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Martin Phillips
Reducing reflection from shiny piano
on Jun 20, 2013 at 9:43:34 pm

Just looking for a few more ideas to minimise this after a shoot yesterday on one of the camera angles. Dulling spray was not an option on the £70,000 Steinway Concert Grand so we had to go with it. All angles have worked well, but where we used the track you can see a certain amount of the dolly / tripod rig reflected as it moves round. Will be cutting this on X - I know we can take the shadows down but am worried it won't match the other shots. Just wondered whether anyone had any other ideas. It would be a shame to have to cut round it each time, but if we must ... well, we must! Thanks.

Martin Phillips Freelance Cameraman / Producer / Editor
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK. http://www.videodvdmaker.co.uk


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T. Payton
Re: Reducing reflection from shiny piano
on Jun 20, 2013 at 10:05:54 pm

Slice X with Mocah should be abel to handle this. You can use object remover and track the reflected camera.

You can also use Slice X to track the reflection area and then color correct just that area.

Does that make sense? Slice X has a free trail so you should be good to go.

(One note about SliceX, I would highly recommend that you export a master of your repaired clip if you are doing more than a few shots. Some folks have had trouble with alot of SliceX in a single project.)

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque


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Bill Davis
Re: Reducing reflection from shiny piano
on Jun 21, 2013 at 8:51:00 am

No guarantee of perfection, but the simplest way inside X using just its toolset is to just do a simple matte overlay and apply either a Gaussian blur or drop the brightness or both.

Take the scene with the bad shot and make a copy and attach it as a secondary in sync with the original in your primary storyline. Apply a crop, or garbage matte (IIRC, Mark Spencer at Ripple Training has a nice 8-point garbage matte generator that's free.) and apply the blur to the "patch" overlay. Then maybe soften the edges -and if the camera move is steady, you might be able to simply key frame the motion of the patch to track and obscure the reflection.

It's not as sophisticated as a real tracking fix, but it's free, easy, and all the basic tools are built right into X .

Good luck.

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David Eaks
Re: Reducing reflection from shiny piano
on Jun 21, 2013 at 9:53:14 am

Alex Gollner has a nice set of 4, 8 and 16 point masks available for free-

Mask+
http://alex4d.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/mask-plus-fcpx-effects/

Might as well grab Motion Template Tool from Andreas Kiel too-

http://www.spherico.com/filmtools/MTT/index.html


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Martin Phillips
Re: Reducing reflection from shiny piano
on Jun 21, 2013 at 4:13:53 pm

Thanks guys - some really great ideas. I might give Slice X a go - I think being able to track the movement will be really helpful in this instance. Will report back how I get on!

Martin Phillips Freelance Cameraman / Producer / Editor
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK. http://www.videodvdmaker.co.uk


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