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Gafyn JonesGetting rid of Echo repeats
by on Jul 4, 2011 at 12:07:44 pm

Hi
Having filmed some footage of me with a torch on a Canon 5D
I took the footage into AE and used ECHO to lengthen it.
This is the look I want (see JPG) and these are the settings
I've used:

Echo time: -0.010
No of Echoes: 200
Starting intensity: 1
Decay: 1
Operator: Maximum

I like the effect but I want to get rid of the repeated circles
at the end of the tail. So...

1. Can I do this by changing the settings whilst still retaining the 'look'?

2. Or is there a filter in AE that can get rid of this for me without
blurring it?

Cheers

Gafyn



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Kevin CampRe: Getting rid of Echo repeats
by on Jul 4, 2011 at 1:40:02 pm

you could try using timewarp to try and add motion blur to the footage.

add timewarp prior to the echo effect. set the speed to 100 (you don't want to change the speed), then go to the motion blur settings and see if you can add enough motion blur to soften the hard circles.

there are third party effects that can do a better job of creating motion blur. revisionfx's reelsmart motion blur is pretty good. if timewarp can't do it well enough, i think they have a free trial you could try.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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Kevin CampRe: Getting rid of Echo repeats
by on Jul 4, 2011 at 3:23:52 pm

this may not help you now, but if you know before a shot that you would want to do this type of frame blending effect, and you want the smoothest blending, try shooting with a slow shutter speed (as close to the frame rate as possible) or high shutter angle (as close to 360 as possible).

this should give you the greatest amount of motion blur to the original footage, which will help create the smoothest blending of frames.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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