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Daniel ElderStop Motion Question | After Effects or Photoshop?
by on Jun 30, 2012 at 2:28:57 pm

I have a music video that I'm beginning to edit and am doing something that I've never done before.

For the shoot, we harnessed the singer up with a rock climbing harness and rope and pulled her up to make it look like she is levitating )http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/levitation-photography/ and that looked great. So the setting was in a lush, green landscape, and we did one movement that is similar to the "Matrix" floating gun battle scene, but only laterally (no 360). I'm wondering what the best tool will be to remove (erase or mask) the rope during these movements. My first inclination is to use after effects and mask the movement and then add the second layer withe the exact same movement right below that. But not sure if this is the best technique to use?

Any thoughts? let me know if I need to clarify this more?

Thanks!
Daniel

Daniel Elder
producer
http://www.luminair.com


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Erik WaluskaRe: Stop Motion Question | After Effects or Photoshop?
by on Jun 30, 2012 at 5:20:26 pm

The link you posted doesn't work but if I understand your question then what you are trying to do is called "wire removal" and there is a ton of information out there. Just google "after effects wire removal".


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Daniel ElderRe: Stop Motion Question | After Effects or Photoshop?
by on Jun 30, 2012 at 8:27:19 pm

More or less but its different, I know wire removal, what I'm trying to do is create stop motion levitation photography (http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/levitation-photography/) for a music video. So I shot the footage twice once with the person levitating and once without, so I want to make sure the footage without is shows through the footage once I mask out the wire.

What I'm asking is it easier to do this in photoshop or after effects? And what is the best technique, masking, eraser, or something else?

Thanks!
Daniel

Daniel Elder
producer
http://www.luminair.com


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Walter SoykaRe: Stop Motion Question | After Effects or Photoshop?
by on Jul 1, 2012 at 5:20:00 pm

I don't understand why wire removal isn't what you want. Can you post a couple stills showing what you're working with and a quick mock-up of what you want to achieve?

Walter Soyka
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Daniel ElderRe: Stop Motion Question | After Effects or Photoshop?
by on Jul 1, 2012 at 7:17:37 pm

Wire removal is what I want, now that I've gone through and checked it out. What I am attempting seems pretty simple too compared to some of the other options out there, so I'm happy with that.

I will attach some stills and will post a video soon. Thanks!

Daniel

Daniel Elder
producer
http://www.elderpictures.com


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Daniel ElderRe: Stop Motion Question | After Effects or Photoshop?
by on Jul 12, 2012 at 6:09:40 pm

Hey CC,

So here is the video that I'm finally getting around to do a wire removal on.



After many tests with the CC Wire Removal, it works but isn't amazing. I have a clean plate, sort of, that I'll have to key frame to match frame-by-frame or I could do a clone stamp.

I have a clean plate shot at the end, but that'll take some manual labor to match the plates, so I want everyone's advice, how to remove the rope to make it look as if she is levitating to the ground?

Thank you!
Dan

Daniel Elder
producer
http://www.elderpictures.com


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