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Larry Wattsneed simple technique
by on Jul 5, 2012 at 1:22:03 pm

I have created a 3d virtual set with monitors that have rounded corners. I need to insert a lot of stills and QT movies into these monitors and need a tool to round corners before I use the distort and perspective effect. Can't think of one.

Thanks

Larry



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John CuevasRe: need simple technique
by on Jul 5, 2012 at 1:37:47 pm

You could use the Rounded Rectangle Mask tool.


(Optional) If drawing a rounded rectangle or rounded square, do the following before releasing the mouse button:


•To increase or decrease the corner roundness, press the Up Arrow key or the Down Arrow key, or roll the mouse wheel forward or backward.


•To set corner roundness to the minimum or maximum, press the Left Arrow key or the Right Arrow key.

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Dave LaRondeRe: need simple technique
by on Jul 5, 2012 at 2:23:19 pm

If it's a virtual set, there's a good chance it doesn't move. If you have a lot of videos to put in the monitors, I'd be tempted to carefully cut masks to make holes for the monitor screens.

You'd only have to cut these masks once, as opposed to masking each and every clip you use in the monitors.

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Kevin ReinerRe: need simple technique
by on Jul 5, 2012 at 2:51:28 pm

I'd use a precomp with a rounded-corners mask on it. Then just treat that precomp as the screen itself. You won't have to mask each image this way. Also, if you make the precomp the same length as the master comp, AE syncs them. So if you go into the precomp and move the playhead to a new time, you will be at that new time when you go back to your master comp (and vice versa).

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Walter SoykaRe: need simple technique
by on Jul 5, 2012 at 5:55:07 pm

[Larry Watts] "I have created a 3d virtual set with monitors that have rounded corners"

What's on the monitors in the virtual set? Maybe you can use it to pull a key to avoid having to manually mask altogether.

Otherwise, you can combine everyone's advice: you could use the Pen tool with Bezier curves [link] on the virtual set, or you could place a precomp on the virtual set, scale it and corner pin it to rough it in, then use ETLAT (edit this, look at that) [link] to lock a viewer on the virtual set while adjusting the rounded rectangles in a precomp.

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Larry WattsRe: need simple technique
by on Jul 5, 2012 at 9:41:54 pm

Thanks everyone!
My work brings me back to AE after quite a few years. I started with AE when it was COSA AE! I've always loved it. I'm doing Lynda training on it.


The virtual set has 6 plexiglas monitors on it. The monitors turn on as needed, and when the are on only the QT movie displays slightly inside the curved edge radius. The monitors will be viewed from multiple angles, but as walter said, the set never moves.

In photoshop there is a distort transform and a perspective transform. So far I don'e see an exact counterpart in AE, but with so many in the list, I could have easily missed it.

For now I'm happy with the camera and set both being stationary, but eventually I will be moving the camera, requiring a match move technique.

So for now, in AE:
1. What tool name do I grab to do the same as the photoshop distort tool which allows me to rotate the QT to match the place in 3D space I need to place it?
2. With this new information, which tool (by name) will most efficiently allow me to create a radius (or mask) for the QT Movie?

Thanks again

Larry



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John CuevasRe: need simple technique
by on Jul 6, 2012 at 3:42:30 pm

So for now, in AE:
1. What tool name do I grab to do the same as the photoshop distort tool which allows me to rotate the QT to match the place in 3D space I need to place it?

Assuming you have created a precomp for your what needs to go into the monitors. I would use the "Corner Pin" effect to place your videos into the monitors. Alternatively, you could turn these precomps into 3d layers and manually place them over the monitors, but that's probably overkill here.


2. With this new information, which tool (by name) will most efficiently allow me to create a radius (or mask) for the QT Movie?

You could use the pen tool with the RotoBezier check box enabled. Or use the pen tool and as you create each point, drag it the point a little to make them bezier points. If you do that technique you will probably need to adjust the bezier handles afterwards(I never get them perfect on my first shot).

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