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Gareth Randall
How to make text look more like a film optical?
on Jul 9, 2008 at 6:33:44 pm

I make a lot of movie promos for broadcast, and so I do a lot of keying of text and other graphics over movie footage. Something I've never been entirely happy with, though, is the integration of that text and graphics; I want it to feel more organic, more like it's part of the original film rather than something added on top by me.

Essentially, I want to make my text look more like film opticals. Does anyone have any suggestions for achieving this?

I've tried the obvious stuff, like adding a slight blur to soften the hard edges and knocking the opacity back a bit, which helps, but it's still not quite right - it still looks more like slightly softened, partially-opaque text and graphics rather than something that feels organically part of the film.

I used to work with graphic designers who were able to achieve this, but were always a bit cagey as to how they actually did it. Now I have to do it on my own in Motion, so any help will be gratefully appreciated!



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Noah Kadner
Re: How to make text look more like a film optical?
on Jul 9, 2008 at 8:23:00 pm

That's why folks get paid the big bucks! But yeah I'd work with a slight blur, turn motion blurring on and work with the opacity a bit.

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Mike Amelang
Re: How to make text look more like a film optical?
on Jul 10, 2008 at 8:50:52 pm

Try adding film grain to the text. That may be one difference between the text and the film below it.

Mike


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Gareth Randall
Re: How to make text look more like a film optical?
on Jul 11, 2008 at 6:44:11 am

I've tried film grain. It helps, but it's still not quite there.



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david bogie
Re: How to make text look more like a film optical?
on Jul 11, 2008 at 4:28:32 pm

The only thing I can think of to add to the list is gate weave. You'd need to motion track something in your main comp. It will be a subtle illusion but what about film looks isn't?

bogiesan

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Noah Kadner
Re: How to make text look more like a film optical?
on Jul 11, 2008 at 5:05:57 pm

Also run it through Magic Bullet- but that's probably overkill. There's a difference between something looking subtle and the over the top faux scratchy film look.

Noah

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