Zed’s FABLEOUS video and VFX thread!

ZedFable Website User Posts: 136

Hey guys,

I figured I’d follow Triem, Keegan and Stormy’s lead and create a dedicated thread to share and discuss my videos, rather then spam you with individual posts. We start off with one that’s kind of timely because the second we wrote down the idea for the holiday, I knew I wanted to create some cool glitch and interference effects but I wasn’t sure exactly how. On the next day, Red Giant for Hitifilm was announced on the forums and as it turns out, they've got some really good tools to create exactly what I needed to take my glitch game up to the next level. Score!

Notes on using Red Giant's Glitch:

*The randomness of the patterns is great, but for some shots I didn’t want to conceal the on screen talent completely under them. Duplicating the layers so I can mask her out  and keep most of the interference out of her way worked pretty well. If I did it again, I'd probably add a small amount to her layer so the look was subtler.

*I tried to take the opportunity to try a bunch of different settings effect, but at the same time, I wanted to make sure none of them looked out of place with eachother. Maybe can’t tell in the finished product, but trust me- the range of looks you can get with just the glitch effect is great!

*I haven't had a reason to use transitions in forever, but the glitch transition is nice if you have a reason to use something stylized. 

*By the time I had finished the video, I had gotten pretty familiar the settings and was able to go for a much subtler effect for the thumbnail. Its basically just shifting a few random lines out of phase, slightly but it produces a pretty cool look IMHO. I kind of wish I had thought of that during the video, but such is the compromise of a daily release schedule.



  • StormyKnight
    StormyKnight Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 2,722 Ambassador

    Let me be the first to say- fabulous!!!......or....er.....fableous!!!

    You cut in and out at just the right parts to make your point coherent. Nicely done!

  • ZedFable
    ZedFable Website User Posts: 136
    edited March 2015

    Here is the video I did yesterday... or, technically, this morning:

    Self Critque: Great holiday, bad delivery in the first half of the video. I was so rushed (shot this at like, 4:45am) that I felt I should just go with the take and spend time on the explosions. 

    The explosion scene is fairly basic- didn't have time to do damage work on the street, but I did track the effects and spent my time compositing, blending, and getting the sound effects how I envisioned it (you'd be surprised how hard I had to dig for a clear bottle rocket whistle no other noise in the clip). In the end, the one new thing I learned was that you can use the 4 corner warp to tweak assets like explosions in subtle but really effective ways. 

  • Triem23
    Triem23 Moderator Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 19,809 Ambassador

    Don't get yourself down on delivery. You're trying to kick out 365 videos in 365 days (so, even if each video is two minutes of content, that still adds up to over 12 hours of content. You're doung six feature films this years on your own!) with composite work, titles and VFX. That's a grueling schedule, and, like you noted about road damage, you just aren't going to have the time to get everything perfect. You're already researching holidays, sourcing images, recording your hosting and skits... Who needs another two hours to do road damage? 

    This is a great series produced very quickly. It's entertaining, informative, and you VFX work is good enough to tell the story and/or hit the punchline. Be proud of this. It's certainly unique.