Chromakey

CHROMAKEY INTERACTING – Stop Motion Pro

Instructions
INTRODUCTION

You will become part of your animation. First you will shoot a video clip then match your character to the clip, using the chromakey (transparency) feature to blend video and animation.
à The Character you create here can also feature in the next project – so check both before you start!

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

Orientation:
• Watch the Sample Chromakey Animation on the Stop Motion Pro Site
http://www.stopmotionpro.com/index2.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=280&pop=1&page=0&Itemid=122
• Plan an animation where you can shoot video of an action your animation character can react to.
• Pipe cleaners and foam balls are supplied, but you can also create characters from your own materials

Step 1 – Create the Materials:
• Make a storyboard, showing the action you plan to animate (both yours and the characters)
• Create your character (1 per person on your team if doing it in groups) made of several parts
• Lego, GIJoe, Pipe Cleaner, Clay – your choice – you supply the Materials or Puppet
• Shoot the video you will use as a ‘background’

Step 2 – Set up the Shoot:
• Connect a Webcam and open Stop Motion Pro
• Set up a ‘stage’ with a uniform background colour.
• Adjust the Chromakey and shoot frame-by-frame as in the demo video.
• Animate your Character with Attitude!
• Remember the Characterization questions you just completed
• If you do this in groups, each character should display a unique attitude and reaction!

Step 3 – Render and submit:
• Render your animation as an AVI File (You have to use Shot and Reference frames in source dialogue box)

KEY CRITERIA:

Storyboard with arrows, one character per person with moving parts, reference Video shot well, characters react to video, movement shows attitude

CHALLENGE:

Add titles, credits and sound for bonus marks.

How to Guide & Video


Gallery of Samples
More on the Kits Graphics YouTube Site