Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing a base frame, part of After Effects Apprentice 13: Paint, Roto, and Puppet.
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Since we want a copy of this actor to appear in front of our new screen, …we're going to need to duplicate this background footage so that we have a nice little…rotoed out snippet that we could put in front.…So I will select the Laptop.mov layer, Cmd+D or Ctrl+D to duplicate it.…With it selected, press Return and rename it Actor Roto>Enter and drag it …in front of my new Control Panel layer.…Next, I need to double-click this layer to open it up in the Layer panel;…all Roto Brush work takes place in the Layer panel.…
The other set of details that are important is you should be working …at 100% magnification or larger, and I'll show you that in a second, …and also you should definitely be at full resolution.…So once I've verified those settings, I'll go back to my Layer panel and start …looking at this actor's movements to determine what might make a good Base Frame.…I'm looking for places with a maximum amount of the actor is exposed, …and some compromises may be required.…For example, this frame nicely shows both his little finger extended and also…
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- Creating, erasing, and animating brush and clone strokes
- Using Paint to reveal a layer over time
- Creating animated distortions to flat artwork with the Puppet tools
- Replacing backgrounds with the Roto Brush