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Old April 25th, 2010, 03:31 PM   #1
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Help with text effect

I need to create an effect my some text like there is in this video. I dont know what it's called or how to do it.
27 seconds into that video you will see that it looks like the text is stuck into the video and looks like its stuck in the snow, I need to know how to do that. If someone could help me out or point me to a tutorial that shows how to do it it would be a lot of help. thanks
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Old April 25th, 2010, 03:35 PM   #2
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Old April 25th, 2010, 05:51 PM   #3
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You *might* be able to pull that off in Motion. For that kind of thing I would (personally) use Lightwave.
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Old April 25th, 2010, 09:18 PM   #4
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Maybe Motion, a 2D version definitely in After Effects, otherwise a CGI program like Lightwave is the way to go. And it's not easy if the shot is handheld.
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Old April 25th, 2010, 11:50 PM   #5
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does anybody know what this might be called or how I might be able to search for a tutorial??
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Old April 26th, 2010, 03:41 AM   #6
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There are three parts to this process - each are elements of compositing.

First, to get the text to stick in place, you need to look up tracking. Motion tracking can be done in both Motion or After Effects - there are tutorials for both and once you know the basics of setting up a motion tracker (and assuming your scene has elements which are good for tracking) this side of things is very straight forward as long as it's 2D tracking and not 3D tracking (this depends on the type of camera move you are trying to track) - 3D tracking will probably require third party software/plugins.

The next in this element is creating the text - this could be a 3D or 2D element - and to composite it in. If it's a 3D element and there is a 3D camera move you'll need to track the 3D camera move in the scene, then recreate that camera move in your 3D software, then render out that as a separate element to get the full effect.

The third is a little bit of roto scoping - which is done in this case to hide some of the text behind the snow.

So all in all it's not one effect, but a series of compositing tools used to create an overall look.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 03:08 AM   #7
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Alright cool thanks for the info.
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