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Ben AllanTrying a possibly impossible effect
by on Jun 30, 2014 at 7:26:23 pm

Okay remember the Truman show and there was that famous poster which was Jim Carrey made up of thousands of photos. Well I'm trying to do this with video.

The difference being its on a key'd out dancer. Key the dancer out Luma track matt the hundred of tiny videos inside the matt. (Possibly) This helps with the colour problem. As i'm not finding shots that match the shade of the dancer.

Now how would anyone do the movement. I really want the whole thing to move with the dancer rather than his movement just reveal more footage. I even want it to explode at the end? Any thoughts and has anyone seen this done before?

Many thanks.

Ben.


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George GoodmanRe: Trying a possibly impossible effect
by on Jun 30, 2014 at 7:56:44 pm

Sounds like your on the right track.

I would just make a giant video wall and used the keyed dancer as a track matte. Then take another instance of the keyed dancer and play with its blend mode - maybe multiply - and put it on top of the trackmatte. The problem is that the color is going to have to be dictated by the dancer as it would change as he moves. Because of that, the video wall colors will have to be updated as he moves so no clip can ever really stay the same color.

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George

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Ben AllanRe: Trying a possibly impossible effect
by on Jun 30, 2014 at 8:19:32 pm

Thanks for the advice. I'm not too worried about the colour of the footage changing. I was going to make it all desaturated anyway. What I don't want is a track Matte that shows new footage as he moves I just want the block to move with him. I understand I will need to key frame some parts but there must be a way we can get the majority of it to move?


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George GoodmanRe: Trying a possibly impossible effect
by on Jun 30, 2014 at 8:28:55 pm

I see.

Ya, the tricky part is that since he's a dancer, he's likely moving different parts of his body in different directions.

You could try doing some camera tracking with different parts of the body, like and arm, for example, and then parent the clips on his arm to the null. The problem besides having to track a bunch of different parts of the body is that the clips would have a very rigid movement.

Maaaaaaybe there is something you can do with a sampleimage expression where you check the alpha channel and if it reads it as nothing there it moves the the footage - but that would be really tricky and might actually have terrible results. Could be worth asking in the expression forum though.

But to be honest, I don't think there is anyway you can totally escape the track matte effect. As the body turns, the footage would have to warp to have it continually fill the body without cutting off some of the clip or showing another. Can you actually visualize how the edges of the video should be moving as the body moves?

Perhaps if you had a central line that through the middle of the arm and body etc, you could stick the video edge to that, but thats just a lot of keyframing and manual moving. Plus, if something twists, it's still going to cut off some of the footage like a track matte would.

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Sincerely,

George

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Mike ZimbardRe: Trying a possibly impossible effect
by on Jun 30, 2014 at 9:11:11 pm

There's an old tutorial that shows how to do this using card dance:

http://www.ayatoweb.com/ae_tips_e/ae50_e.html#

This sounds like the effect you're looking for. Card Dance will be really handy to break your dancer footage apart into tons of tiny mosaics. Hope this helps!

- Mike



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Kevin CampRe: Trying a possibly impossible effect
by on Jun 30, 2014 at 9:23:19 pm

if you went the card dance route, you can use a gradient layer to effect properties of the 'cards'.

i don't think you'll be able to get the cards to move with the dancer with this feature, but you could use a matte (maybe blurred matte) of the dancer as a gradient layer and use that to effect the scale and/or z position of the cards... so as the dancer moves within the frame, the small videos seem like they get displaced in space, which might be pretty cool.

Kevin Camp
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Ben AllanRe: Trying a possibly impossible effect
by on Jul 1, 2014 at 3:06:29 pm

Thanks for this, the Card effect looks great i'm a big fan of Ayatoweb. I think i'll give it a go! Thank everyone!


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Ben AllanRe: Trying a possibly impossible effect
by on Jun 30, 2014 at 9:18:08 pm

Thanks George that's a great help. I will give it a go. I'm testing it out at the mo. And will be filming the dancers so I can asked them to keep it basic. Thanks again!


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Michael SzalapskiRe: Trying a possibly impossible effect
by on Jul 1, 2014 at 12:55:09 pm

One way to guarantee that you could do this would be to create a 3d model of a dancer based on the actual dancers' movements and attach videos to the model in the 3d program.

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