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Jason Bartonremoving image from a video clip
by on Aug 2, 2010 at 4:25:22 pm

I have a 3 minute clip of 2 people having a conversation.

i would like to remove some people that are in the shot but not needed.

Can i do that in AE CS5? If so, what tool in AE do i need to study up on?


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Michael SzalapskiRe: removing image from a video clip
by on Aug 2, 2010 at 5:35:20 pm

What tool you use will depend on what the shot looks like. If you shot a blank plate of the background, then all you'll need is some basic masking. If you didn't, you'll need to shift some layers around in time and use masking and/or use the clone tool.

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Jason BartonRe: removing image from a video clip
by on Aug 2, 2010 at 6:18:49 pm

it is an outdoor scene, no blank background shot.

nearly everything in the background is static and doesn't move in the shot except for the person that i want to get rid of in the shot. he is standing still, but there is natural movement

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Dave LaRondeRe: removing image from a video clip
by on Aug 2, 2010 at 7:58:20 pm

After Effects doesn't have the capability to fill in missing portions of a shot: it doesn't really know how to invent pieces of a picture that aren't there. So if you remove a person from a shot -- and do it so it looks photorealistic -- you have to answer the question, "What sort of video am I going to use to fill up this hole in my shot?"

If you can answer that question, you have a fighting chance of doing it.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA

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