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PowerDirector Showcase - Predator-style Cloak Effect
Elynde [Avatar]
Newbie Joined: Jun 16, 2019 04:50 Messages: 31 Offline
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This tutorial explains how to mimic the cloaking effect from the Predator movies. I prefer a more subtle displacement in this effect, but you can always add more by playing with the settings in the Abstractionism effect, and by adjusting the track opacity.


It takes two renders, and three layers to complete.

1st render with two layers

Track 1: Clean background without your actor. Effects are vertival stretch, squeeze, and horizontal stretch. Set values on effects to Degree and Offset of 3, and Size of 125.

Track 2: Your actor, keyed out. I did mine by making the actor layer into a mask using color director, which worked well. (Actor white, background blacked out.)


2nd render takes three layers
Track 1: Just your clean background without the actor.

Track 2: The first render file. Key out the black background on this track (easy if it is that mask-style, as you can just luma out the black.) Apply Abstractionism. Detail is 81, and Color Count is 13.

Track 3: Your actor, masked out just like in the first render. Apply Abstractionism again. Same settings as track 2.

Adjust the transparancy of tracks 2 and 3 to change how much of the effect is visible. Usually, 30% on track 2, and 25-50% on track 3, depending on your chosen background.

Render and you are done!

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