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Video: How to use Motion Control 3D in your projects

The use of Motion Control 3D can be really helpful for lots of different types of projects. I'm particularly fond of documentaries; however, you can adapt these techniques for commercials, virtual sets, or just general motion graphics. Today we're going to look at a lot of photos that come from different documentaries, however, one in particular is going to be spot lit. We were taking a look at a documentary called Bedford: The Town They Left Behind. This is a town in Virginia that was heavily affected by World War II, and the producers of the film hired us to do some real-world production.
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Watch the Online Video Course Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three Dimensions with After Effects and Photoshop CS6
1h 30m Intermediate Oct 04, 2012

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Have you looked at a photo and wished you were there, or wondered what the scene looked like to the photographer? Now you can bring your photos to life by adding motion and depth to your images. Author Rich Harrington reveals how you can transport your photos into a three-dimensional world using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. The course shows you how to select the right images and resolutions; how to use masks and layers to build the composition in Photoshop; and how to animate the camera and light the scene in After Effects.

Topics include:
  • Understanding parallax
  • Choosing the best photos
  • Identifying planes
  • Using Quick Selection, Quick Mask, and Refine Edge to create layers
  • Adding a 3D camera to your scene
  • Setting the depth and size of your composition
  • Using multiple views
  • Adding depth of field and Bokeh blur
  • Setting ambient and directional light
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Software:
After Effects Photoshop
Author:
Richard Harrington

How to use Motion Control 3D in your projects

The use of Motion Control 3D can be really helpful for lots of different types of projects. I'm particularly fond of documentaries; however, you can adapt these techniques for commercials, virtual sets, or just general motion graphics. Today we're going to look at a lot of photos that come from different documentaries, however, one in particular is going to be spot lit. We were taking a look at a documentary called Bedford: The Town They Left Behind. This is a town in Virginia that was heavily affected by World War II, and the producers of the film hired us to do some real-world production.

We are going to share a few of the pictures from this film, as well as some others. Let's take a look at a couple of clips from the movie and get some ideas on how these techniques can be employed. What you're seeing here is the use of 3D space, and we're trying to bring the character to life by taking a look at some of her snapshots. What starts as a simple photo on the page starts to get extruded into three dimensions, and we'll move into some of these individual photos and start to explore them in greater depth.

Notice the use of depth there, and as the camera moves through, because things are at different layers, you get a sense of perspective. Here is a more dramatic scene using vanishing point, and you get a sense of perspective. The floor actually feels like there's some real depth to it. Layering multiple images and animating a camera across is much more interesting than simple pans and zooms on letters. You can also enhance your animations using particles, in this case Particular from Trapcode.

The sense of perspective, however, and controlled focus really guides the viewer through the selected image. That's just a few ideas, but we'll take a look through several more throughout the rest of the lessons.

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