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Modifying "Candles in the Wind" style

PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:31 pm
by Hyomil
I like the soft wipe transition in the sample video and would like to synchronize it to movements in the video. Like windshield wipers that move at varying speed depending on the music volume/tempo and also reverse direction when:

1. they get to a significant edge in the video.

2. a significant movement in the video begins or ends. The wipe could:
(a) rush to respond to a movement after it occurred, perhaps seeming to serve as a check to keep the movement from advancing further (and this impression would transfer to the person/object in the succeeding clip that was revealed by the line's movement).
(b) occur before a video movement and thus make the movement seem to be in response to being pushed or cornered by the line either blocking an element's progress or squeezing them toward the other side of the video.

Wipes could start and bring in part of the succeeding clip and then pause and not complete, as if evaluating both videos for a moment to decide which one to go to. Then they'd reverse direction and go back where they came from, as if they'd decided the original clip was better. This would be good for sections of video where there's a break in the action, but then it picks up again.

The wipe could also go back and forth over the same clip, turning different effects on and off like a magic wand waving over it. The wipe could start, pause, quickly go back and forth like the sensor on a photocopy machine or scanner, adding an effect, and then complete.

Also good would be if the video sometimes changed speed in sync with the speed of the wipe.

Here's a complex example where I tweaked the timings of a video from Animoto in Premiere to match parts of the song:



The wipe:

1) starts moving left to right (seeming to keep the door from closing),

2) finds the extended hands of the leaping woman an obstacle, bounces back to the left frame border and, using the momentum from that, jumps over her to get to the right side of the frame (This jump also makes sure movements between clips don't overlap and make it hard to discern what's going on),

3) finds the standing woman another obstacle and pauses to consider what to do,

4) tries to go back where it came from, finds the leg of the leaping woman now in the way, and uses that to bounce off of and finish the original left-to-right wipe.

5) The point that the line paused at in the previous clip is remembered, and the next clip of the guy talking is positioned/scaled so that his head tilt breaks that boundary.

The opacity is manipulated as well:

1) In the first part, the clip of the leaping woman is displayed under the clip of the standing woman at low opacity to help make the it seem more all-encompassing. There's no movement going on with the standing woman then, so this doesn't inhibit clarity.

2) The standing woman's opacity fades out at first but then suddenly ramps back up when the wipe tries to jump over the other woman, as if the standing woman's resolve has returned and she's decided to block the transition from happening.

You can see this would work even better if there were already vertical lines in the video the wipe could move to (or along with, if they're moving), like the door in this clip. Or, if there weren't any, some could be added by muvee, like the little translucent box areas that Animoto uses so much of, like in the 2nd clip.

It took me probably 30 mins. or more to work all that out manually and match it with parts of the song, and this is the kind of thing muvee is suited for automating.