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How do I get the best out of my shoot for AR ready files?

Content Capture Guidelines

IMPORTANT: The quality and care taken during the filming of content has a direct correlation to the final quality of the HoloMe experience. Poor content capture and deviations to recommendations advised in these guidelines may not be amenable in the post-processing phase and as such may result in a disappointing end-product.

Core

Static camera is essential – make sure the camera does not change position or angle between shots. All models must stay in the same spot and cannot walk forwards or back during filming. Always keep the subject in frame at all times. Swinging hands and arms can cause problems. Green or reflective items in shot will cause problems in the output. Avoid using these clothes/materials. 

Lighting

Typically a large green drape is hung from a back wall and continued along the floor ready for the subject to stand on. The green screen is lit using LED soft boxes. These provide a required even spread of light, ensuring the green is a consistent brightness throughout. General ambient light needs to be provided by using 4 additional soft boxes in the centre of the studio. These particular lights should be fitted with a rounder diffusion, ensuring even distribution of light.

Camera Set Up

The better resolution the camera the better the output – 4K is preferable. Rig the camera to the tripod in portrait mode, this ensures you are using the maximum amount of the frame. Use your tallest model first to make sure that they fit in the frame – models you use after this will then look the correct relative height with the camera staying in the same position. It is advised to keep the camera at eye level to the subject attached to a tripod. It is recommended to stay between 35mm and 85mm focal length lens, this will in turn determine the distance the subject is to the camera. To maintain a deep depth of field as well, ideally use a t4 or t5.6 stop. This will keep the whole of the subject sharp in the frame.

Content Creation

Always be sure that the green screen on the floor does not get ruffled. Ensure it is smooth and crease-free. It’s important to keep the subject as large as possible in frame, but be careful not to make them too big as one small step from the subject could mean they step right out of the frame. Backlight can be a great way to achieve a more realistic, three-dimensional image, however if you are going to use back light, it is important to avoid shadows on the green screen floor as much as possible, as this will cause errors around the subject’s feet in the output. Always try to avoid objects that are not part of the film – for example boom mics and lights.

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