I want to create a person standing still in a photo, move their arms and legs
My thoughts... OH BOY thats going to be very tricky!!!
First question : Do you have a clean plate (a copy of the image without the person in it?) If so, it will be much easier.
Ideas: Mask out your person, export to a program or tool where you can animate the movements, save it as a movie and then layer over the top in Hitfilm.
Shoot a copy of the same person on green screen and overlay them onto the orginal image.
Use an animated warp effect to only effect a mask around the legs and arms but not the body.
Ok that's it I'm out of ideas.
ok let me see if I can ask this a different way, say I have a person that looks like they are walking in a photo, mask them out in let's say photoshop, save as a png, can I bring them into hitfilm and use an effect that can make their arms and legs move as if they are walking.
For that, you would want to create a separate layer for each of the main components of the character (head, body, upper arm, lower arm, etc.), basically splitting them at the major joints. Then you can move each component separately, to create the movement. Use parenting to link the lower arm to the upper arm, and the upper arm to the shoulder, to create a sort of IK rig. And adjust the anchor point positions so that they sit in the joints, and each segment rotates from the correct location.
If you want to get fancy it sounds like a job for a 2d animation program like Spriter, Crazy Talk Animator or Anime Studio Pro.
Sorry, I'm not yet sure of the rules regarding mentioning other programs and I'm certainly not sure whether Hitfilm can do it on its own. I'm just mentioning things that I have a mental connection to for this situation.
Unless it's cartoonish or impossible (as in the actor is dead) I'd fall back to Andy001z's suggestion of filming the person moving.
@Farscraper mentioning other software is totally fine. Hitfilm can do a lot but there's no harm in mentioning other options. In this case, what Axel said above works, but something like Toon Boom specializes in paper-doll animation and will do this task more efficiently than Hitfilm.
Thanks everyone, I will look into all your suggestions, I appreciate the help.
it would be easier to film someone walking and track their head and mask over. though if you have poser and a good front and side shot of the persons head you could use the face room and make a 3dversion of your subject to do as you wish
Chroma Key the arm and leg movement and then place in the static photo?
Hitfilm did this in after effects
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