cmiVFX - Silhouette Intro To Rotoscope
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cmiVFX launches its latest training video for the Silhouette Rotoscoping And Tracking Software. Silhouette Roto and Paint is a very specialized software to execute rotoscope and generate mattes. It is fast, stable and has a great interface, enabling the artist to execute traditional keyframed roto and assisted roto with point and planar tracking efficiently. If you need to do rotoscope frequently, it is unbeatable.
Silhouette is able to export mattes, vector shapes and trackers to compositing softwares like Nuke, After Effects, Flame, and Fusion making it a great asset for vfx and motion graphics pipelines.
This training cover all the basics of SilhouetteŠŐ» Rotoscope node, focusing not only on the software but also the needed rotoscope techniques to create great mattes.
User Interface tour and overview, learn how to setup projects, sessions, and load media files. Explore the user interface layouts and performance settings that will affect footage playback and rotoscope speed.
Extensive explanation about SilhouetteŠŐ» shape types: b-splines, x-splines and bÚľŽier. Drawing techniques, using the reshape tool, adjusting curve tension and point modes: cardinal, corner, b-spline and center. Navigating the viewer with tools and shortcuts: zoom, pan.
Intro to Rotoscope
In depth review of the Project window. Discussion of strategies to break down subjects into shapes for rotoscope. Working with the Viewer modes and inputs to help on shape drawing, rotoscope evaluation and to avoid background color contamination.
Using the reshape and transform tools to manipulate shapes: moving, rotating, scaling, skewing, and corner pinning. Setting the anchor point and using special transform tool modes to manipulate groups of shapes and points. Planning the animation, optimal keyframe positioning in time and dealing with keyframing interpolation. Introduction to the ŠĆÁack and forth?technique.
Review of the Object List: creating and manipulating layers. Techniques to create and use SilhouetteŠŐ» excellent point tracker. Applying 1, 2 and 4 point tracking data to layers, refining problematic trackers, manipulating the transform matrix of layers and using the layer stabilization feature.
Use of SilhouetteŠŐ» Planar tracker. Evaluating the planar tracker results. Pre-processing plates to improve planar tracker results. Extracting point trackers from shapes.
Finishing the Rotoscope
After learning the tracking techniques, the rotoscope continue and the project is finished. Discussion of other useful rotoscope techniques, tips and tricks: Using the Multiframe tool, animating shape opacity, layer stabilization, extracting trackers from shapes, breaking keyframed shapes into smaller pieces.
How to deal with hair and other thin rotoscope subjects. Working with open shapes and stroke width. Open shapes drawing techniques, and manipulating/animating complex groups of shapes.
Rendering the mattes to be used on any compositing software. Discussion of render settings and node parameters that affect the render output. Rendering Slap Comps for previews and dailies.
How to export shapes from Silhouette. Detailed export/import overview to After Effects, Nuke and Shake. Using Silhouette Actions.
About The Author
Magno Borgo is a 30 years old Brazilian visual effects artist, specialized in Compositing, Rotoscope and Paint/Removal. He has a degree in Graphic Design and have been working with post-production for more than 8 years. He is one of the 5 founding members of Boundary Visual Effects, a specialized rotoscope boutique with global presence that focus on matte creation for high-end visual effects: from simple keying to complex shot elements removals and stereoscopic projects.
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