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09 September 2007, 08:51 PM
can someone point me to a tutorial or describe a technique with which by using combustion I can turn video of people (already with bluescreen keyed out) into a cartoon like in keanau reeve's "a scanner darkly"

example screenshot:

09 September 2007, 08:59 AM
no one knows?

10 October 2007, 11:30 AM
The effect you see in A Scanner Darkly isn't from a filter, effect, or plugin. It's a very VERY old method that has been around since the dawn of motion graphics called Rotoscoping. (

The VFX company that made the film used their own in-house software called Rotoshop (no, you wont find it anywhere), of course anything like photoshop would be fine.

So in short they filmed it, and drew over it, frame by frame. Of course as you can see A Scanner Darkly uses a much lower frame rate than real footage, can you imagine an art team rotoscoping to 25fps? There would be an surge in RSI-related lawsuits :D

more info:

10 October 2007, 04:04 PM
There is a great piece of software, reasonably priced, that does this automatically and very well. It's currently Mac only but is being ported to the PC.

Studio Artist

The videos on their Web site will tell you all you need to know.

10 October 2007, 01:35 PM
There is this software called "Animation from movie". Google it!

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