My white background was built to film ThinkPads. Filming an Octane required hours of work to extend it around the corner of the table (and ended up not looking as good as I would have liked it to), while any video featuring my Fuel requires the background to be expanded in post-production, basically cropping the video down to only encompass the system and faking the rest of the 16:9 frame.
Needless to say, filming my Onyx ain't gonna happen. I can't just film it on my greenscreen, since the green reflects off the (somewhat shiny) ABS plastic and wreaks havoc on Final Cut's chroma keying, chopping like the rear third off of my Onyx in a blocky, artifact-y mess. Enter the MegaSheet, a tremendously fragile arrangement duct-taped paper large enough for a deskside.
Yes, working with this is just as fiddly and ridiculous as it looks, and yes, I will STILL need to expand the background in post-production in shots where I want to show the whole computer. All that said, after copious amounts of tape on the rear of the vertical sheets, and extremely careful positioning of the lower sheets so that they don't curl up and correctly merge with the vertical sheets, I have a way to bring you Onyx coverage on the usual Dodoid white background!
Here's a few screencaps and test versions I have been working with today.
A final (I think) screencap for the introduction sequence. The background looks pretty good here, this was done with the new revision background (with a ton more tape to hold things together and reduce visible creases/shadows).
A test of the digitally-expanded background effect used in my Fuel videos, applied to the Onyx. It looks pretty bad here, I think because this was done on the old background from earlier today (which had a ton more defects) and I didn't take wide enough of a strip of background to stretch out (note the "streaky" look to the sides of the screen). This shot will likely be re-done.
Now, to figure out how to lift it