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"Boom Be Gone!" (Adobe's new Content Aware Fill Tool)

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I hope in the future as the VFX tools we have at hand get better and as crew awareness increases then we'll be able to happily have booms in shot much more often for the sake of improved sound. This is already common place on many shoots such as "House of Cards", and advancing VFX technology will lead to an expansion of situations booms can be put into shot. 

 

https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/adobe-releases-content-aware-fill-tool/

https://www.jldiaz.com.ar/lectura-en.php?name=houseOfCards

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Steve Saada (boom op on House of Cards) talked about this on the Location Sound podcast: http://locationsoundpodcast.libsyn.com/033-steve-saada-boom-op-and-production-sound-mixer-based-out-of-the-baltimoredc-area-and-has-worked-on-house-of-cards-and-veep

 

If you haven't listened to the podcast, it's an interview show featuring relatively new folks as well as veterans. I usually find something interesting in every episode.

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I recently saw a demo of the CA-Fill tool and it's incredible. I haven't been thrilled with Adobe lately because I don't like the subscription model and Premiere Pro has become a mess. But the people who create these algorithms are impressive for sure. Genius skills.

 

nick

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Yes but:

 

With need for multi-camera shooting / multiple actors doing anything in mid to wide shots

the prevalence of lavs with continue to deny boom use except on closer shots!

 

mike

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2 hours ago, Mike Westgate said:

Yes but:

 

With need for multi-camera shooting / multiple actors doing anything in mid to wide shots

the prevalence of lavs with continue to deny boom use except on closer shots!

 

mike

 

On House of Cards they did have two cameras. The booms were allowed to break into the frame, after a few seconds of plate. They painted the boom out later. 

As the show progressed, though, I could hear more and more use of lavs, so something must have changed 

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3 hours ago, Mike Westgate said:

 

With need for multi-camera shooting / multiple actors doing anything in mid to wide shots

the prevalence of lavs with continue to deny boom use except on closer shots!


Hopefully together with a culture shift (I might be dreaming!) and Content Aware Fill then we might find more and more multi camera shoots allowing boom back into the frame as they know it will be able to be easily remove in a snap. 

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