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  • putting color into my black and white footage

    Posted by Tink14 on October 24, 2005 at 2:32 pm

    what I’d like to do is take footage that’s in black and white and put color over it, but have the color be animated. Maybe have someone’s coat be red and have the red bounce a little. Can this be done?

    Mark Suszko replied 18 years, 4 months ago 5 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Marcus Adburgham

    October 24, 2005 at 3:12 pm

    Yes it can! You need compositing software like Combustion or After Effects to treat the footage using a technique called “rotoscoping” – which means keyframing a selection over the area that needs color and then adding an effect to that selection which will tint the B&W footage.

  • Victoria Ellis

    October 24, 2005 at 10:34 pm

    yes – this is really fun, especially for long bits of footage…(!)

  • Michael Thomson

    October 25, 2005 at 1:05 pm

    If you have animate in an AVID, then you can achieve this without using after effects or combustion.

    It is however a painstaking process to say the least !

  • Mark Suszko

    October 25, 2005 at 4:30 pm

    Depends on the footage, you say it’s black and white… if there are enough distinct shades of gray in the footage, I would try to use luminance Keying to isolate the one element that needs colorizing. Once you have that matted, you could colorize it directly or put a copy of the matte on another track and then effect it further, keeping all track in synch. This has the appeal of not needeing ANY keyframing or tedious roto work.

    It may or may not work in your case, depends completely on the quality and consistency of the footage.

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