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Russell Anderson
Need advice on tracking a composited road into a drone shot
on Nov 5, 2017 at 2:09:49 am
Last Edited By Russell Anderson on Nov 5, 2017 at 11:29:52 pm

Really struggling on this one. Thought it’d be easy! I was wrong.

I need to track a composited road into a drone shot. The drone shot is about 20 feet off the ground and flying forward. I need to it build (or appear) is the camera moves forward. Like it's appearing from nowhere. It starts offscreen then grows off into the distance. The rub is that it needs to be on top of a windy road, going over rocks and dirt piles. So not just a float surface.

And that is where it gets complicated. How can I make a road “appear” over time on a terrain, growing and winding off into the distance?

I was trying to do it as a 2D composite but began to realize the terrain complicates it.

Anyone have any creative ideas how to deal with this?

Russell Anderson
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1931034


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Need advice on tracking a composited road into a drone shot
on Nov 7, 2017 at 3:38:36 pm

Know any good effects houses? Give 'em a call.

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


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Russell Anderson
Re: Need advice on tracking a composited road into a drone shot
on Nov 7, 2017 at 7:43:28 pm

*long dramatic sigh*

Russell Anderson
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1931034
https://onename.com/russell


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Need advice on tracking a composited road into a drone shot
on Nov 7, 2017 at 8:29:38 pm

Sorry.
You're looking at tricky 3D motion tracking plus perspective changes that must be incorporated into what would at first blush appear to be a static object -- the road. So the shot calls for animating the road -- possibly in a 3D application -- while making it look real composited into a moving shot. Not for the faint of heart.

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


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Russell Anderson
Re: Need advice on tracking a composited road into a drone shot
on Nov 7, 2017 at 10:29:20 pm

I actually figured it out using topographical project mapping and compositing in bushes to simulate some additional depth.

Russell Anderson
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1931034
https://onename.com/russell


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