View Full Version : place to find greenscreen/bluescreen plates?
March 9th, 2003, 10:34 PM
silly question but is there anywhere you can get green/bluescreen plates in still image format or video?
I want to learn more, but I don't have any footage to use. We had a mixup with the material we bought and it was way too dark to use. I didn't want to shell out more money so soon to buy more material.
March 9th, 2003, 11:09 PM
Sorry to hear you couldn't get any use out of the fabric you bought, shoulda got paint like I said hehe!
If your after blue/greenscreen plates then what I usually do is use plates from various movies. Their great to perfect your technuiqe on and are usually very good quality plates providing they are the proper plates used.
I can't direct you to any specific resources, but thought I would just let you know. Try movie sites, movie galleries and video.
"The making of..." things are really good for this.
Just keep in mind the legal aspects and you'll be ok
March 10th, 2003, 12:07 AM
I wish I had seen your post first! :)
Good call on the movie features, I'll go look through some of my dvd's now. Maybe Episode II might have some good stuff.
I'm only using the material for my own learning purposes, I have no intention of posting my work anywhere :o just can't wait for compositing class next month!
thanks for the help
March 10th, 2003, 03:31 PM
I am very glad this has been brought up!
You say to use some footage from the "Making Of" features in DVD's. How exactly do you extract such footage??? I mentioned earlier, it seems impossible to take a screenshot of a DVD on your computer, but if there is a way to do either I'd really like to know how.
March 10th, 2003, 04:26 PM
You can always rip the DVDs if you know how in avi format. I have a couple stills. Here are the links. For EDUCATIONAL purposes only!
Cat on bluescreen (http://www.vfxvancouver.com/images/vfxtalk/bluecat1.tga)
Tori Spelling on greenscreen (http://www.vfxvancouver.com/images/vfxtalk/spelling.tga)
Jennifer Love Hewitt on greenscreen (http://www.vfxvancouver.com/images/vfxtalk/hewitt.tga)
I do have them in sequence, but I don't want to post them, it'll eat up all my bandwidth! Especially at 1MB a frame.
March 10th, 2003, 05:47 PM
thanks very much Aruna!
Going back to the lab to practice some more :)
Oh yeah, before I forget, CGIguy try going to the DivX site (www.divx.com) I believe they have great walkthroughs so you can extract some video from your DVD.
March 10th, 2003, 07:40 PM
Thanks for the information :cool:
I've seen several DVD ripping utilities, and I would never think of using them for any sort of commercial purposes. Although, the main thing I am in need of is just a simple screenshot device. That way, whenever I post a question like the one on blood tracking from the Cell, or the Patriot, I can show what I'm talking about.
March 10th, 2003, 07:43 PM
Well, if you have Photoshop, all you have to do is hit PrintScrn.. Go into Photoshop and make a new image, and just hit Paste.
That should work.
March 11th, 2003, 12:14 AM
You can not make screen shots of video, they will tourn out washed out
Powerdvd can take screen shots of movies though
March 11th, 2003, 12:24 AM
Depends on what DVD playing software you have....
I use WinDVD, and there is the option to take a still shot from that..... I believe PowerDVD can do this too...
March 11th, 2003, 01:56 AM
Yeah, most DVD software I've come acroos has a screen capture function. Glad the post helped.
March 11th, 2003, 03:17 PM
I never knew Win DVD had such a function. I assumed it was the nature of DVD playing on computers that prevented normal screenshots from being taken.
I normally use Inter Actual DVD, but I'll check out the others on my computer.
March 12th, 2003, 03:13 PM
about taking screenshots of dvds, it's possible. I use Power DVD for it heh. for you high-end video buffs, it might not be up to spec, but it's fine for my purposes. anyways, here are a couple samples, i cropped out the black bars at the top and bottom of each picture -- other than that, everything else is the same.