Posts posted by Cristobal Bolaños
In Mistika there are multiple ways to perform the same activity. Here are a few which you can use in order to compare your reference with your conformed timeline.
First of all, set your timeline properly so you can easily manipulate the scale and position of your clips, placing a framing in top of your conformed media. Afterwards, set your reference clip on the top of it, you can insert a color grade in your reference clip so you can manipulate the chrominance or luminance in order to see more clearly the difference between them. Now we can start to compare, choose the technique you like the most:
1. Use a Comp3D and compare the background and foreground with cropping: place a Comp3D in the top of your reference clip and move the evaluation range down until everything is selected. Inside the Comp3D, create a second layer. Now your layer 1 is the reference and the conformed clips are the layer 2. Inside the layer 2, set the cropping left or right on an value around 50. You can compare between them in the record monitor or inside the visual editor and move between the nodes in order to change the position or scale of your conformed shots with the framing effects we previously put.
2. Use a wipestripe and reset the values to use it as a crop: this is the most used way of conforming in Mistika. Place a WipeStripe effect and reset the values of it (see this tutorial), now manipulate them so you can use it as a crop effect. Pull down the evaluation range of your Wipe until everything is selected. Now you can compare them.
3. Use a Comp3D or Channels Effect and set the attribute blending in difference mode. This way es pretty similar to the first one, first set everything the same in the Comp3D, with two layers. Then, in the Attribute Blending of the second layer set it in Difference. You can do the same with a Channel effects, setting all the Channels in Difference. With this mode, the differences between the layers will be highlighted, and the common pixels will be completely dark. Personally, this is my favourite way. However, if your reference clip has a lot of comprension in comparison with your conformed clips, more differences will be highlighted.
4. Use a Color Grade and set in Options Tab the recover mode and source: this is quite an interactive way to compare. Place a Color Grande with a Evaluation Range that selects both layers. Now create a window, a rectangle will work, place it wherever you want. Now go to the Option Tab, in Recover Mode, set Inside and Recover Source set "In2", which refers to the layer 2. This is a tool that is used for recovering information when grading, but now you can use it to compare your layers.
5. Use a Crop Effect and compare the layers with a Comp3D: use a Crop effect in each layer, one cropping 50 of the left and 50 of the right respectively. Now with a Comp3D with two layers you can compare both of them.
I have attached a timeline environment with all of this techniques explained with notes, so you can check the position of the layers and effects. You don't really need to see the media, but in case you want to see it online, you can download the free footage I've used in this link and the reference clip in this link.
That's all! If you find any new ways of conforming, it would be awesome if you share them with the community ?
Offline reference cut compare
For sure, one thing you can do instead of a template, is to save it as a FX Preset. What's more, if you save it in the Global Preset window, that effect or group of effects will be shared across all projects within Mistika. The Tab of FX is in the left side of the Visual Editor.
Another way to use presets are the dummies, a great feature inside Mistika that speeds up the workflow of any project. The Dummies are in the bottom of the Compose effects. They work like this: if you make a group of effects, take out the footage you've used, and replace them with dummies, then when you make a group of it, this new group will have a range of influence in which you can place new footage that will have the exactly same values, keyframes and animations you had earlier.
Thanks a lot for the feedback Abel. The techniques of conforming I wrote you are the one I use the most, but for sure you can do the same as other systems and make a play of both the reference and conform at the same time:
If you use a Comp3D effect and position the reference and the conformed timeline in the two first layers, then you can position really easily both of them to be side by side by manipulating the size and position. Besides, you could place them side and side and even use the difference mode setting the reference clip on top of the conformed clip and activating the difference mode, now you have the best of both worlds. Afterwards, if you render your cache in foreground you will have a really smooth playback to work with.
I have attached a screenshot and the env. for you to see it. If you open the env. you'll see it I've prepared for you the dummies for conforming with that technique ?
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