Hello. I know there are a million forum posts about screen replacement. This one, hopefully, is a little different.
I'm wondering how to get a more realistic composite for an HDTV screen replacement. Motion tracking I know, and it looks good. Motion blur, not a problem. My issue is things always look flat – like they've been digitally pasted on the screen. When trying to figure out why, I'm guessing it's because there's no natural luminance coming from the object. For instance, a tv that's on should be casting some light on the surface in front, etc. Subtle stuff, to integrate it into the scene.
What are some techniques you guys use to create a more realistically integrated composite? I hate how flat and pasted on my stuff looks (even if it's tracked accurately, with motion blur). Thanks all!
Shoot the screen with the TV turned OFF. Then you can use the black screen -- with the inevitable reflections in it -- on a separate layer, using one of the blend modes and perhaps tweaking its opacity.
The result: a realistic-looking TV screen, because the screen colors aren't so intense, and there are reflections on the screen.
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA