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Motion Tracking and Stabilization with After Effects CS5.5
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Motion Tracking and Stabilization with After Effects CS5.5

with Todd Kopriva

Video: Welcome

(audio playing) Hi, I'm Todd Capriva, Technical Support Lead for After Effects. I've worked for Adobe on the After Effects team for several years, including as a documentation lead for After Effects 7 through After Effects CS5. This workshop shows you all of the ways that you can track motion within After Effects, either for the purpose of stabilizing the motion, or for the purpose of applying the motion to another object. Stabilizing motion is most often used for removing unwanted shake from a handheld camera or similarly poorly shot scene. Motion tracking is also a common part of rotoscoping and other compositing tasks, as one element is overlaid onto another.

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Motion Tracking and Stabilization with After Effects CS5.5
1h 38m Intermediate Jun 13, 2011

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In this workshop, Adobe Technical Support Lead Todd Kopriva shows you all of the ways that you can track motion in After Effects, either to stabilize the motion or to apply the motion to another object. Get up to speed on the new Warp Stabilizer effect, which makes stabilizing shaky handheld footage much easier than it was in the past. Plus, see how to use the point tracker, which is the best way to stabilize motion in After Effects CS5 and earlier, and is still useful for some purposes in After Effects CS5.5. Finally, Todd shows how to use the mocha plugin—which ships free with After Effects—for scenes that can't be effectively tracked using the point tracker.

Topics include:
  • Overview of motion tracking
  • Manual motion tracking
  • Planning and shooting for motion tracking
  • Motion-tracking utilities from third parties
  • Motion tracking with the point tracker
  • Motion tracking with mocha-AE
  • Stabilizing motion
Subjects:
Video Visual Effects video2brain
Software:
After Effects
Author:
Todd Kopriva

Welcome

(audio playing) Hi, I'm Todd Capriva, Technical Support Lead for After Effects. I've worked for Adobe on the After Effects team for several years, including as a documentation lead for After Effects 7 through After Effects CS5. This workshop shows you all of the ways that you can track motion within After Effects, either for the purpose of stabilizing the motion, or for the purpose of applying the motion to another object. Stabilizing motion is most often used for removing unwanted shake from a handheld camera or similarly poorly shot scene. Motion tracking is also a common part of rotoscoping and other compositing tasks, as one element is overlaid onto another.

I'll provide details of using the new warp stabilizer effect, which makes stabilizing shaky handheld footage much easier than in the past. I'll also show how to use the point tracker for stabilizing motion in After Effects CS5 and earlier which is still useful for some purposes within After Effects CS5.5. We'll also learn how to use the point tracker to attach one layer to follow the motion of an object in another layer. Finally, you'll learn how to use Mocha for After Effects which is planar tracker that enables motion tracking for scenes that can't be effectively tracked using the point tracker. Once you've learned how to track motion in a scene, you'll see many opportunities for increasing your efficiency in many animation and compositing tasks. Effects that previously seemed prohibitively difficult will seem attainable or even easy.

I hope that you enjoy the training and learn how to save some shaky shots and make compositing easier.

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