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Mark Suszko
How to build a fake reflection in Motion that looks slick as cover flow?
on Feb 16, 2010 at 8:49:06 pm

The project:
I have an irregular solid shape in png format alpha keying in black space, and I want to reflect it into a glass-like plane in the foreground of the shot, very much the same way things look in Cover Flow. What I did so far was to fake up a translucent gradient-shaded plane with the same solid in photoshop, and when I import the layered .psd and line it up to look like my shape is hovering over a glass table top, it works, more or less - but it is, well, kind of "meh". Lacks the real gloss and sheen of the look of cover flow. How should I approach constructing this scene in a better way? More work on the photoshop side, and if so, what? OR am I missing a trick in Motion that makes this easy?

Thanks as always for any guidance, you guys are my new heroes this month as I'm doing OJT with Motion while under client deadlines, never the most relaxing way to try to learn something new.



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Stephen Smith
Re: How to build a fake reflection in Motion that looks slick as cover flow?
on Feb 16, 2010 at 8:53:51 pm

Take a look at one of these tutorials:

Reflections for Motion 4

or

Reflections for Motion 3

Hope this helps and best of luck.




Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

Check out my Motion Tutorials


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Mark Suszko
Re: How to build a fake reflection in Motion that looks slick as cover flow?
on Feb 16, 2010 at 9:15:18 pm

Steven, that looks like it will be a huge help, thanks!


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Stephen Smith
Re: How to build a fake reflection in Motion that looks slick as cover flow?
on Feb 16, 2010 at 9:20:21 pm

Happy to help and best of luck.




Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

Check out my Motion Tutorials


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