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Fusion 18 feature requests

PostThu Dec 10, 2020 2:31 pm

Please request something that you need or you think that would help you here.

+ create mesh from dense pointcloud
+ vector tracking
+ AI based human roto

Without workarounds.


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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostThu Dec 10, 2020 7:02 pm

Updated Fuse and scripting API documentation.

Overhaul of the 3d system, preferably built on Universal Scene Description (USD) and supporting Hydra.

Support for arbitrary channel data, passed through all tools (Nuke-like).

Bring back flexible and customizable layouts.

An option for Text buttons on toolbars.

In-viewer buttons for Normalize, display DoD/RoI, Show Controls, Gain/Gamma, Show Checker Underlay.

Ability to maximize a pane (F4 in Fusion 9 and earlier).

Full 8-bit node tile colors.

Better whitespace management in the UI.

Improved hotkey manager.

Configurable hotkeys for the functions currently on the arrow keys—navigating the flow by arrow, nudging points in the viewers, and stepping through the timeline. Let us configure the controls the way we like instead of moving them around on us with every release.

Customizable 3d navigation controls. Default control scheme should preserve the current behavior, but it would be nice to be able to change it to conform to other tools an artist might use more frequently.

Improved VFX Connect workflow with Resolve, with support for versioning and user-configured paths.

Improved support for arbitrary data handling in the Flow—see Krokodove, Spicy Acorn (https://github.com/Spicy-Acorn).

CameraTracker improvements: Supervised tracking—maybe make it possible to add point tracks from Fusion's standard Tracker node. Focal length estimation by drawing perspective lines.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostThu Dec 10, 2020 8:55 pm

v18:
  • Black box all Color nodes, including ResolveFX. Allow VFX Connect to export full pipeline to Fusion.

v19:
  • Interactive Color nodes including ResolveFX.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostFri Dec 11, 2020 12:21 am

While I was disappointed with the number of updates that Fusion, especially Fusion Studio, saw with 17, the ones we got seemed overall beneficial to me, so I'm hoping for further good updates to Fusion as well.

I can fully get behind everything that has been said before! I'm simply adding things that haven't been mentioned yet and that I remember from the top of my head.
They are not ordered by importance to me, besides the red highlighted which are requests I believe are very reasonable and close to my heart :D . I also understand that some of these aren't and shouldn't be high priority like many of the things that Bryan said, but I don't think one should "hold back" on a feature request thread :lol:

UI:

Bigger and more visible render indicator.

Let me hide the toolbar (generally bring back UI modifications)

Make keyframes easier to see in the Playbar and Keyframes Pane.

Give modifiers a visible selection state. So you can select and delete several at once.

Make modifiers available as nodes and support connecting more data types in the flow. (Being able to connect a number data type to an input slider control for example, through the flow)


Updates to the Particles which would also tie into updates to the 3D workspace in general:

Bug fixes for issues that have been around for some time, now. For example, behavior change even though the same seed is used or the rgndist function in the pCustom tool.

An out of the box particle turbulence that doesn't copy the velocity to the Particles and thus allows for gradual changes of direction.

Render time style generation so particles stay efficient points until rendered by the Renderer3D.
Updated point rendering of particles, like most modern render engines. Very often you only need particles to be spheres/dots with varying sizes and colors, yet the current methods take surprisingly long to render and make the 3D Viewport sluggish. I assume this is because it's currently not instancing but a bitmap for each particle (?)

Bring back support for Particle Fuses.

Make branching available in particles (although that would probably require a complete change to the current way of simulating them in Fusion, likely completely out of scope)

Proper instancing + multithreaded replicate tool.

As mentioned before, updates to the 3D workspace. Preferably built on USD.
I don't need Fusion to have an inbuilt path tracer if the OpenGL renderer would receive updates. Shadows are not available on both light types and soft shadows are not in the OpenGL mode for how long now?
USD could lead to many path tracers in Fusion.

Navigation in 3D could use a pivot on mouse pointer mode instead of center of the focused object only.


General ideas:

RAM usage while final rendering. There is no reason to keep 20 previous frames of the last 30 nodes in the RAM if there are no time modifying tools in the flow. I want to give Fusion all the RAM while working interactively, but it would be nice to be able to work in other software while Fusion renders. Most of the time the CPU and GPU usage would allow that, but the RAM is filled to the Max. (Without manually limiting it before rendering).

and/or:

Increase hardware utilization for faster render speeds.

