: I'm Still Alive!
: My Relationship With After Effects Getting More Intimate All The Time
Hmmm... maybe a common new year's resolution for fellow creative ppl. is blogging! Nice to see so many entries lately...
I'm still quite busy at the ranch. Among many other things, just did a major (to me) "fix it in post" exercise. I had some footage of a realtor on camera who looked at everything but the camera. I won't go into why the footage is this way (it's an ugly story), but it was in my and our department's best interest to try and make at least a few seconds of it usable.
I first tried to motion track a shot of his eyes looking at the camera in Avid, but wasn't too happy with the results. I then took it into After Effects, but still wasn't quite right. Had to make this believable so Average Joe viewer would never be the wiser. Even tried importing the footage into our expanded version of Photoshop and do some frame by frame stamping/painting, but that looked really weird. Then, went back into AE for another try with a static shot of his eyes looking at the camera and tried to motion track a couple times, and then... whola!
Here's the before shot:
eyes/After Effects fix
Here's my after (effects) shot:
eyes after After Effects motion tracking
I haven't done much motion tracking before, and this was by far the most complex one I've done so far. I learned it makes a huge difference on what you track on. It also makes a difference where you are tracking-it worked better going a bit beyond the eyes and masking on the forehead with a feathered edge.
Once again, After Effects proves to be my friend!