Final Cut Pro Help. highlighting

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by blueflame, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. blueflame macrumors 6502a

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    ok, so here is waht i have to do, I need to take a clip of a football player running, and either put a circle around him for the entire clip, or like dim everything but him. basically, its for scouting, and he needs to be highlighted, I can even just have an arrow pointing at him the entire time. I hope someone can help, i need to know how to do this like.. soon
    andreas
     
  2. blueflame thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hmm

    any help?
    no one know? I know alot of people here use final cut pro.
    andreas
     
  3. faustfire macrumors 6502a

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    If you want to track him, you would be better of using after effects. If not you can us a circular mask shape with a feather filter overtop of it. drop the opacity and then hand animate it to follow the player. Again, ae would be better as you could just track the player with a mask or arrow.
     
  4. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    As a recommendation, if you want quicker answers, be sure to put your question in the right forum. I know nothing about Digital Video, so I seldom lurk in that forum. However, I'd like to think that I know some stuff about Design and Graphics. If you put your question in the right forum, you're more likely to get quick, correct answers.

    (And in the event that you do post in the wrong forum, a quick PM to a mod on duty will fix it.)

    Best of luck with your project.
     
  5. blueflame thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    moved

    this has now been moved into this forum
    andreas
     
  6. blueflame thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hey there

    this sounds like exactly what I want, the amsk shape and and dropping the opacity, my only question is, how doyou hand animate it to follow the player?
    thank so much
    andreas
     
  7. faustfire macrumors 6502a

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    the only way to do it is frame by frame, move up a frame, position your mask, create a keyframe, rinse, repeat.
     
  8. Wince99 macrumors newbie

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    Turn on Image+Wireframe, move one frame at a time and move the arrow with the player. It's quite simple, I don't see why you couldn't do it in FCP, I rarely need to go over to AE to do such a simple thing.
     
  10. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    AE has a tracking "filter" you can use that simplifies rotoscoping the entire clip.

    just cuz you CAN do it in FCP, doesnt mean you should, for workflow's sake.
     
  11. blueflame thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    so

    does this mean, with after effects, you can just make the circle and it will automatically follow teh player throughout the entire clip? or would i have to set it every few frames?
    andreas
    btw, thank you everyone so far for the help, its really appreciated.
     
  12. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    in AE i believe you choose a pixel or group of pixels to follow.
     
  13. faustfire macrumors 6502a

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    With something like a football player, it depends on how much motion blur there is in the shot, if he is ever obscured by other players, and if there is something, like a helmet, which stands out in the clip. (you need something to track.) Usually with something like this you would probably need to do some manual adjustments but all in all it should track pretty well.
     
  14. blueflame thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hmmm

    i cannot seem to make the shape and have it folow the player. basically, what I am trying to do, it like ehat they do on espn, when they make a circle around a player for one of his plays. a circle needs to follow the player for like 20 seconds, just to show exactly where he is. any chnce someone could give me very specific instructions?
    andreas
     
  15. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Create your mask or your shape or whatever it is you want to follow the person.

    create a new video layer and put this object in it, make sure its on top of the video you are following.

    now, double click the shape and it opens in the canvas (left viewing window)

    click the tab at the top that says basic motion I believe (something like that, as I dont have FCP on this machine to look)

    and inside are a bunch of parameters you can change. One should be X/Y position or something like that.

    in the viewer (right viewing window) there is a tab that says view I believe, and change it to "image+wireframe". now whatever you have selected in the timeline will be highlited in the canvas.

    click and move your shape around in the canvas, and notice the #'s change in the basic motion info of the shape.

    find the first frame of your player, set the playhead there, in the main timeline.

    double click the shape again, and it opens again in the left viewer. Go back to basic motion. position the shape (with its wireframe now visible) by clicking and dragging the shape to where you want it on that first frame in the right viewer.

    inside the basic motion tab click the diamond shape next to the paramater and a black diamond "keyframe" is created.

    now, go to the next frame and repeat this for EVERY single frame you want to be followed. you may be able to get away with every other frame, or even larger gaps in the keyframes if the object to be followed doesnt move much.

    hope that helps.
     
  16. blueflame thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you!

    I will try tis on monday when i get to the computer, I really appreicate the help
    andreas
     

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