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Introduction to Tracking in After Effects
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Released Oct 22, 2009
Chris Glick

Pluralsight

Chris Glick
In this After Effects tutorial we'll learn how to use the tracker built in to After Effects to analyze real life footage and find the movement of objects. This is an important technique for matching an image or animation's position, rotation, scale and perspective skewing to footage. We'll begin the tutorial by doing a simple one point track using some easy footage and how to apply that movement information to other layers. We'll then learn how to do a two point track on real footage and create a black-bar effect over someone's eyes. Lastly, we'll track the four corners of a television screen to replace the image on the screen. We'll then learn some tips for getting a track from difficult footage using color correct techniques.
Introduction and Project Overview
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Introduction and Project Overview

 
01:14
Getting started with the tracker: One point tracking
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Getting started with the tracker: One point tracking

 
05:52
Connecting tracker data to layers
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Connecting tracker data to layers

 
04:34
Creating a two point track
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Creating a two point track

 
05:06
Four point tracking
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Four point tracking

 
05:04
Using a Channel Blur to clean a four point track
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Using a Channel Blur to clean a four point track

 
05:31
Compositing the reflection onto the four point track
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Compositing the reflection onto the four point track

 
03:38
How to edit tracking data points
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How to edit tracking data points

 
04:28
Creating a clean track using color correction techniques
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Creating a clean track using color correction techniques

 
06:50
Stabilizing footage using the tracker
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Stabilizing footage using the tracker

 
03:46