Here, Mark Christiansen shows how to use the five different After Effects trackers, customizing them to work best in the situations that motion graphics artists encounter most often. He covers the fundamentals, as well as opportunities to think outside the box, especially when an automated approach won't work.
- Why point track?
- Recognizing trackable points
- Offsetting a tracker
- Applying the track to a matte
- Using nulls and third-party scripts to create track mattes
- Tracking and stabilizing objects and planes
- Automated tracking
- Applying 3D tracks
Skill Level Intermediate
(chiming music) (car engines running) - Motion tracking is a one-button solution, or so we'd like to think, right? In many cases, you can, in fact, create a track and it's good, and you apply it straightforwardly, and the job is done.
But in visual effects, we often come up with situations that either need more of that, or for which the automated approach doesn't quite do the job. Add to the fact that After Effects actually has not one, or two, but five trackers, and you have a bit to manage when you get into tracking in After Effects. There are plenty of tutorials out there that'll give you how to use the tracker in a very straightforward way. I mean, there might even be a few that'll show you how to fix them when they break, but in this course, I wanna actually teach you how to make the most out of the trackers and customize them to the type of uses that you're gonna find come up the most often in visual effects.
Bottom line is I'm going to make sure that you know how to get a precise, accurate, locked-in track. Now why is that so important? Well, there are many things that we do in visual effects that fool the eye, and motion just happens to be the one that is hardest to fool anyone with. So while you might think it's important to get everything accurate, the truth is, we can sometimes get away with color or detail choices that aren't perfect, but somehow motion is the thing that our eye is trained to see.
I think it's because part of our very survival depends on recognizing whether the motion that we see is familiar and natural or seems a little bit strange. It's the sign of danger or a predator. I'm going to focus on all the main tracking choices in After Effects, in both their straightforward and also some of their not-so-obvious applications. I'll show you the fundamentals, but I'll also show you how to get creative and kinda think outside the box with tracking.
And we want you to create motion that will play well on this world. Phone home. Phone home.