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Pixel Bender : ft-Auto White Balance for After Effects & Photoshop

Introduction

This filter which works for After Effects & Photoshop, will color balance your footage based in case the white balance wasn’t set properly at the time you were shooting it.

All you have to do is select a mid-tone color in your footage and the filter will do the rest.

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Pixel Bender shader : ft-Auto White Balance

How to install it ?

Just copy the .pbk file into your “Support Files” folder in your AE install directory

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Stuart Maschwitz’s (aka Stu) 5D Settings port to D90

I’m currently taking a class at Fxphd called “DOP210 -DSLR Cinematography” with Stu Maschwitz (prolost) & Mike Seymour as mentors!
This is an awesome class if you have a Canon 5D or a Nikon D90 and want to make movies with it and post-production/grading as well!
Either if the class is talking about the two cameras, the focus is mainly on the 5D!
Stu had a really nice post on Prolost about setting the 5D called “Flatten Your 5D“. Those settings aim to get a neutral picture (low contrast, low sharpen, low saturation,…) which would give a better control in post-production for grading. Settings which he’s using in his class of course !
Since I own a D90, I thought I would give a try to port his 5D’s settings to the D90!
Here is what I have done :

D90-port-of-stu-settings-5D

I also turn off D-Lighting, but I’m not sure it is the right move. I’m not sure it is the best settings yet but it looks close though

Update : Also I recommend you to take a look at Understanding and Optimizing the Nikon D90 D-Movie Mode Image on the DVXUser Forum, it give nice tips to trick your camera a bit

Here is a test I have done with those settings and Rebel CC on After Effects.

Mobile Version on Vimeo

RollingShutter Plugin by the Foundry for After FX and Nuke Released !!!

I talked about the Foundry working on solving the rolling shutter issue on a previous post. It seams they were waiting the Siggraph to announce it. At the time I though it was only for Nuke, but the great news is they also port their plugin to After Effect CS3 and CS4.

It seems they fixed the horizontal panning issue, but still not the vertical one, which at this point looks impossible but I’m actually waiting for another paper on stabilization which should show up at siggraph too. Anyway it’s going to help a lot for matchmove !!!

Official RollingShutter by Foundry plugin page

[SpareTime Project] PhotoSynth : Montpellier Antigone

This is a new “SpareTime Project”, playing (and testing) with Microsoft PhotoSynth.

Photosynth creates an amazing new experience with nothing more than a bunch of photos. Creating a synth allows you to share the places and things you love using the cinematic quality of a movie, the control of a video game, and the mind-blowing detail of the real world.

Most likely all you have to do is to take hundreds of picture, load it in PhotoSynth and it will automaticly stitch it together in 3D space ­čÖé

This is my first attempt by taking picture of Montpellier Antigone. So far I tried to re-create the path of the entire Antigone. But I guess I didn’t took enought picutre (about 400 photos) so it couldn’t stitch some different part together.

You will need Silverlight to test it or PhotoSynth plugin for the DX version. (damn Microsoft … couldn’t use Flash like everybody >_<)

Related Link :

[ Flickr ] My FISE 2009’s photoset

Last week-end was the FISE at Montpellier, so it was a good reason to go and shoot some photos and videos. I guess this could be a “Spare Time Project” as well. I did learn a lot by shooting sport photos ! It is way harder than what I thought. I did use some old optics on my D90 so, aperture, shutter, and so on totally manual, but it’s a really nice way to learn.

Basically this is what I learned :

  • Think fast
  • Set your camera when nothing happen
  • keep your two eyes open (one in the camera, the other one on the field)
  • understand what the riders are going/want to do
  • always stay aware of what happen
  • look every where
  • know your gears !

all those things are quite common, and actually that what I mostly do every time I take a picture, but with, what I would call, high speed shooting those things are way more intense !!

FISE 2009 – a set on Flickr.

MatchMove with Syntheyes a Nikon D90’s plate

Those days I’m working on Reels, at least one for the moment, a matchmove one. So far I’m putting together some pieces I did at my Fxphd’s classes, and also some of my shoot.

This one I did with my Nikon D90 which is none for a rolling shutter issue (jelly video look) when shooting video.

so those were the challenge for this plate :

  • shoot from the back of a car on small road
  • hand held
  • 24fps
  • 1280×720
  • 33mm

To be honest, the hardest part were dealing with the Rolling Shutter, this one is a real b**** ! it doesn’t show to much on the video, but when you look closer the image keep getting distort all the time which give a high error to the tracking data. Plus on top of that you have fast movements which give the “debug tracker” part a real nightmare. It’s not perfect, but I do think it’s looking very well.

you can watch the result in HD on the vimeo website


[MatchMove] : small road with Nikon D90 from Fran├žois Tarlier on Vimeo.

Part of the shot I did track for my reel.
The particularity of this one, is the hand held kind of shot with the “Rolling shutter” issue of the D90.
It looks easy with all the features but it was a really informative one to track. I learned a lot with this shot, like do not try to get it perfect! at some point, I got a lower error (right now it’s 0.8hpix) about 0.4, but it wasn’t looking as good as this one. I guess it good be much better at some point but so far I think it works pretty well right now.
It has been track with Syntheyes, Blender for the 3d grid, and After FX for the compo/roto