September 06, 2018

Create commercial quality visual effects faster, and more easily than ever with the spectrum st4.



Repeatable camera movement is a powerful tool that is only accomplished by a computer controller motion control rig. Repeating that motion perfectly, pass, after pass enables things like:

1) Cloning a subject - What better example can we give you than a show about clones. If you haven't seen Orphan Black, it is outstanding. Technically it is well done. Also think through what it takes for Tatiana Maslany (the main actor) to pull this off and make it believable. Skip to 50 seconds where the VFX gets good!



2) Object removal/addition - Just like people object that differ between scenes can be removed or added over time.   

 

3) Blending of plates with different time bases - Slightly trickier in that the various passes are run at different framerates. 

  • Overcranked, higher-framerate passes, must be run faster (over a shorter duration) 
  • Undercranked, lower-framerate passes must be run slower (over a longer duration) 

Each of these effects are possible without motion control. The effects are easy to do with locked off cameras, but "selling" a scene is much easier when the camera is performing a natural motion.

Once you know the basic techniques and principles, you can apply them in many ways.

Below is a quick first test showing off the concept.




Below a full tutorial with BTS and editing tips to pull this off.

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