OpenCL CPU fallback. I'm unsure if this is possible with Metal but it would be great to have a fallback for tools like the new OpticalFlow to be computed through CPU OpenCL (I only know that this exists in Houdini for Vellum sims). There is currently no automatic switch to the Legacy CPU version of this tool when the tool fails to initialize on the GPU. Which happens to me quite often.

"Compiled Macros/Groups". Looking at Houdini, you can use Compile nodes that encompass a set of nodes, limiting the copying between CPU, RAM, and GPU. This makes certain operations much faster as a block of nodes acts as if it was a single node. Something like this might yield speed gains for Fusion, too.

Support for the ResolveFX in Fusion Studio. There are a few tools that Fusion Studio desperately needs, like a good denoiser. Also, the two products should be able to exchange compositions without issues.

Updated imports for Alembic, FBX, and SVG. They don't support current standards/versions.

Smart vectors type of tool. Playing around with the magic mask in Resolve, it seems like it's almost there already. The dots and lines you draw track very well with a face, for example, only deformation is missing. I assume this also works through the same optical flow vectors that Fusion uses now?

Interactive tracking for 2D tracks. (Native) Single frame advances in the tracker would be great, but even greater would be an interactive mode that when activated, tracks to the time you advance the playhead, or advances frame by frame if you use the keyboard to go 1 frame at a time. Results in less clicking throughout the UI and more tracking.

Please separate viewer control movements and timeline movements again, this shouldn't be context-sensitive. There is so much clicking required in F17.

Network renderer/Render manager:

Network renderer could use more error messages.

Force render continuation instead of disabling everything. One missing frame is better than hundreds.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostFri Dec 11, 2020 5:32 am

Honestly, for me a lot of it comes down to interface. Fusion 9 was VERY customizable, but ever since they put Fusion into Resolve it has gone with a more "locked-down" interface. I've been doing research recently to develop a workflow for some upcoming projects and I'm going to go with Nuke for compositing. You can make Nuke's interface into anything you want, making your specific tasks as streamlined as possible.

Aside from all that, I'd love to see a better ZDefocus-type tool in Fusion. Both Depth Blur and Defocus are pretty bad.

The Fusion tab interoperability is also a little buggy, making it hard to smoothly switch back and forth between editing and compositing. Nuke Studio gets this right, more or less. If I did go for Fusion for a project I'd definitely want to do all my work in standalone and then bring the renders into Resolve.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostFri Dec 11, 2020 7:22 pm

UserNoah wrote:Render time style generation so particles stay efficient points until rendered by the Renderer3D.


Particles don't change any of their properties when the style changes. If you're concerned about disabling caching, that can be done with a pChangeStyle.

UserNoah wrote:Updated point rendering of particles, like most modern render engines. Very often you only need particles to be spheres/dots with varying sizes and colors, yet the current methods take surprisingly long to render and make the 3D Viewport sluggish. I assume this is because it's currently not instancing but a bitmap for each particle (?)


UserNoah wrote:Proper instancing + multithreaded replicate tool.


Replicate3D does do instancing. The issue is what the downstream tools do.


UserNoah wrote:RAM usage while final rendering. There is no reason to keep 20 previous frames of the last 30 nodes in the RAM if there are no time modifying tools in the flow.


How would Fusion know that? At the time that the current frame is processed, Fusion doesn't know if other tools might require other frames. In Fusion, every tool is potentially a "time modifying tool" because SimpleExpressions, Modifiers, and InTool scripts can request other times independent of the tool using them.

A pre-render that maps out memory usage might be possible, like rendering out a low resolution variant and determining the cache patterns.

UserNoah wrote:I want to give Fusion all the RAM while working interactively, but it would be nice to be able to work in other software while Fusion renders. Most of the time the CPU and GPU usage would allow that, but the RAM is filled to the Max. (Without manually limiting it before rendering).


Would be a nice parameter to set, though. The render dialog could have an option to limit memory.

UserNoah wrote:OpenCL CPU fallback... There is currently no automatic switch to the Legacy CPU version of this tool when the tool fails to initialize on the GPU. Which happens to me quite often.


From the user perspective, that's a bug.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostFri Dec 11, 2020 7:44 pm

Chad Capeland wrote:
UserNoah wrote:Render time style generation so particles stay efficient points until rendered by the Renderer3D.


Particles don't change any of their properties when the style changes. If you're concerned about disabling caching, that can be done with a pChangeStyle.



