Creating a reflection

I am trying to add some glass into a door frame. I have a 3D camera track and I thought that I could get an object to have reflective properties. I have no idea what I am doing with the Stingray Reflections and using Reflection Map isn’t doing the right thing.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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I always loved that shot in contact with the bathroom mirror.
Totally seamless.
No explosions necessary.

I think Sheena Duggal did that shot, maybe even in flame.

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I’m just roughing it out in my head, so mileage may vary (a lot)

assuming your door frame is on the x/y plane (any z-position is fine, but the orientation is key) you can copy your tracked camera, put an axis on it with the pivot at the z-position of the door frame and scale the axis by -100z. That’ll make a camera that’ll render out the reflection with the correct motion and spatial placement (like if you put a card near the real camera, the reflection camera would film it).

You’d comp this -100z camera render downstream, and maybe use some slight distortions based on the glass frame to add “realism”.

It’s a variation of this animation I made for another thread: ReflectionAnim

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Thank you.

I have just been reading Correct Way to add a reflection

Then there’s the fast way…

Made this a while back for someone else…and sunglasses…I may have another one handy. Looking…

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Same technique…different example. It’ll take a few minutes to upload…

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These are gold @randy @andy_dill
Thanks

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a lot of times what I’ll do is track something in the shot and then write an expression to either increase or invert the X and Y directions depending on how the reflection “should” move. For example if a camera is pivoting around an object, reflections BEHIND the object will move counter to the BG direction, but have a similar Y transform to the BG.

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I like the -100 scale in z.

@randy Love the video, have you done a series of these?

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I did a bunch a years ago. If you couldn’t tell, @andy_dill and I had a little contest going with who could publish the most content to our internal training site. I was convinced no one was watching them so I’m dedicated to bringing them new life. It’s one of 17 reasons I wanted to start a forum.

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@randy I would certainly watch them all if you would kind enough to share.

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I hope others have picked up the mantle. I loved making those. It was such a great way to force my workflows onto others. Haha. “Oh, here is the article on how to do that,”

One of the things in my “drafts” on that website was a big thing on various ways to make reflections, largely as a way to brag about how I could get both feet to (sort of) stick on a walking person without a ton of effort.

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Id love to see/have the series.

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That’s awesome.

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I’m gonna have to add a voice to the chorus asking for more of these videos to be posted!

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Cheeky bump to see if that series is potentially on its way;)

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Ooh, a cheeky bump, eh? Nice one @Ben. So, I went through those and well…balls…they were created internally without client permissions and since that is a previous employer of mine, I’m gonna take the high road and stop posting anything with copyrighted material. Plus, it’s from 6 years ago, Flame 2015, so it’s a bit out of date.

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@andymilkis and I have been throwing around a few ideas and, whilst we work out the details, I can safely say that we are strongly considering a new type of multi-part theme-based or tool-based pre-recorded (sorry for all the hyphens) content and whilst creating reflections isn’t in production, that could be a great topic.

So, we hear you sir @Ben, and you as well @Los and absolutely you as well @Char87.

This is absolutely a result of the amazing Patron support thus far so look out soon for more goodies.

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Amazing stuff! I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with.

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