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Matt Brodie
remove out of focus fly buzzing in front of subject
on May 14, 2019 at 2:43:52 pm

I dabble in AE for some basic opening titles, lower thirds, that sort of thing for the corporate videos I shoot. I shot an event a few weeks ago and I had a fly flying directly in front of the stage the whole event. Before I show the footage to the client I want to know if there's a way to easily track and remove the fly without costing them an arm and a leg for me to rotto it by hand. Thoughts? Any good tutorials online for something like this? Thanks!

Here's 2 gifs showing what I'm working with:
https://imgur.com/a/5fBtBGr
https://imgur.com/a/Wctojzl


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Dave LaRonde
Re: remove out of focus fly buzzing in front of subject
on May 14, 2019 at 3:32:57 pm

Sorry, can't see the GIFs. Crappy phone.
If your camera doesn't move much, and because flies move fast, you might be able to get away with tracking the fly -- iffy, because they move so fast -- then attach a shape or a masked & feathered solid to it. Use the shape/solid as a track matte for shot displaced a frame or two in time, where the fly isn't.

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


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Martin Brennand
Re: remove out of focus fly buzzing in front of subject
on May 15, 2019 at 3:28:23 am

For tracking, probably not. The fly is too low contrast to be a reliable feature. Heck, it took me a while to even find it with my eyes. ☺

Hand roto is probably your best bet, before moving on to either a simple patch clone, a further blurring or similar offset etc.

Martin Brennand | Product Manager | mocha - Imagineer Systems


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