Advanced Windows

Advanced Windows – Multiple Windows & Tracking

October 6, 2014

Using multiple windows and tracking them into your scene gives you total control of your image and allows you to build powerful looks.


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Advanced Windows – Multiple Windows & Tracking

In this insight we’re taking a look at working with multiple windows and tracking them into the scene seamlessly.

This insight was inspired by a great comment by Ian over on the Smirnoff breakdown insight.

Please keep suggesting as I love getting feedback from you all!

Using multiple windows gives us the power to work with localised contrast which I speak about a lot but it really is the key to getting the best out of your image.

We first take a look at my window placement in the Smirnoff ad in photoshop and then jump into Resolve to put the theory into action.

I got a little carried away having fun with this insight and it ended up being one of my longest so far.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did recording it!

– Dan

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7 thoughts on “Advanced Windows – Multiple Windows & Tracking”

      1. Literally just made a client backflip using a few of these tips, thanks so much for sharing these tips and tricks . Always up for more about focus and depth w windows 🙂

  1. Great insight Dan, learnt a lot. If you did this work not this shot then it cuts to a wideshot then cuts a two shot of the guys at the desk for example how closely would you get your windows to match shot by shot?

  2. Great insight Dan, learnt a lot. If you did this work then it cuts to a wideshot then cuts a two shot of the guys at the desk for example how closely would you get your windows to match shot by shot?

    1. Thanks Ian! I would normally simplify the windows for the wider shot so I’d still have a window on his shirt and one on his face but normally his eyes would be so small in frame that there isn’t much benefit to lifting them. I think this could be another fun topic for an insight covering wide / close matching when lots of windows are involved.

  3. Really interesting stuff. I’ve used masks to fix problems or de-emphasize a part of the scene but i never think to isolate and improve something. Now that seems obvious! That tracking feature in Resolve looks amazing. I’ve had some painful experiences with tracking in AE and FCPX. Might need to try that out. Thanks so much!

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