This week in AVE

Another week has come and gone – way to quickly as usual. This week I’ve been looking at music for the scene, booked a foley audio recording session in the studio, experimented with keyers and possible looks and started match moving.

Here are the music sources I’ve investigated and pros and cons:

opuzz.com university catalogue

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  • wrong kind of music
  • hard to browse through

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incompetech.com

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  • free
  • not the best music
  • difficult to go browse

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istockaudio.com

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  • some pearls
  • a lot of junk
  • costs money, but affordable

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mobygratis.com

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  • limited
  • some promising pieces
  • need approval and haven’t gotten it yet, don’t know whether I’ll get it

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www.unippm.se

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  • good music
  • known artists
  • £80 for 60 seconds of music for use at the university, another £80 for use on the web

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Soundtrack Pro

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  • limited
  • overused
  • some good music
  • not anything that fits too well

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At this time I’ve found some pieces that might work, I just have to look through them and see what fits best. I found one track i really like on www.unippm.se, but there’s no way I’m coughing up £160 for a 50 second school project where the music is secondary anyway.

As eagle eyed readers might tell from the image in the beginning of the post and the video directly above, I’ve started keying the footage and trying different looks for the “apple” the actor is holding. As I didn’t feel quite up to scratch on the advanced keyers in Nuke, I asked Steven in my AVE class for some help and he showed me the basics of the IBK keyer and Primatte. Thanks Steven :-) The key here isn’t finished yet. There is an edge to get rid of and one tracking marker left that needs some painting out. While doing this I ran into a problem where Nuke would crash every few frames for some unknown reason which made the work rather tiresome, but fortunately I found a solution for it in the end. The glow on the “apple” is a tad extreme, might reduce it by a bunch and remove the volume rays.

I’ve also started matchmoving this week and as it’s been a while, I’ve once again forgotten a thing or two about PFTrack. Might look at some of my fxphd classes to freshen my memory or be as radical as to actually try Boujou. Crazy, I know!

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