Monday, January 02, 2006

Walking Pants Breakdown Video Part 2

This is the second part of the breakdown video where the specific shots in the commercial are broken down into the rotoscoping and visual effects process used.

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Previous post:
Pants breakdown Part 1

I've posted more information on Rotoscoping in a new post.
Rotoscoping Part 1


  1. Great stuff Scott!!

    The breakdown really helps. Its quit "confusing" how sometimes the overall solution for the composition is "quit simple" and imaginative.

    Keep posting some more breakdows of your work.

    Thanks scott for helping someone who is a newbie in the area!!

  2. Scott - It was great to see desktop software being used for big work like this. I would have initially thought you would've used Flame for something like this, but it looked like Commotion has pretty amazing roto tools. Seeing that it's no longer available from Pinnacle, I might have to goto ebay and get it. How's the performance of Commotion for SD work in relation to a Flame?

  3. If you're doing hand work then there's not a big difference in speed because you're limited to the operators speed, not the speed of the box. If you want to stream out film res and process a number of layers then the big boxes win out.
    Many places with Flame were using (and probably still do) Commotion to prep elements. Much more cost and time efficent that way.

    There may be some life left in Commotion. We'll see.

  4. Thanks a lot Scott for the time and effort i know that it takes to put together content like this. i really enjoyed listening to, and watching your production pipeline. i look forward to your podcast each time you post. i love to learn, and it is great to hear from one of the "real" Pros.

    i own Commotion and spent a lot of time in it a few years ago. Once After Effects got some of the roto and paint tools of i believe 6.0 i switched over to AE since it was one of my "Everyday Use" programs. Do you really like the Commotion tools that much better? or are you just so familiar with Commotion because it was Your software? i do have an OSX version of Commotion and am considering reloading it??? Thanks Again-Jeff Petersen

  5. I still think Commotion is better than most compositing roto/paint tools. It's been over 8 years and Adobe is just now starting to get some of the additional features. They did state to us they'd only put in enough to keep people from moving over.
    It's up to you. If you have a copy you can try it out and see if it works for you or not.

  6. Great podcast Scott...I can't tell you how great it is to see these in-depth breakdowns!

    I was just wondering if you have had an opportunity to try some of the newer roto tools like CuriousGFX and Silhouette Roto? I'm curious what your opinion of them are--what they're lacking, what they're exceptional at, etc etc.

    I use AE and Shake on a daily basis, and still find AE's roto capabilities to be sorely lacking. But I've been really impressed with Shake's roto tools, as well as the new SilhouetteFX Roto plugin for AE/FCP. I never had an opportunity to seriously use Commotion before Pinnacle killed it, so I'd love to hear what you think could be improved in these newer roto products.

    Aloha and Keep up the great work!

  7. I find AE easy for roto but as what u guys said its still lacking somehow. I am starting to like Combustion. Anyone frequently use this for roto?

    Jigger Fantonial
    VersaGrafx Design Phil Inc.

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  9. AnonymousMay 15, 2007

    Hows the performance of Combustion for HD work? I recently converted an H.26 for us to edit for a visual effects work for a client, shud have used combustion, ddnt know it can handle raw m2ts format.

    Jigger Fantonial
    Firefly-Group FZ LLC


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