How did you make the fire? It's fitting the scene perfectly.
Where do I start. That was really hard. First thing I did was I built the black wall in the back of the fireplace with a whole in it to pass a flickering orange light through. Then I took one picture with bright LED lights separate from the rest so that I could see everything better. Then I filmed the rest of the scene with the dark lights. I opened the LED lighted one with my image editor (Paint.NET) and on a new layer traced green around all the wholes in the fireplace screen. I then deleted the images layer underneath so I had a green outline image with a transparent background and then exported it. Then I overlaid the green outline over the video file in my video editor (Cyberlink Power Director 14. some version of Power Director is pre-installed on most HP desktops and laptops.) and exported it. So now I had the video with green in all the screen wholes so I could chroma key it out. Then I opened that new video and keyed out the green. Then I opened the fire clip underneath the main video and resized it how I wanted making sure the top of the flame stopped at the top of the chimney. Now it appeared that the bottom of the flame was behind the screen holes. To show the rest of the flame I copied the flame clip from underneath the video and pasted it on top. Now it was over the video in the same position as the other clip. This created a dilemma, though because since the second fire clip was on top, it covered the underneath clip I worked so hard on. So I created a mask in my image editor. To do this I reused the LED image so I could see it better and traced around the top of the screen on a new layer and deleted the bottom layer like the last time so I had my mask on a transparent background. Then I filled in my trace with white. When I opened this as a mask on the top fire clip, it was only visible along my mask so you could see the bottom clip through the screen wholes. Then, between the video and the top fire clip, I created a black circle to cover up the flickering orange light bulb so you couldn't see it through some of the small wholes in the fire. I'm sure that was probably a little hard to understand. I'm making a tutorial soon though.
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