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Ben Beasley
Blending / compositing advice please
on Mar 8, 2012 at 12:06:37 pm

Hi FCP experts

I often see on film / tv nice blended or superimposed sequences of, well anything, but for example, simply shots of people, from different scenes. Is there a way to replicate this on FCP 7. When I'm mixing video tracks simply using opacity, the video image becomes thin and ghostly and often darkens. The more tracks used obviously the thinner and more transparent the images become.

Is there a way to blend video tracks in FCP while keeping the images relatively solid. So in fact only certain areas become transparent, and it's in these areas we see other video tracks. I suspect it's with composite modes, which I'm obviously no expert on. Is this the way these effects are achieved? In the industry would FCP actually be used for this - or is it more likely to be done with something like After Effects?

Many thanks for any help or ideas
Ben


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Stephen Smith
Re: Blending / compositing advice please
on Mar 8, 2012 at 6:43:02 pm

It really depends on the image. Do you have an image in mind?

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Dennis Leppell
Re: Blending / compositing advice please
on Mar 9, 2012 at 9:19:39 pm

Do some research on 'keying', and "mattes" That should point you in the right direction for what you are trying to do. Composite modes are more for blending layers to achieve a particular look.

And yes, while FCP can do this (and sometimes reasonably well), compositing should be done in a program like After Effects.



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Ben Beasley
Re: Blending / compositing advice please
on Mar 14, 2012 at 1:38:19 pm

Many thanks for the info - will do some research and try things out


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