In the world of the “cartoon look” I don’t think there is any QUICK way to make video look like good animation. There are a few plug-ins that are impressive but are nothing more than a cool trick that you add to low quality footage to make it look “Artistic”. In the film A Scanner Darkly, dozens of artists were commissioned to animate the entire film BY HAND! They certainly developed techniques that sped up the workflow but overall they ended up drawing on virtually every frame. This was a lot of work but the result was very impressive.
Now the look they went for is very difficult and I don’t think I would try to tackle such a complicated process. But I did recently see a very cool hand drawn effect that was like a sketch book come to life. I may do a tutorial to show some techniques I learned along the way.
The truth is this TWO second animation took me about an hour to complete at 12fps. So If I were to animate a 30 second commercial it would take me about 15 hours. Figure about a day or two including a couple of bathroom breaks and a YouTube session, and you will have a very impressive hand drawn commercial. I’ve done far less in a...
In this tutorial you will learn a several techniques for changing daytime footage to night with impressive results. This tutorial can also be used in conjunction with the sky replacement to add stars or clouds.
BTW:The tutorial is on a new testing server, so please hit it hard so we can see what it can take. I have it set to cap the speed so that there is enough for all. I apologize for testing it out on you guys with new stuff. Although the blog is on a less powerful server so if it goes down you won’t be able to access it… ; (
But soon we will have capacity for everyone! Of course if you would like to help out, please check out our Products page and get one of our great DVD’s.
It seems that the DNS of the world hasn’t completely updated yet, it can take up to 72 hours I understand. Thanks to Nikolay for the Tip
I’ve been working hard on some new projects, including setting up the server and a new unknown product set for September. I want to thank Marc Biorklund for his computer help and direction for preparing the new servers and home for Video Copilot. We are laying some impressive ground work that should make the site better and easier to update, which can only mean more content.
I’m still planning a tutorial for monday, and yes it is the day to night one. No baby yet, but sometime in the next couple of weeks, I have a feeling.
Well our plan was to transition to new dedicated servers over the next few months but I’ve noticed more down time lately and we are now going to be aggressively transitioning to them over the next couple of weeks.
Things used to slow down towards the end of the week but I guess things are changing rapidly. *sniffle* I love you guys.
Creating particles in After Effects is awesome! We have all used Particular and Particle world but why not combine those particles with some real ones! Sometimes you need to create elements that are so complex and organic that you are better off taking out the camera and making a mess. In this example we use […]