Category Archives: Visual FX

Ultimatte for Gimp 2.10?

Source of both images: Wikimedia. User: Keraunoscopia. License: CC BY 2.0.

Actually, Ultimatte by Blackmagic Design is an expensive keyer hardware for television & film, and it is my impression that the fact is hardly mentioned that there is a Photoshop plugin available that costs about $ 800.-. While this is only interesting for pros, there is a free demo version available for Windows & Mac. As I found out, the Windows version of this demo works with Photoshop CS2 under Ubuntu Linux.

Right now, after taking a look at a book on Gimp 2.10 at Wittwer bookstore, I vaguely remember that there is the possibility to run Photoshop plugins with the Gimp, and after a Google search I found this page. It seems to be possible to run Photoshop plugins by AKVIS with the Gimp. So, I’m wondering, should it be possible to install the Ultimatte plugin as well? Ultimatte would imho make Gimp much better. There is in fact a very simple chroma keyer included in the Gimp GAP package, but this keyer is not so good. Unlike Ultimatte, it doesn’t preserve shadows.

For quality-conscious people or people (like me) who are interested in visual fx & post-production, there is an online forum where one can ask questions about the handling of Ultimatte. I am really determined to find out how this amazing plugin works.

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My visit @ Pixomondo

© Copyright 2018 by Claus Cyrny

This self-portrait is from my visit in April, 2018 @ visua fx company, Pixomondo in Stuttgart. I was eager to see the people there at work, but was only led to a conference room where we talked for a while. Pixomondo received an Oscar for their work on “Hugo” by Martin Scorsese.

Anniversary

“FMX press flag” © Copyright 2018 by Claus Cyrny

I have been with FMX for twelve years now, and although I couldn’t attend this year for personal reasons, I’m really grateful that I am able to participate in this annual “Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media” that takes place inside the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. After an inquiry of mine, Mrs. Steller who is the FMX’s press coordinator accredited me as a journalist. Visiting this conference acquainted me with visual fx, high-end graphics & animation & made me much more quality-conscious.

03:32 p. m.

On my trip to Stuttgart today I went to Wittwer bookstore & asked if they had a biography of Richard Avedon, but no, there were only illustrated books available. So I looked into several other books in the department on photography. Amongt the books was “SUMO” by Helmut Newton, whose photographs I don’t like too much. Despite the facts that they are elaborately shot, they seem to me somewhat “cold” and “calculated”. Another book consisted of portaits by August Sander. This I liked more, but the people all looked so earnest; no-one was laughing.

I can not help it but I feel that the days of “conventional” photography are numbered. Imho, it’s not merely enough to use a digital camera, but to embrace the possibilities of digital media, such as bitmap editing, compositing, 3D, even animation in order to achieve a new artistic freedom.

07:47 a. m.

Been to Trölsch to have breakfast. Found this photograph on my harddrive:

“Paris” © Copyright 2018 by Claus Cyrny

I really want to go to Paris again, probably by next year. What else? Motion tracking. Blender has a built-in motion tracker. Motion tracking (also called match-moving) is a technique used for visual fx. One can use it e. g. to replace the background of a moving object.

Here’s a screenshot of Blender’s motion tracker:

And: I rediscovered this clip on YouTube. It features the outstanding Indian singer, Asha Bhosle, and it’s – how can i describe it? – kind of an Indian boogie-woogie if something like this exists.

FMX

© Copyright 2018 by Claus Cyrny

This is me at FMX 2018, an annual conference that takes place at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. The beaver next to me was the mascot of FMX 2018. I owe this conference much. I first attended FMX in 1998, when it was still named “Film- und Medienbörse” (Film and Media Exchange = FMX). After that I became interested in visual fx, which has made me much more quality-conscious. Then, in 2007, I was lucky to be accredited as a journalist to FMX, and in the meantime, I attended this conference whenever possible, writing articles for the blog on computer graphics & visual fx which I had at that time.