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Recording stock footage yourself help!!

PostPosted: 01/23/2015, 7:21 am
by anel_77
Hi Everyone,

I am wanting to record my own stock footage such as water splashing or water bouncing of a surface.

I have a Canon 7D only and i will be doing the recording outside as its the best source of light. But i dont know what i need to put behind the water as a background? I can understand it needs to a dark coloured material so that you can see the water. But not sure what sort of material? I just want to know am i doing this correctly or is there a different or right way to do this? Would a green screen be better?

Thank you

Re: Recording stock footage yourself help!!

PostPosted: 01/23/2015, 12:00 pm
by Michael_Szalapski
What are you anticipating the end product to be?
Black would probably be best, but it depends.

Re: Recording stock footage yourself help!!

PostPosted: 01/23/2015, 1:05 pm
by Farmfield
Michael_Szalapski wrote:What are you anticipating the end product to be?

Stock footage, it's in the title. ;)

JK, hehe...

@OP

Black will likely work best. And as water is transparent, what you see is mainly the reflections, so lighting is going to be the critical part for shooting water and I would guess lighting it from the sides will work the best, at least the stock footage I've seen seems to be lit like that - like this: http://goo.gl/uRTUs2

Re: Recording stock footage yourself help!!

PostPosted: 01/23/2015, 3:48 pm
by anel_77
Michael_Szalapski wrote:What are you anticipating the end product to be?
Black would probably be best, but it depends.


What i am attempting to do is instead of creating water in in an program, I want to create water bouncing off a barrier. I dont have the barrier made yet but i do have a great image of it close up. So i would like to record stock footage of the water bouncing, so that i can add it into the barrier image and make it look like the water is hitting the barrier and bouncing of. Its only going to be 5 sec long. But i really need to create it.

Ok so anything black would do? I am going to give it a shot and see what happens.

Hope that made sense lol

Re: Recording stock footage yourself help!!

PostPosted: 01/23/2015, 3:50 pm
by anel_77
Farmfield wrote:
Michael_Szalapski wrote:What are you anticipating the end product to be?

Stock footage, it's in the title. ;)

JK, hehe...

@OP

Black will likely work best. And as water is transparent, what you see is mainly the reflections, so lighting is going to be the critical part for shooting water and I would guess lighting it from the sides will work the best, at least the stock footage I've seen seems to be lit like that - like this: http://goo.gl/uRTUs2


Yea exactly what im looking to create. But my own version like i explained above. Thanks for the tips Farmfield.

p.s how have you been? Haven't spoken in quite a while. Everything cool?

Re: Recording stock footage yourself help!!

PostPosted: 01/23/2015, 4:21 pm
by Farmfield
anel_77 wrote:Thanks for the tips Farmfield.

p.s how have you been? Haven't spoken in quite a while. Everything cool?

No prob's. :D

And I'm fine, more into FX lately than comping though, much focus on my Houdini migration, so reading something like this I instantly start thinking how to set this up with flip fluids, hehe... ;)

Re: Recording stock footage yourself help!!

PostPosted: 01/26/2015, 5:50 am
by anel_77
Farmfield wrote:
anel_77 wrote:Thanks for the tips Farmfield.

p.s how have you been? Haven't spoken in quite a while. Everything cool?

No prob's. :D

And I'm fine, more into FX lately than comping though, much focus on my Houdini migration, so reading something like this I instantly start thinking how to set this up with flip fluids, hehe... ;)


Hahaha well ill tell u what i actually managed to do it. With the light from he side tip that you gave me above that made everything look extremely good.

Houdini? When did you start using that? I was meaning to ask you if you knew any good tutorials for Houdini? The software is amazing I think. Are you using the full Houdini FX or the maya migration?

Re: Recording stock footage yourself help!!

PostPosted: 01/26/2015, 7:42 am
by Farmfield
anel_77 wrote:Hahaha well ill tell u what i actually managed to do it. With the light from he side tip that you gave me above that made everything look extremely good.

Sounds great!

Sometimes it's almost like I know what the heck I'm talking about. ;)

anel_77 wrote:Houdini? When did you start using that? I was meaning to ask you if you knew any good tutorials for Houdini? The software is amazing I think. Are you using the full Houdini FX or the maya migration?

I started migrating from Max to Houdini before winter. I use Houdini Indie, so it's the full version but rendering is clamped at 1080p. For the learning part, I'm still in the middle of that and will be for most of this year, I imagine. It's a lot to get into, each Houdini context (SOPs, DOPs, CHOPs, SHOPs etc) is in itself as learning an application. But it's a lot of fun too, you can check my Vimeo feed (in my signature), I have some demos up, doing custom velocity fields for particles and alike... :)

And about good tutorials, that's quite individual, what kind of tutor that works, but my favourites are Adam Swaab and Rohan Dalvi, both offer free as well as paid tutorials. For free tutorials, Houdini's own are great, if you can overcome Ari Danesh sounding a lot like Jonah Hill :D

Re: Recording stock footage yourself help!!

PostPosted: 01/27/2015, 3:15 am
by anel_77
Farmfield wrote:
anel_77 wrote:Hahaha well ill tell u what i actually managed to do it. With the light from he side tip that you gave me above that made everything look extremely good.

Sounds great!

Sometimes it's almost like I know what the heck I'm talking about. ;)

anel_77 wrote:Houdini? When did you start using that? I was meaning to ask you if you knew any good tutorials for Houdini? The software is amazing I think. Are you using the full Houdini FX or the maya migration?

I started migrating from Max to Houdini before winter. I use Houdini Indie, so it's the full version but rendering is clamped at 1080p. For the learning part, I'm still in the middle of that and will be for most of this year, I imagine. It's a lot to get into, each Houdini context (SOPs, DOPs, CHOPs, SHOPs etc) is in itself as learning an application. But it's a lot of fun too, you can check my Vimeo feed (in my signature), I have some demos up, doing custom velocity fields for particles and alike... :)

And about good tutorials, that's quite individual, what kind of tutor that works, but my favourites are Adam Swaab and Rohan Dalvi, both offer free as well as paid tutorials. For free tutorials, Houdini's own are great, if you can overcome Ari Danesh sounding a lot like Jonah Hill :D


Thanks a lot for the information, I didnt think that Houdini was this powerful. Its AMAZING!