I'm looking to make my animations look as cinematic as possible. I'm shooting in 1's at 24 fps and I am using dragonframe to capture frames and the adobe creative suite to edit in. How would I achieve the 24 fps 1/48 shutter speed look (cinematic look)? I would imagine I would have to put in some motion blur but am unsure how to do that. Here's some test shots of character movement in the first video and a camera movement in the second. I'd like to put realistic 24 fps 1/48 shutter speed blur on those videos to test it out. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Character movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmuCfyWFVZs&feature=youtu.be
Camera movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_OWO-1P3uM&feature=youtu.be
The first thing to make it more cinematic would be to smooth out your moves. that first clip is a bit juddery. It looks like the head might move a little to the left one frame, then to the right on the next frame, or have some uneven movements. (Hard to tell with YouTube since I can't play it a frame at a time. If you want to start a move to the left, say, move a tiny amount, like 1mm, on frame 1. Then a little more on the next frame. Then, if you want to change direction, move it a little less again, then maybe one frame with no move sideways, then a 1mm move to the right, followed by a bigger move to the right. Then as many in that direction as you like, keeping the spacing even, or getting bigger or smaller in an even way. That gets rid of the jerkiness. You may need a surface gauge (even a wire stuck into a block) to use as a pointer to see the smaller moves, if it doesn't show up well enough in Dragonframe.
After effects can do some motion blur, I forget how, but I remember it works best with fairly small moves so it knows it's the same bit of image moved over, not an unrelated thing which can happen if the re-positioning is too big over one frame. It also can drag the background along a bit as well, so it works best if you shoot green screen and key that out first. That's a shame because it's the big moves the beed to blur the most. An expert like Peter Montgomery can make it work, even with existing footage like a Harryhausen clip, but I struggle with AE and forget in 24 hours what took me a week to learn. And I haven't touched it for 2 or 3 years. I don't have AE on this computer but I can look for my notes in the studio and see what I find.
Unfortunately I don't seem to have anything about motion blur in my notes, just green screen keying and slowing down time. I did a test of Reel Smart Motion Blur, but got better results blurring manually in TV Paint, by selecting around wings and applying a radial blur each frame. I didn't put anything in my notebook about it. There are probably tutorials somewhere on the internet if you search. My tests: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUT_OxexHbA