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    Default The importance of SOUND in movies.

    Last week I was playing with the Hitfilm 2 Ultimate compositing engine that came with the Vegas Pro Suite upgrade. In the process of learning the software I replicated two different effects as shown in one of Hitfilm's tutorials. It required a combination of masking and point motion tracking, along with keying and color corrections. After successfully making the visual effects, I wondered what it be like to do a soundtrack for the short scene. I was lucky and located the sound effects and Foley necessary to mix the SFX tracks, and bought what I thought would be the appropriate music track to set the mood. After doing this, I saw the result would make a nice demonstration promo for my Post-Production hobby website. So here is a trailer I made. The first half shows the green-screen shoot of the scene, the second half is the same scene after post production. This exercise proves the truism that the sound track is at least 51% of the movie, IMHO.



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    Ha Ha, Digger you really have been bitten by the SFX bug. I totally agree about the sound being so important to a video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
    Ha Ha, Digger you really have been bitten by the SFX bug. I totally agree about the sound being so important to a video.
    Perhaps. Although, after hand matting that light saber frame by frame, I quickly lost the desire to do another one any time soon. Now I'm back into the study mode, learning how to use Blender so I can eventually create my own virtual sets and do animation. There is a really steep learning curve on that software. Yes, it would appear I am being drawn into the world of making my own worlds.

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    Hi worddigger,

    I'd like to ask about that green screen if I may. Is it gathered that way to create deliberate shadow that appears on the background after chroma keying?

    Otherwise you've achieved a very good keying from what looks like a very informal setup.

    I'm struggling with green screen, I'd like to ask which software you are using for chroma key. Do you go to great lengths to achieve such a good finish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripe View Post
    Hi worddigger,

    I'd like to ask about that green screen if I may. Is it gathered that way to create deliberate shadow that appears on the background after chroma keying?

    Otherwise you've achieved a very good keying from what looks like a very informal setup.

    I'm struggling with green screen, I'd like to ask which software you are using for chroma key. Do you go to great lengths to achieve such a good finish?
    I can't speak to the motives of the people who setup the background of that scene. I do know that it initially did show through when I first keyed it, but I was able to tweek it out quite easily through the threshold adjustments without crunching the key. The keying software was the one in the Hitfilm 2 Ultimate compositing engine. It is extremely versatile, much better than the one in Vegas Pro. It also has plugins for spill suppression and edge restoration. I was impressed by what that software can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by worddigger View Post
    Perhaps. Although, after hand matting that light saber frame by frame, I quickly lost the desire to do another one any time soon. Now I'm back into the study mode, learning how to use Blender so I can eventually create my own virtual sets and do animation. There is a really steep learning curve on that software. Yes, it would appear I am being drawn into the world of making my own worlds.
    Hey! Site Administrators: Great joke! I noticed a link inserted in the original of my above posting on the word "Blender" (a link added by Viglink) which goes to a page on Amazon.com for an electric blenders. For the Benefit of the inquiring minds that want to know, here is the correct link to the Blender software.

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    OK, so you're following a tutorial. Still takes time & effort to get a good job like that.
    Tim

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    Agreed Tim. Years of experience behind what you learnt in the tutorial. That's why you made such a good job of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimStannard View Post
    OK, so you're following a tutorial. Still takes time & effort to get a good job like that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
    Agreed Tim. Years of experience behind what you learnt in the tutorial. That's why you made such a good job of it.
    Most kind. Thanks, guys. It's not the years...it's the course load at the University of Hard Knocks Film School.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmanjoe View Post
    So you are using blender! That is what I use for every thing. I use it even as a video editor.

    Check out this clip. I did it with blender.
    Nice motion tracking work. I was not aware that one could do that with Blender. All the more reason for me to keep exploring its potential.

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