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Caleb TrevattDuplicating / Cloning in a Panning Shot?
by on Mar 1, 2012 at 11:33:59 am

Hey Guys,

Are there any tutorials for cloning people in a panning / moving shot?
We're doing a shot for Film and TV where the camera's positioned and panning in the middle of a circle of people wearing paper bags on their heads. Strange I know. The problem though is, all the people are played by the same person with a different themed bag on their heads and they're at the beach.

I have PF Track, Camera Tracker and Mocha (and After Effects of course) installed on my PC.

How can this be done easiest?

Thanks heaps,

-- Caleb

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Dave LaRondeRe: Duplicating / Cloning in a Panning Shot?
by on Mar 1, 2012 at 3:53:52 pm

A motion control rig.

For just a simple pan, it could be as easy as a motorized camera head that always pans at the same precise speed. Getting a repeatable panning speed usually requires computer control; hence the motion control rig.

Inscribe a circle on the ground around the camera's rotation point, position the talent on various points on the circle, and pan away multiple times. Composite the shot in AE.

For ease of cutting out the talent, you can use a portable chroma key screen if your camera's good for chroma key work. It's more difficult, but you can also use Rotobrush if you have it.

And don't forget to shoot a clean plate!

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

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