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- December 15, 2015 at 3:44 PM #88883
My students are making a one minute PSA about distracted driving. In one scene, they want to show a “bucket list” of activities written on a piece of paper. Some of the activities have a line scratched through them, representing things that have been done. For the activities that have not been scratched out, my students want to make them “unwrite” to demonstrate the things that will not happen because this person was killed by a drunk driver.
We do not want the hand and pencil to be visable in this at all. We want the last items to unwrite, starting from the last to the first – not just to have the whole item disappear like “fly off” in PowerPoint. Any suggestions on how to do this?
- December 16, 2015 at 3:45 AM #213162rs170aParticipant
What editing software are you using?
- December 16, 2015 at 7:28 AM #213163
That is part of my question. I have iMovie on my mac but I can find almost anything if need be. My district has a broad variety of software.
- December 16, 2015 at 7:36 AM #213164rs170aParticipant
I use Sony Vegas Pro and I do it one of two ways.
#1 – use a right to left wipe transition to reveal the writing.
#2 – use a mask to unwrite it.
Here’s an example of what I mean. Skip to 2:05 of this video. The static logo had all the dots on it so I masked them out to reveal them one by one over time. I also added a lens flair as they were revealed. You can do the same thing in reverse if desired.
- December 16, 2015 at 1:17 PM #213167
Thank you. In your example, you made the whole slide fade out. I am trying to make written text “unwrite”. I want the rest of the background to remain the same. If I video writing something, is it possible to copy the clip, delete the hand and pen and reverse it?
- December 16, 2015 at 4:00 PM #213168
The first thing that comes to mind for me is to record writing on some green posterboard, key out the green, produce the video with whatever background you’d like, reverse the video to un-write.
- December 16, 2015 at 9:10 PM #213171
but I want to get rid of the pen….
- December 17, 2015 at 7:45 AM #213174jleinungParticipant
To be clear — you want this effect to happen to a “real world” C.U. of a handwritten list on a pad, not a graphic? Go Old School — a classic lock-down: set up your shot w/ props (including notepad) placed on prop desk/table/dresser. I’d advise actually gluing everything down – spray adhesive on the back of the pad/paper, maybe tic-tack for other props. Frame up and lock the camera in place on a solid tripod. Shoot a half minute or so of the setup – the paper should be BLANK (or contain just the items that are to remain). Carefully, without moving ANYTHING, write/add the items on the list that are supposed to disappear, and shoot another 30 sec. In the edit, you will simply dissolve from the take with the items, to the take without the items. It will look like they are disappearing while everything else remains in place. One of the simplest, oldest special FX in the book, but it works.
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- December 17, 2015 at 8:38 AM #213177jleinungParticipant
Dude, the video is private…
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