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Ramon Montes
Need Help-Rotoscoping the actor (face and clothes)
on Nov 10, 2009 at 11:47:24 pm

I've looked around this website and other websites and I haven't been able to find specific information on how I can rotoscope an actor. I need to improve the color of his clothes and face because he looks like more black and white rather color.

I read something about Vector Paint, but some of the information didn't make sense.

Are there any videos that can show me how I can do this? I prefer video over text because it's much easier to understand.

I have adobe AE CS3.

Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it.



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Todd Kopriva
Re: Need Help-Rotoscoping the actor (face and clothes)
on Nov 11, 2009 at 12:53:19 am

There are some great video tutorials about rotoscoping linked to from this page. I especially recommend the Pete O'Connell videos, which are from the Creative COW rotoscoping DVD.

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Ramon Montes
Re: Need Help-Rotoscoping the actor (face and clothes)
on Nov 11, 2009 at 8:51:20 pm

Thanks. I just looked at Pete's video and he doesn't cover what I'm looking for. Everyone talks about animations and adding background, etc...I'm just looking for a video that tells me how to paint clothes and an individual. Most of these videos focus too much on animation. Do you know of any videos or website that only focuses on coloring clothes and pictures (not on photoshop)?

Thanks.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Need Help-Rotoscoping the actor (face and clothes)
on Nov 11, 2009 at 9:31:54 pm

Why are you overthinking this? Before you jump into the deep end of the pool with rotoscoping, why not simply try the Hue & Saturation effect to bring up the entire shot's color saturation a little?

It's certainly worth a try, and it only takes a couple of minutes. For the uninitiated, rotoscoping takes days.

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


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Ramon Montes
Re: Need Help-Rotoscoping the actor (face and clothes)
on Nov 11, 2009 at 10:26:49 pm

Dave, I did what you told me and the image did improve, so thank you. However, the white collar is very bright and the black sweater has some white spots and I don't know how to fix it. How can I improve those two?

Here is a sample of what I'm referring to: http://s912.photobucket.com/albums/ac329/EMVA_photo/

Thanks,

Ramon


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Ramon Montes
Re: Need Help-Rotoscoping the actor (face and clothes)
on Nov 11, 2009 at 10:47:42 pm

one more thing....i was looking at the other frames and I noticed the face has some white spots too. How can I fix it?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Need Help-Rotoscoping the actor (face and clothes)
on Nov 12, 2009 at 4:59:15 pm

A few questions:
  • How uniformly was the chroma key background lit?
  • Did the lighting person have adequate knowledge in lighting for chroma key?
  • How far was the subject from the chroma key screen?
  • What are you using to key this?
  • What kind of camera did you use to shoot this? DV? HDV?


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


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Ramon Montes
Re: Need Help-Rotoscoping the actor (face and clothes)
on Nov 12, 2009 at 5:59:58 pm

Hey Dave,

I have to admit, the lighting is poor.

The video was filmed using a green screen background.

I used keylight, curve, and hue/saturation.

It's an old camera, Canon XL1.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Need Help-Rotoscoping the actor (face and clothes)
on Nov 12, 2009 at 6:40:40 pm

[Ramon Montes] "I have to admit, the lighting is poor. "

Since the very foundation of a good-looking chroma key shot is good lighting, you have a fundamental problem. You might consider reshooting.

Nor does it help that you're trying to key DV footage.

A guy shooting on HDV had problems similar to yours yesterday. You would get a lot out of my reply from then:

http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/2/967642


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


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