I might've been unclear. I want the option to display the particles as the default points as long as they are in the 3D workspace. So from to the pRender to the last 3D node before the Renderer3D. I want that the particles get their "Style" at the moment the Renderer3D creates a 2D image. If this would be coupled with a more efficient point/dot rendering it could make the whole workflow faster. Displaying hundred of thousands of particles as points is no issues but adding any kind of style to it will destroy any interactivity that you have.

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UserNoah wrote:Proper instancing + multithreaded replicate tool.


Replicate3D does do instancing. The issue is what the downstream tools do.


Interesting, I never was able to use it with particles because it would increase memory too much and because it was single threaded it was simply too slow.

Chad Capeland wrote:How would Fusion know that? At the time that the current frame is processed, Fusion doesn't know if other tools might require other frames. In Fusion, every tool is potentially a "time modifying tool" because SimpleExpressions, Modifiers, and InTool scripts can request other times independent of the tool using them.

A pre-render that maps out memory usage might be possible, like rendering out a low resolution variant and determining the cache patterns.



This was pretty much what I envisioned but I lack the actual technical knowledge and didn't want to make assumptions. This is definitely nothing easy and I honestly don't expect this to happen. A simple slider to reduce Rendertime RAM usage would be a great start.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostFri Dec 11, 2020 7:50 pm

UserNoah wrote:This was pretty much what I envisioned but I lack the actual technical knowledge and didn't want to make assumptions. This is definitely nothing easy and I honestly don't expect this to happen. A simple slider to reduce Rendertime RAM usage would be a great start.


Yeah, I think it would have to be in the render dialog for it to be useful.

For instance, if it was only a slider in the preferences, you might accidentally clear out 80% of your cached frames just because you made a preview render of a few frames.

If the process of rendering clears out your cache, you'd want the user to be very explicit about doing it.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostFri Dec 11, 2020 9:51 pm

My hitlist

* UI customisation

* UI Scale options (150% at least)

* Add option to crop Merge node to BG DoD or Frame size (Would improve comp speed in a lot of situations)

* +1 for Chads import colour nodes from Resolve

* Show VFX Connect some love (Configuration, improve file layout, add hooks into the Resolve DB to manage comps from Fusion UI)

* Optimise Fusion engine to maximise CPU/GPU processing.

* Allow the speed editor panel to be re-purposed in Fusion (Jog wheel in particular)

* More interaction with users on the Forum
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostSat Dec 12, 2020 7:08 am

More camera raw file IMPORT as Canon CR2, please! :P
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostSat Dec 12, 2020 7:37 pm

I'd like to see all FX which are available for Resolve Fusion also to be available in Fusion Studio.

For example Deflicker & Motion Trials.

And i'd like to be able to get a live feed from another application into the node graph.

I'm creating stuff in Unreal Engine and it would be great to be able to have a still output from Unreal (either via a hardware loop or by doing a screen grab) to get that into Fusion without having to export / import. So if the image is changed in Unreal it automatically updates in the node graph.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostTue Dec 15, 2020 9:48 am

Fixing the UI to be more flexible again and improved behavior in a low-memory situation would definitely be at the top of my list as well.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostTue Dec 15, 2020 3:16 pm

I think the things listed so far are great, and I add +1.

A smaller issue (for me) would be better network rendering. It's not super-critical for me -- a one-man shop with one computer -- but I did experiment a bit with "network" rendering on my single machine so I could continue to work while rendering, which is a feature that Fusion Studio has that Resolve does not.

But it's a bit confusing and in the end I never got it to work. The renderer gets an error trying to open the comp on the same machine. MacOS, and both Fusion and the renderer have full disk access permissions, so I can't figure out why it doesn't work. I did some forum searching and it seems that people who heavily use network rendering also have reliability issues -- sometimes it works other times it doesn't, sometimes renderers drop out, etc.

Maybe really serious shops have 3rd party orchestration and so don't use Fusion's. Maybe the provided orchestration is more of a checkbox than an actual feature. And, again, I'm not a heavy user and I think this request is lower priority than others, but I wanted to throw it out there.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostTue Dec 15, 2020 3:24 pm

Speaking of network rendering: Bring back clustering!
https://www.steakunderwater.com/VFXPedi ... references

I'm not sure how simple that is now that everything is GPU accelerated, but we've got this nice big GPU farm for Redshift. Would be amazing to let Fusion take advantage of it, too!
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostTue Dec 15, 2020 8:16 pm

Bryan Ray wrote:Speaking of network rendering: Bring back clustering!
https://www.steakunderwater.com/VFXPedi ... references


yes!! +1
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostTue Dec 15, 2020 11:08 pm

Another one from me:

Display LUTs for the Studio Player.

