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#1 Richard Boddington

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 07:35 PM

Hi,

I watch a lot of docs on Discovery and History Channel etc. I have noticed heavy use of a technique that makes still pics look "3Dish", any one else seen this?

Basically they take old photographs from say the 1920s, and make them look as though the person sitting in the foreground is separated from the BG.

Any one know how this is done? Software? I see it all the time now so I suspect what ever technique is used must be readily available.

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#2 David Sweetman

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 07:51 PM

After Effects, probably. possibly Combustion.
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#3 Scott Fritzshall

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 08:49 PM

1. Separate each layer by hand (rotoscope)
2. Fill in the background parts that the foreground layers cover up. If you've got a person sitting in front of a wall, you'll have to paint in that part of the wall, so that when the person in front moves, there's not just a hole behind them.
3. Position the layers in 3d space so that they are separated from each other in z-space, but look like the original photo to the camera.
4. Fly your virtual camera through the scene a bit, revealing some of the depth.
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