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Jay James
removing an prominent eyesore within the frame of the footage
on Jun 19, 2013 at 11:54:44 am

Hello can anyone help please have a real issue with a short film - on the screen lies a very prominent eyesore, 'the pube' - which I believe was on the sensor, had to send the camera back in the end to get it removed - is there anyway through an editing process that we can get rid of it. its just that we cannot reshoot any of the footage as we can't get the actors back.

Here is the link:





its at the start of the film with the drunk leaning into a wooden fence most prominent within the first minute which is an important part of the story we can't afford to lose.

Please tell me there is a way around this someone

Thanks in advance

Jay


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Simon Modery
Re: removing an prominent eyesore within the frame of the footage
on Jun 19, 2013 at 12:57:12 pm

The only way is a frame by frame paint-out. If you have Photoshop you can export the shots that need fixing as a Prores MOV and open them in PS (yes PS can open MOVs). Use the "Animation" window in PS to navigate between the different frames and use the clone-stamp to get rid of the hair.
The "art" is to keep your paint-outs consistent from frame to frame otherwise you will have a flickering effect that is far more distracting than the hair.

Head of Postproduction
Motherlode

http://www.simonmodery.com


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Mark Suszko
Re: removing an prominent eyesore within the frame of the footage
on Jun 19, 2013 at 1:58:10 pm

Simon's right, especially since the hair changes position.

Don't know why you're so worried about the hair on the lens now; to be blunt, the audio has already ruined the rest of the project.


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John Kaley
Re: removing an prominent eyesore within the frame of the footage
on Jun 19, 2013 at 3:22:06 pm

1. Put the movie on two layers.
2. Mask out an area next to the "pube" that is good on the top layer.
3. Shift the position of the top masked layer to cover the "pube"


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Mark Suszko
Re: removing an prominent eyesore within the frame of the footage
on Jun 19, 2013 at 3:34:59 pm

That works up to a point, John, but leaves a transparent-looking ghost of the shape in it's place. I might add another layer and apply a blur to that region, but the traditional wire-removal rotoscoping procedure will offer IMO better results, if you erase thru the hair layer into an offset of the clean "plate" layer. There are also "dirt-busting" filter algorithms in the high end color-timing software apps that might fix this automatically, but I sense this project lacks the budget for that.


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Tony Brittan
Re: removing an prominent eyesore within the frame of the footage
on Jun 19, 2013 at 8:04:56 pm

If yiu know someone who is running FCPX and you've got $149 in your budget, you might try CoreMelt SliceX with Mocha. It's really quite awesome for this type of thing, and you use Mocha to track it. Otherwise the methods already described, or using After Effects will be where ya wanna go.

Tony Brittan
Island Shore Productions
Kill Devil Hills, NC


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