I need your help!

One of our own Video Copilot patrons has been selected as a finalist in the Heinz 57 Top This TV challenge. (The big Ketchup company, JK)

Jeremiah Jones submitted the entry called Heinz World Wide and we need to help vote for his great video


Although Film Magic pro helped for some of the color grading I have to really give Jeremiah Jones the credit for this great spot.


Please vote for the video everyday until September 10th, and remember if your video made it I would do this for you too!

Now the truth is, I have no stake in this but hey, if Jeremiah wins and wants to throw me a couple of bucks… I have a wife and baby on the way… Just kidding, Jeremiah bought several of our Products already and that is thanks enough!

Good Luck and please help him out so we can see some more Video Copilot stuff on National TV

9 years ago
Set Extension Setups

In the Set Extensions tutorial we learned a technique to add CG elements on top of a live action shot. But there are other effective ways to do this, include masking out parts and even using a green screen in the field.

In the above example, luminance keying and some masks were used to remove the sky and replace it with a destroyed city. Since our characters do not extend over the separating wall it is easy to remove the sky by masking the wall off and replacing it with our set extension.

This is a fake setup to demonstrate another possible way to remove the background. Obviously this would be even easier to remove than the white sky green keyer. Especially since it is pure green from the paint bucket in Photoshop. Of course in real life you want to add some track points as well so you can track the camera movement and I don’t mean in Photoshop.

In this example a fake green screen is painted on to demonstrate how using a small green screen in front of your actors will allow you to extend the background directly in front of your characters while maintaining the original dirt ground which makes your charcters look like they are really there. Once the green is removed a...

9 years ago
TUTORIAL: Set Extensions

In this video tutorial you’ll learn to incorporate matte paintings with your live action footage. You’ll also learn a great technique for linking tracking data together. Plus a bunch of other cool stuff as well maybe some MS paint too!

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It’s another long one; 30 MINUTES! … and I love Canadians

UPDATE: Sean Emer, has created a great video demonstrating the Photoshop portion of the tutorial at normal speed


UPDATE 2: I may also make an update and cover some 3D tracking techniques to incorporate 3D Sets as well. But don’t expect that too soon

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9 years ago
Launching a website is a lot of work…

Hey thoughtful and understanding community!

Things are moving along well but there was more to do than I realized. I do have a tutorial I will post to keep you occupied in the mean time. We should be ready to launch this week, but I want to wait until the weekend to minimize any possible down time. I wish I could tell you about all the cool new stuff…

9 years ago
Lot of Progress

I’ve been working non stop with the new site, I’ve just finished some major features. I am very proud of the changes and content that will soon be available. I figure, if I’m moving to a better server, why not make the site better too. Obviously the main functioning of the site will be similar but I hope you will enjoy the new stuff.

I’m planning to have the site online Monday the 27th.

Now, my wife is still pregnant, our official due date is the 26th, which I don’t think we will make. I’m hoping to just push a button and have it ready, but I cannot tell the future so don’t worry if plans change slightly.

I’m fighting the clock to get the site online for you and now I know how Indiana Jones felt when that boulder was chasing him down. I can see the light…

C:/Run spellCheck.exe… Error.

9 years ago