This last week was a terrible nightmare and I ve learned a ton ton TON about chroma screen shoot!
Here is the "almost" original frame grab.
"Almost" is because I ve already adjusted the green screen (GS) Original footage had a GS filled with wrinkles.
*Even though I was able to apply different color keys in After Effects, as you can see there are still dark lines on the screen.
Another issue is an undersized greenscreen. It would not be that big of an issue I the camera was stationary, because then I can create several masks and animate them.. But since I've used only what I ve had (which is a medium sized green sheet) - I was aware of the painful edit that was yet to come.
I ve tried to key out sky, but then the footage suffered some major color damage. I ve tried masking out the actor but the masks were cutting out the motion blur (footage was shot at 24fps and 1/48 shutter) because on top of fast moving actor I was moving the camera as well.
Total edited scene length was little over a minute and I had to finish editing this scene in 6 days. The only choice I ve had was to export the footage into JPEG cut by cut and do manual replacement of the sky and the house of the left..*
Total scene length is about a minute and a half.. That makes about 2000 frames that needed to be adjusted. By hand. Frame by frame.. By frame.. By frame lol
Each frame was taking about 2 minutes to fix. Which is not a big deal. But the approximate time that was spend fixing the footage was about 66 hours. Select, cut, replace, enter, save. Select cut replace enter save. Select it replace enter save....*
Anyways! In the end u would get a neat clean looking shot like this*
After I got the clean frame- it was a smooth ride from there. Adding a sky, rain, some lighting, color correction and boom!*
It's truly rewarding to see the end product of edited footage an I can't wait to be done with this film for all of you to see.
This has been definitely the most cgi demanding shoot and I ve learned so much!*
Of course, I ve read a ton of material on how to shoot and edit chroma key footage I had to get out there and spill my blood and tears in order to understand the basics of chroma key shoot!
I'm sure there was some better way of Doing this but I was under self imposed deadline, and didn't want to spend time doing a painful research on how to fix crappy chroma key footage. Plus I had to learn the nuts and bolts of what happens when the computer replaces the magic background
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