BCC Displacement Map

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Source Image Map Layer Filtered image

Overview

The Displacement Map filter uses the luminance or color information from an alternate video or still image track (the Map Layer) to displace the pixels in the source image horizontally and vertically. This filter creates a distorted version of the source whose distorted regions correspond to the luma or color channel of the Map Layer’s media.

Function

Presets and Common Controls

BCC filters come with a library of factory installed presets plus the ability to create your own custom presets and preview them with the BCC FX Browser™.

BCC filters also include common controls that configure global effect preferences and other host-specific effect settings.

For more information about working with presets and other common controls, Click Here.

 

Selecting the Process Alpha Channel Only checkbox allows you to distort the alpha channel without changing the underlying colors.

  • Sony Vegas Workflow Tip:  To use the Light Wrap feature in Sony Vegas you must apply the filter as a “Custom Composite Mode” (also known as a “2 to 1 Transform” effect).  For more information on working with Custom Composite Modes in Vegas, Click Here.

The Map Layer menu determines which clip layer in the timeline is used to create the distortions in the source image.

  • Note: If the Map Layer is partly transparent, the displacement amount is scaled by its alpha values. Pixels whose map alpha is 0 are not displaced.
  • Note: You can use the Noise Map filter to create auto-animated noise patterns that create a continuously flowing displacement effect. Luma gradients also make good Map Layers. You can also try using a title or logo to create a displacement as shown in the example at right.
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Map Parameter Group

The Map parameters control the appearance of the map used to distort the source image.

Pre Blur applies a blur to the Map Layer. Increasing Pre Blur can help eliminate sharp edges in the map to create a smoother effect.

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Pre Blur=0 Pre Blur=50

Displacement filters often look rough if the Map Layer is high-contrast or has sharp edges. Blur Threshold softens the Map Layer before computing the displacements. After the Map Layer is blurred, the blurred track is compared to the original Map Layer, and the color change for each channel is reduced by a relative amount. Increasing Blur Threshold blurs parts of the image with rapid changes in color without blurring subtle details. This is particularly appropriate for a displacement map, which can severely distort areas of the image where the Map Layer changes rapidly.

Map Black Level sets the channel values of the map that are output as pure black. All pixels whose value is lower than the Map Black Level value become pure black. For example, if Map Black Level is set to 50, all pixels with a value of 50 or less output to a value of 0. The remaining values (50-255) are remapped to produce a smooth gradient from black to white.

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Map Black Level=0 Map Black Level=75

Map White Level sets the channel values of the input image that are treated as pure white by the filter. All pixels whose value is higher than the Map White Level value become to pure white. For example, if Map White Level is set to 200, all pixels with a value of 200 or more are output to a value of 255. The remaining values (0-200) are remapped to produce a smooth gradient from black to white.

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Map White Level=255 Map White Level=175

Map Gamma adjusts the midlevel gray values of the input image by adjusting the gamma. Increasing Map Gamma lightens the shadows and reduces contrast. Decreasing Gamma darkens the shadows and increases contrast.

The View Map checkbox allows you to view the Map Layer as you adjust it. Deselect this option before rendering.

The Master Displacement control defaults to 100 and scales all of the displacement amounts. Animating this controls allows you to animate the total displacement.

The Horiz. Channel menu is the channel in the Map Layer used to compute horizontal displacement. The choices are Red, Green, Blue, Luma, White, Gray, and Black. White treats all of the pixels as if they were white (i. e. fully displaces each pixel to the Max. Horizontal value). Gray treats all pixels as if they were 50% gray (resulting in no displacement). Black treats all pixels as if they were black, thereby displacing all pixels to the negative of the Max. Horizontal Displacement value.

Max. Horiz. Displacement sets the amount of horizontal displacement for pixels in the Map Layer. Positive values move points that correspond to white pixels in the Map Layer to the right; points that correspond to black pixels displace to the left. Negative values displace pixels in the opposite direction (white pixels move to the left and black pixels to the right). The displacement of gray pixels is interpolated between these values. 50% gray pixels undergo no displacement, because they “pull” equally in both directions.

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Max. Horizontal=25 Max. Horizontal=75 Max. Horizontal=175

The reference level is the channel value where no displacement occurs. If you want all of the displacement in the horizontal channel, set Horiz. ReferenceLevel to 255. To have all the displacement occur vertically, set Horiz. ReferenceLevel to 0.

The Vert. Channel menu sets the channel in the Map Layer used to compute vertical displacement. The choices are Red, Green, Blue, Luma, White, Gray, and Black. White treats all pixels as if they were white (fully displaces each pixel to the Max Vert. Displacement value). Gray treats all pixels as if they were 50% gray (resulting in no displacement). Black treats all pixels as if they were black, thereby displacing all pixels to the negative of the Max Vert. Displacement value.

Max Vert. Displacement sets the vertical displacement for pixels. White pixels are displaced up by this amount, and black pixels are displaced down by this amount. The displacement of gray pixels is interpolated between these values. 50% gray pixels undergo no displacement, because they “pull” equally in both directions.

The reference level is the channel value where no displacement occurs. If you want all of the displacement in the vertical channel, set Vert. Reference Level to 255. To have all the displacement occur horizontally, set Vert. Reference Level to 0.

The Map Behavior menu sets how the map is applied when the source is a different size than the Map Layer. If your map is the same size as the filtered clip, the Map Behavior settings all produce the same result.

  • Center Map centers the map on the source and does not displace the source image outside the boundaries of the centered Map Layer.
  • Stretch Map to Fit resizes the Map Layer to the size of the source.
  • Tile Map creates tiles from the Map Layer and uses them to displace the source. Tile Map only has an effect when the map is smaller than the source image.

 

PixelChooser

The BCC PixelChooser provides simple, built-in masking of the effect result.  The PixelChooser is generally used to select a portion of the image and restrict an effect to just the selected area while maintaining the original image content in unselected regions.  The selection can be based on geometric shapes or on the image’s luma/color properties.

For more information on the PixelChooser, Click Here.

 

Distortion Pinning

The BCC Distortion Pinning controls are used to fine tune edge treatment in situations where a distortion effect might cause regions from outside the image edges to be remapped inside the boundary.

For more information on the BCC Distortion Pinning controls, Click Here.

 

Beat Reactor

The BCC Beat Reactor is an animation control suite which drives effect properties based on the contents of an audio track. This lets you seamlessly tie visual FX to an audio soundtrack without the need for ANY manual keyframing.

For more information on the Beat Reactor, Click Here.


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