K-Magazine Breakdown

In order to create an on-air promo for a magazine which could be updated easily with each new bi-monthly issue, I shot a practical prop magazine and replaced the pages digitally.

Background plates were shot hand-held using a digital still camera. In addition achieving a stylistic result (of a stop-motion animation), this choice had the additional benefits: a) shooting stills gave me much larger plates (4K-ish) to work with, and b) at only 6fps, I only had to do 1/5 of the tracking work!
 
A breakdown of the process:
 
To start off with, the magazine prop was shot with tracking markers and grids for reference.
 
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Later, the digital magazine pages were superimposed on the footage. Foreground elements, such as hands and shadows, were roto’d out and applied as a separate layer above everything else:
 
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An animated warp mesh was applied to the pages and matched by hand, frame-by-frame, to the tracking markers:
 
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The result was a virtual magazine page that matched the practical prop exactly:
 
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Then the replacement page was colour-corrected to match the original. The white stickers underneath the tracking markers allowed me to sample whites from across the page and match the original footage perfectly:
 
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And the final shot went through one last colour correction:
 
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And the final result looked a little something like this.
 
 

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