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Applying motion with Warp Stabilizer VFX

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Video: Applying motion with Warp Stabilizer VFX

One of the most fun features of Warp Stabilizer VFX is its ability to analyze the motion of an entire shot. And then, apply that motion to another layer inside your composition. Let's look at the project we have loaded up right now. Press 0 on your keyboard to load up a RAM preview. I'm going to press the space bar to stop playback. Now, I like the sound of the board shredding across the snow, but I think the word shredding itself is falling a little flat. Let's apply Warp Stabilizer and see if we can't fix that issue. Select Layer 2, this will be the layer we take the motion from. Now with Layer 2 selected, go up under the Animation menu and go down and use Stabilizer VFX.

Applying motion with Warp Stabilizer VFX

One of the most fun features of Warp Stabilizer VFX is its ability to analyze the motion of an entire shot. And then, apply that motion to another layer inside your composition. Let's look at the project we have loaded up right now. Press 0 on your keyboard to load up a RAM preview. I'm going to press the space bar to stop playback. Now, I like the sound of the board shredding across the snow, but I think the word shredding itself is falling a little flat. Let's apply Warp Stabilizer and see if we can't fix that issue. Select Layer 2, this will be the layer we take the motion from. Now with Layer 2 selected, go up under the Animation menu and go down and use Stabilizer VFX.

Now that we've loaded that effect, you'll notice that is analyzing the footage in the background. If you had any other compositions or other work to work on, you could definitely continue working inside of After Effects while this process is happening. Now when looking at that shot, I know that the camera was travelling along with a snowboarder. So, I want to make sure to change the result for this stabilization from smooth motion to no motion. And even though the clip is still being analyzed, I can make these changes. Because these changes won't affect the analysis. They only affect the stabilization process of the clip. Now once the stabilize has been processed, you'll notice the image looks kind of funny.

That's because our framing option. So, let's click on the Framing Pull-down and change it to say, Stabilize Only. I know it still looks a little crazy but if we open the advance section, we can specify an objective. So, let's click on the pull down where it says Stabilize, and change it to Apply Motion to Target Over Original. Now once you choose that option, there's an option for a target layer. So, let's click on that pull down and specify layer one as the target layer. Now, we can turn the Visibility off for Layer 1, because we have our target loaded in.

Load up a RAM preview, and look at what happened to the clip. Let's go ahead and stop playback. Immediately, I already like this result. Now the fact that the words kind of slider off the edge of the page is not necessarily a good thing. So, there's some settings that we need to adjust. With Layer 2 selected, go down to the next option where it says Show Track Point in the Effects control panel.

When we show the track points, we'll get all these tiny points. Now, if you want to more clearly see the points, go ahead and click and drag on the track point size to increase their size. Also, make sure that Auto-Delete Points is selected. This means once I delete some of these points, if we move down the timeline, those points won't reappear. I'll delete them all the way across the length of the timeline. Now we're not on frame zero, so let's just start at the beginning. Now from the beginning, I'll just click and drag to draw a huge lasso around all of these different points that we don't want to use.

Now, I'm deleting all the other points around the outside of our snowboard. Because I'd like to actually use the movement of the snowboard to determine the movement of the graphic. Now as you delete the track points, you'll notice After Effects is re-processing the scene. As you move a couple frames down, there will be more track points that get applied. And that's just because the warp stabilizer is picking up new pixels, it can lock on as you continue moving down the shot. Let's just keep deleting some of these points. Now just so this isn't completely tedious, I'm not going to keep the leading the points moving down the composition.

You know how the process works, what I am going to do is turn off the show track points option. Now you should see the word shredding, sitting significantly higher in the same. And its motion is going to more closely mimic the movements of the snowboard. Now, I encourage you to move down the timeline and continue deleting the extra trackpoints. The more trackpoints you delete, the more specific you're going to be about telling the text exactly what motion you'd like to translate from your source video.

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After Effects CC Essential Training

