Join Mark Christiansen for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of After Effects Compositing: 6 Tracking and Stabilization.
- This course includes project files to accompany the video lessons so you can follow along. You can access these by opening the After Effects project that appears in the video. In the top bar, you can see the path and name of the video I used when I recorded the class. The last part after that final forward slash, is the name of the specific After Effects project we're working with in that lesson. Each project may contain multiple compositions, so be sure to start with the Comp whose name corresponds to the one you see open and forward in the lesson.
If, when you open the file, you see a warning that source files are missing, or if you type Missing into the project panel search field and see one or more missing files listed, do the following. First, make sure you have all of the examples downloaded. Next, re-link any one of the missing files. I prefer to right click on the missing item, and choose Replace Footage. Once you select the correct Source Footage file, any other unlinked source footage in the same folder will be automatically found by After Effects, and you're ready to get started.
We also make use of third party scripts. All of which can be found at aescripts.com. The ones I've chosen to include in this course are shareware, otherwise known as donationware. You're encouraged on the site to support the developer with a modest donation, but you can download the script free of charge to try it out and follow along with the lesson. Instructions to install a script are included with each download, and I suggest you follow them closely in order to make the script work as you see it in this lesson.
But the basic rule is to copy the full contents into a folder labeled ScriptUI Panels. That's found inside another folder called Scripts, that lives right next to After Effects itself. Once you restart the application, you'll see any scripts you've installed under the Window menu. They'll open in their own panel, and can even be integrated right into the After Effects workspace.
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