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VFX Techniques introduces common yet critical visual effects techniques that are used in film and television shows on a regular basis. This installment shows how to build complex composites with Adobe After Effects and mocha, where motion graphics are mapped to live-action footage of an actor. Author Lee Lanier starts by combining rotoscoping and effects to digitally apply makeup to an actor to disguise motion tracking marks. Then discover how to transfer footage into mocha and generate planar tracking data that you can use to motion track graphics to the moving face of the actor. Plus, learn how to build and adjust motion graphics to create the look of a virtual tattoo and a pair of holographic heads-up glasses.
We've reached the end of the course. We've successfully motion tracked objects into a face. These include an electronic tattoo and a heads-up display that floats in midair. These techniques we've discussed can be applied to a wide range of visual effects work. If you're interested in learning more about these topics, please visit the lynda.com site. Several titles that would be useful include After Effects CS6 Essential Training, Mocha Essential Training, and my other title, Maya Rendering for After Effects Composites.
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