Old movie effect

How can I create an effect for Blender compositor (sequence editor) to make scratches, random vertical lines etc so that the title sequence of my movie looks like it’s really old?

There is a plug-in calledd, oddly enough, “old_movie” that you can get from the Blender plug-in repsoitory that will do that.
It looks better if you also add a little blur.

Hey, I tried that oldmovie plugin. It gives “No float, uprade plugin!” message in the metastrip it creates. The only effect I see is like grey / converted to balck and white. There’s no noise / lines or such and I really want those.

Looks like I’m in the same situation with the plugin not showing noise as here: http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?t=88860 but in Blender 2.46, pushing N does not seem to bring up the properties box they mention.

…help please?

This is one of those cases where I would step outside Blender to get what you want.
If it were me, I’d render the sequence normally to an avi and load that up into VirtualDub. The I’d apply the “Old Cinema” filter from MSU:
http://compression.ru/video/old_cinema/index_en.html
It gives you 12 different presets and about 30 different parameters to play with. The results are much better than the Blender plug-in.

This is a case where I’d step outside Blender to get what you want.
If it were me, I’d render the sequence normally to an avi and load it up into VirtualDub. Then I’d apply the “Old Cinema” filter from MSU:
http://compression.ru/video/old_cinema/index_en.html
It gives you 12 presets and about 30 different parameters to play around with. The results will be much better than the Blender plug-in.

Huh. Third time I’ve tried to post this.
If it were me, I’d render the sequence normally to an avi and load it up into VirtualDub. Then I’d apply the “Old Cinema” filter from MSU:
http://compression.ru/video/old_cinema/index_en.html
It gives you 12 presets and about 30 parameters to mess with. The results will be much better.

Huh. Fourth time I’ve tried to post this.
If it were me, I’d render the sequence normally to an avi and load it up into VirtualDub. Then I’d apply the “Old Cinema” filter from MSU:
http://compression.ru/video/old_cinema/index_en.html
It gives you 12 presets and about 30 parameters to mess with. The results will be much better.

Use an older version of Blender (2.37 or earlier) and render a uniformly colored sky with ther plugin. Bring that into the compositor and key out the sky, then overlay that with your current file via a mix or alpha over node.

It works for me, 2.46, Vista - you can ignore that warring message. Set Area Dirty to 0.1 in the VSE control button context, which is the default anyway. http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Manual/Sequence_Plugins#OldMovie_Plugin_Effect

You could also just render this out as a frame sequence and use it as an overlay like RamboBaby said.

Tried to post this last night, but it never got through.
You could also just render your sequence out as an avi and load it into VirtualDub (if you’re on Windows) and then apply the “Old Cinema” filter from MSU. (use MSU and video as keywordds in Google to find the site)
That will give you 12 different presets and about 30 control parameters so you can get a very realistic old film look.

I’m wondering if maybe the problems I’m having are Linux specific then?

I got the N-key properties to show up only by using an older version of blender (2.36) as suggested by RamboBaby. Even then with the “dirty” slider all the way over to 1 (max) the specs are tiny tiny pixels and very infrequent… honestly, just about need to stop on a frame to see any, there are no vertical line scratches like I thought there would be… I’m not sure the plugin is working.

As for Blender 2.46… no “Properties” box showing up on N-key in sequence editor. It does in 2.36, so I’m thinking it’s a very bad bug in Blender. :ba:

It’s probably the plugin. They have been notoriously problematic.

No… I finally found that 2.46 or thereabouts have moved the properties window for space or something… it’s no longer the N-key, but the one of the panels in Scene(F10) then “Sequencer Buttons” (second one along.)

Makes me feel a lot better that my 2.46 isn’t broke, though this old_movie filter is still way too mild. Maybe it’s because I’m working with very large stills. If I have time (doubtful at this point in my production) I may experiment.

I think you said you’re on linux. Cinelerra movie editing program has a function for “old movie” that works reasonably well, IIRC. Good luck.