Photomontage - Ultimate S or others? at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Windows / PC Post Production Solutions > What Happens in Vegas...

What Happens in Vegas...
...stays in Vegas! This PC-based editing app is a safe bet with these tips.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old January 11th, 2008, 07:01 AM   #1
Trustee
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Niagara Ontario Canada
Posts: 1,121
Photomontage - Ultimate S or others?

I am in the process of putting together a huge photo montage piece that will require a program to individual make some movement or create some dynamic shots from stills. I have read and heard that Ultimate S does this. My main challenge right now is that not all of the photos are 640X480 and most are taken with the camera turned side-ways (so I guess instead of 6X4, they are 4X6 - taller than longer).
When placing some of those pics in Vegas, I noticed there is quite a bit of white space on either side of them (and using aspect ratio just squished them) and the number of pictures makes it more than uncomfortable to have to crop or resize them all in photoshop - so...

Does Ultimate S or another program out there take this into account the size and shape of the photo when it creates a dynamic photomontage? I hope this makes sense.

Thanks
David Delaney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 11th, 2008, 08:06 AM   #2
Sponsor: JET DV
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 7,873
Yes the size is taken into account. Definitely give Ultimate S a try. Also give Excalibur a try. See which one works best for your needs. You can find a demo Video Scrapbook video as done in Excalibur here. Info on Ultimate S is at www.vasst.com
__________________
Edward Troxel [SCVU]
JETDV Scripts/Excalibur/Newsletters
Edward Troxel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 11th, 2008, 11:29 AM   #3
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Hooper, UT
Posts: 177
I usually resize my photo's to 1440x960 before bringing them into Vegas using Photoshop batch processing and make sure the framing is correct for the primary focus of the picture. The problem you will have using any script program in Vegas is that it doesn't see the picture's primary object so when you do an automated match aspect ratio/project size, you will get portrait photos showing from the waist down or other unintended framing. If most of your photos are portrait sized, you'll end up having to key frame everyone to bring the primary object into view (most likely) anyway. By preparing the photos first, then bringing them in via Ultimate S, at least you will not have to mess with key framing each one to adjust the movement. The batch processing feature of Photoshop can be saved and reused too. In fact, I have one for doing just resizing, and one for doing resizing and automatic color correction. My choice of script is Ultimate S as it has so many other tools included (audio, FX, sync to music and markers, MotoPhoto, etc.). I haven't used Excalibur in a couple of years but I hear it's good also. Hope this helps.
Randy

Last edited by Randy Stewart; January 11th, 2008 at 11:59 AM.
Randy Stewart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 11th, 2008, 03:45 PM   #4
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: France
Posts: 34
For basic photo montage, you can use my free scripts VideoSlide & VideoZoom.
More info HERE.
__________________
French Vegas Addict.
http://www.cameravideo.net/forum/son...dvd-architect/
Gilles Pialat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 11th, 2008, 07:40 PM   #5
Trustee
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Niagara Ontario Canada
Posts: 1,121
Thanks, I will look into that - another thing :

1) How are most people dealing with the RED EYE issue in VV7? I know that the Platinum studio has a feature for dealing with RED EYE, but what is the tried and true method of getting rid of it?

2) I want to import some FLASH clips into my project - how should I save them in the flash program? As an AVI or can I save as a SWF?

Thanks
David Delaney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 11th, 2008, 08:47 PM   #6
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Hooper, UT
Posts: 177
David,
Red eye reduction is included in Vegas 7. Right click a picture on the timeline or in the project media window and chose Red Eye Reduction. Create the selection over the red part (drag to size circle) and hit delete. Repeat for each eye in the picture. It will automatically fix all occurences of that picture in your project. Sorry, but I can't answer question 2. Someone else will I'm sure.
Happy editing,
Randy

Last edited by Randy Stewart; January 12th, 2008 at 08:22 AM.
Randy Stewart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 11th, 2008, 11:45 PM   #7
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Placentia, Calif
Posts: 549
I have used swf from swishmax on the timeline and they were fine
Hugh Mobley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 13th, 2008, 10:04 AM   #8
Sponsor: VASST
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: New York
Posts: 516
Quote:
Originally Posted by David Delaney View Post
My main challenge right now is that not all of the photos are 640X480 and most are taken with the camera turned side-ways (so I guess instead of 6X4, they are 4X6 - taller than longer).
When placing some of those pics in Vegas, I noticed there is quite a bit of white space on either side of them (and using aspect ratio just squished them) and the number of pictures makes it more than uncomfortable to have to crop or resize them all in photoshop
There are two things you can do about this. One is to place a copy of the image on a track below and zoom it to 4:3 aspect. Then give it a Gaussian Blur so that it is a wash of color. The color will match the border of the picture and provide a nice background for the side borders.

The second thing you can do (which is much easier) is to drop a motion background on the track below so that the motion background shows through instead of just black. All of the major networks do this on their HD broadcasts when they have to show SD footage. You easily create motion backgrounds with Vegas Generated Media.

~jr
__________________
Developer: VASST Ultimate S, Scattershot 3D, Mayhem, FASST Apps, and other VASST Software plug-ins
Web Site: www.johnrofrano.com
John Rofrano is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Windows / PC Post Production Solutions > What Happens in Vegas...

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:44 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network