Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Here 'tis! When I have a better quality quicktime link, I'll post that. Enjoy!


Anonymous VĂ­ctor M. Muriel said...

A great effect for a great song.

2:33 AM  
Blogger Kert said...

Looks very cool!! I was hoping that with the higher resolution footage that the effect of the distortion would be a little tighter or have a little more high frequency detail in it, but I still like it a lot.

How did you manage to work with their footage? did you get a rendered seq, and then process it through the tool, or did it all occur in real time, and they just dumped it to tape as the effect was happening?

Congrats again! :)

8:41 AM  
Blogger The Method Artist said...

Kert: Yeah, I think on the whole we erred on the side of too subtle. There was some concern to not distort Leon excessively, since they want him to look a pop-idol, not Stretch Armstrong. It'd be nice to have do-overs, and crank up the effect with youtube resolution in mind. Oh well.

Also, I wish we had rendered it with motion blur. On a lot of shots the vertical bars strobe and pop unpleasantly for my money. But without motion-blur, we were already 3-5 seconds a frame, and I was barely render all the shots in time.

Actually, when I went to London, I still didn't have a solution for how I was going to render the effect. All I had was a real-time, OpenGL-based effect, which wasn't broadcast quality. So while I was there I wrote a renderer which read in sequential tiffs, computed the effect, and then exported a rib file, which I rendered with 3delight. It was a _lot_ of work to do in a short time.

So I think the video which really showcases the effect is still to come. Nonetheless, it was a pretty awesome experience.

11:16 AM  

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