Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Motion Video Created From a Single Second Life Image

I've been wanting to play around with parallax video creation for a long time and finally had some time last night. This video was created from a single image captured in Second Life. I opened the original photo in Photoshop and cut it into foreground, middle-ground and background layers. I then filled in the holes of the background image to replace the excised avatar and tower sections. Next, I imported the finished layers into Motion and created a 15 second video by animating each layer separately along with an overall 3D camera move. I opened the resulting video in Final Cut Pro and added effects and titling. This is a very simple experiment playing around with parallax animation. Check out this video from the World Wildlife Fund to see what kind of amazing results are possible using the technique.


Dirk said...

Centuries ago, porn or sex was the first and most significant production of a new technology. Today, we get both: BOTGIRL.COM

sororNishi said...

excellent stuff, Botgirl ... probably quite time consuming?

Botgirl Questi said...

Dirk: Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see sex and porn driving technology these days. Probably because there's so much more money to be made in the mainstream.

Soror: It would have been really time consuming if I was trying to create something approaching the level of the WWF videos. But this project didn't take more than a few hours, not counting rendering time.

Actually, if I do this again in SL I'll cheat by taking separate shots for background, foreground and middle-ground shots. That would save most of the time required for masking and background filling.