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Sonya Dudnik
Reframing/black bars
on Mar 16, 2018 at 10:50:08 pm

Hello guys
I was wondering if anyone knows a quick way to reframe 1500 stills in a 1:30h film knowing that most of them are of different size. The aim is to ideally have 2 universal frames for horizontal and vertical pictures and to keep as much of visual information as possible. The problem is I already manually croped / zoomed in/ transformed many of them, so such things as PixelFilmStudio masking tool with adjustable 4 points masks (=black bars)do not pass through copy/paste attributes. The client do not want me to spend a day on manually reframing the stuff... or if it's the only way, are there any plugins with a cool grid which will make this work go faster? I've got an impression that there should be a super easy solution to it. Creating a project with smaller resolution in not really an option as the pics are all different, so i'd spend even more time on zooming in/out+panning.
I'd love to know what are other more creative ways to solve the problem of jumping borders and black bars. Like blurring or applying a background with a transparent middle to see through.Donno if I'm clear but will be greatful for any suggestions really.
Thank you


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Bret Williams
Re: Reframing/black bars
on Mar 16, 2018 at 11:53:18 pm

I’m not completely sure what you’re trying to do. If you kept the spatial interpolation at default, then you can copy and paste into another size project or modify the size of the current one and you shouldn’t have to adjust your animation (much).

As to the helpful grid plugin, I created a relatively cheap title overlay plugin that has an adjustable grid, custom guides, rulers with positioning data, Safe zones, film zones, center cuts, etc. https://bretfx.com/product/power-guides/

It also sounds like maybe you need a project wide crop? You can always compound clip the whole sequence and then crop that small enough to hide all your issues, OR add an adjustment layer and crop that.

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