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Todd RogersVCR Pause Effect
by on Aug 4, 2010 at 2:18:39 pm

I hope somebody here can point me in the right direction. I'd like to create an effect where I pause a video for a few second, and it should look like you press the pause button on a VCR. I can manage the instant stutter, but how would I create the distortion and degrading that's so typical for a VCR, in a convincing way?


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Dave LaRondeRe: VCR Pause Effect
by on Aug 4, 2010 at 5:01:06 pm

[Todd Rogers] "I'd like to create an effect where I pause a video for a few second, and it should look like you press the pause button on a VCR."

You know, I haven't seen a consumer VCR pause for years, and frankly, I've forgotten what it looks like.

I'd start by shooting a VCR playing, pausing, then un-pausing. Then you can break down the various effects you'd need. I think doing anything else would only be speculation.

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


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Todd RogersRe: VCR Pause Effect
by on Aug 4, 2010 at 7:55:33 pm

That would be a wonderful idea if I didn't toss out that VCR years ago :-)


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Walter SoykaRe: VCR Pause Effect
by on Aug 4, 2010 at 9:24:16 pm

Now that you mention it, I can't really remember what a crummy paused VHS deck looks like, either.

That said, perhaps one of these bad TV looks will help you:

http://aescripts.com/bad-tv/
http://www.digieffects.com/product/damage
http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/products/all/holomatrix/

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
RenderBreak Blog - What I'm thinking when my workstation's thinking
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Todd RogersRe: VCR Pause Effect
by on Aug 5, 2010 at 4:05:01 pm

Thanks!


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