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mark pagan
Changing Backdrop Color in FCP pro
on Dec 12, 2008 at 8:06:29 pm

Perhaps a naive question, but I'm writing to see about background/ color changes wihin FCP. I have a video clip of a dancer in front of a grey backdrop and want to see about isolating the backdrop color and changing it. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Mark


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Chris Poisson
Re: Changing Backdrop Color in FCP pro
on Dec 12, 2008 at 8:44:23 pm

You cannot change the color, you have to add a matte.

Have a wonderful day.


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Scott Davis
Re: Changing Backdrop Color in FCP pro
on Dec 12, 2008 at 9:13:11 pm

Mark, key the background out and composite a different one behind it.


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Dennis Leppell
Re: Changing Backdrop Color in FCP pro
on Dec 12, 2008 at 9:30:56 pm

limit effect in 3-way color corrector



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david bogie
Re: Changing Backdrop Color in FCP pro
on Dec 13, 2008 at 4:42:47 pm

Reshoot.

There is no easy way to do this but using the 3-Way Color Corrector will allow you to choose a very narrow range of pixels to which an effect will be applied. The interface for 3-way is about as dumb as it gets in FCP (nothing is labeled) so get out the manual and follow along. You also need to understand how to use the different output view modes the filter offers.

There are other options if you understand how to create mattes and use them as inputs for other effects. You will take a copy of your footage and apply levels or color correction filters till you get a hard edge between the dancer and the background and the backdrop is a solid color without any tone. You will then use this video clip, after it's rendered, as the matte input to drive other color correction or replacement filters.

Reshoot it.

bogiesan



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