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Jeffery Gordon
Intelligent Overlay / 3D Tracking
on Jul 3, 2017 at 2:49:40 pm

Hi all:

I am looking for an AE plugin / native solution to the following.

Over the course of 6 months, I've recorded 360 aerial orbits around the same landmark. Due to the inaccuracy of the drone's GPS, though, there are minute differences in the motion, location, and progression of the orbit.

I am looking to create a video that is able to fade between all of the files -- accomplishing a timelapsey effect. In order to do that, I've had to manually scale, skew, and key the video files for one specific transition between 20 or so frames. While taking a great amount of time, it also doesn't work very well.

Is there a more elegant solution to this problem? I've looked into Fusion, an AVISynth plugin that uses image pyramids to align and blend clips. But in AE, I'm stumped.

Thank you!

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Intelligent Overlay / 3D Tracking
on Jul 3, 2017 at 4:03:50 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Jul 4, 2017 at 12:54:49 pm

Sorry, but there isn't an easy way in AE. Besides that, you pretty much shot yourself in the foot from the start. You'd need a motion control rig to do what you want, and a drone with GPS isn't nearly accurate enough to match up the shots.

It's a cool concept, but the hardware you used doesn't cut it from a practical perspective. I feel bad that you went to all that work without at least running a test to see if it would work for real.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA

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