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What you know about Stereo Rotoscopy?

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The areas of live action frames are traced by Roto artists where computer graphics will overlap or interact with live images. Mattes (clear areas) are created inside the frame in order to allow all elements of the scene to be layered convincingly. This helps the Compositors in combining all the various elements accurately.

The most complex shape that the subject is in can be found, to outline that first, to understand the maximum points required to be rotoscoped. Rotoscoping tools used in the compositing software have advanced and deep deviation or curvature that can be controlled to make detailed curved lines with least number of points – image segmentation, creation of mattes or masks, More often than not using rotoscoping. The essential surfaces should be isolated individually. The level of detail depends on the required conversion quality and budget.

In Rotoscopy one can trace an object using a set of tools within the compositing software for making a new alpha channel to a specific part of an image sequence or video. They can manually create this alpha through copying the tracing on top of elements inside the video and create different shapes around the object and provides animation to those shapes to sync with the movement on all the frames. The system automatically interpolates between keyframes to usually provide required result/output without having to create a new frame every time.

This is one of the steps in processing 2D to 3D Conversion movies (the process of transforming 2D film to 3D form). Once mattes/mask have been created through rotoscope it will move to next process called Depth map. It is only through this Depth map that the conversion of 3D form from 2D can be effected.

The use of blue and green screens can make the process of compositing varied elements inside a scene much more simple, (however not every shot can take advantage of blue or green screens) so rotoscoping even now plays a significant role in the entire process of visual effects.This can be a time consuming process, but the results of rotoscoping can be excellent. If more time and effort go into a roto job, the finer the results can be. It is really a very rewarding process! Every movie, TV show or music video that has special effects will require rotoscopy to enhance the picture quality and hence the Roto artists are and will remain an integral part in the VFX pipeline.

NUKE, Mocha, Fusion, Silhouette & AfterEffects are some of the software widely used in rotoscopy for best quality and ease in delivery of output.

Why not shoot movies with stereoscopic 3d cameras instead?

In today’s world, where the 3D bug seems to have bitten moviegoers, especially children and the youth, 3D filmmakers are often challenged with the inevitable debate: whether to shoot the film in ‘native 3D’, shoot in 2D and convert to 3D or use a hybrid approach. More often than not, filmmakers often commit the error of opting to filming in native 3D without conducting proper research or analysis regarding the relative costs and technical considerations while filming in native 3D versus the rapidly evolving 2D to stereoscopic 3D conversion, which is currently hailed as the future of 3D cinema. What stems from this, is usually an unsatisfying and exorbitantly expensive directorial experience.

Avatar, the highest grossing movies of all times, set the wheels going for a major change-over worldwide to digital projection. This movie very deftly used a combination of motion capture technology, live environments shot with Cameron-Pace proprietary rigs and a host of computer-generated characters and sequences. According to Cameron, the film is composed of 60% computer-generated elements and 40% live action, as well as traditional miniatures (Wikipedia).

Among other top movies that were masterfully captured using this combination of ‘native’ 3D and conversion were Hugo and Life of Pi. In fact, the converted shots in these movies were woven so seamlessly throughout each film that it was practically impossible to differentiate whether the scenes were shot using a stereo camera or converted.

It’s a general notion that stereo rigs are two cameras positioned side-by-side in a manner similar to the way the human eyes are positioned. However, in reality, this configuration is appropriate for filming wide-angle shots, scenic landscapes and shots that require a focal length of more than 25ft. For any other shots, a different type of camera rig would be required, which only incurs more procurement and setting up charges.

While this configuration is normally is effective, it is nevertheless plagued with technical issues. The lenses and mirrors require constant polishing, which causes color shift between the cameras, vibration, misalignment and distortions. This often results in focus mismatches, in-field production slowdowns and most importantly, a lack of depth continuity from shot to shot which, in turn, would require significant post production processing; add to this, maintenance and operation of the rigs and additional crew to operate the shoots and one may safely rest the case against native 3D film capture.

These days, most studios and directors are steering clear from native 3D camera rigs, especially in VFX heavy films. Those who have chosen the path of conversion understand that post-fixes for conversion are quite minimal or non-existent when compared to the higher budgets, longer shooting schedules and subsequent post productive costs while using 3D camera rigs.

Though both processes have their pros and cons, constantly emerging advances in conversion technology are shifting the emphasis away from using camera rigs exclusively. 2D to 3D stereo conversion, whether full or partial, has now become an integral tool in any feature filmmaker’s arsenal to offer top quality, enhanced story telling in stereo 3D.

Visual Effects (VFX) with a New Dimension – Explore it in 2015

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We often thought about this! In a highly competitive world of media and entertainment industry, what is that makes SBL stand out in the crowd? We asked this question to the customers who engaged us for their VFX projects, and were happy to know that we make ‘a difference’!

Our resources, a blend of technology geeks and creative minds, are skilled in materializing the VFX requirements for International feature films and commercials. They have taken the responsibility to ensure that we deliver according to the customer’s needs in terms of perfection, time and cost. Weaving our talents with the expectations of our customers has led to create a right formula that makes us stand out from the crowd. This has earned us great appreciation from our customers.

SBL has been accredited with ISO 27001 certification for data security which ensures privacy of the pre-releases. This is awarded based on the security measures we have in place for design, development and testing processes, including detailed Business Continuity plans.

At the helm, are the industries experienced project managers who have handled several international projects by meeting the expectations exceedingly well. All of this has helped SBL to expand in visual effects to cater large international projects.

