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Matt Smith
Nonsquare Cropping in Final Cut Pro.
on Feb 9, 2010 at 9:21:17 pm

I'm working on a music video which involves many layers of the same space. There are five of the same guy [named Perry] on the same stage, shot in five separate takes and overlaid to create the illusion of "multiple Perrys." I have run into problems overlaying some objects over each other, and a nonsquare crop function in Final Cut Pro would solve this problem. Does anyone know of a way to do this, or to "fake" this effect? Thanks for your time.

If it helps, I can post pictures of what I have and what I'm trying to do.


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Kevin Monahan
Re: Nonsquare Cropping in Final Cut Pro.
on Feb 9, 2010 at 9:54:34 pm

I have never heard of this. It sounds like you want to rotoscope. Is that what you mean?

Kevin Monahan
60 Blu-ray Templates for Final Cut Studio 2009
http://www.fcpworld.com
Author - Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro


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Matt Smith
Re: Nonsquare Cropping in Final Cut Pro.
on Feb 9, 2010 at 10:48:01 pm

Not precisely. All I want to do is crop in a nonsquare shape to cut around the drummer's cymbal.

Here's the specific situation. The guitarist's neck overlaps the drummer's ride cymbal in the video, and I want to crop the guitarist's frame into a non-square shape to crop "around" the cymbal and eliminate the crossover. Pictures are enclosed.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q113/GibsonFanboy/Picture2.png
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q113/GibsonFanboy/Picture1.png

As you can see, their crop squares overlap and make compositing difficult. If I could crop "around" the drummer's cymbal it would be perfect, but I can't. The guitar's neck keeps passing over the cymbal, which means I can't overlay the cymbal on top of the guitar track.

I feel like I'm not explaining this very well.


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Kevin Monahan
Re: Nonsquare Cropping in Final Cut Pro.
on Feb 10, 2010 at 3:27:44 am

How about a Garbage Matte Filter? Do you know how to work that? I do all this kind of work now in Motion because you can draw custom masks, unlike FCP where mask drawing is very limited. Give the Garbage Matte 4 or 8 point filter a try and post back.

Kevin Monahan
60 Blu-ray Templates for Final Cut Studio 2009
http://www.fcpworld.com
Author - Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro


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