Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with shadow catchers, part of After Effects CS6 New Features.
I want to spend a little bit of time explaining this concept of a shadow…catcher, because it's pretty cool, but not entirely obvious.…Now, I will go ahead and delete all my other layers in this scene and keep…just my tracked footage.…Press F3 to bring the Camera Tracker back forward again.…If I created text in this scene--let's say it was supposed to be floating in…space in front of that building--…ideally, we'd like that text to cast shadows onto other objects in the 2D scene.…However, 3D layers in After Effects cannot cast shadows onto 2D layers, and this…tracked footage is, after all, a 2D layer. This is where shadow catchers come in.…
First, let's create some blank text.…I will right-click, Create Text and Camera, and I will just get a dummy word…Text there. As with solids, it's slightly askew.…I will press R to get its rotation, unskew it a little bit from the building so…it's kind of oriented right,…and let's move it down the building a bit, to, say, right around there.…Now, let's create a special layer that will catch the shadow projected by that text.…
- Understanding the global performance cache
- Using ray-traced rendering with beveling and extrusion
- Working with 3D Camera Tracker
- Performing rolling shutter repairs
- Adding variable mask feathering
- Working with CycoreFX HD plug-in
- Touring Imagineer Systems mocha AE and Adobe SpeedGrade
- Round-tripping between After Effects and MAXON CINEMA 4D
Skill Level Appropriate for all
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1. Global Performance Cache
2. Motion Graphics Features
3. Visual Effects Features
4. Effects Updates
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