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  • What is commotion?

     Matt Silverman updated 17 years ago 2 Members · 4 Posts
  • Juan Karlo de Guzman

    August 6, 2005 at 3:44 pm

    I am planing to use 2 videos where me and me is facing each other in a long chair and talking. There is no blue background or green. It involves masking i think… Do you think, Commotion is the tool to use? Or Combustion, and After Effects? And what is the difference between Commotion, Combustion, and After Effects?

    How many space does Commotion eats? and its requirements?

  • Matt Silverman

    August 6, 2005 at 6:56 pm

    Combustion and After Effects are both primarily compositors. Commotion is primarily a rotoscoping tool designed to cut mattes/masks and paint. After Effects’ masking tools are really weak compared to commotion. Combustion4 has new b-splines like Commotion, but I haven’t checked it out yet. If I had to do this shot, I would cut the mattes in a roto tool like Commotion, Curious gFx or Silhouette Roto, then comp the shot in After Effects. Commotion is a dead product. gFx is in Limbo since Adobe acquired the technology. Silhouette is actively being developed and just announced a new version and paint is on the way.

    -Matt

  • Juan Karlo de Guzman

    August 7, 2005 at 9:26 am

    [Matt Silverman] “Combustion and After Effects are both primarily compositors. Commotion is primarily a rotoscoping tool designed to cut mattes/masks and paint. After Effects’ masking tools are really weak compared to commotion. Combustion4 has new b-splines like Commotion, but I haven’t checked it out yet. If I had to do this shot, I would cut the mattes in a roto tool like Commotion, Curious gFx or Silhouette Roto, then comp the shot in After Effects. Commotion is a dead product. gFx is in Limbo since Adobe acquired the technology. Silhouette is actively being developed and just announced a new version and paint is on the way.

    -Matt”

    Thank you for replying… and what’s Curious gFX, Shilhoutte Roto? And i’m having difficulties using AfterEffects… so confusing…

  • Matt Silverman

    August 8, 2005 at 4:46 pm

    You could finish the shot in Commotion as well. It just isn’t as flexible as the other compositors I use.

    Curious gFx – high-end roto tool with b-splines and 16bit paint – http://www.curious-software.com (acquired by adobe)

    Silhoutte Roto – high end matte cutter with plug-ins for After Effects and Final Cut Pro. Export splines to Shake and Flame – http://www.silhouttefx.com

    I wrote reviews of both of these tools for DV Magazine. Go to http://www.dv.com and do a search.

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