Making of the GFX for & Mosabuam.DVD#2

DVD MenuAfter reading the brilliant book „After Effects in Production“ I was curious to see if I can produce a clip similar to the one in the book with my home equipment: a miniDV camcorder and AfterEffects …. At that time I had all the video clips for my next DVD except the menu. So I thought here is a good opportunity to combine these two steps.

Well, enough introduction. Here is a frame from the final menu plus the video itself:


In the video we got a few different areas:
Blue Title Bar (a simple photoshop file, the icons in
the blue bar got the highlight effect for the DVD)
The wavelike line
The orange thing
A siloutte like figure (different ones in the video)

ok, here is the download for the finished
– Sorry coming tomorrow

1. Getting the background animations

I hope you saw the video, so you know what the orange things looks like. They were quite easy to produce:

That’s the original footage. I used a simple glass vase, poured water
in it, put my camera on a tripod and pointed it at the water. While recording I injected blue ink
into the water. After that it was time to capture the videos (using StudioDV
in my case). Next followed the import into After Effects and I made a composition
for the background.
The next step was to get a clean background – easy with Effekt/Anpassen/Tonwertkorrektur.
The easiest way to do this is to change the bracketing of the histogramm. As you
can see I got a clean white background.

Next step: get rid of the color information (I used Farbbalance (HLS)
for that).

So I got the grey raw material that could be colored to my personal liking.

2. The silouttes

Now came the real work … I wanted to show some of my hobbies in a b/w style….

The toughest of the videos was this sequence and the boogieboard one.
The snowboard sequences where rather easy due to simple keying with the
snow. All the footage was again shot with my DV camera, then captured
and imported into AfterEffects.

For each sequence I had a separate composition in AfterEffects

After playing with different keying options I used Effekte/Keying/Farbbereich,
where I used the RGB mode and parameters that gave me the best key – except
the red lines … (left version of the pix)

To get a B/W version of it I defined Effekte/Anpassen/Schwellenwert with
255 as value … (right version)

Now came the tough job – Vectorpaint !!! The kayak sequence was the
longest one with a duration of 8 seconds@25 frames per second … Using
my Wacom tablet I had to clean the footage for 8×25=200 frames … nice
evening job :)

Vectorpaint is really very useful for such manual keyings but
you can also use it for other cool stuff like simulating the writing of
a signature (you can see this in the video Der
Ganz Normale Wahnsinn

3. Bringing it together

Ok, so I got 2 different backgrounds and 4 B/W sportclips. Now it was
time for the final composition. I rotated the backgrounds and defined a mask for the background similar to the wavelike line.
I put all the sport clips (in this picture it’s Harry on his snowboard) above.

Until now everything was black and white, but thanks to the Adjustment
Layers it was easy to colorize all the layers underneath. Just make a
new Adjustment Layer (Ebene/Neu/Einstellebene) and use the effect Effekte/Anpassen/Farbton-Sättigung.
Check the Färben/Colorize flag and set the Farbton and Sättigung
to your liking … the cool thing was the underwater stuff from the
kayak sequence – I really like the colored version of it

The last step was to put the blue bar with the icons and the text (a
simple photoshop file) above all the other layers and I was ready …
for a holiday trip (see the galleries of mauritius and reunion) ….

4. Missing things and rendering

…. after I came back from the trip, I just wanted to finish the menu …
three hours of raw material from the trip is (still) waiting. So I didn’t continue
with some improvements (better integration, some animated gimicks, etc), but
just started the rendering (uncompressed, optimised quality). Thanks to the
new MPEG Encoder in Premiere 6.5 the 2-pass encoding with variable bitrate was
just a short thing and I could import the file in DVD Studio Pro and finish
my DVD#2 project

Grafix for

At the same time Manfred did all the setup for our homepage and
I started with the grafix.

I used the background renderings from the video, a simple text overlay with
the lines above and underneath it plus a picture that was typical for the topic.
The picture became a siloutte again and I had the topic buttons – simple ….

The other thing we needed were the grafix for the top area of
the page:

The left thing is supersimple: two different colorised background images with
a Multiply effect ….
The right image is also simple: again a background image plus different pictures (did
you notice the random selection of the pictures at the top of the page) that
are colorised and in a quick’n’dirty way integrated with the background – I
just used parts of the pictures with a feathered brush … that’s it

hope you got some ideas – if I can help you just write a comment
or email me