Today in lesson we looked at rotoscoping for effects. The hard and easy way.

We looked at films trailers such as “A Scanner Darkly” and “Waking life” both directed by Richard Linklater. This gave us an idea of rotoscoping for effects. Here are the trailers below:

These type of films i think are amazing as it is so artistic with the vector images. Every frame is like a piece of art, If i stop a section from the trailer it looks like a piece of art! Amazing, here is an example of what i mean below:


This is where they use Rotochatter. What is rotochatter? This is where the mask shifts which happens in this film it creates a style for the film.

After we looked at this  Simon told us to record a 5 second clip of hands moving slowing so they we could practice rotoscoping. However some of us in class could not get the email of us sending our clip through so we had to use someone elses clip in our class.

Firstly we used to long way of rotoscoping, by using the pen tool to select different sections such as:

  • The arm
  • The palm
  • the fingers
  • the thumbs

Here is a screen shot of how i rotoscoped my hand. I’m definatly not a lover of this, it frustrates the hell out of me. I guess it’s just practice:

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Yep what a waste of time as there is a much easier way of doing this, This is by using the Rotobrush tool, its like the quick selection tool in Photoshop. It’s so easy. All you have to do is select an area that you want to be rotoscoped, however you can also de-select if you make a mistake by holding the alt button and simply rubbing it out. After this it gives you options to re-fine matte , chatter, decontamination this is something that i need to look more into depth as i have never used any of this before.

Here is what it looked like with the rotobrush:

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