It's faster to see your shots in sequence through the Studio Player than waiting for Resolve to open, but there are only manual color correction sliders like Gain or Gamma. Currently no way to select a Display LUT like OCIO ACEScg to Output-sRGB.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostThu Aug 05, 2021 8:19 pm

- give Krokodove the place it deserves. This suite is brillant but a lot of very interesting tools are deprecated due to the lack of support.
I don’t understand why Bmd do not take that chance of collaborating with people like Raf Shoenmakers or the wsl community .Theses people have been developing/using fusion for decades, they are already offering Reactor for free.
Please BMD give them the credit they deserve. Hire them or make any necessary deal. Give fusion a real boost.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostFri Aug 06, 2021 7:27 am

wfolta wrote:A smaller issue (for me) would be better network rendering. It's not super-critical for me -- a one-man shop with one computer -- but I did experiment a bit with "network" rendering on my single machine so I could continue to work while rendering, which is a feature that Fusion Studio has that Resolve does not.

But it's a bit confusing and in the end I never got it to work. The renderer gets an error trying to open the comp on the same machine. MacOS, and both Fusion and the renderer have full disk access permissions, so I can't figure out why it doesn't work. I did some forum searching and it seems that people who heavily use network rendering also have reliability issues -- sometimes it works other times it doesn't, sometimes renderers drop out, etc.
Maybe make a separate post about this and post what you're doing and what you're seeing?

It's definitely possible to get Fusion Studio network rendering working. I did it last year across my three (crappy) machines, all running macOS. There are reports of problems, and I had some stalled renders myself. However I don't believe that was specific to network rendering. But it worked for me in the end, and was definitely useful.

Anyway back on topic, definite +1 for me on improving network rendering, and adding it to Resolve Fusion as well. And +1 to most of the other suggestions as well - especially restoring the fully flexible UI, and improving the flexibility of the Resolve Fusion UI. Some work was done in that area in v17 (restored UI layouts, customisable taskbar), so I hope this continues.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostTue Aug 10, 2021 6:48 pm

a reset of the incredibly messed up UI


when was the last time fusion got a real update? My hopes are not too high..
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostWed Aug 11, 2021 12:32 pm

Rick van den Berg wrote:a reset of the incredibly messed up UI


when was the last time fusion got a real update? My hopes are not too high..



that's the last time. It's when they wanted to make the UI look like Resolve, and then force-f it into Resolve. Oh those were the days. Hopes haven't been high for Fusion for a long time. This is why I still use Nuke, although expensive it's still more feature rich and stable. BMD devs could learn from it.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostWed Aug 11, 2021 4:15 pm

I just have a few requests. I'm still pretty new to Fusion so my suggestions may be pretty elementary or may already exist.

1. UI. As others have mentioned. One of the very few things I liked more about Premiere was its UI customization. I love what Resolve does have but things like undocking or hiding unnecessary (to those who use shortcuts) menu bars would be very helpful. This would help greatly with multiple monitors as the default layout is typically not one I would use in my flow.

2. General rendering / memory management / reliability improvements. I use an 8GB video card and my memory runs out very fast even with simple node trees. I get regular hard crashes. My comps never seem to render to the point that I can view them at full frame rate. I would say that this is the most important upgrade in my book.

3. Smarter keying. This may be user error but I am having issues pulling a key from a (admittedly) poorly-lit blue face mask against a rust red background. The white fringe of the blue will not key out. Perhaps Fusion could see that this fringe moves with the blue and then assume that the fringe therefore is part of the blue and should be keyed. I do understand in/out, blur etc but that affects the whole mask and in at least this instance, part of the mask needs to be as hard a line as possible.

4. Some simplification / dumbing down. Please don't hate on me for even suggesting this! Fusion is very intimidating for newer users (like me.) Things are finally starting to click but there are some actions that just seem illogical and concrete in the way they need to be performed. The big one for me is masking multiple spots on the screen at the same time. It would make the most sense to allow multiple polygons to go into a single MediaIn but that doesn't seem to be an option. Then when masks intersect things really get weird (this is probably a feature for the more advanced of "us.") I think a good way to look at this would be to have a focus group of novices try to do certain tasks to see how other people think and then implement that at least as an alternative method.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostWed Aug 11, 2021 4:48 pm

GalinMcMahon wrote:1. UI. As others have mentioned.
Yes definitely.

