Current Project Workflow Pipeline

After going over the second edit of my pipeline, I decided on a more specific workflow and added some things that should make the work flow better.

  • Film live action video (30 seconds more or less)
  • Import into premiere pro to edit the length if needed and then import into After effects.
  • Export as image sequences to use as an image place to use as a reference in Maya.
  • Animate character in front of the image reference and scale and adjust it accordingly to fit in the scene and perspective.
  • Add lighting inside the scene to match the lighting of live action video.
  • Batch render animation as image sequence in .png/.targa format and import into flash to draw on top or to use as a reference for the 2D animation part. *
  • Composite the animation into the live action video by importing the exported 2D video into After effects (or premiere pro for editing).
  • Add necessary/essential effects and adjust lighting, colour, etc. to match the videos lighting and proper colour.
  • Import into premiere pro to edit and add sound effects (if needed ) and music.
  • Export as an .mp4 or .avi

 

* Only import 3D batch rendered animation into flash if drawing on top of character. Otherwise, just import 3D as a reference for the other element for the animation piece.

 

I adjusted the pipeline after making a prototype of a scene and learned how to go about it along the way to be able to work smarter.

*EDIT

pipeline

  • Film live action video (30 seconds more or less)
  • Import into premiere pro to edit the length if needed and then import into After effects.
  • Export as image sequences to use as an image place to use as a reference.
  • Import into Flash to add the orb and animate. Export afterwards.
  • Composite the animation into the live action video by importing the exported 2D video into After effects (or premiere pro for editing).
  • Export image sequence of both 2D and live action into Maya to use as a reference.
  • Animate character in front of the image reference and scale and adjust it accordingly to fit in the scene and perspective.
  • Add lighting inside the scene to match the lighting of live action video.
  • Add necessary/essential effects and adjust lighting, colour, etc. to match the videos lighting and proper colour.
  • Import into premiere pro to edit and add sound effects (if needed ) and music.
  • Export as an .mp4 or .avi

 

 

 

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Project Pipeline Workflow edit

After finding out that the workflow I created wouldn’t work after further investigation. I adjusted my work flow and changed some things and how it should go.

I ended up with two ways as to how to go about it.

  • Film live action video (30 seconds more or less)
  • Import video into After effects for 3D motion tracking( if needed) and then export as image sequences.

Two methods to test:

  1. Block out scene roughly in Maya for easier animation in regards to perspective
  2. Animate character and scale it to the size of the scene according to the image plane created using the image sequence of live action video
  • Add lighting inside the scene to match the live action video lighting.
  1. Batch render the animation and import into after effects after composing it as a video file
  2. Batch render animation as image sequence and import into flash to draw on top to create some 2D elements.
  • Composite the animation into the live action video after exporting as an .avi file so that it looks like a part of the scene
  • Add necessary effects and adjust lighting, colour, etc. to match the videos environment.
  • Add sound effects and music that matches the scene
  • Export as .mp4 or .avi

 

 

Storyboard

initial timing

I decided to make a storyboard on storyboarder ( linked by Ryan in our fb page) and it gave me some sort of idea as to where I want the scenes to be in.

My first storyboard was too fast at the beginning so I had to change the duration of the frames that were too short and went by too fast.

second edit timing

After changing those, I also realized there was a misplaced frame right at the beginning and fixed that. I also decided to fix the part towards the end where the character scoots closer to the light to catch it as I feel like it wasn’t right for the character to scoot at the same pace, so I just slowed it down a bit.

right timing

This is the very rough storyboard I made with all the changes done.

Week 6: Gallery Visit

For this week, we visited a gallery and walked around to see if any of the pieces took our interest enough to be able to write about it, whether its good or bad.

I decided to do a doll’s house because when I saw it, it reminded me of my childhood and I thought it looked fun and very nostalgic.

The doll’s house seems to be from the 1930s and is quite big and sturdy which would probably make a little girl happy and have more space to play in. The colours make it look very inviting and warming.

The piece to me communicates someone else’s childhood and their preference in how they wanted their play area for their dolls to be like. Doll’s houses nowadays do not look the same as the one above and so I think its kind of like a part of history now.Although. some people would probably purchase one like it as a part of their collection. I also think that it inspires further discussion as it asks the question of who it belonged to before and what kind of person they are or were.

For the purpose of the piece, I think its pretty successful as it functions as a doll’s house  for the dolls to live in and the kids to play in.

I like the dollhouse as it brought me back to my childhood back in philippines and made me reminisce and think about how it used to be and it made me miss being young and carefree.

 

 

Week 1: Art Test

It has been long due for this post XD Anyway in week 1, we were tasked to pick a type of art test such as costume design, character design, animation, etc. I chose animation and got the task brief downloaded.

I was tasked to do a running loop animation and a heavy melee attack using a dota character. This is what I made.

 

I think the running needs more work as it looks like he is charging at someone angrily but it looks halfway through walking and running.

The attack also needed some work but I think it looks okay.

Prototype Video

I encountered some issues with doing the prototype video below but it was easily fixed and lessons were learned throughout and written down for future reference and faster correction.

If you noticed, you can’t see the shadow of the 2D ponytail, so I’ll have to incorporate that somehow next time for another prototype and whilst I’m doing my project.

I also had to search how to make the background transparent in flash.

Although I also need to redo my pipeline as some things have changed.

Trial task

This post has taken so long to be written because I have been busy with other courses and couldn’t get around to finishing the trial scene.

Anyway, I took a video of my computer desk at home as a last resort footage as I have taken a low resolution video of an area in town and didn’t really wanna use it

I imported that video into after effects and cut it down until it fit the duration of the sample animation I found online on mixamo and used that for my sample.

test with no lighting

I then imported the 3d animation into after effects as an image sequence and then adjusted the rig to fit into the scene. Above is the scene with no lighting on the rig other than ambient lighting.

test3dmodel.0012

The image above is pretty much with lighting but its too warm of a lighting to be coming off from a flash camera so it got adjusted. It also didn’t have any shadows.

I had to refresh my memory with flash as it has been quite a while since I’ve used it but nothing google can’t do 🙂

Anyway, onto my trial/prototype.

The sample scene I took originally lasted for around 7 seconds and I had to cut it down to about a second just to fit the very very short animation of the 3D rig from mixamo.

Above is when I put the 3D animation on top of the sample scene and adjusted it accordingly.

I had to back track and import the image sequence of the 3D animation into flash and draw on top of that and exported it as a .mov and into after effects to replace the 3D image sequence from before.

I decided to just put a little pony tail on her if you can see it as a trial.

I will be posting the overall video on the next post and also write down some of the issues and tips I learned from doing a trial.