Silhouette (iPod commercial) effect?

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  1. jayeskreezy macrumors 65816

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    Does anyone know how this is achieved via FCE? Also, can someone point me in the direction of a site that gives step by step directions? I'm sorta new to FC, but I'm not new to creating videos. Thanks!
     
  2. faustfire macrumors 6502a

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    Really no way to whip this up in FCE. This effect is created more during the shoot than in post.
     
  3. jayeskreezy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    and how is that? IF I do it in front of a green screen what are the next steps?
     
  4. MetalFace macrumors member

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    think its a lot to do with lighting really low lit apart from one side and then played about with in after effects will probably do it but im not a master of the lights lol!
     
  5. GoGoSamGo macrumors member

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    actually it can be done in post also, how you ask? I really don't know, but I remember around a year ago my friend that is an editor was messing around with final cut and was able to do it by mistake. I'll try and contact him and see if he remembers.
     
  6. icrude macrumors regular

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    just shoot in front of a green screen, then put the footage into Motion, run the green screen filter, and reverse it. DONE.
     
  7. jayeskreezy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i guess that would cause a problem with FCE then b/c it doesnt have motion :mad:
     
  8. icrude macrumors regular

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    there might be a green screen effect inside the effects tab in FCE...if so, I would guess it's the same process
     
  9. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    That's a part of it, but it's far from "done." The silhouette's in the commercials aren't true silhouettes. They have color on them, sometimes for earings, bracelets, or a pattern on a shirt, as well as the color of the iPod and headphones.


    Lethal
     
  10. icrude macrumors regular

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    well I could get into how to use shake to make it look as real as possible....but our author is using final cut express......so I don't that would be very realistic. 'm just keeping it simple....and possible.
     
  11. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Good point.


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  12. jayeskreezy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    there's a free FCE filter called isilhouette, but it looks like the quality isnt that great honestly and i'd rather know how to manually create the effect
     
  13. P-Worm macrumors 68020

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    Shoot your person in front of a green screen (you might want to check aroung the internet on tutorials in doing so. Shooting green screen isn't as simple as it sounds) and then use the blue/green screen filter (or Chroma Keyer filter, I find that one to bring a better result) to make your matte.

    With you're matte you want to do two things. Place the keyed (a word referring to a green screen key) video on top of a generated color which you can find under the effects tab in Video Generators->Matte->Color. Pick the color you want.

    You should now have your person (in full color) in front of a solid color background. On your clip of the person in front of the green screen, add a brightness/contrast filter. Boost the contrast to define some edges and then lower the brightness a ton. This should give you the desired effect and (hopefully) some detail inside the silhouette as well.

    Tell me how it goes. :)

    P-Worm
     
  14. mikemodena macrumors 6502a

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    I whipped up this half assed attempt last year (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPvhAd9wIdo) using what P-Worm just described. I did this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4YmE-qqv8) with After Effects shortly after

    For the simple effect you're looking for... P-Worm's got it nailed.
     
  15. jayeskreezy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    An old post, yes- but I'm wondering if you ever did make a video? I'd love to see it if you did.
     
  18. deux-ex-mak macrumors newbie

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    compositing

    Green screen, of course, but it's not a matter of applying a series of filters.

    So if you are bound to FC you will have to be realistic about your limitations because FC is not a compositing app... like Shake is

    You best bet is to have the best shot material as possible, in terms of even and adequate exposure of the screen, independent lighting for the subject, etc...

    you won't be able to fix many problems coming from the green screen set in FC and even less so if you're not familiar with compositing.

    by the way use green not blue, for this one :cool::apple:
     

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