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  1. 1m 8s
    1. What is After Effects?
      1m 8s
  2. 30m 55s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
    3. Relinking missing footage
      1m 54s
    4. Working with keyboard shortcuts
      1m 23s
    5. Updating After Effects with Creative Cloud
      1m 25s
    6. Different ways to use After Effects
      59s
    7. Exploring the interface of After Effects
      12m 0s
    8. Exploring important preferences and setting up the cache
      6m 20s
    9. Video terminology
      4m 24s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. The six foundations of After Effects
      11m 5s
    2. Understanding compositions
      10m 35s
    3. Creating and manipulating layers
      9m 49s
    4. Building animation
      6m 29s
    5. Working with effects
      7m 5s
    6. Introduction to 3D
      8m 45s
    7. Understanding how to render
      6m 48s
  4. 38m 54s
    1. Importing elements
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing projects
      3m 51s
    3. Building compositions with layers
      6m 17s
    4. Animating with keyframes
      10m 0s
    5. Adding effects and graphics
      8m 7s
    6. Output techniques
      4m 46s
  5. 44m 49s
    1. Exploring composition and project settings
      6m 48s
    2. Importing Photoshop files as compositions
      8m 39s
    3. Importing Illustrator files as compositions
      7m 41s
    4. Viewing files in the comp panel
      4m 42s
    5. Understanding Pre-compose
      4m 21s
    6. Positioning layers with snapping
      4m 55s
    7. Interpreting footage
      4m 0s
    8. Keyboard shortcuts for compositions
      3m 43s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Defining layers
      5m 4s
    2. Creating type layers
      7m 38s
    3. Precise typesetting techniques
      5m 42s
    4. Creating layer solids and shapes with masks
      9m 6s
    5. Creating design elements with shape layers
      6m 10s
    6. Layer compositing: Masks, switches, and blend modes
      7m 35s
    7. Using track mattes
      4m 49s
    8. Precise compositing with variable-width feathered masks
      9m 24s
    9. Working smarter by swapping layers
      7m 6s
    10. Keyboard shortcuts for layers
      2m 35s
  7. 1h 27m
    1. Understanding animation
      6m 20s
    2. Adding and adjusting keyframes
      9m 52s
    3. Understanding keyframe interpolation
      6m 20s
    4. Adjusting keyframes in the Graph Editor
      8m 26s
    5. The power of parenting
      5m 26s
    6. Using null objects
      6m 46s
    7. Creating expressions with the pick whip
      6m 25s
    8. Creating and adjusting motion paths
      9m 56s
    9. Building complex graphics with Pre-compose
      4m 54s
    10. Preparing audio for animation
      8m 57s
    11. Generating graphics with audio
      9m 13s
    12. Working smarter: Navigating the Timeline
      4m 32s
  8. 58m 59s
    1. Understanding the order of effects
      5m 58s
    2. Generating backgrounds with effects
      5m 33s
    3. Generating a scribble effect
      8m 12s
    4. Animating strokes with effects
      6m 37s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      5m 52s
    6. Adding gradients and glows
      4m 30s
    7. Saving pan and scan presets
      5m 20s
    8. Fixing exposure with Levels
      3m 5s
    9. Fixing color casts with Color Finesse 3
      9m 57s
    10. Masking individual effects
      3m 55s
  9. 55m 24s
    1. Understanding 3D in After Effects
      9m 2s
    2. Intro to cameras
      7m 51s
    3. Intro to lights and material options
      8m 56s
    4. Animating cameras
      12m 39s
    5. Creating depth of field
      6m 48s
    6. Exploring the ray-traced 3D renderer
      10m 8s
  10. 1h 43m
    1. Understanding CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects
      1m 32s
    2. 3D foundations
      10m 43s
    3. Matching CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects projects
      8m 9s
    4. Understanding the CINEMA 4D Lite interface
      7m 31s
    5. Creating 3D projects from Illustrator files
      7m 28s
    6. Exploring modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite
      8m 8s
    7. Applying deformers
      5m 59s
    8. Understanding materials
      7m 32s
    9. Lighting your scene
      8m 14s
    10. Looking at detailed materials
      7m 51s
    11. Animating in CINEMA 4D Lite
      6m 51s
    12. Animating cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite
      5m 45s
    13. Working with CINEWARE
      9m 38s
    14. Render settings and the multipass workflow
      8m 38s
  11. 23m 35s
    1. Rendering with Adobe Media Encoder
      4m 45s
    2. Recommended settings for rendering graphics
      10m 21s
    3. Creating presets in the Render Queue
      4m 0s
    4. Prerendering with Import and Replace Usage
      3m 18s
    5. Working smarter: One render, multiple outputs
      1m 11s
  12. 29m 3s
    1. Creating type animators
      8m 52s
    2. Creating and animating type on a path
      5m 32s
    3. Animating shape layers
      8m 45s
    4. Animating brushstrokes with Paint
      5m 54s
  13. 23m 31s
    1. Retiming with Time Remapping
      8m 56s
    2. Retiming footage with Timewarp
      9m 10s
    3. Smoothing shaky camera footage with Warp Stabilizer VFX
      5m 25s
  14. 16m 6s
    1. Getting started with Keylight
      8m 43s
    2. Refining your key with Keylight
      3m 42s
    3. Cleaning up keys with masks
      3m 41s
  15. 26m 47s
    1. Rotoscoping with paths
      6m 47s
    2. Introducing the Roto Brush
      5m 58s
    3. Refining the Roto Brush
      6m 12s
    4. Using the Refine Edge tool
      7m 50s
  16. 27m 13s
    1. Creating a single point track
      7m 38s
    2. Applying motion with Warp Stabilizer VFX
      4m 29s
    3. Warp Stabilizer VFX: Reversible Stabilization workflow
      7m 47s
    4. Solving cameras
      7m 19s
  17. 6m 30s
    1. Archiving your projects
      3m 50s
    2. Removing unused footage
      1m 25s
    3. Moving compositions between projects
      1m 15s
  18. 2m 24s
    1. What's next?
      2m 24s

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