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Heads in video shots- tips to get rid of them  (Read 3870 times)
« on: September 03, 2012, 07:53:38 am »

Hi all,
 I hope this is the right section for this.
 One unspoken battle every video/TV/movie puppeteer has, is keeping your head out of shot.  That 10% safe zone is actually a 10% danger zone, and even the best puppeteers get caught out. Here are a few ways in  post production you can rescue those shots.
I expect as software changes this will outdate fairly quickly, but the theory is still there, and we can update the software options as they change in the future.
I have included some free software alternatives for those on  zero budget. Some for windows and some that are cross platform and will work for Mac and  linux.

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Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2012, 08:10:43 am »

Excellent tutorial
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2012, 09:44:30 am »

Very interesting. Only erased heads in still shots previously, nice to see how to do it in video shots too. Thanks for sharing your expertise.
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2012, 11:14:28 am »

You are welcome Snail. It's a bit like the fire department. You hope you won't ever need them, but if you do... they come in VERY handy.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2012, 01:26:19 pm »

Very detailed. I love that you offer the open source solutions also.
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