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Elephant Rotoscopy

Categories: 2D, Personal project |

After discovering the technique of Rotoscopy, I thought :

« Well, why wouldn’t I try by myself ? »

 

As a matter of fact, this technique has the privilege of being interesting, for a few reasons :

  • It allows us to decompose a movement in detail, following the path of a real video.
  • It is a good exercise to have some timing notion in 2D.
  • Once the movements Rotoscopied, you can do whatever you want with your video.

So, I took the latest video of my cellphone (Which appeared to be Elephants in Thailand), my graphic tablet, and hop I started.

 

I’m not hiding it, it was very long. Even more considering that the elephants, apart from  the tromp and ears, it doesn’t really move.
So I started my experiment on After-Effects, but I went rather fast to Photoshop, more adapted to 2D, and more corresponding to what I wanted. There were 337 layers, drawn one by one.

 

calque 09

 

 

So, after 3 days of work, I told myself, « Yeah, I just have to save all this, and all the movement part is over » !
This, would be right, if only I didn’t have script problems. It took me one more day to save all the layers one by one, to have my pictures exported.

Once the pictures list completed, I imported it on TVPaint (a 2D software).
This is when I realized that tout everything would’ve been much more easier if I’d done everything on TVPaint from the start.

Well, it’s not perfect, it moves a lot. I should’ve used the function « copy-paste » much more.

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2 Comments

  1. Comment by: Adrien
    Posted on: 7th Sep 2013Reply

    Ça représente un sacré boulot quand même !
    Bravo !

    • Comment by: Eva Crouzet
      Posted on: 8th Sep 2013Reply

      Oui, j’ai aussi perdu beaucoup de temps avec des erreurs de débutantes, mais c’est comme ça qu’on apprend ! Merci ! :)

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