Very new to blender video editing, I have found an animated style I want to replicate (gif below) and include in a video but I don't know what it's called and thus cannot look for a tutorial without knowing the jargon around it. It's the character shadow animation bit in the gif.

Could someone please point me in the right direction or give me a name of what this might be called? Assume I have no prior knowledge of animating or creating mattes in blender, where do I start if I want to animate a frame of video like the example and put it back in the target video? Cheers in advance


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    – vklidu
    Jan 31, 2023 at 7:16
  • $\begingroup$ If you are referring to white silhouette offset from character you need to matte character (for Compositor use Cryptomatte pass or for video editor render separately) ... in both cases you will use matte as a mask for mixing foreground -white "shadow" - background. $\endgroup$
    – vklidu
    Jan 31, 2023 at 8:14
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  • $\begingroup$ Thankyou for the replies. All of that goes over my head. Assuming I have no prior knowledge with animation, what is the name of the process I need to learn to take a frame of video, create a matte of a subject and animate it to move to a side? I don't even know what that flow chart bit is called or where to find it in blender. I get that this is painful but how else do I learn the name of what I need to learn y'know? Most tutorial assume huge amounts of prior knowledge on the subject and I have none. where do I start? $\endgroup$
    – Fully
    Feb 1, 2023 at 10:21

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Compositor > Cryptomatte

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Video Editor

Render character with Alpha (transparent background) and background. For simplicity here I used for white "shadow" just a copy of cube strip, added Curve Modifier to make it white and white G (grab) and S (scale) I shifted strip.

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