Episode 51 ready for packaging
Premiere proved to be a good tool for compositing the various pieces together. I could animate the fade out of the titles, shot cross fades and credit movement etc. Indeed if I had this a few weeks ago I would have used this for everything including audio I think.
The next hurdle (there always seems to be one more) was video ghosting in the export from Premiere. It is as though Premiere is trying to smooth things out for me, a bit like motion blur, but in so doing is making things all smudgy.
It turns out that my footage from Fcheck (compiled from Maya's TGAs) needs to be set to Interlace Consecutive Frames under the Field Options for each video Clip. That gets things to look correct inside Premiere (CS3). But when Exporting the Movie, the settings with DeInterlace Video Footage in the keyframe section - actually this doesnt work - give a different but no more pleasing effect.
hmmmm the whole interlacing problem doesnt seem to have a one-button solution and could require quite a bit of playing with different formats and settings. I will add more to this whole thing when/if I work it out.
After a group meeting to sort out the last few bits we need to do between now and submission, I am going to attack the build of my logbook from this blog content. The guys will send me the last of the images to include in the credits and I will composite them in before us having a final version.
Working on the translation of the logbook, I thought this image captured the top of the page pretty well:
Background Inspiration today was provided by The Lord of the Rings (extended edition). The effects and animation work is so well integrated that it is just part of the film. From Golum to hordes of orcs, beasts, riders and oliphants the animation work is a real feat. Add to that the digital landscapes and effects work and there is simply too much to digest.
It actually makes our little piece of 15 seconds worth of animation feel rather meaningless - but all things start somewhere and given enough dedication wonders can be made.
One of the lovely shots (amongst the endless number in the whole thing) that I always look forward to is the 'pan up through the ring' shot in the belly of Mount Doom when Golum gets his hands on it. It is this attention to detail that is made all the more amazing by the enormous feat that the movies are as a suite.