FILM DAMAGE GENERATOR

DATE: 07-30-2021
STATUS: WORK IN PROGRESS / COMING SOON


I needed a “subtle” Film Damage Generator.
So I just built one. Have a look:


REFERENCES

“Imperfect film scans” from feature films, but also from
music videos were mainly my sources of inspiration.
Here are two music videos showing the elements
that I am trying to reproduce:


First, I analyzed a lot of real damage and created a database of various elements. In the second step I wrote a computer program that can generate 1000 individual looking “dirt elements” in order to avoid repetitions. So far, I have created the following 3 main elements:


HAIR

BILLIE EILISH / JORDAN RAF / QUENTIN TARANTINO
MONONODES FILM DAMAGE GENERATOR

DOTS

W.A.M. BLEAKLEY / BILLIE EILISH / JORDAN RAF / QUENTIN TARANTINO
MONONODES FILM DAMAGE GENERATOR

SCRATCHES / SMUT /
SPRINKLES

W.A.M. BLEAKLEY / QUENTIN TARANTINO
MONONODES FILM DAMAGE GENERATOR

MY ISSUES

“Dirt Overlays”:
– No Control about the amount of Dirt.
– Hair and other Particles are always at the same place.
– Hair and other Particles are tied together.
– Not adjustable in density.
– Often repeats after 10 seconds.

“Film Damage Plugin by DaVinci Resolve”:
– Only “Dust Particles”. No hair, no Dots, no scratches or smut.
– Very slow. No real-time Playback.
– Bad “density” Controls.


SOLUTION

– Gives you control about “Hair” size, dot size, smut, sctratches, and so on.
– Gives you control how many frames pauses till the next “dirt” pops up.
– You can add dots, smuts, scratches, sprinkles separately.
– You can change the dirt from white to black or colorize it.
– You can blur single hair and other dirt elements horizontal and vertically.
– You can randomize the location where the dirt appears on the screen.
– Over 5300 PNG files randomized. No repetition.
– It is fast. REAL-TIME playback! (Depends on your hardware and how many elements you add and if you are working on a 1080p or 4k timeline.)


Here is an overview about the dirt elements. Some are computer generated (hair / smut), others are painted in Photoshop (dots / scratches / sprinkles).


5300 PNG FILES

400 x 400 px
4000 files
500 files
200 files
200 files
200 files
200 files

The next step was to create a generator in Fusion that could later be used on the edit page and would give you full control over these dirt elements. This way you can change the composite mode to “Overlay”, change the gain and alpha channel, turn items black, resize and / or blur elements. In addition, it was important to randomize the appearance of the items on the screen. So one of the main functions is in fact randomizing the “on-screen-time” to allow a random number of images to pass before the next element of dirt appears on the screen.


FILM DAMAGE GENERATOR

  1. Browse: Select the PNG-Sequence.
  2. Loop: Set it “ON”.
  3. DIRT Gain: Set it to 0 and the dirt will turn black.
  4. DIRT Alpha: Change the transparency.
  5. DIRT Size Min: Minimum Size of the selected PNG file.
  6. DIRT Size Max: Maximum Size of the selected PNG file.
  7. DIRT Angle: Change the angle of the PNG file.
  8. Blur Horizontal: Blur the PNG file horizontal.
  9. Blur Vertical: Blur the PNG file vertically.
  10. Minimum Off time: This one defines the time between a PNG file is visible. If you set it to 100 it takes minimum 100 frames till the next “Dirt PNG file” will be visible.
  11. Maximum Off time: If you set this to 200 the Generator chooses a random “Off Time” between 100-200 frames till the next “Dirt PNG file” will show up.
  12. Minimum On time: The “on time” defines how man frames from the PNG Sequence will be visible in a row before it goes back into “Off Time”.
  13. Maximum On time: This defines how many “Dirt PNG files” will be shown after another till it switch back to “Off time”.
  14. Smoothness defines where the “Dirt PNG files” appear after each other. If it is set to 0.001 the PNG files appear “randomly”. If it is set up to 25 the “PNG files” will “float” in a smooth pattern over the screen.
  15. 1080p (1.0) / 4k (2.0): Per default, it is set to up for a 1080p composition. If you are working on a 4k timeline, set the slider to 2.0.

EXAMPLE

Standard
Composite Mode:
OVERLAY
Gain up to 4.0
Gain down to -1.0
Horizontal Blur

Create subtle Dirt Elements to your Footage
“Real” randomization
Fully customizable
Create your own Presets / save your settings as Macro
Create your own dirt overlays
Fast preview
Set Keyframes


HOW TO INSTALL

  1. Download the ZIP file and extract the ZIP file.
  2. Open DaVinci Resolve. Go to the Fusion Page and “drag & and drop” the “filmdamage.drfx” file into the Node field. Click “Install” and restart DaVinci Resolve
  3. After Restart got to the EDIT Page, open the “Effects Library”. Go to “Fusion Generators” and you should find the “Mononodes Film Damage” Generator.
  4. “Drag and Drop” the “Mononodes Film Damage Generator” onto your Timeline.
  5. In the “Inspector” click “browse” and select the first “Dirt PNG file”. For example: “hair-0001.png” or “dots-0001.png”.
  6. Check that “Loop” is ON. (very important)
  7. In Settings… you might want to change the Composite Mode to “overlay”.
  8. Have fun.

PREVIEW

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/577742067
YouTube: https://youtu.be/knYcM9SUOyM

SOON AVAILABLE

FREE DEMO VERSION
ALSO COMING SOON

Stay tuned!

If you have any questions / suggestions / comments, feel
free to contact me at stefanATmononodesDOTcom.