It may just be possible to turn the keyed man to black, comp that on white and do an auto trace. Use the animated spline thus created for a mask- eliminate some points on it to make it more rough, and "break" the remaining points to get straight lines and sharp corners...
Let me know if this works

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist
Bucharest, Romania
http://www.ennstudio.ro


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Michael BeckeRe: matte effect to make an object appear cut out with scissors
by on Jun 2, 2010 at 9:52:38 am

Hi Ted,
I'm going to try this now and will let you know how it works out.
Thank you very much for your thoughts on this.
Mike



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Michael BeckeRe: matte effect to make an object appear cut out with scissors
by on Jun 2, 2010 at 3:10:44 pm

This solution isn't a magic bullet, but it is so much better than doing it all by hand.
It requires quite a lot of tweaking, but the outcome looks very good.

I had to get the amount of keys used in the auto trace right for it to look good (not cutting off some of the body) when I changed the bezier points to linear points. This required me selecting each keyframe with the mask points selected and changing them by cmd-clicking them, which takes a while, but way better than roughly rotoscoping it.

Thanks a lot for the solution Ted, much appreciated.
Mike



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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: matte effect to make an object appear cut out with scissors
by on Jun 2, 2010 at 6:33:42 pm

Glad it worked out!

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist
Bucharest, Romania
http://www.ennstudio.ro


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