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Hack 69. Create a Credit Flag

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personaltaste.Youshouldcreateaflagforeachperson,orgroupofpeople,you

wouldliketoprovideanon-screencredit.



6.10.2.RecordingYourFlags

Afteryouhavecreatedyourflags,youarereadytoassembleacreditflagand

recordyourvideo.Tocreatetheflag,attachthesquareofclothtoyourpole.

Thenstandthepoleupright,withthefanaimedatthesideoftheflag.

Youwillneedtosetandfocusyourcameraontheflag.Makesurethattheflag

fillsthescreen,evenwhenbeingblownaboutbythefan.Ifyounoticethereare

darkshadowsontheflagwhileitisblowingaround,youshouldprovide

additionallightonitinordertoreducetheirappearance.



Toprovidealittlemoreroomforerror,youmightwanttorecordyour

footageagainstawhitebackground.Ifyoudon'thaveafan,youcan

manuallywavetheflag,byholdingthepolehorizontallyandrollingit

backandforth.



Afteryouhavesetyourcamera,beginrecording.Capturingaround30seconds

perflagshouldprovidemorethanenoughfootage.Repeattheprocessuntilallof

thepeopleimportanttoyourmoviehavehadtheirflagsrecorded.Yourfinal

videowillthenneedtobeimportedintoyoureditingsystem.Figure6-32shows

acreditflag,asimportedintoAdobePremierePro.

Figure6-32.Aflag,soontobecomeacredit



6.10.3.MattingYourFlags

Afteryouhavedigitizedallofyourfootage,openthefootageinyourEditorand

applyanInverseeffect,makingtheletterswhiteandtheclothblack,asshownin

Figure6-33.

Figure6-33.Notachalkboard,justaninvertedflag



Here'showtodigititizethefootageinvariouseditingsystems:



Avid

Tools EffectsPalette

Invert)



Image



ColorEffect(ChromaAdjust



FinalCut

Effects



VideoFilters



Channel



Invert



MovieMaker

AddyourownInvertEffect[Hack#65]



Premiere

Window



Effects



VideoEffects



Channel



Invert



iMovie

UsetheNegateB/Wplug-infromcf/x(http://www.imovieplugins.com/;

free)



Ifyoufindthatyourcreditflagdoesn'tlook"right,"checkyour

lightingset-up.



Afterapplyingtheinverseeffecttoyourfootage,placethefootageoveryour

openingsceneandapplyaMatteorKeyeffecttoit:



Avid

Tools



EffectsPalette



Key



LumaKey



FinalCut

Effects



VideoFilters



Matte



ImageMask



Premiere

Effects Keying

accordingly)



LumaKey(adjustThresholdandCutoffsettings



iMovie

UsetheChromaKeyplug-infromcf/x

(http://www.imovieplugins.com/;$3.50)

TheMatteeffectwillremovethe(now)blackportionofthecreditflag,

allowingfortheunderlyingfootagetoshowthroughwhilethe(now)white

wordsremainvisible,asshowninFigure6-34.

Figure6-34.TheDirectedByopeningcredit,ascreated



Onceyouhaveplacedyourcreditsinyourtimeline,renderitandplay.Your

creditsshouldnowhaveanairy"feel"tothem.



6.10.4.HackingtheHack

Foranadditional"wow,"applysomemovementtothecreditsbymakingthem

movearoundthescreen.Applymovementtohavethembounce,flyonandoff

screen,andsoforth.Bymatchingthemovementofyourcreditstothebeatof

somemusic,youwillcreateaveryorganicfeelingtitlesequence.

Avarietyofoptionscanbeappliedtothismethod.Experiment,discoverand,

mostofall,havefun.



Hack70.CompositeaGreenScreenImage



Green-screencompositingallowsyoutocreateHollywood-styleeffects.

Haveyoueverwantedtoflyaspaceship?OrwantedtotraveltoRussia?Maybe

you'vejustwantedtobeaprofessionalweatherman[Hack#62].

Whateveryourdream,youcanprobablymakeithappenbyusingagreenscreen

[Hack#14].ThemovieForrestGumpusedgreen-screentechniquessuccessfully

tocreatetheillusionofTomHanks'character(Forrest)meetinghistoricalfigures

suchasJohnF.Kennedy,RichardNixon,andElvisPresley.Byrecordingyour

sceneinfrontofagreenscreen[Hack#22]youcancreatealmostanyillusion

youcandreamup[Hack#67].

Inadditiontogreen-screenfootage,youshouldalsoacquirefootageyouwould

liketocompositeitwith.Forexample,inthecaseofmeetingahistoricalperson,

youwouldwantfootageofthatperson.Beforeshootingyourgreenscreen,make

sureyouknowwhatfootagewillbeinthebackgroundofyourshot.Figure6-35

showsaframefromagreen-screenshootandabackgroundimagefor

compositing.

Figure6-35.Twoimagesthatwillsoonbecomeone



6.11.1.StartingtheComposite



Compositingyourfootagerequiresyoutouseakeyeffect,whichallowsyouto

removecertaincolorsorportionsofthevideosignal,suchasluminance,from

yourfinalimage.Whenusingakeyandmultiplelayersofvideo,thelayerbelow

theonethatiskeyedwillshowthrough.Figure6-36showsagreen-screenimage

withandwithoutakeyapplied.

Here'showtoapplyagreen-screenkey:



Avid

Tools



EffectsPalette



Key



ChromaKey



Figure6-36.Agreen-screenimagewithandwithoutakey

applied



FinalCut

Effects



VideoFilters



Key



BlueandGreenScreen



VideoEffects



Keying



Premiere

Effects



GreenScreenKey



Ifyoufindthatthespecifickeyeffectyouhaveuseddoesn'tworkaswellasyou

expected,youcantryotherkeyeffects,suchaslikeColorKey,ChromaKey,or



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