Join Lee Lanier for an in-depth discussion in this video Refining the motion graphics, part of VFX Techniques: Building Replacement with After Effects.
We have a nice billboard here that we created with Motion Graphics techniques,…using text and solid layers and so on.…Looks pretty good, but it's not quite integrated completely.…If I zoom in you can see that the text and the solids are very, very sharp…edged, whereas the video background is a bit soft, we can do a few things to improve that.…Let me go back to the Billboard comp and take a look. Now the first thing we can…address is the actual scrolling text, it's very cleaned edge, doesn't really…look like an electronic readout or light bulbs or anything like that.…
So one trick we can apply is a Mosaic Effect.…Mosaic will pixelate this and make it look much cruder as if there weren't that…many light bulbs or weren't that many pixels to start with.…So I am going to pick that layer, go up to Effect>Stylize and apply Mosaic.…As soon as I do that you can see that it becomes blocky.…Those are basically pixels, so I can choose how many I have horizontally and vertically.…You can experiment with these values up here to get basically square pixels.…
Learn how to track the footage with the Adobe After Effects 3D Camera Tracker, replace areas such as the sky, rotoscope moving elements such as buildings and cars, and integrate a digital matte painting so it gains appropriate shifts in perspective and scale. You'll also apply color-grading techniques and learn how to fabricate reflections. The course also covers an alternative motion-tracking workflow with the Foundry CameraTracker plugin.
- Using the After Effects 3D Camera Tracker
- Applying tracking data to 3D layers
- Constructing and refining motion graphics
- Keying out the sky
- Rotoscoping to remove and save features
- Using the Foundry CameraTracker plugin
- Creating reflections
- Color grading