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Ever see those Charles Schwab commercials that look like a cartoon, but you know it somehow came from live video?  It's called Rotoscoping, which is a technique where animators trace over live-action film frame by frame.

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There's a great plug-in called Toon-A-Matic from Sheffield Softworks that can give you that same "cartoon style" effect with a simple filter.  It also has a caricatcure setting that allows you to distort, exaggerate, or minimize features.  The plug-in is compatible with Final Cut Pro 6 & 7.  Once applied, you're able to control Brightness, Line Level, Line Brightness, Line Contrast, Line Saturation, Caricature Level, and Mix to achieve a wide range of "toonish" possibilities.  Just click on the Filters Tab in the Viewer window to adjust the parameters.

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I also used the filter on a still image to get the same effect. 

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Like I always say...try it out and play with it...you might be surprised at some of the cool effects you can create!


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