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Friday, April 21, 2006

UPDATE: Watch out for the Bus!!! (I fixed it - no more "floating bus")

Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,

Thanks for the feedback on the Bus Clip. I want back to AE and tried to do it better. The first time it took me hours to put the clip together. This time it took about 20 minutes right before I had to goto work. This is why its so important to practice the tough stuff (especially if you know you are going to do something like it in your film) before.

Anyways, I couldn't change the original footage so it still looks like a jump but the bus looks much better now (no more "floating bus"). Also, I added a sound effect to give the clip more of an impact.

Watch out for the bus!









You will need quicktime to view this clip. You can also watch it in the Windows Media Player by clicking here or check it out in the player below.








(I'll explain how this clip was done in the comment section)
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26 Comments:

At April 18, 2006 10:33 PM, Blogger knite said...

wow... that looked like a scene from FINAL DESTINATION>.. nooooooooooooo ali.. Well are you going to tell us how you did it?

 
At April 19, 2006 12:48 AM, Blogger Mahdi Ahmad said...

I was pretty impressed at what I saw, even with the lack of resources and other things that can enhance the picture.

With little, one must work harder to be creative. I think the little we have can be a blessing in disguise: it will make us more creative which in turn make us more better in our trade.

 
At April 19, 2006 1:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

its good masha' allah... but the preparation, before the bus comes, shows... what i mean is you start jumping sideways before the bus comes, so it looks a little bit... well, you know - the fakeness shows.

 
At April 19, 2006 7:56 AM, Blogger Baba Ali said...

I recorded the clip by myself yesterday and there was live traffic coming from both sides. Also, it was the end of the day so because the sun was moving, I had to film something (anything) asap. After I imported everything upstairs, I realized how I could have made it better but it was too late (getting dark). Anyways, its a learning process so I'm learning InshAllah.

 
At April 19, 2006 9:14 AM, Blogger Baba Ali said...

To answer the questions on how I did it: I imported the clip with the bus and used a mask so I could isolate the bus by itself. Then I placed that edited clip into Final Cut Pro over my original layer with me talking. I used the natural sounds from both clips so no sound was added.

The problem was that the sun was moving quick (since it was close to sunset) so the two clips had different shadows so I took the bus shadows out...thats why the bus looks like its floating (chessy huh?). When it clip is played is full speed, then its ok. But since most people like to go back and "slow-mo" the thing to death, then obviously you can see the faults (especially from a rookie effect person like myself..yes this is my first effect)

But doing this kind of thing helps with the learning process because the next time I do it, I can film it differently so it looks more real. For example, I would film during the middle of the day and bypass all the shadows issues. Also, I could have a cheap matress right outside the frame to fall into (instead of jumping out of the frame which looks fake). Finally, I would get some help (having someone looking at upcoming traffic) will allow me to not look at the upcoming traffic so the clip is even more unexpected. etc..etc...you get the idea.

 
At April 19, 2006 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

niceeee...I think given it the first time doing it it came out OK... u did not put in the sound effect when the bus hits you…like a dush..dang…guff…or BAM sound…
I think this was like the commercial which u got tackle/sacked by the bus...so the bus is not floating but jumping to tackle you...you know like the ESPN commercial where the guy tackles people...may be you should try that...and make uuuuhhhh tackling sound...
Peace out home BOYZZZZzzz

 
At April 20, 2006 2:48 PM, Blogger Baba Ali said...

Thanks for the feedback. I added the sound effect, got rid of the "floating bus" and now the clip looks much more realistic. After Effects is a great program and this is only one of the many things you can do with it. The more you play with it, the faster you get. For example, when I put the clip together the other day (had to figure out how to do it), it took me a few hours. This morning, I did it in about 20 minutes.

 
At April 21, 2006 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ES GREAT NOW... da sound really drives it home, even if the 'jump' couldn't hav been removed.

props!

 
At April 24, 2006 11:21 AM, Blogger knite said...

look much better. no more floating bus. What exactly did the bus hit. Crazy loud sound of your body splattering. You pretty strong broghter. LOL
nice ali

 
At September 17, 2006 4:46 PM, Blogger MuSLiM FOr----->>> LiFE said...

Salam o alaikum. Mashallah that was coooooooooooool.
I liked it.
Which software do you use to make these clips????
I like to do these stuff.

 
At October 27, 2006 1:01 PM, Blogger Nedya said...

Haha, nice.

Gayr Insha'Allah.

 
At October 27, 2006 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

damn ur hot......hit me up brother!!!!

 
At October 28, 2006 10:17 PM, Anonymous Rosman Rais said...

Assalammualaikum Ali,
do visit my site. hope u could get some materials for your next seasons.

pls forgive me if there anything wrong in it. do give your comments too. thank you.

Wassalam.

 
At October 29, 2006 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

way to go bro!! that was cool.. keep up the good work!! doin' da'wa.. =]

 
At October 30, 2006 5:52 AM, Anonymous mercy said...

:-O... worrying!!
looks too real for my non- techno brain!! just happy ur still around!!

 
At December 07, 2006 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm its emazing first i tot u dead in the mid of road.... and i was worry abt the next season ;) but no more worry u still alive and we can enjoy ur another season good luck to ya, live long and live happy ever after :P take care Allah Hafiz....

 
At December 09, 2006 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Masha2allh; Keep it going Brothers; BarakAllahu feekom!

 
At December 21, 2006 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

:O how u do that??? can you help me with my media work??lol

sadia@uk

 
At March 24, 2007 1:11 PM, Anonymous Nasrin said...

Salam aliekom
Wow,it was really goood,keep it up!

 
At April 21, 2007 4:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

o my Allah!!!
i thought you got really killed LOL haha/

 
At June 14, 2007 5:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

assalamu alaikum,
it really amazing!!! it looked sooooo realistic, awesome! well done!

zakira

 
At August 22, 2007 6:27 AM, Blogger Aymanati said...

Oh Ali ..
:'(

He was a good man ..

 
At August 26, 2007 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

salaam brothers and sisters,,,wow,,that vid was good,,i kinda didnt knw wht to expect,,and then BOOM!!!,VERY GOOD!! salaam from brother omar

 
At December 06, 2007 11:19 AM, Anonymous Idiqut said...

Maybe for you it is nice joke but for me it was a grear fear until i have seen "Ill explain how i did it in comments", oh Allah jj may be all such things just joke and effects of Ali. Amin.

 
At December 08, 2007 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

assalamu alaikom

 
At December 26, 2007 6:34 AM, Anonymous Wahibabar said...

Ina li Lah wa ina ilayhi raji'oune.

;-D

 

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