With our capabilities in VFX and Stereo Roto, Digital Paint, Keying and Rotomation, we have managed to win the accolades of our clients in US, UK, India and Australia. SBL is thus emerging as a global player in the field of visual effects.

Our proactive as well as systematic and disciplined approach has given us quick lead time in our projects. We are continuously striving to be a responsive organization delivering smart solutions and services to our clients.

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VFX – Making dream a reality at SBL

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The world of entertainment offers great scope of creativity and innovation to individuals and organizations associated with the industry. Being in a highly specialized and technical field of VFX services, SBL has developed competencies and has made a mark in the industry. With expertise in ate area of VFX, Stereo Roto, Digital Paint, Keying and Rotomation, VFX has garnered faith and trust of individuals and companies who have nurtured the dream of making a big name in the entertainment industry.

Team of professionals at SBL bring out the best for its clients and customers. Apart from offering a plethora of services for the entertainment industry, SBL, as an organization offers in-depth understanding of work, which requires precision and accuracy in delivering results within specified timelines. Amongst leading VFX service providers, we take efforts in understanding requirements of our customers and offers specialized and customized services that brings the best output. SBL has a professional team of people, artists and creative individuals who has a special and additional role of adding value to the effort of clients, in general, which include companies, film-makers and individuals. As an integral part of service providers for entertainment industry, SBL believes and nurture the idea of innovation and improvisation in its thinking and approach that makes us stands ahead from the rest.  

SBL believes in leading the trend by having talented resources in place and are prepared with best resources to manage and execute large scale assignments and projects of international feature films and advertising commercials. With talented workforce, backed by technical resources, SBL offers great conviction and confidence in delivering work, as desired by its customers. SBL has remained first preferred choice for companies and professionals as SBL through its professional approach offers perfection in its deliverables.

Keeping up with the ever-changing demands of entertainment industry, SBL believes in scaling up its resources to meet and match the expectations of its esteemed clientele. With substantial work done on major international and global assignments, SBL’s management and technical professionals believe in improving their delivery and service standards to match at-par with the industry.

Our team of professionals offers expertise in VFX services which integrate people and technology by building on the core value of trust. With systematic and disciplined approach towards assignments and projects, SBL has quick lead time on each project.  Being an integral part of entertainment industry, SBL understands the importance of data security which is an important issue for film-makers. SBL is accredited with ISO 27001 certification that ensures and guarantees data security compliance. We fulfill our commitment and promise of securing and maintaining the privacy of pre-releases by film-makers and companies associated with entertainment industry.

Equipped with best-in-class infrastructure, creative minds and latest tools, SBL is poised to offer services which will bring your imagination to life and showcasing the most perfect result of your dreams. 

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SBL is Expanding in Visual Effects to Cater Large International Projects

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SBL has successfully acquired major international projects from global production houses. With focus on enhancing current portfolio in VFX service, SBL is enhancing its capability by tying up with different post production houses and leased centers.

Currently, SBL unmatched quality of services offer VFX stereo conversion up to 50,000 frames a month. With a target of acquiring fresh international projects, the company is looking forward to expanding volume of work for additional 30,000 frames. SBL Corp offers plethora of services for production houses through its existing network of offices across United States, Europe and Asia.

Since its inception, SBL Corp has made rapid advancements in developing VFX services. Exclusively for post production work, pursued as part of activities carried out in a production house, for making films and documentaries. The company, through its superior quality of work and its expertise in offering flawless services, has garnered immense appreciation and accolades from customers worldwide. The professional team at SBL offers sound technical knowledge and has capability to understand customer’s specific requirement. This enables the company to offer solutions that satisfy niche requirement of its customers. In a short span since launch of VFX services, SBL is now gearing up to increase the production to get fresh project by catering to untapped potential in the VFX sector.

SBL offers post-production services that live up to expectation of its customer’s, in terms of perfection, time, and cost. The company stands by its commitment to provide the best value for money with timely submissions. Working with the production houses, international designers, creative directors, and corporate houses for several years, SBL understand the quality and are best at: – Rotoscoping, Digital Paint, Keying, Compositing and Video editing.

Video post production industry, in recent times, has witnessed a change in trend wherein the fallout from the recession hampered revenue growth in the past five years as production slowed and movie studios adopted in-house post production. In addition to this, there is a multi-fold increase in the service providers to video post production industry, which has led to cut-throat competition amongst new, emerging and start-up service companies. By far, SBL has made a mark in the industry by surging ahead in focusing and adopting new technology which is of great importance and will boost the video post production industry.

Today, under one umbrella brand, SBL Corp offers expertise and capability to manage every aspect of post production process for a studio. At SBL, we pride ourselves on exceeding our customer’s expectation with each and every project. An essential part of this process is building strong client relationships. The experienced and competent SBL team believes in exploring new ways to strengthen its approach and improve the quality of work. This has proved to be a big asset to SBL’s success in recent times.
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SBL Enhanced Capabilities in VFX Services……

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With an extensive experience in working with the production houses, international designers, creative directors, and corporate houses for several years, we understand the quality and are best at the following:

VFX & Stereo Rotoscopy
Keying
Digital Paint

SBL advantage..

ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 27001:2005 for consistency and efficiency in internal processes and data security.
Proven track record for timely delivery.
A pool of highly experienced team of designers to understand & support your requirements and take up large projects.
Experience in working with large production houses.
Customize quotes based on an evaluation of the project to giving you the best value for your dollar.

We invite you to go through our show reel and feel free to reach us for specialized VFX requirements.

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