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Saturday, 13 June 2015

THE ANSWER IS YES AND NO. (13/06/15)

Yesterday John at MIDMARSH JOTTINGS broached the subject of colour popping video. It can be done and the obvious way to go is to use colour select in After Effects or the node compositor in Fusion 7. I don’t have After Effects and got in a right buggers muddle with nodes so had another think. I used Hue/Saturation layers  in CS6 several of them to desaturate all but the red poppies. Yes it works up to a point and if the video was shot with this effect in mind then the layer could be duplicated and masked. It would be easy with a stationary object but much harder and more time consuming with something like the poppies blowing in the wind.

YOU CAN SEE THE RESULT HERE

I hope as I am having trouble accessing YouTube.

That’s all for today.

12 comments:

  1. Adrian,
    The answer is yes and yes - brilliant!
    McGregor

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    1. McGregor, it is far from perfect but I think it may be worth doing a video properly and just using this as a distraction. It can be done as I saw some proper film with this effect. Probably takes days and some poor numptie slowly going blind compositing it. I really will have to get comfortable using the node editors.
      I forgot to mention how kind your comment is.

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  2. A bit like the girl in a red coat in the film Schindlers List? Not sure about red poppies in a grey landscape, though. But it's all very clever. As usual.

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    1. Frances, I knew I'd seen it before somewhere.

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  3. I love the red on grey to be honest, there is a tinge of brown on the bracken on the left hand side but it's suddenly dawn on me how basic my post processing really is. Very talented Adrian if I am honest it looks a cracking lane to explore to.

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    1. Douglas, yes it's a bit of red showing through. I'll think of something.

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  4. Your method did a very good job. I seem to remember from something I saw several years ago that a cinema pro setup uses a mask for the subject but that needs mega processing power as the computer keeps track of the object as it moves about the screen. I suppose that would in effect be the opposite to the way they can now colourize old b/w films.
    I don't have the programs you use but have had a quick (failed) attempt with Hitfilm 2 Express. There are a lot of ways in that to modify colours and overlay copies of the same video but finding the right combination will take some experimenting.

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    1. John, I have a tracker in both Lightworks and I think in Blender. It looks like another wet day so I may settle down and try and make it work. I looked at the clip from Schindler's List after Frances pointed out the Red Coat scene. That isn't very good but for the time was brilliant. I suspect if I boost contrast then using hue/ saturation may give a cleaner job. It is a quick and dirty way to do it. Masking and tracking is the way to go. I'll try a single poppy.
      There is a very efficient colour popper called Tintii but I can't get it to load into Photoshop and as a stand alone it wont take video. I'll try using the Pie algorithm in Blender compositor again.
      I suspect I altered blend modes to Overlay. I would have had to or the Monochrome would have been very dark.
      I couldn't find any tutorials as all I get are video howtos' on colour popping stills.

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  5. That is beautiful. But, to be honest, all this fiddling with reality worries me a bit. I'm just a little too unimaginative. I like my world as it is. Can't deny the beauty of your work, though.

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    1. Pauline, it is just a challenge..I should have edited the video but was only having a play time.
      I am not a big fan of reality.....too many Disney films as a child I suspect.

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  6. Estupendo trabajo Adrian. Quedan muy bien las amapolas rojas sobre el negro.
    El video de John también es muy bueno.
    Que tengas un buen domingo ;))
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura, que necesita más trabajo, pero se hará bien.

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