GalinMcMahon wrote:2. General rendering / memory management / reliability improvements.
Yes absolutely. There are some major performance/stability problems at the moment. Particularly in Resolve, but sadly also in Fusion Studio - particularly related to GPU acceleration of tools.

GalinMcMahon wrote:3. Smarter keying.
This is primarily user lack-of-knowledge. There is an alternative keyer in Fusion Studio - Primatte - which gives another set of tools which, sadly, are not available in Resolve Fusion (likely because Primatte has licensing costs that BMD did not want to pay in Resolve.)

However I've not heard many Fusion experts talk about using Primatte anyway. If you've got a sub-optimal keying situation, no tool will be able to do it all immediately. It always takes a bit of work and manipulation of the source image - sometimes a lot of work - and you can definitely do extremely advanced keying with the tools available in Resolve Fusion. And there's also various free tools and plugins available which can make life easier.

As always, it's a case of knowing how to do it. Here are two tutorials - one beginner friendly, one more advanced.





There are many others as well, but these are two I have watched and can vouch for as someone who is both a newbie, and has had to do a bunch of difficult green screen keying. The second one in particular has given me excellent results with some my poor quality footage (shot on webcams in bad, uneven light with creased green screens.)

GalinMcMahon wrote:4. Some simplification / dumbing down.
Again I would say this is just a case of learning. As well as many YouTube videos, there's also a free training PDF from Blackmagic Design which is pretty good I believe (haven't looked at it myself yet, but their Edit and Fairlight training books are good, so I imagine this is too)

GalinMcMahon wrote:The big one for me is masking multiple spots on the screen at the same time. It would make the most sense to allow multiple polygons to go into a single MediaIn but that doesn't seem to be an option.
Simply pipe one mask node into another, making a chain of masks. Then, optionally, use the "Paint Mode" control in one or more of the masks to choose how it combines with its predecessor(s).

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I do agree that there are things BMD can and should do to make it easier to use Fusion - especially in Resolve. The way Fusion has been integrated into Resolve is currently quite confusing - in terms of where compositions live, how they get media, how they are accessed again - and could be simplified.

There could also be a lot more help in-UI, with better tooltips and in-app documentation. This is a problem throughout Resolve, not just in Fusion.

Fusion is also notorious for having 'hidden' right-click menus all over the place, often including vital features. New users are often recommended to 'right click everywhere!' just to see what features are hidden there.

All this could be improved. But I don't agree that the fundamental concepts should be dumbed down or simplified - in my view that would be taking us backwards. Better to spend that time on making it easier for users to learn how things work now, like with UI improvements.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostThu Aug 12, 2021 12:13 am

Blender

I see the power of Fusions 3D software however I struggle to find my way around it....it would be great if there were an option to use the same controls as blender?

Blender is free and I would also like to see more connection with Fusion ie...taking a blender scener (or object) between the two programs....... currently I cannot get any Blender objects into fusion without losing textures... and yes I have tried..FBX, OBJs etc

My biggest wish is to be able to to take 3d tracking info into Blender ......and Vice Versa

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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostThu Aug 12, 2021 7:06 am

My biggest wish is to be able to to take 3d tracking info into Blender ......and Vice Versa

That works fine with FBX at the moment as far as I'm aware of. Just make sure your framerate and resolution match and you should be able to go back and forth as much as you want.
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostFri Aug 13, 2021 9:48 pm

All this could be improved. But I don't agree that the fundamental concepts should be dumbed down or simplified - in my view that would be taking us backwards. Better to spend that time on making it easier for users to learn how things work now, like with UI improvements.


Great reply, thank you! I will try some of the methods on those videos. Right now I'm looking at frame by frame rotoscoping up to 9 masks per frame for about 9 minutes! That might take a while at this rate! Thanks again :)
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Re: Fusion 18 feature requests

PostSat Aug 14, 2021 12:02 pm

GalinMcMahon wrote:Great reply, thank you! I will try some of the methods on those videos. Right now I'm looking at frame by frame rotoscoping up to 9 masks per frame for about 9 minutes! That might take a while at this rate! Thanks again :)
If you've got a green or blue screen I'm sure it can be done more easily than rotoing the whole thing. If you're still having trouble, maybe make a new topic and show an example frame or two. Then we can try and help.
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