Video Retouching with Blender

Here’s a little breakdown of a small FX project that I recently did for the German TV Station MDR. They needed to have a photo exchanged in one shot from a documentary about Roland Freisler:

Kay Dombrowsky from was doing the color grading for the whole series on his DaVinciResolve, and since we share the same office space he asked me to do this little shot.
Everything was done in Blender. First I did a quick 2 point track of the original photo. I combined that with a few hooks, which I then hand animated to get the deformation of the photo right. Masking and fake shadows were done in Blender’s MovieClipEditor. Feathering could be better at some points, but for the time and budget I think all in all it turned out pretty good.



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