VFX Techniques: Tracking Objects onto a Face

with Lee Lanier
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VFX Techniques: Tracking Objects onto a Face
Video duration: 0s 2h 42m Intermediate

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VFX Techniques introduces common yet critical visual effects techniques that are used in film and television shows on a regular basis. This installment shows how to build complex composites with Adobe After Effects and mocha, where motion graphics are mapped to live-action footage of an actor. Author Lee Lanier starts by combining rotoscoping and effects to digitally apply makeup to an actor to disguise motion tracking marks. Then discover how to transfer footage into mocha and generate planar tracking data that you can use to motion track graphics to the moving face of the actor. Plus, learn how to build and adjust motion graphics to create the look of a virtual tattoo and a pair of holographic heads-up glasses.

Topics include:
  • Disguising tracking marks with rotoscoping and effects
  • Preparing footage for motion tracking
  • Planar motion tracking a face in mocha
  • Applying tracking data to artwork in After Effects
  • Fine-tuning motion tracking curves in After Effects
  • Animating text and graphic elements
  • Applying color and light effects
  • Batch rendering the final comp
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Video
Software:
After Effects
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Welcome

- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Lee Lanier. Welcome to VFX Techniques: Tracking Objects onto a Face. In this course, we'll learn how to build a complex visual effects composite using video footage and artwork. We'll use After Effects and mocha. (electronic humming) I'll start by showing you how to use rotoscoping in the effects to create digital makeup. Then I'll show you how to transfer footage into mocha and how to generate planar tracking data.

We'll use that data to impart camera motion to otherwise static layers. We'll see how to apply tracking data to artwork in After Effects. We'll use additional effects and animation to create motion graphics for a heads up display. We'll be covering these features and many other tools and techniques. Now, let's get started with VFX Techniques: Tracking Objects onto a Face.

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