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Brad DeCecco
FCP 7 - isolate/darken tv screen in frame?
on Dec 3, 2012 at 11:28:46 pm

So I shot a VERY low budg job of a speaker talking in front of 2 tv monitors. Of course the client wants them darkened down because they are "distracting" (even tho at the time they said: "Don't worry about it.") I'm good at basic FCP but haven't done a lot of advanced stuff and I def cannot afford to send this out. the camera changes angles about 10 times so I will need a bunch of different mattes I assume. SOmeone suggested a Garbage filter, but wouldn't I have to duplicate the clip to do that? That seems like extra work. IS there a way to mask and darken down the two tv screens in frame that is easier and quick? Any advice greatly appreciated.


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Jeff Meyer
Re: FCP 7 - isolate/darken tv screen in frame?
on Dec 4, 2012 at 1:40:29 am

You might be able to use the Limit Effect area of the 3-way Color Corrector to accomplish this task. Limit based on the top of the Luma range, then bring the right-most highlight area down. Also consider adding a yellow shift on the right-most circle of the 3-way color corrector. Monitors tend to have a blue shift.

Do be careful using this method. It will tame highlights on your subject - possibly unnaturally - and doing the color shift could bring some unwanted results. When in doubt I would focus on making the person look better instead of the monitor.


For the future, this is the kind of thing that adding more/better lighting for the subject, or putting a sheet of ND (under $20) on the front of the monitor would take care of in the future.


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Nick Meyers
Re: FCP 7 - isolate/darken tv screen in frame?
on Dec 4, 2012 at 7:29:49 am

possibly it will need a combination of what Jeff suggests, PLUS a garbage matte to keep the trims off the subject.
yes, that will require a second track.

COLORISTA was (is?) a 3-way cc tool similar to the FCP one that had build in window creation.


as Jeff points out it would have been simpler to fix on set.
i hope you are charing for this.


nick


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Brad DeCecco
Re: FCP 7 - isolate/darken tv screen in frame?
on Dec 4, 2012 at 11:12:26 pm

yeah, I got a tiny bit more, but not what it should be considering they told me they didn't care ON SET. Same old story right? Sigh.


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Brad DeCecco
Re: FCP 7 - isolate/darken tv screen in frame?
on Dec 4, 2012 at 11:11:20 pm

Ha, I KNOW! It was os low-budget, they specifically said, just bring your camera, no lights, etc. Because they couldn't afford me. So I just took the subway with my camera, and OF COURSE< I was like "This is the one time I need my lights!" AND I showed them on the monitors, we tried to mess with the house lights, and they said "IT's fine, we don't care, don't worry about it. CLIENTS - AURGH>


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Jeff Meyer
Re: FCP 7 - isolate/darken tv screen in frame?
on Dec 5, 2012 at 1:23:58 am

If you're shooting for free, make sure you leave with something you're happy to put your name on. If you don't you've given away a mediocre product with your name on it, and you have nothing you want to show for it.


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