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Old February 14th, 2008, 09:38 PM   #1
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New Special Effects TEST!

Hey guys... I completed this short test video in After Effects. It took about 4 hours...

Please check it out!
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Colin Worley

LINK : http://youtube.com/watch?v=4K_04jpMqcs
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Old February 15th, 2008, 09:35 AM   #2
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i like it - have you added the camera movement yourself?

I think if I was watching, I'd stay looking at the explosion - maybe the explosion could have a bit more colour too?

I don't know your experience, but it's a great idea!
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Old February 15th, 2008, 04:29 PM   #3
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Thanks. Yeah, the shake was done by me... the reason it's so shaky is it's supposed to have a home-video feel. If a bystander saw this, they would be shocked/scared so it wouldn't be ultra smooth footage. The shakiness was just to emphasize the event that just occurred from a citizen's point of view.

(Like the movie 'Cloverfield'.)

Thanks for watching it!
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Old February 16th, 2008, 02:05 PM   #4
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I haven't seen Cloverfield but...

That looked really well done! Care to spill the beans on if you used anything special?
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Old February 18th, 2008, 03:25 PM   #5
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Thanks man! Well actually, I didn't do anything special here. I simply got a high-resolution picture off the internet, dropped it into After Effects and worked away.

First, I added a simple camera tilt, upward. Then I began to add all of the explosions from some stock footage. Then, I linked the stock footage to the picture (so it would follow the camera's motions). I then use 'The Wiggler' inside of After Effects to create the bumps and shakes.

Lastly, I brought it into Premiere Pro to do some color correction and a few other simple things. I also added sound effects: city ambiance, two explosions, glass shattering, metal bending, etcetera...

All in all, it took a little over 4 hours to actually create, then a bunch of rendering time... (especially since I used motion blur to give it that "home movie feel".

And that's about it! ;)

Thanks to those who watched and commented,
~Colin Worley
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Old March 31st, 2008, 10:57 PM   #6
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Very, very cool dude!
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Old April 1st, 2008, 08:12 PM   #7
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If you wanted to make the camera shake a little more organic, you can shoot reference markers handheld and transplant that motion into your clip...then you can have "real" handheld footage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSiFmEDl_gY

I should add though that the shot looks really good.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 07:46 AM   #8
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It's great!

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Thanks man! Well actually, I didn't do anything special here. I simply got a high-resolution picture off the internet, dropped it into After Effects and worked away.

First, I added a simple camera tilt, upward. Then I began to add all of the explosions from some stock footage. Then, I linked the stock footage to the picture (so it would follow the camera's motions). I then use 'The Wiggler' inside of After Effects to create the bumps and shakes.

Lastly, I brought it into Premiere Pro to do some color correction and a few other simple things. I also added sound effects: city ambiance, two explosions, glass shattering, metal bending, etcetera...

All in all, it took a little over 4 hours to actually create, then a bunch of rendering time... (especially since I used motion blur to give it that "home movie feel".

And that's about it! ;)

Thanks to those who watched and commented,
~Colin Worley
The video was fantastic...especially for a 4-hr job! I have a basic (maybe dumb) question: What's the specs of your system? I installed After Effects 7 on my laptop (dual core with 1gb ram) and tried to work with cineform avi (from m2t hdv) and it's really slow. Of course, I am absolutely new to this kind of thing. Any advice on the best way to learn this software?
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