Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Tracker Controls, part of After Effects CS4: Apprentice's Guide to Key Features.
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If you want use the Motion Tracker and Stabilizer un After Effects, you need to…do two things. One, get a good track point. Two, set good track options.…The first thing you want to do is open up the Tracker panel. You can do that a couple of ways.…You can up a Window > Tracker or you can change your workspace to one that's…been created specially for motion tracking. Now you don't do your tracking in…the Composition panel; you need to do it in a Layer panel. Just take the layer…that you want to track and double- click it to open up its Layer panel and you…see that the tracker controls now become active. You can either track motion or…stabilize motion. Let's do a track.…
After I click one of these buttons I get a Track Point. The inside of this is…the feature region. It defines what actually want to follow up in this image.…The outside square is a search region. How far and wide I look to try to find…that feature that I am tracking from frame to frame. As you move the cursor…over the track point boxes, you will see a few different icons appear.…
After Effects CS4: Apprentice's Guide to Key Features is a series of guided tours with Chris and Trish Meyer. It is designed as a gentle introduction to some of the major features of After Effects CS4. This quick–start course is for beginners who already know how to animate, users who are not familiar with the latest version, or those who need to get up to speed with advanced tools. Chris and Trish cover features such as text animators, shape layers, expressions, and motion tracking. These guided tours are also included with the second edition of Chris and Trish Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice (Focal Press).
To learn the basics of animating in After Effects CS4, check out After Effects CS4 Getting Started with Chad Perkins in the lynda.com Online Training Library®. To go deeper, see Chad's After Effects CS4 Essential Training. To get an overview of the new features in After Effects CS4, watch After Effects CS4 New Creative Techniques with Chris and Trish Meyer.
To purchase After Effects Apprentice—the book—go to www.amazon.com.
- Understanding 3D Axis Arrows and Camera Tools
- Working with Text Essentials and Animators
- Using Tracker controls