Users able to insert themselves into movie clips
You know visual f/x are getting cheaper when consumers can set up greenscreens at home to insert themselves into movies.That’s what a venture called Yoostar will let moviegoers do when it launches in the spring. Company’s patented technology, shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, digitally removes actors from scenes and enables users to seamlessly add themselves to the footage instead, with software making sure colors, backgrounds and other visual details match. The appeal will clearly be the clips that can be altered and let moviegoers “fulfill the decades-old dream, the play acting fantasy of every child, teen and adult: to star in the roles that define us and our culture,” says Yoostar president/CEO Fredric Rosen, a former CEO at Ticketmaster. Yoostar has inked deals with Paramount, Universal, MGM and Lionsgate to secure scenes from 800 movies, including “The Godfather,” “Psycho,” “The Pink Panther” and “Saw.” TV clips are also available. Scenes will be bundled with the Yoostar system, which will retail for around $150 . Clips also will be available to purchase from Yoostar’s site. User-altered clips can be viewed only on Yoostar’s website — and not sent to others like YouTube to stave off piracy concerns from the studios.