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Paolo MartiniChanging clothes
by on Sep 10, 2008 at 4:53:42 pm

Hi everybody.
I am about to shoot a commercial in which I need a woman to walk in a room and while walking her clothes need to change, like shirt, pants and skirts for example.
All in one sequence.
I think the only way is to recreate a 3d model and to match the clothes later.

Does anyone of you ever made such a thing? Any suggestion in the production/post-prod setting?

Thanks a lot.

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Naren NavaleRe: Changing clothes
by on Sep 18, 2008 at 5:03:23 pm

it is interesting to work on such tricky scenes.
actually I don't know your scope of work. but if 3D model works then you can use it but After effects is also equally strong for such effects when you have live character walking.

reply me if you really need some tricks! I will try help u.

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Paolo MartiniRe: Changing clothes
by on Sep 19, 2008 at 1:41:07 pm

Well actually what is should happen is that the live action character (the woman) while walking should have the dresses changing right on her.

How could AE manage such an effect?
I mean, what I thought is to create a 3D model followind the woman movement. Apply the 3D clothes on her and then composite in Combustion or AE.

Am I missing something?

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Naren NavaleRe: Changing clothes
by on Sep 19, 2008 at 2:31:03 pm


No you are not missing I guess. but it is true that, your idea is of course easier than AE issue.

I would suggest,
1. Shoot the real footage
2. Ask the lady to wear shorter dressing than the one shortest in your 3D theme. (so it will not peep in between movements)
3. Create 3d model of a character in max or import from poser.... let it be very low and of any quality.
4. put video footage in max BG
5. animate 3D character on existing girl/lady
6. apply clothing as effective as you need
7. make 3D girl non rendering (or invisible to camera)
8. render only clothes animation with seq. of .tga or .png for alpha
9. do not render video footage at this time in max
10. take this all stuff in AE

Next I guess you can handle in AE. it will provide you lot lot facility to override your minor minor artifacts and match moving.

Remember AE CS3 provides mesh based deformation also! This is great tool when you compose over live footage...........!!!

Hey man send me result sample clip if you really do it! would be interesting!


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