Power Armor Tutorial Retractable Helmet

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Power Armor Tutorial Retractable Helmet

Postby Chadiwack on 07/19/2017, 7:06 am

Hi all, something I've been wanting to do for a long time now is to create a scene where our hero pushes a button on his wrist watch or clothing or something like that and power armor like shields enclose his body/face/head etc. I've seen this in a ton of movies over the years and I'm pretty sure it would involve masking in After Effects etc. Has anyone done this? Has anyone got a tutorial on this? I'm not talking Iron Man Armor but maybe the principal is the same. HOLLA!
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Re: Power Armor Tutorial Retractable Helmet

Postby mechakaiju on 07/19/2017, 11:28 am







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Re: Power Armor Tutorial Retractable Helmet

Postby jedimasta on 07/19/2017, 1:09 pm

Achieving this kind of effect in After Effects alone would be a monster undertaking. If you lock off all your footage to minimize the need for 3d tracking, you could overlay the animation of a helmet conforming over the subjects face, but I suspect subtle head motions of the actor and even the slightest camera nudge will throw things off enough to ruin the effect. Look at how floaty the belt looks in that Armor Hero XT video example above. Motion tracking is either non-existant or poorly executed.

You're gonna want to look for instruction on motion tracking for 3D applications before compositing. Iron Man behind the scenes stuff is a good start, as is Star Lord's face mask in Guardians of the Galaxy.
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Re: Power Armor Tutorial Retractable Helmet

Postby jedimasta on 07/20/2017, 1:20 pm

Happened across this today, might help:

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Re: Power Armor Tutorial Retractable Helmet

Postby Chadiwack on 07/24/2017, 12:50 pm

jedimasta wrote:Happened across this today, might help:


Wow thanks dude, this is a step in the right direction for sure
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Re: Power Armor Tutorial Retractable Helmet

Postby jedimasta on 07/24/2017, 1:12 pm

Sure thing. Good luck.
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