San Francisco-based RE:Vision Effects recently released RE:Fill, a plug-in set that mends holes in image sequences by intelligently filling user-specified regions. RE:Fill was designed to replace missing pixels automatically in numerous ways such as by selecting the nearest "good" pixel and mirroring pixels about a hole's edge, or cloning from another "good" region. The good region can even come from other times in the production or from another sequence altogether.
RE:Fill addresses many different production problems:- Fill in holes created when keying or rotoing out noisy blobs, scratches or other unwanted small objects.- Fill in small image regions along an image boundary that can become "invalid" after distorting or warping an image.- Fill in an area between two objects being lined up that don't exactly fit together.- Fill in areas that have unwanted blown out areas, or other unwanted specks due to bad camera or lighting setup, or due to some unfortunate color correction that has been applied.- Fill in areas left behind after the removal of small tracking markers, crosses or orange balls.- Create nice color gradients and washes by filling in large holes.- Create interesting kaleidoscopic effects using a mirror fill on large holes
RE:Fill 's plug-ins are After Effects compatible designed to work within Adobe After Effects, Discreet combustion, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and Pinnacle Systems Commotion, and other After Effects plug-in-compatible applications. It supports both 8 and 16 bits-per-channel processing.
Regularly priced at $99.95, RE:Fill is being offered through June 1, 2003 for $79.95. Demo versions of the software and sample movies process with RE:Fill are available on the RE:Vision Effects Website, www.revisionfx.com. Peter Litwinowicz and Pierre Jasmin, creators of Motion Paint, formed RE:Vision in 1998 to develop industry-leading moving image authoring software. They received an Oscar for their "Painted World" work on WHAT DREAMS MAY COME.