This is tutorial I created to show a good workflow I've worked out in AfterEffects (CS5.5) using The Foundry's 3D Camera Tracker to match-move any 2D object (like a sign) that needs to stick to a surface within footage that was filmed with camera perspective changes (i.e. non-nodal). Because of the perspective, trying to 'stick' items onto surfaces can be a pain depending on the order you do things. If you find yourself constantly re-orienting and re-positioning, DON'T. Just watch and learn!
1. A simple workflow that solves the common problems of your object not "sticking" to your surfaces (key sequence: Parent, Turn on 3D, Adjust)
2. Creating garbage matte to hide foreground buildings where needed for your sign/object to pass behind
3. Hiding the building's original sign by creating a "hole" using a camera-tracker created shape to create an alpha inverted matte, rather than animating a subtract mask yourself.
FOOTAGE LINK: Here's the website link I promised - the 8 dollar DVD of "discontinued" NYC aerial flyover footage. Fifteen 1080i videos, including the one I used. It's a good deal, considering it used to be 250 bucks. And even THAT's cheap for stock video.
First time using Video Co-Pilot's New Element 3D Plugin for After Effects. Shot on 550D with Magic Lantern, used The Foundry's Camera Tracker, Video Copilot's Element, Optical Flares and Trapcode Particular for subtle dust. Added chromatic abberation and lens distortion and CC'd using Curves.
If there's enough interest, I'll do a breakdown of my After Effects project :) (I'm not stealing your reign Andrew! You're amazing bro, I love you HAHA) As well as the camera workflow used to achieve the filming.
It's kind of AMAZING. The team at Video Co-Pilot really deserve the support for making such an amazing plugin! Make sure you buy it! :)
Any questions! Feel free to join the conversation below :)
This video tutorial was originally created as a hands-on Canon 7D training guide for the video team at our church. It is meant for 100% beginners who never used the awesome Canon 7D before.
This tutorial was filmed right after my son was born, which is why I look really, really out of it. So please excuse the really rough nature of this tutorial. Hopefully, you'll learn some helpful tips.
Part of Gracepoint's Multiply Your Talents Training