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Rachel MillerKeying or Matteing to removing Shadow on White Wall
by on Feb 23, 2012 at 1:56:11 am

Hello,

There is a huge shadow on the side of the person being interviewed. Can I key out the shadow or matte the entire wall with white?

Thanks,

Rachel


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Michael GissingRe: Keying or Matteing to removing Shadow on White Wall
by on Feb 23, 2012 at 2:05:16 am

Is the camera static and the person as well? Without seing the shot it is a bit hard to guess but if you have plenty of time and can rotoscope in Motion you might be able to do that. I doubt there is a quick and easy fix.


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Rachel MillerRe: Keying or Matteing to removing Shadow on White Wall
by on Feb 23, 2012 at 2:30:48 am

Yes the subject and shadow is static. It is a sit down interview.


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Michael GissingRe: Keying or Matteing to removing Shadow on White Wall
by on Feb 23, 2012 at 2:36:42 am

People are rarely static. Any slight head movement and shoulder shrug make simple matting difficult. Keying usually creates an obvious edge. Also the wall needs to be simple.


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Tony BrittanRe: Keying or Matteing to removing Shadow on White Wall
by on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:02:56 pm

If you have access to AE CS 5.5, the rotobrush makes rotoscoping much easier.


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Dave LaRondeRe: Keying or Matteing to removing Shadow on White Wall
by on Feb 23, 2012 at 3:58:03 pm

I'll bet you were given the footage and told, "Here, edit this," or a similar scenario. In other words, you didn't shoot it yourself.

To prevent this unnecessary and time-consuming kind of work in the future, I for one would not be afraid to raise a big stink about the photographer's absence of lighting skills. You shouldn't have to deal with this kind of thing -- particularly on a sit-down interview where they actually take time to light the subject.

Then again, the director may said, "Y'know, I don't like that shadow now. I want you to get rid of it."
If so, you can invoke the phrase, "You can have it done well, done quickly, done inexpensively... pick any two."

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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