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    Default How do I make a dancer just a silhouette?

    Hi,
    I am completely new to video editing and have an idea for a video in which I film dancers and create a silhouette video of the dance. However, I won't be able to film in a location where I'll be able to set up any type of sheet or background lighting. In other words, I won't be able to set up any type of green screen. Is there a program or method that I would be able to do this with?

    Thank you
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    If the camera is fixed and the background is totally static (by which I mean absolutely nothing moves - no curtains) and the lighting is also static (ie no changes in colour or intensity at all) you can use a technique called "difference masking".
    However I suspect as this is dance there's no chance of meeting those conditions.

    The only other method is to manually rotoscope each frame (ie draw round the dancer in each and every image). Not fun!
    Tim

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    If you have the choice you at least can point the camera at natural light.

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