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Jen Addisonchanging the shape of footage
by on Aug 27, 2011 at 8:35:10 pm

Hi all, The effect I am struggling with is - I have some incense smoke footage on a transparent background and I want to transform the entire layer to match a shape i.e. a bird. I don't want to lie it behind the bird (masked) I want the entire clip of smoke to become the bird - hope that makes sense. I have tried warping without any luck. I have looked absolutely everywhere on the internet for some inspiration again without any luck. Not too sure if I would be better of trying this is premiere pro - maybe? I don't know. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: changing the shape of footage
by on Aug 27, 2011 at 10:03:29 pm

Mesh warp can help and so can the Puppet Tool in AE. My guess is that you may want to combine a few instances of that smoke to help you fit the shape. Also, combining with a particles system like particular can help.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist

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steve agriosiRe: changing the shape of footage
by on Aug 27, 2011 at 10:32:13 pm

I agree with Ted.
In addition you may also have to try the reshape plugin [ kinda slow on cs4 ]
Plus the Liquify may work for a finishing touch.

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Jen AddisonRe: changing the shape of footage
by on Aug 28, 2011 at 8:29:42 am

Thanks guys, I will give it a try and let you know how I get on. Jen xx

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