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Chapter SIX. VIDEO INTO VECTORS DECONSTR... > STEP 02 motion capture and BITMAP RE...

STEP 02 motion capture and BITMAP REDUCTION

Video at hillmancurtis.com is generally shot with a digital camcorder and then transferred over a Firewire connection to a video capture card. Once the video is stored on the computer, I'll use an appropriate tool to process it. Either Premiere or AfterEffects—both from Adobe—works well for turning video into vector. Use whatever software you prefer…just make sure it is capable of outputting sequential bitmaps.

After importing the movie into Premiere or any other tool, scrub through the clip until you find the frames containing the motion you want, as discussed earlier and in detail in Chapter 4, "hillmancurtis.com Navigation." I try to find the most compelling motion—an interesting swagger or perhaps a dramatic leap—that I can use and reuse on the stage in Flash. In effect, I'm creating digital puppets that can be used later in a Flash movie to illustrate a specific action.


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