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Old February 17th, 2008, 12:12 PM   #1
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Green screen for Disney with XL-H1

Thought I would share some work we recently did for Disney and the Muppets. We were hired to shoot original footage for the new Muppets web site (www.muppets.com) All footage was shot with the XLH1 against a green screen. We were really happy with the keys, especially since the Muppets have feathers, fur, etc. There are many video clips to look at, you have to click around.

All footage was shot at 24F with the 6X wide angle lens. We used Shake to drop the green screen. All of the finished footage was then encoded to Flash for the site.
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Old February 17th, 2008, 01:34 PM   #2
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Annika, thanks for sharing with us!

Did you record to tape or did you record through the HD-SDI out of the camera (RAW)? Did you use the camera in default settings or have you created a custom preset for this particular task? I am eager to find out!
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Old February 17th, 2008, 10:23 PM   #3
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We shot with two XLH1's, each with Matte Boxes and Follow Focus. There was a focus puller working with each camera operator. We had some good Marshall 7" HD monitors mounted on the cameras, we used the HD-SDI output from the H1 for the monitors and we recorded HDV using Sony Digital Master tapes.

As far as presets; we set each camera to the Panavision preset that I found here on the DVinfo site. We edited in Final Cut and used the "Color" application for color correction. Disney wanted the colors to "pop" especially the green in Kermit.
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Old February 17th, 2008, 11:16 PM   #4
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congrats! I would love to work with Disney, did you find them or did they find you?

Please post your website, I would like to see more of your work.
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Old February 17th, 2008, 11:51 PM   #5
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Hi Annika,
Congratulations, that looks like it must have been so much fun to do. Would love to know how you landed the job, with a back story though.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 10:06 AM   #6
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Could you possibly post the direct url to the download. I was redirected to the main sight and don't have the time to navigate to the footage you speak about.

Thanks!
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 03:11 AM   #7
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Hi Annika
Please place a link to some footage outside the muppet web site - as the muppets in control won't allow access to the muppet site from outside the USA.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 05:22 PM   #8
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Dave, typ "proxy" in google.com go to the first result and enter the muppets url there. That way, you can view the site from outside the USA.

I don't know why someone keeps deleting this as there is nothing illegal about using such a site. So I hope you will be able to read this.
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Old February 26th, 2008, 08:12 PM   #9
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was it blue or green?
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Old February 27th, 2008, 03:12 AM   #10
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Thanks Floris
Never used such before and it did getme there after the fifth attemp.
Amusing that once at the disney home page I could not find anything about muppets - but thanks for the lesson on proxies, might come in handy in the future.
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Old February 27th, 2008, 06:45 AM   #11
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Dave, there is a link there to the muppets. One of the icons in the navigational picture. They are there, I needed to look a little bit better too!
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Old March 21st, 2008, 10:06 PM   #12
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was it bluescreen or greenscreen because i am looking to do a kids puppet show for my public access network and a lot of work is on "cartoon land" and need to get a good key?
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