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02 February 2006, 11:42 AM
Hi guys: someone can say to me how it is possible to do the effect of this movie ( in a DV video. Thank a lot, from Uruguay, Paul :thumbsup:

Sorry if my english it's no so good, i never went to learn! :shrug:

02 February 2006, 12:16 PM
I think it's a mixture of various filters like Posterize, Treshold, different Blurs, Levels, Curves etc. plus a lot of rotoscoping and re-painting.

02 February 2006, 12:31 PM
Thanks for your quickly replay scrimski...
I want to now where i found some good tutorials about rotoscoping with AE, to do this kind of effects in a publicity. :twisted:

02 February 2006, 12:43 PM
Go search google for tutorials about how to achieve a toon look in Photoshop, it's quite similiar achieve this in After Effects.

I don't know any tutorials about rotoscoping for After Effects, so get some footage and start trying.

Btw rotoscoping is not a kind of FX, it describes the process of removing parts of the image the manual way frame by frame in order to get rid of the background or wire removal etc.

02 February 2006, 12:58 PM
I know that is not an effect, i just talk about the movie effects, i want to recreate an effect like those.

Thanks again scrimski... :bowdown:

02 February 2006, 01:25 PM
A lot of roto as mentioned and handwork.
Maybe batch imported frames to Illycs2, vectorizer, exported to compositor etc
There is usually no magic one filter that makes a nice clan look. Multiple passes always.
Have a look at AEpostforums archive if youre not subscribed to the list. They had extensive discussion on that effect under the subject "Charles Schwab cartoon look".
This is their online archives:

02 February 2006, 01:45 PM
Thanks evan...

02 February 2006, 03:06 AM
you need to look at a movie called "My waking Life" released about 2-3 years ago. the creators for that movie have a behind the scenes on how it was done. Same guys [might be same software: it was proprietary on a Mac] who are doing "Scanner darkly"

in AE it can be achieved with creating a "Solid" color and masking prominent color shapes on your video. activate your animated mask, set keyframes at 0 and move every 5-10 frames for adjustment. Sample colors and create solids.

you should use posterize (4-8) to simplify your video colors and give you definit color shapes.

i tried this a couple years ago it was fun but tedious. i'm not an illustrator or animator either so i gave up after 120 frames of tracing.

good luck.

02 February 2006, 11:11 AM
(newbie here...)

If you're using the new production bundle, use the new "Live Trace" feature in Adobe Illustrator CS! Check out the following video link for a rough overview of this feature.

You can also use one of the more subtle LiveTrace presets to achieve the look you're after:

Cheers / Alex

02 February 2006, 02:49 PM
That is a really good information... thanks a lot alex! :bowdown:

02 February 2006, 08:33 PM
That is a really good information... thanks a lot alex! :bowdown:

Hey, you're welcome ;)
/ Alex

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